The Weekend Playbook: Cheesesteak pop-ups and pork trotter in Echo Park

Donnie Darko

Event of the WeekThe summer screening series Eat/See/Hear's actually got a big-screen projection you'll want to see: on Sat, they're dusting off Donnie Darko at Santa Monica High School, so that rabbit can invade your dreams again. They've got food trucks too: find out which ones right here

Thursday, August 1Tonight, Palmina Winery takes over Dominick’s for a pig roast/wine pairing dinner. Save $13 off the $85 price by snagging a ticket ahead of time right here.

Friday, August 2nd Don’t miss the Freddy Smalls pop-up over at the old Shack space in SaMo, where you can nosh Philly-style on a cheesesteak-and-chips for $12 -- happening through this weekend only! Hit the normal menu right here

The Sunset Strip Music Festival w/ Joan Jett and Linkin Park starts tomorrow, but, tonight, check out the free Pre-Fest party w/ free booze from Jack Daniels. RSVP and deets right here

Saturday, August 3rd The lowdown on tonight’s Low Country Boil at Spoonful Restaurant: live crawfish flown in from Louisiana, down-home Southern eats, and bluegrass/country tunes. RSVP here, ya’ll

Sunday, August 4th It’s the last day of the X Games' last year in LA, so, bro, catch the action down at L.A. Live. Get gnarly right here

OngoingMake a trip to Echo Park to sample Allumette’s new bar-only menu, which offers small bites like Szechuan pork dumplings, pork trotter, and fried oysters. Peep the full menu here

Dine outdoors downtown in Maguire Gardens with Café Pinot’s new “Secret Garden” menu, where the picks include pork belly (with peanut butter crunch!), speck burrata, and French dip sliders. Shhhhhhh

We all scream for Rosa Mexicano’s 10th annual Ice Cream Festival, where you can try treats like paleta popsicles, dessert guac, and ice cream-stuffed churros ‘til the end of August. Here's the full deal

Freebie of the WeekFor the next week, mention Thrillist at Pork Belly's and -- BAM! -- they'll hit you with a free order of fried pickles.