Yuris Night

This week, we’re getting our science on in Downey and Exposition Park, sampling beers in DTLA, checking out the artisans at the LA State Historic Park, checking out foodie events in LA and Pasadena, admiring the work of the residents of the Brewery Artists Lofts and hitting the beach with our short-legged Corgi friends.

City of STEM/Yuri’s Night

This first one is actually two events celebrating science and human spaceflight.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 6 at the Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, is hosting the kickoff for City of STEM, a series of events throughout LA County celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The event features Bill Nye the Science Guy, hands-on science activities, demos and over 100 booths featuring City of STEM partners, including Virgin Orbit, Tesla, the LA Z Zoo and SpaceX.

The celebration will include a performance by illusionist Jason Latimer and live science-themed music from Music Notes and The Amoeba People.

“As much as it is a celebration of Los Angeles’ past and present identity as a hub for science and innovation, City of STEM is a platform to unite the diversity of Greater Los Angeles, rallying the public around science and drawing attention to the region’s continued national importance in STEM research, education and industry, from aerospace to biotech,” cityofstem.org says.

A calendar of upcoming events can be found at cityofstem.org.

City of STEM is partnered with Yuri’s Night LA, a celebration of human spaceflight being held from 6 p.m. to midnight, April 6 at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Dr.

This year’s Yuri’s Night party will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins’ historic first mission to land people on the surface of the moon.

The event will feature an opportunity to dance under the space shuttle Endeavour, a silent disco in the center’s aquarium and a live underwater Q&A session with Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and a TV producer and writer.

Bill Nye will be at this event, as well. Also scheduled to appear are Astronaut Story Musgrave, who will talk about his six space missions, including the first Hubble Telescope repair mission and Virgin Galactic pilot Mark “Forger” Stucky.

This one is not cheap, tickets are $75. They can be purchased at www.la.yurisnight.net.

LA Beer Fest

The LA Beer Fest returns for its 11th year at noon, April 6 at the LA Center Studios, 450 S. Bixel St.

The event will feature dozens of international and domestic beers, over a dozen food trucks (food sold separately), as well as DJs and live music. There will also be a dueling piano bar.

The event is divided into two sessions, the first running from noon to 3 p.m. and the second from 5 to 8 p.m.

General admission tickets, which include unlimited beer tastings, are $45. A Connoisseur’s Ticket ($85) offers attendees exclusive air conditioned bathrooms, a taco bar, an indoor/outdoor event deck overlooking the event and beer tastings not available to general admission.

Proceeds will benefit Noah’s B-ark, Inc., a nonprofit that aims to find permanent homes for shelter and rescue pets.

For tickets and more information, visit www.labeerfest.la


Craft Fair

The Renegade Craft Fair returns to the Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 6-7.

More than 200 local and national makers and designers will display their work. There will be DJs, food trucks and a craft cocktail bar. The park also offers some nice views of DTLA.

Foodie Con 2019

Foodie Con returns to the Magic Box at the Reef, 1933 S Broadway, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 6 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 7.

Foodie Con is a two-day consumer show featuring food exhibitors, product tastings, workshops, cooking demos, a silent disco and book signings. You can learn about the latest culinary trends and learn cooking techniques from renowned chefs.

One day general admission tickets without alcohol samplings are $15. One day admission with alcohol sampling is $40. See foodiecon.org for tickets and more information.

Brewery Artwalk and Open Studios

The spring edition of the Brewery Artwalk and Open Studios returns from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 6-7 to the Brewery Artists Lofts, 2100 N. Main St.

You can check out the works of the residential artists, including painting, photography. printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, architecture, interior design, immersive 3D environments, LED light sculpture, high tech design, furniture design, contemporary fashion, environmental design, new media and digital art.

For details, including parking tips, check out art.brewerywalk.com

Huntington Library Shakespeare Day

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 6, celebrate the birth of the bard, at the Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, in San Marino, with Shakespeare Day.

The event features family-friendly performances and interactive fun with the talented members of LA Opera, A Noise Within, the Independent Shakespeare Company and the Guild of St. George.

The event is included with your admission, which is $29 for adults, $24 for people 65 and older and $13 for children 4 to 11.


They’re short, furry and adorable. They are Corgis.

The annual Corgi Beach Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 6 at Dog Beach, 100 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach.

In previous years, the event gathered over 1,200 Corgis. Though this is a Corgi-centered event, all dogs and their humans are welcome. There will be  vendors, food trucks, costume contests and raffles.

Masters of Taste

We end this week with another foodie event — the annual Masters of Taste being held from 3 to 7 p.m., April 7 at the Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr. I, Pasadena.

You can sample food from more than 40 chefs and restaurants and sip craft cocktails or cold-pressed juices, kombucha and coffee. There will also be live music.

Proceeds benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a nonprofit organization that assists homeless individuals and families to rebuild their lives.

Tickets are $105 and include unlimited sampling. Tickets are available at mastersoftastela.com

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