Things To Do This Week in Los Angeles [3-18-2024 to 3-22-2024]

Exterior of Griffith Observatory. Jan. 23, 2022. Photo by Brian Champlin

We’re a day away from the official start of Spring. You ready to take on the new season with gusto?

From March 18-22 in Los Angeles, you’ll find a Mad Sketch session in NoHo, a Spring Equinox presentation at the Observatory, Locals’ Night at the Santa Monica Pier, Vegan Street Fair Los Angeles, Fourth Fridays in Long Beach, After-hours Artmaking at Japanese American National Museum, and more!


Things To Do This Week

M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission, TP = Top Pick

Mad Sketch at Lawless BrewingM TP > If you need a little post-apocalyptic vibe for your Monday, head to Lawless Brewing in NoHo for Mad Sketch, a Mad Max inspired drink and draw event featuring a live costumed model from Wasteland Weekend, a themed playlist, and drawing guided by professional illustrator Sketkh Williams. Runs 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include one drink. More info here.

Spring Equinox at The ObservatoryFA > On Tuesday, Griffith Observatory celebrates the start of spring (officially beginning at 8:06 p.m. PDT, on March 19 in the northern hemisphere) with a pair of live presentations (weather permitting) focused on the Sun as it sets on the western horizon. Events begin at 12:50 p.m. and 6:50 p.m. and last about 15 minutes. More info here.

Free Botanical Garden Days -> The South Coast Botanic GardenL.A. Arboretum, and Descanso Gardens all offer free admission on the third Tuesday of every month. Note that all three required advance reservations, and space is limited.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at The Music CenterM > This Wednesday The Music Center welcomes the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for a seven-performance engagement at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from March 20 to 24, 2024. This marks the start of the company’s four-year Southern California residency, featuring two alternating programs showcasing audience favorites, Ailey classics, and three Los Angeles premieres. Tickets start at $34. More info here.

Artist Conversation / Walkthrough at Oxy Arts FA > Native American indigenous artist artist Mercedes Dorame comes to Oxy Arts this Wednesday to guide guests through an intimate walkthrough and presentation of Where Sky Touches Water, Dorame’s new exhibition inspired by field research on the Channel Islands, which explores the beauty and profundity of the natural world. Wednesday’s event begins at 6 p.m. More info here.

Comedy Patio at GCMM FA TP > Free standup comedy is back at Grand Central Market this Wednesday in the form of The Comedy Patio, a showcase taking place at Maple Block. Jeff Buck hosts a lineup featuring Pete Holmes, Rory Scovel, Babs Gray, Ever Mainard, and Ashley Ray Show starts at 7 p.m. More info here. More info here.

Wellness WednesdayM FA >  Self-Help Graphics Wellness Wednesday series pops up at Latinx Plants in Boyle Heights is back on March 21. This week’s session includes an introductory meditation followed by process-based watercolor exercise led by licensed therapist Nadia Paredes. Runs 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Gloria Molina Park Wellness RetreatsM FA > Every Wednesday and Friday, you can enjoy a complimentary 45-minute, mid-day yoga class on the performance lawn at Gloria Molina Grand Park backdropped by City Hall. Plus, every third Thursday (which means this week!) you can check out the park’s Wild Card Series, which changes each month between various class types including Zumba, Tai Chi, Chair Yoga, HIIT, and Vinyasa Flow. Bring your own mat, and a snack if you want to picnic after the class is over. Starts at noon. Free to attend. More info here.

Locals Night at the Santa Monica PierM FA TP > This Thursday, the March edition of Local’s Night at the Santa Monica Pier includes classic car show, youth activities, DJs, and live band performances. Programming runs 3:30 to 9 p.m. Free to attend. More info here. More info here.

JANM After-hours Art-Making SeriesM > This Thursday, the Japanese American National Museum is launching Asobi! at JANM, a new series scheduled from 7 to 9 pm on selected Thursdays. Local artists will present their unique work through interactive demonstrations, allowing attendees to create their own distinctive art pieces to take home. Admission for the event is $10, and guests can enjoy food from East Los Musubi, as well as beverages from Sanzo and Brewyard Beer Company, available for purchase. This event is only for folks 21 years or older. More info here.


Vegan Street Fair Los Angeles M > Vegan Street Fair Los Angeles returns to North Hollywood Friday through Sunday with a massive array of vegan-friendly vendors. It’s free to enter the fair and delicious bite-size portions of plant-based eats will be available for $4 or less. The Vegan Street Fair takes place on Chandler Avenue between Tujunga and Vineland. More info here.

Fourth Fridays on 4th St in Long BeachFA TP > Retro Row in Long Beach comes alive on the fourth Friday of the month with special pop-ups, live performances, and extended store hours from shops on 4th St between Temple and Cherry. The event runs 6 to 9 p.m. More info here.

Night Dive at AoP -> The Aquarium of the Pacific’s signature adults-only, after-hours series returns this Friday with food trucks, cash bars, DJs throughout the Aquarium galleries, art, and a live band performing on the stage in front of the Honda Blue Cavern. GA tickets are $29.95. Runs 7:30 to 11 p.m. More info here.

The Secret Life of Pets at OvationM FA > Ovation Hollywood’s monthly Friday Movie Nights return on March 22 with a screening of The Secret Life of Pets. The event includes a raffle and guests can check in at the Ovation Hollywood booth to receive FREE popcorn and discounted treats from the TCL Chinese Theatre Concessions Stand. Movie starts at 7 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Verve Wilder roast with Eat Your Flowers cookies. Photo courtesy of Verve.

Eat Your Flowers & Verve Coffee -> Verve Coffee Roasters’ collaboration with Eat Your Flowers is the perfect springtime pairing. Beginning Tuesday, March 19, all Verve locations will be offering a pairing of their seasonal coffee blend, Wilder, with an Eat Your Flowers botanical-imprinted cookie for $8.50.


Yes SHEf: A Celebration of Pasadena’s Femmes in Food -> This Wednesday, enjoy live music by DJ PRII and an exclusive set meal from three female founders with businesses in Pasadena. Indulge in Agnes’s Tater Tot Raclette with Pickled Red Onions, Saucy Chick Goat Mafia’s 1/4 Jeera Chicken with Black Chana Salad, and Kinrose Creamery’s Sour Cherry and Fairy Floss Ice Cream—all for just $30 per set. The special is available for walk-ups only, from 5 p.m. until sold out. More info here.

$6 Weekly Happy Hour at The Brews Hall -> Both locations of The Brews Hall hosts a $6 happy hour deal. The Torrance spot offers happy hour Monday to Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., while Hermosa Beach hosts it Wednesday through Friday during the same time frame. Both locations feature identical menus, offering options like Hamburger Sliders, Loaded Fries, and a variety of beers and margaritas for $6.

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