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, from Friday, January 11 to Sunday, January 13, features dineL.A. Restaurant Week, Burgers & Brewfest, Cool Camellia Celebration at Descanso Gardens, No Pants Metro Ride, a Mobile Museum Fair, East LA Art Walk 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 weekend!
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Friday January 11th, 2019
1. Celebrate the Queen of Tejano music, Selena at The Wiltern this Friday. Enjoy a screening of the film, a Selena tribute concert, vendors, photo ops and tacos. Check for discounted tickets via Goldstar while supplies last.
2. dineL.A. returns Jan. 11-25 for two weeks of exclusive lunch and dinner menus at a laundry list of the city’s finest eateries.
3. National Hot Toddy Day is this Friday and chef driven ice cream shop Humphry Slocombe will be offering complimentary Hot Toddy Sundaes from 6-10 p.m. at their Venice location. The sundae features The Glenlivet a flavor made from the renowned Scotch whiskey brand. It’s also drizzled with clove caramel and topped with candied lemon. Artisan cocktails from The Glenlivet will also be offered on Friday.
4. Santa Monica Restaurant Week returns January 7 to 13 with over 30 of the area’s best restaurants creating a unique dish with one unifying star ingredient, the persimmon.
5. Aquarium of the Pacific will host a family overnight where you can explore exhibits, touch marine animals, enjoy a pizza dinner, snacks and breakfast.
6. Highland Park’s neighborhood pub, The Greyhound Bar & Grill celebrates their fifth anniversary this Friday by offering each guest a free order of five signature Greyhound Wings (veggie wings also available) served with your choice of 19 house-made sauces.
7. The Groundlings Mix Tape is a “best of” show with a limited run of only-seen-once-before sketches. Brought back to life by director Deanna Oliver and her cast of Groundlings and Alumni. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
8. 8th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week returns with over 40 restaurants and bars offering special cheeseburger items from January 6-11.
9. Join Descanso Gardens for a special Camellia Wine Dinner in honor of the iconic winter flower in bloom. The six-course menu will be curated by Executive Chef Philip Mack and includes kabocha squash with burnt onion, Chinese sausage, edible ferns, and a 36-Hour Imperial Wagyu beef brisket. The dinner cost $100 per person and reservations required.
10. Greenbar Distillery will open up their facility for a tour of their organic distillery. The tour allows guests to learn about the process of spirit making and taste some of Greenbar Distillery’s portfolio. Happening every Friday through Sunday of this month.
11. Beautycon is offering a pop up experience titled Beautycon POP happening Friday through Sunday featuring immersive galleries, makeup brands, vendors, a salon and other beauty related activities.
Saturday January 12th, 2019
12. Spend a day with burgers, beer and world-class Thoroughbred racing at Los Angeles landmark, Santa Anita Park during Burgers & Brewfest on Saturday. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
13. The Cool Camellia Celebration returns to Descanso Gardens on January 12 – 13 for a celebration of the iconic camellia collection during its peak blooming season.
14. Wine loving Angelenos will gather for a wine tasting focused on one varietal, Grenache. Happening at La Brea Bakery Cafe, The Grenache Wars will have guests enjoying an array of wines, appetizers, live music and in the end a group vote of the best Grenache purveyor of the evening.
15. Head over to the Regent in DTLA for The Rock and Roll Flea Market. Every month, the flea market features 50 vendors offering vintage and handmade crafts, including clothing, jewelry, memorabilia, instruments and more. The space will also offer two full bars, a brunch menu, DJ’s all day, and “boozy bingo,” with prizes like tickets to concerts at The Regent. Admission to the flea market is free.
16. Don’t Tell Comedy pops up in Culver City this Saturday for a comedy show with secret performers in a secret location. Location will be emailed to ticket holders and it’s BYOB.
17. Every second Saturday of the month Paseo Playdates put on free themed entertainment for kids. This month its instrument exploration with a concert by School of Rock! FREE
18. The Altadena Library District presents 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! An early literacy initiative to encourage families to read more. A petting zoo, face painting, donut truck as well as representatives from city and county early childhood agencies will be in attendance. FREE
19. 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.
20. The folks behind the Museum of Failure presents The Disgusting Food Museum (Dec. 9, 2018 through Feb. 17, 2019.) Some of the ‘delicacies’ include maggot infested cheese, bull testicles, and sheep eyeballs. If you’re brave enough, visitors will also get to smell and taste some of the creations at the end of the exhibit over at a tasting bar. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
21. The Bai Holiday Ice Rink returns to Pershing Square from Nov. 15, 2018 to Jan. 21, 2019 daily featuring a 7200 square foot outdoor ice-skating experience. A wide variety of events will take place throughout the duration of the rink.
