GTD This Weekend: Something About Cars

Carmageddon?  Karmageddon?  Is everything on your GTD list this weekend within a 2 mile radius?  Or are you really jonesing to drive that automobile around to hit up a food festival or two?  Decisions, decisions.


  • Sixty-five or so street food vendors, including a few chefs from Baja, Mexico, a bartender mixologist or two, and you have the LA Street Food Fest, the biggest of the food truck powwows. At the Rose Bowl for its second year, your entrance fee gets you unlimited sampling and drinking.  Try to not bite more than you can chew.  $60.  2pm to 9pm at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
  • The Eat Real Fest is the LA Street Food Fest’s scrappy little brother: it’s on the opposite side of town, is free to attend though you buy what you eat, and prefers craft beer over curated cocktails.  Wonderful butchers Lindy & Grundy will be there, as well as nascent LA-based coffee roastery, Handsome Roasters.  If you can’t choose between the dueling festivals, hit up both: Eat Real runs both Saturday and Sunday.  Free.  Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Helms Bakery, 8800 Venice Blvd. in Culver City.
  • Maybe I was wrong: the opposite of everything would be the Echo Country Outpost.  They’re frying everything here, from frog legs to chicken wings.  Eleven bands will entertain you as you eat more fried food here than you did at the county fair.  It’s sort of like what you think the bears in the Country Band Jamboree would eat before and after jamming.  Suggested $7 donation.  1pm to 7pm at HM157, 3110 N. Broadway in Lincoln Heights.
  • “Why do you care so much about food?” someone asked me the other day, and before I could answer, she asked if I wanted to go to The Renegade Craft Fair.  If you are more crafty and less foodie, avoid all the local food fests and just head to the State Historical Park.  The fair will feature rows and rows of some 200 vendors selling their artfully handmade crafts and goods.  There also will be a few DIY workshops, a Swap O Rama Rama, a bar, and, if you care, food trucks that apparently are not at the Rose Bowl or in Culver City.  Free.  11am to 7pm at the Los Angeles State Historical Park in Downtown.
  • Cat person?  For you then, the “Walk Like an Egyptian” Cat Fanciers’ Association All Breed Cat Show.  Hundreds – yes, hundreds – of pedigreed – yes, pedigreed – cats and lil’ kittens will be competing and purring.  Christopher Guest, please, please make the sequel to Best in Show$6-$20.  10am to 5pm at the Pomona Fairplex.
  • DINOSAURS!!!!!!!!! At the Natural History Museum$5-$9.  Check NHM’s website for museum hours.


  • The only place you can see Parisian waiters racing – with full trays – is at Bastille Day LA.  The race honestly lasts about a nanosecond, but it’s good albeit odd fun nonetheless.   Also enjoy a “true Petanque Tournament”, raffles, and French food, of course.  $5.  Noon to 9pm at Elysian Park next to the Monticello Old Lodge.
  • The Latino International Film Festival kicks off on Sunday with the premiere of comedy Aqui Entre Nos directed by Patricia Martinez de Velasco.  In addition to a great lineup of films and documentaries, there will be special screenings and live discussion panels.  $12 for each screening/$450 for festival pass.  See website for films,  schedule, and locations.

A photo of the pre-mageddon 405 courtesy Albert Valles via the Blogging LA Flickr pool.