Things To Do

7 Things You Gotta Have on Your Radar This Weekend (According to The Influencers of L.A.) 8-14-15

August 14, 2015 by Brian Champlin

Sometimes when you’re figuring out what to do with your weekend, what you really need is just a little help from your friends.

To that end, we asked a few of our fellow L.A. bloggers, podcasters, and social media brethren to help us out with their top picks for this weekend, and then we combined those choices with one pick from both Christina and I.


The result is a quick list of some of the absolutely best stuff happening in Los Angeles over the next couple days.

Hope it helps you find something awesome to do.

Have a great weekend!

1. G1988 x Mattel

Picked by Jonathan Bilski, creator of Things to do in LA.

Jonathan says:

“The G1988 x Mattel art show has all of your favorite toys from the past remembered by your favorite Gallery 1988 artists. 

More information via the official Facebook event page.

2. Nisei Week

Picked by Gerren Kelsaw, creator of the This Is The City Podcast.

Gerren says:

“The Nisei Week festivities are a celebration of Japanese American culture taking place in Little Tokyo. The annual event combines music, food, beer and helps celebrate the diverisity of our wonderful city.”

More information on the Nisei Week.

3. Echo Park Rising

Picked by Christina Minh, co-founder of We Like L.A.

Christina says:

“For me, it’s like going to SXSW or Austin City Limits without having to leave the confines of Los Angeles. And it’s all FREE!”

More information on Echo Park Rising

4. 20th Anniversary Screening of Empire Records

In addition to seeing a Hannibal Buress set at EPR, our friend Jean Trinh,Deputy editor of LAist, mentioned a fun anniversary screening you might want to be aware of (especially kids of the 90’s):

RVSP (for free) to the Empire Records throwback movie screening.

5. Grand Performances (or maybe a Dodger Game)

Anyone up for a free downtown concert? This weekend includes Classical Remix featuring Daedelus and Alfredo Rodriguez.

As recommended by Kristen Rae Lepore, social producer for KPCC.

Complete schedule for Grand Performances.

6. Cold War Kids at the Annenberg Space for Photography

Traffic-gal-Friday Kajon Cermak (from KCRW) thinks the top pick for the weekend is a FREE Cold War Kids concert as part of KCRW’s Sound in Focus at the Annenberg Space for Photography Hard to argue there!

(Kajon actually mentioned a bunch of fun ideas on her timeline if you want to cruise it)

More information on Sound in Focus.

7. Long Beach Crawfish Festival

Picked by Brian Champlin, co-founder of We Like L.A.

(That’s me, and yup, I’m going to quote myself, hah!)

If you’re only doing one food event this weekend, head down to Long Beach for the crawfish (just make sure you’re ok braving the heat).

More information on the Long Beach Crawfish Festival.

If you want a more complete rundown, check Christina’s weekend roundup that was posted up yesterday morning or check out our discount events page for more ways to save money while exploring L.A.

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