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44 Awesome Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend in L.A. [5-24-2019 to 5-27-2019]

May 23, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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 curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This Memorial weekend, from Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27 features Fiesta Hermosa, Valley Greek Festival, Topanga Days, L.A. Zinefest, free admission at LACMA, a number of Memorial Day remembrance events and MUCH more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your weekend!


Keep in mind that while we retain complete editorial control of our content, for some of the ticketing options provided we utilize affiliate links and receive a commission if you purchase through our links.


Friday May 24th, 2019

1. The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach has just completed a major expansion called Pacific Visions featuring stunning interactive exhibitions, a state-of-the-art immersive Honda Pacific Visions Theater, an art gallery designed to transport visitors under the ocean, and live animal exhibits. The new wing officially opens to the public this Friday.

2. RuPaul’s DragCon Los Angeles 2019 comes to the Los Angeles Convention Center May 24 – 26 for three days of art, pop culture, and all things drag. The convention features panels, photo ops, meet and greets, shopping, and much more.

3. Grand Central Market hosts Friday Night Flights this Friday starting at noon. The special includes a flight of drinks or bites from GCM vendors and a round trip ticket on the historic Angels Flight Railway right across the street for $15.

4. Walt Disney Concert Hall welcomes The BTHVN on tour exhibition to BP Hall from May 17-26 during the LA Phil’s Beethoven concert series. The BTHVN is a global touring exhibit highlighting Beethoven’s life, original objects like the viola and original scores along with some interactive elements. The exhibit is free and open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be ticketed LA Phil concerts during this period of the exhibit.

5. Westfield Century City will host “Come See” a free movie night taking place at The Atrium. All attendees will receive complimentary movie bites and snacks before the show. A VIP package is available for preferred seating, swag and credit towards dinner. This Friday they will screen Mean Girls.

6. Annenberg PetSpace hosts Pet Encounters this Friday allowing their adoptable pets to socialize with people. Stop by and interact with some adorable dogs and support the community space. Registration is required.

7. Hershey Felder returns to the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts with Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story. Playwright and performer, Hershey Felder will take audiences on a journey into the life and music of Impressionist composer Claude Debussy. The show runs May 24 through June 9. Check for discounted tickets before your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. WE RISE, a free 10 day pop-up festival (May 18-27) will honor Mental Health Awareness Month through artists presentations, creative programming, workshops, activism, panels and more – all focused on supporting a call to action for mental health as a civil right. FREE

9. 4th Fridays on 4th Street activates the “Retro Road” business district in Long Beach on the fourth Friday of every month from 6 to 10 p.m. through extended hours, dining specials, discounted merchandise, pop up shops, art shows, live music, double decker bus rides and more.

10. POP SK8 brings a pop-up outdoor roller-skating rink to the Westfield Valencia now through May 27.

11. Tacotopia presented by Cholula Hot Sauce is a taco centric playground with thirty something taco inspired art installations. Guests can also enjoy a Cholula hot sauce bar, a taco curtesy of Azule Taqueria and a bottle of Jarritos. The expereince runs everyday from May 24 through July 7.

12. Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts free jazz performances on Fridays through November. Concerts take place at the main entrance. FREE

13. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include Coming to America, Spice World, La La Land and more.

Saturday May 25th, 2019

14. Fiesta Hermosa happening May 25-27 is a free annual beach party featuring local vendors, food, beer gardens, games and live music right in the heart of Downtown Hermosa Beach. FREE

15. The 46th Annual Valley Greek Festival comes to Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church from May 25-27 for food, dancing, and fun in true Greek fashion. Highlights include traditional Greek music, traditional food and family-friendly activities. 

16. The 46th annual Topanga Days Country Fair returns to Pine Tree Circle May 25 – 27 for its iconic, bohemian fundraiser in the Santa Monica Mountains. This family-friendly three-day festival includes musical acts on two stages, old school contests and games, local artisans, craft vendors, food and an annual Memorial Day parade.

17. Eat|See|Hear returns for 2019 with a screening of Coming to America at The Autry Museum. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. Electronic composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith will host an hour long meditation at the Getty Museum’s Central Garden. Set to the sounds of her new album Tides: Music for Meditation and Yoga, the event starts at 6 p.m. and guests are encouraged to bring their own mats. FREE

19.The Queen Mary will offer free admission to all U.S. active and retired military personnel during Memorial weekend May 25-27. The ship will have reenactments, demonstrations, appearances by historical figures, and lectures.

20. Head to Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for screenings of films modern, cult, and classic. This Saturday they’ll screen Legally Blonde and on Sunday, Hitchcock’s thriller Rear Window.

21. The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival is set to take over Rancho Santa Susana Community Park this Memorial Day weekend May 25-26 with live music, Cajun-Creole food, a Mardi Gras Parade, kid friendley activities and more.

22. Every fourth Saturday of the month, Skyspace hosts Sunrise Yoga taught by SoHo Yoga, with music by Bender, Reiki Healing by Celia Gellert and guests also get unlimited Skyslide rides. Please bring your own mat.

23. Santa Anita Park will transform into a carnival for Memorial weekend May 25-27. The family friendley event will feature carnival rides, games, food and more. Check for discounted tickets before your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

24. Street Food Cinema returns this weekend with a screening of Back to the Future at Victory Park and Goodfellas at Exposition Park. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

25. One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival is a 40 day celebration through mostly free art events and exhibits between May 22 through June 30. This Saturday and Sunday, New Stages presents “I Do,” a musical based on the life stories of, and performed by, LGBTQ seniors. FREE

26. Cirque du Soleil’s AMALUNA heads to the L.A. Waterfront in San Pedro for a magical evening that takes the audience through a journey loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Check for discounted tickets before your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Sunday May 26th, 2019

27. The 8th annual L.A. Zine Fest comes to Helms Bakery in Culver City with over 200 zinesters in attendance plus activities including readings, talks, workshops, and zine libraries. FREE

28. The 2nd Annual Corgi Nationals comes to Santa Anita Park for a corgi-centric, family-friendly day in the sun. Highlights include carnival rides, food, drinks, corgi races and more.

29. Heritage Fest at Angel City Brewery is an annual celebration of the brewery. The day includes food, live music, live mural painting, an art tour, educational tastings and tours of the brewery, a “museum of Old Angel City Stuff” and lots more. FREE

30. Drag Queen of the Year Pageant comes to the Richardo Montalban Theatre this Sunday uniting performers from around the world for a day of competition. Criteria includes presence, energy and stunningness to name few.

31. Smorgasburg LA’s Burger Day will feature some of the best local burger vendors in town together in one place. The Travel Channel’s host of Burger Land and author of Hamburger America, George Motz will also make an appearance serving his famous Oklahoma Fried Onion Burger.

