41 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Ought to Know About [2-1-16 to 2-5-16]

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday February 1 to Friday February 5, features a free pizza giveaway, free after-hours dancing at The Music Center, first Fridays at NHM, a Peanuts Art Gallery, All Space Considered at The Observatory, and plenty more to choose from.


Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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Music Center Sleepless Party
Image via The Music Center

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Monday February 1st, 2016

1. Menchie’s Celebrates National Frozen Yogurt Day with Free Yogurt

Fans of frozen yogurt can head over to a Menchie’s for a free six ounce cup of frozen yogurt from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. No coupons are necessary to enjoy this sweet deal.

2. Monday Mayhem Game Night 

Come on out to Angel City Brewery in DTLA as they host one epic game night. From 7:00pm -9:00 pm board games, awesome beers on tap and even a cornhole tournament will be available for patrons. It’s free to play and awards are handed out throughout the night.

3. La Dolce Vita Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Nightly $50 Prix-Fixe

La Dolce Vita, in Beverly Hills, is turning 50! The restaurant is set to kick off a month long celebration with nightly $50 prix-fixe dinners featuring signature dishes from the original 1966 menu. Each meal includes a glass of Chianti to cheers!

4. Salt & Straw’s Collaborative February Flavors Celebrate LA Chocolatiers

Salt & Straw, the small-batch ice cream purveyor known for its artisanal, chef-driven approach to the American classic, will be offering an “LA Chocolatiers” series all month in honor of Valentine’s Day. Head Ice Cream Maker Tyler Malek collaborated with five of his favorite local chocolate makers to craft the decadent lineup, which highlights each of their unique styles, ingredients, and techniques via ice cream. Ice cream is available by the scoop or by the pint. For more information, visit saltandstraw.com/flavors/#la.

5. Live Band Karaoke at The Federal Bar

Starting Monday, The Federal Bar in North Hollywood will present LIVE BAND KARAOKE! Every Monday night starting at 9:00pm, guests will have the chance to belt out their favorite hits while taking advantage of the $5 drink specials and The Federal Bar’s special poutine menu. No cover!

Tuesday February 2nd, 2016

6. 1984 at The Broad Stage

This smash hit straight from London’s West End, makes’s it’s U.S. debut at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. See George Orwell’s novel come to life through radical staging that blurs the line between the past and present and what’s fiction and reality. Keep in mind our friends at Goldstar have some discount ticketing options for select performance including this week while supplies last.

7. Free Day At The Natural History Museum! 

On every first Tuesday of the month The Natural History Museum is free.

8. KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities at Dodgers Stadium

Step into the world of Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS a place of wonders where your imagination can alter reality. Interested? Get more information and discount tickets on select days this week via Goldstar!

9. Celebrate National Tots Day with Free Tots at Hollywood Burger

Come into Hollywood Burger and get a free order of tots with every burger or sandwich purchase!

10. Free Day At The Page Museum

On the first Tuesday of every month the Page Museum at La Brea Tarpits is free!

11. LACMA Tuesday Matinee Film Series Screens Rabecca

LACMA will screen Notorious. This ongoing Tuesday Matinee film series cost $2 for members and $4 for non members.

12. Free Day At Kidspace Children’s Museum 

Kidspace Children’s Museum is free from 4:00pm to close.

Wednesday February 3rd, 2016

13. Larry Bell. From the 60s an Opening Reception at Hauser & Wirth

Larry Bell. From the 60s, is Hauser & Wirth’s first exhibition devoted to Larry Bell the artist recognized internationally for his innovative contributions to the Light and Space movement and New York Minimalism in the sixties. The opening reception will take place this Wednesday at Hauser & Wirth’s East 69th street gallery and the exhibit will be on view through April 9, 2016.

14. Lunchtime Yoga Retreat

Get your sun salutations on in the middle of Downtown in Grand Park! The free yoga class starts at 12:15pm and runs to 1:00pm.

Thursday February 4th, 2016

15. The Virus an Immersive Escape Room Experience

A deadly virus has swept the earth and a team of scientists (played by you and other folks!) are in an underground laboratory trying to find a cure. Each move becomes crucial to finding an antidote OR if you’re unlucky accidentally setting off the computerized decontamination system, where you might find yourself smashed flat by the slowly constricting laboratory walls. Sounds like your kind of mission? Come down to the Six01 Studio in Burbank and check out one of Los Angeles’ most exciting and immersive escape room utilizing digital technology and virtual reality to create a totally realistic experience. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

16. The Great Pizza Giveaway at The Pizza Press Pasadena 

Here’s your chance to get our hands on a free pie this Thursday. To celebrate the grand opening of The Pizza Press Pasadena location all diners who register online for a voucher will receive a free personal 10-inch pizza, redeemable for either a custom or signature pizza of their choice. View more information and how to sign up here.

17. The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Devil Wears Prada

A favorite tale of a basic-to-fierce transformation of a fashion magazine assistant is retold in this hilarious musical. There will be plenty of cattiness, back-stabbing and of course makeover magic. All happening at The Rockwell where you can grab a bite and have a cocktail during the show (girls night anyone?) There are only a few discount tickets on Goldstar left, better grab yours soon for this week’s performances.

18. Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

After decades as a private residence / venue rental, Pasadena’s Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is now open for public admission every Thursday.

19. Pan African Film and Arts Festival Opening Night

Established in 1992, The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit dedicated to racial tolerance through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression. This year’s L.A. festival opening night will screen American Is Still The Place, and the 11 days to follow will feature hundreds of new films plus numerous special events and panels.

