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 Easter weekend (March 25 to March 27) includes a Cat Art Show, a grunion run, poolside Easter brunch, Easter egg hunts all over the city, a potato chip pop-up shop, California’s Strongest Man Contest, and lots more to choose from (and if you want a list of ONLY Easter specific ideas, you can check out list 20 Terrific Things to Do for Easter in L.A.).
So grab some friends or go at it alone, but most importantly have fun and enjoy yourself!
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Friday March 25th, 2016
1. Grunion Run at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro is hosting a ‘Meet the Grunion’ event this Friday night. It includes an educational auditorium program and guided observation on the beach during the spawning of these silver fish. The event runs from 8:00pm – 12:00am. The cost is $5 for adult, non-members.
2. Cat Art Show 2: The Sequel
It’s baaack… Cat Art Show LA drew thousands in 2014 and this year might even be bigger. Come down to Think Tank Gallery in DTLA and view over 70 globally-recognized artists including Mark Ryden, Mick Rock AND Norman Reedus ( from The Walking Dead) among others. Opening night is Thursday. Exhibition runs through Sunday.
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. The Last Book Review
The Last Book Review event series blends music, comedy, and storytelling into a unique monthly show at the Last Bookstore in DTLA.
5. Chips, Crisps & Wafers – The Potato Chip Pop-Up
Back by popular demand Iam8bit will host a chip pop-up with 50 unique flavors from around the globe. You can snack your way through Japan, England, Ireland, Korea, France and more till April 3, 2016 when the pop-up closes.
6. Big Bunny’s Spring Fling At the LA Zoo
From March 25-27, the LA Zoo will host its annual celebration of Spring and Easter with crafts, music, and real live bunnies for your petting pleasure! The Easter fun is available 10:00am-4:00pm throughout all three days.
7. Demitasse Roastery & Kitchen Easter’s Egg Tasting Menu
If you love eggs, listen up! Demitasse Roastery & Kitchen in Hollywood will host a five-course Easter Egg Tasting Menu developed by Executive Chef Jeff Lustre. Dine on quail egg drop soup, coddled hen egg, duck egg ravioli, emu steak and eggs and Goose Tocino de Cielo egg custard. Tickets to the tasting are $60.00 per person, $80.00 with wine pairings and purchasable online for both Friday and Saturday tastings.
8. Weird Sci-Fi 3D show
Captured Aural Phantasy Theater is the only group authorized by 1950’s publisher EC to perform their comics. Come see their new show WEIRD SCI-FI 3D based on a recently uncovered 1954 3D sci-fi comic book. The show will run for two nights only (Friday and Saturday) at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. 3-D glasses will be provided.
9. Wonder Con
Three days jam-packed with Q&As, premiere screenings, special guests, signings and an onstage Masquerade competition all at the Los Angeles Convention Center for Wonder Con happening March 25 through 27.
10. Yamato Sake Night: A Free Sake Tasting at The Continental Club
This Friday, The Continental Club will present Yamato Sake Night, a free sake tasting in honor of Yamato Sake’s launch in the states. The evening will feature music from DJ Pyro, HILOW, TJ OKA, and more. Sake tasting (9:00pm-2:00am) only available while supplies last.
11. 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
12. Escape Reality at Magicopolis
Husband-and-wife duo Steve Spill and Bozena Wrobel perform a vaudeville-style magic show that’s fun for the whole family. Expect optical illusions, levitation, mind reading, disappearances and a nail-biting Houdini-type escape called the Table of Terror! Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.
13. FREE Comet Making Demonstrations at The Griffith Observatory
From March 19-27 the Griffith Observatory will be doing twice-daily Let’s Make a Comet demonstrations showing how to make a real-life comet out of ordinary household materials and a little bit of dry ice.