32. MAINopoly a Monopoly themed neighborhood party with food samples and drink specials from participating restaurants will takeover Main street in Santa Monica.

33. Killer Shrimp presents the 8th Annual Killer Rides show this Sunday in Marina del Rey. Check out awesome hotrods, classics, exotics and bikes. FREE

34. Non-profit The Cat Cafe has a new popup kitchen lounge called Tiny Beans, where guests can interact with adoptable kittens for a fee. The sad fact is that many shelters do not have the capacity to care for kittens and that can result in euthanizing them. Tiny Beans aims to spread the word to help save as many kittens as possible starting this Saturday and all summer long.

35. Museum of Illusions has recently launched a brand new experience. Guests can walk through eye popping 3D exhibits inspired by cartoons, art, current events, pop culture and more. The museum is open daily. Check for discounted tickets before your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

36. If Halloween and horror movies are your favorite topics then I Like Scary Movies Experience will be just what you’re looking for. Guests can expect to see, hear, feel, and smell recreations of iconic moments from IT (2017), Beetlejuice, The Shining, The Lost Boys, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. There won’t be costumed actors jumping out trying to startle but there will be multi-sensory surprises along your winding path. The pop-up experience runs April 4 through June 16 Thursday through Sunday. Check for discounted tickets before your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

37.Free museum days: Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

Monday May 27th, 2019

38. USS Iowa will host their annual Memorial Day Remembrance party featuring live music, a veteran owned business exhibit, food trucks, beer, military vehicles on display and more. FREE

39. Sky Bar at The Mondrian will host a Memorial Day party by the pool called Wicked Paradise featuring a DJ set by Classixx and other acts.

40. All Forest Lawn locations will host a Memorial Day event offering veterans and the public a day of observance and activities. Each location will have their own unique list of activities some include riffle & cannon salutes, food, giveaways, special speakers and much more. FREE

41. Head to Dodger Stadium for a game this Monday and see the Boys in Blue take on the New York Mets. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

42. Celebrate Memorial Day by getting down to great jazz and reggae music at the JazzReggae Festival at UCLA’s Sunset Recreation Center.

43. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with a screening of The Devil Wears Prada.

44. Free museum days: LACMA is free for the Memorial Day Holiday.

Food Pick for the Week

This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.

There are a couple of awesome food events happening just in time for Memorial Weekend. Check below for a few tasty ideas:

  • West Hollywood’s Katana will once again host their annual Red Sun BBQ, kicking off on Sunday May 26 on the restaurant’s patio. Guests will enjoy a table-side Robata Yaki menu and tropical summer drinks while a DJ spins tunes. Red Sun BBQ will occur every Sunday from 6 to 11:30 p.m. all summer long until Labor Day.
  • Atrium in Los Feliz will host a three-day weekend brunch in honor of Memorial Day. From Saturday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef Hunter Pritchett will roll out specials like Crispy Pork Short Ribs and Fried Chicken, Waffles and Caviar. To keep the party going, Atrium will offer a Brunch Punch that serves up to four people, plus Bottomless Aperol Spritz and more.
  • INKO NITO located in Downtown Los Angeles will transform their patio into an American/Japanese fusion bbq party. From Saturday May 25 through Monday May 27 guests can enjoy a bbq platter for $45 per person. The platter includes a rack of Gochujang BBQ Pork Ribs with spicy sesame glaze and scallions; Corn On The Cob with smoked chili butter; Bone Marrow with garlic toast; Baked Sweet Potato with yuzu kosho sour cream and crispy garlic; and more. The restaurant will also offer guests a selection of Maker’s Mark cocktails for $8. Sunday will feature a DJ on the patio from 3 to 8 p.m.

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Japanese American Museum in Little Tokyo
Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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 today, Thursday, May 23, 2019.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [10 a.m.] 260LA will host a 3.1 Philip Lim sample sale from May 23-26 in their Beverly Hills location.

2. [5 p.m.] Night Market is back on the hilltop of the iconic Yamashiro restaurant every Thursday all summer long. Angelenos can enjoy boutique vendors, food vendors, a concert series, cocktails at Yamashiro’s Pagoda Bar and an unbeatable view of Hollywood. This event is also kid friendley. Please note this year the organizers are charging $10 to park at the shuttle location. Shuttles are free and so is admission.

5. [6 p.m.] The 8th Annual Taste of Boyle Heights happening at Casa Del Mexicano is a yearly community fundraiser for the East LA Community Corporation featuring food and live music from local establishments, vendors and more.

3. [7 p.m.] LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and Mezcal Los Javis present a screening of Agave: The Spirit of a Nation with a post screening tasting of mezcal with guest speaker Jaime Mateo, CEO of Mezcal Los Javis.

4. [7 p.m.] Pasta Masters: A Progressive Pasta Experience at the Authentic Italian Table comes to Mr. C Beverly Hills on Thursday as part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl for a pasta-centric culinary experience with top chefs, unlimited bites of their pasta creations, hor d’oeuvres, beer, wine and more.

7. [7 p.m.] Art & Beer Night Market LA at Iron Triangle.

6. [8 p.m.] Science! (the show) Presents: DNA in Space!. Guest lecturer Dr. Alexis Danis leads a discussion on what happens to your DNA when you travel to space. Takes place at Two Bit Circus in the Arts District.

8. [various]  If Halloween and horror movies are your favorite topics then I Like Scary Movies Experience will be just what you’re looking for. Guests can expect to see, hear, feel, and smell recreations of iconic moments from IT (2017), Beetlejuice, The Shining, The Lost Boys, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. There won’t be costumed actors jumping out trying to startle but there will be multi-sensory surprises along your winding path. The pop-up experience runs April 4 through June 16 Thursday through Sunday. Check for discounted tickets before your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. [various] Free museum daysMOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.),  USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.) and Museum of Latin American Art (5 to 9 p.m.)

10. [various] WE RISE, a free 10 day pop-up festival (May 18-27) will honor Mental Health Awareness Month through artists presentations, creative programming, workshops, activism, panels and more – all focused on supporting a call to action for mental health as a civil right. FREE

#SPONSORED DEAL: $7 tix to the Original Lobster Festival (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 May 22, 2019

May 22, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Ace Hotel Featured
Upstairs at The Ace Hotel. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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 today, Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [2 p.m.] POP SK8 brings a pop-up outdoor roller-skating rink to the Westfield Valencia now through May 27.

2. [6 p.m.] Head into Lunetta in Santa Monica for a night of social dining over large pots of seafood bouillabaisse prepared by Chef Raphael Lunetta as part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl.

