41 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Ought to Know About [3-14-16 to 3-18-16]

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 March 14 to Friday March 18, features National Pi Day, Blogging 101 with We Like L.A., free day at the L.A. Arboretum and Descanso Gardens, St Patrick’s Day celebrations in L.A., a HUMP! film festival, and plenty more events to choose from.


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

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View of DTLA from Vista Hermosa Park
View of DTLA from Vista Hermosa Park. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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Monday March 14th, 2016

1. $3.14 Pizzas for National Pi Day at Pitfire Pizza

Any guest who shows they follow Pitfire on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter can purchase a signature pie for $3.14 (limit of one per person). The offer will be valid only on March 14 until 3:14pm, and it must be an in-house order. Basically, you have to eat it there.

2. Pie Eating Contest at Republic of Pie

For Pi Day, Republic of Pie will hold a pie eating contest at 2:00pm on March 14th. The rules are: no utensils or hands can be used during the contest, whoever is the first to finish their entire pie or finishes the most pie in 15 minutes is crowned the winner. Pi-rize is a $50 gift card. Sign up through email before the event at [email protected]

3. Brain Party Trivia: James Bond Edition at Alex’s bar

Teams of 6 battle it out showing off their 007 knowledge with happy hour drink specials all night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Cost $5 per person to participate.

4. SKYLINE: Free Art Installation Pop-Ups All Over DTLA

Interactive, public art installations meant to embrace the evolving nature of L.A.’s ever-changing cultural landscape will be on view nightly from 6:00pm to 10:00pm from March 10-19 during a project called SKYLINE 2016.

5. J. Gold Fundraiser

Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold will join local non-profit C-CAP LA at their upcoming fundraiser on March 14 for a screening of City of Gold, a documentary that details Gold’s journey through Los Angeles’ cultural culinary scene. The screening will be preceded by a reception featuring food from some of Gold’s favorite area eateries.

Tuesday March 15th, 2016

6. Blogging 101 With We Like L.A. at the TOMS Flagship Store in Venice

Ever thought about writing a blog? Ever wondered how a content creator starts from scratch and builds a following that reaches millions of people? Or maybe your just curious about who runs our site We Like L.A. This Tuesday head over to the TOMS Flagship Store in Venice for a special talk by Brian Champlin, the co-founder of welikela.com at 6:30pm. This event is free.

7. Grand Park SPRINGTIME READS Presents: Writers’ Meetup

Every Tuesday 12:00pm–1:30pm writers of all levels (aspiring or professional) are invited to some noontime creativity with writing exercises led by nationally touring and LA-based writer/performer traci kato-kiriyama. Participants can bring their own projects to work on too! This series is free to the public. Meeting takes place on the Performance Lawn of Grand Park between Grand and Hill.

8. PaleyFest Los Angeles

The PaleyFest is a unique opportunity to see the stars and creators of your favorite television shows live, in person, at panel discussions and Q&A’s at the Dolby Theater over the course of this ten-day event. March 11-20. The festivities continue on Tuesday with the cast and crew of Scandal, with more events scheduled throughout the week.

Keep in mind some discounts tickets are available for this week/weekend including:

3/18 Difficult People (discount tickets*)

3/19 Fear The Walking Dead (discount tickets*)

3/20 American Horror Story (discount tickets*)

*via our affiliate partners at Goldstar

9. Once at The Hollywood Pantages

See eight time Tony award winning musical Once on stage during their one-week engagement at the Pantages in Hollywood. The musical follows a struggling Dublin street musician who finds new purpose after befriending a young woman. This Grammy winner for Best Musical Theater Album also won an Oscar for Best Original Song after being adapted for film in 2007. Get more information and discount tickets for this week via Goldstar.

10. Free Day at The Los Angeles County Arboretum

Los Angeles County Arboretum is free every third Tuesday of the month!

11. Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium

LACMA and The Getty Museum will both run exhibitions on the late Robert Mapplethorpe. This is a major retrospective of Mapplethorpe’s work and career as an artist and photographer The Getty’s exhibition will run from March 15 to July 31 and LACMA will open their exhibit on March 20 to July 31.

12. Free Day at Descanso Gardens 

Descanso Gardens is free every third Tuesday of the month.

13. 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.

14. LACMA Tuesday Matinee Film Series Screens Cover Girl

Every week LACMA screens a classic film, the ongoing Tuesday Matinee film series cost $2 for members and $4 for non members.

15. Viviane Hosts California Wine Dinner with Ojai Vineyard

On Tuesday, Viviane will host an intimate “Cuisine de Campagne” wine dinner with the beloved Ojai Vineyard, widely celebrated for balancing European sensibilities and finesse with the exuberant fruits of coastal California. The $88 all-inclusive meal will pair six of Owner/Winemaker Adam Tolmach’s most coveted wines with a selection of family-style dishes specially created by Executive Chef Michael Hung to showcase the rich Ojai terroir. Reservations required.

16. Gourmet Food Truck Night

Every Tuesday night the California Heritage Museum holds a Gourmet Truck Night at the museum showcasing a select of gourmet truck eateries.  All happening from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

17. Wine 101 with Artisan Cheese Gallery

Artisan Cheese Gallery in Studio City offers an explorative class on carefully choosing wines and understanding their characteristics and properties with Sommelier, Nevin Kumar. Class is $40 and reservations are required. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 818-505-0207.

