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Here’s a Cheat Sheet of Free Museum Days in L.A. For February (2018)

January 30, 2018 by Brian Champlin

The intent of this “cheat-sheet” is to denote specific free days in any given month where Los Angeles museums that normally charge an admission waive their entry fees (not including parking).

For this post we’re detailing the month of February, 2018, which includes a special free admission day at LACMA for President’s Day on February 19. As always please keep in mind there are over two dozen museums in and around Los Angeles that offer free admission ALL the time which are not listed here.

To this end we’ve compiled a handy list of ALL of those free museums (including favorites like The Getty, California Science Center, The Hammer Museum, and more) if you’d like to explore all your freebie options for February.

Enjoy!

Urban Light Sculpture at LACMA

Urban Light at LACMA. Credit: Sarah Ackerman via flickr cc

[FEB 1] Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 1MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 1] Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.)

[FEB 1] Huntington Library (note that you have to reserve passes for the free day in advance, and it books up fast. For this reason we’d suggest you take a look at the free day for March and start planning when you need to be online to grab the tix)

[FEB 1] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 2] Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 2] Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 pm)

[FEB 2] Long Beach Museum of Art

[FEB 6] ] Kidspace Children’s Museum (from 4 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 6Natural History Museum

[FEB 6Page Museum at La Brea Tarpits

[FEB 8] Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 8MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 8] Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.)

[FEB 8] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 9] Long Beach Museum of Art

[FEB 11] Museum of Latin American Art

[FEB 11] ] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[FEB 13] Los Angeles County Museum of Art (also free for L.A. County residents with valid I.D. after 3:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays all month long)

[FEB 13] Autry Museum of the American West

[FEB 15] Japanese American National Museum (all day)

[FEB 15MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 15] Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.)

[FEB 15] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 16] Long Beach Museum of Art

[FEB 18] Museum of Latin American Art

[FEB 18] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[FEB 19] Los Angeles County Museum of Art is free on President’s Day.

[FEB 20Los Angeles County Arboretum

[FEB 20South Coast Botanic Garden

[FEB 20Descanso Gardens

[FEB 22MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 22] Skirball Cultural Center

[FEB 22] Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 22] Pasadena Museum of California Art (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[FEB 22] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m,)

[FEB 23] Long Beach Museum of Art

[FEB 25] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[FEB 25] Museum of Latin American Art


As a reminder, it’s always good to verify the status of free days before you visit, so be sure to check the above links to verify visiting hours, parking costs, and any other pertinent details. Keep in mind free admission days may not include specially ticketed exhibitions. If there are any errors, omissions, or corrections you’d like to note for this list, feel free to comment below or email us at tips@welikela.com.

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for January 20, 2018

January 20, 2018 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy?

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for Saturday, January 20, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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Paramount Ranch at Night

Photo via National Park Service / Public Domain


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1. [9 a.m.Women’s March Los Angeles 2018 taking place in Pershing Square.

2. [9 a.m.]  Enjoy a snow day in Diamond Bar at the annual Winter Snow Fest. Over 100 tons of snow will provide hours of sledding on four hills and other wintery fun.

3. [9 a.m.]  The 4th Annual SoCal Retro Gaming Expo happening January 20-21 in City of Industry is an all-ages event featuring retro games, toys, merchandise, and much more.

4. [10 a.m.] Forest Lawn Museum’s latest exhibition Pigskin Peanuts is an homage to the late great Charles M. Schulz. Featuring 50 Sunday and daily football-themed comic strips and other Peanuts related objects, the family friendley exhibit will be on display from January 18 through March 15, 2018. Admission to the museum and parking is always free. FREE

5. [noon.]  Iron Triangle turns two this Saturday with an epic BBQ Showdown where you decide the winner. $20 gets you a three item plate from competitors Moo’s Craft Barbecue and Peaches’ Smokehouse & Southern Kitchen, feast and then vote for your favorite. The BBQ starts at 1 p.m. and concludes at 6 p.m. or until the food runs out. Iron Triangle will also have new beers on tap including Sluice Gate IPA, Blasting Cap Vienna Lager, Stock and Trade: English Pub Ale on Nitro and Barrel Aged Jawbone Stout.