3. [6:30 p.m.] Shopify will host an evening Merchant Mentor Session with Brain Dead on how to get the most out of your business. FREE

4. [6:30 p.m.] One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival is a 40 day celebration through mostly free art events and exhibits between May 22 through June 30. This Wednesday they’ll kick things off with a free reception and a staged reading of Dear Harvey with Celebration Theatre. FREE

5. [6:30 p.m.] Autry After Hours presents We Love L.A. celebrating our city by highlighting the work of local poets, DJs, and artists. There will be food and cocktails available for purchase and select museum galleries will be open for exploration.

6. [7 p.m.] Ace Hotel is hosting a Late Night Nosh from 7 to 11 p.m. at Upstairs, their DTLA rooftop in collaboration with jewish comfort food purveyors Freedman’s. The special menu includes their infamous crunchwrap dogs alongside cocktail specials. DJ Alex Pasternak will man the turntables making this one heck of a munchies party.

7. [7 p.m.] On Wednesday Friends of the LA River (FoLAR) will search for bats with biologist Tom Ryan. Ryan will meet with participants at Frogtown Brewery and then lead a walk to “unveil the mysteries lives of the LA River bats.” Afterwards, come back to the brewery to grab a beer and discuss the findings. This event has been cancelled due to possible rain tonight! No word on rescheduling as yet.

8. [7 p.m.] As part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl, The Wiltern presents Chef’s Fable: Where Food and Film Come Together an evening with Chef Gaggan Anand of Gaggan restaurant, voted Asia’s No. 1 restaurant 4 years and Chef’s Table show creator David Gelb as they screen and discuss Gaggan’s episode of Chef’s Table.

9. [various] The Spare Room welcomes back Evening of Tiki a one night collaboration with the best and brightest cocktail talent from around the world . Happening once a month from May through September, beverage director Yael Vengroff will work alongside each guest bartender to create an over-the-top tiki-inspired menu. The Spare Room will also have a food menu, DJs and special guests for each night.

10. [various] WE RISE, a free 10 day pop-up festival (May 18-27) will honor Mental Health Awareness Month through artists presentations, creative programming, workshops, activism, panels and more – all focused on supporting a call to action for mental health as a civil right. FREE

#SPONSORED DEAL: $7 tix to the Original Lobster Festival (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 May 21, 2019

May 21, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles
Photo Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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 today, Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

May it lead you to adventure!

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Keep in mind for some of the ticketing options we utilize affiliate links and receive a commission if you purchase through our links (affiliates noted in parenthesis).

1. [9 a.m.] Walt Disney Concert Hall welcomes The BTHVN on tour exhibition to BP Hall from May 17-26 during the LA Phil’s Beethoven concert series. The BTHVN is a global touring exhibit highlighting Beethoven’s life, original objects like the viola and original scores along with some interactive elements. The exhibit is free and open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be ticketed LA Phil concerts during this period of the exhibit (there is one tonight at 8 p.m.)

2. [2 p.m.] POP SK8 brings a pop-up outdoor roller-skating rink to the Westfield Valencia now through May 27.

3. [7 p.m.] Allagash Beer Society At Arts District Brewing.

4. [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.

5. [7 p.m.] Drinking History: Forgotten Cocktails with Jonathan Pogash at Lost Property Bar.

6. [7:30 p.m.] The Human Fountains will give a sneak peek of their performance coming to the Hollywood Fringe Festival this Tuesday. As seen on America’s Got Talent, The Human Fountain’s hilarious choreographed water spitting routines accompanied by classical opera music is truly a one-of-a-kind sight.

7. [7:45 p.m.] Brits in LA Pub Quiz at the Cat and Fiddle.

8. [8:30 p.m.] Smiths guitarist Johnny Mar plays the Ford Theatres.

9. [various] Free museum daysLos Angeles County Arboretum,South Coast Botanic GardenDescanso Gardens (rsvp tickets are required in advance for the garden)

10. [various] WE RISE, a free 10 day pop-up festival (May 18-27) will honor Mental Health Awareness Month through artists presentations, creative programming, workshops, activism, panels and more – all focused on supporting a call to action for mental health as a civil right. FREE

#SPONSORED DEAL: $7 tix to the Original Lobster Festival (via Goldstar)

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

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40 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [5-20-19 to 5-24-19]

May 20, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Los Angeles River
The Los Angeles River, looking towards DTLA. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday through Friday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, May 20 to Friday, May 24, features Meet the Grunion, Autry After Hours, One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, Taste of Boyle Heights, a new wing at the Aquarium of the Pacific, RuPaul’s DragCon and MUCH more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!


Keep in mind that while we retain complete editorial control of our content, for some of the ticketing options provided we utilize affiliate links and receive a commission if you purchase through our links.

Monday May 20th, 2019

1. Meet the Grunion with the folks at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. Learn about these silverly fish during a short program then head over to the beach to observe their interesting mating nighttime ritual which brings the small fish onto the shores for a brief moment before the waves take them back into the ocean.

2. FLAX (French Los Angeles Exchange) Drive-In Theater returns to Tin Flats for another season of double features taking place on the last Monday of every month from April to October. Local artists are selected to screen their work as well as an additional film that inspires them. An informal discussion with the artists follow the screenings. Only eight spots are available for cars, so reserve in advance. No reservation is required for open seating area outside of cars. FREE

3. WE RISE, a free 10 day pop-up festival (May 18-27) will honor Mental Health Awareness Month through artists presentations, creative programming, workshops, activism, panels and more – all focused on supporting a call to action for mental health as a civil right. FREE

4. Astronomy on Tap hosted by Caltech Astronomy happens once a month at Der Wolf in Pasadena. Professionals will give informal talks about a variety of topics while enjoying German beers with the public.

5. There’s a Cosmic Musings Presentation at The Griffith Observatory focused on “Understanding our Big, Messy Existence” led by Dr. Paul Sutter. Come find out how our experience here on earth fits into the grand scheme of things.

6. Stop by Idle Hour from 3-10 p.m. for dollar wings and $5 Elyx Martinis. The martini special can only be accessed with a code word to be posted today in the link provided.

7. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with several screenings this week including Coming to America, Clueless and more.

8. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include Back to the Future, Bohemian Rhapsody Sing-a-long and more.

Tuesday May 21st, 2019

9. Walt Disney Concert Hall welcomes The BTHVN on tour exhibition to BP Hall from May 17-26 during the LA Phil’s Beethoven concert series. The BTHVN is a global touring exhibit highlighting Beethoven’s life, original objects like the viola and original scores along with some interactive elements. The exhibit is free and open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be ticketed LA Phil concerts during this period of the exhibit.

10. POP SK8 brings a pop-up outdoor roller-skating rink to the Westfield Valencia now through May 27.

11. The Human Fountains will give a sneak peek of their performance coming to the Hollywood Fringe Festival this Tuesday. As seen on America’s Got Talent, The Human Fountain’s hilarious choreographed water spitting routines accompanied by classical opera music is truly a one-of-a-kind sight.

