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37 Awesome Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [2-26-16 to 2-28-16]

February 25, 2016 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 week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend (February 26 to February 28) includes a a Chanel pop-up at The Chateau Marmont, The LA Travel & Adventure Show, a chili cook-off at Santa Anita Park, a Star Trek musical at Caltech, The L.A. Comic Book & Science Convention, and the Ultimate Academy Awards Party at The Ace Hotel.

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

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Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles

Credit: Brian Champlin

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Friday February 26th, 2016

1. I LOVE COCO Chanel Pop Up at Bar Marmont

Friday, February 26th through Sunday, February 28th, Chanel invites the public to experience “I Love Coco”—a free three-day installation at the Chateau Marmont that will feature complimentary beauty services and free swag.

2. Quiet Clubbing Party

Quiet Clubbing is coming back to Los Angeles and this time they are taking over Watermans Restaurant in Hermosa Beach. The party involves three DJ’s playing live simultaneously, through frequencies only heard through headphones. Partyers can switch between channels to hear any DJ they want, at any given time. The headphones also glow to the color of the DJ that you switch to, so that you can see who else is listening to what you are. Get more information and discounted tickets via Goldstar.

3. The Virus an Immersive Escape Room Experience

A deadly virus has swept the earth and a team of scientists (played by you and other folks!) are in an underground laboratory trying to find a cure. Each move becomes crucial to finding an antidote OR if you’re unlucky accidentally setting off the computerized decontamination system, where you might find yourself smashed flat by the slowly constricting laboratory walls. Sounds like your kind of mission? Come down to the Six01 Studio in Burbank and check out one of Los Angeles’ most exciting and immersive escape room utilizing digital technology and virtual reality to create a totally realistic experience. Get more information and discount tickets for this weekend via Goldstar.

4. TOMS Warehouse Sale

Thursday and Friday (10:00am – 8:00pm) and Saturday and Sunday (9:00am – 7:00pm) shop TOMS signature shoes, bags, sunnies, and more at warehouse prices.

Location: 5200 Shea Center Dr Ontario, CA 91764

5. Tease, If You Please Burlesque Show

This super sexy and seductive burlesque show aims to transport you back to the golden age of striptease and Gypsy Rose Lee. Staged at The Globe in DTLA, Tease, If You Please spotlights acts from some of the most creative dancers in the business. Miss Donna Hood, who performed alongside the one-and-only Dita Von Teese in Strip, Strip, Hooray!, produces this thoroughly modern, vintage-style show, with a rotating cast of artist. Get more information and discounted tickets via Goldstar.

6. Late Night Weekend Happy Hour at aestus

Owner/Wine Director Kevin O’Connor and new Executive Chef Andrew “Dru” Betita are giving Westsiders extra incentive to hit the bar at the Modern American Santa Monica destination on weekends with the debut of a late night happy hour on Friday and Saturday nights from 9:00pm – 11:00pm. aestus reverse happy hour offerings include $4 pours of draft beer, $6 glasses of wine and well cocktails, $7 specialty cocktails from Bar Director Marissa Grasmick, and $5 classic bites that include mini pulled chicken sandwiches, grass-fed burgers, and grilled cheese.

7. Bailey Blue Sample Sale

This Friday (11:00am-  4:30pm) score samples by trendy contemporary womenswear label Bailey Blue we hear items are priced as low as $9.

Location: 1850 E 15th (Unit B) St Los Angeles, CA 90021

8. Nature Connects at The South Coast Botanic Garden

Nature Connects features 27 unique, nature-inspired sculptures constructed with over half a million LEGO brick pieces with subjects ranging from a hummingbird to a goldfinch to a 6-ft tall Bison made from 45,000+ individual bricks. On exhibition at the South Coast Botanic Gardens from February 19 to May 8.

9. Club TUBTHUMP a Westside 90’s Party

Club TUBTHUMP is bringing the best of the ’90s to Santa Monica with the top rock, grunge and pop hits, along with costume contests, games, themed drink specials, photo booth and more. Hosted at V Lounge, dancers will be “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” until “Closing Time.” The party will also feature 90’s-themed drink specials from 8:00pm – 10:00pm. Just remember no cover until 11:00pm.

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10. HALSTON HERITAGE Sample Sale

HALSTON HERITAGE is having a sample sale this Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm at the Cooper Building. They’re offering up to 70% off women’s ready-to-wear, dresses and handbags.

Location: Cooper Building 860 S. Los Angeles Street 6th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014

11. Found Animals Culver City Cocktail Party & Gifting Suite

Found Animals, a leading animal welfare organization is celebrating the Oscars with their very own cocktail party and gifting suite for your furry friend from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. You and your pet will feel like Hollywood royalty as you walk the red carpet, complete with Hollywood-style premiere lights. Indulge in food and drinks from partners Pitfire Pizza Mar Vista, Hint Water,Essential Chocolate Desserts, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and more. Pets can score products and samples in the exclusive gifting suite! The party will take place at Found Animals retail shop, Adopt & Shop, in Culver City (4235 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230).

12. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show

The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

13. Dudamel & Music From The Americas at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Experience the magic of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Gustavo Dudamel during his new series, Dudamel & Music From The Americas from February 25 – 28.

14. Reverse Regional Wine Hour at Pizza Romana

Guests can explore Pizza Romana and Owner Alex Palermo’s curated collection of regional Italian wines in the casual, neighborhood pizzeria’s unpretentious environment. The new Roman-inspired late night special includes a weekly rotating $6 glass of red, white and sparkling wine, with pizza bianca with salumi and a baked pasta al forno available to complement for $6. Take advantage nightly from 9:00pm to close.

15. Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival

The annual Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival (February 18 – February 27) and competition celebrates indie films by screening a wide variety of critically acclaimed works. James Franco, Guy Pierce, Sandra Oh and more have projects screening! View the full schedule of events, showtimes, and participating theaters on the HRIFF website.

16. The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Devil Wears Prada

A favorite tale of a basic-to-fierce transformation of a fashion magazine assistant is retold in this hilarious musical. There will be plenty of cattiness, back-stabbing and of course makeover magic. All happening at The Rockwell where you can grab a bite and have a cocktail during the show (girls night anyone?) Get more information and discount tickets on Goldstar for this week’s performances.

17. $20 Late Night Love Menu at Love & Salt

The South Bay gets a little extra love with Love & Salt’s Late Night Love menu available nightly at the bar and chef’s counter during the last hour of service. Diners can select their choice of either Chef Michael Fiorelli’s critically-acclaimed “Downlow” burger (previously made famous during his tenure at mar’sel, the signature restaurant at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes) or any housemade pizza, plus a glass of red or white wine, or craft beer for $20.

Saturday February 27th, 2016

18. Santa Anita Chili Cookoff 

Need to bring some heat into your February event schedule? Come enjoy the Santa Anita Chili Cook-Off, set for Saturday, February 27. A ticket to the cook-off gets you 8 chili tastings, a 12oz craft beer or glass of wine, plus clubhouse admission to the races. Be sure to get discount tickets to the cook-offsaving you $11 (while supplies last) via our friends at Goldstar.

19. Boldly Go! A Star Trek Musical at Theater Arts at Caltech

Follow the crew of the Starship Enterprise on an exciting adventure where “Assumptions will be confronted, paradigms challenged, alliances tested, and new contacts made – whether for good or ill as yet to be seen.” Boldly Go! will poke fun at the sometimes farcical aspects of science fiction in the most hilarious -way through song and dance! Written by brothers Cole Remmen and Caltech theoretical physics graduate student Grant Remmen. Friday tickets seem to be sold out but Saturday and Sunday tickets are still up for grabs.

20. The Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show

If travel is your thing, you won’t want to miss the 11th annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show, coming to the Long Beach Convention Center February 27-28. Keep in mind our friends at Goldstar have discount ticketing options for the expo saving you around $5 (while supplies last).

21. Haunting Renditions with Eliot Glazer

Classically trained vocalist-turned-comedian and writer Eliot Glazer is bringing his hilarious live show Haunting Renditions with Eliot Glazer to UCB Sunset this Saturday. Eliot is joined by special guest appearances by Nicole Byer and Max Silvestri. The show is based on Eliot’s web series where he takes some of pop music’s most infamous songs and turns them into highbrow, sweeping ballads. Tickets for the show are $10.

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22. SuperHero — Princess Academy: A Mini-Musical for Little Ones

Need to entertain the little guys and gals this weekend? Check out this one-hour mini-musical performed by the folks at the Creating Arts Company. The show includes singing, dancing, and plenty of audience interaction to keep the little ones engaged throughout. Get more information and discount tickets for Saturday and Sunday (while supplies last) via Goldstar.

23. Western Regional Quidditch Tournament at UCLA

Yes it’s the sport played at Hogwarts. Teams from Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah will compete for the opportunity to attend the national championship, the US Quidditch Cup. Come be a spectator and bring your little ones there’s a chance for them to play “kidditch” a no contact style of the grown version. Happening Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free! Get more information here.

24. Grab A Partner And Compete In The Amazing Santa Monica Race

Part sightseeing, part scavenger hunt and 100% team work! This race will have you and your partner exploring Santa Monica Beach and the Venice Boardwalk searching for clues to solve the ultimate puzzle. For more information and discounted tickets check out our friends at Goldstar.

