The weekend starts early.
The weekend starts now.
The weekend rocks hard and tastes great.
The weekend is yours for the taking, Angelenos!
ECHO PARK RISING — The FREE, hyper-local, by-the-seat-of-its-pants fest kicks off an impressive four days of programming tonight. Now in its sixth year, the all ages (some venues 21+), little-fest-that-could features 300+ emerging bands plus up-and-coming comics. The outdoor Main Stage at Liberty and Reservoir is operational Friday and Saturday nights only but there’s plenty of acts to catch on Thursday and Sunday plus beer gardens, local restos, food trucks and a Vendor Village A modestly priced VIP pass gets you privileges like: VIP viewing areas, skipping the line, easy bar access, and a goodie grab bag while supplies last. Logistical FAQs HERE. Why: Egyptian Lover (Thursday), Chicano Batman, Colleen Green (Friday), Sex Stains, the Weirdos, Bleached, Shannon Lay (Saturday) and Nocona (Sunday). Plus front-yard cookouts at Semi-Tropic.
L.A. TACO FESTIVAL — Returning to conveniently Metro-adjacent Grand Park for its 6th year of doing good via great eats, the L.A. Taco Festival features 30+ food vendors, both traditional and untraditional, to benefit Jovenes Inc., which provides housing for homeless youth. Admission is FREE to the all ages, open to the public, tac0-and-beyond takeover of Downtown’s “Park for Everyone”. However, buying a ticket further helps Jovenes and is certain to make the great grub taste even better, especially with a DJ soundtrack and dance performances. Why: Tacos, tacos, tacos then Viva Los Cupcakes under the sun.
EAGLE ROCK FESTIVAL — The homegrown Northeast Los Angeles festival is returning for its 17th year after a hiatus in 2015 to figure out a way to mitigate the expanding event’s impact on the community. While smaller and more contained, the fest returns on Saturday with a musical vengeance courtesy of headliners Orgone and Dengue Fever. The family friendly fest (A “Code of Conduct” asks fest attendees to watch their language.) is still FREE. However, two ticket types — for fast track entry ($10) and a VIP experience ($20) — have been introduced to raise money for local fest producing entity: the beloved Center for the Arts Eagle Rock for their children’s arts education program Why: Listening to the dreamy, rarely-seen-locally harpist/keyboardist Low Leaf (a.k.a. Angelica-Marie Lopez) with Ascension Crew on the Experimental Stage.
TIKI BASH AT DESCANSO GARDENS — For an upscale taste of the tropics, head to La Canada Flintridge for a balmy (okay, maybe warm) evening of Hawaiian dance, South Seas-inspired cocktails like Mai Tais and Navy Grog, and a sumptuous Aloha State inspired dinner buffet brought to you courtesy of the Patina Group. Entrees at Sunday’s feast include Hawaiian Style Kahlua Pork, grilled/glazed Teriyaki Chicken with coconut rice, Pan Seared White Fish with banana and macadamia nut crust and flavored shaved ice cones for dessert. There’s plenty in bloom at Descanso Gardens — a nationally accredited “museum of living collections” — so do venture beyond the Main Lawn where the bash is based. Why: celebrating the culture of the Paradise of the Pacific in one of L.A.’s local paradises.
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