Summer is finally here, and along with it is a multitude of food festivals looking to cater to hungry Angelenos. Festival organizers are looking to bring the best of Los Angeles’s many culinary vendors directly to the public, all under one setting. Whether you are looking for something sweet, something authentic, or just something exciting to do on the weekend, there are enough festivals (and food) for everyone this summer.
Kicking things off is the DTLA Donut Fest, without a doubt the sweetest festival of the summer. The second annual DTLA Donut Festival features the latest and greatest in fried sweet dough confections. Twelve different local donut shops will make their donuts available for sugar-craving festival goers, with everything from glazed, to filled, to old-fashions. But the donuts don’t stop there. The festival will also feature donuts that are anything but traditional, including Japanese style baked tofu donuts from RING Baked Tofu Donuts, custom-glazed donuts from Glazed Donut Bar, and specialty malasada style donuts from Dot & Dough with innovative signature flavors like matcha, early grey, and ube. Other vendors include LA donut standard-bearers like California Donuts, and Primo’s Donuts, as well as newcomers like Voodoo Doughnut, and Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken. After you’ve fried your brain on sugar, you can recoup with a coffee or espresso from the mobile espresso bar Mobar & Co., or a savory breakfast burrito from The Rooster Truck. The DTLA Donut Fest promises to be great fun for people of all ages.
Date: Saturday, June 8th 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Union Station, South Patio, 800 N Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tickets: Presale -$5, At the Door – $7. Kids under 12 free. Click here to purchase online.
Los Angeles’s original tasting event kicks off its 10th edition this June, hosting over 100 of the best food and drink vendors Los Angeles has to offer. Located on the grounds of Santa Anita Park, festival goers can enjoy tasty bites from restaurants like Churro Garage, MexVegana, Huitlacoche, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Oak Smoke BBQ, and so much more. The festival even promises to host some of the premier restaurants, chefs, street carts, and trucks from Baja California and Mexico City in bite-sized form. Fill up your food box, grab a couple drinks, and find a place to chill while you listen to music from artists like Kyle Guerrero, Alih Jey, Girls Gone Vinyl, Mariachi Voz De America, Sylvia Bosco, and DJ Jazzabella. Other activities and entertainment include face painting, and a live capoeira demonstration. Nothing like watching professional athletes fling their bodies around while you nurse your food baby and get sunburnt. Tickets are all inclusive – once you are in, you can eat and drink to your heart’s content. LA’s premier food festival might be offering the best deal around.
Date: Saturday, June 29th 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Santa Anita Park Gate 6, 275 Colorado Place, Arcadia, CA 91007
Tickets: VIP – $99, GA – $69. Purchase with cash at the door, or click here to purchase tickets online. Parking is $5.
Uncorked: LA Summer Wine Fest
Taking place on the same Saturday as the LA Food Fest, the Uncorked: LA Summer Wine Fest is the perfect nightcap for festival going Angelenos. Featuring over 200 different wines from around the globe, which are all included in a single ticket price, the Uncorked: LA Summer Wine Fest is unmatched in the amount, variety, and quality of wine it offers. Featured wineries include Stag’s Leap, Cavaliere D’Oro, Z. Alexander Brown, Folonari Proseco, and more. This is a unique experience that allows you taste wine directly from the producers. The festival will also host gourmet food trucks like Humble Crust, and 3941 Tamales, as well as live music, DJs and a custom photo booth. In addition to bringing serious and casual wine enthusiasts together, the festival also uses proceeds from the event to sponsor the local non-profit MOSTe, which provides community-based mentoring for young woman, as well as scholarships and college access programs. It’s a win-win. You get to taste amazing wine and food, and the world gets a little better. No refunds.
Date: Saturday, June 29th 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, California 90012
Tickets: VIP – $70, GA – $60. 21+ only. Click here for tickets.
Tacos, man. They are not just food; they are a way of life – at least according to Bill Esparza. That idea, that tacos can be a way of life, is the direct inspiration for Esparza’s new summer food festival Taqueando: A Taco Lifestyle Festival. The word “Taqueando” literally means “to taco,” driving home the idea that the taco can be an essential piece of LA and Mexican culture, beyond its basic caloric contents. Esparza, the former curator of LA Weekly’s Tacolandia festival, decided to create this new festival after Tacolandia shut down in 2017 and left a taco-sized hole in the LA food festival scene. Taqueando will fill up that hole with up to 45 different taco vendors from around the globe. Taco vendors will include local powerhouses like Guerilla Tacos, Taco Maria, and Sonoratown, as well as international taco merchants like Mexican-based Mariscos La Guerrerense, Pangea, and Erizo Fish House, and London-based Breddo’s Tacos. Non-meat options will be available. Expect more than just your usual carne asada taco with avocado salsa. Bill Esparza’s Taqueando: A Taco Lifestyle Festival isn’t just a food festival – it is a cultural experience.
Date: Saturday, June 15th 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Skylight Row DTLA, 777 Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90021
Tickets: VIP – $75, GA – $45. 21+ only. Click here for tickets.
Spend National Chicken Wing Day celebrating with your fellow poultry lovers at this quirky festival hosted by Off the Menu. The festival will feature some of the best wings in LA at an iconic West Hollywood location: Mel’s Drive-In. Wing vendors will include Mel’s Drive-In (obviously), Greyhound, Pizzeria Mozza, Badmaash, Banh Oui, and more. Vegan chicken wing options will be provided by Crossroads Restaurant. Wing Fest will also feature Anchor Bar, the original creators of the Buffalo-style chicken wing. That’s right, all the way from Buffalo, NY, the OG chicken wing maestros are coming to give the good people of LA a taste of the authentic Buffalo-style chicken wing. What more could you ask for? Just bring napkins – plenty of napkins.
Date: Monday, July 29th 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Location: Mel’s Drive-In West Hollywood, 8585 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Tickets: VIP – $135, GA Unlimited Wings + Drinks – $75, GA Unlimited Wings Only – $45.
Visit Off The Menu’s website to purchase tickets.
Street Food Cinema: Los Angeles
The last entry on our food festival list is a special one, as it is the only food festival slated to reoccur throughout the summer. Street Food Cinema is the combination of gourmet food trucks, outdoor movie watching, and music that has grown in popularity since its launch in 2012. The entire Street Food Cinema season lasts from April until the end of October, but there is no better time than summer to take advantage of the festival. Late sunsets and warm nights will only add to the already relaxed and informal experience. Festival attendees can have their choice from food trucks like BBQ Smokehouse, Chancho’s Tacos, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Patty Wagon, and more, all while watching movies like Black Panther, Jaws, Jurassic Park, or La La Land. The movies, food trucks, music, and locations change every week, which keeps every event fresh, and gives attendees the chance to experience many of the parks and neighborhoods around Los Angeles. Just make sure to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on; only limited chairs and blankets are available for rent and purchase. BYOB and you have a picnic dinner and movie that you’ll want to come back to all summer long.
Dates: Mostly Saturdays from April – October.
Location: Multiple locations across Los Angeles. Click here for the full schedule.
Tickets: Season Pass – $175, Reserved Seating (Online) – $19, GA (Online) – $14.
Click here for full ticket pricing.