From the reopening of Dog Haus with free hot dogs and the Los Angeles Tea Festival to conversations with Jeff Gordinier and free concerts at the Bloc, here’s what’s popping up in L.A. this week. 

Saturday, August 10

Dog Haus Biergarten Old Pasadena is celebrating its reopening with a free Haus Dog Day this Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. Guests who stop by will not only be able to enjoy their new updated interior but they will also get a free Haus Dog from a selection of seven signature creations. However, in order to get your free dog, be sure to download and scan the Dog Haus app to redeem. All hot dogs are handcrafted, all-beef and are served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls. “We’re thrilled to reopen and show off all of the improvements. Our first month back in business is going to be full of fun activations. We can’t wait to celebrate with everyone!” said general manager Arjun Multani.

Dog Haus, 93 E. Green St., Pasadena;open daily 11 a.m-10 p.m.;

Saturday, August 10

Did you know what the world’s most popular drink is? Fun fact, it’s tea, not water. Come celebrate the Los Angeles Tea Festival this weekend 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday in downtown L.A.’s Magic Box @ The Reef. From traditional loose leaf, boba, kombucha or matcha, there is something for everyone. Tea master and creator of the festival, Devan Shah invites you to come sip on top quality tea and engage in community chats and presentations on teas from around the world. Try tea pairings, craft tea-infused cocktails and boba while also enjoying live entertainment. This family friendly festival has over 4,000 attendees. Tickets start at only $5 for certain classes (like a Tea & Yoga course).  I love this so matcha!

Magic Box @ The Reef; 1933 South Broadway, Historic South-Central; for more information, visit

Jeff Gordinier

Sunday, August 11

This Sunday, enjoy a conversation and a seated lunch with Author Jeff Gordinier, James Beard Best Chef in the West semifinalist Claudette Zepeda, and L.A. Times food writer Jenn Harris in the Farmhouse Kitchen at Ojai Valley Inn. Jeff will be sharing highlights from his critically acclaimed novel, Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking it All with the Greatest Chef in the World. Guests will also get a chance to see Claudette in the kitchen with food demonstrations and followed by a lunch inspired by her modern Mexican cuisine.

Tickets are $100 and include a copy of Jeff Gordinier’s book and a seated lunch. The event will take place from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more information, visit

(Courtesy of the Bloc)

Thursday, August 15 

Everyone loves an outdoor concert in the summertime, especially if it’s a free concert. Every third Thursday of the month, come to The Bloc, located in DTLA, to celebrate Concerts on the Bloc. This Thursday, see performances by India Carney, Raelee Nikole (contestant of The Voice) and DJ Novena Carmel from KCRW. Besides live music on The Bloc’s private outdoor lawn, people can enjoy tasty food from vendors like The Urban Oven, DISTRICT, Hatch and more. Did we mention there will also be beer and wine for purchase?

This event runs from 6-9 p.m., with performances starting at 6:30 p.m. Concerts at The Bloc is 21+ only. Parking is available at The Bloc and validation will be given at check-in. Feel free to bring blankets, lawn chairs, food and your friends. For more information, visit


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