TOSHIBA TALL SHIPS: It's one of Dana Point's biggest, most photographed annual bashes, and for good reason; seeing several massive ships pulling up to a single harbor is pretty cinematic. The fest is on from Friday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 9 -- look for sails, tours, cannon battles, and on-shore happenings -- but one of the hallmark events is the sunset parade on Friday, Sept. 7. All nine ships in harbor will join, and it's a stunner.
TASTE OF KOREATOWN: Did you love the Korean BBQ Cook-off of past years? Yep, a lot of people did. It's back, though it has a new name: A Taste of Koreatown. The food-focused gathering lands at 3670 Wilshire Boulevard on Saturday, Sept. 8. Admission is two bucks, eats are additional, and you'll be snacking on the tastiest kimchi guacamole, tofu dishes, and soju cocktails. Um, hello deliciousness.
OLD WORLD OKTOBERFEST: What's your favorite part of this Huntington Beach celebration? That it has been around for 35 years? That it is always one of the first Oktoberfests out of the gate? That people dress in lederhosen and knee socks? That there are dachshund races and schnitzel? That they offer an array of German beers? That they throw fundraisers? That the setting is Tyrolean, a fun and offbeat match for Surf City? Ja to all that. Opens Sunday, Sept. 9
BRAZILIAN DAY LA: Carnaval and large-scale festivities meet at Hancock Park, next to the La Brea Tar Pits, on Saturday, Sept. 8. Vendors, tunes, dance, and food -- lots and lots of traditional eats -- are part of the party. Oh, and interesting: This is the pairing up of Brazilian Day with the long-running Brazilian Street Carnaval of Long Beach. In short? All the good party is now in one location.
PIES SHAPED LIKE METROPOLIS II: We don't want to say the small-cars-zooming "Metropolis II" is our city's best known artwork -- not with a certain boulder in "Levitated Mass" nearby -- but a lot of people have visited the installation. Now bakers will be making pies inspired by the piece; oh, and regular pies, too. Samples are first-come, et cetera. LACMA's the place, KCRW is the host, the date's Saturday, Sept. 8.