Fun Date Ideas in Los Angeles

When Harry Met Sally

If you’re looking for fun date ideas in Los Angeles, look no further than Eat|See|Hear’s upcoming evening on Saturday, June 21. An inexpensive option for a first date or a fiftieth, the evening includes plenty of food trucks on hand to satisfy different tastes and sweet or savory cravings. There will be a live performance by local band Magic Giant that will serenade your soul and have you tapping your toes. The evening event culminates with a showing of the rom-com classic “When Harry Met Sally.” What could be better than dinner, a live show and a movie all in one place for just $10?

Even though it was released in 1989, “When Harry Met Sally” is truly timeless. Who hasn’t heard of or seen or even tried to recreate Meg Ryan’s diner scene. “I’ll have what she’s having” quickly became a national punchline, like “Your Mom” and “That’s What She Said.”

You’ll definitely laugh, you might even cry, and we’re sure you’ll fall deeper in love at the next Eat|See|Hear outing. Bring blankets, pillows or cushions so you can canoodle in comfort — this event is at the Memorial Greek Amphitheater at Santa Monica High School, which offers built-in, concrete seating. This setup also means seating is limited, so plan to arrive early and enjoy the company of your significant other.

Free parking is available across the street in the Civic Center parking lot. You might snag a spot on the street, but pay attention to signs so you don’t get ticketed, or worse, towed — don’t make your date walk home!

If you have a four-legged friend or two, bring them along to enjoy date night. This is a dog-friendly evening and your pooch will even get a biscuit to munch on at the door!

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Free Events in LA

Notting Hill

There are plenty of free events in LA, but sometimes you have to look high and low to find them. Eat|See|Hear has made it easy with an incredible evening of good food, live music and a movie on Saturday, June 14.

Hosted by Air New Zealand, Saturday’s British-themed event will take us across the pond as we swoon over Hugh Grant in “Notting Hill.” One lucky movie-goer will win a free Premium Economy Spaceseat™ trip for two to London courtesy of Air New Zealand! While you’re flying, they’ll make sure you Arrive London Ready!

General admission to the event is totally free, and includes the music performance and movie showing. Keep in mind that food offered at the food trucks will not be free, so don’t leave your wallets at home! Entrance is on a first come, first served basis.

This event will be at the Memorial Greek Amphitheater at Santa Monica High School. This venue has built-in concrete seating so bring blankets, pillows or cushions for comfort. There is a small grassy area, so arrive early if you want to snag that sweet spot for sprawling out on a blanket!

Keep in mind that previous events at Santa Monica High School have sold out because the built-in seating also means there’s limited seating available. While you can register in advance online, that doesn’t guarantee or reserve you a seat so arrive early to stake out your spot.

Parking is available across the street in the Civic Center parking lot for a fee. You might also find street parking but remember to pay attention to signs so you don’t end up being ticketed or towed. There’s only one entrance to the event, on 4th Street between the DoubleTree Hotel and the school’s athletic track. There’s plenty of places to park your bike if you’d rather arrive on two wheels. As always, Saturday’s event is also open to four-legged friends so bring your pet and get a doggie biscuit at the door!

Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and a live performance by Liphemra will begin at 7:00. We’ll start “Notting Hill” at 8. Mark your calendar now — don’t miss this awesome free event in LA!

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LA Bands Perform at Wes Anderson Film Event

rushmore

Each season, Eat|See|Hear rounds up the best up-and-coming bands from across Los Angeles. Our outdoor event series satisfies all the senses with incredible foods both sweet and savory dished up from the best LA food trucks, live performances offering a variety of musical styles and classic films that have touched us again and again over the years.

We are so thrilled to bring you performances by LA bands at our events every Saturday evening. You might kick out the jams with the throwback garage punk band sounds of Beach Party, or experience the acoustic stylings of folkster/singer/songwriter Aaron Embry. For a complete lineup of performances for the entire season, check out our Music page.

Eat|See|Hear events offer you the chance to hear up and coming LA buzz bands in a unique, outdoor setting striving to introduce you to new local music you may have not yet heard.  Music is presented in partnership with Origami Vinyl in Echo Park and Touch Vinyl in West LA. An Eat|See|Hear evening gives you the rare opportunity to rub shoulders with local musicians — you might catch them quick after the show or maybe strike up a chat while standing in line to chill on some Coolhaus ice cream.

Our next event is on Saturday, June 7 and will include a performance by Thieves. With a swelling, synth-y and slightly pop-style sound, Thieves earnest lyrics and feel-good harmonies evoke a landscape of emotions we know you’ll enjoy. This is definitely the kind of sounds to kick back to, so spread out on the lawn at The Autry, close your eyes, and relax on an imaginative ride. Stick around for the Wes Anderson favorite Rushmore at 8:30 p.m. Grab tickets online here.