6. [6 p.m.] The National Park Service will host Mysteries of the Night Sky a Winter Star Party at Paramount Ranch. Guests will have a chance to see star clusters, nebulae and more through high-powered telescopes with astronomers and children can become an official Night Sky Junior Ranger. FREE

7. [6 p.m.Gateway to the Moon 3.0 is a new immersive installation from artist Gazoo opening at de Plume gallery in East Hollywood this Saturday. The large-scale installation, is designed to transport visitors into a 360° retro-future dimension created from tape, lighting, and sound. FREE

8. [6 p.m.]  There’s an extra cute and powerful art show titled I Am Extraordinary curated by Bored Inc.happening at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland in Eagle Rock. The group show will feature 28 female artists and a portion of the sales will be donated to Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and She Should Run. FREE

9. [7 p.m.]  ‘Mike Kelley: Kandors 1999 – 2011,’ will close this weekend at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles. To celebrate, the gallery will host free musical performances inspired by Kelly from anti-rock noise bands Extended Organ, Lonely Street, and telecaves. FREE

10. [various] dineL.A. the city’s restaurant week (January 12-26) continues with exclusive lunch and dinner menus (and deals!) at a laundry list of the city’s finest eateries. Want to know where to eat among the huge list of choices? Start here, with our picks for 20 can’t-miss menus.

DEAL OF THE DAY: $4.75 tix to the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show (via Goldstar)

Want more ideas for upcoming things to do in L.A.? Check out our Los Angeles events calendar.

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy?

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [11 a.m.Ben & Jerry’s is throwing a pop-up carnival to announce their newest ice cream flavors. Happening at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine Street, ice cream lovers will have a chance to partake in carnival games, rides and sample the Pint Slice flavors totally free. FREE

2. [11 a.m.] Get a free Margherita pizza during the grand opening of MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company in Century City. Happening Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Limit one per guest. FREE

3. [7 p.m.] Down some tacos, drink some locally brewed beers and test your trivia skills this Tuesday during Tacos & Trivia night at Angel City Brewery in DTLA.

4. [7 p.m.Fatman on Batman (a live Kevin Smith podcast) at Scum and Villainy Cantina.

5. [7 p.m.] The Moth storytelling competition at Los Globos. Tonight’s theme: Guests.

6. [7:30 p.m.] Enjoy a free screening of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 2016 film Endless Poetry at The Hammer. FREE

7. [8 p.m.Put Your Hands Together with Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher at the UCB Franklin.

8. [various]  Free admission at: Los Angeles County ArboretumSouth Coast Botanic Garden and Descanso Gardens. FREE

9. [various]  Redondo Beach Restaurant Week is back from January 12 to 26. Dozen of eateries from the beach city’s growing food scene will be participating by offering either specially priced prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners, or other Restaurant Week-only special offers

10. [various] dineL.A. the city’s restaurant week (January 12-26) continues with exclusive lunch and dinner menus (and deals!) at a laundry list of the city’s finest eateries. Want to know where to eat among the huge list of choices? Start here, with our picks for 20 can’t-miss menus.

DEAL OF THE DAY: $4.75 tix for the StARTup Art Fair (via Goldstar)

Want more ideas for upcoming things to do in L.A.? Check out our Los Angeles events calendar.

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy?

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for Monday, January 15, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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Wilshire Blvd outside LACMA

Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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1. [11 a.m.Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at The California African American Museum will feature a marathon reading of Dr. King’s speeches, crafts like making quote-filled dream catchers and more. FREE

2. [11 a.m.Free admission at: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (free for MLK Day)

3. [11 a.m.] The 32nd Annual Kingdom Day Parade will travel from Western and Martin Luther King to Leimert Park where KingFest 2.0 (presented by 102.3 Radio Free KJLH) a community festival with music and food will take place.

4. [2 p.m.] California Sol with Motown Monday at the Ace Hotel Rooftop Bar.

5. [7 p.m.] Join Boomtown Brewery for Monday Movie Nights, a new monthly movie screening in their private event space set up with comfy couches, craft beers, popcorn and an option to order from Purgatory Pizza. This week they will screen Remember The TitansFREE

6. [7 p.m.] Marilyn Manson at the Hollywood Palladium.

7. [7:30 p.m.Astronomy on Tap at Der Wolfskopf in Pasadena brings professional astronomers to bars to give informal talks on a variety of scientific topics followed by lots of discussion with guests. And beer!

