Things To Do

30 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week [5-25-15 to 5-29-15]

May 25, 2015 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 includes free Memorial Day entry at LACMA, free lunch from the Lobsta Truck, a design convention, sample sales, Dodgers coaster night, musicals, and much, much more!


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

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Trail

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook: Credit: Eric Chan via flickr

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Monday May 25th

1. Free Day at LACMA

In honor of Memorial Day, the free day at LACMA will feature bilingual tours, free programs, art-making activities, and live music by Urban Renewal Project at 12:30 pm and 2:45 pm.

2. Wavey Memorial Day Pool Party

House music and drink specials at the Hotel Figueroa in Downtown Los Angeles. From 12:00pm – 8:00pm ($10 from 12:00-1:30pm or $20 thereafter). Check the official event Facebook page for more info.

Tuesday May 26th, 2015

3. Bow & Truss Screening of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Latin-inspired restaurant Bow & Truss presents throwback movie nights featuring a different film screening on the patio on select Tuesdays this season.  This week they will screen the 1985 American adventure comedy film, directed by Tim Burton, Pee Wee’s Big AdventureAdmission is $15 for a reserved spot and includes a movie-themed snack.

4. Hello Kitty: Why No Mouth?

Have you noticed that Hello Kitty doesn’t have a mouth. Join a panel of Asian American theater writers, led by Traci Kato-Kiriyama, as they hold a reading and discussion of Hello Kitty–inspired writings produced in their monthly workshop. The works are geared toward theater and look at themes of consumerism, relationships, and need.

5. Immediate Family

Immediate Family is posited as a cross between Modern Family and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner with all the social, racial and political implications that sort of combo brings to mind.  Directed by two-time Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad (you know her as Claire Huxtable), Immediate Family has been called “timely, and important” by the Chicago Tribune. Get more info and tickets for upcoming performances via Goldstar.

6. Record Club At El Prado

Lover of vinyl? The Origami Vinyl’s Record Club hosted by El Prado bar in Echo Park invites you to come in and enjoy some hand picked vinyl from local bar patrons. Sign up a week in advance to bring your records in to play for fellow barflies, and get a free drink in return.

Wednesday May 27th, 2015

7. Tomorrowland at El Capitan

See Disney’s newest blockbuster starring George Clooney at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood that includes a pre-show live magic performance and a post-screening behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. Screenings all weekend long. Get more information and tickets via Goldstar.

8. Rooftop Wednesdays At Palihouse

Every Wednesday night practice Vinyasa yoga on the rooftop of West Hollywood’s Palihouse. For $15 guests get to stretch out as the sun sets in this all level, music filled, fun flowing class. To help kick off the Spring/Summer Rooftop season Zico will be providing FREE Coconut water for all rooftop yogis. As a bonus all rooftop guests will receive a 10% discount on food at The Palihouse Restaurant after class.

9. Chris Burden: Ode to Santos Dumont At LACMA

After a decade of artist research and work Chris Burden: Ode to Santos Dumont debuts at LACMA. This monumental performance sculpture, by the late artist pays homage to ingenuity, optimism, and the persistence of experimentation, failure, and innovation. Inspired by Alberto Santos-Dumont a french pioneer in aviation the kinetic airship sculpture is one of the last works of the American artist.

10. The Reef Design Center Wednesdays

Located on Broadway in Down Town Los Angeles, The Reef hosts a event every last Wednesday of the month for the public to shop from 9am to 5pm. Checkout the events page to get the low down on what floors are open for the public sample sales.

11. The Working Women’s Club: Work Party

From 11am-5pm at The Ace Hotel Upstairs The Working Women’s Club will be hosting a all day gathering where ladies can come with their laptops, notebooks, sketch pads etc. and enjoy some good vibes, network, collaborate and check in with one another.

12. Trivia Night at Spin

Want an excuse to head down to the Standard Hotel? Every Wednesday night Spin hosts a trivia night starting at 9pm where you can enjoy special prizes, cocktails, and ping pong!

Thursday May 28th, 2015

13. Dodgers vs. Braves: Coaster Set Night

The first 40,000 fans through the gates receive a drink coaster set decorated with an L.A. Dodgers logo. Get more information and discounted tickets for the game via our friends at Goldstar.

14. Free Lobsta Truck in Pasadena

As part of the #WescomKindness campaign get free Lobsta Truck on Colorado Blvd. from 11:30am – 1:30pm.

