Things To Do This Week in Los Angeles [3-25-2024 to 3-29-2024]

View of Downtown Los Angeles from Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area
View of Downtown Los Angeles from Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Did you dodge yesterday’s marble-sized hail? The good news is we have a few days of mostly sunny weather before rain returns for the weekend. The better news? There’s lots to do.

From March 25-29 in Los Angeles, you’ll find Astronomy on Tap in Pasadena, friend or flame in DTLA, a fresh panel discussion from Zócalo public square, afternoon parties for the Dodgers home opener, a new exhibition at Petersen, LA County’s Parks After Dark programming, and more. More ideas below!


Things To Do This Week

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

Astronomy On TapM FA > Astronomy on Tap returns on Monday with a pair of scientific talks (helped along by trivia, live music, and beer) at Dog Haus Biergarten in Pasadena. For the March event, Caltech PhD Candidate Nadine Hassan presents a talk on “How Dust Shapes the Stars.” Caltech postdoctoral fellow Dr. Edward Nathan will then discuss “Black Holes: Dining with the Stars.”  The event is free and open to all ages. Runs 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. More info here.

Noir City -> Experience the allure of classic film noir at Noir City Hollywood 2024, presented by the American Cinematheque. Delve into the shadows and mysteries of the silver screen with a curated selection of timeless noir masterpieces. From hard-boiled detectives to femme fatales, immerse yourself in the gripping narratives and atmospheric cinematography that define this iconic genre. Happening Monday through Sunday. Each screening cost $15. More info here.

friend or flameM > On Wednesday, friend or flame is back at DTLA’s Good Clean Fun for a night of conversation, cocktails, and connections. Whether one is on the lookout for a flirty new friend or a scorching hot flame, the singles speed dating event invites individuals to spark some sort of connection. This round of friend or flame is tailored for straight folks. The speed dating segment of the evening will last approximately 45 minutes with mingling and a dance party to follow. Tickets cost $25 a person. More info here.

Dodgers Home OpenerTP > Though the Dodgers technically kicked off the MLB season last week in Korea, they’ll host this home opener this Thursday with an afternoon matchup against the Cardinals. If you don’t have tickets to the game, you can swing by multiple area breweries which are hosting opening day parties (including Angel City Brewery, Common Space, and Benny Boy) or you could swing over to Ovation Hollywood to catch the game in the center courtyard. Plus, Grand Central Market rvendors will be offering 10% off for any guests sporting Dodger gear.

Can a Football Stadium be a Black History Museum -> This Thursday, Zócalo Public Square hosts a discussion at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood titled “Can a Football Stadium be a Black History Museum?” Moderated by Khalil Kinsey, curator of the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection, panelists include Maurice Harris, Jacques McClendon, and aja monet. After the discussion, there’s a reception with complimentary snacks and beverages. Attendees can also explore the Kinsey Collection located at SoFi Stadium with docents from 8 to 9 p.m. More info here.

Zombie Joe’s F*CKED UP EASTER EGG HUNT -> Zombie Joe’s F*CKED UP EASTER EGG HUNT returns this week for a creepy egg hunt where the participants can’t be entirely sure who’s actually the hunting. Not for children this experience is for adults who like scary, weird and totally strange situations. The special limited performance will only take place this Thursday through Sunday. Tickets cost $20. More info here.

Parks After DarkFA > Parks After Dark is back for the spring season, offering free activities across 34 LA County Parks. Families and friends are welcome to enjoy outdoor movie nights every Thursday and live music performances by local bands every Saturday, alongside a range of complimentary activities for all ages. The series runs from March 21 to April 13, with all movie screenings and concerts starting at dusk. For the full schedule of movies and concerts, visit the LA County Parks website.

Beyonce playback party at Desert 5 Spot -> This Friday, Desert 5 Spot invites guests to join them for a Beyoncé playback party in honor of her debut country music album release. The event will take place during the venue’s weekly Frontier Fridays, offering two for $6 tacos, $6 beer & wine, and $9 cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m. Then from 9 to 10 p.m., attendees can enjoy the album once more, nestled between line dancing and the bar’s usual live music performances. Throughout the night, resident DJs will seamlessly weave the album’s tracks into their sets.


