Top 4 Weekend Events: Surf & Skate Festival, Thai New Year, Tony's Darts Away Anniversary + Grilled Cheese Invitational

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Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM

click to enlarge Thai shrimp toast at RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen - ROCKSUGAR PAN ASIAN KITCHEN
  • RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen
  • Thai shrimp toast at RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen
Thai New Year

To ring in the Thai New Year, RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen will give out a free shrimp toast appetizer with croutons, water chestnuts, jalapeños, chives and Sambal mayonnaise during both lunch and dinner. Thai musicians and dancers are scheduled to perform.

WHAT: Thai New Year

WHEN: Saturday, April 13

WHERE: RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 552-9988.

COST: Free appetizer

Venice Surf and Skate Festival

It's a festival and swap meet in one with live music, food and beer. There will be a charity raffle, with proceeds going toward the Venice Boys & Girls Club.

WHAT: Venice Surf and Skate Festival

WHEN: Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

WHERE: Venice Farmers Market Lot, 2150 Dell Ave., Venice.

COST: Free entrance

3rd Anniversary of Tony's Darts Away

The Burbank beer bar is celebrating its third anniversary with Darts Away IPA (an Imperial IPA at 9.65% ABV) as well as a menu of sausages (vegan and non) and vegan biscuits with gravy. Fifteen dollars buys a keepsake glass of the IPA along with an insider's fast pass to specialty taps, like the 2010 Russian River Sanctification and 2011 Lost Abbey Angel Share, set for release throughout the weekend. Keepsake glass holders get a 30-minute head start on specialty tappings.

WHAT: 3rd Anniversary of Tony's Darts Away

WHEN: Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14

WHERE: Tony's Darts Away, 1710 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank; (818) 253-1710.

COST: $15 for Darts Away IPA in keepsake glass

11th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational

It has been a little more than a decade since Tim Walker launched a competition where -- if you're a fan of grilled cheese -- there are no losers. There's still space to register as a competitor, which costs $50. Along with grilled cheese, there will be a beer garden and entertainment.

WHAT: 11th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational

WHEN: Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

WHERE: Los Angeles Center Studios, 1201 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles.

COST: $12 for presale general-admission tickets ($15 day of); $25 for judging admission (prices do not reflect service fees)

And in related news:

- Happy Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month + Free Sandwiches

- 10 Best Eats in Thai Town: Neighborhood Grub Crawl

- Tony's Darts Away: 2nd Anniversary Party

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