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40 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Ought to Know About [2-29-16 to 3-4-16]

February 29, 2016 by Christina Champlin

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 29 to Friday March 4, features $0.70 hot dogs, a Super Tuesday party at The Hammer, a Bob Dylan photo exhibit, Disney’s Zootopia at El Capitan, first Fridays at NHM, All Space Considered at The Observatory, and much more.


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

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Hot Dog on a Stick in Santa Monica

Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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Monday February 29th, 2016

1. Free Sprinkles Cupcake for Leap Day Babies

If you are born on February 29 you can take advantage of a special offer from Sprinkles Cupcakes to get your hands on some delicious treats, free of charge. Each Leap Day baby gets 4 cupcakes for FREE!

2. Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0

February 28th through March 5, Long Beach will celebrate their vibrant food scene with a restaurant week. Much like Los Angeles restaurant week, participating restaurants will offer affordable prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner. View restaurants and menus here.

3. The Grammy Museum Presents Bob Dylan: Photographs by Daniel Kramer

The Grammy Museum’s traveling photo exhibit, Bob Dylan: Photographs by Daniel Kramer, will get its Los Angeles premiere on Monday, February 29. The exhibit documents Bob Dylan’s metamorphosis from folk musician to rock & roll icon through more than 50 photographs taken by New York-based photographer and film director Daniel Kramer for a year and a day during 1964 and 1965.

4. Dog Haus Offers Extra Patty for Extra Day

Because calories don’t count on Leap Year, all guests who order a burger at Dog Haus on Monday, February 29th will be able to upgrade their burger to a double with an extra patty for free! Burger options include the Ringer, Holy Aioli, The Freiburger, Little Mule, The Hangover, and traditional Cheeseburger. The offer will be available all day.

5. The Federal Bar’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

North Hollywood’s The Federal Bar turns five this week. They will have a bunch of rare brews on tap from 6:00pm – 11:00pm. No admission fee just stop by and cheers with a cold one.

6. Love & Salt Offers Late Night Love Menu All Night for Leap Year

In honor of Leap Year, Love & Salt will offer their “Late Night Love” bar menu special (generally available the last hour of service) from 5:30pm until close. Diners can select their choice of either Chef Michael Fiorelli’s “Downlow” burger or any housemade pizza, plus a glass of red or white wine, or craft beer for $20. The menu will be available at the bar and chef’s counter only.

Tuesday March 1st, 2016

7. Hot Dog on a Stick Offering $0.70 Dogs Every Tuesday!

Hot Dog On A Stick is celebrating its 70th anniversary all during the month of March with “Take Me Back Tuesdays” where the original turkey dog on a stick will be offered at a nostalgic price of just 70 cents.

8. Sip Cocktails, See The Sights With The Historic Hollywood: Stars & Bars Gang!

Get a taste of Old Hollywood and sip on classic cocktails as an awesome guide share history tidbits, celebrity stories and more on Urban Adventures tour of Historic Hollywood. For more information and discount tickets check out our friends at Goldstar.

9. Super Tuesday Bash at The Hammer

The Hammer is hosting a Super Tuesday presidential primaries screening party. Follow the polls and pundits on the Hammer’s big screens and booze it up at the cash bar. This event is free and copresented by the UCLA Bruin Republicans and the UCLA Bruin Democrats. Event starts at 5:30.

10. The Illusionists at the Pantages Theatre

Prepare to be delightfully mystified when seven incredible magic-wielders ban together for The Illusionists: Live From Broadway. Guest will be treated to a night of tricks, death-defying stunts and wonder. Dazzling audiences of all ages this critically acclaimed show has shattered box office records across the globe with some of the most outrageous and miraculous acts ever to be seen. Catch the show at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Get more information and discount tickets this week via Goldstar.

11. “Get Happy” Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week

Enjoy extended Happy Hour food and drink promotions for two weeks during Old Pasadena’s “Get Happy” Happy Hour Week running Tuesday, March 1, through Monday, March 14.

12. Free Day At The Natural History Museum! 

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

13. Bordeaux Legends Dinner with Vieux Chateau Certan and Ducru Beaucaillou at Wally’s Beverly Hills

Wally’s Beverly Hills will host a once in a lifetime dinner with Vieux Château Certan and Château Ducru-Beaucaillou. Proprietors Alexandre Thienpont and Bruno Borie have reached into their private libraries to offer a selection of top vintages. Pours will be generous and family-style preparations of traditional Bordelais classics by Executive Chef David Feau will set the tone for a fun and festive evening. Only 30 total tickets are available for $399 per person.

14. Free Day At Kidspace Children’s Museum 

Kidspace Children’s Museum is free from 4:00pm to close on the first Tuesday of every month.

15. Free Day At The Page Museum

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

Wednesday March 2nd, 2016

16. El Segundo Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at Sausal

El Segundo hotspots Sausal and El Segundo Brewing are teaming up to host a three-course beer dinner this Wednesday. Guests can look forward to new Nuevo Rancho dishes from celebrated Chef Anne Conness paired with fan favorite brews from El Segundo Brewing Co., such as the Power Plant Triple IPA (recent Gold Medal winner at the 2016 Bistro Fest). Reservations can be made in advance by calling (310) 322-2721.