8. [9 p.m.The Business LA is a free comedy show at Little Joy featuring some of the best local comics in town. FREE

9. [various]  Redondo Beach Restaurant Week is back from January 12 to 26. Dozen of eateries from the beach city’s growing food scene will be participating by offering either specially priced prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners, or other Restaurant Week-only special offers

10. [various] dineL.A. the city’s restaurant week (January 12-26) continues with exclusive lunch and dinner menus (and deals!) at a laundry list of the city’s finest eateries. Want to know where to eat among the huge list of choices? Start here, with our picks for 20 can’t-miss menus.

DEAL OF THE DAY: $20 tix to Foodie Con 2018 at The Reef in DTLA (via Goldstar)

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for January 10, 2018

January 10, 2018 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy?

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [4:30 p.m.Burrito Project L.A., a meet-up to prep burritos and other essential supplies for folks in need. FREE

2. [6 p.m.David Bowie Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star Meetup (Memorial). FREE

3. [6:30 p.m.Day Hiking Los Angeles Presentation & Book Signing with Modern Hiker’s Casey Schreiner at Adventure 16. FREE

4. [6:45 p.m.Marijuana Madness is an innovative burlesque and live music show coming to The Three Clubs in Hollywood this Wednesday. Travel back in time to 1937, when National Marijuana Prohibition became American law. Learn the truth behind the mass propaganda that insisted that cannabis led to moral decay and debauchery, resulting in persecution of marijuana users.

5. [7 p.m.The LA Art Show comes to Los Angeles Convention Center January 10 – 14 for the West Coast’s most comprehensive art experience of the year. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. [7:30 p.m.] Former Vice President Joe Biden will be at The Orpheum in DTLA for Los Angeles Times Ideas Exchange. Listen to Biden share the biggest political moments of his career, his most challenging life choices and what has helped him persevere through life’s challenges.

7. [7:30 p.m.] See the duo behind fashion line BLESS during An Evening with BLESS, a discussion at The Hammer happening this Wednesday. FREE

8. [8 p.m.] Free performances of Freud’s Last Session at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. Simply use promo code WELIKELA online or call them to reserve tickets. FREE

9. [8 p.m.] Tommy Wiseau’s The Room is playing nationwide for one-night only, including at three locations in Los Angeles.

10. [9:30 p.m. ] The Underground Jazz Sessions at the Continental Club

DEAL OF THE DAY: $30 tix to the 2018 Freestyle Festival at the Queen Mary (via Goldstar)

Want more ideas for upcoming things to do in L.A.? Check out our Los Angeles events calendar.

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for January 3, 2018

January 3, 2018 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy?

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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Dockweiler Bonfire

Bonfire at Dockweiler. Credit: Kat Sniffen via flickr cc


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1. [10 a.m.] Get into the winter spirit when ICE at Santa Monica returns with a 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Running November 1, 2017 through January 5, 2018.

2. [2 p.m.Winter Fest Returns to OC Fairgrounds (Dec. 21 to Jan. 7) will offer an all-new festival of lights, snow summit, winter bounce houses, outdoor ice skating, ice tubing, snowfall and the man of the season, Santa Claus. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar) 

3. [4:30 p.m.]  CHILL Adventure Park returns to the Queen Mary in Long Beach from December 13 through January 7. Come experience ice bumper cars, ice skating, an Alpine Zip Line and more chill themed activities. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED 

4. [5 p.m.Full Lunacy Drum Circle at Dockweiler State Beach. FREE

5. [6 p.m. LA Zoo Lights.

6. [6 p.m.] Come to the Frogtown Brewery this Wednesday for Beer, Bingo, & Trivia Night.

7. [7 p.m.] Every first and third Wednesday of the month, BEAR CITY brings free comedy and free pizza to Que Sera in Long Beach. FREE

8. [7 p.m.Geeks Who Drink is a drinking quiz game at Bareburger in Santa Monica that covers everything from troubled celebrities, wordplay to bad television.

9. [8 p.m.] Comedy Pop-Up at the Lyric Hyperion. FREE

10. [various] Discover the best in foreign-language cinema during the Golden Globe Nominees Series, a week of special screenings from January 1–6 at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres. In addition there will be free panel discussion with the filmmakers, at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday.

DEAL OF THE DAY: $18 tix to the 2018 LA Art Show (via Goldstar)

Want more ideas for upcoming things to do in L.A.? Check out our Los Angeles events calendar.

