2nd Annual LA Food & Wine Fest

The second annual Los Angeles Food & Wine festival will be held August 9-12 throughout Southern California and once again, it features a mouthwatering serving of culinary events and delectable presentations by both acclaimed local and celebrity chefs, including Wolfgang PuckGuy Fieri and Giada De Laurentiis.

The festival offers an array of gourmet  lunches and dinners at some of the area’s finest restaurants, including Cut, ink., and Street.  It also offers a variety of presentations with tempting names like Swine & Wine: The Marriage of Pigs & Pinot, Cooking with Cheese, and The Southern Bunch, Perfected. Take a peak at last years amazing event that had any foodie coming back for more.

Proceeds from the event will benefit St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels. Last year, the chefs raised $400,000.  For more information on Los Angeles Food & Wine, click here.

Make it a Weekend

The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is a three day event. Why not stay close to the action and enjoy all three days. Make the most of your weekend and book a Bed & Breakfast package which includes overnight accommodations, and complimentary breakfasts for two – from healthy to decadent – our Bed & Breakfast packages are the perfect way for you to relax, recharge and stay close to all the delicious action. Book your weekend escape today http://bit.ly/HUCBBPkge.

Blog Source: RadarOnline.com

Celebrate The Moon Festival 2014

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as The Moon Festival is a popular harvest festival dating back over 3,000 years. The Moon Festival is one of the most important holidays in the Chinese Calendar.

The festival is full of legendary stories. Legend says Yi (or Houyi) was very good at archery. There were once ten suns in the sky, which made plants wither, and fierce beasts run wild to imperil people. It was too hot to live under the suns. To save the people, Yi started to shoot the suns. He shot down nine of them one by one, and he might have shot the last one if it was not called off by others. Thus the severe drought was gone. He also got rid of those fierce animals for the people.

It is said Yi’s wife was Chang’e, a legendary lady in the famous story, “Chang’e flying to the moon.” Chang’e swallowed the elixir stolen from her husband, and she flew to the moon and became the goddess of the moon, who has lived in the palace on the moon ever since. You may see Chang’e dancing on the moon during the festival.

The Moon festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems.

Cafe Sierra

Join us September 28th for a specialty dinner buffet. Bring the whole family to this annual event with instrumental entertainment from live Chinese musicians. Enjoy chef specialties and featured items, including the following: Seafood soup – abalone – Chinese cold cuts – lobster & prime rib carving stations– assorted sushi & sashimi – fresh seafood selections – authentic Chinese entrees – honey walnut shrimp – Live stir fry Mandarin action station-Whole BBQ roasted pig-Peking duck – Alaskan wild snails – salt & pepper shrimp – Chinese egg custard-assorted fresh pastries & desserts – chocolate fondue fountain – cotton candy – authentic moon cake.

Saturday, September 7th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Sunday, September 8th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Adults $56 / children (3-10) $28

Make your reservations today by calling (818) 509-2030 or clicking this link http://bit.ly/CafeSierraReservatons

Sunset Strip Rocks LA

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Get ready to return to The Sunset Strip for the biggest party of the year when SSMF returns September 20th & 21st! The two-day street festival will include three outdoor stages, interactive experiences, food, beverage and much more, transforming the Sunset Strip into the ultimate concert destination. With headliners like Jane’s Addiction and Empire of the Sun, this two day music festival will rock LA! Click HERE for tickets and more information

SSMF (Sunset Strip Music Festival) 2013 with Linkin Park – Given Up

Stay Minutes Away!

Don’t miss out on a single minute of this musicpalooza! Stay just minutes away from the action and travel in your Enterprise rental car to the festival when you book our Room Vroom Package which includes Overnight accommodations, Mid-size car (Corolla, Caliber, and similar) each night of your stay provided by Enterprise Rent-A-Car® local office – upgrades available with deals, and Complimentary self-parking at our hotel during your stay. Book your stay today http://bit.ly/ROOMVROOMPackage

Sizzling Summer LA Concerts

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Summers in Los Angeles heat up as the sun goes down with some of the best local entertainment all free for music lovers to enjoy. Sip on your cocktail as you listen to an up and coming band at one of these amazing free summer concert locations. We want to thank CBS Local for the following list.

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The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-7300
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After spending the day enjoying the artwork and gardens of the Getty, linger longer as DJ sets and concerts wind down the sunset-laden Saturday evenings. Up-and-coming bands headline each event and food service is available until 8:30 p.m. nightly, with a cash bar on site during the show. Concerts run 6 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard and are free.

