38 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [5-21-18 to 5-25-18]

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, May 21 to Friday, May 25, features Chamber Music & Wine Tasting at Walt Disney Concert Hall, One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, LA Mag’s Burgers, Bourbon + Beer, Taste of Boyle Heights, Night of the Living Dead at LACMA, Lebowski Fest, Barnsdall Fridays 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!

Barnsdall Park Wine Tasting Nights. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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Monday May 21st, 2018

1. There a special Monday performance of Urban Death: Spring, a haunted theater attraction currently in session at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group in North Hollywood.

2. Marvel at street artist WRDSMTH’s mantras as they take over the walls of Wells Fargo Center in DTLA as part of Arts Brookfield’s year round programming. On view May 21 through MAY 31. FREE

3. Fast casual seafood concept Prawn in Pasadena just launched a new Monday through Saturday (4 to 7 p.m.) happy hour featuring a massive menu of land and sea eats including steamed mussels, friend chicken sandwich, macaroni & cheese, shrimp cocktail, chicken tempura salad, beer, wine and a market mule.

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. Same Same in Silver Lake will celebrate its next installment of Burger Night this Monday with the Thai-GER burger made with ground sirloin, roasted herbs and spices, smoked gouda on a brioche bun with taro fries fro $14. A limited number of burgers are available. Guest can also enjoy $20 bottomless red or white wine, along with Thai music.

6. Happy Place has found a new home at LA Live’s Event Deck, opening on April 26 and running through May 27 the very Instagram friendly experience will feature a giant pot of gold and indoor confetti dome, a bath tub filled with rubber duckies and more. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. Online upscale consignment company Luxury Garage Sale (LSG) will pop-up IRL for a 30-day run in Los Angeles. The first location will launch Tuesday, May 15 at the Westfield Century City Mall, and a second will open Friday, June 1 at Westfield Topanga & The Village.

Tuesday May 22nd, 2018

8. Beyond the Streets is a fully immersive exhibition of street and graffiti art comprised of over 30 artist in a massive 40,000+ square feet exhibits. Artist are an eclectic mix of street and beyond including Retna, Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf Dennis Hopper and Jenny Holzer. Open Tuesday through Sunday this week. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. There’s a free screening of The Problem With Apu at James Bridges Theater with a q&a with writer and comedian Hari Kondabolu. FREE

10. The Walt Disney Concert Hall will host Chamber Music & Wine Tasting with The LA Philharmonic. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

11. Liz Goldwyn founder of educational digital platform, The Sex Ed leads a sex positive discussion with Nina Hartley and Dita Von Teese at The Hammer this Tuesday. FREE

12. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of The Montalban in Hollywood and LEVEL in DTLA with multiple screenings this week that include Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Lady Bird, Dirty Dancing, Blade Runner and more.

13. Garry Marshall Theatre in Burbank presents the inaugural New Works Festival featuring readings of eight new plays over four days, May 22, 23, 29 and 30. FREE

14. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with screenings of The Fifth Element on Tuesday and The Princess Bride on Thursday. Choose to just watch the movie or purchase a three course dinner package before hand. There will be concession style snacks and cocktails for sale as well.

15. Visit the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, a majestic Mediterranean masterpiece built in 1915 and designed by distinguished architect Reginald Davis Johnson, from April 22-May 20. The tours have been going strong since 1948, it’s also one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the country.

16. One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival is a 40 day celebration through mostly free art events and exhibits between May 22 through June 30. This Tuesday they’ll kick things off with a free reception and a staged reading of Dear Harvey with Celebration Theatre. FREE

Wednesday May 23rd, 2018

17. Los Angeles magazine’s Burgers, Bourbon + Beer promises a sophisticated yet delicious, evening at The Victorian, featuring guessed it, juicy burgers and aged bourbons.

18. There’s a 100 Things to Do in LA trivia night at Angel City Brewery. Join Danny Jensen, co-author of 100 Things to Do in LA Before You Die for a special book launch/trivia party with some fabulous prizes. Ticket includes entry into trivia, a signed copy of the book, and one beer.

