Everything You Have to Do in LA This Weekend

Updated On 08/09/2018 at 05:54PM EST Updated On 08/09/2018 at 05:54PM EST
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Thursday - Saturday
Aug 9-25
St Mark’s Episcopal Church (Glendale)
This interactive, audience-involved roleplaying show is limited to 50 tickets a night. The intimately sized audience will go on a deep dive into the characters and world of The Wizard of Oz -- although the Scarecrow is now the king, the Tin Man is trying to get his revenge, and Dorothy is a hostage. Will you help her escape? There’s only one way to find out.
Cost: $80-100
Thursday - Friday
Aug 9-10
1950 E 103rd st (Watts)
In anticipation of his upcoming restaurant Alta Adams, chef Keith Corbin -- who got his start at the Watts-by-way-of-Roy-Choi fast-foodish spot Locol -- will premiere his upcoming California Soul Food menu at said burger joint. Menu items include staples like fried green tomatoes and watermelon salad, as well as large-format options like oxtail and fried chicken.
Cost: $7-25
Hinoki & the Bird
Hinoki & the Bird
Friday - Saturday
Aug 10-11
Hinoki and the Bird (Century City)
This five-course dinner (courses TBA based on what’s fresh day-of) is intended as a celebration of the Japanese Star Festival, complete with a ritual in which guests will write their wishes on a ribbon and tie them to a tree at the restaurant, so when the plants grow, the wishes get “closer to the heavens.” It’s a nice thought (and it’ll definitely be a nice dinner).
Cost: TBA
Friday - Sunday
Aug 10-12
LA Convention Center (Downtown)
This celebration of all-things-Korean-entertainment includes musical acts like MOMOLAND and Chunga -- but even if those names mean nothing to you, you’ll want to head down to the food market, with 20+ vendors including street food from Seoul Street and musubi from Sunny Blue.
Cost: Ranges
Saturday - Sunday
Aug 11-12
Angel City Brewery (Downtown)
This annual festival revolves around the launch of Angel City’s creamy (and very interesting!) avocado ale, but also includes music from local heroes Blackwater Jukebox and food from Downtown Tacos and Lizzy’s Avocado Toast.
Cost: Free admission, ranges for food and beer
Aug 11
Culver City Veterans Auditorium (Culver City)
Speaking of Angel City, the same-named (but unrelated) roller derby league returns today with a double-header against teams from Rocky Mountain Rollergirls. There’s beer, wine, and cocktails for anyone of age -- and discount kids tickets for families, too.
Cost: $12-30
Aug 11
Barton G (West Hollywood)
Former LA Magazine food writer Erika Lenkert’s gluten-free magazine GFF is taking over Barton G for a night of candita-friendly food. There’ll be amazing-sounding dishes like mini-sliders with Wagyu beef and black truffle, black-garlic marinated moonfish, and the restaurant’s notorious Marie Antoinette’s Head dessert: cotton candy piled atop tiramisu.
Cost: $129
San Diego Beer and Wine Fest
San Diego Brew Fest
Aug 11
Embarcadero Marina Park North (San Diego)
The organizers of the San Diego Brew Fest and the San Diego Wine Fest have merged (literally: they now have two children together) and are now teamed up for this mega-fest. It’s a great excuse to escape the LA heat, as well as to get, uh, happy: they’ve got dozens of craft brews, hundreds of wine pours, food trucks, live music, and more.
Cost: $55-70
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Aug 12
Grand Central Market (Downtown)
To celebrate their one-year anniversary, one of Thrillist’s favorite new spots at GCM’s serving up their schmancy, house-made Old School PBJ sandwiches for $1 from 6-9pm. If you’re down to splurge, they’ve also got a superfood special this month with acai goji berry and blueberry jam with cacao chip almond butter for $8.
Cost: $1