Weekend guide: Cal Phil, gourmet eats, music junkies and a barbecue deal, sweetened


  • FRIDAY, 5-8:30 p.m.

Cal Phil Family Night, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Did we mention it’s free? Bring a guest or pack your 30-member extended family into a bus and, guess what, it’s still free. Music education activities begin at 5 p.m., and the free California Philharmonic performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Get there early, bring a picnic spread and enjoy the Arboretum in its twilight glory. (No alcohol allowed for this family event.)

301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia

  • SATURDAY, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Open warehouse sale, Nicole’s Gourmet Foods

For the first time ever — and for this day only — Nicole’s is offering wholesale prices on its cheeses, charcuterie, foie gras, beverages, grains, pasta, rice, spices, specialty oils, vinegars, chocolate, tart shells, fruit purees, vanilla … you see what we’re getting at? The South Pasadena gourmet heaven is opening the doors on its neighboring Alhambra warehouse to the public, and sophisticated palates everywhere rejoice.

961 S. Meridian Ave., Alhambra
(626) 403-5751

  • SATURDAY, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., and SUNDAY, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sunset Junction Street Festival, Silver Lake

It’s the definitive hipster street festival on crack. Come with an open mind and deep wallets — you’ll need the cash flow if you want to stock up on the millions of bizarre goods for sale from street vendors. The weather promises some reprieve from the sweltering fests of years past. It’s not supposed to break 80 this weekend, so you can brave the crowds and blacktop without fear of heat stroke. Oh, and there’s a pretty sweet music line-up, including these headliners: Mary Wilson, Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band, Sly and Robbie, Built to Spill, Les Nubians and Nortec Collective. Check the schedule to catch your faves.

Advance, $15; $20 at the door. 12 and under and 65 and older get in free.
3700-4300 Sunset Blvd. and 4000-4200 Santa Monica Blvd., Silver Lake
(323) 661-7771


Gus’s Barbecue, South Pasadena

UrbanDaddy‘s got the lush scoop on this one:

“In case you need some added incentive to make a pilgrimage for some no-frills ‘cue,  Gus’s has unleashed a little contraption called the Bourbon Box — it’s a sampling of three bourbons. In a box. For $12. Incentive approved.”

808 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena
(626) 799-3251

(File photo: A variety of sheep’s milk cheese is on sale at Nicole’s Gourmet Foods in South Pasadena)

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