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Free weekend? Avocado Fest, Bukowski's birthday and Echo Park Rising

Echo Park Rising
Echo Park Rising
Echo Park Rising

Angelenos, brace yourselves for a serious food coma, because this weekend is all about consuming decadent grub. Guacamole pie, chocolate fried chicken, spicy miso ramen — and the list goes on. In between eating sessions, make time for live music and a little bit of literature. 

Here's everything you need to know: 

1. 'Sin City,' 'Dusk Till Dawn' at Egyptian Theatre

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The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood is hosting a Robert Rodriguez double feature in celebration of the upcoming release of "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," the follow-up to his 2005 hit. Kick back, munch on some popcorn and watch "Sin City," followed by a screening of "From Dusk Till Dawn," a vampire cult classic. Stick around during intermission to hear the famous Hollywood director discuss his career and the upcoming movie.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: The Egyptian Theatre | MAP

Price: $11

2. Beer and bourbon festival at Choco Chicken

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Fried chicken with chocolate batter. Who's in? Umami founder Adam Fleischman's new spot Choco Chicken opened in May and there's no better time to check it out. The restaurant is hosting a beer and bourbon fest Saturday. Featured breweries include Spaten, Stella, Hanger 24 and Drakes; Jack Daniels will be on-site passing out free samples. Get a pint glass when you buy your first brew ($7); all beers after will be $4. See the cocktail menu here. Food menu here

When: 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Choco Chicken | MAP

Price: Free entry; drink and eat at your own will 

3. The Ramen Yokocho Festival

Instagram: FOODHave a hankering for a bowl of warm, delicious ramen? Head down to the Ramen Yokocho Festival in Little Tokyo. If slurping up a bowl of hot deliciousness isn’t enough for you, watch the Day-Lee World Gyoza Eating Championship or try Fujin’s super trendy tonkotsu spicy miso ramen burger. It's all a part of the Nisei Week Japanese Festival, a weekend of events celebrating Japanese culture.

When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

Where: L.A. City Parking Lot 7 | MAP

Price: Admission is $5 and bowls of ramen are $8

4. Los Angeles Taco Festival 

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Not in the mood for ramen? No problem. Head over to the fourth annual L.A. Taco Festival. All-you-can-eat tacos will range from traditional carne asada to vegan options. Wash it down with a beer or indulge in a tequila tasting. There will also be live music, as well as arts and crafts. The event is organized by Jovenes, Inc., a non-profit that provides housing and other services to homeless youths.

When: 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Mariachi Plaza | MAP

Price: $20 for all-you-can-eat taco tickets; $45 for premium tickets, which include access to the beer garden and tequila tasting

5. Charles Bukowski's Birthday Bash

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Celebrate Charles Bukowski, one of Los Angeles’s greatest literary legends, at Skylight Books Saturday. The Silver Lake store is throwing him a 94th birthday party. Honor Bukowski’s dark and beautiful writing with authors Richard LangeJerry Stahl and Dan Fanta, who will be reading excerpts of his work.  

When: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Skylight Books | MAP

Price: Free 

6. Echo Park Rising 

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More than 300 indie bands will descend on Echo Park this weekend for three days of free outdoor shows. Headliners include Peanut Butter WolfAllah-Las and GoldLink. Stages will be set up around town, including Taix, The Echoplex and Lot 1. Here are five bands you should see Friday. Find a map and schedule here

When: Starts at noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday 

Where: Various venues around Echo Park | MAP

Price: Free 

7. Burbank Comedy Festival 

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Sometimes the best way to shake off stress is to have a good laugh. The Burbank Comedy Festival starts on Sunday and will last all week. Big comedy names like Adam Carolla, Wendy Liebman and Jeff Garlin are set to headline the festival. Or if you want to discover the next big name in comedy, check out some of the other 200 emerging comedians who are performing throughout the week. 

When: August 17-23

Where: Flappers Comedy Club | MAP

Price: Tickets are sold for individual shows starting at $15

8. Avocado Fest at Angel City

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Avocado lovers, listen up. There's an Avocado Fest coming to Angel City Brewery and, yes, it features an avocado flavored beer. The Avocado Ale is brewed with (you guessed it) avocados, fresh cilantro, crushed red pepper and lime. There will also be avocado popsicles and guacamole pies. Plus, eat tacos and ceviche at Lime Truck or grab a juicy burger at Son of a Bun. Pro tip: Here's how you can successfully grow an avocado at home.

When:Sunday, Noon to 8 p.m. 

Where: Angel City Brewery | MAP

Price: Free; eat and drink at your own will 

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