19. Take an afternoon yoga class in beautiful Grand Park. The 45 minute workout is complimentary to the public every Wednesday and Friday. After yoga, checkout the many food trucks lining the park and grab lunch al fresco style.

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. 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 museum have also collected an array of Instagram-inspired art as well as an Iron Throne made of selfie sticks for guests to enjoy.

Thursday May 24th, 2018

22. The 7th Annual Taste of Boyle Heights, an annual community fundraiser, features live music and cuisine from local East L.A. establishments, vendors and more.


23. See and hear a new live score accompanying George Romero’s cult classic Night of the Living Dead at LACMA’s Bing Theater. This screening coincides with the 50th anniversary of the seminal zombie flick.

24. Learn the history of the juniper-heavy liquor during a gin cocktail and food pairing dinner at Alcove in Los Feliz.

25. The night market at hilltop Asian restaurant Yamashiro back for 2018 every Thursday, from 5 to 9 p.m., through September 27. Angelenos can enjoy a farmers market, freshly prepared foods and Yamashiro’s unbeatable views of Hollywood.

26. POM Wonderful Antioxidant Super Tea is hosting the first-ever sloth barre class with beloved Lola the Sloth who will be “posing” for photos and meeting and greeting fans at Belle Barre in West Hollywood. Get a free work out, meet Lola and enjoy refreshing teas. FREE

27. The 2nd Annual Memorial Lawn Party on The Bloc in DTLA will have lawn favorites like cornhole, bocce ball, life-size checkers, jenga, live entertainment and a cash bar. FREE

28. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra heads offsite for an intimate performance at Angel City Brewery.

29. There’s a Recycled Fashion Remix Workshop at The California African American Museum (CAAM) led by students and faculty from Otis College of Art and Design Fashion. FREE

30. Join Mulholland Distilling at Manuela in the Downtown Arts District for  “Where Mulholland Meets Manuela” a L.A. Times Food Bowl event where a variety of Mulholland cocktails, and Manuela small bites, will be served at the outside bar.

31. Free admission at: Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.),  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.) and USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.) FREE

Friday May 25th, 2018

32. Lebowski Fest celebrates the iconic Coen Brothers movie with live performances, special guests, themed parties, a screening of the film and more. There will be a movie screening at The Wiltern on May 25 plus a bowling part at Fountain Bowl on May 26 this weekend.

33. Barnsdall Fridays returns to Barnsdall Art Park for the tenth year in a row, with evening tastings of boutique wines and music from KCRW DJs perched atop a hill with incredible city views. Opening night will be held in conjunction with LA Times Food Bowl featuring a Q&A with food critic Jonathan Gold and James Beard winner, Chef Daniel Humm. The NoMad Truck will be on-site for the event.


34. Brennan’s will host a Friday PieDay Pizza Party Power Hour on the patio from 4 to 7 p.m. with free pepperoni or cheese pizza and live music.

35. Street artist Teachr will highlight art work from 16 Fairfax High School students he has mentored this Friday at Flux Rebellion. The event provides the students with experience of the business of art while allowing them to sell their pieces and keeping 100% of the profit. Guests will also enjoy music from JP Cali Smoov, and video demonstrations of Teachr ‘teaching’ his famous stencil method. First 100 guests will receive a gift from Teachr. FREE

36. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast live-to-film in concert will feature a star studded cast including Zoey Deschanel, Rebel Wilson and more at the Hollywood Bowl Friday and Saturday.

37. The Museum of Failure  in Hollywood and Highland includes epic failures like Juicero, Facebook Gifts, Pets.com, and Google Wave. There’s also an entire section dedicated to Hollywood with some of the industry’s biggest fails. Happening all week. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

38. Obsessed with Janie Stolar is a pop culture variety show that covers everything from Vanderpump Rules to The Bachelorette happening at The Ruby LA a feminist and inclusive comedy theater and school located in Hollywood.

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