This weekend: the gays. Many gays. We are coming to get you, in other words.
- The gays congregate in West Hollywood this weekend, as, honestly, they do most every weekend, but this one actually has an ocassion: it’s LA Pride 2011. We’re here, we’re queer, and yeah, we do this every year, but clearly, some of you still do not like the idea of queers teaching your kids basic algebra, so you will have to deal with it. If you want to take one of those glamour “No H8” photos, there will be an open photo shoot at the festival. $20 single pass/$35 two-day pass. Saturday noon to midnight, Sunday 11am to 11pm at West Hollywood Park in West Hollywood.
- Dykes of all stripes are invited to Dyke Day 2011, an afternoon full of activities that I’m sure wasn’t supposed to be stereotypical of my particular side of the gay culture, but it is what we enjoy: a nice game of croquet; “entertaining costumery”; and yeah, arts and crafts. Folk music not guaranteed, but very likely. Good luck finding a parking spot for that U-Haul. Free. Noon to 6pm at Barnsdall Park in Los Feliz.
- I know I’ve been talking up craft beer for the last few weeks, so here’s an event for you wine lovers: the LA Wine Fest will have hundreds of wines, as well as various classes, speaker panels, and semi-private tastings. See all ticket prices here. Saturday 2pm to 6pm, Sunday noon to 6pm at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave.
- Sure, LA is full of celebrities that you pretend to not care about, but, honestly, is there any celebrity bigger and more squeal-worthy than Hello Kitty? Didn’t think so. The Sanrio cat makes an appearance at the Vans store at the Westfield Culver City mall for a little meet and greet. You’ll get your photo taken with Hello Kitty and pick up an unspecified “promo.” Free. 2pm at the Vans store in the Westfield Culver City mall, 6000 Sepulveda Blvd. in Culver City.
- The Palos Verdes Street Fair is billed as the biggest event in the South Bay, a huge two-day festival that includes carnival rides, a “Top Dogs” show, and a petting zoo. Bring the kids, stay for the top dogs. Free. Saturday 10am to 10pm, Sunday 10am to 9pm on Crossfield Drive between the Promenade and Peninsula Shopping Center in Rolling Hills.
- The LA Pride 2011 march winds its way through West Hollywood today. Be on the lookout for a lot of rainbow and a lot of very awesome signs. Seriously you guys, out of all the oppressed minority groups who take to the streets, our signs are the best. Free. March starts at 11am at Santa Monica and Crescent Heights. Good luck with that parking business.
- It’s one of the biggest food-slash-charity events of the year: Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation brings the fancy restaurants, including Lucques and Hatfield’s, out to support local food banks and various family-oriented non-profits. A ticket buys you a chance to watch rich people battle each other for tiny sample plates which, trust me, is priceless. $25-$150 (tickets available at the door). From 1pm to 4pm at Media Park, 9070 Venice Blvd. in Culver City.
- The THREAD show is sort of like a traveling Unique LA, a road show that features some 100 independent designers who have a little something for everybody. Read Travis’s post about it here. $5 with RSVP / $10 at the door. From noon to 6pm at the Cooper Design Space, 860 S. Los Angeles St. in Downtown.
- You probably should watch Super 8 before you do this: his holiness J.J. Abrams and composer Michael Giacchino will talk about Lost and Super 8. Like I said, spoiler alert on all counts. Free! Tickets available one hour prior to start time. 3pm at the Hammer Museum in Westwood.
- I never really understood that whole cupcake craze, but that’s just me. For those of you who like your little mini-cakes, Cupcake Camp SGV brings together professional and amateur home bakers who donate cupcakes for the event. Attendees buy tasting tickets and eat and eat and eat. Proceeds support the YWCA WINGS Domestic Violence Program in Covina, as well as a few other great organizations. Free admission, $10 to taste 3 professional and 3 amateur cupcakes. From 1pm to 4pm at Glendora High School, 1600 E. Foothill Blvd. in Glendora. While you’re in Glendora, you might as well go to Donut Man. I’m just saying…