Los Angeles, it’s been a punishing winter.
Happily, we endured thanks to a bevy of booze-centric events. The Super Bowl. Valentine’s Day. Mardi Gras. St. Patrick’s Day.
Finally, spring has sprung. Swap out those cold weather sneaks and pants for shorts and flip flops and relax into the slow roll to summer.
You’ll drink to that.
Some Like It Hot
The weather will be perfect in Santa Monica on Saturday but get ready for a hot time at the Latin Food Fest Grande Tasting. One ticket gets you access to Hanger 8 and samplings from 100 local and international Latin chefs, wineries and spirit brands including chef and sommelier demos featuring wines from Argentina, California, Chile, Mexico and Spain.
Don’t miss the Spirits of the Americas pavilion featuring Rum, Mezcal, Tequila, Bacanora (the now legal, agave equivalent of American moonshine) and Sotol: similar to artisanal mezcal but made from the spoon plant.
Does that make a taste of Sotol a Lovin’ Spoonful? (Ms. Go Go makes no apologies.)
Is your early tax return is burning a hole in your pocket? Lucky you.
The Latin Food Fest Grande Tasting VIP ticket is one of the best, splurge-worthy deluxe food fest options around with early entrance, tapas, oysters, Scala Dei Garnatxa red, Chandon bubbly, Alquima organic tequila, massages, live music and swag.
Go on…be a hot shot.
LATIN GRANDE FOOD FEST TASTING — Sat, March 21, VIP ($150) & Designated Drivers ($40) 11am – 3pm. GA $50 noon – 3pm — Hanger 8, 3000 31st St, Santa Monica 90405. PARK – Cash Only – $10 / 2950 31st St, Santa Monica 90405. For tickets and more info, go HERE.
Three Ring Drinking
In collaboration with The LA Circus and Jack Daniels, the bash features freaks, professional circus acts, special live performances, DJs, interactive carnival games, food trucks, and free swag with a portion of the evening’s event going towards the revitalization of the LA River.
Your $30 ticket gets you unlimited access to the open bar and there’s a professional photo booth so you can capture for posterity your cool circus trick of standing on one leg and drinking from a bottle while your eyes cross.
Everyone has their special talent.
THE 4TH ANNUAL CARNIVALE — Sat, March 21, 9pm – 2am. $30/21+ — LA River, 2900 Casitas Ave, LA 90039. For tix and more info, go HERE.
Wheelin’ in the Years
If you’re an avid cyclist, a weekend walker or just want to check out car-and-traffic-free streets in the Valley (Whoo hoo!), head to Metro Presents: CicLAvia – The Valley this Sunday for an all-day spin and stroll.
The Metro-friendly NOT-a-marathon runs 5.5 miles along Lankershim Boulevard between the North Hollywood Metro Red Line stop at Chandler Boulevard and the Universal Studio Red Line stop, and along Ventura Boulevard between Campo de Cahuenga and Coldwater Canyon.
It’s not a race — start and stop whenever/wherever you want and bike, walk or skate anywhere you’d like on the CicLAvia route, which travels through and by noteworthy East Valley spots including Universal City, the North Hollywood Arts District, the historic Campo de Cahuenga, Studio City Farmers Market and the famed Sportsmen’s Lodge.
Check out the CicLAvia FB page for info regarding routes, Metro travel, satellite events including pre-CicLAvia yoga classes in the park, and free swag including the fab sticker above courtesy of NoHo’s Rolling Ravens Roller Derby girls.
The CicLAvia is a family friendly event although beginner cyclists should be monitored by parents for the safety of themselves and other participants.
It’s the perfect day to debut your spring bike horns, handlebar streamers and clothes-pinned playing cards.
More Weekend Go Go Fun!
Norooz Persian Parade & Festival — Music! Food! Grand Park! FREE! Sat, 3/21
Bedlam Explosivo Variety Hour — Magic! Mayhem! Juggling! Sex! Sat, March 22
Nowruz Celebration — Premieres! Costume parade! Music! Food! (Mostly) FREE LACMA entry! Sun, March 22
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….