We hope you’ll take the opportunity to get to know the live music scene here in LA and support the musicians who perform at Eat|See|Hear. We’re always on the lookout for more music, so let us know if there’s a band you want to hear and we might include them next year!

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This Is 40 Filming Locations

Napoleon Dynamite

Paul Revere Middle School, our host on Saturday, May 31, is featured in the 2012 Judd Apatow film This Is 40. A standalone sequel to Knocked Up, the film stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann as husband and wife Pete and Debbie. Several memorable scenes featuring Melissa McCarthy were filmed at Paul Revere, generating nearly $60,000 in filming fees, according to Film LA.

This Is 40 was also filmed on location at the gorgeous Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes (but, unfortunately, the scene didn’t make the final cut).

Located in Brentwood, Paul Revere Middle School has students in grades 6-8. Founded in 1955, the school is also known for its auditorium acoustics and has previously hosted the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra.

On May 31, Paul Revere will host an evening with Eat|See|Hear. Doors open at 5:30 at the entrance on Allenford Avenue just south of Sunset. There is parking available on site for $5 and limited street parking is available too. Check for signage and park in the right spots so you don’t end up ticketed or towed! You can also arrive on two wheels, as plenty of space to park and store bicycles will be available.

The evening will include some of LA’s favorite food trucks, including: Rushed Art Truck, Hamborghini, The Melt Bus, VCHOS, Tokyo Doggie Style, Coolhaus, Brasil Kiss and Royal Red Velvet Cupcakes.

Arrive early to stake out your seats, fill up from the food trucks and see Sea Lions perform live at 7:00 p.m. At 8:30, we’ll show Napoleon Dynamite, the 2004 cult classic starring Jon Heder. This award-winning film debuted at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and went on to gross more than 196% of its budget! Rated PG, this comedy is perfect for an evening of family fun!

The evening is also dog-friendly, so bring your four-legged friends along (and they’ll get a free biscuit at the door). Tickets are $10 in advance and will also be available at the door for $12, cash or credit. Come on out and Vote for Pedro!

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Memorial Day Events in Los Angeles

The Big Lebowski Showing at the Autry Museum

Los Angeles is filled to the brim with events and activities for all ages this upcoming Memorial Day weekend! From fiestas, festivals and fairs to parades, block parties and shows, LA is officially kicking off the summer with plenty of fun choices for everyone.

Eat|See|Hear will kick off its weekly Saturday movie showing at 5:30 p.m. at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park. Come wind down from the day’s events and relax with fabulous food trucks and a performance by local LA band Haunted Summer with local musician Aaron Embry opening up. Fun for the whole family — including your furry four-legged friends! — we will show the cult classic  “The Big Lebowski” starring Jeff Bridges at 8:30 p.m. on May 24.

Keep your Memorial Day merry on a budget while enjoying dinner and a show on Saturday. Tickets are just $10. Bring a blanket or your favorite lawn chair and get comfortable! We’ll have these and the following food trucks on hand to satisfy your every craving, from BBQ to fresh lobster to ice cream including Belly Bombz, Joe’s Pizza Truck, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Steel City Sandwich, Let’s Roll It, Smokin Willie’s BBQ, Tornado Potato, Baby’s Bad Ass Burgers, Schmuck Truck, Coolhaus, Brasil Kiss, B Sweet Mobile and more.

There are plenty of other daytime events taking place around LA Memorial Day weekend. The Autry Museum in Griffith Park will host a Pan for Gold family activity on May 24 and May 25 at 11:00 in the morning. In addition exhibitions like the Floral Journey will be available Memorial Day weekend, perfect before retreating to the grassy lawn for our outdoor movie showing. Just across the street from the Autry is the Los Angeles Zoo, another fantastic attraction.

Celebrate the laid-back LA lifestyle with “The Dude” and Eat|See|Hear this Memorial Day weekend.

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Date Ideas Santa Monica

Office Space Film

Beautiful beachfront Santa Monica offers plenty of date night options for the adventurer, the romantic and the foodie alike. Offering both daytime and nighttime activities galore, Santa Monica is the perfect spot for first dates or 50th dates. Here are some amazing attractions and perfect places in Santa Monica that we think you should definitely add to your date night to-do.