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Free Museums, Happenings

SoCal’s Massive Museum Free-For-All Day is Back in January

December 27, 2017 by Brian Champlin

Another January, another museum-free-for-all day!

Each year a group of marketing and communications professionals from museums throughout Southern California collaborate to organize a special day you won’t want to miss. On Sunday, January 28, 2018 more than 30 SoCal museums will offer free admission as part of the 13th Annual Museums Free-for-All.

As in years past, the 2018 free-for-all includes both museums that normally charge admission such as Natural History Museum, LACMA, MOCA, and Descanso Gardens, along with museums that regularly offer free admission such as both Getty campuses and The Broad. A quick glance at the list of participants also reveals two museums that rarely offer free admission: The Petersen Automotive Museum and the GRAMMY Museum (something to consider when deciding which locations you might want to visit)

For those unable to take advantage of this promotional day keep in mind there are plenty of L.A. museums that are always free or offer monthly free admission days.

You can check the full list of participating museums for the free-for-all after the jump. And be sure to read the end of the post for a list of considerations and additional details for planning your day.

Urban Light at LACMA

Urban Light at LACMA. Photo Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Free Museum Participants

Annenberg Space for Photography

Autry Museum of the American West

The Broad

California African American Museum

California Science Center (General admission only. A timed reservation with a convenience fee is required for Space Shuttle Endevour.)

Columbia Memorial Space Center

Craft & Folk Art Museum

Descanso Gardens 

Forest Lawn Museum

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Getty Center

Getty Villa (Free, timed tickets are required. Visit www.getty.edu)

GRAMMY Museum

Hammer Museum

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Japanese American National Museum (Free tickets available at janm.org/freeforall.)

Kidspace Children’s Museum

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (General admission only; free tickets available at tarpits.org/freeforall)

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Los Angeles County Museum of Art<di

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Museum of Latin American Art

Museum of Tolerance 

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles (Free tickets available at nhm.org/freeforall)

Orange County Museum of Art

The Paley Center for Media

Palm Springs Art Museum

Pasadena Museum of California Art

Petersen Automotive Museum

Pomona College Museum of Art

Riverside Art Museum

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Skirball Cultural Center (Noah’s Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets are limited and distributed first-come, first-served)

Sunnylands Center & Gardens(Excludes tours of the historic house and grounds)

University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach (includes the opening reception of Robert Irwin: Site Determined)

USC Fisher Museum (Offering free admission on Saturday, January 27, instead of Sunday, January 28)

USC Pacific Asia Museum

Zimmer Children’s Museum


What: SoCal Museum Free-For-All Day (official site of free-for-all-organizers)

When: Sunday, January 28, 2018

Where: Various locations throughout Los Angeles and Southern California

Remember that the free admission offer is for general museum admission only at participating museums and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply.

Because the free-for-all day is one of the most popular times to visit for the entire year, it is advised that you plan your visit(s) as early in the day in possible. In other words, expect a crowd!

For transit options, keep in mind Museums Free-for-All has partnered with Metro, encouraging visitors to Go Metro to explore the participating museums, many of which are a short walk away from Metro bus or rail. For fair discounts visit metro.net/discounts.

Check individual museum websites for hours, directions, and other visitor information.

And most of all, have fun!

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Cool Spots, sightseeing

Here’s a Preview of What You Can Expect at Enchanted: Forest of Light for 2017-2018

November 20, 2017 by Brian Champlin

Enchanted: Forest of Light is back at Descanso Gardens from November 19 through January 7, and they’re stepping up their game this year with a couple of new attractions, including a Starlight Garden and Aqueous, an interactive pathway of lights.

We were able to attend the preview night this past Saturday, and we’ve put together a quick video offering highlights of what you can expect. Give it a watch below!

For sake of clarification, my understanding is that some of the live performers that made cameos in the video above (the costumed dancers, the choir, etc…) were only their for the preview evening, so don’t expect that to be part of the experience if you decide to go.

Tickets for Enchanted: Forest of Light are on sale now starting at $28 for non-members of the botanical garden. Remember that tickets must be purchased in advance if you want to attend.

Additionally, if you enjoyed the above video, we urge you to subscribe to We Like L.A. on YouTube to get more of the same, and to get help finding new places to explore in Los Angeles.