20. GRAMMY’S MusiCares: A Look Back Photography Exhibition

The Andaz in West Hollywood will unveil a photography exhibition and music benefit titled “GRAMMY’S MusiCares: A Look Back.” Honoring MusiCares’ 2016 Person of the Year, Lionel Richie, the public reception will kick off the 58th annual GRAMMY celebrations and give visitors an intimate look back at MusiCares’ most rocking Persons of the Year including Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, and more. The opening reception is free to the public and take’s place from 7:00pm – 9:00pm in the Mezzanine. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served and there will be a special live DJ set during the reception.

21. Free Night At The Skirball Cultural Center 

The Skirball Cultural Center is free to all every Thursday. Check out Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams in association with the Japanese American National Museum on view now through February 21, 2016.

22. Puck & Play Menu At Nest At WP24 + L.A. Kings Home Game

Every day the Kings play a home game fans can dine on the “Puck & Play” menu ($40) a special three-course menu, offered at Nest at WP24 inside The Ritz-Carlton. Selections of dim such as Chili “Dan Dan” Dumplings and Pork Belly Bao Buns, are followed by Crispy General Tso’s Chicken and Thai Curry Noodles. Guests also leave with their choice of sweet treats like carmel corn packaged to go for the game. Check out Goldstar for more information and discount tickets to Kings games for the remainder of the year and 2016.

23. Free Day At The Japanese American National Museum 

Japanese American National Museum from 5:00pm to 8:00pm every Thursday!

24. Throwback Thursdays Screening of The Legend of Drunken Master 

The Throwback Thursdays film series is back at NOHO cinema, the screening features a gourmet food truck onsite, and guest may bring their food inside the theater!  Get more information and discount tickets via our friends at Goldstar.


25. ThinkCure Benefit Show at The Improv

Matt Knudsen, Brody Stevens, Henry Phillips, Jamie Kaler and Brendon Walsh are putting on a show for a great cause. In addition to a great night of family friendly (18+) comedy, there will an amazing raffle with prizes including: tickets to the Dodgers Luxury Box, a David Letterman crew jacket, autographed memorabilia from Warner Brother’s Bugs Bunny and a whole lot more. 100% of the proceeds from the night will go to Think Cure which provides funding and support for City of Hope.

26. MOCA Free Night

Every Thursday evening from 5:00pm – 8:00pm admission is free to both the MOCA on Grand and The Geffen Contemporary.

Friday February 5th, 2016

27. Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours

On Friday, the Music Center’s after-hours party series returns for 2016 better than ever. It’s called Sleepless and it will feature a huge list of fun activities happening in multiple spaces filled with live DJs, music performances, video installations, sonic sculptures and more. Guest will party until the wee hours of the morning (well, 3:00am at least). Oh yeah, and did I mention it was free and open to the public? Yup, pretty cool.

28. Tour and Taste at Hollywood’s Hot Restaurants & Famous Sights

This four hour tour of the sites and taste of what Hollywood has to offer will take you to The Roosevelt Hollywood to the iconic Capital Records and even Melrose avenue. You will make several stops at some of Los Angeles’ most talked-about restaurants for a variety of savory and sweet tastings. Get more information and discounted tickets via Goldstar. Bon appetit!

29. First Fridays are Back at the Natural History Museum

Party at The Natural History Museum after-hours during First Fridays! The first series will kick off with guided tours, scientist led discussions, a DJ Lounge and musical performances by up and coming bands. Each series has a specific theme and this week it’s “BIG SCREEN, BIGGER SCIENCE.”

31. All Space Considered

The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. Oh, and it’s free!

32. Taste of Night Market

From the same team who brought us the 626 Night Market, the Taste of Night Market is a ticketed tasting event that will feature food and drink samples from Southern California Chefs, visual artists, live musicians and cultural performers. The Chinese New Year themed event will take place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on February 5 and 6.

33. Free Day At The Pasadena Museum Of Art

The Pasadena Museum of California Art has free admission for 12:00pm – 5:00pm this Friday.

34. Escape Reality at Magicopolis

Husband-and-wife duo Steve Spill and Bozena Wrobel perform a vaudeville-style magic show that’s fun for the whole family. Expect optical illusions, levitation, mind reading, disappearances and a nail-biting Houdini-type escape called the Table of Terror! Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.’

35. First Fridays at Venice Beach

On the first Friday of the month head down to Abbott Kinney Blvd. in Venice Beach for tons of food trucks, open galleries and late-night shop hours. Get more information via the official event blog.

36. Screening of Sicario followed by Q&A with Cinematographer Roger Deakins

Vidiots Foundation is proud to present an evening with Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins, along with a screening of Sicario, on Friday at 7:00pm. Grab your tickets on the Vidiots site.

37. Free Museum Day at The Long Beach Museum Of Art


The Long Beach Museum of Art is free every Friday!

38. The Peanuts Gallery: A Charlie Brown Themed Art Show

Come check out over 100 artists from around the global interpret the classic characters of the Peanuts Gang in a way you’ve never seen before. Burning Buns food truck will be there and complimentary refreshments will be served. The opening reception starts at 8:00pm.

Location: Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics 7522 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046

39. Free Night At The Norton Simon

The Norton Simon Museum has free admission the first Friday of every month from 5:00pm to close.

40. From Berlin to LA

From Berlin to LA is a two-day event taking place across several LA venues and will showcase the growing bond between electronic musicians in Berlin and LA. All events are free to the public. RSVP to events, workshops, shows and after parties here.

41. First Fridays at Bixby Knolls

An art walk, dining and shopping experience where participating businesses in the Long Beach neighborhood of Bixby Knolls businesses unite to promote local artists and musicians through extended operating hours. Fun for all-ages… and free! Regularly scheduled at 6:30pm-9:30pm on Fridays.


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