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23 Awesome Things To Do in L.A. This Weekend [4-10-15 to 4-12-15]

April 9, 2015 by Christina Minh

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city, we decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend includes a wine rave in Chinatown, music and fireworks in Marina del Rey, a Corgi beach day, Goonies at the Drive-in, Cuban cooking classes, and so much more!

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So grab some friends or go at it alone, but most importantly have fun and enjoy yourself!

Downtown L.A. in HDR

Credit: Jeff Clearly via flickr

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Friday April 1oth, 2015

1. A Wine Rave in Chinatown

Wine Rave promises swirling glow sticks, wine infused cocktails and shots, dance music and an overall low level of pretentious all at the Golden Dragon this Friday starting around 10pm. Cash only bar!

2. For the Record: Dear John Hughes

Feeling a little 80’s this weekend? How about an interactive, 360-degree theatrical concert featuring the best of the music from the iconic films of the late John Hughes. Recall moments from some of your favorite Hughes’ films including The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink,, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and more. Get more information and discounted tickets for Friday’s showing via Goldstar.

3. “Here Now” Exhibit

Wilding Cran gallery is highlighting six works of art by six L.A. artists. The exhibit Here Now will run until till May 2.

4. First Fridays At The Natural History Museum 

White Fences and Cherry Glazerr will perform while KCRW DJs Raul Campos and Anthony Valadez will spin tunes throughout the night. The Nature Conservancy will lead some tours and discussions at this after hours museum shindig. Buy tickets ahead of time and go early as this event is known to get super  crowded.

5. Lunchtime Yoga Retreat

Get your sun salutations on in the middle of Downtown in Grand Park! The free yoga class starts at 12:15pm and runs to 1pm.

6. International Gem and Jewelry Show in Pasadena

The International Gem and Jewelry Show has been running since the 1960s. Feast your eyes on some of the most dazzling gems of all shapes, size and color. Normally tickets are $8 but Goldstar has complementary tickets for members. The show runs Friday to Sunday.

7. Music and Fireworks in Marina del Rey

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Marina del Rey is turning 50, and this weekend is mark the occasion with a special three-day weekend filled with games, boat-rides, food, and exhibits.  Things kick off on Friday with a free, evening concert by Three Dog Night in Burton Chace Park, followed by a fireworks show.

Saturday April 11th, 2015

8. Marvel Universe LIVE!

Looking for family fun entertainment options? If you are a Marvel fan this show is pretty spectacular! Pyrotechnics, aerial artist and stunt performer make up the cast of Iron Man, Captian America, Thor, Loki and more at Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario. Goldstar has discounted tickets (as low as $23) so splurge on popcorn and nachos at the show!

9. SoCal Corgi Beach Day

Attention Corgi owners (and yeah, pretty much anyone who loves adorable dogs generally): SoCal Corgi Beach Day is back and it’s taking place in Huntington Beach! The event started in 2012 with just 15 pups in attendance but most recently has held events with upwards of 300 Corgi pups running, jumping, playing, frolicking, and doing other awesome Corgi things. The Corgi get-togethers are now held about once every three months, and this time around they’ll even be featuring a Corgi costume contest and even a limbo competition (yes!).

10. The Goonies at the Drive-In

The Electric Dusk Drive-in will be screening the 80’s classic flick The Goonies on Saturday at 7:30pm . Drive-in spots vary in price and lawn seating is also an option. View all ticket information via Ticketfly.

11. Kinfolks Soul Food Festival

Need a bit more soul in your life? On Saturday April 11 at Exposition Park check out this awesome fusion of good food, good music, and good times at the Kinfolks Soul Food Festival. Gates open at 4pm, and general admission pricing starts at $47.

12. Yallwest

Enjoy two days of panels and book signings from 37 New York Times best-selling authors, 36 local and acclaimed authors and artists, 6 notable Hollywood directors and creators and 1 YA cover band. At Yallwest folks can get into all sorts of geeky debauchery.

13. Echo Park Craft Fair’s Indie Market at DTLA’s MOCA

Lovers of local design can shop a wide variety of indie brands. Market admission is $5 on Saturday and Sunday with the option of $8 for both days. For a full list of vendors check out their list here. For additional information visit their website.

14. Runyon Canyon Donation Based Bootcamp

L.A.’s best donation based bootcamp is back! Every Saturday and Sunday at Runyon Canyon get your hiking and strength training on! Get ready to work with equipment like battleropes, kettlebells, slamballs, heavy duty resistance bands and sandbags. Check out their Facebook page for class times and future schedules.

15. La Bulla, a Lucha Libre Event, Art Exhibit and Concert

Come see live Mexican wrestling, enjoy live music and a curated art exhibit for one night only at the famous outdoor venue Plaza De La Raza. The very unique event will also include vendors and crafters. One of the highlights of La Bulla is the participation of writer/producer/director Sergio Arau, best known for his breakout indie feature film A Day Without a Mexican.

16. Casper LA Free Yoga Series In The Hollywood Hills

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Start the day zen with Casper and Fab Fit Fun as they host a free yoga classes at Casper LA’s dream house in the Hollywood Hills. Be there at 11 am for a juice session. Sign up here.

17. 1-Year Anniversary Celebration at King Harbor Brewing Co.

Join King Harbor Brewing Co. in Redondo Beach as they host their One Year Anniversary Celebration. From 2:00pm-6:00pm there will be live music, food, multiple beer tents and cask tastings along with food trucks and for those that want to get wild… a dunk tank! Plus, each guest will be the first to take home a bottle of King Harbor Brewing Co.’s Anniversary Ale.

18. PCDA Hosts Its First-Ever Move-a-thon

Here is one for the kiddos! The Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA) is hosting its first ever Move-A-Thon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rose Bowl Brookside Park. Each child will receive a Move-a-thon passport when entering the free event and can collect a sticker for each activity they complete. Activities will include an obstacle course, running clinic, dance, martial arts, yoga, bounce houses, golf, Taiko drumming and more.

19. The Dollface Dames Burlesque Show at Magicopolis

L.A. based burlesque troupe The Dollface Dames take over the Magicopolis stage for a night of tease, balloon popping, belly dance and even clogging? Lets just say they do a lot in their 80 minute show. But the fun doesn’t end there the Magicopolis bartenders double as magicians! Grab half price tickets and spend your money at the bar!

Sunday April 12th, 2015

20. Take a Cuban Cooking Class

Did someone say delicious Cuban cuisine? This delicious class offered by Cook LA includes a menu of Garlic Chicken with Mojo Sauce, Yellow Rice & Black beans, Pan Baked Plantains with Dipping sauce, Shrimp ceviche, and Arroz con leche – sweet rice pudding. Normally $75 per class, Goldstar is offering a deal where you can register for this Sunday’s class for just $45.

21. Newsies

Broadway’s Newsies will be playing in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre until April 19.. The 1992 Disney film is about a group of newsboys who try to takedown a newspaper tycoon. This one’s for the underdogs! Goldstar has tickets for $49 they sell for $65 and up retail!

22. Skirball Puppet Festival

This family friendly event celebrating the art of puppetry features live music, art-making, and tons of stories told through marionettes, shadow and full-body puppets. Youngsters will love it! Tickets are $5-$10 through the Skirball official website.

23. A Climb for Heroes

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Climb for Heroes  is a family oriented, all-day hike up Mt. Baldy in an effort to raise money and awareness for our wounded military veterans. Check-in starts at 8am, and Tender Greens will even be supplying breakfast for all participants! All tax deductible donations go directly to The Heroes Project.


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