Things To Do This Mother’s Day Weekend in Los Angeles [5-10-2024 to 5-12-2024]

Community & Unity Kite Festival at L.A. State Historic Park. Photo by Brian Champlin

Kites, art, beers, music, shopping, and of course… the quintessential brunch. Sounds like mom is in store for a heck of a weekend!

This May 10-12 in Los Angeles, you’ll find Late Night! Wild Things Are Happening at Skirball, the 4th Annual Community & Unity People’s Kite Festival, Mercado MOCA, a Multicultural Arts Festival in Burbank, Playa Vista Fit Expo, a Sip & Swap at Angel City Brewery, Doggy Speed Dating in Pasadena, and more! Happy (early) Mother’s Day! Enjoy your weekend, one and all!


Things To Do This Weekend

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

Late Night! Wild Things Are HappeningTP > Skirball Cultural Center’s signature after-hours event is back this Friday, offering a night of food, drinks, music, and dancing as they honor the imaginative worlds of Maurice Sendak in the new exhibition, Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak. This exhibition boasts over 150 artifacts, showcasing the remarkable breadth of Sendak’s creativity. Tickets are priced at $10. More info here.

Summer of SalsaM FA > This Friday, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes for Summer of Salsa kicks off their Summer of Salsa series with a performance by the L.A.-based salsa orchestra, Rumbankete. If you miss this month, remember LA Plaza will hold a free salsa concert every second Friday of the month through September. Doors open at 6 p.m., music begins at 7 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Night Dive at The Aquarium of the Pacific -> The Aquarium of the Pacific’s signature adults-only, after-hours series is back this Friday featuring food trucks, cash bars, DJs throughout the Aquarium galleries, art, and a live band performing in the Great Hall of the Pacific. GA tickets are $64.95. Runs 7:30 to 11 p.m. More info here.

L.A. County Fair -> The L.A. County Fair continues in Pomona this Thursday to Sunday, featuring an enormous assortment of activities, musical performances, food and beverage offerings, and more. The fair runs on select dates through May 27. Tickets start at $16 for adults. More info here.

Cinespia M > Cinespia returns this Friday with movie screening of Mama Mia at L.A. State Historic Park. Tickets cost $22 and the doors open at 7:15 p.m. More info here.

Venice Family Clinic’s 45th Annual Art Walk + Auction – FA > Now in it’s 45th year, the annual Venice Family Clinic Art Walk + Auction will showcase the works of over 150 L.A.-baesd artists to celebrate the growth of the local arts scene and of Venice Family Clinic. Works will be on view (free to visit) at 910 Abbot Kinney from May 10-19, or you can check them out online. More info here.

Jazz at LACMAFA > This Friday, weekly live jazz continues at LACMA’s Smidt Welcome Plaza with a performance by the Nicole McCabe Quintet. Concert runs 6 to 8 p.m. Free to attend, but seating is first-come, first-serve. The museum also stays open until 8 p.m. on Fridays, and admission is free for L.A. County residents after 3 p.m. on weekdays. More info here.

Ivy Station Night Market – M FA > Ivy Station’s Friday night market returns with a Mother’s Day edition of their monthly activation. Per usual, expect over 25 local vendors mixed with food trucks, craft beer, games, and music. Dog friendly too! Runs 5 to 10 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

North Hollywood Handmade Makers MarketM FA > The Afterglow Makers Market returns to Lawless Brewery this Friday with a lineup of over 20 local artists and creative vendors offering vintage clothing, artwork, jewelry, pottery, and more. Free to attend. Runs 5 to 10 p.m. More info here.

Movie Fridays at Downtown Santa MonicaFA > Downtown Santa Monica’s free outdoor film series, Movie Fridays, is back on the Promenade every second Friday of the month from April through June. Continuing the series this month is a screening of Mama Mia. Events start at 6:30 p.m. with movies beginning at 7:30 p.m. Each event features photo opportunities, complimentary popcorn, and a DJ spinning music before each film. All ages welcome. More info here.

4th Annual Community & Unity People’s Kite FestivalM FA TP > Head to Los Angeles State Historic Park on Saturday for the 4th Annual Community & Unity People’s Kite Festival. Hosted by Clockshop at Los Angeles State Historic Park, expect demos from kite masters, special workshops, curated snacks for purchase, and tons of colorful kites sailing through the sky. Free to attend, and donations welcome. More info here.

Playa Vista Fit ExpoFA > This Saturday, a family-friendly fitness expo pops up at Concert Park in Playa Vista featuring group exercise classes, demos, games, contests, giveaways, and more. Free to attend, but remember classes require pre-registration on Eventbrite. Runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. More info here.

