34 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [4-24-17 to 4-28-17]

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, Apr. 24 to Friday, Apr. 28, features The 18th annual Taste of the Valley, The Beverly Hills Film Festival, a Paul Simon exhibit at Skirball, Redondo Beach Springfest and LOTS 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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Monday April 24th, 2017

1. The Moth GrandSLAM Storytelling Championship is tonight! Happening at The Regent Theater. The GrandSLAM Championship, featuring the winners of the past 10 Moth StorySLAMS, is a battle of wits and words.

2. Come out to Angel City Brewery for a couple of beers and Drinky Draw (8-10 p.m.) where you try your hand at drawing a live model. Cost $20 to participate.

3. There’s a cat themed late night talk show happening at UCB called “Chats on Cats With Joey Clift.” Expect cat themed monologue jokes, characters, and interviews with celebrity cat owners.

4. Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen at The Virgil is one of the most popular weekly variety shows happening on a Monday in Los Angeles.

5. The Business LA is a free comedy show at Little Joy featuring some of the best local comics in town. FREE

6. Catch L.A.’s longest running weekly burlesque show Monday Night Tease at Three Clubs in Hollywood on Mondays. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Tuesday April 25th, 2017

7. The Chamber Music Nights series at Walt Disney Concert Hall is the perfect evening. Guests will have a chance to taste delicious wines, explore the iconic Frank Gehry architecture and indulge in some world-class chamber music. Check for discounted admission before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. Ahmanson Theatre presents the much beloved Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. The new rival of the classic will be performed by the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production. Happening throughout the week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. Head to LACMA to catch a classic flick every Tuesday as part of their matinee film series. This Tuesday features The Devil is a Woman. Tickets cost just $4.

10. Escape Room LA: The Theatre has you trapped inside a creepy theater haunted by a ghost. The only way out is to uncover clues and puzzles to release the ghost before time runs out. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. The Lincoln presents “For the Record,” a weekly series where guests bring in their own vinyl for a unique DJ set from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. This week’s theme is Jazz with DJ Jordan Blackmon (Toro y Moi guitarist). FREE

Wednesday April 26th, 2017

12. The 18th annual Taste of the Valley returns to the San Fernando Valley on April 26. This ultimate tasting experiencing of 45+ local restaurants and wine, spirits and beer from over 120 wineries, breweries and local makers. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED(via Goldstar)

13. 17th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival begins on April 26 with opening night at the TCL Chinese 6 in Hollywood. Continuing through April 30, the BHFF will feature red carpet premiers, networking events, panel discussions and after parties.

14. The Slurring Bee makes its way to The Virgil this Wednesday for a bar spelling bee where participants pay $5 to compete, take a first Slurring Bee Shot and spell. From there on it keeps going until a queen or king bee is crowned. Winner receives half the pot, bee-themed prizes and their picture immortalized on The Slurring Bees Wall of Fame, plus automatic placement in the Tournament of Champions!

15. Play Indiana Jones for a day with Escape Room LA: The Cavern. Find clues and solve puzzles to get your hands on a lost civilization’s ancient treasures hundreds of feet below Downtown Los Angeles! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

16Odyssey Theatre will be having previews of their new show KISS by Chilean playwright, Guillermo Calderon Wednesday through Friday. Use promo code WELIKELA for free tickets. Please book in advance or mention the promo code over the phone or email.

17. Save up to 85% off on apparel and more during The Kooples sample sale April 26-30.

18. The Taste of Downtown Glendale returns for with 30+ restaurants, wine and beer on tap, live music and family events to keep the kiddos busy.

19. Tales from Tinseltown is a new storytelling show hosted by Megan Hayes (Hunger Games, Sleepy Hollow) and Oscar Sagastume (Multiple Moth Winner, Buzzfeed). Performers share some of Hollywood’s dirty secrets and maybe a few of their own. Tickets cost $5.


20. The 1st Annual L.A. Get Down Festival will celebrate hip hop and spoken word from April 18-30. Presented by Greenway Arts Alliance and Da Poetry Lounge the events will include legendary writers, poets, musical performances and leading workshops celebrating diversity. Happening throughout the week.

Thursday April 27th, 2017

21. Thursday is opening day for Paul Simon: Words & Music Exhibit at Skirball Cultural Center. Curated by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, fans can learn about Simon’s life, career, and creative process while perusing various instruments, records, sheet music, photography, costumes, and more on display.

22Redondo Beach’s Springfest returns for four days (April 27-30) of carnival and community fun at Aviation Park. Springfest is a long-standing tradition going for 30 years, it’s a family-friendly event featuring pony rides, a petting zoo, carnival rides for all ages, food trucks, a food court, live entertainment and DJs. FREE

23. The L.A. Zoo is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a sustainable wine and dinner series. Each event will include a five-course farm-to-table dinner accompanied by wine from local vineyards. There will also be a zoo walk-through with education and entertainment highlights, along with up-close animal encounters. On April 27 Malibu Wines will be the featured winery and the dinner will take place on the terraces of the L.A. Zoo’s Mahale Mountains.

24. The Rockwell Table & Stage presents The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Gurlz. Relive the catty girl-clique “The Plastics” through song and dance. The show has been selling out to great acclaim. Happening Thursday and Friday.  DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. Produce Haus opens it’s doors this Thursday with a group exhibition called “WALLS: A Quest for Immersive Space.” The public opening and artists’ reception will take place from 7-10 p.m. and no RSVP is required.

26. Throwback Thursdays at NoHo cinema screens A League of Their Own this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

27. Prism DJs and KNEWNOISE presents “Crazy in Love” a Beyonce and Jay Z dance party at Resident DTLA.

28. Free admission days this Thursday for:  Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

Friday April 28th, 2017

29. The Last Book Review returns to The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles. Join host Ever Mainard and five comedians as they tell their own personal, funny and often awkward story on stage. The last comedian will then take the audience through a book review. FREE

30 Every Friday in April Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This week’s theme is a City Series: PISCO.


31. Tease, If You Please Burlesque Show staged at Globe Theatre spotlights acts from some of the most creative dancers in the business. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. April is National Poetry Month and Metro Art Presents legendary L.A. poet and word musician Kamau Daáood and a program of performances by special guest poets, accompanied by musicians at Union Station. FREE

33. LACMA’s award winning Department of Music Program provides hundreds of free concerts and musical events every year for Angelenos to enjoy. This Friday their jazz series continues at the BP Grand Entrance.

34. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art

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