12. Museum of Illusions has recently launched a brand new experience. Guests can walk through eye popping 3D exhibits inspired by cartoons, art, current events, pop culture and more. The museum is open daily. Check for discounted tickets before your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. 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.

14. Free museum daysLos Angeles County Arboretum,South Coast Botanic GardenDescanso Gardens (rsvp tickets are required in advance for the garden)

Wednesday May 22nd, 2019

15. Autry After Hours presents We Love L.A. celebrating our city by highlighting the work of local poets, DJs, and artists. There will be food and cocktails available for purchase and select museum galleries will be open for exploration.

16. Ace Hotel is hosting a Late Night Nosh from 7 to 11 p.m. at Upstairs, their DTLA rooftop in collaboration with jewish comfort food purveyors Freedman’s. The special menu includes their infamous crunchwrap dogs alongside cocktail specials. DJ Alex Pasternak will man the turntables making this one heck of a munchies party.

17. On Wednesday Friends of the LA River (FoLAR) will search for bats with biologist Tom Ryan. Ryan will meet with participants at Frogtown Brewery and then lead a walk to “unveil the mysteries lives of the LA River bats.” Afterwards, come back to the brewery to grab a beer and discuss the findings. This event has been cancelled due to possible rainy conditions! No word on rescheduling as yet.

18. One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival is a 40 day celebration through mostly free art events and exhibits between May 22 through June 30. This Wednesday they’ll kick things off with a free reception and a staged reading of Dear Harvey with Celebration Theatre. FREE

19. The Spare Room welcomes back Evening of Tiki a one night collaboration with the best and brightest cocktail talent from around the world . Happening once a month from May through September, beverage director Yael Vengroff will work alongside each guest bartender to create an over-the-top tiki-inspired menu. The Spare Room will also have a food menu, DJs and special guests for each night.

20. Shopify will host an evening Merchant Mentor Session with Brain Dead on how to get the most out of your business. FREE

21. As part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl, The Wiltern presents Chef’s Fable: Where Food and Film Come Together an evening with Chef Gaggan Anand of Gaggan restaurant, voted Asia’s No. 1 restaurant 4 years and Chef’s Table show creator David Gelb as they screen and discuss Gaggan’s episode of Chef’s Table.

22. Cirque du Soleil’s AMALUNA heads to the L.A. Waterfront in San Pedro for a magical evening that takes the audience through a journey loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Check for discounted tickets before your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. Head into Lunetta in Santa Monica for a night of social dining over large pots of seafood bouillabaisse prepared by Chef Raphael Lunetta as part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl.

24. Take an afternoon yoga class in beautiful Grand Park. The 45 minute workout is complimentary to the public. FREE

Thursday May 23rd, 2019

25. The 8th Annual Taste of Boyle Heights happening at Casa Del Mexicano is a yearly community fundraiser for the East LA Community Corporation featuring food and live music from local establishments, vendors and more.

26. Pasta Masters: A Progressive Pasta Experience at the Authentic Italian Table comes to Mr. C Beverly Hills on Thursday as part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl for a pasta-centric culinary experience with top chefs, unlimited bites of their pasta creations, hor d’oeuvres, beer, wine and more.

27. Night Market is back on the hilltop of the iconic Yamashiro restaurant every Thursday all summer long. Angelenos can enjoy boutique vendors, food vendors, a concert series, cocktails at Yamashiro’s Pagoda Bar and an unbeatable view of Hollywood. This event is also kid friendley. Please note this year the organizers are charging $10 to park at the shuttle location. Shuttles are free and so is admission.

28. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and Mezcal Los Javis present a screening of Agave: The Spirit of a Nation with a post screening tasting of mezcal with guest speaker Jaime Mateo, CEO of Mezcal Los Javis.

29. 260LA will host a 3.1 Philip Lim sample sale from May 23-26 in their Beverly Hills location.

30. If Halloween and horror movies are your favorite topics then I Like Scary Movies Experience will be just what you’re looking for. Guests can expect to see, hear, feel, and smell recreations of iconic moments from IT (2017), Beetlejuice, The Shining, The Lost Boys, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. There won’t be costumed actors jumping out trying to startle but there will be multi-sensory surprises along your winding path. The pop-up experience runs April 4 through June 16 Thursday through Sunday. Check for discounted tickets before your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar

31. Free museum daysMOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.),  USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.) and Museum of Latin American Art (5 to 9 p.m.)

Friday May 24th, 2019

32. The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach has just completed a major expansion called Pacific Visions featuring stunning interactive exhibitions, a state-of-the-art immersive Honda Pacific Visions Theater, an art gallery designed to transport visitors under the ocean, and live animal exhibits. The new wing officially opens to the public this Friday.

33. RuPaul’s DragCon Los Angeles 2019 comes to the Los Angeles Convention Center May 24 – 26 for three days of art, pop culture, and all things drag. The convention features panels, photo ops, meet and greets, shopping, and much more.

34. Grand Central Market hosts Friday Night Flights this Friday starting at noon. The special includes a flight of drinks or bites from GCM vendors and a round trip ticket on the historic Angels Flight Railway right across the street for $15.

35. Westfield Century City will host “Come See” a free movie night taking place at The Atrium. All attendees will receive complimentary movie bites and snacks before the show. A VIP package is available for preferred seating, swag and credit towards dinner. This Friday they will screen Mean Girls.

36. Annenberg PetSpace hosts Pet Encounters this Friday allowing their adoptable pets to socialize with people. Stop by and interact with some adorable dogs and support the community space. Registration is required.

37. Hershey Felder returns to the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts with Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story. Playwright and performer, Hershey Felder will take audiences on a journey into the life and music of Impressionist composer Claude Debussy. The show runs May 24 through June 9. Check for discounted tickets before your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

38. 4th Fridays on 4th Street activates the “Retro Road” business district in Long Beach on the fourth Friday of every month from 6 to 10 p.m. through extended hours, dining specials, discounted merchandise, pop up shops, art shows, live music, double decker bus rides and more.

39. Tacotopia presented by Cholula Hot Sauce is a taco centric playground with thirty something taco inspired art installations. Guests can also enjoy a Cholula hot sauce bar, a taco curtesy of Azule Taqueria and a bottle of Jarritos. The expereince runs everyday from May 24 through July 7.

40. Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts free jazz performances on Fridays through November. Concerts take place at the main entrance. FREE

Food Pick for the Week

Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.

This week bite into Mariscos Jalisco’s legendary taco de camaron. It’s a fried taco stuffed with shrimp, smothered in tomato salsa and topped with a slice of avocado. Mariscos Jalisco started as a food truck in 2002 and built a cult following for their crispy taco. Dubbed a “National Treasure” by food critic Jonathan Gold, Mariscos Jalisco has gone on to win countless accolades including recently “Best in Show” at L.A. TACO’s Taco Madness event.

