Renegade Craft Fair

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The summer edition of the Renegade Craft Fair is coming to LA State Historic Park near downtown this weekend, July 20th and 21st.  This FREE event has a staff-selected group of over 250 indie-crafters offering a diverse collection of handmade goods.  You’ll find unique fashion and jewelry, ceramics and housewares, food and drink, furniture and lighting, bath and body products, art, and papergoods.  There will be live music, photobooth, and food trucks as entertainment along with workshops and art installations.  Check the website for more info on directions and a map of the event!

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Location:  LA Historic State Park

1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date:  Saturday, July 20th and Sunday, July 21st

Time:  11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Website:  http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles-summer-home

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The Long Beach Crawfish Festival

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The Long Beach Crawfish Festival is back!!! We’re so excited for this event, we went last year and the live music, vendors, and of course the FOOD was  amazing!  To get an idea of what it’s like read our previous post on our experience last year.  Quantities are limited so pre-sale tickets are encouraged.  Check out their site for the different meal packages, also if you purchase now online there is a $15 off deal on the Crawfish Feast!

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Location: Rainbow Lagoon

400-403 Shoreline Village Drive Long Beach, CA 90802

Date:  August 3-4

Time:  12pm-11pm on Sat.  12pm-1om pm on Sunday

Website:  http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com

DineLA Restaurant Week

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If you have been waiting to try that new restaurant but haven’t had the time, check out DineLA’s Restaurant Week happening tomorrow, July 15th through Friday, July 26th.  This event features specially priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at some of LA’s best restaurants.  Pricing tiers range from $15 to $25 and dinner ranges from $25 to $45.  This is a great way to experience LA’s finest eats at an affordable price.  Check the website for a list of participating restaurants, menus, and links to make reservations through OpenTable.

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Location:  Participating Restaurants in LA

Date:  Monday, July 15th through Friday, July 26th

Time:  Lunch and Dinner

Website:  http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Luckyrice Los Angeles

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Luckyrice is an event that brings together some of LA’s best chefs and mixologists to showcase Asian-inspired food paired with amazing cocktails.  The event, originating in New York, is making its second showing in Culver City on Saturday, July 27th.  The $88 admission includes all you can eat and drink from 7 to 10 PM!  The menu is an a diverse mix of Asian cuisines, from Badmaash’s tandoori chicken to Park’s BBQ Korean barbecue and everything in between.  Tickets will be sure to sell out quickly, so head over to the website and check out the food and cocktail menus too!

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Location:  The Bookbindery

8870 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA 90232

Date:  Saturday, July 27th

Time:  7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Website:  http://www.luckyrice.com/#luckyrice-feast-los-angeles

Santa Barbara French Festival

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I know we all love L.A. but if you are looking to get away for the day, check out the Santa Barbara French Festival this weekend! In celebration of Bastile Day, you’ll be able to enjoy fresh baked french breads, pastries, classic cuisine, and regional specialties. Crepes, onion soup, quiche, pates, sausage, escargots, Cajun and French Moroccan food, salads and cheeses. Beer, wine, sparkling Champagne. Orangina, Perrier, and frothy cafe au lait. Not only is it a food festival it’s also a dance, music, arts, and travel festival. It’s like going to France without paying for it. Yup, FREE ADMISSION! Check out the festival and maybe hit the gorgeous beaches up afterwards, a perfect weekend for a mini-vacay!

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Location: Oak Park

300 West Alamar Avenue, Santa Barbara 93105

Date: July 13 – 14

Time: 11am – 7pm

Website: http://www.frenchfestival.com

LA Street Food Fest Update

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We had an awesome time checking out LA Street Food Fest at the Rose Bowl, an all-inclusive food and drink event featuring some of LA’s best food trucks and restaurants!

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It was a quick cab ride out to the Rose Bowl, and surprisingly traffic was not too bad.  We were dropped off right at the entrance gate, grabbed our alcohol wristbands and walked right in.  Once inside, we situated ourselves while sipping on cucumber jalapeno margaritas from Milagro tequila, which hit the spot on this warm later afternoon.  The layout of the event had vendors surrounding the outside of the Rose Bowl while the infield and seating was open on the inside of the Rose Bowl.  We actually ended up doing most of our eating in line to make the most of our time.

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The lines were very reasonable with wait times around 5 minutes for most vendors.  We weren’t sure where they got them, but we saw some people carrying cardboard trays to hold all of their food, which was a brilliant idea.  There were over 100 tents and food trucks serving up all kinds of cuisines.  Some of our favorites were the grilled cheese truck, crispy pig ears, and crab rice balls.

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We headed to one end of the vendors called the Taste of Mexico, which featured some amazing tacos and was right next to the Singha beer garden.  Mariscos El Mazateno served up a delicious scallop and shrimp taco.

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After passing through all of the vendors again, we headed toward the dessert part of the event.  One of our favorites was Churro Borough, serving an ice cream sandwich made of churros!

Only 2 and a half hours into our 4 hour session, we were stuffed and ready to check out the Rose Bowl infield.  The infield had plenty of space to sprawl out and relax on the grass.  A live band provided the entertainment and it seemed like everyone was having a great time.

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We stayed to watch the sun set and decided to catch a cab home.  All in all we thought the LA Street Food Fest was a good deal with free parking, unlimited food and drinks, and it never felt over-crowded.  We definitely recommend going next year if you are a foodie like us!

Saturdays Off the 405

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Check out “Saturdays Off the 405” for evenings featuring performances by your soon-to-be favorite bands, along with DJ sets to open and close the nights! This event will be going on now through the summer from 6pm-9pm. Feel free to get there early to visit the galleries, take in the sunset from atop the hill, or stroll the gardens! Although no outside alcohol is allowed there is a cash bar (beer and wine) as well as food stations and a restaurant available in the Museum Courtyard. Check out their site for a list of performers!

Location: The Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles 90049

Date: Saturdays All Summer

Time: 6pm – 9pm

Website: The Getty Center

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Wanderlust: Yoga in the City

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Looking for a way to beat the heat this weekend?  Head out to Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, June 30th, for Yoga in the City!  This event brings yoga to the masses by hosting large free yoga classes led by local instructors.  There will be musical performances and vendors as well, so grab your yoga mat and head to the beach!  Be sure to register through the website and check out the schedule so you don’t miss one of three classes throughout the day.

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Location:  Santa Monica Pier

200 Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica, CA 90401

Date:  Sunday, June 30th

Time:  1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Website:  http://la.wanderlustfestival.com/