14. Laurent Quenioux Pop-Up at Sangers and Joe
Award winning Chef Laurent Quenioux is hosting a weekly pop-up at Sangers and Joe, in Pasadena. Stop by every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until the end of April and treat yourself to an incredible raw bar, Quenioux’s acclaimed cheese cart, and much more. We took a peek at the raw bar menu with 20 plus top notch selections that included cherry stone clams, abalone and geoduck -this is a real treat for seafood lovers in Los Angeles. Walk-in are welcome but make a reservation if you want to be seated at a desired time.
15. SPLENDID and ELLA MOSS Warehouse Sale
SPLENDID and ELLA MOSS are hosting a warehouse sale at The Cooper Building. Shop up to 90% off retail prices for women, men, tween, toddler and baby. Taking place Friday 9:00am-4:00pm and Saturday 9:00am-2:00pm.
Location: The Cooper Building, 860 S. Los Angeles Street LA, CA 90014
16. Art Exhibit Opening: Duchamp to Pop
Marcel Duchamp is being exhibited at The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Titled Duchamp to Pop the museum will show works from the archives of New Painting of Common Objects from 1962 and Marcel Duchamp Retrospective from 1963. In addition roughly 40 works will be on view from Warhol to Ruscha all of which who have been strongly influenced by Duchamps works.
17. Disney’s Zootopia at El Capitan Theatre
Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s Zootopia March 4 – April 10, 2016. Before the movie, guests will be treated to an all-new, interactive Wild Animal Encounter show on the El Capitan stage, featuring Lola the Sloth and her animal friends from the Wildlife Learning Center. Plus, Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde, Disney’s new characters from “Zootopia,” will make their live stage debut at the El Capitan. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.
18. Anthony James: Morphic Fields at Varola Gallery
Varola gallery presents Morphic Fields by Los Angeles-based artist Anthony Jamesa. The installation consist of eight bronze sculptures inspired by Robert Rauschenberg’s cardboard box series (1971-72). Gallery hours are 12:00pm-5:00pm Monday through Friday, the exhibit will run till July 29, 2016.
19. Music For Train Stations
Every Friday this March(until March 25) L.A.’s most majestic transit hub, Union Station, will be teaming up with musical curators at dublab to create a month-long sound series called Music For Train Stations.
Saturday March 26th, 2016
20. Comedians Maz Jobrani, Adam DeVine, Joe Rogan and Nikki Glaser at The Comedy Store
Maz Jobrani, best known as a founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour a show that stared top Middle Eastern-American comics will share the bill this Saturday with Adam DeVine formerly of Workaholics, Joe Rogan, Nikki Glaser and other top Hollywood comedians. Taking place at The Comedy Store. More information and discount tickets via Goldstar.
21. Picture This!
L.A.’s only live animated comedy show “Picture This!” returns to The Virgil for a FREE show this Saturday. The bar will be fully stalked and a taco truck will be parked outside for your dining pleasure (you can bring it in!.)
22. World-Champion Magician Arthur Trace at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music
Unlike the usual dated presentations and magic tricks, Trace is an innovator in magic recognized by the International Brotherhood of Magicians, International Federation of Magic Societies and by the Academy of Magical Arts, which is also known as The Magic Castle. Come see him dazzle the crowds with his mystifying feats for one night only this month.
23. Egg Bowl
60,000 Easter eggs are hidden all around the Rose Bowl stadium for the annual Easter celebration children will get to enjoy face painting, balloon animals, photos with the Easter Bunny and an Egg-celent brunch. The egg hunt is free, brunch cost $20 for ages 9 and up.
24. Saturday Sale: California Market Center
Brace yourself a really big SALE is coming your way! The Saturday Sale at the California Market Center is open to the public with slashed prices of 50 to 80% off tons of contemporary brands.
25. EGG-ceptional Celebration at the LA Arboretum
The LA Aboretum in Arcadia will host an Easter egg hunt for kids of all ages. Reservations are not required and baskets for the hunt will be provided. Tickets cost $5 per child (plus admission).
26. 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.
27. Easter Eggstravaganza at Westfield Topanga and The Village
Easter Eggstravaganza will include an Easter egg hunt and crafts for kids on Saturday. Bring your own basket and meet and greet with the Easter Bunny! This event is free.
