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Free weekend? Sour beer, JPL open house and an LA mansion party

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Kristen Lepore

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Get excited because Friday is the last day that Mercury is in retrograde. This means better luck is on the way. To celebrate, we're drinking tart beer, going on a NASA field trip and hitting up a secret art party. Here's everything you need to know. 


1. SourFest 

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Still riding the sour beer wave? Good. Because every couple of years, restaurant owner (and beer hoarder) Gabriel Gordon clears his cellar to pour more than 100 kegs of acidic and tart masterpieces from around the world. SourFest started Monday and it's running through Sunday at both of Gordon's restaurant locations: Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach and Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach. The best part: A free shuttle will be running between both locations all weekend long. 

When: Friday through Sunday 

Where: Beachwood BBQ  | Beachwood BBQ & Brewing | MAP

Price: Free admission 


2. Cocktails in historic places 

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Union Station is a Hollywood gem with a charm that goes beyond its on-screen fame. Art deco, Spanish colonial revival and Streamline architecture come together to decorate the historic station. Join the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles at its "Cocktails in Historic Places" for a fancy happy hour at the station's Traxx Bar. 

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday 

Where: Traxx Bar at Union Station | MAP

Price: Entrance is free


3. Front Porch Cinema

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Santa Monica Pier is giving you yet another excuse to head to the beach. It kicks off its Front Porch Cinema series Friday with a screening of "Big Hero 6." You know the kids can't wait to see it one more time — and you probably can't either.

When: Music starts at 6 p.m. Friday | The film starts at 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Santa Monica Pier | MAP

Price: Free


4. JPL open house 

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It's that time of year again. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena is hosting its annual open house. You'll see a life-size model of the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, and tour JPL's Mission Control Center for NASA's Deep Space Network. (Here's a sneak peek photo slideshow.) Pro tips: Get there early; 20,000 people are expected each day! Wear comfortable shoes; this place is like a college campus. And check out JPL’s Open House web app to navigate the grounds.

When: 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday 

Where: JPL | MAP

Price: Free


5. Strut your mutt 

Strut your muttForget the competitive 5K. Enjoy a leisurely fundraising dog walk at Best Friends Animal Society's 4th Annual Strut Your Mutt. It'll be a day of pet contests, doggie goodies, activities, food and more.

When: Registration starts at 7 a.m. Saturday

Where: Exposition Park

Price: $30 | Info here


6. "Carrie" the Killer Musical 

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Yes, you're reading right. "Carrie" the book-turned-movie has now turned musical just in time for Halloween. Immerse yourself in the nightmare tale as a talented cast and crew take you back to bloody high school.

When: Various times through the month

Where: Los Angeles Theatre | MAP

Price: $20 to $125 | Discounted prices at Goldstar


7. Secret Hanksy party

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NYC-based street artist Hanksy — best known for his parody art combining Banksy's work and actor Tom Hanks —  is hosting a super secret L.A. mansion party Saturday. It's called Surplus Candy, and you'll have to follow him on Twitter or Instagram to get the details. The event will include "hyper-transitory" tags and street art from more than 50 artists. 

When: Saturday night 

Where: TBD | The time and place will be revealed here and here at 3 p.m. Saturday

Price: Free? 


8. Culture Collide

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Culture Collide is a hipster haven — three days of music and art at venues around Echo Park. Headliners include Ladyhawke, Ash, the Juan MacLean and Vieux Farka Toure. (Full lineup here.) The festivities will kick off with a creative summit of industry panels and culminate with an indie label marketplace. 

When: Thursday through Saturday

Where: Locations around L.A., including the Regent and the Echo

Price: Tickets range in price from $10 to $20


Did we miss something in your 'hood? Hit me up on Twitter @kristenlepore. Oh, and if it's too damn hot and all you want to do veg out, check out new Netflix releases and consider ordering this secret sauce during your Del Taco run.