Things To Do

40 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [4-16-18 to 4-20-18]

April 16, 2018 by We Like L.A. Staff

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, April 16 to Friday, April 20, features College Night at The Getty, Spa Week, $1 drinks on Tax Day, the Super Serious Show, The Taste of the Valley, Earth Day at Grand Park, WhiskyX and MUCH more.


Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

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

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Earth Day LA 2017 in Grand Park

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Monday April 16th, 2018

1.Every year, the J. Paul Getty Museum hosts a college night where students can enjoy a variety of free tours, performances, and interactive activities. College Night 2018: City of Artists takes place this Monday, April 16 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Students get free admission and parking with a valid college I.D. FREE

2. Spa Week returns to Los Angeles April 16-22 for its biannual celebration dedicated to improving personal health by simplifying wellness. Every April and October for one week only, hundreds of spas and wellness locations across North America will offer two or three full-service treatments for just $50 each.

3. The Griffith Observatory will open this Monday evening for a special lecture and book signing of A Futuristic Journey Through the Cosmos an interplanetary travel guide created by noted astronomer and planetary scientist Professor Jim Bell.

4. See dark tales focused on murder, mayhem, and femme fatales at the 20th Noir City: Hollywood Film Noir Festival at Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood from April 13-22.

5. The Museum of Failure has a new location on Hollywood and Highland with new exhibits and products that include Juicero, Facebook Gifts, RCA SelectaVision,, and Google Wave. There’s also an entire section dedicated to Hollywood with some of the industry’s biggest fails. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. There’s a Nintendo 64 Tournament (Super Smash Bros. & Mario Kart) at Arts District Brewing Co. on Monday from 4 to 9 p.m.

7. Step inside The Museum of Illusions in Hollywood and find yourself in a classic painting, part of a cartoon, part of current events, inside movies and much more. Highlights include watching the Titanic go down, “climbing” a sheer cliff and other eye popping visuals. Happening all week.  (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

Tuesday April 17th, 2018

8. Need a little last minute Tax Day relief? There are 9 L.A. spots offering $1 drinks on April 17, the same day that your 2017 taxes are due.

9. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftop of The Montalban in Hollywood with a screening of The GodfatherOther screenings this week includeDirty Dancing, Coco, Lady Bird , Mean Girls and more.

10. 260LA will host an 3.1 Phillip Lim sample sale event April 17-22 in Beverly Hills with men’s and women’s ready to wear, footwear, accessories and more at a steep discount.

11. Get a taste of what South Pasadena has to offer during the 7th Annual Taste of South Pasadena. The evening will include a wine tasting portion, and a restaurant crawl with unlimited food.

12. The Hammer will present a screening of Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami a 2017 film that mixes between musical sequences and intimate footage of the entertainer. A Q&A with director Sophie Fiennes will follow the film. FREE

13. Check out Butterfly Season at Kidspace Children’s Museum now through May 4. Activities include daily butterfly exploration in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater.

14. Candytopia brings its immersive, oh-so-sweet Insta-friendly experience to Santa Monica, where it will remain till July 4.

15. Free admission at: Los Angeles County ArboretumSouth Coast Botanic Garden and Descanso Gardens

Wednesday April 18th, 2018

16. The Super Serious Show is a comedy event produced by CleftClips featuring both established and up-and-coming talent performing an array of stand-up, sketch and musical comedy. Happening at The Virgil.

17. Angel City Brewery will host the 4th Annual Beers & Queers  a fun evening that includes a screening of 2004 comedy SAVED! a panel discussion with writer/director Brian Dannelly and more.

18. Stash House, a new escape room in L.A. will allow you and your friends to get actively involved in a crime drama — with zero chance of going to prison. Happening all week.

19. FLIX at FIG will screen Avengers at FIGat7th in DTLA. The free movie screenings happen every third Wednesday of the month. A live DJ and happy hour kicks off the night at 6 p.m. and the film begins at 7 p.m. FREE

20. Bad Housekeeping at Good Housekeeping in Highland Park pops up every Wednesday now through May 30. On these nights you’ll find libations inspired by bad recipes of the past including a ‘glazed ham’ and cherry cordials cocktail.

