Add a breath of fresh air to the old “dinner and a movie” standby and head to Los Angeles’s Outdoor Cinema Food Fest
. Every Saturday night through September 3 this roaming event pulls up to a designated city locale (from parks to ports and even Little League fields), rolls out an assortment of gourmet food trucks, sets the mood with live music from a local band, and raises the biggest outdoor inflatable movie screen on the west coast—52 feet wide and three stories tall! Grab your picnic blanket and arrive early to stake your ideal spot on the lawn before making a beeline for the grub. Food trucks rotate weekly, offering a surprise variety of edible options (recent fare included classic burgers, Mexican-Chinese fusion tacos, and a peanut butter and jelly twist on s’mores), or bring your own picnic from home. Nosh to live tunes and settle in for showtime around 8:30 p.m. Upcoming films include Fargo
, Fight Club
, and Raiders of the Lost Ark
. Two thumbs up for this night out on the town.
The last Outdoor Cinema Food Fest is Saturday, Sept. 3, at Northridge Little League Field. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6–12, and free for kids under 6. Group rates available online. Dog-friendly (except for screenings at Grand Hope Park, where there are no more scheduled screenings this season).