Spring Fling Big Bunny at the L.A. Zoo -> The Los Angeles Zoo celebrates easter with a “Spring Fling Big Bunny” event from Friday through Easter Sunday. Enjoy Easter-themed activities meet the Easter Bunny, participate in egg hunts, and enjoy special animal presentations throughout the zoo. This special event is included with admission. More info here.

Eyes on the Road Exhibit Opening Reception -> On Friday the Petersen Automotive Museum hosts an opening reception for “Eyes on the Road.” The exhibit features automotive related artworks by Ed Ruscha, Vik Muniz, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Mr. Brainwash, Roger Kuntz, Harry Chandler, and many others. Tickets start at $45 a person. More info here.

Stand Up for Pups -> On Friday, Wallis Annenberg PetSpace and Can’t Even Comedy present Stand Up for Pups, a dog-friendly comedy show to support animal rescue. Hosted by Caitlin Benson the evening includes a DJ set and a meet-and-greet with adoptable pups. Tickets start at $25. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
The cafe program at Carla’s Fresh Market. Photos courtesy of Carla’s Fresh Market.

Carla’s Fresh Market Launches Dine In Cafe-> On April 3, Carla’s Fresh Market in Highland Park will introduce a new dine-in cafe. Founder Ariell Ilunga has collaborated with chef and chocolate maker Julia Ziegler-Haynes to craft a menu focused on locally-sourced seasonal ingredients, house-made condiments bursting with flavor, and freshly baked bread. The menu showcases a variety of sandwiches and salads that emphasize the use of fresh produce. Notable items include the Three Bean Ribollita Salad, featuring tomato vinaigrette, torn lacinato kale, and toasted garlicky breadcrumbs; the Broccolini + Friends sandwich, consisting of crispy broccolini dressed in clementine agrodolce with Bungkus Bagus chili + shallot sambal atop fresh ricotta, served on Bub and Grandma’s Air focaccia; and the Turkey Lurkey, a roasted turkey ciabatta sandwich with mango pickle aioli and fresh arugula. Sandwich prices range from $15 to $18, while salads are available in pint-sized portions for $11 each. The cafe’s menu is offered from 11 a.m. until sold out, Wednesday through Monday.

asterid by Ray Garcia’s Birthday Menu -> This Tuesday, asterid by Ray Garcia in Downtown Los Angeles celebrates its second anniversary with a special four-course menu inspired by the diverse tapestry of the city. Each course pays homage to a unique neighborhood, featuring dishes like avocado toast topped with Dungeness crab and a miso black cod creation with bok choy and cara caras. The meal concludes with a serving of tres leches cake, a beloved dessert from Chef Garcia’s renowned establishments, BS Taqueria and Broken Spanish. To complement the culinary offerings, Beverage Director Chris Chernock, a longtime collaborator with Chef Garcia, presents a wine pairing showcasing California wines alongside signature asterid cocktails, including the popular Tequila & Passionfruit, which was a hit during the restaurant’s inaugural year. This special anniversary menu will be available until April 27 for $98 per person.


McConnell’s and Hook & Press Donuts Ice Cream Collab -> McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams has recently unveiled its latest collaboration with the Santa Barbara gourmet donut operation, Hook + Press. The new Blueberries & Lemon Glazed Donuts Ice Cream combines old-fashioned, scratch-baked lemon-glazed donuts from Hook & Press with blueberry-infused Central Coast milk and cream, featuring swirls of tangy-sweet lemon glaze. This limited-time flavor is available online and in McConnell’s scoop shops until sold out. Additionally, McConnell’s has reintroduced their beloved Pistachio & Almond Biscotti flavor, which is available both online and in select local scoop shops.

Pitfire Pizza Echo Park Game-Day Special -> During every Dodger game, the newly opened Pitfire Pizza in Echo Park will offer the Echo Park Game-Day Special. This special includes any pizza and any pint (with a selection of 40 on tap!) for $20. Additionally, there’s the 7th Inning Stretch Special, offering $10 Wings in Buffalo, Garlic Ginger, or vegan-friendly Buffalo Cauliflower options. Throughout the game day, TVs scattered throughout the restaurant will broadcast the game, and given its close proximity to Dodger Stadium, it serves as an excellent pit stop before heading to the game.

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