46 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [5-28-18 to 6-1-18]

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 28 to Friday, June 1, features Fiesta Hermosa, Rooftop Cinema Club, FIGat7th Downtown Festival, Grand Performances, Lummis Day Festival, First 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!

Hollywood Bowl Playboy Jazz Festival
Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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Monday May 28th, 2018

1. The 45th Annual Topanga Days Country Fair wraps up on Monday. The event feature various country fair games and competitions, live entertainment, food, and more for guests of all ages.

2. Fiesta Hermosa is concludes on Monday, May 28. The free annual festival features local vendors, 18 different food offerings, beer gardens, games and live music in Downtown Hermosa Beach.

3. Celebrate Memorial Day by getting down to great jazz and reggae music at the JazzReggae Festival at UCLA’s Sunset Recreation Center.

4. USS Iowa will host their annual Military Appreciation Day giving active and veteran military members free admission to the party. The Memorial day festival will feature live music, food trucks, military vehicles on display, remembrance ceremony and more.

5. The 103rd annual Forest Lawn Memorial Day event offers veterans and the public a day of observance, speakers, salutes, giveaways, ice cream, and refreshments at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. FREE

6. To pay respect to those who lost their lives for American freedom, the 29th Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade features marching bands, patriotic floats and more.

7. Paul Simon performs the final of three performances at The Hollywood Bowl as part of  Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour.

8. Ocean Prime Beverly Hills recently launched a Stop and Sip the Rosé summer happy hour program. Available on Monday through Thursday from 4-8 p.m. guests can enjoy specially priced Rosé’s by the glass and bottle, alongside the existing happy hour menu that includes $1 oysters.

9. Scum and Villainy a Star Wars themed bar in Hollywood will hosts the Players Wanted board game meet up with 8 player Smash Brothers, Wii U Mario Kart Ultimate, Star Wars Battlefront, Starfox 64, Super Mario and more.

10. Baldoria in Little Tokyo celebrates its second anniversary on Monday with $2 Margherita Pizzas all day and night (dine-in only) and $2 shots of any spirit.

11. The Queen Mary will offer free admission to all U.S. active and retired military personnel during Memorial weekend.

12. Head to the San Fernando Valley’s 45th annual Greek Festival (May 26-28) for three days of Greek food, Greek wine, dancing, shopping, cooking demos and more. Taking place at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

13. LACMA is free for the Memorial Day holiday!

Tuesday May 29th, 2018

14. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with several screenings this week that include Jumanji, Baby Driver and Star Wars The Last Jedi.

15. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of The Montalban in Hollywood and LEVEL in DTLA with multiple screenings this week that include Inception, L.A. Confidential and more.

16. See a fake American Town Hall set in a “new” town but really it’s at The Virgil. The hilarious comedy show donates all ticket sales to the ACLU!

17. On Tuesday Live Talks Los Angeles presents An Evening with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in conversation with Frank Buckley.

18. 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

19. Down some tacos, drink some locally brewed beers and test your trivia skills this Tuesday during Tacos & Trivia night at Angel City Brewery in DTLA.

Wednesday May 30th, 2018

20. The Slurring Bee makes its way to The Virgil this Wednesday for a bar spelling bee with a money prize, bee-themed prizes and guaranteed slurring if you choose to participate.

21. Furry friends are welcomed at Santa Monica’s Art’s Table on Wednesdays during Yappy Hour. Food and drink specials will run from 5-8 p.m., as well as special treats for all of the pups, provided by To Wag For.

22. 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

23. 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 Wednesday Lillian Faderman presents her new book, Harvey Milk, His Lives and Death as part of our WeHo Reads series. FREE

24. 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.

Thursday May 31st, 2018

25. The L.A. Zoo will host a Sustainable Wine+Dinner Series highlighting sustainability — from agriculture to food and wine production to wildlife conservation. There will be close animal encounters, and a featured winery, along with a four-course farm-to-table dinner.

26. The Hammer will host a screening of Set It Off as part of their The Black Book series. FREE

27. 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.


28. 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. Open Tuesday through Sunday this week. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

29. Your last chance to catch the Museum of Selfies is May 31. Explore 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.

30. 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 June 1st, 2018

31. FIGat7th Downtown Festival is back for another festive summer filled with live performances by leading artists in a variety of genres. The series kicks off with a laid-back dance DJ set by Poolside. FREE 

32. 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.

33. For over 30 years, Grand Performances has offered a variety of performance events at California Plaza, for free. Their 2018 summer series kicks off on June 1, and continues through August 18. Higher! The Psychedelic Soul & Genius of Sly and the Family Stone will kick off the series. FREE

34. The 13th annual Lummis Day Festival celebrates Southwest Museum founder Charles Fletcher Lummis through multiple lively events in select locations in the Northeast Los Angeles area. This year the festival will run from June 1-3 with art, music, film, poetry programs scheduled. FREE

35. Star Wars combined with cabaret is what you’ll when The Empire Strips Back heads to The Theatre at Ace Hotel for a unique parody of the classic saga. Hailing from Australia, the show will feature classic characters, song and dance, troupe routines, comedy and, of course, a bit of striptease. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar) 

36. Third annual Venice Pride kicks off this weekend with a Pride Flag raising and rainbow reveal. The weekend will include the Venice Pride Sign Lighting, a block party, drag brunch, concerts and more.

37. Urban Death: Spring, a haunted theater attraction, is currently in session at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group in North Hollywood. Urban Death have terrorized audiences in L.A. for over a decade. Expect a completely new experience of inexplicable horrors and unfathomable monstrosities for this spring edition.

38. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE

39. First Fridays return to the Natural History Museum this Friday. The event will explore how L.A. came to be through lively discussions and tours from NHM’s history department. There will also be a rare display of the museums collection of classic cars and live musical performances by Tuxedo, Duckwrth and Madame Ghandi.

40. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.


41. Alt pop rock band Dig The Kid will take the stage of The Peppermint Club this Friday with special guest Scott Page.

42. 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.

43. Jazz at LACMA welcomes The Nick Mancini Collective at the BP grand entrance at 6 p.m. FREE

44. Enjoy high tea as you watch Oscar Wilde’s comedy masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest unfold in the Madeline Garden in Pasadena. This immersive dining expereince includes a full traditional tea meal with your ticket. Happening Friday through Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

45. 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.

46. Free admission at: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art.

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