Eating + Drinking

The Best Outdoor Food Festivals in June

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There aren’t many things better than dining or drinking out in the blissful L.A. weather, and this city has the patios and rooftops to prove it. But if you’re looking to take your alfresco appetite to the next level? Maximize your eats, drinks, and sunshine all in one move with this spate of outdoor food and drink bonanzas, dropping at the height of summer. Long days mean that much more sunlight to go all out on tacos, fried chicken, vegan delicacies, and just about anything else you can think of. If the choices are too much for your head—and stomach—to keep straight, never fear. Here’s our primer on the best outdoor food festivals coming your way this month.

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Barnsdall Friday Night Wine Tastings
Summer means happy-houring on the Barnsdall Art Park hill overlooking the city, with Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Hollyhock House behind you and a flight of wine at your fingertips. Bring a blanket and some food—or enjoy grub from whatever food truck is parked out front—and sit back and listen to groovy DJ tunes while toasting with your besties. Inside the ticketed area is 21 and over only; families are welcome to have fun on the other side of the fence, but no alcohol is permitted there. Plan ahead: This sells out week after week, and parking is limited in the park (think about a ride share). Every Friday night through September 6; 5:30–8:30 p.m.; 4800 Hollywood Boulevard

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DTLA Donut Fest
If there is one thing that deserves its own festival, it’s the humble doughnut. Although most are tricked-out gourmet varieties these days, there is still a simple pleasure to be had in a classic glazed or cake doughnut. Taste your way through the spectrum at Union Station, where Voodoo Doughnut, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, California Donuts, and DK’s, among others, will bring some of their tastiest treats. Food trucks for savory offerings like tacos, breakfast burritos and boba, lots of coffee, cooking demos, and even yoga round out the fun. Entry tickets are $5–$7, and free for kids under 12. Make a day of it and take the metro, since all lines lead right to the station. June 8; 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; 800 North Alameda Street

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L.A. Beer Week Kickoff
If you love all things cold and hoppy, this annual and often sold-out beer fest is back. Commemorating L.A. Beer Week, there will be more than 90 craft breweries pouring sips at Los Angeles Center Studios Downtown, plus food trucks to keep you full and live music to keep your feet tapping. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $70 for VIP, which includes early entry. Saturday, June 15; 1–4 p.m.; 450 South Bixel Street

Taqueando Taco Festival
This all-day fiesta is like the Met Gala of tacos. More than 40 different vendors from Mexico, San Diego, and beyond—including local favorites like Sonoratown, Mariscos Jalisco, Carnitas El Momo, Aquí es Texcoco, Tacos 1986, Coni’Seafood, and Guerrilla Tacos—will be serving unlimited bites, mostly in taco form. A cash bar and entertainment keep the day going on the roof at Row DTLA. Tickets are $45 for general admission, but we recommend splurging on VIP passes ($75) to enter an hour early and get access to an exclusive tasting area and some swag. Saturday, June 15; 1–5 p.m.; Skylight ROW DTLA, 777 Alameda Street

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Good Food Gala
The annual Good Food Gala, which supports the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, offers a chance to hobnob with some of L.A.’s culinary elite, plus taste amazing bites from restaurants like Redbird, Manhattan Beach Post, Pez Cantina, and Triple Beam Pizza, among others. The summer night at the Vibiana is complete with wine sipping and dancing to KCRW DJ Raul Campos’s groovy sounds. Tickets are $150–$500, with proceeds helping to ensure food is healthy, affordable, sustainable, and fair for all Angelenos. Thursday, June 20; 6–9 p.m.; 214 South Main Street

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The Garagiste Wine Festival
Sometimes you can’t get to wine country, so wine country comes to you. This tasting event features some of the best micro-wineries from all over California: Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, and all points in between. The Rare & Reserve Kick-off Party ($75) on Friday includes a summer barbecue spread and wine samplings; general admission tickets ($69) for the full tasting on Saturday include unlimited sips, plus snacks to keep your palate happy. Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22; Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 North Verdugo Road, Glendale

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Eat Drink Vegan
Formerly known as the Vegan Beer and Food Festival, this day of plant-based indulgences at the Rose Bowl is so much more. In addition to a well-curated list of restaurants and food vendors, there will be unlimited pours of beer, kombucha, wine, cider, tea, and soda, plus an entire CBD village and a marketplace for clothing, art, and locally made skincare products. Tickets ($50) do not include food, so bring cash, but VIP ($115) includes early entry, access to special lounges, and yoga and wine classes. Sunday, June 22; 12–8 p.m.; Brookside Golf & Country Club, West Drive & Seco Street, Pasadena

L.A. Food Fest
It has spurred countless imitators over 10 great, pants-stretching years, but there’s no substitute for the original. Yes, L.A. Food Fest is back at Santa Anita Park. There’s so much here—food sampling till your heart’s content, an ice cream social, live music, and copious amounts of booze and nonalcoholic drinks—that a plan is needed to enjoy it all. Bring a blanket for sitting in the grass, go to the shortest lines first, and use a two-person strategy to simultaneously wait in lines. You have all day. Tickets are $69 and $99 (early entry). Saturday, June 29; 2–7 p.m.; Santa Anita Park-Gate 6, 275 Colorado Place, Arcadia

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Howlin’ With Harris Hot Summer Southern BBQ
If there’s one summer barbecue to attend, it’s this one thrown by culinary MC Billy Harris, with Johnny Ray Zone and his Howlin’ Rays Hot Chicken crew. The family-style feast includes vittles from Trudy’s Underground BBQ, City House from Nashville, Hog & Hominy from Memphis, chef Nyesha Arrington, Valerie Confections, and Milk Bar. In essence: Everything you want. Plus, proceeds from the live auction go to the L.A. Food Bank, which is where this hoedown takes place. Saturday, June 29; 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, 1734 East 41st Street

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Uncorked: L.A. Summer Wine Fest
With more than 200 wines from around the globe to sample, plus food trucks, live music, photo booths, and more, this summer sipping event has a lot going for it. But the best thing: It’s at Union Station, which means taking the metro and no driving. Tickets are $60 for general admission and $70 for VIP for unlimited wine samplings; food is extra. Saturday, June 29; 6–10 p.m.; Union Station, 800 North Alameda Street