39 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Ought to Know About [3-7-16 to 3-11-16]

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 7 to Friday March 11, features an All-Star Chef Classic, an all-you-can-play arcade happy hour, the Downtown Art Walk, pop-up art installations in DTLA, PaleyFest 2016, and much more.


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

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Monday March 7th, 2016

1. How to Not Kill Yourself for 30 Days

Annie Sertich (Curb Your Enthusiasm, 2 Broke Girls, The Tonight Show and The Office) performs her darkly comic one-woman show at The Groundlings Theater this Monday starting at 8:00pm. Be sure to grab discount tickets for the show via our friends at Goldstar while supplies last.

2. 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.

3. “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.

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

The Grammy Museum’s traveling photo exhibit, Bob Dylan: Photographs by Daniel Kramer, lands in Los Angeles. 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.

Tuesday March 8th, 2016

5. 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.

6. Free Day at The Autry

The Autry National Center of the American West is free on the second Tuesday of every month.

7. Artist as Leader: Meet Bill T Jones

Two time Tony Award winning choreographer and dancer Bill T Jones will be performing his John Cage inspired piece, Story/Time followed by a Q&A with the audience facilitated by USC music professor Kenneth Foster. The event will take place at 7:3 pm at Bovard Auditorium on USC’s University Park Campus (3551 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089.) The event is FREE with reservations that can be made here.

8. 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.

9. LACMA Tuesday Matinee Film Series Screens The Strawberry Blonde 

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

10. 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.

11. Taco & Trivia Tuesday’s At Angel City Brewery 

Every Tuesday celebrate all things “T” with tacos and trivia at DTLA’s open air brewery Angel City. Taqueria el Severo will be serving up grilled tacos outside, while Brainstormer host’s trivia inside. Trivia starts at 7:00pm sharp.

Wednesday March 9th, 2016

12. Neon Retro Arcade “Afterschool Special” Happy Hour

Grilled cheese and float tasting PLUS an hour of free play at the Neon Arcade for just $10?  It’s all part of Neon Retro Arcade’s special happy hour in conjunction with Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week.

13. All-Star Chef Classic at L.A. Live

The only food event of its kind, All-Star Chef Classic returns for its third year to L.A. LIVE, March 9-12, for a four-day culinary experience showcasing some of the most well-respected and award-winning chefs from around the globe.

14. 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.

15. Andaz Taste Series Presents Angel City Brewery

Experience the “Andaz Taste” with Angel City Brewery this Wednesday from 5:00pm-7:00pm at Andaz West Hollywood. The brewmaster at Angel City Brewery will curate a complimentary tasting session for guests that evening as part of the monthly “Andaz Taste” series, focused on highlighting local flavor and innovators in the city. This event is free and open to all guests and locals, with no RSVP necessary.

16. 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.

17. iPic Entertainment Presents: UDINE: Ultimate Digital Industry Networking Event

iPic Theaters in Westwood, presents an Ultimate Digital Industry Networking Event (UDINE) a networking experience series and think-tank where urban creatives, digital gurus, tech-hackers, digital & IT executives and entrepreneurs gather to get inspired, learn and connect during an interactive intimate session with Fabio Zaffagnini – an expert in social innovation, crowd funding, crowd sourcing campaigns and product design. For $30 per person, guests receive admission to the event, plus two drinks and appetizers.

18. 2016 Los Angeles Scripted Comedy Festival 

iO West will once again hosts the Los Angeles Scripted Comedy Festival (March 9-12.) Held on three stages, the four day fest features comedy shows, celebrity performers, competitions and writing workshops.

Thursday March 10th, 2016

19. DEBATE DEBATE at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

DEBATE DEBATE is turning their attention to the Republican National Debate, rounding up some of LA’s top comedians and other special guests to watch from the stage and chime in alongside the CNN broadcast.

20. 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 for this week via Goldstar.

21. 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.

22. The Downtown Art Walk

The Downtown Art Walk has been an L.A. cultural phenomenon bringing in art enthusiasts and locals together every second Thursday of each month. Art galleries, shops, bars and more open up for one big party celebrating art and DTLA for one fine night.

Participating galleries for the March 10th Art Walk include: Fathom Gallery, REN Gallery, Please Do Not Enter, Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Gallery, Carol Cirillo Stanley Studio Gallery, the Fine Arts Building (Los Angeles), The Spring Arts Collective, Lobby Gallery, Artist 101, Pskaufman Gallery, LACDA Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, and The Hive Gallery and Studios.

23. 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.

24. Throwback Thursdays Screening of Millers Crossing 

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. Free Day At The Japanese American National Museum 

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


26. Free Day At The Skirball Cultural Center 

The Skirball Cultural Center is free to all every Thursday.

27. 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.

28. MOCA Free Night

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

29. 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!

30. 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.

Friday March 11th, 2016

31. 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.

Discounts tickets are available for this week/weekend including:

3/11 Opening: Empire (discounts  tickets*)

3/12 Better Call Saul (discounts tickets*)

3/12 Scream Queens (discounts tickets*)

3/13 Black-ish (discounts tickets*)

*via our affiliate partners at Goldstar

32. Bunker Hill Odd Market

The Odd Market is setting up shop at Bunker Hill’s Wells Fargo Center Plaza cruise with over 35 local vendors in jewelry, fashion, art, home goods, unique vintage items, gourmet foods and much more.

33. 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.

34. Poltergeist Screening at Abandoned Zoo in Griffith Park 


The team behind the Great Horror Movie Nights (same folks who do Great Horror Campouts and the Haunted Hayrides) are hosting a spooky screening series beginning this March, and then continuing on once a month into May, all hosted at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. The first screening, held on Friday, March 11th will feature the classic horror film Poltergeist

35. ArtNight Pasadena

Join Pasadena for an evening of art, performance and entertainment during ArtNight Pasadena. Visit site-specific installations and art museums like the Norton Simon Museum, Pacific Asia Museum and Pasadena Museum of California Art FREE! Food trucks and restaurants will also be in participation and shuttles (also free) will help folks get around easily.

36. 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.

37. 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.

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

The Long Beach Museum of Art is free every Friday!

39. Classic Home Public Warehouse Sale

Leading manufacturer and distributor Classic Home is having a major public sale. Get up to 70% off high-end furniture, bedding, pillows, rugs and much more. Sale takes place for only one day from 10:00am-3:00pm.

Location: 4651 Bandini Blvd, Vernon, CA 90058

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