For a modest price of $2.25 the taco de camaron is one of the best deals in town. Order at least two, maybe three if you’re in starvation mode. Make sure to top them off with some Tapatío and a dash of their in-house habanero sauce (a little goes a long way). Dress it quickly to eat it while it’s still hot. Bite into the shell and feel the satisfying crunch reverberate to the back of your ears. Steam comes out of the fried taco revealing large pieces of shrimp swimming in an orange salsa. A sliver of avocado cools down the hot sauce you undoubtedly poured too much of. You’ll finish the taco in just a few short bites but you’ll be thinking about it for the rest of your day.

Mariscos Jalisco also serves a variety of vibrant seafood items including oysters topped with chopped seafood, coctel, aquachile and several ceviches. A popular pick from the ceviche options is the Poseidon, a mix of traditional ceviche flavors and ingredients but topped off with spicy red aguachile. Prices range from $3.75 for a fish ceviche to $8.75 for the Poseidon, $18 for a dozen oysters and up to $21 for the Botana a seafood platter with a little bit of everything.

Below are all four locations of Mariscos Jalisco. The best way to stay updated on their hours, locations and menu is to follow their Instagram.

  • Boyle Heights 3040 E Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, 90023. Food truck with tables inside a grey building the truck is parked in front of. Open everyday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Downtown Los Angeles E 10th & Towne Ave Los Angeles, 90021. Food truck open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Pomona 753 E Holt Ave Pomona, 91767. Brick and mortar, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. closed on Wednesdays.
  • Gardena Figueroa St & 140th Gardena, 90061. Food truck open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for May 20, 2019

May 20, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Griffith Observatory at Night
Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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 today, Monday, May 20, 2019.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [10 a.m.] Museum of Illusions has recently launched a brand new experience. Guests can walk through eye popping 3D exhibits inspired by cartoons, art, current events, pop culture and more. The museum is open daily. Check for discounted tickets before your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

2. [3 p.m.] Stop by Idle Hour from 3-10 p.m. for dollar wings and $5 Elyx Martinis. The martini can only be accessed with a code word to be posted today in the link provided.

3. [7 p.m.] Social Lingo Language Exchange Party at the Cat and Fiddle.

4. [7:30 p.m.] Astronomy on Tap hosted by Caltech Astronomy happens once a month at Der Wolf in Pasadena. Professionals will give informal talks about a variety of topics while enjoying German beers with the public.

5. [7:30 p.m.] There’s a Cosmic Musings Presentation focused on “Understanding our Big, Messy Existence” led by Dr. Paul Sutter. Come find out how our experience here on Earth fits into that grand scheme of things.

6. [8 p.m.] FLAX (French Los Angeles Exchange) Drive-In Theater returns to Tin Flats for another season of double features taking place on the last Monday of every month from April to October. Local artists are selected to screen their work as well as an additional film that inspires them. An informal discussion with the artists follow the screenings. Only eight spots are available for cars, so reserve in advance. No reservation is required for open seating area outside of cars. FREE

7. [8 p.m.] Meet the Grunion with the folks at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. Learn about these silverly fish during a short program then head over to the beach to observe their interesting mating ritual which brings the small fish onto the shore for a brief moment before the waves take them back into the ocean.

8. [8 p.m.] Comedy Night at Three Weavers Brewing in Inglewood.

9. [8:30 p.m.] Melrose Rooftop Cinema presents Coming to America.

10. [various] WE RISE, a free 10 day pop-up festival (May 18-27) will honor Mental Health Awareness Month through artists presentations, creative programming, workshops, activism, panels and more – all focused on supporting a call to action for mental health as a civil right. FREE

#SPONSORED DEAL: $7 tix to the Original Lobster Festival (via Goldstar)

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for May 19, 2019

May 19, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Gamble House
Gamble House. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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 today, Sunday, May 19, 2019.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [9 a.m.] 626 Golden Streets returns on Sunday for a free community event where the streets of Pasadena, Irwindale, Arcadia and other SGV neighborhoods will be car-free. Highlights include a half marathon and 5K run, live entertainment, inflatable obstacle courses, games, crafts, vendors and exhibitors and more. FREE

2. [11 a.m.] ARTSea Marina Del Rey’s annual party on the beach returns to Marina (Mother’s) Beach on May 18 and 19 for an oceanside celebration featuring art installations, live performances, interactive workshops, food trucks, and more. FREE

3. [11 a.m.] Downtown Burbank Arts Festival 2019 returns May 18 – 19 for its 16th year for a two-day outdoor festival featuring 200 artists, famous Disney animators, interactive experiences, special appearances, and much more. FREE

4. [11 a.m.] The Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction at the Google Campus is a day filled with art and fundraising. This annual event, features a silent art auction, artist studio tours, art installations, food, live music and a beer and wine garden.

5. [noon] Museums of the Arroyo Day returns for its 30th anniversary celebration that gathers thousands of Angelenos for a free and family fun day at six local museums that include the Gamble House, Heritage Square Museum, The Los Angeles Police Museum, The Lummis Home, and the Pasadena Museum of History. FREE

6. [noon] Annenberg PetSpace hosts Pet Encounters this Sunday allowing their adoptable pets to socialize with people. Stop by and interact with some adorable dogs and support the community space. Registration is required.

7. [noon] A Tutta Pizza comes to the Hollywood Palladium for an all-you-can-eat pie event from styles like New York to Chicago, and Roman to Neapolitan. In addition to copious amounts of pizza, highlights include panels and Q&As, cooking demos, and culinary workshops.

8. [1 p.m.] The 3rd Annual Flavor of LA returns for an afternoon of gourmet food and tasty libations at the iconic CBS Studio Center Back Lot. The event will offer unlimited food samples from some of L.A.’s best restaurants, as well as craft beers, wines and cocktails. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. [1 p.m.] Metro Art Presents along with Leaving Records will come together to bring an outdoor music series to Union Station this Sunday. FREE

10. [5:30 p.m.] Unheard LA a live community-driven storytelling series featuring a lineup of real people sharing true stories of life in Southern California stops by Little Tokyo’s Aratani Theatre this Sunday. FREE

#SPONSORED DEAL: Get $5 off General Admission tickets at OUE Skyspace LA using the promo code WELIKELA19

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for May 18, 2019

May 18, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Griffith Observatory hiking
Hiking near Griffith Observatory. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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 today, Saturday, May 18, 2019.

