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27 Awesome Things To Do in L.A. This Weekend [4-24-15 to 4-26-15]

April 23, 2015 by Christina Minh

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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 the Brewery Art Walk, Blazing Saddles at the drive-in, a Marvel themed art gallery, Harry Potter rollerskating, 80’s rappers on the Queen Mary, an artisanal food showcase (yum!), LACMA’s 50th anniversary, and so very much more!

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

Electric Dusk Drive-In

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Friday April 24th, 2015

1. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Art Showcase

This Marvel inspired art exhibition will be held at the Hero Complex in Los Angeles and includes exclusive artwork from nearly 100 artists, including originals, sculptures, mega-metals, and more, all inspired by the newest installment of Marvel’s film franchise. Opening reception is this Friday at 7pm.

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. “Revealed,” Curated By Olivier Widmaier Picasso

“Revealed” is open to the public exclusively at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The grandson of Pablo Picasso and the author of “Picasso, Portrait Intime” (Albin Michael/ Arte editions) curated this exhibit, hand selecting the 30 photographs from the collection of Paris Match, the famous French weekly magazine. This compelling photo exhibit takes an intimate look at the world’s greatest modern artists at work as they reveal themselves to the photographer.

4. Rebecca Minkoff’s Semi-Annual LA Sale

The Rebecca Minkoff semi-annual sale has been happening in Hollywood for a week now, this weekend is your last chance to get your hands on goodies up to 70% off. Expect shoes, clothes and of course her famous bags on sale. Sale run through Sunday.

5. Kitson Warehouse Sale

This is the last day to save 40-80% off on women’s, mens and kids apparel, shoes and accessories at the Kitson warehouse sale happening from 10am-7pm. Find trendy brands like Boy London, Groceries, Rachel Zoe, House of Harlow, Brian Lichtenberg and more. Located at 1124 N Citrus Ave., Los Angeles 90038 the sale accepts cash and credit cards.

6. BritWeek

All week till Sunday is BritWeek! The celebration of all things British including a Sunday roast and even a street fair in Santa Monica.

7. The Los Angeles Modernism Show

The Los Angeles Modernism Show kicks off Friday with an opening night party. Check out our city’s most prominent artists, designers, architects, and other influential professionals from the creative community.

8. Designer Clothing Charity Sale

The Fashion Industries Guild will be donating 100% of the proceeds to the Department of Pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. This awesome sale will be held at the Cooper Building on the mezzanine floor. Sale starts Friday (9am-4pm) and ends Saturday (10am-3pm.)

9. California Market Center Showroom Sample Sale Event

Open to the public once a month the California Market Center hosts a showroom sample sale event where 13 floors of participating showrooms open their doors from 9am-3pm to savvy patrons.

BONUS: Free Events all Weekend Long at Griffith Observatory to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope

Saturday April 25th, 2015

10. Artisanal LA

The Reef in Downtown will transform into an eco-foodie showcase featuring over 150 local vendors, including artists, authors, chefs, wares and more—which means TONS of free samples, goodies and of course eco tips! Some of the weekend highlights include a DIY bitters station; how to keep backyard chickens; a leather-coaster-making workshop; how to brew coffee at home like a pro; tomato hybrids in the urban farm pop-up; a Milk & Cookies Corner; DIY terrariums and a Life & Thyme’s Lounge featuring Copa Vida. Tickets are regularly priced at $12 but Goldstar has them for $6!

11. Blazing Saddles at the Electric Dusk Drive-In

How about one of the ten funniest movies of all-time (according to AFI) screened at a drive-in movie theater amidst the back-drop of downtown L.A.? Better yet, tickets can be scooped up for just $4! Get more information and purchase tix via Goldstar. Show starts at 8pm on Saturday.

12. Beverly Hills Cop Screening At The Million Dollar Theatre 

Grand Central Market and The Million Dollar Theatre are throwing it back to the 80s with a screening of the 1984 action-comedy “Beverly Hills Cop” at the Million Dollar Theatre. KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd will be spinning 80s hits at the Grand Central Market before the screening from 6 to 8 p.m. BONUS market vendors will be open late until 9 p.m. for pre-movie dinner and drinks too!

13. Hops & Hopes Craft Beer Fest

Craft beer fans we have an event for you! Beer Autism Hope and All About Beer magazine are coming together to bring Hops & Hopes Craft Beer Fest, a festival that celebrates craft beer while raising awareness and funds to the autism community. Some of the biggest names in beer will join together at The L.A. Coliseum for this awesome cause. Prepare to get your thrust quenched.

14. Harry Potter Roller Skating Night

The most anticipated event after the Yule Ball of course is the 4th Annual Harry Potter Roller Skating Night! Come out for a night of Harry Potter-themed music, merchandise, games and butterbeer. Held at the kitschy Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale. Witches, Squibs and Muggles of all ages are welcome!

15. Brewery Art Walk

The Brewery ArtWalk is a twice annual, weekend-long celebration of local artists that features over 100 participating resident-artists displaying their work at the Brewery Arts Complex in downtown Los Angeles.  Visitors will have the opportunity to see new works, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the studios. Best part? It’s free! Runs 11am-6pm this Saturday and Sunday.

