This Weekend: The Best of What to Do From Downtown L.A. to Eagle Rock, Santa Monica, Venice and The Valley

Print This Post Print This Post


It’s back to back events all over town!



8th Annual Reyes Adobe Days: This  threeday family festival  in Calabasas kicks off  Friday with a luncheon for ages 50 and older and continues Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a celebration of California history, art, music, recreation, cuisine, and shopping on the grounds of an original California rancho dating back to 1845. Performance stages; hands-on historical demonstrations; pony rides; petting zoo; art gallery and gift shop; food vendors; and museum tours. Headlining bands are The Long Run, a tribute to the Eagles, on Saturday, beginning at 3 p.m. and Bella Donna, a tribute to Stevie Nicks, on Sunday, beginning at 2:30pm. Sample the area’s wineries, micro brewery, and boutique farms including locally-grown olives and hand crafted cheeses.  Sat at 7 am is a RAD 10K & 10-mile run followed by a 10 am parade with Grand Marshal Hayley Kiyoko (Scooby Doo, Lemonade Mouth). Saturday evening features a haunted tour of the adobe from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. ($20). Sunday an equestrian gymkhana begins at 9am.


Grand Park Grand Opening: A day-long series of free public events on Saturday will  mark the official grand opening of the now completed Grand Park, located in downtown Los Angeles. Visitors to Grand Park will enjoy entertainment, including music, dance, kids entertainment and more in all four blocks of the park, culminating in the first Los Angeles performance by international aerial movement pioneer, Bandaloop, with a large-scale vertical dance suspended hundreds of feet high on the exterior of City Hall.

 Tapia Brothers Pumpkin Patch:  Through Halloween — this Encino Halloween tradition is back for the 30th year.  Kids can climb through the big pumpkin stagecoach and a big shoe, jump in the moon bounce, enter a pumpkin cave, pet some animals, including miniature donkeys, a cow, sheep, goats and chickens.  There’s also a hayride, a train pulled by a tractor and a corn maze. Tapia Brothers, 5251 Hayvenhurst Avenue  Encino, CA 91436. Tel: 818-905-6155.

 Monster Make-Up Workshop: Join Hollywood Youth Theatre for this workshop for ages 8-18 on Saturday  from 1 p.m. — 4 p.m. Learn the art of creating your favorite “monster” looks for stage or film with make-up artist Brittany Lauren Woodside. All skill levels welcome. Fellowship Church, 320 E. Angeleno Ave, Burbank.

Eagle Rock Music Festival: Culture, community and  music unite in this  14th annual festival stretching along seven blocks in Eagle Rock on Saturday from 2 p.m.-11 p.m. More than 70 bands and DJs will be seen down the boulevard on 11 stages— from jazz and rock to global and hip-hop. Colorado Blvd., between Argus Dr. and Eagle Rock Blvd Suggested donation is $10; kids under 14 are free.


Autumn Festival of Art: Live music, wine-tasting, food, raffles, original artwork from locally and internationally known artists, including quilts, jewelry, paintings, ceramics. $10 per person and $25 per family. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.,Holy Spirit Retreat Center, 4316 Lanai Road, Encino.


Artisan Market & Food Truck Frolic :  It’s a monthly event from 10 a.m.- 4p.m. at the Hidden Gardens and Chateau. Check out local water color, acrylic and Mosaic artists, eclectic gift Items, hand-made jewelry, glass art, clothing and the Meet The Greek food truck. Parking Lot & Garden, Hidden Chateau & Gardens, 23130 Sherman Way, West Hills.

5th Annual ‘La Feria de Los Moles’: Otherwise known as the The Mole Fair, this all day festival provides  an opportunity to taste over 13 different Mexican Moles ranging from sweet savory to hot spicy. The celebration takes place on Olvera Street downtown featuring an array of food stands showcasing a diversity of flavors of Mole. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Olvera Street, entrance is free. Food is available for purchase.

Ciclavia: It’s  the fifth event for this giant block party downtown on Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. when 9.1 miles from East Hollywood through Downtown (including the new Grand Park)and to Chinatown and into Boyle Heights will be blocked off to traffic and turned into a place where people can bike, skate, walk and run.  Check out musicians playing classical, punk, brazilian, reggae, funk, and rock; watch jumpstyle, dance that incorporates hard beats and sharp, air-fueled movement; see solar-powered DJs, audio and visual artists, and activists for alternative energy and transportation; play or watch dodgeball games, and more.

BAM Fest: Head out to Santa Monica for the BAM Fest (Beer, Art & Music Festival) on Sunday from 1 p.m. – 6 .m. at 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th Street. You can’t find an event like this in the 818 — at least not yet, so it’s worth the drive to the18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica for the BAM Fest (Beer, Art & Music Festival) — a celebration of locally produced art, music and California’s finest craft beers – 20 breweries, four bands, three galleries, open artist studios, an artist market, and gourmet food trucks. All proceeds benefit 18th Street Arts Center, a Santa Monica non-profit organization.Pre-Sale Tickets: $35/person or $40 at the door gets you a BAM Fest logo tasting glass and unlimited sampling, five hours of live music, exploration of artist studios and galleries. Food and vendors are extra.

Abbot Kinney Festival: Since its founding in 1984, the Abbot Kinney Festival in Venice has grown in size and popularity to become one of the largest community events of its kind in the country.  Peruse a unique array of local artisan crafts, live music, good food, and commitment to the environment. Check out the boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, bookstores, design firms, coffee shops, clubs, salons, and much more along the famed bohemian-chic shopping district of Abbot Kinney Blvd., which stretches one mile from Venice Blvd. to Main St.



About Karen Young

Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.