21 Really Cool Things to do This May in Los Angeles (2017)

Need stuff to do this month in Los Angeles?

We looked ahead on our calendar to focus in on some of the best events happening in May around Los Angeles that you should probably have on your radar. After all, better to get your tickets now than wait till the last minute and find out your favorite event is sold out.


May 2017 event highlights include Free Comic Book Day, Masters of Taste, Museum of the Arroyos Day, La La Land at the Hollywood Bowl, LOTS of outdoor movie screenings,  and much more.

Our complete rundown starts after the jump.


Masters of Taste 2016
Masters of Taste 2016. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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 1. Free Comic Book Day Returns! (May 6)

Free Comic Book Day is back on May 6! Occurring every year on the first Saturday of May, it’s an international comic book celebration during which comic book shops give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who visits their shops. -> More information

2. The L.A. Taco & Beer Festival Comes to Raleigh Studios in Hollywood (May 6)

The Taco & Beer Festival will include unlimited pours of craft beer, unlimited taco tastings, original art for sale, DJ’s, games, hand rolled cigars and more. -> More information

3. South Pasadena’s Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk (May 6)

This festival includes 6 stages with more than 30 planned performances, art gallery open houses, beer gardens, food trucks, an artisan alley and more! -> More information

4. Masters of Taste Food Festival at the Pasadena Rose Bowl (May 7)

This massive one-day festival includes live music and entertainment, as well as sampling from the sweets masters, culinary masters, and beverage masters, with 100% of festival proceeds benefiting Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c)(3) organization that assists homeless individuals and families throughout the Gabriel Valley. -> More information

5. 5th Annual Bartending Competition Returns to JW Marriott Los Angeles (starts May 10)

Watch some of Los Angeles’ best bartenders compete during the May Mix-off at the Mixing Room at the J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live. Taking place over each Wednesday in May, attendees will enjoy complimentary, beautifully crafted samples of signature cocktails made by the city’s best bartenders. -> More information

6. Radiotopia Live at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles (May 12)

For one night only, radio, podcast and talk show fans will get a chance to see, hear and meet some of their favorite hosts. -> More information

7. The 6th Annual West Coast BBQ Classic at The Queen Mary (May 13)

Back for another year of deliciously smoked and grilled BBQ, the event features over 50 top Pit Masters from across the U.S., competing for a grand prize. -> More informationDiscount tickets (via Goldstar)

8. ‘Björk Digital’ at The Magic Box at The Reef in DTLA (starts May 19)

Ever the iconoclast, Björk won’t disappoint with her newest project, coming soon to Los Angeles. Björk Digital is a groundbreaking virtual reality collection of videos, featuring music from Björk’s latest album, Vulnicura, to be shown at Magic Box at The Reef in Downtown L.A. -> More information

9. First Annual East LA Comic-Con (May 20)

In celebration of comic books, the supernatural and other out-of-the-ordinary media, a brand new comic convention is coming to El Gallo Plaza in East Los Angeles. -> More information

10. 2017 SoCal BBQ Bash & Expo at the Fairplex (May 20)

The expo includes events such as cooking classes, demonstrations and workshops led by world-renowned grillers and chefs, as well as a Kids Korner. -> More information – Discount tickets (via Goldstar)

11. EEEEEATSCON at Barker Hangar (May 20)

EEEEEATSCON, a brand new music/food festival created by The Infatuation, is coming to Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on May 20. -> More information – Discount tickets (via Goldstar)

12. Rose Festival at Descanso Gardens (May 20-21)

The fourth annual Rose Festival returns to Descanso Gardens for two fragrant filled days of celebrating one of America’s favorite flowers. -> More information

13. California Strawberry Festival (May 20-21)

The 2017 California Strawberry Festival will include  50 food booths, contests, rides and attractions, plus over 200 Arts & Crafts vendors, PLUS concerts, celebrity chef demonstrations, and family fun, including a Strawberry Promenade sponsored by Wells Fargo and a Strawberry Land attraction for kids. Takes place at Strawberry Meadows in Oxnard. -> More information

14. Six L.A. Museums Will Be Free on ‘Museums of The Arroyo Day’ 2017 (May 21)

On May 21 six area museums and historical homes will open their doors free of charge for Museums of the Arroyo Day. The list includes the Gamble House, Heritage Square, the Los Angeles Police Museum, the Lummis Home and Garden, the Pasadena Museum of History, and The Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus. -> More information

15. The South Bay Beer and Wine Festival in Palos Verdes (May 21)

The South Bay Beer and Wine Festival comes to Ernie Howlett Park in Palos Verdes on May 21st for a top-shelf tasting extravaganza! Wine, beer, and food from some of the best wineries, breweries, and restaurants might be the perfect way to spend the afternoon with your crew. -> More information

16. The Comic Cure Presents the 2017 Pride Comedy Festival in Los Angeles (May 23-24)

Hosted at the Union Nightclub (Mid-City) and El Cid (Silverlake), this festival will be benefitting local LGBTQIA charities while providing non-stop laughs. -> More information – Discount tickets (via Goldstar)

17. La La Land at the Hollywood Bowl

Catch the magic of La La Land during a unique concert experience featuring music played live-to-film. Two days of performances start on the final Friday of May. -> More informationDiscount tickets (via Goldstar)

18. California Gold Rush Beer & Sour Festival at Santa Anita Park (May 27)

Tickets include access to trackside seating, a racing program and tip sheet, plus 8 beer and 4 sour tastings from some of the best California breweries. -> More information – Discount tickets (via Goldstar)

19. L.A. Zine Fest 2017 in DTLA (May 28)

Zine fans and creators will gather at the Exhibit Hall of the California Market Center for a full-day of discussions, panels and event exhibitors… all for FREE. -> More information

20. The 4th Annual MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street in Santa Monica (May 28)

Westsiders listen up because Santa Monica’s MAINopoly is back for another year of competitive food tasting as well as beer gardens, live music and more. -> More information

21. Outdoor Movie Season Gets in Full Swing! (various)

Outdoor movie season kicks into high gear for summer 2017 with the beginning of both Eat|See|Hear and Street Food Cinema. PLUS: There are still tickets available for Rooftop Cinema Club dates in May and you can also check out what Cinespia has to offer at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Be sure to check the We Like L.A. Events Calendar for updates on fun things happening around the city throughout April. You can also sign up for our daily/weekly newsletter if you want events sent straight to your inbox. 


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