16. Earth Day Festival At Aquarium Of The Pacific

This weekend The Aquarium of The Pacific is having their 16th annual Earth Day Festival! This is a wonderful event fun for the entire family. Learn everyday tips to protect the environment, stop by earth friendly booths and participate in hands on demonstrations. The Earth Day event takes place at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and runs through Sunday, and all activities / festivities are included in the cost of general admission.

17. JRF- JazzReggae Festival

JRF is a popular student run festival at UCLA, this years headliners include Wale and Portugal The Man. Held at the Los Angeles Tennis Center at UCLA expect to enjoy their craft villages, food vendors and check out student bands participating in the music festival as well.

18. Bizarre Murders & More Echo Park Book of the Dead Bus Tour

Take a walk on the morbid side and tour the hills and suburbs of L.A. visiting locations of notorious crime scenes and homes of oddball Angelinos. Featured cases on the four-hour tour include Edward Hickman’s kidnapping of little Marion Parker and the bizarre “Man in the Attic” love nest slaying. You’ll also see amazing architecture, including a visit to Sister Aimee Semple McPherson’s exquisite Parsonage home, which is now a museum. Tickets are usually $58 but we found half price tickets via Goldstar!

19. The Whaling Club: Aviation Gin Cocktail & Oyster Shucking Workshop 

Learn techniques for mixing gin cocktails and shuck oysters like a professional at The Whaling Clubs Workshop. Guests will leave with two Aviation gin cocktail recipes, their very own personal oyster knife, and a tasty mignonette recipe.

20. A Freestyle Fest on the Queen Mary in Long Beach

Feel the need to dip your toes in the waters of late 80’s rap nostalgia? This is your jam. Vanilla Ice, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Tone Loc, Lisa Lisa and more will be bringing the party to the Queen Mary in Long Beach in the 10th annual Freestyle Festival this Saturday night. Get more information and half-price tickets (just $17.50!) from our friends at Goldstar.

21.  All-Day Trip to Los Olivos & Solvang For Wine Tasting

Attention all wine aficionados OR just anyone who loves to drink wine (everyone) this trip is one you wont want to miss. Clear your schedule and climb aboard the Zuri Wine Bus in Downtown Los Angeles. The tour will take guests on a tasting and tour adventure of the Santa Ynez Valley’s Los Olivos and the adorable Danish style town of Solvang. Tickets are usually $99 but Goldstar has them for an incredible $49.50 that is a great deal considering the drive, complimentary breakfast, discounts at tasting rooms and priceless memories!

Sunday April 26th, 2015

22. 50th Anniversary Free Community Day at LACMA

Celebrate LACMA’s 50th anniversary as a world class art destination with free admission to the museum and its special exhibitions. As part of the celebratory event LACMA will also debut the highly anticipated exhibit 50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA’s Anniversary. The exhibition will display 50 out of LACMA’s over 120,000 incredible gifts from generous donors throughout the years.

23. Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom At Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre

Disneynature’s new documentary Monkey Kingdom follows the journey of Maya a monkey from Sri Lanka as she leads her family to reclaim their home at Castle Rock previously taken over by a monkey tribe. Narrated by Tina Fey Monkey Kingdom features a variety of characters from leopards to mongoosesand is directed by the team behind Disneynature’s Chimpanzee. Moviegoers will get to enjoy a real-life animal adventure while at the El Capitan, the Wildlife Learning Center will host a pre-screening showcase featuring exotic animals from around the world, live on stage. Tickets are normally $13 but Goldstar has them for just $8!

24. Vintage Bouquet Food & Wine Extravaganza At Greystone Mansion 

Feeling fancy? Will it might be hard not to feel that way at one of Beverly Hills most beautiful properties the Greytsone Mansion. The Barristers of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation put together a day filled with culinary treats and a bit of culture. The Vintage Bouquet Food & Wine Extravaganza is a place where patrons can enjoy world-class California wines, hors d’oeurves from top chefs, live music, and a live and silent auction. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation’s pro bono legal services.

25. Craft & Folk Art Museum’s 3rd Annual Vintage Marketplace

Shop unique clothes, accessories, textiles, jewelry, and more, courtesy of local vendors who spent their time collecting handmade objects both local and global. The treasure hunting event takes place at The Craft & Folk Art Museum. Admission is free and proceeds will benefit CAFAM’s exhibitions and programs.

26. Place Your Bets and Drink Beer in Santa Anita Park’s New Budweiser Lounge

Grab your best hat and spend a day at the races! The new Budweiser Lounge is offering a great package that includes a buffet, over 20 television’s at your disposal, a view of the Paddock Gardens and your very own private betting station. Oh yeah and a free beer to get the party started! Cheers!

27. Atwater Village Festival

The Atwater Village Festival is taking over the lot at Link N Hops and 55 Degree Wine to bring you one awesome neighborhood block party. Enjoy live entertainment, over a dozen local craft breweries, wine tasting and a variety of local vendors. Cheers!


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