This weekend it's time to head downtown to Olvera Street for the sixth edition of the Feria de los Moles, or festival of moles, billed as the largest Mexican food festival in the United States. This year there will be plenty of moles, including those from the Puebla restaurant El Mural de Los Poblanos, along with an appearance by Puebla Governor Rafael Moreno Valle, Ms. Mole 2013 and many terrific musicians, including rocker Alex Lora. Look for lucha libre, mole workshops, mole desserts (cupcakes! ice cream!), and a debate on who exactly makes the best mole.
WHAT: Feria de Los Moles
WHEN: Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
WHERE: Olvera Street, 125 Paseo De La Plaza, dwntwn.
COST: Entrance is free; food is available for purchase.
Copa d'Oro Pajama Party
Copa d'Oro's latest classy cocktail party has a dress code -- and it includes flannel and bunny slippers. These organic mixologists are having a Pajama Party to benefit the homeless kids at Upward Bound House. Bring in a pair of new, still-wrapped children's pajamas and enjoy an array of signature craft cocktails, such as variations on the Sidecar and the Singapore Sling. Guests who come comfy-clad get their first drink on the house.
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m. until closing.
WHERE: Copa d'Oro, 217 Broadway, Santa Monica; 310-576-3030.
COST: Free, with cocktails starting at $13. A donation of one new pair of children's pajamas is suggested.
The Artisan Market
Choice Hospitality Group's Artisan Market is popping up at the W Hotel on Sunday, poolside, of all places. Local artisans will sell their specialty crafted foods, including gourmet coffees, Health-Ade kombucha, Lemon Bird jams and popcorn in a variety of wild flavors (try the Curried Pig). Chef Dakota Weiss, of condiment fame, will host a special BBQ brunch in the adjacent Backyard restaurant.
WHAT: The Artisan Market
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
WHERE: W Hotel Los Angeles poolside, 930 Hilgard Ave., Westwood; 310-443-8218