Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).
This weekend in L.A. from Friday, January 10 to Sunday, January 12 features a MOCA free admission celebration, the Long Beach Comic Expo, Monterey Park Lunar New Year Festival, a CBD Farmers Market, the 12th Annual No Pants Metro Ride, and 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 weekend!
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Friday January 10th, 2020
2. Santa Monica Restaurant Week returns January 6-12 with over 35 restaurants creating unique dishes with one unifying star ingredient, the kumquat.
3. Take part in an acoustic sound healing experience with Roxie Sarhangi during the full moon at 1 Hotel in West Hollywood. The event unfolds on the Skyline Deck under the backdrop of a 108-foot by 110-foot suspended kinetic sculpture titled Dream Catcher by Janet Echelman, plus stunning views overlooking the city and beyond.
4. Don’t Tell Comedy pops up in Playa Vista this Friday with some of the biggest names in comedy. Performers are kept under wraps and the location will be emailed to all ticket holders. BYOB!
5. Help keep LA Historic Park thriving by attending Weed Warriors, a weekly morning meet up aimed at restoring native habitats throughout the park while removing non native plants. FREE
6. The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice happening at L.A. LIVE’s Microsoft Square is a daily outdoors holiday skating rink. Open November 30, 2019 through January 12, 2020.
7. The Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden presents Moonlight Forest, where crafted lanterns line the garden grounds, some depicting animals, shimmering exotic flowers, and figures from Chinese legends. Happening Wednesdays through Sunday from November 9 through January 12, 2020. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
8. Corey Helford Gallery’s sixth annual Art Collector Starter Kit group show highlights affordable 12” x 12” works from 100 top New Contemporary artists, giving new art collectors and enthusiasts a chance to buy an original piece from artists. The show will be on view through January 18, 2020.
Saturday January 11th, 2019
9. MOCA Celebrates its new free general admission policy on Saturday with celebrations at both downtown locations featuring live performances, music, art-making activities, food, and more. FREE
10. Long Beach Comic Expo, a celebration of comic books and pop culture, returns to the Long Beach Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
11. The Ranch Garden at The Huntington hosts Saturday Open Houses, offering a wide range of programs for folks who are interested in gardening and plants. Visitors can enjoy a self-tour of the site (usually not open to public), talk to experts and sample freshly picked fruits and vegetables in season. The weekly Open House is free with general admission to The Huntington.
12. Market Market comes to ROW DTLA with a maker-focused event highlighting top artisans in handcrafted jewelry, apparel, accessories, apothecary, housewares, furnishings, culinary and more. Free to attend.
13. Bricks LA at Pasadena Convention Center is a two-day event featuring custom made models, a play area for kids of all ages (adults included) and vendors selling new, used and vintage LEGO sets.
14. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show, Picture This!, is back with another show on Saturday at The Virgil featuring a roster of well known comedians and animators. $8 pre-sale or $10 at the door.
15. The Culinary Historians of Southern California culinary presents a talk about early Los Angeles restaurant history with CHSC President Charles Perry. L.A. has been a food town since 1880s and Perry will discuss our food history from the first records to the 19th century. A reception with samples of “fashionable restaurant foods” of the period will follow the talk. FREE
16. Fans of Canadian sketch troupe Kids in The Hall can see Kevin McDonald in ALIVE! The theater event features stories and songs that give the audience a look behind the scenes of his life, from his childhood to his work with “The Kids in the Hall,” to present life.
17. Monterey Park’s annual Lunar New Year Festival takes over five blocks and spans two days full of entertainment, food, family activities and interesting vendors all celebrating the year of the rat. Admission to the festival is free. FREE
18. This Saturday there’s a farmers market dedicated to CBD happening at Academy LA in Hollywood. The marketplace experience will include over 20 top brands in the industry, live entertainment, CBD massages, infused bites and cocktails, yoga, pop-up shops and an educational Blunt Talks panel. The event is free to attend.
