Big Top Taproom: Not Your Average Oktoberfest
Arm wrestle local brewmasters while you try unique beer-and-food pairings at Eagle Rock Brewery’s off-center craft beer carnival.
Truck stop: Tokyo Doggie Style slings Japanese hot dogs and their signature hurry curry chili all night along.
Fri 6p. Eagle Rock Brewery, 3056 Roswell St., Glassell Park (323-257-7866). Pay as you go.
Nearby: Los Burritos; Buttermilk Truck; ATX By Kitchen 12000
Suave ‘60s: Mad Men: An ALO Experience
Do afterwork drinks Don Draper-style at this swanky themed soirée featuring fancy cocktails, a cigar patio, and LA-area DJs.
Star clients: Spring for VIP level to enjoy free-flowing bubbly, private burlesque, and passed appetizers.
Fri 8p. Park Plaza Hotel, 607 S. Park View St., Westlake (213-381-6300). $25-50 here.
Nearby: R Bar; Brass Monkey; Blipsy Barcade
Community Culture: Abbott Kinney Festival
Spend Sunday in Venice snacking at food trucks, sipping cheap beers, and rocking out to bands spanning two stages.
Dusk Dancing: Yoga pants will be shaking to the breezy disco-funk of headliners AM & Shawn Lee.
Sun 10a-6p. Abbott Kinney Blvd. from Venice Blvd. to Main St., Venice (310-396-3772). Free.
Nearby: Menotti's; South End; Gjelina
Biergarten Games: 5th Annual Beer Olympics
Go for gold as Oktoberfest gets a competitive twist with all-day team contests in corn hole, beer pong, and more.
Drinks of champions: German beers from Weihenstephan Brewery are on tap — the first 40 registrants score a free stein.
Sat 1-9p. Bar ONE Beer & Wine Parlour, 12518 Burbank Blvd., N. Hollywood (818-509-1938). Free; register here.
Nearby: Bow & Truss; The Federal; No Bar