Things To Do

27 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [5-22-17 to 5-26-17]

May 22, 2017 by Christina Champlin

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 22 to Friday, May 26, features the Pride Comedy Festival, an Unhappy Birthday Celebration for Morrissey,  La La Land at the Hollywood Bowl, the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, 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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Vista Hermosa Park

Springtime in Vista Hermosa Park overlooking DTLA. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Monday May 22nd, 2017

1. Björk Digital is a groundbreaking virtual reality collection of videos, featuring music from Björk’s latest album, Vulnicura, to be shown at Magic Box at The Reef in Downtown L.A. starting on May 19.

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.Every week the the team from Smoke and Mirrors aims to add a little razzle-dazzle to your Monday monotony by showcasing a rotating cast of award-winning magicians from the likes of the Magic Castle, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, America’s Got Talent and more during Magic Mondays at The Santa Monica PlayhouseDISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. Morrissey’s 58th Unhappy Birthday party featuring a tribute performance by Sweet and Tender Hooligans with Dirty Old Town and DJ Rosie Bojangles at The El Rey.

5. The Alchemist’s Lab is an escape room experience putting you right in the shoes of a junior detective at Scotland Yard in the 19th century. Do you have what it takes to uncover the devious plans of the alchemist? Happening throughout the week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. A new weekly comedy show with Charla Lauriston and Nicole Byer at the Copper Still in Koreatown is about help you get over the Monday blues. Velvet will feature a rotating roster of comics every week! FREE

7. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s gorgeous Hollyhock House will be used as a theater for the very first time when Fefu and Her Friends plays throughout the month of May in honor of the 150th anniversary of the esteemed architect’s birth.

8. “Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food and People” continues for its only L.A. showing at Union Station’s Historic Waiting Room. This unique exhibition document the origins of Nordic cuisine through the eyes of Mangus Nilsson, a top chef who traveled for two years through Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, collecting traditional recipes and photographing the region’s landscapes and people. FREE

Tuesday May 23rd, 2017

9. The Comic Cure Presents the 2017 Pride Comedy Festival in Los Angeles (May 23-24) Hosted at the Union Nightclub and El Cid, the festival will benefit local LGBTQIA charities while providing non-stop laughs. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. Food Truck Night at The California Heritage Museum takes place every Tuesday with trucks vary from week to week. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and hang out on the lawn of the museum while they dine.

11. 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. Happening Tuesday and Thursday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Wednesday May 24th, 2017

12. The 5th Annual Bartending Competition returns to JW Marriott Los Angeles for the final week of the month-long event series, see who gets crowned the best bartender in L.A.

13. 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! Happening Wednesday and Thursday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. The Crazy Uncle Joe Show, one of L.A.’s longest-running long-form improv shows at The Groundlings’ Theater, has discount tickets available for this week’s performance. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Thursday May 25th, 2017

15. L.A. Urban Adventures invites you to relive Old Hollywood by taking a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame while stopping to hear stories about historic spots, sample drinks made famous during the Golden Age and try out local street food. Happening Tuesday and Wednesday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)


16. Memorial Day weekend starts early at The Bloc. Hang out and play lawn games, sip on some cold-brews and enjoy grilled eats. There will be live music and free ice-cold beer! FREE

17. The #1 show in Vegas history (according to the Las Vegas Weekly) is still running strong at L.A. LIVE. Absinthe, an immersive variety show, features comedy, burlesque, aerial and acrobatic acts. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. Escape Room LA: The Detective has you inside a 1940’s film noir set up where you have to solve a slew of mysteries in order to escape.  DISCOUNTED via Goldstar.

19Free admission days this Thursday:  MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural CenterJapanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m,)

Friday May 26th, 2017

20. Catch the magic of La La Land during a unique concert experience featuring music played live-to-film at the Hollywood Bowl. Two days of performances start on the final Friday of May. Check for discount tickets. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. The 59th annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival is back from May 26 through 29 featuring strawberry-themed contests, a strawberry stomp 5K run, parade and games. Come on Friday for the strawberry cake-cutting ceremony and score free strawberry shortcake!

22. 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

23. Eat your way through Downtown Los Angeles and hear stories of the city’s early settlers, gossip about Hollywood’s heyday, architectural highlights, cultural changes of L.A. and the food scene. You’ll get plenty of chances to grab a bite along the way while making a few key stops. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

24. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! is back with a FREE show on Saturday at The Virgil with over a dozen well known comedians and animators. FREE


25. Constitution Happy Hour at AMMO at The Hammer continues this Friday with a focus on the question “What are the rights of immigrants under the Constitution?”

26. 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)

27. 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.

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