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1. [9 a.m.] FITatFIG returns to the FIGat7th Plaza on Saturday for a daylong celebration of fitness with some of the best celebrity trainers and lifestyle gurus. FREE

2. [9 a.m.] Monrovia Days 2019 takes place May 17-19. The community fair will feature games, rides, food, vendors, a parade, live entertainment, and more to celebrate the city’s birthday. FREE

3. [10 a.m.] One Colorado in Old Pasadena will host a Garden Party Benefit for Bob Baker Marionette Theaterto raise funds for the theater’s upcoming move to Highland Park. There will be three ticketed performances for the day, one at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. The event also features a raffle, puppet-making activities, and a selfie station.

4. [11 a.m.] ARTSea Marina Del Rey’s annual party on the beach returns to Marina (Mother’s) Beach on May 18 and 19 for an oceanside celebration featuring art installations, live performances, interactive workshops, food trucks, and more. FREE

5. [11 a.m.] Downtown Burbank Arts Festival 2019 returns May 18 – 19 for its 16th year for a two-day outdoor festival featuring 200 artists, famous Disney animators, interactive experiences, special appearances, and much more. FREE

6. [noon] Filipino Garage Party comes to the Rooftop of The Standard in Downtown L.A. for the ultimate potluck-style celebration of Filipino food and culture with some of the best Filipino chefs as part of the L.A. Times Food Bowl series.

7. [2 p.m.] Griffith Observatory invites Angelenos to a day-long celebration of the Moon in honor of 50th Anniversary of Apollo 10. There will be a star party and a special presentation of All Space Considered Remembers Apollo 10 a look back at the historic mission to the Moon. The celebration takes place on the Griffith Observatory lawn and in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon. FREE

8. [5:30] Descanso Gardens will host a Night Garden event fun for all ages centered around the science of nature. Guests will enjoy science minded activities, live music, food and more.

9. [6 p.m.] Off the 405, free concerts at the Getty will host a performance by Sasami and a DJ set by Linda Nuves of Chulita Vinyl Club in the museum courtyard. FREE

10. [8 p.m.] Disney’s The Little Mermaid will transform the iconic Hollywood Bowl into an “under the sea” wonderland on May 17 and 18 for an immersive live-to-film concert experience. The audience will enjoy the film broadcasted on the Bowl’s movie screen while a star studded cast performs live with an orchestra. Check for discounted tickets before your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

#SPONSORED DEAL: Get $5 off General Admission tickets at OUE Skyspace LA using the promo code WELIKELA19

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for May 17, 2019

May 17, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Image via Odd Nights at The Autry

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 today, Friday, May 17, 2019.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [9 a.m.] The Pasadena Showcase House of Design will take place at the Boddy House on the grounds of Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge from April 21 through May 19.

2. [5 p.m.] Monrovia Days 2019 takes place May 17-19. The community fair will feature games, rides, food, vendors, a parade, live entertainment, and more to celebrate the city’s birthday. FREE

3. [6 p.m.] Odd Nights At The Autry feature a collection of vendors, gourmet food trucks, children activities, guest DJ’s, a full bar and access to The Autry Gallery until 9 p.m. Happening every third Friday of the month until October 2019. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED(via Goldstar)

4. [6 p.m.] Get up close and personal with sharks at the Aquarium of the Pacific during Shark Lagoon Nights. Guests will have the opportunity to touch bamboo sharks and view large sharks in an after hours setting. FREE

5. [7:30 p.m.] Pop-Up Magazine’s Spring Show, a live-magazine created for stage and screen performed in-front of a live-audience takes over the Theatre at the Ace Hotel this Friday.

6. [8 p.m.] Disney’s The Little Mermaid will transform the iconic Hollywood Bowl into an “under the sea” wonderland on May 17 and 18 for an immersive live-to-film concert experience. The audience will enjoy the film broadcasted on the Bowl’s movie screen while a star studded cast performs live with an orchestra. Check for discounted tickets before your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. [8 p.m.] Movie Under The Guns is a free movie night aboard the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro. This week they’ll screen SGT. Stubby. FREE

8. [9 p.m.] Yacht Rock Revue, a tribute to light 70’s rock at the Fonda Theatre.

9. [midnight] Pet Sematary 30th Anniversary midnight screening at Los Feliz 3.

10. [various] If Halloween and horror movies are your favorite topics then I Like Scary Movies Experience will be just what you’re looking for. Guests can expect to see, hear, feel, and smell recreations of iconic moments from IT (2017), Beetlejuice, The Shining, The Lost Boys, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. There won’t be costumed actors jumping out trying to startle but there will be multi-sensory surprises along your winding path. The pop-up experience runs April 4 through June 16 Thursday through Sunday. Check for discounted tickets before your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

#SPONSORED DEAL$7 tix to the Original Lobster Festival (via Goldstar)

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47 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [5-17-2019 to 5-19-2019]

May 16, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
ARTsea in Marina del Rey. Photo via Visit Marina del Rey

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 curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend, from Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19 features Museums of the Arroyo, Night Garden at Descanso Gardens, a Griffith Observatory celebration of Apollo 10 and the moon, 626 Golden Streets, ARTsea in Marina del Rey, A Tutta Pizza, and MUCH more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your weekend!


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Friday May 17th, 2019

1. Disney’s The Little Mermaid will transform the iconic Hollywood Bowl into an “under the sea” wonderland on May 17 and 18 for an immersive live-to-film concert experience. The audience will enjoy the film broadcasted on the Bowl’s movie screen while a star studded cast performs live with an orchestra. Check for discounted tickets before your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar

2. Pop-Up Magazine’s Spring Show, a live-magazine created for stage and screen performed in-front of a live-audience takes over the Theatre at the Ace Hotel this Friday.

3.Monrovia Days 2019 takes place May 17-19. The community fair will feature games, rides, food, vendors, a parade, live entertainment, and more to celebrate the city’s birthday. FREE

4. Movie Under The Guns is a free movie night aboard the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro. This week they’ll screen SGT. Stubby. FREE

5. Walt Disney Concert Hall welcomes The BTHVN on tour exhibition to BP Hall from May 17-26 during the LA Phil’s Beethoven concert series. The BTHVN is a global touring exhibit highlighting Beethoven’s life, original objects like the viola and original scores along with some interactive elements. The exhibit is free and open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be ticketed LA Phil concerts during this period alongside pre-concert lectures on May 17, 18 and 19 featuring demonstrations of the viola.

6. Odd Nights At The Autry feature a collection of vendors, gourmet food trucks, children activities, guest DJ’s, a full bar and access to The Autry Gallery until 9 p.m. Happening every third Friday of the month until October 2019. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. The NoMad Los Angeles recently launched a new food series titled ‘For A Limited Time Only‘ transforming the hotel’s coffee shop into a variety of themed pop-ups every Friday and Saturday evening. The second iteration The Kentucky Derby featuring mint juleps, hot chicken sandwiches, deviled eggs and Derby decor to match.

