OC Fair Opens: Can you do it all? Can you sip suds at Brew Hee Haw, and snack on a Krispy Kreme ice cream chicken sandwich, and dance to The B-52s with The Pacific Symphony, and enjoy a STEAM-cool exhibit, and greet a goat, and toss a basketball through a hoop, and cut out a flower for the world's largest paper garden, and admire Costa Mesa high up from the Ferris wheel? You best get started if you want to do those things, plus a thousand things more. The historic fair twinkles from July 14-Aug. 13, Wednesdays through Sundays.
dineLA's Summer Roadtrip 2017: Oh, hello there prix fixe meals that start at fifteen bucks. Oh, hi, again, wide assortment of SoCal restaurants, hundreds of restaurants, that are inviting regulars and new customers alike to come in and try some of the best dishes for a song, or a set price that's pretty darn close to a song. And greetings, two-week-long run, from July 14 through 28, a stretch of time that should be roomy enough to give curious cuisine seekers a chance to try the participating eatery they've eyed for awhile now. Hello and welcome.
Lotus Festival: The lotus blossom is as much a part of Echo Park Lake as water itself, and supporters of both the lovely lotus and the lovely lake return each summer for a cultural celebration, one that includes delicious eat, moving dance, and more. The host country for 2017 is Bangladesh, and the dates? Celebrate on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16. The lotus magic continues, too: If you're close to Santa Barbara, note that Ganna Walska Lotusland is throwing its namesake bloom a bash on Saturday, July 15.
What to do, where to go and what to see
D23 Expo: We believe that you can sing every "Frozen" song from memory, know every Captain Hook line from "Peter Pan," and grok to all of the general wait times for every attraction at Disneyland. We also believe that you may just want to get to Anaheim, from July 14 through 16, for confetti shower of Disney news, sneak peeks, star sightings, icon talks, and shopping opportunities. It's happening just a scooch away from The Happiest Place on Earth, and, yes, you can bet your Tink wings that a lot of fans'll be rocking a bevy of charming costumes.
League of Play: Superhero Training Day: Have a kid who dreams super-fantastic-awesome hero dreams? There's a "massive public play date" ahead, at Pan Pacific Park, from Super Heroic. We're not sure if your child will be able to leap tall buildings by day's end, but do plan on watching your tot participate in a number of "superhero training exercises and games," which might be as nifty as building-leaping. There'll be food for sale, and DJs, too, lending Saturday, July 14 more super-o-sity.
DTLA Brewers United Fest: If the stylish suds emerging from downtown's septet of brewhouses have you stoked about the up-and-up state of local craft beerdom these days, make for the Triangle Lot at 224 Rose Street on Sunday, July 16. The seven area breweries'll be out with a line-up of "limited edition and specialty beers" as well as a special glass for the occasion. And all of the proceeds? They'll go to Keep A Breast.
Union Station Summer Train Fest: Do you love trains? Does your tot? Do you both? No surprise there: It's a passion for many people, and the chance to study vintage engines up close, and peek inside retro cars, and check out model trains, and participate in other choo-choo-riffic goings-on is beyond tempting. It's all free, on Saturday, July 15, though note that one special tour has a cost. Details? Chugga-chugga in this direction, happy railwayians of SoCal.