Get Out: Patch's Pick-and-Choose Weekend Planner

Talent competition finals, Pesto Madness, LA Triathlon and Abbot Kinney Festival.

Still have no idea what to do this weekend? Don't panic. Mar Vista Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check out our picks:

Where/When:, 13000 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, Sat. Sept. 24, 2 - 5 p.m.

Why Go: This annual fundraiser benefits Venice High's The Learning Garden at Venice High School.  Pesto sells for $8 per jar. Come see a  pesto-making demonstration, get a tour of The Learning Garden and enjoy a luncheon of Pesto Madness Pasta made with the best basil grown in the garden, heirloom garlic, fresh olive oil and the highest quality Italian cheeses and other ingredients, plus dessert!

Pricing: $10 entrance fee.

Where/When: 9070 Venice Blvd, Culver City, Sat. Sept. 24, 10 a.m.

Why Go: Come out and enjoy the 2nd annual SCtyle sample sale  that showcases both established and up-and-coming local designers. Proceeds from the event will go towards the scholarship fund for new and continuing USC students.


Where/When:, 11430 Woodbine St, Los Angeles, Sat. Sept. 24, 7 p.m.

Why Go: Come watch the finals and see the winners crowned in Mar Vista's first ever talent competition.

Pricing: There are two shows broken down into age groups - under 15 and over 15. $20 per show.

Where/When: Venice Beach, Venice, CA, Sun. Sept. 25, 7:15 a.m.

Why Go: Watch the athletes start with the swimming portion of the race at Venice Beach. Participants will ride 24 miles through Venice, the Fairfax District, and into Downtown L.A, then transition from bike to run, near the STAPLES Center and run through Downtown, ending at L.A. Live. The award ceremony will start at 12 p.m at L.A Live, the Nokia Plaza.

Pricing: Free.

Where/When:, Venice, CA, Sun. Sept. 25, 10 a.m.

Why Go: Enjoy a great day out at one of Southern California’s most popular community events—the annual Abbot Kinney Festival now in its 27th yeay. Enjoy local artisans, live music, and family entertainment. This year’s festival promises up to 400 arts and craft exhibitors, live music, KidsQuad, Whole Foods Market Green Scene, bike valet stations, beer gardens, food trucks, and local dining. All complement the eclectic, cutting-edge mix of over 100 trendy boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, bookstores, design firms, coffee shops, clubs, and more located along thebohemian-chic shopping district of Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

Pricing: Free.

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