Sip & Swap -> Participate in a radical clothes swap this Saturday at Angel City Brewery. Stop in between noon to 5 p.m. with your donation, order up a pint, and swap with fellow like-minded people. Radical Clothes Swap will be accepting gently used donations (5-10 items per person) for the first two hours of the event. More info here.

Creative Ways Mental Health Wellness Fair -> 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. The public is warmly welcomed to participate in two days filled with 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.

Mercado MOCAM FA > The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA invites the public to a Saturday afternoon filled with music, food, and a marketplace featuring 20+ local BIPOC vendors hailing across East Los Angeles. This community event is free to attend. More info here.

Cruel World Festival -> The music festival returns this Saturday to Brookside Park in Pasadena with headliners Duran Duran with a supporting lineup that includes Simple Minds, Placebo, Blondie and more. Tickets starting at $229. More info here.


Multicultural Arts FestivalFA > This Saturday, non-profit Elevate Burbank hosts a Multicultural Arts Festival featuring performers, artists, musicians, local food trucks, art show, food trucks, a kids’ area, and select local vendors and nonprofit organizations sharing resources for the community. Free to attend. More info here.

Street Food Cinema  -> Street Food Cinema continues this Saturday with a screening of Freaky Friday at The Autry Museum. SFC screenings continue weekly through the rest of the summer at various venues including L.A. State Historic Park, L.A. Arboretum and more. Advance GA tickets start at $22. More info here.

Unique LA Market -> Shop small this Saturday and Sunday at Unique LA. Discover 150+ indie brands and artist under roof at the California Market Center. Tickets start at $15. More info here.

Doggy Speed DatingFA > The Pasadena Humane Society is looking for foster homes for big dogs, and this Sunday they’ve organized a “speed dating” event where humans can meet available companions at timed meet-and-greets. You might even take home your new friend on the same day! Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. There are timed slots at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. More info here.

Mother’s Day Art FairFA > This Sunday at the Hollywood Farmers Market, you can check out a special Mother’s Day Art Fair featuring local artisans and special discounts, including offerings from Serein Botanicals, Cache, Artemisa Femmes, Mindful Cements, L’Antico Vintage, Más Vida, Happy Organics, Be Bindaas, and more. Runs 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Dead Mother’s Day Brunch -> Not all of us experience Mother’s Day with a mom who is still with us, so this Sunday Upright CItizen’s Brigade is lightening the loss with an afternoon of standup, storytelling, characters, and other artistic expressions of grief, all performed by UCB cast members whose moms have passed on. The show starts at noon. Tickets are $5. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Lumière at the Fairmont Century Plaza. Photo courtesy of Lumière.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Lumière -> Fairmont Century Plaza’s French Brasserie Lumière is celebrating Mother’s Day this Sunday with a special à la carte menu. Diners can indulge in delights such as buttermilk pancakes, shakshuka, chicken and waffles, and other delicious options. Additionally, Lumière has prepared gratitude stations dedicated to moms, offering activities like flower crown making, tarot readings, and watercolor painting. More info here.


The Portofino Hotel & Marina -> The Portofino Hotel & Marina’s will host Mothers Day brunch in their oceanfront Pacific & Bayside Ballroom. Guests can enjoy a spread that includes a number of salads, fresh seafood, savory entrees and desserts. Brunch for moms cost $75, other adults $95 and children (12 and under) dine for $35. More info here.

Redbird -> This Sunday, Redbird in Downtown Los Angeles, led by Neal Fraser, will offer Mother’s Day brunch and dinner. Brunch, priced at $75, features a two-course prix fixe menu, including a strawberry arugula goat cheese salad, halibut with snap peas, and Duck Chilaquiles. Dinner, priced at $85, offers a three-course prix fixe menu with a starter, main course, and dessert. Highlights of the dinner menu include a Spring Raviolo stuffed with Maine Lobster, Diver Scallops, and Filet of Beef. Reservations can be made through Opentable. More info here.

The Hideaway -> The Hideaway, a Mexican steakhouse in Beverly Hills, is offering a special Mother’s Day three-course menu priced at $85 per person. Available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the menu includes signature dishes like Tuna Tartare Pequenitos and Pescado Zarandeado, alongside exclusive one-day specials such as Cured Salmon Potato Tostaditas, Honey Baked Ham & Eggs Benedict, and Guava Cream French Toast. Every meal concludes with a Dessert Platter featuring flan, strawberries & cream, double chocolate chip churro cookie, and pastel de queso. More info here.

The Belvedere Afternoon Tea -> The Belvedere is offering afternoon tea in the Living Room throughout Mother’s Day weekend. From Friday to Sunday, guests can enjoy the ambiance enhanced by a harpist, along with champagne from Laurent Perrier, a variety of teas, and a tower of delectable sweet and savory pastries and sandwiches. The afternoon tea experience is priced at $125 per person, with the option to add endless bubbles for an additional $35. More info here.

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