What a great week to be in LA! The weather’s doing that thing where there’s lots of sun, but without temps over 78 degrees. Our hair has finally grown out, after a near-traumatic experience in April when our hairdresser gave us f*cking microbangs. And, the sweet, sweet sound of Olivia Rodrigo is still dominating every single stream of ours on Spotify.
It doesn’t sound like it could get any better, but there are also plenty of food and drink-related events happening in LA this week, like natural wine tastings, Pride festivals in Compton, and pop-ups you should definitely keep an eye on. Here’s what’s going on in the City of Angels between June 2nd and June 6th.
Compton Pride Festival
The first-ever Compton Pride Festival is going down this Saturday, June 5th. In addition to live, in-person performances, the free festival will also be streaming on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Their goal is to create an exciting, family-friendly event with live resource interviews and entertainment, mixed with a loving culture of Compton and a safe, inclusive, and accepting space for the LGBTQIA community.
APAIT Pride Resource Fair
Asian Pacific Aids Intervention Team (APAIT) is hosting a free resource fair on Friday, June 4th at 11am for the LGBTQ+ community. In addition to games, prizes, snacks, and refreshments, they’ll also provide free HIV and STI tests, mental health resources, support groups, and more.
Outloud: Raising Voices Festival
LGBTQ organization, Outloud: Raising Voices has teamed up with Pride Live to kick-off Pride 2021 with an in-person concert at the LA Memorial Coliseum. Running from Friday, June 4th to Sunday, June 6th, the concert features performances from Sofi Tukker, Hayley Kiyoko, Adam Lambert, and Kim Petras, and seeks to promote love, acceptance, inclusiveness, identity, and support while bringing people together in a colorful celebration of their community. Tickets can be bought here.
From Friday, June 4th to Tuesday, June 8th, LGBTQ-oriented non-profit, Outfest, will be hosting their annual Outfronts festival. Held over the course of five days, the lineup includes over 18 panels, sneak previews, and screenings with the cast and crew of TV shows like Genera+ion, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Veneno, and more. You must have an Outfest Now subscription to participate though.
On Saturday, June 5th, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles will host an hour-long virtual event, performing songs like “Hallelujah,” “This is Me” (from The Greatest Showman), and the eternally iconic, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Reservations are free (find them here) with a suggested donation of $20.
POP-UPS TO KEEP AN EYE ON
One of the hottest pop-ups in the city (seriously, they sell out in under two minutes), Little Fish, just dropped their June schedule. Their next pick-up isn’t until Tuesday, June 15th, but preorders go live next Tuesday, June 8th. If you want to snag one, we highly recommend setting your alarm now.
A BEAUTIFUL SPRING SOIREE
Join Chinatown flower shop, Heaven’s Market, this Saturday, June 5th from 11am-4pm for a very special Spring Soiree. In honor of the city’s recent warm weather, they’ll be hosting a private showroom in Silver Lake featuring floral bouquets, natural wine tastings, and snacks from tie-dye dumpling pop-up, Sandita’s. RSVPs are free, but required.
SOME SWEET, SWEET MUSIC FOR YOU
Legendary LA restaurant, performance space, and queer community center, Casita del Campo (which also happens to have one of the best patios in the city), just dropped an absolutely fire Pride 2021 playlist. Filled with songs by Earth, Wind, and Fire, Frank Ocean, Sister Nancy, Chaka Khan, and more, it’s the perfect playlist for what scientists are calling “The Summer of Our Lives.”
Some of your favorite LA restaurants and bars are hiring, including a cook at Konbi, a Baking Apprentice at Friends and Family, FOH at Needle, various positions at all of Café Dulce’s locations, and various positions at Homestate.