Los Angeles

Weekend roundup

September 14-17


Matthew McConaughey, JUST BECAUSE

Sept. 16. Barnes & Noble at The Grove hosts Academy Award-winning actor and #1 New York Times bestselling author Matthew McConaughey, to commemorate the launch of his picture book, “Just Because.” Attendees will have the opportunity for a photo-op with the actor. Saturday, at 10 a.m. 189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30, Los Angeles. barnesandnobles.com

Oktoberfest at Grand Central Market

Sept. 16-17. Downtown’s GCM hosts its inaugural Oktoberfest featuring live entertainment, traditional contests, German brews from brands like Paulaner, Hofbrau, and Golden Road Brewing, as well as food specials. Attendees in dirndl or lederhosen can participate in a costume contest. General Entry $15 or $25 for a special entry, which includes a GCM souvenir boot and first beer on the house. Saturday-Sunday, starts at 4 p.m. 317 South Broadway, Los Angeles. grandcentralmarket.com

Ciclavia Returns to NoHo

Sept. 17. On Sunday, Ciclavia presents its second CicLAmini in North Hollywood, converting streets into a pedestrian-friendly public space suitable for all ages and activities, from walking to skateboarding. Diverse activities are offered along its route including stages, pet activities, art workshops, games and local business interactions. Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. ciclavia.org

Earth Edition: A Festival of Eco-Consciousness 

Sept. 15-24. Visions2030 transforms California Institute of the Arts into an immersive eco-centric hub with interactive tech displays, a sustainability innovations expo and a host of family activities such as goat yoga and Indigenous storytelling. Central to the event is the Lumisphere Experience, a sequence of interconnected “dream domes” guiding visitors through envisioned eco-futures. Friday-Saturday, at 11 a.m-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia. eartheditionfestival.la

Food + Drinks

Guacamole Day with Trejo’s Tacos

Sept. 16. Known for innovative Mexican dishes, Trejo’s Tacos introduces a dip-worthy spin on chips & guac this weekend, made with Hass avocados, onion, serrano chiles, pistachios, cilantro and paired with lime zested chips. Elevate your meal by adding pollo frito quesadilla or a carnitas taco. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. 1556 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. trejostacos.com

Uchi X Pendry Pop-Up

Sept. 13-16. Ahead of Uchi’s West Coast launch comes a unique four-day omakase pop-up at Pendry West Hollywood, guided by James Beard Award-winner Chef Tyson Cole. The experience features a 10-course blend of classic dishes and Uchi LA specials. Notable inclusions are the Hama chili, brown butter crab handroll, and wagyu with garlic chives. Wedesday-Saturday, 6-10 p.m. 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Get Tickets Now

Fuel up on brunch at Meyers Manx Café

Now Open. Inspired by the Meyers Manx dune buggy, Meyers Manx Café is rolling out a weekend brunch menu. Highlights include chilaquiles and cinnamon French toast sticks, breakfast burritos and clay oven pizzas. Dessert enthusiasts can enjoy soft serve ice cream or the Italian delight, affogato. Lemon Perfect cold-pressed lemon waters and other products from Flamingo Estate are also featured. Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m-2:30 p.m. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Reserve Now

Tea in the Garden

Sept. 16. Valerie has introduced new innovative espresso and tea drinks with a contemporary tea service event. Her deep appreciation for tea is reflected in the assortment of hot or cold-brewed teas, fresh creme fraiche scones with accompaniments and seasonal tea sandwiches on housemade milk bread. The experience concludes with a choice of Petit Fours or Mignardise. $65 per person. Saturday, 11 a.m. 1936 West Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale. Get Tickets Now

Bottomless Brunch at The London West Hollywood

Now Open. The elegant hotel presents a bottomless brunch with unlimited selections of new dishes, such as breakfast pizza with sausage, egg, and mozzarella, butter-poached lobster roll with truffle aioli and funnel cake adorned with Harry’s berries strawberries. The drink menu features options like champagne, a breakfast old fashioned and mimosas. Saturday-Sunday, at 11 a.m. 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. Reserve Now

Arts + Culture

Last Call: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord

Now-Sept. 17. In the gripping comedy “Our Dear Dead Drug Lord,” teenage girls gather in an abandoned treehouse to attempt communication with the spirit of Pablo Escobar. Whether they’re truly reaching out to the infamous drug kingpin or just testing one another’s limits, the play insightfully explores the intricacies of youth, hinting that maneuvering through adolescence can be as perilous as conversing with spirits. Tuesday-Sunday, start times vary. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Get Tickets Now

The Lumineers ft. James Bay

Sept. 15. The Hollywood Bowl will be filled with soulful harmonies of The Lumineers, featuring the evocative talents of James Bay. Both acts, known for their poetic lyricism and soul-stirring melodies will showcase classic and new tunes. Friday, at 7:30 p.m. 2301 N Highland Ave., Los Angeles. hollywoodbowl.com

John Waters: Pope of Trash

Now-Sept. 24. Explore the influence of writer and director John Waters in the “John Waters: The Pope of Trash” exhibition at the Academy Museum. This retrospective dives into Waters’ contributions to independent cinema, showcasing costumes, props, photos, handwritten scripts, and more. Notable pieces include an original “Pink Flamingos” script and standout costumes from “Hairspray”. Wednesday-Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 6067 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. academymuseum.org

Sing-A-Long Sound of Music

Sept. 16. Attend the Hollywood Bowl’s cherished screening of the Oscar-winning film, joined by the von Trapps and other music enthusiasts. Participate in the pre-show costume contest hosted by Melissa Peterman and sing along to the iconic Julie Andrews film with on-screen lyrics. Don’t miss the choral warm-up that sets the mood before the film starts. Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. 2301 N Highland Ave., Los Angeles. hollywoodbowl.com

Photo credit: Courtesy of Penguin Random House. Courtesy of Warner Bros. and The Academy Museum, photographed by Henny Garfunkel. The London West Hollywood Brunch by Greta Vanhersecke.  All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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