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California Plaza
350 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 687-2159
grandperformances.org

Your weekends in downtown are about to get better. Starting June 21 and running through Aug. 24, be sure to head to California Plaza to enjoy food, drinks, beautiful (working!) fountains, and a fantastic lineup of great music running the gamut of musical styles and themes. From Latin to dance, to classical to rock, and even sock puppetry, this free concert series is a must visit. Select events feature family-friendly lineups (start the fun by taking Angel’s Flight to the venue) and free bike valet to encourage sustainability.

skirball-sunset-concertFamily Amphitheater Performances and Sunset Concerts

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-4500
skirball.org

Two summer-long performance series give both families and adults the chance to enjoy outdoor performances. Kids and their parents can dance and sing to world music concerts each Saturday and Sunday afternoon from June 22 through Sept. 1st; additional hands-on activities, including up-close encounters with wild animals, are included in the series (activities included with price of admission.) Thursday nights, July 25 through Aug. 29, be sure to check out the free Summer Concert series boasting bands with musical traditions from around the world, including music from America, Israel, Sierra Leone, Iran, and Brazil.

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Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-8901
twilightseries.org

The 29th installment of Twilight Concerts begins July 11 and continues every Thursday all the way through Sept. 12. The lineup features a little bit of everything from both classical and contemporary artists, and their motto, “Bands + Pier + Beach + Friends + Free = Awesome x5,” couldn’t be more right on.

the-autrySizzling Summer Nights

The Autry in Griffith Park
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-2000
theautry.org

This all-ages dance party features the best salsa bands in LA cranking out their hits every Thursday evening starting July 11 through Aug. 15. Enjoy the drinks and taco bar, take in the museum,learn to dance with free salsa lessons, or take the kids for a spin around the kids-only dance floor. Members can party for free, while guests pay just $10 for entry to both the sizzling night and the museum.

HH_presidentsdayStay Close to the Music

Stay just minutes away form these sizzling summer concerts when you book our Bed & Breakfast Package. With special rates and breakfasts for two- from healthy to decadent- our Bed & Breakfast packages are the perfect way for you to relax and recharge. Book your weekend escape today http://bit.ly/BBHilton2014.

The British are Coming!

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The British are coming! The British are coming! Los Angeles welcomes a British invasion as we embark on BritWeek! Every Spring, BritWeek hosts a program of events that promotes British creativity, innovation and excellence in California across multiple categories including, film & television, music, art, fashion, design, retail, sport, philanthropy, business, and more. The events take place throughout Greater Los Angeles area. The events  attract support from thousands of people, including international celebrities as well as business and political leaders. 

Immerse yourself into BritWeek with a few activities around our hotel.

Santa Monica is the Place to Be!

3rd-streetMay 3 & 4, 2014 – 10am – 6pm Both Days
Third Street Promenade & Downtown, Santa Monica
Open To The Public
BritWeek takes over the Third Street Promenade to host an exciting festival celebrating all things British.Preview the new F-TYPE Coupe from Jaguar, get red carpet ready with a mini-makeover from Boots, meet the famous British gecko from GEICO, take your pup for a stroll down Walkers Shortbread doggy red carpet, and travel to London with The Times of London and get your picture on the front page of the iconic British newspaper.

Come celebrate the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare with exciting performances, music and dance, children’s workshops and costumes for dress-up, Shakespeare-inspired street art from LA artist Man One, and more,Live performances, including Independent Shakespeare Company, Inner City Shakespeare Ensemble, Luke Barnham, highland dancers, pipe bands, Irish step dancers, harpers, Morris dancers, acclaimed British performer Desi Valentine, leading Los Angeles and UK street artists, Clan Currie Harp Glen, The St. Andrew’s Society will be out on the Promenade, promoting Scottish culture and traditions and more.

Rock’N’Roll Brit Style!

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Doors 7.30pm, Show 8-11pm,  
Molly Malones, 575 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles
Ticketed Event 
Time to turn up the volume for some new British rock’n roll!
Vocalist and 12 string extraordinaire guitarist Steve Cooke, will be joined by a highly-charged group of renowned players in a powerful non-stop two hour rock’n roll show!


Concert highlights will include special guest performances by iconic British players.
A night that’s not to be missed! 
His Current Single “Change Is Gonna Come”, Out Now On iTunes.
https://soundcloud.com/Stevecookemusic/Change-Is-Gonna-Come

Happy 450th Birthday to William Shakespeare!

