The Weekend Go Go: Artisanal L.A. Spring, LAT Festival of Books, Los Angeles Beer Fest

Buzzed Honey at Artisanal L.A. Spring 2016
Buzzed Honey at Artisanal L.A. Spring 2016

It’s actually spring weather in L.A.

Go forth and get cultured.

Also, beered up.

No judgement.

ARTISANAL L.A. SPRING 2016 — For the most mouth-watering event in L.A. this weekend, head downtown to The Reef for two days of artists, bakers, makers and so much more.  Is the rain bringing thoughts of posies and other outdoor possibilities? Learn how to care for trees with Tree People, grow 10,000 microgreens with Wynbrandt Farms and make a paper seedling pot with Gardenerd.   Ready to up your cooking game?  Take a mini-class at The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories.  Want to get a jump on Mother’s Day shopping so you can spend max time hanging with la mere?  Artisan L.A. has dozens of vendors with the perfect gift to get you Favorite Child status…at least for a day.  Why: Feeling like spring by drinking a green smoothie while petting a Soledad Sanctuary baby goat.

More culture than you can shake a stick at....
More culture than you can shake a stick at….

LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS — Bibliophiles rejoice! Also, art lovers, poetry mavens and film aficionados…the FREE L.A. Times Festival of Books has it all and for two, fun-filled days. Explore more Mom Day shopping opportunities at booths like Prospect Park Books (Little Flower cookbooks and caramels, Auntie Em’s cookbooks and cookies).   Check out Fiction: Lives Unraveling (Conversation 1025): moderated by Chris Daley with must-read femme writers Mona Simpson, Vendela Vida, Karolina Waclawiak.  For a curated selection of cutting edge, small press offerings of lit, poetry, comics and zines, head to the Smokin’ Hot Indie Lit Lounge.  Why: Drinking free lemonade while writing, editing and producing your own  book at Smokin’ Hot Indie Lit Lounge.

Brews, beats and buddies at the L.A. Beer Fest 2016.
Brews, beats and buddies at the L.A. Beer Fest 2016.

L.A. BEER FEST 2016 — Beer is for warm weather, right?  WRONG!  Beer is for all seasons, all the time.  Head to L.A. Center Studios today for the one-day-only suds fest.  Luckily, there are two sessions available to sample the 200 beers on offer from the international (Trumer Pils, Austria) to the national (Ohana Brewing Company) to the hyper-local (Pacific Plate Brewing Company: the smallest license brewery in SoCal).  Food is a separate cost so bring cash just in case. Why: Sipping a Pacific Plate Mango IPA in the dueling piano bar.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go…. 

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