Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [6-5-2023 to 6-9-2023]

One of the many views at The Getty Center. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Let’s start a new week in L.A. by having a little pride. And we mean that in the most literal way.

From June 5-9 in Los Angeles, you’ll find Pride Mondays at Melrose Rooftop Theatre, a Pride edition of The Moth, an LA Pride kickoff celebration at The Getty, LA Pride in the Park, the Ivy Station Night Market Summer Kickoff, Summer of Salsa at LA Plaza, and more. Sound about right? Take a peak at our full list below.


Things To Do This Week

M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission, TP = Top Pick

Pride Mondays at Melrose Rooftop Theatre -> Every Monday in June, Melrose Rooftop Theatre in West Hollywood will screen LGBTQIA+ films. There are a number of ticketing options from general admission ($25), to rooftop dinner and movie package ($49) to an ultimate date night for two package ($199) which includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, a charcuterie board, and additional goodies. Kicking off the Monday series is a screening of The Birdcage.

The Moth StorySLAM: Pride -> The Moth StorySLAM series is back at Los Globos this Tuesday with a special Pride edition. Guests will tell five-minute, personal stories based around embracing identity, coming out, and/or inspiring others to do the same. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. More info here.

Tropicana Movie Nights ->  Outdoor movie nights return every Tuesday night at the Tropicana Pool located inside The Hollywood Roosevelt. Running through the summer the public will enjoy a movie night with pizzas crafted by Chef Rigo, classic movie theater candy and crafted themed cocktails. Guests who dress up in the theme of the movie will receive a free cocktail or candy at the concession stand. This week they’ll screen Rocketman. Tickets start at $24. More info here.

Getty and LA Pride CelebrationFA TP > This Wednesday, the Getty Center hosts an LA Pride weekend kickoff party in their gorgeous courtyard. Free to attend, guests will have access to the exhibition Tim Walker: Wonderful Things, complimentary bites, a hosted bar, and music by DJ Daisy O’Dell. Reception starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

First Wednesdays at AoPM > The Aquarium of the Pacific’s First Wednesday lecture series returns this week with a presentation on white sharks by Dr. Christopher G Lowe, a Professor of Marine Biology and Director of the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach. Per usual, the one-hour talk is to be followed by a book signing, cocktails, and music and crafts in in the Pacific Visions Art Gallery. Tickets are $5. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Love Peace & Spades A Fly Game NightM > This Wednesday, the The Line Hotel in Koreatown hosts Love, Peace & Spades, a monthly game night focused on classic Black family games such as Uno, Dominoes, and, Spades. Tickets are donation based. More info here.

After Hours Sound Bath -> Experience a sound bath surrounded by giant, life size, and small ancient sculptures at Barakat Gallery this Wednesday. Led by Roxie Sound Healing, the experience will reverberate through the 7,000 square foot two floor gallery. The 12 room gallery will also be open after hours for this special event. Tickets cost $45. More info here.

The Flower ShowFA > Venice art gallery L.A. Louver presents The Flower Show a group art show featuring over 50 art works that feature flowers in all contexts. From still life to interactive video guests will view works from David Hockney to Pancrace Bessa. Opening reception takes place this Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through September 1. Free to attend. More info here.

Taste of Downtown: Pine & Promenade -> Head to Downtown Long Beach this Wednesday or Thursday for Taste of Downtown: Pine & Promenade. Free to attend the nights include indulging in a number of sample sized culinary offerings, family-friendly activities and live music. Food and beverages are available with the purchase of Taste Tickets (pricing starts at $15). More info here.

Soup & Tart: Los Angeles – MOCA Geffen -> Taking inspiration from Soup & Tart, an avant-garde New York event by Fluxus artist Jean Dupuy in 1974, Soup & Tart: Los Angeles brings together 50 artists, musicians, and dancers, inviting them to use two minutes to improvise anything they want from song, action, movement, to text. As the performances move on, Los Angeles chefs like Mina Park and Kwang Uh of Baroo to Hannah Ziskin of Quarter Sheets will serve soup and tarts to on lookers. Happening this Thursday, tickets cost $30 a person. More info here.

Girls on Guys at The Moxy -> This Wednesday, the recently opened Moxy hotel in Downtown Los Angeles hosts a comedy show on the Mezzanine above Bar Moxy. Hosted by Nina Tarr and Liam Cullagh, the lineup features Reggie Watts, Jade Cata-Preta and Willie Simon. Tickets cost $10, free for hotel guests. More info here.

A New Wave of K-Cinema -> The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures presents A New Wave of K-Cinema: Korean Women Directors, June 8–29. The film series highlights the outstanding new wave of Korean women directors, through ten captivating films that explore themes such as domestic violence, gender politics, nature, and love. The series kicks off this Thursday with a screening of Waikiki Brothers. More info here.

