Category: Events

Free Summer Concerts at the Pier

Free Summer Concerts at the Pier

Each summer, Snapchat hosts a series of concerts on the Santa Monica Pier each Thursday.  The best part? The event is completely free to all, and if you don’t make it early enough to enter the venue you can always hear it from the rest of the pier or the beach.  The first concert took place last week and the headliner was 19 year old newcomer Khalid.  Although I had to miss it, from the pictures and Snapchat stories I could tell it was a packed house.  If you too weren’t able to make it, don’t freak out because there are plenty more shows to come.  The series will run until August 17, and I recommend checking it out at least once.  Because of the size of the pier, you don’t have to feel smushed in a big crowd like at many other venues.  You can spread out, bring some food and pals, and enjoy the music.  Because the event has gotten so popular, it is wise to get there an hour or so early to ensure you can get in and get a good view of the performer. Want the lineup? I’lll save you a click:

Lineup: (Main, Opener)

  • June 29, Indie Pop: LeMaitre, Coast Modern
  • July 13, Reggae: Marcia Griffiths, Jah9
  • July 20, Rock: Eric Burdon & The Animals, Mr. Elevator, Rusty’s EAC
  • July 27, Aussie Dance: Miami Horror, Cleopold
  • August 3, Americana: Valerie June, Irma Thomas
  • August 10, Latin: Mon Laferte, Buscabulla
  • August 17, Indie Rock/Alt: Warpaint, TBA

An extra tip: park at the designated lots at the 3rd St. Promenade because the first 90 minutes are free and it isn’t steep after that.  It is just a five minute walk to the pier with lots of good food options along the way.

 

Food Trucks, Fridays, and Festivals OH MY!

Food Trucks, Fridays, and Festivals OH MY!

Abbot Kinney Blvd. at sunset

If you’re like me, you love a good food truck meal any chance you can get.  Here in LA there are food trucks for just about any meal you could dream of.  My first few years here were spent at my favorite taco truck, Leo’s Tacos, every other week.  It parked near my college on Mondays and we definitely took advantage frequently.  It wasn’t until my Junior year of college that a friend told me about a monthly event in Venice with all the food trucks one could imagine!
This event is called First Fridays and takes place along Abbot Kinney Blvd. every first Friday of the month!  Starting at around 6pm, over fifty food trucks make their way to Venice Beach in Los Angeles for everyone to enjoy.  There is no price to attend and many of the shops along Abbot Kinney stay open, so there is lots of opportunity to walk around and shop before or after you eat. The event runs until around 10pm or whenever the food trucks want to close up shop. My favorite thing is to find  parking, choose a truck, and just walk down the street admiring the murals and stores.  There is plenty of good people watching and cute dogs as well, a major plus.  One final pro is because there are so many options,  you and your friends can all eat different things together.

If you like to switch things up, I recommend trying a truck you’ve never been to; you might just discover a new favorite!

Date Night under $20? I’m in!

Date Night under $20? I’m in!

These days it’s hard to find a movie theatre playing current movies for under 15 dollars or so.  That being said, they do exist if you do some digging and are willing to go outside your neighborhood. One that I personally recommend is the Highland Park Theatre.  Tickets on regular evenings are $10, but if you go on a Tuesday or a Wednesday you pay a mere $6! Can you believe it? And for a current, high quality movie? We were hooked as soon as we started visiting this theatre in college and I went last night to find the prices still the same.  They play three movies at a time in three rooms, but there is lots of space in each room and all the amenities you would hope to find at any other cinema.  Pro tip: Get there an hour or two early and enjoy an incredible Salvadoran meal across the street and down a block at Las Cazuelas restaurant.  Happy hour is 4-7pm and you can get a $4 margarita or a $6 pitcher of beer.   Their pupusas are all handmade and delicious with plenty of options as well as an entire menu filled with Mexican and Salvadoran choices.  They also hand make their salsa and curtido (slaw) to put on top.  My boyfriend is Salvadoran and promises that their quality is just as good as mom’s.  Your stomach and your wallet will be happy while you sit and enjoy your movie.

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