But first, there's an installment of Gloria Fan's FOODIES in the form of a 4 mile Taco Truck Crawl (yes, this is really happening and I am so f-ing excited) a quick stop at Bubble Blow Dry & a swing by at Surfas to cheer on Isaiah & Nick. What are you doing this weekend? Leave it in the comments below!
All WeekendInternational Surf Fest
Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31
Hermosa & ManHUNTING Beach will be over-run by surfers, volleyball players, and the general run of the mill men who take their vitamins, like to work out and don't mind wandering the sands half dressed. This weekend is the International Surf Fest, with the highlight (of course) being the zany The Charlie Saikley "Six-Man" Volleyball tournament running amok on Saturday. Expect insane costumes, huge crowds, and a heavy helping of MB police to keep the alcoholics in check. Various Locations in the South Bay, but most importantly Manhattan Beach Pier. http://www.surffestival.org
Long Beach Crawfish Festival
Saturday, 7/30 & Sunday, 7/31 Noon to 11 p.m.
The 18th Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival will feature a Cajun-style crawfish feast. The two-day festival, the largest of its kind outside of Louisiana, will celebrate New Orleans cuisine with live music, family activities, and traditional coffee and beignets. Tickets range from $13 to $30. Rainbow Lagoon, 400 Shoreline Village Dr., Long Beach www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com
July 25th - 31st
For anyone who's an avid fan of Sex and the City is familiar with the lovely Navy Week, i.e. a chance for the lonely sailors to hit port & mingle with those looking for a one-week stand. Or, it's a great opportunity to support our sea-men? This week, in tandem with the 2011 X-Games, four Navy vessels along with an aircraft carrier have dropped their anchors and are awaiting a weekend of fun. Long Beach Port of Los Angeles www.navyweek.org/losangeles2011
40th Annual Malibu Arts Festival
July 30-31st 10am - 6pm
40 years of incredible high-end art, 40 years of beauty, 40 years of a wonderful event-known world-wide! The Malibu Arts Festival promises to offer something for everyone. Celebrating its 40th year, the two-day weekend event will take place outside the Malibu Civic Center. Considered “one of the most beautiful outdoor art festivals in the nation,” the Malibu Arts Festival features award-winning painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers and other unique artisans. Adding to the ambience is the day-long entertainment with sounds of local musicians. Come enjoy old fashion hot dogs and hamburger, gourmet sausages, milk shakes, smoothies, funnel cakes, and homemade ice-cream sandwiches. Award-winning painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers and other unique artisans will be present. Sample food at the ‘Taste of Malibu’ and listen to music. Malibu Civic Center 23555 Civic Center Way. http://www.malibu.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2011/07/30/273/-/malibu-arts-festival
Saturday & Sunday 11am to 6pm
It's back! Unique LA is holding it's summer edition of the uber popular shopping pop-up that's normally perched in DTLA. But lucky for you west-siders this one's heading to the beach. It's a great chance to check out some local artists, find adorable and tres chic clothes, jewelry, purses & well pretty much anything that fits your fancy. Barker Hanger in Santa Monica. http://uniquela.com/
Friday, 7/29Two Words: Lingerie Basketball
Sometimes there are events so random, that I must share. From UrbanDaddy...
Take a deep breath. There’s finally a national league for women who like to combine their two great passions—wearing lingerie and playing basketball. The LA season kicks off Friday night with a doubleheader, and they really need your support... regarding their choice of support.
Jul 29, 7 and 8:30pm, $20 per game, Lingerie Basketball, Montclair Prep, 8071 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys
5pm - 9pm
Join your favorite gourmet food trucks for a fun Friday Block Party to celebrate the end of July. Check out dishes and yummy treats from Komodo, Grill'em All Truck, Dosa Truck, Lobsta Truck, Sweet E's, Breezy Freeze and more at Pico n' Robertson (in front of the Komodo Cafe). Bring out your seer-sucker shorts, hipster glasses and fedoras- we'll be basking in the summer sunset and making new friends. This is the 3rd month in a row they have been putting this "poppin" event and it has been a huge smash- truly one of the only nights Pico n' Robertson come alive, so don't miss out. Great people watching plus delicious gourmet street food equals a ton of fun. 8809 West Pico Blvd Los Angeles 90035 http://www.yelp.com/events/los-angeles-pico-n-robertson-july-food-truck-block-party
Noon to 2pm
My good friends, Chef Isaiah Frizzell and Nick Feller of the inspirational underground supper club pHeast (which gave me the motivation to start up Cloak & Dinner) are doing an awesome demonstration at Surfas... Molecular Gastronomy? Check. Delicious foods? Check. A chance to buy more kitchen tools that you use once & then pile in a corner? Check. They're discussing & demonstrating modern avant-garde techniques that the home chef can conquer, including the impressive process of spherification an how to turn liquids (like bacon fat) into powder. Surfas, 8777 Washington Blvd., Culver City www.surfaslosangeles.com
L.A. Confidential at the Outdoor Cinema Food Fest
Doors open at 5:30pm
The Outdoor Cinema Food Fest has been trucking along all summer with unique three-part events that consist of a movie, a concert, and a parking lot full of local food vendors. This Saturday's lineup is too good to pass up: contemporary noir classic L.A. Confidential, plus the band State to State, and trucks like India Jones and Don Chow Tacos, all in the endless grass of Los Angeles State Historic Park (better known as the Cornfield). Plus there's always a few surprises: last week featured shorts by Funny or Die. LA State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring Street in Downtown. http://www.outdoorcinemafoodfest.com/
11am to 3pm
Hoping this will be the next big thing to hit Pershing Square, a la Pillow Fight, Saturday marks the National Water Gun Fight day. Not sure that this event is completely sanctioned, so I'd leave any of your more realistic guns at home... If you plan on participating, wear a white t-shirt and write either Team Blue or Team Red. If you can't make it to downtown LA, you can still participate by incorporating your handy dandy water gun on this super hot day into your routine. While your friend's may not enjoy the fact that you're striking them un-armed, I'm sure that you'll get a kick out of it. Pershing Square, Downtown Los Angeles http://nationalwatergunfight.com/
1pm to 4:30pm
My friends over at Blogging.LA are hosting their 2nd Annual Donut Summit this Sunday. Admission price is at least one non-Krispy Kreme donut. Let your imagination run wild, bacon, strawberry filled, cruller, original, coffee soaked, whatever your desire is totally game. Head over to Elysian Park to indulge in fluffy sweet goodness, and there will be cups of Intelligentsia Coffee on hand to quell those sugar spikes. Elysian Park picnic area 6, near the intersection of Elysian Park Drive and Chavez Canyon Road. They’ll be in the are close to Grace E. Simons lodge, which has free parking available. http://blogging.la/2011/07/22/the-donuts-are-coming-donut-summit-faq-2011-edition/