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38 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [6-4-18 to 6-8-18]

June 4, 2018 by We Like L.A. Staff
Natural History Museum mural

Altar to el Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles by Ofelia Esparza. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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, June 4 to Friday, June 8, features California Avocado Month at GCM, Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema, Grand Performances, Hollywood Fringe Festival, FIGat7th Downtown Festival, Downtown Dark Nights at L.A. Live, Summer of Salsa 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!

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Monday June 4th, 2018

1. There’s no better place to explore the history of our city than inside Becoming Los Angelesthe Natural History Museum’s newly revamped (and just reopened) exhibit that details the culture, events, geography, movements, art, and diverse peoples that have shaped the city of angels.

2. June is California Avocado Month and Grand Central Market in DTLA is the place to be for all things avocado. A select group of chefs have rolled out avocado inspired offerings on their menu just for the month.

3. It’s officially Negroni Week (June 4-10) enjoy spins on the Negroni from L.A. bars, Negroni specials, Negroni parties and more. The week is dedicated to raising money for a variety of causes through Negroni purchases by the public so drink up!

4. High Voltage Magazine will join forces with Scum and Villainy Cantina to launch a weekly board game night in Hollywood. Every week will have a theme with related giveaways, board games, menu items and more. This weekend theme is Joss Whedon’s space drama Firefly. Admission is free.

5. It’s Rhône Valley Vineyards Restaurant Weeks in L.A. from June 4-18. Participating restaurants include 71 Above, Kali, Nomad, Redbird, Spring and more. Each will highlight Rhône Valley wines by the glass, in flights and in pairings for the two weeks.

6. Bring a little meditation to your Monday at the Eastside/Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sitting Group

7. Astronomy on Tap at Der Wolfskopf in Pasadena brings professional astronomers to bars to give informal talks on a variety of scientific topics followed by lots of discussion with guests. And beer!

Tuesday June 5th, 2018

8. Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema is back for the fifth year in a row. From June 5 through August 28 Angelenos can indulge in a luxury outdoor movie experience by the pool with a Cipriani menu, classic movie snacks and mini bottles of Moët & Chandon Champagne. Almost Famous will be screening during the kick off night.

9. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with several screenings this week that include Moonlight, Superbad and Wonder Woman.

10. Celebrate the glories of Los Angeles art with Made in L.A. at the Hammer in Westwood. On view now till September 2, 2018. FREE

11. See Tom Hanks as Sir John Flastaff in Shakespeare’s Henry IV in a truly unique setting, the Japanese Garden on the West Los Angeles VA Campus from June 5 through July 1, 2018.

12. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include Anchorman, Cruel Intentions and more.

13. Free admission at: Natural History MuseumPage Museum at La Brea Tarpits and Kidspace Children’s Museum (from 4 to 8 p.m.)

Wednesday June 6th, 2018

14. For over 30 years, Grand Performances has offered a variety of performance events at California Plaza, for free. Their 2018 summer series runs June 1 through August 18. This Wednesday there will be two events; a discussion about the struggles of overcoming homelessness by Angelenos affected at 7:30 p.m. and L.A. Dance Party USA at 9 p.m. with DJs, dance activations an interactive 3-D shadow-dance generator and more. FREE

15. Savor taste-sized signature bites from Downtown Long Beach restaurants during Taste of Downtown Long Beach (June 6-7.) Admission is free and samples are ticketed.

16. The Autry will host America’s leading Native American theatre company Native Voices during its 24th Annual Festival of New Plays. Enjoy staged readings of new and in-progress plays by Native writers followed by talkbacks for free from June 6-7. Space is limited and reservations are encouraged. FREE 

17. Idiots Comedy Show is back at The Clubhouse featuring free beer and comedy (donation based) from SNL alum Mike O’Brien and more.

18. Odyssey Theatre is having previews for “Lysistrata Unbound” by Eduardo Machado, and directed by John Farmanesh-Bocca. Previews will be held Wednesday through Friday at 8 p.m. Get free tickets by using promo code WELIKELA when you call or email the box office ([email protected]) FREE

19. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) presents This Brush for Hire: Norm Laich and Many Other Artists, a survey of world-renowned works fabricated by Laich over the past three decades, with an emphasis on artists based in Los Angeles. FREE

Thursday June 7th, 2018

20. Venues such as 2nd Stage, Hudson Theatres, The Broadwater and the Underground Annex Theater will host comedy, ensemble theatre, dance and many more performances during the annual Hollywood Fringe Festival from June 7-24.

21. LA Design Festival (LADF) returns from June 7-10 with over 50 events taking place all over L.A., the fest, now in its 8th year, is the only citywide festival of its kind showcasing various types of design.

22. Grand Park will host Big L.A. Portrait Gallery from June 7 to July 4, transforming itself into a nighttime art gallery featuring photos by Los Angeles-based artists.  Photography will be projected onto the 100 square-foot wall of the historic L.A. County Hall of Records right in front of Grand Park. Art will be on display nightly from sundown to midnight and is free to the public. FREE


23. For one night only, the best of Israel’s culinary creators gather at the Skirball Cultural Center for Taste Of Israel, a bottomless gourmet food and wine sampling party.

24. Who What Wear brings back Street Style Cinema, their series of free outdoor movie screenings, to The Grove every Thursday evening in June. The kick off event will feature 500 Days of SummerFREE

25. Mike’s Hard Lemonade brings Angelenos yet again another Insta-worthy experience with The Bright Side featuring edible cotton candy trees, a giant ball pit, comedy shows, free swag and more.

26. There’s a free (donation) horror/thriller short film screening this Thursday at Regal L.A. LIVE Cinema. Films being screened are award winning from around the world.

27. 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)

28. Union Station will host an interactive art installation created by acclaimed painter Alexa Meade from June 7-10. The free exhibit titled “Summer Sessions ’18” will invite visitors to “enter” the painting and create something of their own. FREE

29. Beach Eats food truck night at Marina’s “Mother” Beach on Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m.

30. There’s a free Mindful Awareness Meditation class happening at The Hammer Museum this Thursday. FREE

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 June 8th, 2018

32. Downtown Dark Nights Birthday Edition at L.A. Live is a one-night only birthday bash that will feature live bands, DJs, $5 food & drink menus, local artisans, street performers and more. Admission is free.

33. FIGat7th Downtown Festival is back for another festive summer filled with live performances by leading artists in a variety of genres. The series continues with a Lion Babe and opener Dave B. FREE 


34‘Summer of Salsa’ concert series is a monthly free concert series at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes running now till September 7, 2018. This month ten-piece band Latin Sol will bring a blend of salsa and Afro Cuban rhythm to the dance floor. FREE

35. Andaz West Hollywood welcomes LA Pride weekend with a special Q&A with renowned artist Rashaad Newsome. The evening (6-8 p.m.) will also feature Newsome’s latest works. FREE

36. 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.

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. Jazz at LACMA welcomes Phil Ranelin at the BP grand entrance at 6 p.m. FREE

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