The Weekend Go Go: Grand Performances, Beer Week, Chalk Festival + More

This is where you kick off the first weekend of summer...
You.  Here.  Friday.

Hey there, summer weather.

You’re just in time for the official start of the season.

Also, Father’s Day.

Good thing the following events fit the bill for all three.

Summer Kick Off.  For Free.

Fountains.  Skyscrapers.  Night skies.  You.

Also, music.  Also, free.

Mix all of the above and you have the aptly named Grand Performances.

This quintessential L.A. experience lasts through August but opening weekend is the perfect way to kick off the season. Grab a blanket, a bottle and a picnic and add your Pops, your BFFs or your best girl/guy. For optimum seating, Metro down to the gorgeous California Plaza up to two hours before shows of which there are two this weekend.

If you missed Gaslamp Killer Experience at Coachella (oh, those rent-check-equivalent tix), check out the L.A. based DJ/producer ‘s signature dubstep, world music, left-field hip-hop and psychedelic sounds — accompanied by a 10-piece band — on Friday.

On Saturday, Wattstax Revisited celebrates the 50th anniversary of the events that inspired the  historic 1973 documentary featuring the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Richard Pryor and Stax Records  artists including Isaac Hayes.  Come Downtown and “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”.

And that’s just opening weekend….

Yep, it’s summertime and the livin’ is easy.

GRAND PERFORMANCES — Fri, 6/19 & Sat, 6/20. Both shows: 8-10:30 pm  FREECalifornia Plaza,  350 S Grand Ave, DTLA 90071  For schedule & more info, go HERE.

L.A. Beer in June.
L.A. Beer Week…now in June in a neighborhood near you.

99+ Bottles of Beer on the Wall….

Go Go’ers, L.A. Beer Week is — thank heavens! — a wee bit guilty of false advertising.  The so-glad-it’s-now-in-June celebration of hops is not seven days but eight.

Yes, starting Saturday and all around town, you can celebrate beer eight days a week.

The suds fest sloshes to a start at its new home in Exposition Park with the LA Brewers Kickoff: the perfect, last-minute Father’s Day gift for slacker offspring.  The expected-to-sell-out afternoon event features 75+ breweries pouring 200 beers, food trucks, music and educational panel discussions.

Is there anything better than learning about drinking while drinking?

If you’re a traditionalist who wants to party/dine with dear old Dad on the actual day, you have plenty of options from L.A. Beer Week Hangover Brunch at Far Bar, a bike-in optional Brunchalicious with Ladyface Ale, Dan Mattern and Roxana Jullapat at the L.A. River adjacent Elysian, Clash of the Burger Titans featuring Oinkster and Grill ‘Em All at Eagle Rock Public House or Angel City Brewery’s  Father’s Day Food Truck & Music Fest.  Or click HERE to find out how to score a FREE $40 ticket to Beerbowl at Roy Choi’s A-Frame.

Tell the Old Man you inherited your financial acumen from him.

So much better than socks.

LA BEER WEEK 2015 — Sat, June 20 – Sun, June 28: various times/locations/prices —  For more info, including the complete schedule, go HERE.

Chalk it up!  (Detail of mural by Karlos Aguilar; photo by Robert Jensen)
Chalk it up! (Detail of mural by Karlos Aguilar; photo by Robert Jensen)

Don’t Step on the Cracks Sidewalk

Let’s face it: all your dad really wants is some hang time with you.

For an urban stroll with something extra, head to Rose City this weekend for the Pasadena Chalk Festival.

Giving new meaning to the phrase “street art”, the FREE, all-day, two-day chalk-stravaganza features an Animation Alley and a Chalk of Fame (murals highlighting film and T.V.)

There’s also Kids Chalkland where your budding Banksy can create a Father’s Day card and get his/her face painted…

…presumably not with chalk.

You’ll also want to check out the Silent Auction and Art Gallery where you can view and bid on the artists’ original works on canvas: an uber-sneaky way to get Dad exactly the present he wants.

That chalked-up portrait of a monkey will look great in the man-cave….

PASADENA CHALK FESTIVAL — Sat, June 20 & Sun, June 21. Chalk fest 10am – 7pm; music starts at 8am.  FREEPaseo Colorado, 300 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena 91101 (btwn Marengo Blvd & Los Robles on Colorado Blvd.)  For more info, including parking, go HERE and HERE.

See the show, see the movie!
See the show, see the movie!

More Weekend Go Go Fun!

La Nuit en Rosé Los Angeles — 40 rosé wines and champagnes with walk-around light buffet!   Rosé Wine Pairing Dinner presented by Wine Enthusiast!  Killer views at the exclusive Mondrian Skybar!  Sat 6/20 & Sun 6/21

Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance — Luxury automobiles!  “Highways to Heaven” ft. USA’s Route 66, Italy’s Autostrade and Germany’s Autobahn!  FREE!  Sun, 6/21

Trainwreck Comedy Tour!  Amy Schumer & Friends!  One night only!  Benefit!  Sun, 6/21

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….



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