17. Big Bar Presents: Toronto to London to Los Angeles Happy Hour

Evelyn Chick the Global Winner of the Beefeater MIXLDN cocktail competition will stop by Big Bar this Wednesday, to recreate her winning cocktail “Endless English Summers” Big Bar will hold a special happy hour along with a Canadian themed mixtape, they promise Nickleback will not be in mixtape. Cheers to that!

18. Nature Connects at The South Coast Botanic Garden

Nature Connects features 27 unique, nature-inspired sculptures constructed with over half a million LEGO brick pieces with subjects ranging from a hummingbird to a goldfinch to a 6-ft tall Bison made from 45,000+ individual bricks. On exhibition at the South Coast Botanic Gardens from February 19 to May 8.

19. Spell Estate Winery Exclusive Dinner Pairing at Maru Santa Monica

Santa Monica’s omakase and steakhouse destination, Maru, will be hosting a Wine Maker dinner with Spell Estate Winery on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30pm, with tickets available to the public for $125. Chef Jason Park has created a 6-course menu to pair with wines from the esteemed Sonoma County winery. Winemaker Andrew Berge has flown in for one night only to pour the hand-picked selection chosen to accompany Chef Park’s dishes.

Thursday March 3rd, 2016

20. Planned Parenthood Food Fare

Food Fare is returning to Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar and with it comes some of the top people in the food and beverage industry. Highly anticipated by food lovers Food Fare offers guests the opportunity to sample gourmet food and drink from over 100 Los Angeles based restaurants, food and drink purveyors.

21. The Queen Mary Hosts Scotch Tasting Dinner

Climb aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach for a night of fine dining and rare aged scotch. This Barrel Series includes a five-course meal paired with scotch like a 18-Year-Old Highland Park Scotch and Macallan Rare Cask, a delicious dessert to end the night and a premium cigar. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar (while supplies last).

22. Free Night At The Skirball Cultural Center 

The Skirball Cultural Center is free to all every Thursday.

23. 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 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and for the remainder of the year.

24. Free Day At The Japanese American National Museum 


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

25. 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?) Get more information and discount tickets on Goldstar for this week’s performances.

26. Throwback Thursdays Screening of Goodfellas 

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.

27. Le Cellier Ladies’ Night with Chocolate Flights

This March Vietnamese French Marina Del Rey spot Le Cellier invites you to Ladies’ Night with Chocolate Flights, featuring local artisanal chocolatiers. You pick four chocolates; Le Cellier will choose four wines. The pairing will be offered every Thursday in March from 6:00pm – 7:00pm for $28.

28, 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.

29. 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 March 4th, 2016

30. Natural History Museum First First Fridays

Party at The Natural History Museum after-hours, go on guided tours, enjoy scientist led discussions, mingle at the DJ Lounge and rock out to your favorite bands at NHM’s First Fridays. The March 4 installment includes a “Stranger than Fiction!” tour of the museum along with musical performances by Lower Dens and Gardens of Villa.

31. Disney’s Zootopia at El Capitan Theatre

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s Zootopia March 4 – April 10, 2016. Before the movie, guests will be treated to an all-new, interactive Wild Animal Encounter show on the El Capitan stage, featuring Lola the Sloth and her animal friends from the Wildlife Learning Center. Plus, Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde, Disney’s new characters from “Zootopia,” will make their live stage debut at the El Capitan. Get more information and discount tickets  via Goldstar.

32. 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!

33. Drag Extravaganza Le Bal 

Candis Cayne from “I Am Cait” on E! will be hosting the second installment of “Le Bal” at Ace Hotel in DTLA on Friday, March 4 with special performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race superstars Raja, Detox, Delta Work, Trixie Mattel and Miss Coco Peru.

34. Art Exhibit Opening: Duchamp to Pop

Marcel Duchamp is coming to The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Roughly 40 works will be on view. Jean-Marie Drot’s 1963 documentary Jeu d’échecs avec Marcel Duchamp will also be on view at 6:00pm this Friday. Perfect timing since it falls on the first Friday of the month where museum hours between 5:00pm – 8:00pm are free!

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. 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.

37. Music For Train Stations 

Every Friday this March(until March 25) L.A.’s most majestic transit hub, Union Station, will be teaming up with musical curators at dublab to create a month-long sound series called Music For Train Stations.

38. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Customer Appreciation Day in Westchester

From 10:00am – 1:00pm at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Westchester store (8601 S. Lincoln Blvd.) patrons will take advantage of Customer Appreciation Day and be treated to a sampling of new seasonal beverages, giveaways (gift cards, tumblers, t-shirts, retail coffee & tea), and a special appearance by Mr. Ice Blended.

39. 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.

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

The Long Beach Museum of Art is free every Friday!

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