15. Cask Beer & Farmer’s Market

Buy local and taste seasonal produce in the hip artist district of Downtown. From 5-9 pm LARABA hosts a farmers market outside of Angel City’s Triangle Lot. Starting at 4pm the brewery puts on a “Mystery Cask” beer so cheers to that too!

16. Rum Shaved Ice, Mermaid Beauty Bar and Hawaiian Vintage Inspired Swim Ware Event

Cocktails and swimwear a winning combo for summer. Join Florida-based designer brand Montce swim ware and the RIOT team for a late-night after party (6pm-2am) celebrating the 2015 collection debut at Santa Monica’s 31 Ten Lounge. Malibu Rum Shaved Ice and a mermaid makeup and braid bar will be available to guest. This event is free!

17. MOCA Free Night

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

18. $5 Burgerritos At Komodo

To celebrate National Hamburger Day Komodo is offering their signature Burgerrito Burrito for $5 each all this week. The Burgerrito is a burger wrapped in a tortilla burrito style, merging the best of both worlds! This special is going to be offered on the Komodo Truck, as well as both locations (Pico and Main Street Venice) during regular business hours, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.


19. Yoga With A View In Downtown L.A.

The US Bank Library Tower in Down Town is home to Rhubarb Studios. The tech studio decided to invite the folks at I Heart Yoga in the Park over for a donations based Vinyasa yoga night! Get on the RSVP list and get your body moving!

20. Motown the Musical at the Pantages 

Motown the Musical killed it on Broadway, and now the show’s national tour brings it to the Pantages Theatre in the heart of Hollywood. Shows are playing all week, but you can still get a heavy discount to Thursday night’s 8:00pm show via our friends at Goldstar. More information and tickets.

21. Game Night At Grand Central Market

Eat, drink and play every Thursday at Grand Central Market. Grab dinner and cocktails then top the night off with an assortment of games from Jenga to ping pong. The festivities end at 9:00pm for all the early risers out there!

22. NOHO Food Truck Collective

The Food Truck Collective is an event production company that puts together food truck events in Florida and Miami they have since expanded to the West Coast. From 7 to 10 nosh on awesome food truck fare, listen to music provided by a DJ and join in on some games.

[BONUS: Free Robert DeLong Show in Hollywood on Thursday, May 28]

Friday May 29th, 2015

23. American Idiot

The two-time Tony-winning rock based on the Green Day album of the same name, American Idiot is now playing at The Vortex in Los Angeles. Get more information and discount tickets via our friends at Goldstar.

24. Free Lobsta Truck in Culver City

As part of the #WescomKindness campaign get free Lobsta Truck on Sepulveda from 11:30am – 1:30pm.

25. California Market Center Showroom Sample Sale Event

Open to the public once a month the California Market Center hosts a showroom sample sale event where 13 floors of participating showrooms open their doors from 9am-3pm to savvy patrons.

26. Spring Awakening

One of my favorite musicals of all time (YES I like musicals!) I have seen Spring Awakening three times since its debut in New York and can honestly say it’s one of the best. The eight time Tony Award winning musical took Broadway by storm when it debuted with Leah Michele in the original cast! An awesome electrifying rock score follows a group of teenagers as they navigate the confusing and often troubled waters of adolescence. Based on a play that caused a scandal in 19th-century Germany, it’s a bold and touching musical that captures through music the experience of youth transitioning to adulthood. Tickets start at $89 but our friends at Goldstar have them starting at $55.


27. The Halston Heritage Sample Sale

The Halston Heritage Sample Sale will take place on the 6th floor of the Cooper Building in Downtown L.A. from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Save 40%-70% on women’s ready to wear, dresses and handbags, cash and credit card accepted.

28. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show

The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. Get more information and tickets via Goldstar (prices starting at $6.50)

29. Dwell On Design

Dwell on Design, America’s largest design event, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center Friday through Sunday. Curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, the three-day event brings together the best and brightest products, services, and thought leaders in modern design today for a series of conversations, demonstrations, tours, and much more. Dwell on Design encourages an ongoing design dialogue, showcasing over 70 presentations on three separate stages and featuring over 350 exhibitors on the show floor.

30. Cruel Intentions: The Completely Unauthorized Musical Parody 

This musical takes all the sexy, funny and memorable moments from the original movie, mashes them up with a soundtrack of top-40 hits from the 90s and then performs it all live onstage with a powerhouse cast and live band. With three sold-out preview performances last month this show is sure to be a hot ticket item. This Friday’s performance starts at 8:00pm. Find discount tickets via our friends at Goldstar.

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