This Weekend! Food Festivals Include Ramen, Fried Chicken, Tacos and More

Summers in LA are filled with many food themed events. The combination of great weather and diverse cuisines makes LA the ideal city to host outdoor food festivals.

This weekend there will be at least four food related events taking place. Hopefully you will have a chance to get out and experience at least one of them.


Ramen Yokocho Festival, Saturday Aug 16 – Sunday Aug 17

The Ramen Yokocho festival takes place this Saturday through Sunday in Little Tokyo in downtown LA. The Ramen Yokocho Association’s first event was held at the Torrance Cultural Center last year. This weekend’s event will be held during the annual Nisei Week Festival.

Nine ramen shops from various locations such as LA, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Japan will be gathered for this noodle slurper’s event. Concurrently, Day Lee Foods will sponsor the World Gyoza Eating Contest on-site at 2pm.


 International House of Fried Chicken Pop-up, Saturday, Aug 16, 5pm – 10pm

Freelance food writer, food historian, and chef, Susan Park, will host an epicurian international fried chicken food fight. Algerian, Indonesian and Korean fried chicken will be prepared. The sides include items such as slow roasted corn on the cob, lemon and herb compound butter, crème fraiche potato salad and aioli coleslaw.

Please note that the website indicates that 5:00pm – 6:30pm will be reserved for the LA Foodies group.

la taco festLA Taco Fest, Saturday Aug 16, 2pm – 8pm

The 4th Annual LA Taco Fest will be held in Boyle Heights on Saturday, Aug 16. This festival will bring together young musicians, professional artists, community based organizations, food vendors and local businesses. Attendees can enjoy all-you-can-eat tacos and tequila samples. In addition, the event will feature a beer garden and live music. A portion of the proceeds benefits Jovenes Inc.

Lobster Festival

Dana Point Lobster Beach Festival, Saturday, Aug 16, starting at 4pm

Attendees will enjoy a steak and lobster dinner with spirits, live music and dancing under the stars! General Admission: $85 through August 15; $100 at the door.  Includes steak, lobster, sides and entertainment (no host bar). Big Tail Table Ticket: $150 or $1,500 for a table of ten. Enjoy complimentary beer, wine and a signature cocktail at a full service reserved table!

Tickets are non-refundable.


The entrance to 626 Night Market

The entrance to 626 Night Market

626 Night Market, Friday – Sunday beginning at 4pm.

The 626 Night Market in is an outdoor extravaganza of Asian food vendors, crafts, merchandise, arts and music. It is modeled around the night bazaars of Asia and integrates LA’s food and culture into one huge event in Arcadia. More than 80 Asian street food vendors and 70 local merchandise vendors are expected.

Bryan attended in July and recapped the event here.

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