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Cool Spots, Lifestyle, sightseeing

25 Incredible Places to Take Pictures in Los Angeles

November 19, 2017 by Brian Champlin

Looking to take cool photos in and of Los Angeles? We’ve been exploring the city for the past three-plus years and we’ve taken literally thousands of photos and many hours of video footage (seriously!). Now what to do with it all?

Well, we thought it might be helpful to compile some of our most-loved spots in a little video montage that we put together on our YouTube channel. The idea is that you’ll give it a watch, get some inspiration, then go out to take a few photos of your own!

For more information on each of the locations mentioned in the video, scroll below for links to all. I’ve also sprinkled in a few videos spotlighting a couple of the locations so you can get a closer look at the look and feel of each.

As a reminder, you should be fine doing recreational photography at any of the locations mentioned below, but be sure to double-check what fees/permits are required if you’re planning to do professional work.

Hope the list helps!

1. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (free)

2. Eaton Canyon Falls (free)

3. Venice Canals (free)

4. Santa Monica Pier (free)

5. Hollywood Bowl (free during day)

6. The Bradbury Building (free)

7. The Huntington Library ($$)

8. Echo Park Lake (free)

9. Chinatown Central Plaza (free)

10. Ascot Hills Park (free)

11. Vista Hermosa Park (free)

12. Turnbull Canyon Hiking Trail (free)

13. Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area (free on weekdays, $6 on weekends and holidays for single vehicles)

14. 1st Street Bridge (free)

15. Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve (paid parking)

16. El Matador State Beach (free)

17. The Getty Villa (free admission w/paid parking)

18. The Getty Center (free admission w/paid parking)

19. Walt Disney Concert Hall exterior (free)

20. City Hall Observation Deck (free, only open on weekdays)

21. Grand Park (free)

22. Urban Lights at LACMA (free) – Note that the museum offers free admission on second Tuesdays and after 3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays.

23. Descanso Gardens ($$)

24. Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles (free)

25. Griffith Observatory (free)

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for October 29, 2017

October 29, 2017 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy?

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead for the day at hand in the city you live in. So here it is!

Below is our quick link list of 10 fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Sunday, October 29, 2017. May it lead you to adventure!

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Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles

Photo Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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1. [10 a.m.] The undisputed king of comics, Stan Lee is returning to L.A. for his 6th annual Comic Con at the L.A. Convention Center. Hosted on October 27-29, this annual event is a pop culture haven for comic, video game, fantasy and multi-media fans.

2. [11 a.m.] Check out Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s renowned Historic Walking Tour this Sunday. The popular, fact-filled tour are led by film historian Karie Bible.

3. [noon] The First-Ever Growlers Six Music Festival happening on October 28-29 at the Port of Los Angeles will feature acts like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, The Growlers, The B-52s, Girl Talk and more.

4. [1 p.m.] The Eagle Rock Bark Halloween Block Party and Kittie and Doggie Rescue Adoption comes to Eagle Rock City Hall on Sunday for the cutest Halloween-themed event all for a furry cause. FREE

5. [1 p.m.] There’s an All-Star Cookout happening at Mack Sennet Studios in Silver Lake this Sunday. Expect chefs like Jonathan Yao of Kato, Erwin Tjahyadi of Bone Kettle and Avner Levi of Cento Pasta Bar to grill up some good eats right before your very eyes.

6. [2 p.m.] LAVA (the Los Angeles Visionaries Association) will host a free tour of civic art in Los Angeles’ civic center. There will be an illustrated lecture focused on the rich architectural legacy of Downtown L.A.‘s civic center and a group walk to visit a number of historic and more recent civic artworks. FREE

7. [2:30 p.m.] Do you think your dog has the best Halloween costume? Enter your for legged friend in the 17th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade at Marina Vista Park in Long Beach! Expect over 500 pups during this popular annual parade through Belmont Shore.

8. [7 p.m.] he Los Angeles Master Chorale will present a Dia de los Muertos inspired concert of mostly Latin American composers, themed around “death” and “celebration.” The concert will take place at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

9. [variousOld Pasadena Day of the Dead Weekend starts this Friday. The event features three days of music, activities, and a self-guided Tour of Altars, featuring both traditional and contemporary Day of the Dead altars (Oct. 27-29)

10. [various Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Arts and Crafts movement during the 26th Annual Craftsman Weekend, taking place in Pasadena on October 26-29.