Wednesday March 16th, 2016

18. Escape Room LA: The Detective

Picture you’re trapped inside a 1940’s film noir where you have to solve a slew of mysteries to escape. Work with your fellow detectives as you race against the clock. Do you have what it takes? Head over to Escape Room LA and test your sleuthing skills this week! Get more information and discounted tickets for Wednesday and Thursday via Goldstar.

19. Web Series Unplugged at El Cid

If you like sketch comedy, Funny or Die and UCB this event is for you. Taking place every third Wednesday at El Cid since 2010 Web Series Unplugged is where you can catch the latest web series screened live to an audience for the very first time. $10 at the door.

20. Art Exhibit Opening: Duchamp to Pop

Marcel Duchamp is being exhibited at The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Titled Duchamp to Pop the museum will show works from the archives of New Painting of Common Objects from 1962 and Marcel Duchamp Retrospective from 1963. In addition roughly 40 works will be on view from Warhol to Ruscha all of which who have been strongly influenced by Duchamps works.

21. 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.

22. Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel

International art gallery Hauser Wirth & Schimmel just opened it’s doors in the Art’s District. The inaugural exhibition Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947-2016 showcases close to 100 works from 34 women artists from the past 70 years will be on view including Louise Bourgeois, Claire Falkenstein, Ruth Asawa, Yayoi Kusama and Mira Schendel.

23. Escape Room LA The Alchemist

Imagine this… you discover a secret passage inside an ancient library that leads you into the mysterious lab of an ancient alchemist. Suddenly the door slams shut and locks you inside the musterious labatory where you’ll one hour to uncover and unite the four lost elements to release the hidden power of the Philosopher’s Stone in order to escape the room. This live action event at Escape Room L.A. is a frantic challenge that requires critical thinking, creativity and plenty of teamwork. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

24. FLIX at FIG Screens: My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Join FIGat7th for dinner and a movie. Grab food from their TASTE Food Hall, cozy up under a warm blanket, and watch a FREE movie every third Wednesday of the month. A live DJ and happy hour kicks off the night at 6:00pm and the film begins at 7:00pm.


25. 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.

26. Escape Room LA: The Theatre

If you were trapped inside an old haunted theater and the only way to escape is to create a magic spell will you succeed? Head on over to Escape Room LA where you are led through the stage door and into a theater haunted by a ghost. Gasp! The door suddenly locks behind you, and the game begins. Uncover clues and puzzles that will lead you to create a magical spell and release the ghost before time runs out. If you fail you will be trapped in the theater forever. Game? For more information and discount tickets  this week check out Goldstar.

Thursday March 17th, 2016

27. St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations 

Los Angeles takes their celebration responsibilities very seriously on this green holiday with happenings starting as early as 6:00am (Irish coffee anyone?) From traditional Irish breakfast plates, a huge DTLA street festival, pub crawls and even a party aboard the Queen Mary, the options are endless. Fore a full preview check our list of 14 Fun Things To Do for St. Patrick’s Day in L.A.

28. Take an Insider’s Tour Through East Hollywood’s Ethnic Neighborhoods

Thai Town, Little Armenia and Korea Town are filled with great food, shops and culture. For those interested in getting to know these neighborhoods this tour is the perfect introduction. Tour includes food, transportation and more. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

29. Free Evening At The Pasadena Museum Of California Art

The Pasadena Museum of California Art is free from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on the third Thursday of every month!

30. 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.

31. Throwback Thursdays Screening of City of God

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.

31. Laurent Quenioux Pop-Up at Sangers and Joe

Award winning Chef Laurent Quenioux is hosting a weekly pop-up at Sangers and Joe, in Pasadena. Stop by every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until the end of April and treat yourself to an incredible raw bar, Quenioux’s acclaimed cheese cart, and much more. We took a peek at the raw bar menu with 20 plus top notch selections that included cherry stone clams, abalone and geoduck -this is a real treat for seafood lovers in Los Angeles. Walk-in are welcome but make a reservation if you want to be seated at a desired time.

32. Free Drink at Pattern Bar Curtesy of Roo

Roo an app that tells users which bars are happening and which bars are totally dead (lol) through crowd sourcing is partnering up with Pattern Bar in DTLA to give away a free drink to all Roo users every Thursday from 5:00pm-10:00pm for the whole month of March. Cheers to that!

33. Free Day At The Skirball Cultural Center 

The Skirball Cultural Center is free to all every Thursday.

34. 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.

35. MOCA Free Night


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

36. Escape Room LA: The Cavern

Play Indiana Jones for a day with Escape Room LA! Find clues and solve puzzles to get your hands on a lost civilization’s ancient treasures hundreds of feet below Downtown Los Angeles! You’ll have less than an hour to escape, working with your team to solve challenging puzzles to break free. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

Friday March 18th, 2016

37. Grrrls On Film Festival

Grrrls on Film is a free festival featuring films and music from groundbreaking female artists. Taking place at Loyola Marymount from March 18-20 the festival will include screenings and discussions with filmmakers, a bike clinic, pop-up vintage shopping and more. The festival will commence with a Girl Power: Behind the Lens panel on March 18 followed by screenings of The Runaways and Dirty Girls.

38. Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival

The concept of HUMP! is simple: Ordinary folks make five-minute sex-positive ‘dirty movies’ that get screened for live audiences, with the best films potentially winning cash prizes. The nationwide tour hits Los Angeles starting March 18 at the Downtown Independent. Get more information and discount tickets to screenings via Goldstar.

39. 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.

40. 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.

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

The Long Beach Museum of Art is free every Friday!

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