38 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [5-9-16 to 5-13-16]

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 9 to Friday, May 13, features a Lost episode of Huell Howser, Free Cone Day at Haagen Dazs, NPR’s Ask Me Another at The Ace,  an Old Time Social, a spooky movie screening at the Old LA Zoo in Griffith Park, a Joss Whedon Convention, and much more.


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

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Old LA Zoo Griffith Park
The Old LA Zoo. Photo Credit: Omar Bárcena via flickr cc

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Monday May 9th, 2016

1. A ‘Lost’ Episode of Huell Howser

Tonight (Monday) at 7:30 p.m. a ‘Lost Episode’ of Huell Howser’s California Gold will air on KCET, with Huell exploring the history of The Lummis House. That’s amazing!

2. Magic Monday at the Santa Monica Playhouse

Kick off your week with one of the best weekly magic shows in Los Angeles, now playing at the Santa Monica Playhouse. Be sure to grab discount tickets for show via our friends at Goldstar.

3. Write Club Los Angeles at The Bootleg Theater

Literature turns into a bloodsport at Write Club Los Angeles as two opposing writers argue opposing ideas for 7 minutes a piece. The audience picks the winner, who gets a cash prize donation to the charity of their choice.

4. Improvised Shakespeare Company at The Largo

With the help of a little audience suggestion, the acclaimed Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a fully improvised, brand new Shakespearean masterpiece using the language, style and themes of The Bard himself.

5. Monday Night Tease at Three Clubs

Catch L.A.’s longest running weekly burlesque show at Three Clubs in Hollywood on Mondays. More information on discount tickets available via our friends at Goldstar.

6. Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen at The Virgil

Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal’s Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen at The Virgil is one of the most popular weekly variety shows happening on Mondays in Los Angeles.

Tuesday May 10th, 2016

7. Free Cone Day at Haagen Dazs 

Häagen-Dazs is once again hosting their annual free cone day at store locations all over the county as a way of saying thanks to their U.S. customers. Locations in L.A. include The Grove, Burbank Town Center, and the Glendale Galleria.

8. Sip Cocktails, See The Sights With The Historic Hollywood: Stars & Bars Gang!

Get a taste of Old Hollywood and sip on classic cocktails as an awesome guide share history tidbits, celebrity stories and more on Urban Adventures tour of Historic Hollywood. For more information and discount tickets check out our friends at Goldstar.

9. Captain America: Civil War in 3D at the El Capitan

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Marvel’s Captain America all weekend long with special pre-show entertainment. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

10. Free Museum Days

11. Food Truck Night at The California Heritage Museum

Food truck night at the museum host a big selection of gourmet food trucks every Tuesday night from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the California Heritage Museum on Main Street.

Wednesday May 11th, 2016

12. KPPC Presents Ask Me Another at The Ace Hotel Theatre

There’s going to be a live Ask Me Another at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel. Presented by KPCC the evening will be hosted by Ophira Eisenberg with Maika Monroe, Jeff Goldblum, and Weird Al Yankovic making appearances. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

13. The May Mix-Off Bartending Competition

Hosted by the Mixing Room at the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE, this three-week competition includes bartenders and mixologists from Los Angeles’ most notable bars, restaurants and lounges. Round one starts this Wednesday, admission is free and complimentary tastings will be available to guests.

14. Belmont Shore Stroll and Savor

Explore the food and drink scene through tasty samples during Belmont Shore’s Stroll and Savor event happening May 11-12.

15. Radio Picture Show

The wildly entertaining Radio Picture Show is back at The Virgil. RPS invites talented writers, actors and comedians to share true stories inspired by a song or picture of their choosing. Often this media is used in unexpected and hilarious ways.

16. Reflections on the Self: Selections from the Permanent Collection Opening Reception at CAAM

The exhibition illustrates natural to abstract portrayals of historical figures such Malcolm X, Angela Davis and Mary McLeod Bethune and also references black pride, past and present. The opening reception (5 p.m. -8 p.m.) is free and open to the public.

17. Lunchtime Yoga Retreat

Get your sun salutations on in the middle of Downtown in Grand Park! The free yoga class starts at 12:15 p.m. and runs to 1 p.m.

Thursday May 12th, 2016

18. Los Angeles Old Time Social

Created to promote traditional, handmade music with fun events around the city, this three-day (May 12 – 14) event is back for its 11th year with happenings from Silver Lake to West Adams.

