Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend in Los Angeles [5-24-2024 to 5-27-2024]

Fiesta Hermosa 2014
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A holiday weekend ahead means lots of options at your disposal. Let’s talk about it for minute.

From May 24-27 in Los Angeles, you’ll find a new froggy exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific, movie night at Debs Park, Fiesta Hermosa in Hermosa Beach, the Topanga Days Festival, a Pico Union Project Fundraiser, a mental wellness fair at Grand Park, a summer picnic at the Lanterman House, and more. Hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend!


Make Metro Part of Your Weekend

CAAM x Metro Bike Share Community Ride -> On Saturday, the California African American Museum and Metro Bike Share for a special community ride celebrating the opening of Paula Wilson: Toward the Sky’s Back Door. The afternoon begins with a free, 3-mile recreational group ride on a Metro Bike (or your own wheeled device). Then follow it up by checking out Wilson’s exhibition and the rest of the Museum after the ride (also free!). All ages welcome, but you’ll need to be ages 16+ to reserve a Metro bike. Ride starts at noon. More info here.

Go Metro: Take the E line to Expo Park/USC station

Things To Do This Weekend

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

FROGS: Facing a Changing World at AoP -> Starting this Friday, the Aquarium of the Pacific opens a new exhibit to that spotlights the colorful, strange, and rapidly changing world of frogs. Visitors can explore an array of vibrant habitats featuring colorful tropical frogs from around the world, and can learn about the threats facing these animals in the wild today and what can be done to help. Included with adult admission, which starts at $44.95. Remember that on weekends and holidays, advanced reservations are required. More info here.

Movie Night at Debs ParkFA > Four select Fridays from May to August, the Audobon Center at Debs Park is hosting free outdoor movies in the center courtyard. Each event is scheduled to run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Kicking off the series is a screening of A Bugs Life on May 24. More info here.

Movie Night at PetersenFA TP > Petersen Automotive Museum is hosting a movie night this Friday featuring a screening of 2 Fast 2 Furious. Enjoy the flick, mingle with fellow auto enthusiasts, and snap a pic of the pink Honda S2000 featured in the film. It starts at 7 p.m., and is free to attend with RSVP. More info here.

Kraftwerk at Disney Concert Hall M TP > German electro music pioneers Kraftwerk are coming to the Walt Disney Concert Hall this week to kick off a run of shows over ten days that will celebrate the band’s discography, with each night featuring one complete album plus additional compositions from their catalog. The show starts on Tuesday with music from Autobahn and close on Thursday, May 30 with a finale with compositions from the entire catalog. All shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets start at low as $69 for some dates. Get more info here.

Fourth Fridays in Long BeachFA > Retro Row in Long Beach comes alive on the fourth Friday of the month with special pop-ups, live performances, and extended store hours from shops on 4th St between Temple and Cherry. This month they’re gearing up for a special Pride edition of the event. Runs 6 to 9 p.m. More info here.

Free Admission at UPAMM FA > The USC Pacific Asia Museum is celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with free admission for all of My. The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get more info here.

L.A. Fleet WeekFA > This year’s L.A. Fleet Week (May 22-27) celebrates our nation’s sea services with a week of special performances and forums, an expo on the waterfront in San Pedro that includes live entertainment, ship tours, aerial demos, and more. Free to attend. Get the full schedule of events here.

Lucas Beaufort x Hotel Per La – Immersive Art Experience -> The public is invited to an evening of art and mingling on the Mezzanine level of Hotel Per La in DTLA this Friday and Saturday. Guests will participate in a collaborative mural led by French artist Lucas Beaufort while enjoying drinks and food. Tickets are currently discounted from $60 to $45 for a limited time which includes event access, passed appetizers, two drink vouchers, and a 10% discount at Per L’Ora for dinner on the day of the event. More info here.

Fiesta Hermosa FA > Memorial Day weekend in Hermosa Beach means one thing: Fiesta Hermosa! This weekend’s three-day festival (Saturday to Monday) features a marketplace with over 240 vendors, multiple stages of live music, a wine garden, food fair and a carnival. Admission is free. More info here.

LACMA Latin SoundsFA > LACMA is bringing a series of Saturday evening, outdoor concerts at Dorothy Collins Brown Amphitheate (just north of the La Brea Tar Pits Museum) in celebration of the exhibition Painting in the River of Angels: Judy Baca and The Great Wall. For the first installment of Latin Sounds, catch the multi Grammy-award winning group, Ozomatli. Free to attend. Runs 5 to 7 p.m. More info here.

Topanga Days – > The annual fundraiser festival for the Topanga Community Center returns over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27) for three days of games, food and live music, capped by a Memorial Day parade. Adult single day tickets for non-members start at $50 per person. More info here.

Street Food Cinema  -> Street Food Cinema continues this Saturday with a screening of Crazy Rich Asians at The Autry. Advance GA tickets start at $22. More info here.


