35 Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend [3-26-2021 to 3-28-2021]

Desert X installation view of Alicja Kwade,ParaPivot (sempiternal clouds). 2021.Photography by Lance Gerber. Courtesy the artist and Desert X.

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This weekend, we’ve got an outdoor market to benefit Stop AAPI Hate, museum reopenings, drive-in comedy, baking workshops, new pop-up restaurants, Passover menus for takeout and delivery, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: [email protected].


In-Person Events

Steep LA’s Stop Asian Hate Charity Sale is this Sunday, March 28 in Chinatown in the Mandarin Plaza’s courtyard. Starting at 11 a.m., guests can check out food and lifestyle items from 37 donors, including Now Serving, Amboy, Katsu Sando, Lasita, Angry Egret Dinette, Ricebox, Konbi, Ototo, KinKan, and Pique-Nique. The sale will last until everything’s sold out. 

The Petersen Automotive Museum reopens to the public on Thursday, March 25 with free admission for healthcare workers, first responders, and their guests (up to three) for the rest of 2021. The museum is set to debut new exhibits, new vehicles, and new hours of operation—10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. All tickets must be pre-purchased online. Healthcare personnel and first responders will need to reserve tickets online and provide a physical copy of professional verification at museum check-in.

Head over to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena March 26-27 for The Comedy Store Drive-In featuring Bill Burr, David Spade, Whitney Cummings, Jeff Ross, and more. Before the show, guests will enter through a themed environment inspired by the Comedy Store and event presenter Puffco.

Golden Road Brewing has teamed up with mega-famous dog groomer Jess Rona to offer three beer and grooming packages, each inspired by the brewery’s Wolf Pack family of IPAs. Each package is $100 and all proceeds go directly to Wags and Walks in support of its mission to advocate and find forever homes for shelter dogs. Each package includes a 6-pack of beer, branded swag, and one grooming by a Jess Rona Grooming team member (valued at $300+). In-studio groomings will be held on April 27. Space is limited, so secure your spot when the packages go live on March 23.

L.A. Animal Services, North Shore Animal League, and Purina have partnered on Tour For Life 2021, a huge adoption event at locations throughout Greater Los Angeles March 22-28. All fees for cats and kittens are waived and guests will receive Purina giveaways while supplies last. Start by viewing available animals here.

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club last year featuring a roster of weekly culinary pop-ups paired with refreshing cocktails. Every Monday through Sunday, find a different pop-up, such as hand-made pasta from Orso Pasta, Mediterranean rice dishes and dips from Golden Rice Company, and wok-fried Asian street food by Pigeon.

Universal Studios Hollywood reopened March 12 for Taste of Universal, which will continue every weekend this month. The ticketed event gives guests access to shops and outdoor dining from restaurants in the theme park’s upper lot, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Springfield, USA areas. The experience includes your choice of five classic and new culinary items, photo ops, offers at several themed shops, and a preview of the Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash shop. No rides yet, and don’t forget your mask! Tickets are $48 on Fridays and $53 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival features over 80 boysenberry-inspired savory and sweet bites and themed beverages. The festival takes place at the theme park on select dates through May 2. Tickets are $45.

Desert X returns for its biannual public art show March 12 through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations.

The Andaz West Hollywood’s Late Night Drive-In series takes place atop the third level of the hotel’s parking garage on Fridays and Saturdays. This week they’ll screen The Boys in the Band 1970 and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.

Cinelounge Sunset in Hollywood has reopened with limited capacity. This week’s films include City of Lies, Tenet, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, and Minari.

WE Drive-Ins in Santa Monica screens Boogie this weekend.

Glendale’s Electric Dusk Drive-In screens Friday, Up, Fast Five, and Toy Story 3 this week.

Cinespia is going the drive-in route this season with weekend movie screenings at the Greek Theatre. The NeverEnding Story screens this Friday.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live poolside dinner & a movie series screens A Star is Born on March 26. Tickets are $45 per guest and include one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

Tour Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum without leaving your house.

At-Home & Online Events

Spend a day virtually touring the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam on March 28. The Van Gogh Museum holds the world’s largest collection of the prolific artist’s paintings and drawings, plus works by other artists including Monet, Gauguin, and Toulouse-Lautrec. 

The Getty’s new online series Art Break offers unique perspectives on the museum’s collections. On March 26, the inaugural episode, Art Break: The Politics of Labor, will discuss artworks selected by Los Angeles artist Rodrigo Valenzuela and curator of Latin American Art Idurre Alonso and how they relate to contemporary social issues and artistic practices.

BAKE IT UP! by Lorena will host a free mini cheesecake baking workshop on March 28 on the Bake It Up! Facebook Page and Instagram. Folks who register for the class will receive the recipe prior to the 30-minute class.