19. Sci-Fi Fest

The third annual Sci-Fest will take over the ACME Theatre for 15 days (May 5-19) of one-act science fiction plays featuring faces from fantasy and sci-fi franchises.

20. Take an Insider’s Tour Through East Hollywood’s Ethnic Neighborhoods

Thai Town, Little Armenia and Korea Town are filled with great food, shops and culture. For those interested in getting to know these neighborhoods this tour is the perfect introduction. Tour includes food, transportation and more. Get more information on discount tickets via Goldstar.

21. The Downtown Art Walk

The Downtown Art Walk has been an L.A. cultural phenomenon bringing in art enthusiasts and locals together every second Thursday of each month. Art galleries, shops, bars and more open up for one big party celebrating art and DTLA for one fine night. This months theme is L.A. Zines and Indie Publications.



22. Throwback Thursdays Screening of Born in East L.A.

The Throwback Thursdays film series is back at NOHO cinema, the screening features a gourmet food truck onsite, and guest may bring their food inside the theater!  Get more information and discount tickets via our friends at Goldstar.


23. Callings Out of Context: Junglepussy + Dan Deacon

Junglepussy and Dan Deacon perform a special double-bill for the fourth installment of The Broad’s Callings out of Context series at the Teragram Ballroom.

24. Reformation Sample Sale

Shop the cool girl label Reformation for up to 80% off retail price Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Land Yacht Studios 525 Venezia Ave, Venice, CA 90291

25. Angel City Brewery Beer and Cheese Pairing Event

Certified Cicerones Dan Shapiro,  Keith Ely of Angel City Brewery and owner of Vagabond Cheese Co., Alex Ourieff will be guiding guests through a tasting of five Angel City beers each paired with an artisanal cheese, along with crackers, nuts, dried fruit and preserves. Prior to the tasting, guests will be treated to a special tour of the brewery.

26. Free Museums This Thursday

Friday May 13th, 2016

27. Friday the 13th on Friday the 13 at the Old Zoo 

The team behind the Great Horror Movie Nights are hosting a spooky screening series at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. The third and final screening in the series, to be held on Friday the 13th will feature the iconic horror movie Friday The 13th. Keep in mind discount tickets may still be available via Goldstar.

28. First Ever Whedonopolis: A Joss Whedon Convention

Joss Whedon is getting a very well deserved convention the inaugural event will take place May 13 – 15 in Van Nuys. Fans can expect some familiar faces from the Whedonverse to make appearances.

29. Piatigorsky International Cello Festival

The International Cello Festival (May 13 – 22) brings out some of the best master cellists from around the world onto various Los Angeles spaces to share their talents through orchestral concerts, chamber music performances, master classes, and other events.

30. Los Angeles Dodgers Friday Night Fireworks

Nothing beats catching a game beneath the stars especially with our beloved Dodgers . After the final out is called, the lights will go down and guests can actually go on to the field for a spectacular fireworks show. This weekend the Dodgers are up against the Saint Louis Cardinals, and our friends at Goldstar have discount tickets while supplies last.

31. Free Shark Lagoon Nights At The Aquarium of the Pacific 

Get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators for FREE during Shark Lagoon Nights.

32. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show

This hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company runs on audience suggestions which can get interesting. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

33. 3rd Annual OC Night Market


From the producers of the 626 Night Market, this three day affair (May 13-15) brings you Asian food vendors, shopping, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, these Night Markets always draw crowds so be prepared.

34. La Nuit en Rosé

La Nuit en Rosé at the Mondrian is a three day festival (May 13-15) dedicated to summer wine of choice rosé. Expect events like a four-course pairing meal to a poolside soirée featuring over 50 types of rosé .

35. Saved By The 90’s Bash

Party all night long to your favorite 90’s tunes at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach for Saved By The 90’s a one night rager where scrunchies and baggy jeans are acceptable. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

36. Dance Phenomenon Lil Buck with Mihai Marica, Cellist at The Broad Stage

The Broad Stage in Santa Monica presents YouTube sensation Lil Buck for two performances on Friday May 13 and Saturday May 14. His Los Angeles stage debut will be accompanied by the music of the youngest and most accomplished classical cellists, Mihai Marica. Discount tickets are available for the Saturday performance (while supplies last) via Goldstar.

37. Free Day at the Long Beach Museum of Art

The Long Beach Museum of Art is free every Friday!

38. Friday Night Jazz at LACMA

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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