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Free weekend? 626 Night Market, Avocado Fest and CicLAvia

The Avocado Ale is back at Angel City Brewery!
The Avocado Ale is back at Angel City Brewery!
Angel City Brewery
The Avocado Ale is back at Angel City Brewery!
Fish balls dipped in curry sauce were a hot-ticket item at the 626 Night Market.
Sharon Kanes

We hope you like avocados, SoCal. Because we're eating avocado-flavored everything this weekend. Also on the docket: Free music, '80s flicks and stinky tofu. Yum? Here's everything you need to know.

1. Free outdoor concert

Listen to me. You like? Free concert Friday.

More good music.

FIGat7th is one of downtown's newest shopping centers (H&M, Target, Sports Chalet). This summer, it's hosting a slew of outdoor concerts. Next up: Mild High Club, Peanut Butter Wolf, Dam Funk and Mayer Hawthorne. Listen to some of their music above. 

When: TASTE happy hour starts at 4 p.m. Friday | Doors open at 7 p.m. | Show starts at 8 p.m. 

Where: Figat7th | MAP

Price: Free

2. Horrible Movie Night 

This looks awesome

Usually we're telling you about good movies to see. This weekend, we're telling you about a horrible movie that you must see. Why? Because it’s Horrible Movie Night at Meltdown Comics' Nerdist Showroom in Hollywood.

The flick is called “Never Too Young To Die.” It's a 1986 action movie with Gene Simmons and John Stamos. This is what we know about the film: “A secret agent is murdered, and his son — who is a high school gymnast – teams up with a spy to catch the man who killed him." That’s according to IMDB.

Here’s how it works: You watch the film and then you roast it. There will be guest comedians, free popcorn and an opportunity to share your best one-liners. The top citizen comedians will win prizes! 

When: 9 to 11:30 p.m. Friday

Where: NerdMelt Showroom | MAP

Price: $8 | Buy tix

3. Drake vs. Kanye

Facebook: Who will the battle of the rap stars?

Two of the biggest artists in today's hip hop will battle it out... in dance party form: It's Drizzy vs. Ye at the Echoplex for a night that will feature the best of both worlds. The songs playing at this party will be all the original versions — no mixes or mashups here. And here's a tip: The first 50 people get in free, so plan early.

When: 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday

Where: Echoplex | MAP

Price: $10

4. LA River Boat Race

(Photo: Courtesy of LA River Kayak Safari)

We told you to grab your tickets last week if you wanted to participate in the 2nd L.A. River Boat Race. Good news: There's still time to register, and you don't need a kayak to participate. Choose from a Downriver Race, the classic Sprint Race or the Youth Race. Or just stop by to cheer on the participants. Festivities include a Model T Road Show and SoCal icon Chicken Boy

When: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Glendale Narrows of the Los Angeles River

Price: Between $25 and $45 to participate | Info on discounted tix here | Free to attend

5. Night Market


The OG Asian-themed night market is back in Santa Anita Park. This is happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Highlights include: stinky tofu — which is fermented tofu, so forget the kombucha people — steamed pork buns, lobster tacos, grilled pig feet and ice cream macaron sandwiches. See a full list of vendors here. Then get your drool on here.

When: 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday; 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday; 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday 

Where: Santa Anita Park | MAP

Price: $3 admission $3 | Free parking | Children ages 6 and under get in free.

6. Heathers

Watch the trailer for a preview

YES. YES. YES. Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty. It's an '80s match made in heaven.  Street Food Cinema brings the black comedy to Exposition Park for an outdoor screening of "Heathers" on Saturday evening. Grab your low picnic chairs and an appetite — there will be food trucks. And dogs are welcome. 

When: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Exposition Park | MAP

Price: Between $12 and $17, plus SRV fees | Purchase tix here | RSVP on Facebook

7. CicLavia Culver City


CicLAvia returns to the Westside just before summer ends. Get on a bike, scooter or skateboard for a car-free six-mile ride through Venice, Mar Vista and Culver City this Sunday. Grab a bite to eat or check out some of the cool spots these neighborhoods have to offer, then end your day with a dip at Venice Beach. Route here.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Culver City to Venice | MAP

Price: Free

8. Avocado Fest

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The Avocado Ale is back at Angel City Brewery! Yes, that's avocado-infused beer. You can learn more about it at the Avocado Fest, which is Sunday at Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles.

Drink yourself silly with avocado food pairings, avocado popsicles, avocado corn hole and an avocado photo booth (whatever that means). And get this: It took approximately 37 pounds of avocados to prepare the beer for this event. That — plus, four employees and three hours just to prep the avocados and cilantro.

If you’re wondering what the ale tastes like, it’s brewed with garlic, lime juice, red pepper and honey. It’s not green. It’s light; a Kolsch-style beer, according to Angel City Brewery. Pro tip: One dollar from every Avocado Ale sold will benefit Food Forward.

When: Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday 

Where: Angel City Brewery | MAP

Price: Free entry | RSVP on Facebook

What's we miss? Let me know on Twitter @kristenlepore.