ITALIAN FEAST OF SAN GENNARO: It's been a dozen years for this traditional street party, a colorful, banner-bedecked food-centered celebration that recalls the decades-old parties of the NYC. Scratch that. Our own San Gennaro, which is hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla, is well-ensconced by this point, bringing to Hollywood bocce, bingo, music, and calzones. So. Many. Calzones. Call the Galbani-backed bash a vibrant 'n robust West Coast cousin to those Little Italy long-standing soirees. Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 29
WEST HOLLYWOOD BOOK FAIR: Some might think of this as the perfect type of book festival, but anything to do with books ranks as perfect, yes? Still, this happens over a single day, the authors and artists who visit are of the top-notch school -- hello, 2013 guests Debbie Reynolds, Christopher Rice, and Francesca Lia Block -- and the lit-loving setting and flow is of the shop, meet, greet, listen, and read variety. A culinary pavilion and poetry corner are part of the fun on Sunday, Sept. 29.
FROGTOWN ARTWALK: The Elysian Valley is home to painters, cooks, music-makers, video artists, and performers who sometimes dress as La Llorona and wander the streets. Frogtown, in short, is a beautiful, evocative, river-close neighborhood, and residents gather together once a year to honor the creative spirit, good eats, live tunes, and the occasional spirited sighting. Get there around sundown, which is pretty magical. Saturday, Sept. 28
THEATER IN OFFBEAT PLACES: Like your drama to be, well, off the stage and presented in an unusual place and way? You're in luck, lively-drama lover. Short plays are set to go down inside the Natural History Museum -- Chalk Rep is behind the stirring words/dramatics -- while Sarah Elgart directed and choreographed "Everywhere Nowhere," a "spectacle of movement, media, and color" set to take place at LAX on Saturday, Sept. 28.
PASADENA WEEKEND: The Wiggle Waggle Walk, which lends a paw to the Pasadena Humane Society, heads out, with barkers in tow, at Brookside Park on Sunday, Sept. 29. And Trattoria Neapolis -- remember the place with the $55 bottle of rare beer? -- turns one on Saturday, Sept. 28 with a special menu. Hello, bombolini, barolo risotto, rabbit, and tiramisu (just four of the yummies on the festive roster).