Believe it or not, but we’re officially halfway through the unofficial summer calendar. Are we having fun? Are we eating well? Have we privately sworn off hard seltzers? If the answer to any of those questions is no, then there’s no time to waste. Here are seven things to do and eat this week that’ll get your summer started before it’s too late.
After canceling the 2020 edition, The OC Fair is back in Costa Mesa starting Friday, July 16th. The fair runs Wednesdays through Sundays until August 15th and will feature rides, concerts, shopping, and over 100 different food vendors. And this is a fair after all, so expect to find everything from deep-fried hotdogs to cheeto-n-cheese burgers. Single day admissions range from $7-14.
EXPLORE A NEIGHBORHOOD
Go Little Tokyo
The 6th annual Go Little Tokyo festival is now entering its second weekend, with two different self-guided tours on Saturday, July 16th from 2-5pm that will take you through some of the best restaurants and small businesses in the neighborhood. Tickets are $69, and that price includes food bites and drinks from six different restaurants including Azay and Far Bar, as well as a special item from the Little Tokyo Community Council.
QUEER EVENTS TO KNOW ABOUT
Hot Donna's Clubhouse Fundraiser
Hot Donna’s, an inclusive space for queer, trans, non-binary, and lesbian individuals, is hosting a fundraiser this Saturday, the 17th at Pan Pacific Park to help raise money for a brand new space right in West Hollywood. The event runs from 2-7pm and will feature various performers, DJs, tattoo artists, games, cheesboards, and a signature cocktail.
Feeling a bit nostalgic lately? Head to Resident in the Arts District this Saturday, July 17th for an R&B throwback brunch. The party runs from 1-7pm and will feature tons of food, plus DJ sets inspired by the music of Janet Jackson, The Fugees, Lauryn Hill, and more. Tickets are $25 and are available here.
Afro GoGo: The African Fiesta
There’s an African dance party happening down at Catch One in Mid-City where the party starts at 10pm on Saturday, July 17th and goes until 2am. There will be DJ sets and different performances highlighting music from all over Africa. General admission is $20, but if you book in advance, it’s only $10.
WEEKEND CRAFT SESSION
The California African-American Museum is hosting a zine workshop where you’ll be able to create your own zine with the help of Alyssa Olepau, a teaching artist from Able ARTS Work—a nonprofit offering opportunities in the creative arts for people of all abilities. The event is free, but registration is now open.