Comic-Con International: Are you currently in the queue for Hall H, along with hundreds of your movie- and TV- and comics-loving besties? Then you're probably studying the schedule for this gargantu-tron gathering of pop culture everythingists, which hums at the San Diego Convention Center through Sunday, July 23. Teasers for still way-out blockbusters, famous actors rocking wacky disguises, hundreds of artists, mega meet-and-greets, and the buzzy pop-up SyFy wedding chapel are filling out the full, full, super-extra-full festival.
FYF FEST: Speaking of gigantic gatherings, but of the musical, arts-cool sort, there is this headliner-packed extravaganza, a yearly multi-day tune-tacular that has its early roots at LA State Historic Park. It has grown stupendously, and its large-scale location of Exposition Park just fits. Missy Elliott, Björk, Frank Ocean, Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu, Iggy Pop, Solange, and a caboodle of other huge acts will be performing through Sunday, July 23.
Delicious Little Tokyo: Head downtown for "... a weekend of delicious food and drinks harvested from the streets of Little Tokyo!" Think sake tastings, a host of pokes with a range of yummy sauces, and bento box demos, too. Want to try your hand at flower demos? Or discover the art of sushi-makery? Every day on the schedule yields something memorable and appetizing. Find your foodie dream, and awesome instruction, from Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23.
What to do, where to go and what to see
Wienerschnitzel Weiner Dog Nationals: Whether you call Doxies "wee frankfurters" or "bun-sweet bundles" is up to you, of course, but the fact is this: Dachshunds look a lot like hot dogs. So this summertime tradition, which runs at Los Alamitos Race Course, makes sweet sense, and it gets even sweeter: The Saturday night, July 22 canine competition is a fundraiser for the Seal Beach Animal Care Center. Cheer on the pups, help other pups, get your pic with the life-sized hot dog that is the Wienerschnitzel mascot.
Los Angeles Bacon Festival: Perhaps the salty, savory, Bloody Mary-ready strip, formerly a straightforward breakfast staple, has become such a major part of your daily menu. Perhaps you think of new ways to enjoy it, and with what pairings, and, yes, how it works with a dessert vibe. Ponder no longer: The party at Los Angeles Center Studios is all about the breakfast-lunch-dinner-dessert-beverage add-in. Snack around "dozens of restaurants" and enjoy a brew, too on Saturday, July 22.