Free Pickleball ClinicsFA > Even if you’re late to the pickleball craze, you can play a little catch-up this May with free clinics sponsored by Nature Made at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Clinics take place from 10 a.m. to noon on select Saturdays through June 1, and are free to attend. Perfect for beginners. Sign up and get more info here.

Critical Role Presents Candela Obscura Theatrical Show -> Cross-platform storytelling specialists Critical Role are bringing their fictional investigative horror series Candela Obscura to the United Theater this Saturday for a live, one-night-only performance. Critical Role founders Matthew Mercer, Laura Bailey, and Marisha Ray, plus Taliesin Jaffe (Helsing, The Legend of Vox Machina) will serve as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $75. Get more info here.

Creative Ways Mental Health Wellness FairM FA TP > This Saturday Gloria Molina Grand Park and Center Theatre Group are joining forces to host a mental health wellness fair that celebrates mental wellness through the arts. Expect engaging activities, cultural presentations, workshops, and special activities in anticipation of the upcoming Ahmanson Theatre production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, “A Strange Loop.” Attendees can also enjoy a wellness break featuring yoga, meditation, and sound healing. This inclusive event is free to attend and suitable for all ages. More info here.

Dreamers Market Superbloom Artisan MarketM FA > Support local small business at Dreamers Market this Saturday at Ovation Hollywood. The “Super Bloom” themed market will take place in the Ovation Center Courtyard from noon to 5 p.m. More info here.

2nd Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival -> The 2nd Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival hosted by Axiom Kitchen, NoahS’s Arc Foundation and LB Living will take place at ShoreLine Aquatic Park on Saturday. There will be plenty of barbecue, live music from local bands and games. General admission cost $15 does not include food or beverages, VIP $150 and come with special lounge areas, exclusive food and beverage tastings, VIP lines, whiskey tastings. More info here.

Smorgasburg BBQ Invitational Memorial Weekend Carnival -> Catch some finger-licking good fun at Santa Park with the Smorgasburg BBQ Invitational and Memorial Day Weekend Carnival, popping up from Saturday to Monday. Smorg has currated seven local BBQ joints to participate, including Domestic BBQ, , Island Smoke & Grill, Mecha BBQ, Nia & Jags, Saulitos, Zef BBQ, and Beatdown BBQ. Ticket packages start at $30 and include admission, BBQ scrip, parking, a horse racing program and tip sheet. Gates Open at 11 a.m. The BBQ runs from noon to 7 p.m. More info here.

Pico de Mayo Street FairTP > This Sunday, the non-profit Pico Union Project celebrates 10 years of community outreach and events with a special street fair and fundraiser. The ticketed affair ($250 a person) features live music, entertainment, and complimentary bites from over a dozen Los Angeles restaurants, including Guelaguetza, Jitlada, Bé Ù, La Tecleña, La Pupusa, and Panaderia Cuscatleca, plus fresh pizza slices from the nonprofit’s new brick oven pizza. The Bob Baker Marionette Theater and Mariachi Quinto Sol will also perform. Runs from noon to 2:30 p.m. Get more info here.

Summer Picnic & Ukulele RendezvousFA > On Sunday, the Lanterman House in La Canada Flintridge hosts a free afternoon of music, picnicking and games on the beautiful grounds of historic home. The house will be open for mini-tours and there will be dancing in the ballroom, plus guests are invited to bring a picnic as they enjoy live tunes from pianist Randy Stoltz and ukulele player Conrad Cayman. Complimentary cookies and lemonade too! Runs noon to 4 p.m. More info here.


Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
The pizza at Boy Blue. Photo credit Boy Blue and Little Ripper Instagram.

MasterChef’s Dara Yu Pops Up in Silver Lake ->  This Friday, Chef Debbie Lee’s Korean pop-up, Joseon will host Chef Dara Yu, the youngest winner of MasterChef and an LA native, as part of its guest chef series for AAPI Month. Chef Yu will offer a five-course meal, including her signature mushroom dashi congee and other dishes inspired by her Chinese heritage. Reservations are available from 6 to 9 p.m., and the meal costs $129 per person. More info here.

Pizza and Wine Pairings at Little Ripper -> This Sunday, Mas Vino Please and Boy Blue Pizza are teaming up for a casual pizza and wine night at Little Ripper in Glassell Park from 5 to 8 p.m. Mas Vino Please will be showcasing their latest low-ABV single varietal wine, Sol y Mar along side Boy Blue’s excellent pies. More info here.

Pie’s at Valerie’s This Weekend -> Valerie Confections has been announcing weekly specials on their social media at @valerieconfctns for both their Glendale bakery and Echo Park Cafe. This week, in celebration of Memorial Day, specials will run from Friday through Monday and will feature whole pies, including Apricot & Cherry Pie, Yuzu Matcha Cream Pie, Chocolate Chess Pie, Olallieberry & Blueberry Pie, and Strawberry Rhubarb Lattice Pie, all priced between $50 and $55. Additionally, a Strawberry Chamomile Cream Galette ($9) will be available for those seeking a single-serving treat.

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