DEAL OF THE DAY: $20 tix to the Lagunitas Beer Circus

Want more ideas for upcoming things to do in L.A.? Check out our Los Angeles events calendar.

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for October 28, 2017

October 28, 2017 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy?

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead for the day at hand in the city you live in. So here it is!

Below is our quick link list of 10 fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Saturday, October 28, 2017. May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [noonL.A.’s Day of The Dead at Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the largest Dia de Los Muertos celebration in L.A. featuring four music stages, live entertainment, 100+ altars, traditional dancing and delicious Mexican cuisine.

2. [noon] The First-Ever Growlers Six Music Festival happening on October 28-29 at the Port of Los Angeles will feature acts like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, The Growlers, The B-52s, Girl Talk and more.

3. [4 p.m.] Theatricum Botanicum will transform itself into a haunted Halloween extravaganza with various activities and entertainment. Highlights include ghost stories, game booths, themed food and libations, live music and performances by zombie thespians and improv groups.

4. [6:30 p.m.] In honor of Halloween, visit the Huntington in San Marino for Drama After Dark: A Night of the Macabre with Poe & Gorethis Saturday. Watch an enactment of creepy works on the moonlit grounds of the Huntington like “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Gashlycrumb Tinies,” and more.

5. [9 p.m.KCRW’S Masquerade Ball is back from the dead and headed for The MacArthur! Lucent Dossier, Lucha Vavoom, and belly-dancing flappers Les Petites Bonbons are just a few of the high-profile acts performing at the ball.

6. [8 p.m.Halloween weekend at Clifton’s Republic in Downtown Los Angeles welcome ghost, goblins and gauls to The Neverlands, an immersive haunted forest experience. Featuring live and dead entertainment, rare concoctions of alchemy and mayhem, including fiery cocktails and devilishly delicious food items by Executive Chef Andrew Pastore.

7. [10:30 p.m.] The Ace’s annual Halloween party, the Beastly Ball, features DJ sets by special guests Thee Mike B, DJ Franc, and the Restless Nites DJs, with dark arts provided by Super Deluxe and special cocktails. Dweller-of-the-night attire encouraged.

8. [various] his Saturday enjoy free admission to a dozen exhibits across Los Angeles County during PST: LA/LA West LA & Valley Free DayFREE

9. [variousOld Pasadena Day of the Dead Weekend starts this Friday. The event features three days of music, activities, and a self-guided Tour of Altars, featuring both traditional and contemporary Day of the Dead altars (Oct. 27-29)

10. [various Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Arts and Crafts movement during the 26th Annual Craftsman Weekend, taking place in Pasadena on October 26-29.

DEAL OF THE DAY: $10 tix to see John Hodgeman with Nick Offerman in Conversation at the Ace Hotel Theatre

Want more ideas for upcoming things to do in L.A.? Check out our Los Angeles events calendar.

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Food, Happenings

There’s a ‘Saved By the Bell’ Pop-Up Diner Coming to Los Angeles (and they just announced the location)

October 25, 2017 by Brian Champlin

Shoutout to all the early nineties kids out there!

Saved by the Max, a Saved by the Bell pop-up diner experience, is headed to Los Angeles in the very near future. But we knew that already.

The new news? A location has just been revealed, and if you live in WeHo (and you’re a fan of the classic Saturday morning staple) then this might make you very happy.

Yesterday the new diner confirmed the address of their soon-to-be home: 7100 Santa Monica Boulevard at the West Hollywood Gateway Shopping Center. Actor Dennis Haskins (aka Mr. Belding) announced the news in a video posted to the Saved By The Max YouTube channel.

Saved By the Max first came to the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago in June of 2016 and closed after a one-year run with plans in place to take the operation to the west coast.

The menu features typical American fare named after Saved by the Bell characters including Tori’s fried chicken, A.C. sliders, Mac & Screech, and the Kelly Kapowski Monte Cristo.

If the first iteration of the pop-up is any indicator, then visitors of the L.A. version can expect a high level of detail to sell the throwback vibe, from bright neon booths and formica countertops to vintage arcade games and a jukebox, all modeled after the set of the original series.

Tickets are not yet on sale for L.A.’s Saved by the Max but there is a waitlist via the official website.

There’s still no word on an official opening date, but stay tuned.

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