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BGG Weekender

We have officially bid adieu to so-called summer, and though it’s unlike us to be optimistic in general, we’re going to break character for a moment and say we love this time of year. First of all, the temperature difference between summer and fall in LA is ten degrees at most. Secondly, there is a major holiday nestled into every month of this season, and most of them are mere excuses for mashed potato-binges and/or slutty pirate costumes. In any case, we’re looking forward to this weekend and those throughout the fall. We realize this sunny outlook on a gloomy day is alarming given the source and promise to get our grump back by tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s your weekend itinerary --

Friday 

Get to work late so you can hit up the Fred Segal sale and get 50% off some serious swag. The sale goes through the weekend and even increases to 66% come Monday, but everyone knows the early bird gets the discounted Louboutins. 

While you’re out shopping off the money you’ve enslaved yourself into making, you might as well hit up the Runway Outlet (2395 Glendale Blvd.) for big discounts on some of our favs -- Heidi Merrick & L.D. Tuttle among them.

At this point, you may have a hard time returning to the office, but if you work downtown, the YMCA is playing host to a horde of food trucks and a beer & wine garden from 11:30 - 7:30 p.m. Show your downtown business card to get your first drink at ½-price. 

If you’re into The BIg Lebowski, or are just too lazy to leave downtown for the evening, go to Beer Belly dressed in your best Lebowski-themed costume and get 50% off beer + a special Lebowski-themed tasting menu at an event they’re calling ‘The Big Lebrewski.’ 

If this event doesn’t do it for you, head back into town for a free Little Boots show at Skybar followed by dinner at Eater LA Editor Kat Odell’s rec Night + Market

Or, participate in the super secret Underground Rebel Bingo Club event. We’d tell you more, but then we’d have to kill you. Do some investigating here

Saturday

If you’re anything like us, you’re constantly saying ‘I should go to museums more often’, which translates to ‘I should go to museums...ever.’  Saturday is the day to actually make this dream come true -- Smithsonian Magazine is offering free admission to a ton of museums around town. 

Now that we’ve gotten culture out of the way, we suggest you grab brunch (pancake lasagna, specifically) on the very scenic roof of the new Wilshire Hotel.  

From 11 - 4 p.m., USC is playing host to some sort of sample sale event for new & upcoming designers. It’s at Media Park in Culver City and should be worth a looksee. 

Afterward, make your way further west for Septemberfest on the Santa Monica Pier - 150 beers and ‘everything that’s great about American culture’...whatever that means. 

We think it’s kind of funny to have dinner afterwards at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. on the pier, but if that scares you why not try a Bacon Caramel Burger at newbie Barlo Restaurant at the Hotel Erwin instead? 

Sunday

We couldn’t decide which part of town to put you in on Sunday given there’s a lot going on, so instead we’re just going to list your options and let you call the shots. 

The Abbot Kinney Street Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Try out newly-opened Wurstküche Venice while you’re there. 

Also on the westside is the 11th Annual Malibu Family Wines Grape Crush & Harvest Festival from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 but proceeds go to a good cause (plus, you’ll be drunk). 

Back east, we’d be interested in checking out the last day of shows and such at the Korean Festival. Whatever a ‘Miss-High Teen Korea Contest’ is, we feel we should see it. 

Also east is the Echo Park Art Walk & Shop Hop.  Lots of deals & discounts at this one. 

Finally, if you’re lucky enough to have a best friend who obsessively buys tickets to every good show in LA (and some in Orange County) like we are, post up at the Hollywood Bowl Sunday night for the TV on the Radio + Arctic Monkeys show. If you’re lacking said friend, tickets are still available, though a bit pricey ($60). 

Sep 22, 2011 - 09:42 AM

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