25. Esotouric Bus Adventures: Boyle Heights & the San Gabriel Valley

Esotouric Bus Adventures hosts four-hour luxury coach tours and their twice-annual bus and walking tour “Boyle Heights & the San Gabriel Valley: The Hidden Histories of L.A.’s Melting Pot” is happening this Saturday. Tour includes fascinating stories about the two cities and stops that include Hollenbeck Park, Evergreen Cemetery (oldest in L.A. with 300,000 graves), The Venice Room (untouched 1950s Italian-themed bar where a patron can grill their own steak), Divine’s Furniture (oldest business in Monterey Park housed in a 1920s Japanese fruit market) and Wing Hop Fung (popular Chinese herb, tea and wine emporium) for a complementary tea tasting.

26. New Brunch Menu at Baltaire

Baltaire, recently updated their brunch menu with new morning-inspired specialties by Executive Chef Travis Strickland. Available every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am – 3:00pm, highlights include a Prime New York steak & eggs, king crab biscuits & gravy and chilequiles verde.

27. L.A. Zine Week Official Kick-Off Party

Dum Dum Zine Presents: L.A. Zine Week’s Official Kick-Off Party with music, DJ’s, a zine making table and readings by local artists to celebrate Zine Week. The party will take place at Hi Hat in Highland Park, admission cost $5 and all ages are welcome. More information can be found on their official Facebook events page.

28. Sword and Stone Moving Sale!

Need medieval battle gear? Sword and Stone in Burbank is moving to a new location and in preparation they are marking down thousands of items including armor, weapons, swords, shields, jewelry, gemstones, t-shirts, machinery, costumes, leather, fur, and so much more. New items added daily to the two day sale and showroom items are also up for grabs. More information can be found on their Facebook events page.

Sunday February 28th, 2016

29. The Ultimate Academy Awards Party at The Ace Hotel

Watch the 2016 Academy Awards in style! KPCC’s arts and entertainment show The Frame is teaming up with The Ace Hotel for a watch party you’re not gonna want to miss. From first red carpet to the final acceptance speech the show will be streamed live on the big screen at the Ace Hotel Theatre, with special appearances from L.A. improv The Black Version. Creative, fancy attire is strongly encouraged because. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

30. The Vegan Chili Cook-off at Tony’s Darts Away

This year, the chefs are really bringing the heat to Burbank’s Tony’s Darts Away. Sample chili from five competing Chefs that include Michael Falso from The Springs and Mollie Engelhart from Sage. Vote for your favorite and order some of Tony’s awesome craft beers too. Tickets for the Vegan Chili Cook-off are $10 and only available the day of.

31. Nicki Minaj, Fetty Wap, Meek Mill & More Headline The REAL Birthday Bash

Radio station Real 92.3 is celebrating its first anniversary by bringing the biggest names in hip-hop into the mix for a one night show at the Forum. The REAL Birthday Bash will be headlined by the one and only Nicki Minaj. Chart-topping rapper Big Sean, Fetty Wap, Meek Mill, Omarion and DJ Khaled are also on the bill. Hosted by Big Boy and featuring the entire 92.3 team, this concert is gonna be huge. Get more information and discounted tickets via Goldstar.

32. Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention

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Taking place at The Reef in DTLA, Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention will feature celebrities of the past and the present, hundreds of merchandise vendors, a Back To The Future book signing and much more.

33. Doug Benson Watches the Oscars + Pot Luck!

Come by The Silent Movie Theatre Sunday at 3:00pm and enjoy a potluck and watch the Oscars with comedian Doug Benson and friends. Admission is free but rsvp and bring some real food to the event.

34. Nuke the Fridge Con (Stan Lee Special Edition)

This Sunday head over to Frank & Son’s in Rowland Heights for Nuke The Fridge Con featuring Stan Lee. Free to attend the event features vendors selling various goods from video games to comics and collectibles.

35. Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0

Sunday through March 5, Long Beach will celebrate their vibrant food scene with a restaurant week. Much like dineL.A. participating restaurants will offer affordable prix-fixe for lunch and dinner. View restaurants and menus here.

36. Tom Everhart Exhibit Raw: Black and White Works From 1998 – 2016 Public Debut

Artist Tom Everhart, world renowned for his Charles Schulz influenced paintings and widely known for his color pieces, will debut his first ever, rare Black & White exhibition called Raw: Black and White Works From 1998 – 2016. The exhibit will be showcased at Mouche Gallery in Beverly Hills beginning February 28, 2016 and will run through March 16.

37. Pasadena Comic Con & Toy Show

The Pasadena Convention Center will hold an all-ages convention dedicated to comics and toys, general admission costs $7 (10:00am) while early admission costs $12 (9:00am). Get more information and tickets on their official site.


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