Keep cool with dragon boat races, The Pinker Tones and pet-friendly Playmates at The Mansion.
Outdoor Fun: Lotus Festival
Korean barbecue meets corny-but-fun dragon boat races at this annual Asian-themed fair around Echo Park Lake.
New this year: Friday evening jazz and fireworks over the lake.
Fri 5-9p, Sat 12-9p and Sun 12-8p. Echo Park Lake, Park Ave. between Glendale Ave. and Echo Park Blvd. Free. Nearby: Pho-Siam Thai Spa; The Echo; Short Stop
Free Music: The Pinker Tones
A rare acoustic performance from the high-energy, bass-loving Barcelona DJ duo.
Best seats: Try to snag a plastic chair by the Watercourt stage or the marble benches up on the mezzanine.
Sun 3p. California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave. Free. Nearby: Ciudad; Seven Grand; Tatou
Pet Cause: Bow Wow Wow Benefit
$500 gets you on the grounds of the Playboy Mansion, where you can get frisky with Playmates and animal-loving celebs such as Drew Barrymore.
Escort service: For $1,000 your own private Playmate will accompany you for the entire evening.
Sat 6:30p. Playboy Mansion, 10236 Charing Cross Road, Beverly Hills. $500. Nearby: Polo Lounge; Sidebar at Beverly Wilshire Hotel; W Hotel
Alfresco Dining: Red Sun BBQ Garden
Dig into a Japanese-style barbecue on Katana’s patio overlooking the Sunset Strip, while KCRW DJ Thomas Golubic drops eclectic beats.
Best bets: robata skewers; miso-glazed popcorn shrimp tempura; Wagyu Kobe beef
Sun 6-11p. Katana, 8439 Sunset Blvd. (323-650-8585). No cover; reservations required. Nearby: One Sunset; Skybar; Bar Marmont