28. Mildred Pierce on the Big Screen in 35mm at the Egyptian Theatre Plus Fried Chicken!
Mildred Pierce will be screened in 35mm this Saturday, its a story about a housewife’s rise in the restaurant business in Los Angeles. For the full experience come early for some fried chicken and pie, just like Mildred used to make. Lunch will be for sale starting at 12:30pm. Diners will be able to choose from crispy light or dark meat fried chicken and a choice of mashed potatoes or mac ‘n cheese curtesy of Alex Peyton Events and an assortment of pies from the Nickel Diner will be availble for desert.
29. LGBT Spotlight Mixer at The Pasadena Playhouse with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina
The Pasadena Playhouse and Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles will host a special night for the LGBT community. The event will feature a performance of the West Coast premiere of Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina, and a 7:00pm pre-show mixer in the Playhouse library. All tickets are $50 and include a front orchestra or front mezzanine seat to show and admittance to the party.
30. GR2 Presents Superunnatural Opening Reception
Superunnatural, is a group exhibition featuring Kelsey Beckett, Elliot Brown, Peter Chan, Shawn Cheng, and Rebecca Green. Kelsey Beckett has a hand for delicately illustrating women. Elliot Brown paints texturally rich realistic scenes of everyday life. Peter Chan’s scenic works are both soft and organic while his characters are imaginative and unique. Shawn Cheng’s work is versatile and eclectic often depicting Japanese yokai. Rebecca Green’s illustrations are light hearted and whimsical. Together, they form the Superunnatural. Reception is this Saturday 6:30pm-10:00pm at Giant Robot 2 (22062 Sawtelle Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90025) and will run through April 13, 2016.
31. “Egg”straordinary Spring Celebration in the San Gabriel Valley
On Saturday the San Gabriel Kiwanis Club Foundation and the City of San Gabriel will host the 72nd Annual “Egg”straordinary Spring Celebration, offering fun for all families at Smith Park (232 W Broadway). Attendees can enjoy a morning full of spring activities, including free face painting, a generous all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast (for only $5!) pancake races and plenty of prizes. In addition, children will be divided into groups by age (2 and under, 3-5 years old, 6-7 years old, 8-9 years old) to hunt for 6,000 eggs hidden throughout the park.
32. Color in Motion at The Erin Hanson Gallery
Color in Motion will be a limited engagement show at The Erin Hanson Gallery. The works will highlight three popular LA-based artists: expressionist painter, Pomm, landscape adventure photographer, Ian Ely and contemporary impressionist, Erin Hanson. The evening will offer a unique and immersive art experience with live music by The Happiness Jazz Band.
33. Chef Ludo Lefebvre Opens LudoBird at Universal CityWalk
French Chef Ludo Lefebvre brings his famous buttermilk Provencal Fried Chicken inspired menu to the Universal CityWalk with the grand opening of LudoBird, serving up a vibrant and flavorful take on the American classic fried chicken sandwich, beginning this Saturday.
34. We Are Thomasse at iO West
The British/American duo is back at iO West for their vagabond sketch show of 27 sketches performed in 55 minutes, it’s a fast-paced, classic comedy appealing to teenage boys and as they like claim grandmas alike!
35. German Graffiti Artist duo HERAKUT Debut at Corey Helford Gallery
“Masters Of Wrong,” the newest body of work from leading German graffiti artist duo HERAKUT, makes it’s debut this Saturday, March 26 from 7:00pm-11:00 p.m. (on display through April 20) at the Corey Helford Gallery’s new 12,000 sq. ft. space in downtown Los Angeles.
36. 14th Annual California’s Strongest Man Contest
Watch some modern Gladiator types battle to become California’s Strongest Man. Held in Huntington Beach this competition is free to attend for spectators from 9:30am-2:30pm.
37. Vintage Clothing Sale
The Set Shop is hosting a vintage pop-up this Saturday afternoon in Downtown L.A. Expect clothing and accessories from the 1900-1970 to be on sale. C. K. Farnsworth’s Mobile Soda Shop will be on hand with ice cream treats and hot dogs.