19. OUE Skyspace host Yoga in the Sky a morning yoga class 1,000 feet above the city. Class begins at 7 a.m. and is taught by SoHo Yoga. Unlimited Skyslide rides and light refreshments will follow the class. Guests must bring their own mats.
20. Norton Simon Museum hosts a Drop-in Drawing every Saturday. Guests can pick up a drawing board, paper and pencil at the Information Desk and enjoy drawing in the galleries and Sculpture Garden.
21. The team behind the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will roll out the Barbie Pop Up Truck taking it on a “Totally Throwback Tour” traveling across the country in celebration of Barbie’s 60th birthday. The truck stops by the Glendale Galleria from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday selling exclusive 90s-themed apparel and accessories.
22. Enjoy a snow day in Diamond Bar at the annual Winter Snow Fest. Real snow will provide hours of sledding and for folks not looking to get cold there will be crafts and games; live performances plus food booths to enjoy.
23. Head over to the Regent in DTLA for The Rock and Roll Flea Market. The flea market features vendors offering vintage and handmade crafts, including clothing, jewelry, memorabilia, instruments and more. There’s also two full bars, a food menu, DJ’s all day, and “boozy bingo,” with prizes like tickets to concerts at The Regent. Admission to the flea market is free.
24. Don’t Tell Comedy pops up in Santa Monica this Saturday with some of the biggest names in comedy. Performers are kept under wraps and the location will be emailed to all ticket holders. BYOB!
25. The Bai Holiday Ice Rink returns to Pershing Square from Nov. 14, 2019 to Jan. 20, 2020 featuring a 7200 square foot outdoor ice-skating experience. A wide variety of events will take place throughout the duration of the rink. Open on Christmas too!
26. Greater L.A. Vintage Postcard and Paper Show will have 30 dealers showing casing postcards, paper collectibles, photos, and ephemera of yesteryear all for sale.
27. The creator of Odd Market hosts The Los Feliz Flea every Saturday at Marshall High School. The event features vintage vendors, food trucks, entertainment and more
Sunday January 12th, 2019
28. Enjoy riding the Metro — pants free — with a big group of like-minded Angelenos this Sunday, when the 12th Annual No Pants Metro Ride returns.
29. Starting this Sunday the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena will be open to the public every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7.50 online or $10 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free.
30. On Sunday the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion presents another installment of Le Salon de Musiques, an intimate stage free chamber music experience where a Q&A with the musicians, as well as a champagne and high-tea experience catered by Patina will follow. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
31. Check out the Rose Bowl Flea Market a world famous market taking place in Pasadena on the second Sunday of each month. The flea features a staggering 2500-plus vendors and 20,000 shoppers.
32. Natural History Museum hosts a free preview screening of NOVA Polar Extremes, an upcoming PBS special that takes viewers on a polar journey through the times of extremes on our planet. The event will include a Q&A discussion with experts as the audience watch selected clips. The event runs 3 to 5 p.m. visitors who arrive after 2 p.m. will receive free general admission to the museum. Free with RSVP. FREE
33. The monthly East LA Art Walk returns this month to highlight independent artists, muralists, crafters and local businesses from the Eastside and its surrounding neighborhoods. This event is put on by the East LA Business Association of the 1st St corridor and is designed to be family friendly.
34. Family Flicks Film Series at The Hammer will screen National Treasure this Sunday. FREE
Get to know Union Station through an Art & Architecture Tour led by Metro Art Docents. FREE
35. Friendship Buddies a free stand-up comedy show taking place at the Verdugo Bar back patio features some of the best comics in Los Angeles and beyond. Show starts at 8p.m. FREE
36. Get into the winter spirit when ICE at Santa Monica returns with a 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Running November 1, 2019 through January 20, 2020.
Food Pick for the Week
This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.
Downtown Los Angeles massive outdoor foodie market Smorgasburg LA returns this Sunday after a three-week holiday hiatus. They’ll re-open with a roster of new vendors for the 2020 season alongside returning food pop ups, merchandise vendors and more at ROW DTLA. Get the full details on the new additions and what they have to offer in our latest post here.