LA Weekend Planner: Lobster, Crab and Beer Fests
It's a hoot every year in Hollywood, and now The Hungry Cat in Santa Monica gets its very own first Crab Fest on Sunday, September 15. Like the original, the four-course crab feast usually includes crab soup, maybe a po'boy and definitely a pile of steamed blue crabs. There will also be special a la carte items, a full raw bar, and cocktails, beer and wine. Make reservations by calling the restaurant or sign up here. $75 per person. Noon to 7 PM (100 W. Channel Rd.; 310-459-3337).
The second annual Drink Good Beer Fest hits The Factory Gastrobar in Long Beach on Saturday, September 14, where you'll have access to 60 rare and unique craft brews from more than 30 breweries, including Ballast Point, Cismontane, Congregation Ale House, Firstone Walker, Dales Bros. Brewery and Smog City. There will be beer forums and demos, live music, games with prizes, and should you bike there, a bike corral to keep those two wheels safe. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, and include 10 four-ounce tasters plus a commemorative glass. 1-4 PM (4020 Atlantic Ave.; 562-595-4020).
The annual Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival boils up thousands and thousands of pounds of lobsters this weekend at San Pedro's Ports O' Call Village. Not only can you eat lobster dinners with drawn butter, cole slaw, potatoes and sweet bread for only $20, they're going for three different Guinness World Records on Saturday, including The Most Lobsters Served in Eight Hours, The Most Lobsters Cooked in a Single Cooker, and The Largest Serving of Lobster (they already set the record for Most Seafood Prepared at an Outdoor Event in 2009). Entry is $10 per person (free for kids 12 and under), and food is served a la carte. Cash only. Find more info and schedules here. Starts tonight at 5 PM and continues through Sunday, September 15 (1190 Nagoya Way).