LA Craft Beer Crawl: Los Angeles has a knack for topping particular "best of" and "most famous" lists, but we've spent a few years watching our nearest/dearest state siblings get a lot of the country's fancy beer love (full marks, San Francisco and San Diego). Things are a-changin', though, and LA is climbing the craft beer charts, with gusto. Look to The Beer Chicks and 213 Nightlife's annual craft beer celebration, which takes place at seven well-heeled bars and includes dozens upon dozens of breweries and beers. It's all downtown, meaning you can walk between locations and catch Metro home. Saturday, Aug. 29
Final Dance Downtown: Labor Day Weekend must be on the horizon -- and so it is, in like a week, spoiler alert and so forth -- because a lot of the summer series are starting to back up their proverbial cars and load up the trunks with all the stuff they brought. Dance Downtown, that free every-other-Friday dance night at Music Center Plaza, is calling it a year on Friday, Aug. 28. The theme is samba, there shall be lessons, and the fun of shaking it outdoors. Everyone loves it, or a whole lot of people do, and that's the truth.
16th Annual Elvis Festival: Tribute artists that pay loving and heartfelt tribute to The King will forever amaze and astound, not just in terms of their silky vocals but also their commitment to rocking Presley-style jumpsuits and pompadours. Admire a whole caboodle of these guys and ladies in Costa Mesa when the Orange County Market Place hosts a full day of "Jailhouse Rock"-y treats. Do you do Elvis well, too? Best don his iconic pinky rings and fabulous look before pulling up in your customized Caddie. Sunday, Aug. 30
Lemonade Stand: Squeeze yourself -- or pour, if you like -- into your favorite sunny yellow outfit and make for the Central Library for a day of sunshine-good sippability. Fallen Fruit is the host of this fun confab, which involves you drawing "a self-portrait onto a lemon" and then being handed a glass of lemonade. Is it organic? You betcha. Is this all highly whimsical? For sure. Are there some storytelling aspects to it and a caboodle of community? Oh so much. Saturday, Aug. 29
Outdoor Movies: No one is nudging you in this direction, but considering that Labor Day Weekend is on the horizon -- as was mentioned earlier -- one must also consider that the alfresco film scene will say adieu sooner than later. The big series keep on keepin' on, though, with Street Food Cinema presenting three films in three locales -- "Cruel Intentions," "Jurassic Park," and "Beetlejuice" -- and Eat|See|Hear will visit "Reservoir Dogs" via Griffith Park. Has your favorite blanket or chair not met a lawn yet this summer? Have you not enjoyed a taco while watching a classic? There's still time, cinephiles. Saturday, Aug. 29
Sunday Funday: People can bet a mite brunchy come Sunday, or make that majorly brunchy, 'round Southern California, thanks to the oodles of eateries that do up omelets and bacon and mimosas and more. dineLA, the Restaurant Week foodies, and FXX are pairing up on a big brunch push on Sunday, Aug. 30, all in honor of the season premiere for "You're the Worst." Seven bruncheries will offer sumptuous brunch deals for twenty five bucks a pop (think Love & Salt, The Church Key, Wildcraft, and more). Is this your jam? Find your brunch.