10/04/2012 03:41 pm ET Updated Dec 04, 2012

Weekender: Block Parties, Vintage Shopping and a Sausagefest (PHOTOS)

It's not every day we get to watch two grown men in matching white shirts and American flag pins argue for the length of a feature film and attempt to make a few jokes (hint, it's about once every four years). Kudos if you managed to take in the entire thing -- we'd say you deserve a weekend full of burgers, music, shopping, and block parties. So, pack up your private sector, it's time to have yourself a very public weekend. Here's what we're up to:


Look, you can make your own decisions, but if we were you, we'd strongly consider ditching out on work and heading to Echo Park for the second day (of four) of Filter magazine's Culture Collide festival. They've got a fully stacked schedule of stellar bands from all over the world, including The Wombats, Zola Jesus, John Talabot, and dozens more. The truly savvy among us may even be able to convince their bosses that this counts as work by showing them the lineup of panel discussions that are happening at the same time as all that aural revelry.

If scheming didn't quite pan out for you, or if you're uninterested in having an international experience this Friday, then by all means please head to Prohibition Burger instead. It's in Encino (sorry!), but once you're there, those generous valley burger purveyors have offered to give you, our loyal BGG readers, a complimentary pint with your burger purchase. So hoof it over the hill, and a sumptuous burger and a perfectly chilled beer will be your reward. And, if you want to soak up a little more val color while you're there, check out the stage adaptation of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, which is playing in North Hollywood. And then, back over into Hollywoodland you'll go!


Start this boozy Saturday with a highbrow liquid breakfast at the always-packed Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic in the Palisades. This one is a can't-miss for tons of people, so if you haven't been hearing the gentle ding of your iCal reminder for the past few months, you'll have to wait until next year. Get it together, ladies! Whether or not you began your morning with a hearty dose of Nacho Figueras (and no dose is hearty enough, if you ask us), it's now time to head to West Hollywood for a Crybaby Presents shopping party, which promises 15 percent discounts, mimosas, food, and "bonding." There will also be fresh flower crowns for sale from Cult Gaia, which we're thinking will likely come in handy later in the night.

After you've packed your car full of Veuve, crowns, or '90s-inspired print dresses, stop by Wood & Vine for a winemaker tasting with La Fenetre's Joshua Klapper, who will be sharing six of his releases in the restaurant's cozy and modern outdoor patio.

Later, set your target directly towards Downtown for A Current Affair's major vintage shopping extravaganza. With 30 different vendors in residence, music from KCRW's Marion Hodges, and complimentary drinks from the Key Club, we don't blame you if you skip the entire day's itinerary to spend your time hanging around the Cooper building. We may do the same. If you manage to convince yourself to leave, stop by the brand-new Grand Park for a block party to celebrate its opening.

Finally, head up to Eagle Rock to traipse around Colorado Boulevard for the 14th annual Eagle Rock Music Festival. Drop by Oinkster for their cult-like pastrami sandwich and craft brews before taking in the sweet sounds of local bands and family fun. If you haven't collapsed quite yet, take a nightcap in the romantique tea-light-strewn back room at Colorado Wine Company. After, feel free to collapse -- it's been a long day.


Sunday morning, troll Epicurious and then get ye to the baking aisle, because The Shore hotel in Santa Monica wants you to bake them a birthday cake to celebrate their first year of business. And why are you waking up early on a Sunday to bake a hotel a cake, you may (very reasonably) ask? Because the best cake wins its baker a stay at The Shore for a $1/night room rate. We'd skip the Funfetti on this one.

After you've dropped off your creation, head to Venice to check in on the Day of the Living. Inspired by the film Don't Change the Subject, this four-day festival aims to break the silence surrounding suicide by bringing together dance, comedy, and theatre for a vibrant community celebration. Down the street is the annual Abbot Kinney Festival with crafts, beer, food trucks, and three stages of music. In true AK fashion there is bike valet available. Sometimes we just couldn't love this town more...

Later, drive (or bike!) back up to Santa Monica to FIG for their first annual Sausagefest. Ray Garcia welcomes a lineup of stellar local chefs to come in and show off their wurst chops. Smog City, Eagle Rock, and Hopf Wheat Breweries will also be getting in on the action. While the event is deemed "all you can eat," it's still a little steep at $79/head. So, if you can't swing that price this far from payday, grab a liquid meal next door at The Bungalow's Sunday funday.

Alas -- like the best of gourmet sausages, your lovingly packed weekend cannot last forever. Put yourself to bed, sleep tight, and get ready for another week of fun ahead.

A Grand Weekend