Hello, readers! I know we’ve been slow to post, but things should even out from now on, as there’s tons to do in LA as always! The new rule for weekend round-ups is that I’ll only write them when there’s a TON of REALLY GOOD events going on that you all shouldn’t miss. And this coming weekend is jam-packed with fun without emptying your wallet. Make your plans today!
- DineLA: Back again for National Restaurant Month! If you’ve never been before, it’s when some of LA’s finest and most expensive restaurants design three-course meals at discounted prices. There are three different tiers for lunch ($16, $22, $28) and dinner ($26, $34 and $44). While this is out of LA on a Budget’s usual price range, it’s still such a good deal that we think it’s relevant to our readers. Everyone needs to splurge once in awhile. 😉 Steven and I will be going to dinner at Osaka Hollywood tonight, and we’ll post a review sometime this weekend so you still have time to check it out before DineLA ends. DineLA lasts until February 3, with the exception of January 28. Around 100 great LA restaurants are participating this month so be sure to take advantage before time runs out!
- Pacific Standard Time’s Performance and Public Arts Show: If you love SoCal Art, be sure to check out some of the events of this show happening all over LA. Most exhibits are free, and the show goes on all day. Check out the website for more details.
- 7th Annual Museums Free-For-All: Happening again for all you museum nuts. In an effort to present the arts and culture to communities in Southern California, several LA and Orange County museums will be opening their doors for FREE this weekend. That’s right, no admission. Some museums are open both Saturday and Sunday, some only Saturday or Sunday, but either way, this is a great chance to visit some of LA’s finest museums for FREE. For a list of museums participating, see the website.
- 2012 Chinese New Year Festival: Monterey Park is hosting its annual Chinese New Year Festival! Lions and dragon dancers, firerackers, gifts, amusement rides, live entertainment and much more is available at this festival. Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am-5pm. FREE, located in downtown Monterey Park on Garvey Avenue between Garfield and Nicholson.
- Los Angeles Times Travel Show: If travel is more your thing, check out the LA Times travel show this weekend. Dozens of travel speakers will hold panels and you have the opportunity to get discounts and giveaways on luxury trips and services. Admission is $10 per day, at the LA Convention Center on Figueroa St
- Red Velvet Weekend: Celebrate the red velvet treat at Essential Desserts! There will be cake, cupcakes, ding dogs, truffles, cheesecake and so much more. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8am-8pm, each item is priced, at Essential Chocolate Desserts on Washington Blvd. in Culver City.
- Golden Dragon Parade: Chinatown’s official celebration of the Chinese New Year. This parade has been celebrated for 113 years in Chinatown with floats, marching bands, officials, entertainers and cultural groups. The parade starts at 1pm on Hill St. at Temple toward Bernard. FREE
- Santa Anita Food Truck Festival: The Food Truck Festival returns to LA with over 50 of LA’s finest food trucks. You also have the opportunity to taste over 20 different California craft beers. Shiny Toy Guns will be playing on the race track, and the festival will be hosting the Ms. Sunshine Millions Bikini Pageant. Food, beer, music and bikinis, what’s there not to love? 11am-5:30pm, $5, at the Santa Anita Park on Huntington Drive in Arcadia.
- Eagle Rock Brewery Anniversary: Eagle Rock Brewery is celebrating its 2 year anniversary at the Verdugo Bar. Food trucks Grill Em’ All and Mandoline Grill will also be here to celebrate. 12pm-4pm, $12 (includes a taster glass and 4 drink tickets), at Verdugo Bar on Verdugo Road in Los Angeles.
- Chinese New Year Festival: In addition to the parade, Chinatown will also be holding a festival with activities, dancers, banners, cultural performances and food trucks. Cupcake Wars will also hand out 1000 Chinese New Year cupcakes for attendees. 12pm-5pm, FREE, on Broadway St, Chinatown in Los Angeles.
- Vintage Clothing and Textile Show: This is the place for vintage clothing and accessories. You may be able to find some great treasures here. 9am-3pm, $7, at Pickwick Gardens on Riverside Drive in Burbank.
Steven will be attending the Chinese New Year’s Parade and we’ll both be at the Food Truck Festival in Santa Anita. Where will you be? Have a great weekend, LA!