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 24 to Sunday, January 26 features a massive museum free-for-all, the Japanese Food Expo, the Dodgers FanFest, a lunar new year festival at the Original Farmers Market, 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 24th, 2020
1. This Friday evening La Collectionneuse and Bob Baker Marionette Theater present Strange Soiree #2, an evening of shorts, puppets and music.
2. Take advantage of specially priced lunch and dinner menus at one of SGV’s best dining destinations during Dine Alhambra Restaurant happening January 24-31.
3. Comedians Cinema Club will recreate Labyrinth live onstage while drunk (or maybe high) at UCB Sunset in Hollywood.
4. Drunk Yoga stops by the Hotel Erwin in Venice Beach from Thursday through Sunday for yoga shenanigans. Each session includes a pre-class happy hour, 45 minute yoga and a post flow “wine down”. Classes are beginner-friendly. Bring your own mat. The class might be held on the roof if weather permits.
5. Meet skilled tattoo artists from around the world during the Golden State Tattoo Expo taking place all weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center.
6. The Hammer with the UCLA Film & Television Archive presents a film screening of Ang Lee’s romantic comedy The Wedding Banquet.
7. Get up close and personal with sharks at the Aquarium of the Pacific during Shark Lagoon Nights. Guests will have the opportunity to touch bamboo sharks and view large sharks in an after hours setting. FREE
8. Looking to LOL with a crowd of improv fans? The Groundlings has packed their best sketches into one hilarious comedy show called Mix Tape. The show runs Friday and Saturday.
9. 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!
Saturday January 25th, 2020
10. Over 40 museums and cultural institutions are participating in this year’s annual SoCal Museum Free-For-All. As in years past, the lineup of participants includes some museums that are free year-round (The Getty, Hammer Museum, The Broad) along with many others that normally charge admission fees (Natural History Museum, LACMA, Kidspace Museum, La Brea Tar Pits Museum, The Autry).
11. Get a taste of authentic Japanese culture and cuisine when The Japanese Food Expo takes over Loews Hollywood Hotel on Saturday. Guests can take a stroll in Sake Alley, munch on Japanese street foods, check out workshops, see a Japanese Bluefin tuna cutting demo/tasting and a sushi robot demo. Cultural performances, food booths and travel exhibits will also be part of the expo.
12. For the first time ever the South Coast Botanic Garden will host Dogs’ Day at the Garden welcoming leashed dogs to explore most of the Garden’s 87 acres. The special event features Dog Yoga with Rory, and demos from the Lomita Obedience Training Club and A Bark Idea Training. There will also be vendors selling goodies for your dogs and food, beer and wine for humans.
13. Dodgers FanFest returns with several activities for fans of the boys in blue including player interviews, games for all ages, shopping, music, food and much more. FREE
14. TheFitExpo returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center January 25-26 with a massive wellness pavilion, fitness classes, celebrity guests and more.
15. The 19th Annual 50 Hour Drive-by Theatre Festival is a three day fest (January 25-27) of new plays performed at LA’s most interesting NOHO theatre, Zombie Joe’s Underground.
16. dineL.A. returns Jan. 17-31 for two weeks of exclusive lunch and dinner menus at a laundry list of the city’s finest eateries.
17. Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates Lunar New Year from January 23 to February 9 with cultural performances, special food offerings, Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop from Kung Fu Panda, a Mandarin-speaking MEGATRON, Hello Kitty and Minions adorned in Lunar New Year Attire and much more.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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
22. 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.
23. Long Beach Saturday Market presented by The Urban Hive Market welcomes 50+ small business vendors and a food court to The Pike Outlets this Saturday.
Sunday January 26th, 2020
24. 9th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week returns with over 40 restaurants and bars offering special cheeseburger items from January 26-31.
25. Get a taste of old Hollywood at the Annenberg Community Beach House during Happy Birthday Marion, a free event that celebrates actress Marion Davies’ 123rd birthday. FREE
26. The Original Farmers Market will host a Lunar New Year celebration with cultural entertainment that includes a chalk art presentation, balloon twister, dragon puppet craft station, Chinese calligraphy, lion dances, a Kung Fu demonstration, a performance by local illusionist Joseph Tran and “Lucky 8” specials on food and merchandise.
27. Donut Fest LA takes over Indie Brewing Company with donut sampling, beer, contests, swag and more.
28. Checkout over 200 antique and specialty sellers during the Torrance Antique Street Faire. The fair also features an antique appraisal booth and live musical entertainment. FREE
29. There’s a docent led nature walk in Topanga State Park from 10 a.m. to noon with a trained natural ecologist. FREE
30. Chocolate Sundaes Comedy Show is a free event happening at The Laugh Factory Hollywood featuring top comedians and a DJ.
31. Yoga at Angel City Brewery welcomes all levels of experience with a donation of $15-20 that includes a free drink at the end.
32. 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
33. Free museum day: Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can) FREE
Food Pick for the Week
This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.
Australia Day falls on Sunday Jan. 26. To support relief efforts for the country’s wildfire crisis, E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood and Otium in DTLA will host two separate events with proceeds benefiting Australian non-profits in the recovery. If you have some time this Sunday consider gathering with friends for a meal prepared by top chefs that will give back.
West Hollywood’s E.P. & L.P. owners Grant Smillie and David Combes are Australian natives and they’re donating 100% of proceeds from their Great Aussie BBQ on the rooftop and lunch service from E.P. to the Australian Bushfire Relief from noon to 8 p.m. The restaurant will also be taking donations upon entry to the event and raffle prizes will be given out throughout the venue. –> More information
For Australia Day Otium Chef Timothy Hollingsworth will be collaborating with his fellow Netflix The Final Table finalist Chef Mark Best on a BBQ Brunch Buffet. The menu is a Texas meets Aussie feast at $75 a person and $35 for children 12 and under. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Australian Red Cross to aid in bushfire relief and recovery. –> More information
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