21. The VOID’s virtual reality experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is now open in the Glendale Galleria. The “hyper-reality” experience puts players in a 360 virtual world allowing them to touch, smell, and sensing their surroundings.

22. The Garvey Ranch Observatory will host an evening of astronomy with members of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society. Guest will have a chance to go into the dome to view the stars, enjoy a star party on the lawn, and learn how to build their own telescope. The observatory is open to the public on Wednesday nights only. FREE

Thursday April 19th, 2018

23. In conjunction with The Music Center and LADWP, Grand Park is hosting an Earth Day celebration on April 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn about different clean and green solutions, enjoy performances, tours, plant giveaways and demonstrations of the latest in green technology. FREE


24. Third Thursdays on Brand Avenue in Glendale is a vibrant event featuring music, food, drinks, and artisanal goods, taking place outside of the Museum of Neon Art.

25. The Taste of the Valley, San Fernando’s largest wine tasting and food festival returns this Thursday with over 120 wineries, 45 restaurants and more. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

26. The Pub at Golden Road will host Goat Yoga on The Lawn this Thursday where guests join in a one hour yoga session, sip on a GR beer after and meet and greet the yogi goats.

27. Art duo Dosshaus transforms the Corey Helford Gallery into a flop-house hotel from the 60’s made entirely of recycled cardboard hand painted to look like black & white illustrations. The exhibit houses hundreds of individual pieces including a “Paper-Thin Hotel” with several life size rooms. FREE

28. Visit Virtual Room in Hollywood for a group VR adventure in which you’ll go back in time to ensure a better future.

29. Free admission at: Japanese American National Museum (all day), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.), Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.), USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.) and Pasadena Museum of California Art (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

Friday April 20th, 2018

30. The Magic Bus Experience comes to the Reef DTLA April 20-22 for an experience outside the norm. Experience a 60,000- square foot psychedelic wonderland made up of several whimsical environments inspired by marijuana culture just in time for 420. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

31. The inaugural WhiskyX event will take place at the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport and will feature a live concert from the band Dawes. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. Pacific Opera Project (POP) presents a truly unique an immerisve production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, at The Vortex a large warehouse space in DTLA. The performance will have Dick Tracey feel, with a full orchestra, POP performers, non traditional seating, food and shared wine. Happening April 13, 14, 20, 21, 22. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

33. This Friday Caltech’s Stargazing and Lecture series returns to Pasadena for a night of outer worldly discussions and some stargazing. FREE 

34. Japan House Los Angeles (JHLA) presents Takeo Paper Show titled SUBTLE, an experimental exploration of paper, on view from April 13 through May 23, 2018. The exhibit will showcase innovative paper creations that will have you look at paper in an entirely different way. To celebrate this exhibit JHLA will host several free air vase workshops where you’ll learn how to make a vase with paper on Saturday. FREE

35. Decompress at Mystic Journey Crystals in Venice with a crystal sound bath that combines original compositions and performances with crystal singing bowls.


36. The Music Center presents StarDust, a celebration of the late great David Bowie through performances by Complexions Contemporary Ballet. The tribute show running April 20 – 22 is part of the 15th season Dance at The Music Center and will feature many of the icons unforgettable hits and glam rock-inspired costumes.

37. Museum of Selfies opens on April 1 and will run till May 31 with 10 interactive exhibits that welcomes visitors to take a closer look into the cultural phenomenon. The curators of the Glendale musueum have also collected an array of Instagram-inspired art as well as an Iron Throne made of selfie sticks for guests to enjoy. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

38. Greenbar Distillery has teamed up with The Burrito Project and a select list of local bars and restaurants, to provide thousands of burritos to those in need in the Los Angeles area. Simply go to a bar on the list and order a CITY Bright gin cocktail from there Greenbar Distillery will donate a burrito to The Burrito Project. Get more info here.

39. The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage present Dance Theatre of Harlem for two nights (April 20-21) for a thrilling and eclectic program of neo-classical and contemporary ballet.

40. The Groundlings presents there latest main stage show Royal Wedding a hilarious improv show poking fun at all things royal, performed by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company.  DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

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