Santa Monica Pier

The Pier is at the top of our list for fun and unique dates for good reason — it’s loaded with stuff to do! Check out the amazing restaurants and food carts offering a range of cuisines, fresh seafood and even live music. You can fish from the pier, learn to swing the trapeze, ride the historic carousel and sip soda at the vintage fountain inside. There are bike rentals available, plus an arcade and Pacific Park, where you can ride the roller coaster or view Santa Monica from atop the Ferris wheel. The Pier is also home to the Santa Monica Aquarium situated just below the carousel. Dedicated to preserving the Santa Monica Bay, there are over 100 species of native marine animals and plants that call the aquarium home. In the fall, check out Front Porch Cinema, free movies on the Pier co-produced with Eat|See|Hear.

3rd Street Promenade

Dig in to Downtown Santa Monica with the alfresco shopping experience of the Promenade. Home to local boutiques, retail shops and restaurants plus art galleries, performance venues and movie theaters, the Promenade is sure to satisfy your date night desires. Indulge in retail therapy, flip through the latest comics at Hi De Ho Comics or pamper your date with a trip to the spa. Follow up your shopping excursion with a romantic dinner downtown.

Outdoor Movies

For a relaxed, fun evening, plan your date at an upcoming outdoor movie in Santa Monica. Eat|See|Hear will be showing Office Space at Santa Monica High School’s Memorial Greek Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 17. This outdoor event is dog-friendly, so bring your pooch and get a free biscuit at the door! Before the show, grab dinner from some of LA’s best food trucks including MOE Eggrolls dishing up open-ended eggrolls with creative flavor concoctions and the best deli sandwiches; White Rabbit flipping up Filipino fusion like slow-cooked and braised meats, tacos and desserts; and Good Greek Grub serving gyros, delicious meat skewers and the best Greek salad. Doors open at 5:30.  Touch Vinyl presents End of Summer playing live music at 7:30 and the movie will start at 8:30. Bring pillows/cushions to sit on and a blanket to snuggle with your date in front of the largest outdoor movie screen west of the Mississippi! If interested you can purchase tickets to Office Space outdoors here.

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Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in our Season Kickoff Film

500 Days of Summer Movie

The stars of our premiere outdoor film this season, 500 Days of Summer, are familiar faces on both the silver and the television screens. Zooey Deschanel currently stars in the television comedy New Girl on Fox as Jess, a 20-something teacher who moves in with three men after a failed relationship. The show tracks the relationships between the roommates as they navigate careers, love and friendship. Deschanel’s film credits include a starring and singing roll alongside Will Ferrell in Elf and as the sarcastic friend in Failure to Launch with Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew McConaughey.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt started his career on television, most notably as Tommy Solomon on 3rd Rock From the Sun, but quickly made a name for himself on the big screen starring in the teen cult classic 10 Things I Hate About You with Julia Styles and Heath Ledger. His recent credits include distinguished roles in the major motion pictures Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Looper. His most recent, Don Jon, is a film that he wrote, directed and starred in.

Gordon-Levitt’s aspirations don’t stop at the screen. He is also the founder of hitRECord, a collaborative production company that brings together writers, musicians, illustrators, photographers, video editors and other creatives to contribute to a TV variety show airing on pivot, a digital cable and satellite TV channel that is owned by Participant Media. HitRECord produces other artwork including books, songs and music albums, and short films.

Join us on Saturday, May 10 to kick off the 2014 Eat|See|Hear season at Santa Monica High School. We’ll be screening 500 Days of Summer and watching Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt work their magic on the largest screen west of the Mississippi! Rated PG13, this rom-com follows Summer (Deschanel), a young woman who doesn’t believe in true love, and Tom (Gordon-Levitt), the man who falls for her. Doors open at 5:30PM, the band Derde Verde begins at 7 and the movie will start at 8:30. A handful of favorite LA food trucks — including Me So Hungry, Coolhaus and Rosa’s Bella Cucina — will also be on location to fuel your music and movie-watching experience. Plus, bring your four legged friends and snag a free doggie biscuit at the door! Buy tickets here.

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The Triple Lindy Is Coming to an Outdoor Cinema Screening Event in Santa Monica this Weekend!

Just in time for the beginning of the new school year, make sure to mark your calendars for this weekend’s screening of Rodney Dangerfield’s perhaps greatest cinematic performance in the hilarious Back to School outdoor cinema event this weekend.

Back to School follows the plight of a self-made millionaire and his son, as they make a communal go at attending the same college. Hilarity ensures, as Dad spends his days throwing wild, raucous parties, striking the ire of male faculty, wooing a female professor and encouraging his son to excel on the dive team. The last scene of the movie remains one of the best in comedic films. We hope you join us!