Art & Beer Night Market LAFA > This Thursday, Art & Beer Night Market LA brings 25+ vendors, artists, and businesses in one place to Boomtown Brewery. There is no cover. More info here.

13th Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival -> Starting this Thursday, dozens of venues, including Zephyr Theatre, The Broadwater, and Three Clubs, host a huge slate of comedy, ensemble theatre, dance and immersive performances during the two and a half week run of the annual Hollywood Fringe Festival. More info here.

LA Pride in the ParkM > To celebrate Pride two huge icons will take the stage for epic performances at L.A. State Historic Park for a two-day concert event this Friday and Saturday. Megan thee Stallion headlines Friday, and Mariah Carey headlines Saturday. The line up also includes Fletcher, Gigi Goode, G Flip, The Scarlet Opera, Violet Chachki, Gottmik and more. Tickets start at $139. More info here.

Cultivate at Descanso Gardens -> On the second Friday of the month the public can enjoy extended hours at the garden where you can take a tour, dance to music while also enjoying food and drinks. Cultivate runs June 9, July 14 and August 27 from 4:30–7pm and is free with admission, no advance registration required. More info here.


Summer of SalsaM FA TP > The LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Summer of Salsa series runs one Friday each month through the end the summer, highlighting some of city’s best salsa and Cuban bands in the process. This Friday, catch a performance by Conjunto Oye!. Starts at 6 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Ivy Station Night Market Summer KickoffM FA TP > This Friday, Ivy Station in Culver City hosts a night market on the lawn with dozens of local artisans, food trucks, games, and music. The event is free to attend, family and pup friendly. More info here.

Water Lantern Festival -> Make a wish and send it away on a floating lantern along with thousands of others at the Water Lantern Festival, coming to Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in El Monte this Friday to Sunday. Expect local food trucks, vendors, and live music. Tickets start at $26.98. More info here.

Outdoor Movies at Skirball Cultural Center -> The Skirball’s outdoor movie programming returns this Friday with a screening of Roman Holiday (1953) and June 23 with High Noon (1952) Guests are also granted access to the museum’s latest exhibits including Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare. Tickets cost $20 per person. 

Palos Verdes Street Fair and Music FestivalFA > The Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is hosting a family friendly fair Friday through Sunday that includes a carnival, food vendors and live entertainment in the heart of the Rolling Hills Estate neighborhood. Admission and parking is free. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

Pad Thai at Ayara Thai. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Indoor Dining at Ayara Thai -> After three-plus years of operating on a takeout-only basis, family-owned Ayara Thai now welcomes guests in for full service indoor dining. At the helm of the 19 year-old Westchester restaurant is Chef Vanda Asapahu. Her updated takes on classic Thai cuisine have garnered critical acclaim and gained Ayara a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2019. Here you will find bite size strips of tri tip steak served with Tigers Cry sauce, perfectly cooked Pad Thai, spicy Khao Soi noodles and wok fried Chinese broccoli with crispy pork belly. Some of the items mentioned can also be found on their lunch sets, a daily deals at $19- $22 served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef Vanda’s seasonal specials and pop-up dinners is where she flexes her culinary creativity, and currently on offer is a Lobster Pad Thai with green apples. For now, indoor seating is walk-ins only and the outdoor parklet tables will remain available for the takeout crowd.

asterid Launches Happy Hour -> On Wednesday, Ray Garcia’s Walt Disney Concert Hall adjacent restaurant asterid will launch a happy hour highlighting $10 classic cocktails, wines and beers paired with $10 Caviar Bites. Happy hour takes place Wednesdays to Saturdays in the bar and lounge area between 5 to 7 p.m.


Fogo de Chão & JUSTIN Wine Pairing Dinner -> All Fogo de Chão locations are hosting a special JUSTIN Wine Dinner this Thursday at 7 p.m. Priced at an approachable $95 per person, guests will experience a four-course menu, paired with JUSTIN Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosé, JUSTIFICATION and ISOSCELES. Highlights from the dinner menu include Jumbo Shrimp Gazpacho, fire-roasted Bone-in Ribeye and Wagyu New York Strip. Reservations and more info here

Paloma Venice Sunset Hour -> Tuesday, June 6 stop by Paloma Venice for the debut of “Sunset Hours.” Held on the oasis lounge deck and at the bar, the special menu includes $10 bites, $10 wines by the glass and $12 cocktails. Sunset Hour is available Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. 

Verve Coffee -> For Pride Month, Verve Coffee Roasters is offering a Cascara Spritz made of Jamaica Cascara and citrus kombucha, topped with mint. 100% of the proceeds from the seasonal beverage will go to It Gets Better Project, a global nonprofit dedicated to empowering LGBTQ+ youth.

Sprinkles -> On Tuesday, Sprinkles will debut PRIDE-themed cupcakes and cakes. Available from June 5-25 guests can get strawberry frosted cupcakes filled with nonpareils at all locations and an eight inch six layer rainbow cake at the Beverly Hills and Westlake shops. 

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