Look What SHE Did! presents a virtual salon on March 28 at 1 p.m. featuring screenings of three films about resilient women, followed by a conversation with storytellers Brittany Ashley, Dee Johnson, and Sonay Hoffman. RSVP free here.

Sleep Squad is an interactive virtual experience that prepares kids ages 4-12 for bedtime with a story and music. Get a viewing pass for $19 or order a dreamtime travel kit starting at $34. The kit includes a dream journal, eye mask, stickers, and a star projector.

Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) presents the second annual Cine Nepantla featuring the Mexican horror mockumentary FERAL. You can stream the film for $5 here from March 26-28, which includes a post-streaming discussion in English & Spanish with director Andres Kaiser & Guido Segal, screenwriter and film critic.


On March 27, City of STEM features over 21 hours of content from scientists and over 100 SoCal partners including museums, businesses, and universities. Keynote speakers are Bill Nye and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Programs are available in English and Spanish.

Lethal Amounts presents Destroy Boys Live on March 27 at 7 p.m. The concert film follows the band’s efforts to record their new single and features a live set with two unreleased songs. Tickets are $10.

The Bay Foundation hosts a virtual dockwalker class on March 27. Dockwalkers “conduct boater education about environmentally–sound boating practices. Receive free educational materials to safely distribute items to boaters at marinas, boat launch ramps, and more.” To learn more or sign up, click here.

Self Care Comedy streams every Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. with a rotating cast of comics. Check out the lineup and find more info here.

The Art Deco Society hosts Cocktails at the Carthay Circle Theatre on March 26 at 7 p.m. The Zoom event will feature Beth and James Silverman, both original bartenders of the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney’s California Adventure. They’ll discuss the original structure’s history and share cocktail recipes. Tickets are $14 here.

Home chef Angie hosts Brunch After Dark: Breakfast for Dinner Cooking Class on March 27. This free virtual cooking class will help viewers level up their classic breakfast recipes.

Delejos is an immersive theater experience conducted over Zoom from writer/actor/comedian Julia Piñero. When her partner, Jose Zambrano, died unexpectedly in 2019, Piñero turned to Zambrano’s unfinished virtual reality game about long-distance love, Delejos. Though Delajos was originally about Zambrano’s forced immigration from Venezuela, it took on a new meaning for Piñero after his death. This two-hour performance is “a true story that weaves together standup comedy, live music, and a virtual reality experience.” Tickets are currently available through May 1. They’re free, but you’ll need to reserve them here.

The Groundlings Theatre and School will host performances in celebration of Women’s History Month all March. See the month’s schedule and purchase tickets at www.groundlings.com.

Delucatessen at EMILIA. Photo: Sydney Yorkshire

Dining Events, Pickup & Delivery

Delucatessen at EMILIA is a new sandwich concept from Chef Tancredi DeLuca. Get Italian sandwiches and sides including chicken parmesan, turkey lasagna, tiramisu, and more. Available for pickup or delivery.


BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood has a Passover dinner available for pickup on March 27. The packaged dinner includes Matzo Ball Soup, Potato Latkes, 8-hour braised Creekstone Brisket, chocolate torte, and more for $180 (feeds four). Pre-order by March 26.

Rustic Canyon Family restaurants Huckleberry and Birdie G’s both have Passover menus available for pickup March 27-April 4. Huckleberry’s Passover menu includes items like Braised Beef Brisket, Potato Pancakes with organic sour cream & housemade apple sauce, Egg Noodle Kugel, and Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. Birdie G’s Passover Seder menu includes Smoked California Brisket with heirloom tomato agrodolce, Sauerkraut Lakes with apple sauce, crème fraîche & chive, boxes of Artisan Matzo, pints of Schmaltz or Gribenes, whole Apple-Sunchoke Butter Cakes, and Matzo Ball Soup. 

The Skirball Cultural Center is offering Passover dishes to-go via curbside pickup on March 27 from 1:45-4 p.m. The à la carte menu includes traditional or vegan matzo ball soup, pomegranate molasses–glazed seared salmon fillet, boneless whole chicken with rosemary matzo stuffing and Grand Marnier orange sauce, potato kugel, coconut macaroon trios, and more. Order here.

Experimental ice cream company Salt & Straw has brought back its “Cereal-sly” menu featuring five ice cream flavors inspired by nostalgic cereals like Lucky Charms, Corn Flakes, and Captain Crunch. Available now through April 22 in local scoop shops, for local delivery, and via nationwide shipping. 

ROW DTLA is giving back to frontline workers with a “Buy A Meal, Give A Meal” campaign from March 20-April 16. For every meal purchased on-site at one of ROW DTLA’s culinary concepts, one meal will be donated to essential workers at Keck Hospital of USC. Participating restaurants include HayatoRappahannock Oyster BarGo Get ‘Em TigerPikunico and Café Dulce with meals donated from a different restaurant each week.

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