Sunday January 13th, 2019
22. Enjoy riding the Metro — pants free — with a big group of like-minded Angelenos this Sunday, when the 11th Annual No Pants Metro Ride returns.
23. 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.
24. Yoga at Angel City Brewery welcomes all levels of experience with a donation of $15-20 that includes a free drink at the end.
25. Head to Central Library for the first-ever Mobile Museum Fair. As part of the 21 Collections: Every Object Has a Story exhibit, the fair highlights over 15 libraries from the greater Los Angeles area through portable exhibits. FREE
26. Notorious RBG in Song is a concert saluting the life and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her twenty-five years on the United States Supreme Court. Happening at The Skirball Cultural Center.
27. Family Flicks Film Series at The Hammer will screen Honey I Shrunk The Kids this Sunday. FREE
28. Challenge yourself with a 75-minute yoga class while enjoying views of the DTLA skyline during Flow + Flavor: Rooftop Yoga at Smorgasburg x ROW DTLA.
29. Party With is Los Angeles’ new Instagram-ready experience located at Westfield Santa Anita Mall. Folks can expect 15 premium photogenic installations like an infinity rainbow and a room filled with sparkling disco balls. Party With runs through January 27 and is open Thursdays through Sundays. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
30. Get into the winter spirit when ICE at Santa Monica returns with a 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Running November 3, 2018 through January 21, 2019.
Food Pick for the Week
This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.
dineL.A. Restaurant Week returns for its winter edition from January 11-25 for two weeks of special prix-fixe menus from top restaurants across Los Angeles. Here’s another round of places that should be on your checklist as you eat your way through the city:
The Fields (DTLA): The stunning food hall houses some of LA’s most coveted bites all under one roof. El Monte’s Burritos La Palma, Inglewood’s Coni’sSeafood and Tim Hollingsworth of Otium fame CJ Boyd’s Fried Chicken plus others will participate in dineL.A. For lunch, $15 gets you a combo of three to five items (depending on the vendor) and dinner for $29 gets you the same but with a draft cocktail or beer. –> More information
APL Restaurant (Hollywood): A five-course dinner from grill master and meat connoisseur Adam Perry Lang for a cool $99 is a steal. On the menu, you’ll dine on filet mignon tartare, dry aged ribeye, lemon brown butter branzino and more. –> More information
Rossoblu (DTLA): Three-course dinner for $49. Highlights from the menu include lightly cured beef tenderloin as a first course, grilled lamb chop and lobster risotto as a main and a chocolate hazelnut budino for dessert. –> More information
Spago Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills): Wolfgang Pucks signature restaurant offers their signature California tasting menu for $99. Modified for dineL.A. you’ll indulge in their popular “The Egg” dish, olive oil poached Ora King Salmon and Snake River Farm’s wagyu rib-eye steak, all of which is on the regular tasting menu. For this special occasion, you will also dine on roasted baby abalone in parsley-garlic lemon butter, braised veal cheek in a stone pot and more. –> More information
Tam O’Shanter (Atwater Village): Four-course dinner for $49. Lawry’s prime rib fans take note, Tam O’Shanter is the OG restaurant from the owners of Lawry’s. You’ll see the roast prime rib of beef on the menu served with mashed potatoes and gravy, Yorkshire pudding, whipped horseradish and creamed spinach. That’s just the entrée. Remember there are four courses to this dinner. Come hungry. –> More information
Providence (Hollywood): A Michelin star restaurant in Los Angeles is rare enough. A tasting menu for $99 is even more impressive. Get a fine dining experience unlike any other in the city at Michael Cimarusti’s Providence. You’ll dine on sashimi, California rockfish, liberty farms duck, impressive amuse bouche bites in-between and beautiful sweets at the end. –> More information
Bar Ama (DTLA): Three-course Tex-Mex dinner menu for $39. You’ll be given a choice for each course. I suggest starting with the queso and chorizo then move on to a shredded pork molcajete or a short rib chalupa and end with the churro funnel cake. –> More information
Free Play (DTLA): Three-course dinner menu for $29. You’ll have your choice of starters like Frito pie and deviled eggs then an entrée of either harissa chicken or braised pork shank. For dessert you can choose either birthday cake or an ice cream sundae. Take a break in between meals to enjoy the arcade inside the restaurant. –> More information
E.P & L.P. (West Hollywood): Brunch, lunch and dinner are available during this event. All are solid options. Brunch/Lunch is a two course occasion for $20 with a drink included. On the menu you’ll find chicken & Hong Kong style waffles, Indonesian style fried rice and short rib & eggs. During dinner, $29 will get you three courses that include sweet & sour pork ribs, Bangkok crispy chicken, green curry of Hirmasa kingfish and more. –> More information
Want to see more We Like L.A. approved dineL.A. picks? Check out our post The 17 Top dineL.A. Menus for January 2019.
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