38. Bad News Live! Free Taping
A free live taping of indie political comedy show Bad News will feature hilarious professional comedians from Comedy Central, NBC, MTV, FX, Netflix, and The World Famous Comedy Store. Plus cheap beer for the 99%! Come down to ACME Comedy West (135 N. La Brea Ave.) at 7:30pm. Reserve your FREE tickets here.
Sunday March 27th, 2016
39. Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt on the Queen Mary
The Queen Mary wants you to have an “egg-cellent” Sunday. Come down to the ship for an Easter Egg Hunt with a special egg that contains a Golden Ticket for the grand Queen Mary Easter basket prize. A champagne brunch ($69.95 for adults and $24.95 for children) will be available for parents and kids who’ve worked up an appetite while on the search for the Easter Bunny.
40. Easter Breakfast at the Aquarium of the Pacific
Spend Easter morning at the Aquarium of the Pacific with a delightful breakfast from 8:00am-10:30am. For $45 per adult and $25 a child, the price includes sweet and savory breakfast pastries, Blue Whale Breakfast Casserole, Citrus Ham, and a $5 gift certificate to Pacific Collections Gift Store.
41. Bugs Bunny Cartoons at the American Cinematheque
It’s rabbit season! Celebrate Easter Sunday by watching the most famous rabbit Bugs Bunny on the big screen at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. The theater will have an egg hunt at 3:30pm, cartoons start at 4:00pm and tickets cost $11 but we found some for half off via Goldstar.
42. Baltaire Easter Brunch Buffet
Brentwood steakhouse Baltaire is gearing up for an epic buffet feast, featuring housemade pastries, an iced shellfish station, and a carving station. Opt for a boozy brunch and order a Bloody Mary or a Lavender Gin Fizz. The buffet is served from 9:00am-4:00pm and costs $75 per person and $45 for children.
43. Esterel at the Sofitel’s Easter Brunch
Esterel’s Easter Brunch buffet is an endless spread of deliciousness, for $95 a person you get brunch dishes like shrimp cocktail, oysters, Smoked Salmon & Charcuterie, Quiche au Fromage & Quiche Lorraine, Crepes, a dessert station, and something called the chef edible garden.
44. Mr. C Poolside Easter Brunch Buffet
Beverly Hills hotel and restaurant Mr.C will host a Venetian-style buffet for Easter brunch with live music, and a mini Easter egg hunt. Expect Cipriani classic pastas, fresh made waffles, a carving station and an ice cream and gelato stand. The brunch buffet cost $105 per person ($49 children 4-12 years old) and you can tack on bottomless Bellinis for an additional $30 per person.
45. Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium
LACMA and The Getty Museum will both run exhibitions on the late Robert Mapplethorpe. This is a major retrospective of Mapplethorpe’s work and career as an artist and photographer The Getty’s exhibition will run from March 15 to July 31 and LACMA will open their exhibit on March 20 to July 31.
46. Ford’s Filling Station Girls Scout Cookie Collaboration
Girl Scouts Troop #3175 collaboration with Chef Ben Ford’s pastry team produced the TROOP #3175 SA’MORES MINI SUNDAE a vanilla ice cream, Samoa cookie crumble sundae drizzled in chocolate sauce, passion fruit sauce and caramelized marshmallow toppings. It can be yours for $7. Only available through the end of the month!
47. The Rock N Roll Wrestling Bash: Exotrash at The Regent
The Rock n Roll Wrestling Bash makes it’s debut in the United States this Sunday. If you’re a lover of trash entertainment, wrestling, b movies, rock n roll, metal and booze (who isn’t?) this is sure to entertain.
48. Norooz Festival & Persian Parade
Come celebrate the Iranian/Persian New Year this Sunday, there will be plenty of vendors, food, drinks and a afternoon parade. Taking place in Westwood between Wilshire Blvd and Westwood Blvd from 1:00pm-5:00pm. This event is free and all ages are welcome.
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