Our Guide to the Best Food Events in L.A.

Food festivals, pop-up dinners, and more special events to savor

There’s always something new happening in L.A.’s dining scene, and it’s not just the constant restaurant openings. A food lover could pack their schedule with all the tasting festivals, pop-up dinners, theme nights, takeovers, and other goings-on. We’re picking some of the most delicious and interesting local food events so you can savor every special bite.    

ALTUM: A Dinner Pairing


Be prepared to get a bit experimental with your dining at this “multi-course immersive dinner” from chef Behzad Jamshidi. Organized by Counter Service magazine, the experience is inspired by the art of Micah Crandall-Bear, whose work will be on display.

June 13, 7 p.m.; Brannan Mason Gallery, 1923 S. Santa Fe Ave., downtown. Tickets $195. 

Smorgasburg Third Anniversary


That’s right, Smorgasburg has been popping up weekly at ROW DTLA for three whole years, so if you still haven’t attended, what is your excuse? Pound the pavement for this birthday edition and sample some of the city’s buzziest vendors.

June 16, 10 a.m.; ROW DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St., downtown.  

Pain Pizza Pop-Ups


When Pain Pizza pops up in your favorite bar, slinging petite French bread pizzas, you know it’s going to be a good night. This month catch pizza maker Karen Palmer at L.A. Wine in Chinatown on June 16 (the first edition of what will become a monthly residency), and Birds & Bees downtown June 28. Go ahead, order two.

June 16, 5 p.m. at L.A. Wine, 900 N. Broadway, Chinatown; June 28, 5 p.m. at Birds & Bees, 207 S. Broadway, downtown. 

Tesse Restaurant One-Year Anniversary


The Tesse team is celebrating making it over the first-year hump with a glamorous fête. In collaboration with Five Senses Tastings, the night will involve a culinary journey—with a side of culture, in the form of a live orchestra and opera singers.

June 19, 7:30 p.m.; 8544 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood. Tickets $350.

Eat Drink Vegan


One of the city’s biggest vegan festivals takes over the Rose Bowl for the 10th year in a row. Expect A-list chef demos, unlimited pours of over 250 different beverages (beer, kombucha, cider, tea, etc), a marketplace of vendors selling plant-based food, personal care items, clothing, and more.

June 22, 12 p.m.; Brookside at the Rose Bowl, West Drive & Seco St., Pasadena. Tickets $55 – $120. 

dineL.A. Restaurant Week


dineL.A. is now the largest restaurant week in the country, and the 15-day, twice-a-year promotion continues to grow. This year there are new options for five-course menus starting at $99, in addition to the traditional price points ($15 to $35 lunches; $29 to $99 dinners). There are over 400 restaurants participating, including recent arrivals like Tartine Bianco, Alameda Supper Club, and Atrium.

July 12-26. Reservations can be made online.    

HomeState Presents: First Annual Margarita Showdown


Breakfast taco champions HomeState host this fun event that they hope will become an annual tradition. You’ll get to taste margarita variations from a number of vendors, plus snack on food from HomeState, Triple Beam, and Moos Craft BBQ. For entertainment, Peanut Butter Wolf and Fred Armisen will be on hand.

July 20, 5 p.m.; HomeState, 5609 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park. Tickets $20-$95.  

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