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Los Angeles August 25–31: Fiesta La Ballona, Beer & Bacon Fest

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Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point

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Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point

The best of what to do in and around L.A. this week

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This week in L.A., celebrate Culver City’s history and culture at Fiesta La Ballona, or celebrate the earthier combination of beer and bacon—on a battleship! Arty types should scout out the Corey Helford Gallery’s 10th anniversary, while those traveling to Santa Monica on a weekday should try the new lunchtime menu at Herringbone. Need to escape the city? Head to Dana Point for some killer surfing and relaxation.

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August 26–28 | Festival
Fiesta La Ballona
Culver City is rich in cinematic history—and some great new dining options. But long before Culver City was a cool place to stay out late, it was a key part of California history. Part of a Mexican land grant known as Rancho La Ballona, the city later became a training ground for Union soldiers during the Civil War. So a cultural event named for the land grant, and held at Veterans Memorial Park, is a fitting way to celebrate Culver City’s beauty. There will be more than 100 booths with eats, crafts, live music, a beer and wine garden, dancing, and a carnival that will bring out the kid in even the most skeptical adult. 
4:30–10 p.m. Fri; 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat; 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun | Veterans Park, Corner of Culver Blvd. and Overland Blvd., Culver City | Free admission, rides $1 | website

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August 27 | Art
Corey Helford Gallery celebrates its 10th anniversary
During show after show, year after year, Corey Helford showcases the best emerging and established artists. So expect its anniversary party (with 114 new works) to blow you away. We’re eyeing the roving Beau Stanton, whose intricate line work and attention to detail are unique and powerful. L.A.’s own Hueman will light up rooms with her brash color palette and confident canvases. Art will move quickly, so if you’re in the market, don’t wait.
7–11 p.m. | 571 S. Anderson St., Los Angeles | Free | website

August 27 | Food fest
San Pedro Beer and Bacon Festival
Wine lovers know the importance of pairing port with the perfect dessert. Similarly, as you’ll discover during the San Pedro Beer and Bacon Festival, beer drinkers know which craft beers taste best with each type of bacon (the fest takes its job very seriously). The entire event takes place on a battleship, the USS Iowa, a fitting location to sail away on a high of good eats and libations, both local and imported.
6–10 p.m. | USS Iowa, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., Los Angeles | Free | website

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August 27–28 | Escape the city
Dana Point 
Dana Point is about an hour outside of L.A. and one of just a few harbors along the Orange County coast. “Killer Dana” was a legendary surf break off Dana Point that rocked many surfers back in the 1960s. The break is long gone, but the surfing remains both excellent and challenging. There are shops on the marina if you’d rather remain on land. Stay at Monarch Beach Resort, which just underwent a major renovation. The infinity pools and the oceanview rooms may mean you never leave the property—which is another perfectly fine way to enjoy Dana Point.

New menu | Lunchtime special
Top Chef alum Brian Malarkey has been wowing Santa Monica for just over a year, and recently rolled out a new lunch menu with more specials and a daytime happy hour. The menu plays off the fresh produce at Santa Monica Farmers’ Market and brings in some truly beachy vibes. You must try the albacore sashimi and truffle fries, along with a sweet stone fruit salad and crab BLT.  Freshly shucked oysters might be calling your name, too.
Weekday lunch 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. | 1755 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica | website 

Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.

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