Another week, another weekend. It’s hard to believe that the L.A. County Fair is only 34 days away. When September rolls around, our weekends will be filled with nothing but Fair–and we love it! Until that time, there is still plenty to do this weekend in Southern California!

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U.S. Open of Surfing: If you don’t have work today, I highly recommend booking it to Huntington Beach. Like, now. Find parking and prepare to watch one of the best surfing competitions in Southern California. Shop, grab a burger and maybe a beer or two during the day, then get ready for an epic beach concert in the evening. Jam out to Modest Mouse and multiple other artists as the sun goes down. It’s free!

Mission Sake: If the beach isn’t your scene, try Little Tokyo for a little sake tasting instead. Tonight (Friday), Mission Sake invites guests to explore the world of sake. Premium sake along with plenty of food pairings will be available. DJ Jeremy Sole from KCRW will be spinning tunes. It’s the perfect opportunity to network, have a little fun and learn about sake.

Dance Downtown: After you’ve had your fill of sake and hors d’oeuvres, head next door to Dance Downtown at the Music Center Plaza. Tonight (Friday) the Music Center is experimenting with the dance style called Cumbia. Beginners lessons are offered throughout the evening. With a DJ and live band on hand, it’s sure to be a good time. If you vowed to pull yourself outside of your comfort zone, this would be the perfect opportunity to push yourself!

Neon Splash Dash 5k: There’s running. Then there’s running in the dark, with thousands of glow-in-the-dark runners, dance music and a party at the end. Neon Splash Dash brings runners through Fairplex for one of the brightest nighttime runs in Southern California. Throughout the 3.1-mile course, participants are doused in “Glow Water” so that by the time they reach the finish line, they will be energetic, neon-glowing machines. Arrival time is 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss out!

Brunch: Sunday. The calm after the storm. Enjoy a relaxing, gloriously lazy afternoon with brunch. If you’re in our neck of the woods, swing by the Pomona Valley Mining Co. for a delicious array of carne asada, bacon, scrambled eggs and a seasonal variety of freshly prepared hot foods. If you’re hibernating on the Westside for the day, mosey over to Urth Caffe in Santa Monica for a cup of organic coffee and a deliciously filling panini. Downtown and the surrounding areas are scattered with many delightful hole-in-the-wall type restaurants but one you might want to try is Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park. Visit their website for a peek at the menu.

That concludes this L.A. Weekender! Happy surfing/sake-ing/dancing/running/brunching 🙂

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