8. Get up close and personal with sharks at the Aquarium of the Pacific during Shark Lagoon Nights. Guests will have the opportunity to touch bamboo sharks and view large sharks in an after hours setting. FREE

9. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include A The Matrix, Top Gun and more.

Saturday May 18th, 2019

10. Filipino Garage Party comes to the Rooftop of The Standard in Downtown L.A. for the ultimate potluck-style celebration of Filipino food and culture with some of the best Filipino chefs as part of the L.A. Times Food Bowl series.

11. One Colorado in Old Pasadena will host a Garden Party Benefit for Bob Baker Marionette Theater to raise funds for the theater’s upcoming move to Highland Park. There will be three ticketed performances for the day, one at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. The event also features a raffle, puppet-making activities, and a selfie station.

12. ARTSea Marina Del Rey’s annual party on the beach returns to Marina (Mother’s) Beach on May 18 and 19 for an oceanside celebration featuring art installations, live performances, interactive workshops, food trucks, and more. FREE

13. Griffith Observatory invites Angelenos to a day-long celebration of the Moon in honor of 50th Anniversary of Apollo 10. There will be a star party and a special presentation of All Space Considered Remembers Apollo 10 a look back at the historic mission to the Moon. The celebration takes place on the Griffith Observatory lawn and in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon. FREE

14. Street Food Cinema returns this weekend with a screening of The Princess Bride at Griffith Park and The Wizard of Oz at Will Rodgers State Historic Park. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

15. FITatFIG returns to the FIGat7th Plaza on Saturday for a daylong celebration of fitness with some of the best celebrity trainers and lifestyle gurus. FREE

16. Downtown Burbank Arts Festival 2019 returns May 18 – 19 for its 16th year for a two-day outdoor festival featuring 200 artists, famous Disney animators, interactive experiences, special appearances, and much more. FREE

17. Descanso Gardens will host a Night Garden event fun for all ages centered around the science of nature. Guests will enjoy science minded activities, live music, food and more.

18. EEEEEATSCON, by The Infatuation returns to Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar May 18-19 with a bevy of top restaurants from L.A. and the East Coast.

19. The Natural History Museum hosts its Bug Fair on May 18 – 19. Highlights include exotic insect collections, bug-inspired artwork and jewelry, live animal demonstrations, bug chefs, bug-related products such as honey and silk plus much more.

20. Off the 405, free concerts at the Getty will host a performance by Sasami and a DJ set by Linda Nuves of Chulita Vinyl Club in the museum courtyard. FREE

21. The 36th Annual California Strawberry Festival returns to Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard on May 18-19 for a weekend-long event packed with everything a strawberry lover could want.

22. Little Tikes World’s Biggest Playdate comes to Central Park in Pasadena for an afternoon of fun where parents and their children can play together alongside other families. FREE

23. Spring Los Angeles Oddities Flea Market returns to the Globe Theatre in Downtown L.A. May 18 – 19 for a shopping experience featuring three floors of curated vendors.

24. The Beverly Hills artSHOW returns on May 18-19 featuring over 245 artists from around the country in painting, watercolor, mixed media, ceramics and more. FREE

25. Non-profit The Cat Cafe launches Tiny Beans, a popup kitten lounge where guests can interact with adoptable kittens for a fee. The sad fact is that many shelters do not have the capacity to care for kittens and that can result in euthanizing them. Tiny Beans aims to spread the word to help save as many kittens as possible starting this Saturday and all summer long.

26. 8h Annual LitFest Pasadena, hosted within the Pasadena Playhouse District, is a literary-focused festival that’s free for all ages. The event takes place May 18-19 and features over 200 authors, workshops, panels, performances and more. FREE

27. WE RISE, a free 10 day pop-up festival (May 18-27) will honor Mental Health Awareness Month through artists presentations, creative programming, workshops, activism, panels and more – all focused on supporting a call to action for mental health as a civil right. FREE

28. POP SK8 brings a pop-up outdoor roller-skating rink to the Westfield Valencia now through May 27.

29. The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) and Factory Place Hospitality Group will host a Weekend of Prosciutto, two days of delicious events that include tastings of Prosciutto di Parma in Downtown Los Angeles.

30. Playa Vista’s 3rd Annual Fit Expo and Health Fair at Concert Park is a family-friendly fitness gathering with free workout classes, vendor booths, food trucks, free swag and much more. FREE

31. Eat|See|Hear returns for 2019 with a screening of Get Out. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. Vanderpump Dogs 4th Annual World Dog event takes place at West Hollywood Park featuring dog-friendly vendors, food trucks, live entertainment, adoptions and more. FREE

33. The Palms Neighborhood Council hosts the 3rd Annual Palms Community Day featuring food trucks, live performances, local resources, activities for all ages, and more. FREE

Sunday May 19th, 2019

34. Museums of the Arroyo Day returns for its 30th anniversary celebration that gathers thousands of Angelenos for a free and family fun day at six local museums that include the Gamble House, Heritage Square Museum, The Los Angeles Police Museum, The Lummis Home, and the Pasadena Museum of History. FREE

35. 626 Golden Streets returns on Sunday for a free community event where the streets of Pasadena, Irwindale, Arcadia and other SGV neighborhoods will be car-free. Highlights include a half marathon and 5K run, live entertainment, inflatable obstacle courses, games, crafts, vendors and exhibitors and more. FREE

36. The Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction at the Google Campus is a day filled with art and fundraising. This annual event, features a silent art auction, artist studio tours, art installations, food, live music and a beer and wine garden.

37. The 3rd Annual Flavor of LA returns for an afternoon of gourmet food and tasty libations at the iconic CBS Studio Center Back Lot. The event will offer unlimited food samples from some of L.A.’s best restaurants, as well as craft beers, wines and cocktails. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

38. Metro Art Presents along with Leaving Records will come together to bring an outdoor music series to Union Station this Sunday. FREE

39. Cypress Grove will stop by Small Town Restaurant in Silver Lake to host a “Cheeseboards for Dinner”event. Tickets cost $10 and come with a personalized cheeseboard dinner, refreshments, swag, and offerings from Gelson’s Markets, 21st Amendment Brewery, Rustic Bakery, Columbus Craft Meats, and more. Cheeseboards will be served from 4 to 9 p.m.

40. Annenberg PetSpace hosts Pet Encounters this Sunday allowing their adoptable pets to socialize with people. Stop by and interact with some adorable dogs and support the community space. Registration is required.

41. A Tutta Pizza comes to the Hollywood Palladium for an all-you-can-eat pie event from styles like New York to Chicago, and Roman to Neapolitan. In addition to copious amounts of pizza, highlights include panels and Q&As, cooking demos, and culinary workshops.

42. South Bay Beer & Wine Festival takes over Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates with over 100 food and drink vendors and unlimited samples.