Come early for the live music and the delicious food trucks, including:

  • Cousins Maine Lobster: serving delicious lobster rolls and seafood tacos
  • Gobbles and Oinks: with their assortment of yummy sandwiches
  • White Rabbit Truck: the home of the original Filipino fusion food truck cuisine
  • Coolhaus’s cookies and ice cream, with vegan options
  • Brasil Kiss: for your organic coffee fix
  • Waffles de Liege for dessert, with their waffles and delicious toppings

The outdoor cinema screening will be in the Memorial Greek Amphitheatre in Santa Monica (600 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, California 90404). Park in the Civic Center Parking Structure at 333 Civic Center Drive and walk in between the walkway on 4th Street track and the DoubleTree Hotel. There is additional on-street parking and lots of bike parking!

Doors open at 5: 30 p.m., Yellow Red Sparks will play a set at 7 p.m. and Back to School will start promptly at 8:30 p.m. We can’t wait to see everyone there! And, come hungry. This screening’s food trucks are awesome!

As always, general admission tickets are $10, kids’ general admission tickets are available for $8 and premium seating popchips-sponsored “Fashionably Late” tickets are available for $20. Tickets for this event are available at eventbrite.com.

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Outdoor Movie Screening of Pulp Fiction at LA State Historic Park This Weekend

Pulp Fiction is coming to LA Saturday, August 31, as John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and Bruce Willis are set to air at an action-packed outdoor movie screening in LA State Historic Park (1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012)! Come and watch this tried and true pop classic that maneuvers backward through the timeline of the film’s story, giving us a look at the lives of mobsters, drug addicts, and other career criminals set to an awesome soundtrack and all-star performances to boot! We already have “Son of a Preacher Man” stuck in our heads! Come early for live music provided by hardcore Pasadena band Torches at 7 p.m. and come hungry, because we’ll have so many great food trucks (always vegetarian options!) this week, including: Asian Cravings, featuring Asian-infused tacos, curries and spicy appetizers; Flippin Yolk, with its new twists on an authentic Fillipino breakfast favorite; Fresh Fries, with its regular, curly or sweet potato fries and delicious sauces; Ludo Truck, offering up fried chicken recently awarded as one of the 99 Things to Try Before You Die; Rounds Burgers’ beef, turkey and veggie burgers for all; The Bun Truck’s steamed buns, sammiches and yummy sides; VCHOS truck, with their gourmet Central American inspired tapas; Coolhaus, with so many delicious sweet treats; Brasil Kiss’s delightful organic coffee; Royal Red Velvet Cupcakes, serving up a wonderful variety of plays on the original red velvet cake.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., live music will start at 7 p.m. and Pulp Fiction begins promptly at 8:30 p.m. at LA State Historic Park. Enter the park on North Spring Street. Walk, bike or take the Metro Gold line to the Chinatown Station and walk to the park, which is less than a block away from the stop. As always, general admission tickets are $10 and premium-seating popchips-sponsored “Fashionably Late” tickets are available for $20. Tickets for this event are available at eventbrite.com. For more information about the Second Annual Eat|See|Hear summer event series, check us out on our Facebook page, Twitter (@EatSeeHear) and Instagram for all the latest updates.

LA Drive-In Movie Screening of The Warriors at LA Trade Tech College This Weekend

On Saturday, August 24, 2013, we’re so excited to bring you the movie that brought us the chilling “Warriors! Come out and plaaaaaaaaay.” This cult thriller will never go out of fashion with cinema lovers, with its tale of the powerful New York city gang, the Grammercy Riffs, as they call a midnight meeting and demand each of the of the city’s gangs to send nine delegates to the Bronx, unarmed. The Warriors from Coney Island are framed for the Grammercy Riffs’ gang leader’s shooting, after his idea to share control over the city is rejected by a rival gang.

The Warriors is based on the novel by Sol Yurick and and a remake is currently being planned, but we are proud to present the original 1979 film.

So Many Wizards will play for all movie goers at 7 p.m. and several food trucks will be on site for the drive-in movie event, including:

  • Schmuck Truck, a New York delicatessen on wheels,
  • Joe’s Pizza Truck, serving up a slice of New York,
  • Slammin Sliders, featuring slamming sliders, salads, sides and smoothies,
  • Coolhaus, with their delicious sweet treats,
  • Brasil Kiss’s delicious and organic coffee and
  • Waffles de Liege, with their lovely varieties of delicious made-to-order waffles

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., live music begins at 7 p.m. and The Warriors starts at 8:30 p.m. at Los Angeles Trade Tech College, located at 400 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Enter on Grand Avenue between 21st and 23rd Streets. A limited amount of drive-in parking will be available in Parking Lot F on Flower Street, between 20th and Washington Streets, or you can park and walk in on Grand Avenue, between 21st and 23rd Streets. You can also take the Metro Blue line to Grand Station or the new Expo Line to the 23rd Street station.

General admission tickets are $10 and drive-in tickets are $15. Tickets for this event are available at http://thewarriors.eventbrite.com/.