Do you smell that? No, not the decaying pumpkin in your living room (please throw that out). It’s the festive wafts of the holiday season, which whether you like it or not, has officially begun. Here are five events to help kick off our favorite two months of the year.
This music/art/clothing/food festival hosted by Complex is returning this weekend to the Long Beach Convention Center. From November 6th-7th, expect DJ sets, panels, and merchandise stalls, but what we’re most excited about is the First We Feast Lagoon, featuring some of our favorite food vendors in LA, like Kuya Lord, Bridgetown Roti, and Ggiata. Tickets are $80 for one-day GA.
Manhattan Beach is getting into the holiday spirit quickly with the return of the Holiday Market at Manhattan Village this Saturday, November 6th from 11am-4pm. The event will include dozens of different holiday-themed vendors from around LA selling clothing, food, gifts, home goods, and more. Admission is free, but recommending registering beforehand.
Westside Food, Wine, & Spirits Festival
After a hiatus due to the pandemic, the Westside Food, Wine, & Spirits Festival is back this Sunday, November 7th with proceeds benefiting the Westside Food Bank. The event runs from 12:30-4:30pm and is being held at the Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo. There will be live jazz bands, DJs, magicians, a silent auction, and over 25 food and beverage vendors. Tickets start at $70 and go up to $100 for VIP.
Looking to change up your weekend restaurant routine? Check out Sunday Gravy. The Inglewood Italian spot feels like a hot, new Italian restaurant in an old-school Italian restaurant’s body. And that’s probably because the brother and sister team behind it took over their dad’s pizza joint in Inglewood and gave it a total revamp - complete with red checkered table cloths, sensual R&B playing over the loudspeaker, and a rotating lasagna special. These are only some of the reasons we put it on our updated Exciting Dinner Spots In LA Right Now guide.
Regal Africa is hosting a two-day festival in downtown Culver City celebrating African culture and promoting diversity, unity, and community. Expect music, food, discussions, and more. Admission is free, but you can pre-register here.
If you didn’t get the partying in like you wanted to last weekend, head to Redline for a full weekend of events. The Downtown queer bar hosts a a UK Drag Race viewing party on Thursdays, drag brunch on Sundays, and various DJ sets and performances on Friday and Saturday night.