43. Celebrate Endangered Species Day at Cabrillo Beach Coastal park with multiple events held that day including a Salt Marsh Open House, a walking tour of the beach, a Grunion Gala and more.

44. Unheard LA a live community-driven storytelling series featuring a lineup of real people sharing true stories of life in Southern California stops by Little Tokyo’s Aratani Theatre this Sunday. FREE

45. Sunday Yoga + Meditation at Angel City Brewery is a donation based event happening every week. The recommended donation is between $15-$20 and includes one free drink at the brewery.

46. Enjoy a day of Cuban culture when La Plaza de Cultura y Artes hosts the Cuban American Music Festival on Sunday, with musical acts, dancing, local Cuban artists, and Cuban food and drink.

47. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with a screening of Jurassic Park.

Food Pick for the Week

Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.

This weekend head to the San Gabriel Valley for a visit to Bánh Xèo Quán, a specialist in the savory Vietnamese pancake the restaurant is named after. The Rosemead eatery serves just five items on the menu. You have to order at least one Bánh Xèo, which they also call “crepe” on the menu. It is a shared dish that can serve two to three people. The crepe is made from a batter of rice flour, water and turmeric, which is poured into a sizzling hot skillet where it transforms into a large thin pancake. The Bánh Xèo is then stuffed with a variety of ingredients and folded into a half moon. It basically looks like one giant taco. The most traditional version of this dish is stuffed with shrimp, pork, mushroom, egg, onion and lots of beansprouts. At Bánh Xèo Quán you’ll find three different types, the traditional, a version filled with fish and a vegetarian option stuffed with tofu, mung bean, mushroom and beansprouts.

The finished product is a crispy yellow shell with piping hot ingredients steaming from underneath. It comes out with a plate of lettuce, Vietnamese herbs and fish sauce for dipping. Most restaurants that serve Bánh Xèo would have you wrapping a piece of the crepe in lettuce and eating it like a lettuce wrap. It can be a messy process, especially for newcomers. At Bánh Xèo Quán they offer bánh tráng, a translucent rice paper you can conveniently wrap your crepe, lettuce and herbs in. This makes the process of transporting your bite size creation pretty seamless. The trick is to create a tightly wrapped skinny burrito. Try not to over stuff the rice paper (less is more). The Bánh Xèo itself is pretty mild and can be customized with lettuce and herbs. A dash of sambal chili paste to your fish sauce will give you a nice kick. As you bite into the roll, it’ll be chewy for a split second, then your teeth will crunch through the yellow crepe and right into the savory ingredients. And while you’re staring at the ruby red booths and the signed picture of Steve Carell on the wall you’ll think to yourself, “This… this is the perfect bite.”

The Bánh Xèo cost $11.50. Bánh tráng the rice paper cost $2. Other dishes cost between $8.95-$14.95. Credit cards are accepted, but there’s a $1 flat charge for all credit transactions.

Bánh Xèo Quán is located at 8742 E. Garvey Ave. Rosemead 91770


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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for May 16, 2019

May 16, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Two Bit Circus. Photo by Christina 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 today, Thursday, May 16, 2019.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [9 a.m.] The Pasadena Showcase House of Design will take place at the Boddy House on the grounds of Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge from April 21 through May 19.

2. [2 p.m.] POP SK8 brings a pop-up outdoor roller-skating rink to the Westfield Valencia now through May 27.

3. [5 p.m.] Downtown Long Beach Alliance’s monthly Live After 5 event will celebrate Bike Month with a free bicycle drive-in screening of Ferriss Bueller’s Day Off at The Promenade. Bring the whole family it’s open to all ages. FREE

4. [6 p.m.] This summer the Queen Mary is hosting a monthly summer movie screening series on the lawn adjacent to the historic ship. Films will be screened monthly, with the series kicking off on May 16 with Mamma Mia! Admission is free, but parking will cost $10 per vehicle.

5. [8 p.m.] Beethoven & Brahms at Zipper Concert Hall.

6. [8:30 p.m.] The Magic And Mayhem Show at Two Bit Circus is a wild and unpredictable show hosted by MadTad a member of the world famous Magic Castle. This month he’ll be joined by other acts including stand up, puppetry, a former clown and a world class female magician.

7. [9 p.m.] The Chemical Brothers live at The Greek Theatre.

8. [10 p.m.] Salsa Night at Clifton’s.

9. [various] If Halloween and horror movies are your favorite topics then I Like Scary Movies Experience will be just what you’re looking for. Guests can expect to see, hear, feel, and smell recreations of iconic moments from IT (2017), Beetlejuice, The Shining, The Lost Boys, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. There won’t be costumed actors jumping out trying to startle but there will be multi-sensory surprises along your winding path. The pop-up experience runs April 4 through June 16 Thursday through Sunday. Check for discounted tickets before your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. [various] Free museum daysJapanese American National Museum (all day), MOCA Grand (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.), USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

#SPONSORED DEAL$7 tix to the Original Lobster Festival (via Goldstar)

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for May 15, 2019

May 15, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Grand Central Market
Grand Central Market. Photo by Neon Tommy via flickr cc

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 today, Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

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1. [11 a.m.] Get 73-cent burgers at Original Tommy’s (all locations) this Wednesday to celebrate their 73rd anniversary.

2. [2 p.m.] POP SK8 brings a pop-up outdoor roller-skating rink to the Westfield Valencia now through May 27.

3. [6 p.m.] FLIX at FIG will screen 10 Things I Hate About You at FIGat7th in DTLA. The free movie screenings happen every third Wednesday of the month. A live DJ and happy hour kicks off the night at 6 p.m. and the film begins at 7 p.m. FREE

4. [6:30 p.m.] JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles brings their Japanese Food Lab back with a History of Sushi with Chef Kouji Kimura. The evening will be a roaming tasting event paired with a Q&A with Chef Kimura.

5. [7 p.m.] Scot Nery’s Boobietrap #211, one of the most unique and entertaining variety shows in Los Angeles.

6. [7 p.m.] California African American Museum presents #OscarsSoWhite with April Reign, a lively discussions about using social media for political engagement and social activism. FREE

7. [7 p.m.] Los Angeles Magazine’s Burgers Bourbon + Beer 2019 at The Bloc.

8. [7 p.m.] The Super Serious Show is a comedy event produced by CleftClips featuring both established and up-and-coming talent performing an array of stand-up, sketch and musical comedy. Happening at The Virgil.

9. [8 p.m.] Grand Central Market will host a trivia night on the Broadway side of the open air market at 8 p.m.

10. [various] The American Cinematheque and the European Union presents the sixth annual Starring Europe, New Films from the EU (May 9-13) a film festival to celebrate and discover new films from across the European Union.

#SPONSORED DEAL$7 tix to the Original Lobster Festival (via Goldstar)

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