For calendar sticklers and fall purists, this week marks the official end of summer. Congratulations to all who celebrate. For those who aren’t ready for the seasons to change, we have some good news. It’s still a brisk 90 degrees in LA right now, so if you want to get out there and have some fun this week, there are plenty of great events to keep your social calendar filled.
Black On The Block
The neighborhood pop-up market is returning this Sunday, September 26th in Pasadena. Running from 12-5pm, Black On The Block features over 100 black-owned vendors, food options that range from Haitian to hibachi, six different bars, giveaways, photo booths, drum circles, games, live DJs, and more. Admission is $5, either in advance or at the door.
If you’ve been craving Eastern European dumplings lately, you’re in luck. Backdoor Dumplings is dishing out their excellent meat-filled pelmenis (they have a vegan option as well) at three locations across town this week. First up is Sara’s Market in East LA on Thursday, September 23rd, followed by White Label Creamery on Fairfax and Ignite La Brea on the 24th and 25th. Be sure to keep a close eye on their Instagram for the latest updates.
Community space Lokels Only is hosting an 18-and-over outdoor party in the Arts District this Sunday, September 26th called The Picnic. The event runs from 3-9pm (arrive before 5pm and get two-for-one drink specials) and expect tons of outdoor drinking games like beer pong and cornhole, plus curated DJ sets into the night. Admission is $12 and tickets are available here.
Amboy is a tiny meat shop in Chinatown that’s home to some tremendous burgers and our favorite fries in LA. But for this week only, chef Alvin Cailan is putting a special Emilia-Romagna burger on the menu. Named for the region in Northern Italy, it comes with two blended patties that have been coated with grated parmesan and then smashed into the grill, balsamic aioli, diced onions, and pesto all on a toasted squishy bun. Pre-orders are available here.
LA Tequila Fest
For anyone looking to really kick things up a notch this weekend, head to the LA State Historic Park in Chinatown for the return of LA Tequila Fest this Saturday, September 25th from 2:30-6:30pm. General admission is $65, which gets you 15 free tequila samples plus a commemorative glass. If you go VIP for $125 though, you get unlimited tastings from exclusive tequila brands and complimentary food, as well as access to private bathrooms and a lounge area. The event will also feature DJs, lawn games, and over eight food trucks selling everything from tacos to gyros.
The massively popular noodle pop-up is heading back to Highland Park this weekend on Friday, September 24th. They’ll be setting up shop on The York’s back patio from 5pm until they sell out. There will be no pre-ordering available and everything is first-come, first-serve. Needless to say, get there early or you’re probably going to go home hungry.