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Grand Park, Los Angeles,
Open To The Public 
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM AT GRAND PARK, LOS ANGELES,

In celebration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, The Inner City Shakespeare Ensemble in partnership with Britweek, Bafta LA, The Music Center, LA County Parks and Recreation and the LAUSD will be presenting a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream under the direction of Artistic Director Dr. Melanie Andrews and produced by Paul Heller and Katy Haber, MBE.
The ICSE is proud to announce that this year it has broadened its horizons and  cast an incredible Ensemble of talented youth from more than a dozen schools within the LAUSD. The ICSE continues its collaboration with industry professionals from around the world, mentoring  students with their understanding of Shakespeare as well as the actual performance process. These one-on-one relationships have enhanced academic motivation, personal development and created lifelong, enduring associations.Please join our Shakespeare Family birthday celebration at Grand Park at 3.00pm for a free performance of A Midsummer Nights Dream.

For more information or a complete listing of all BritWeek events www.britweek.org.

Don’t Miss a Minute!

Bed & Breakfast PackageWhether you’re planning to attend BritWeek or simply need to unwind after a hectic workweek, make the most of your weekend and book a Bed & Breakfast package.

With special rates and breakfasts for two – from healthy to decadent – our Bed & Breakfast packages are the perfect way for you to relax and recharge. Book your weekend escape today. http://bit.ly/15bUVVZ

 

Treat Mom Like a Star!

Cafe Sierra celebrates Mother’s Day with our extensive Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet. This unparalleled brunch experience will make every mom feel like a star.  Moms like things that are made, so make her reservations for this very special day! For reservations contact 818-509-2030

Celebrate Chinese New Year!

Horse1_158648555_HUC_2014Gung Hey Fat Choy!  Happy New Year.

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival marks the end of winter. Spring and the New Year celebration starts on the first day of the first month on the traditional Chinese lunar Calendar. We celebrate the Year of the Horse in 2014. The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people’s ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able. Celebrate this holiday with activities around Los Angeles.

Cafe Sierra Restaurant
Celebrate 2014 Chinese New Year with our exquisite Champagne Brunch Buffet.
Friday Jan 31 & Saturday Feb 1st from 6pm to 10pm
Adults: $56 Children:(3-10) $26
Sunday Feb 2nd from 5pm to 9pm
Adults: $56 Children:(3-10) $26

Live Chinese Instrumental Music performed every night
(Tax and Gratuity not included)
For reservations call Cafe Sierra at (818) 509-2030
Parking: $3 valet parking available
Info: http://www.cafesierrahilton.com

Chinese New Year in Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills is celebrating Chinese New Year on Rodeo Drive with lion dancers, musicians and acrobats as well as refreshments. Hotels in the area will offer New Year specials and Chinese amenities throughout February.
When: Friday, February 8, 2014, 4:30-5:30 pm
Where: 400 block of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
Cost: Free
Parking: Metered street or pay lots in the area
Info:www.lovebeverlyhills.com/horse

Traditional New Year Kick-Off Ceremony at Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown
Thursday night on the eve of the New Year, the Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown will open the New Year festivities with incense offerings, Taoist and Buddhist monks, dragon dancers and 550,000 firecrackers.
When: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 10 pm – 12 am
Where: Thien Hau Temple, 750-756 N Yale St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cost: Free
Parking: Street parking, pay lots within a few blocks
Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or walk a few blocks from Union Station.
Info: chinatownla.com

Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival in Chinatown
Two-day Festival in LA’s Chinatown with the Golden Dragon Parade on Saturday.
When: Golden Dragon Parade February 1, 2014, Sat 1 pm, Festival Feb 1-2, 2014, Sat 12 – 8 pm, Sun 12 – 5 pm.
Where: Parade route goes north on Hill from Ord to Bernard, then south on Broadway to Cesar Chavez. Parade Route Map Festival at 715 N. Hill St.
Cost: Free to view from the street, $25 grandstand tickets available, festival is free.
Parking: Map
Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or walk a few blocks from Union Station.
Info: www.lagoldendragonparade.com or chinatownla.com

The Great Chinatown Hunt
A scavenger hunt through Chinatown for teams of two to four people.
When: February 2, 2014, Sunday 11 am
Where: Chinatown, start location given with registration.
Cost: $40
Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station
Info: racela.com

The Chinese American Museum Lantern Festival at Olvera Street
Live entertainment, including lion dancers, acrobatics, musical, and dance performances, craft workshops and free entrance to the Chinese American Museum.
When: March 1, 2014, noon to 7 pm (to be confirmed)
Where: 425 Los Angeles Street at El Pueblo Historic Site/Olvera Street
Cost: Free
Parking: Pay lots in the area
Metro: Union Station
Info: www.camla.org

Source for activities: About.com/Los Angeles Travel