LA's Weekend Planner: Oktoberfests, Taste of Italy
In addition to the ongoing Oktoberfest celebrations around town this month, Santa Anita Park hosts its first celebration this Saturday, October 12. There will be costume and stein-holding contests, live music with the Spazmatics, corn toss competitions and of course sausages from Dog Haus and craft beer. And lots of it. $5 to get in or free with costume. Or check out one of the packages that includes racing forms, food and drink. Noon to 7 PM (285 W. Huntington Dr.).
The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles holds its fifth annual Taste of Italy on Saturday, to celebrate the city’s Italian heritage - yes, there once was a Little Italy here - and help generate support for the forthcoming museum that’s opening in 2014. More than 50 chefs and restaurants are participating, including Celestino and Drago Centro, Nonna of Italy, Obika, Trattoria Neapolis, Pizzeria il Fico and more. Tickets are $55 for general admission, which includes six food tickets and four drink tickets; extra tasting tickets are available at the door. VIP is $125 which gets you easier access, six food and six drink tickets, a VIP gift bag and 20% items purchased at the Gastromercato. 5-10 PM (Pico House, 424 N. Main St.).
For a swank night out, hit The Charleston’s new Saturday Night Jazz Supper Club series, which kicks off this weekend. Every Saturday between 7-10 PM, the gastropub hosts jazz, funk and R&B live performances and dinner specials. Go in later, and it’s full-on DJ dance time (2460 Wilshire Blvd.; 310-828-2115).