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, February 28 to Sunday, March 1 features Bob Baker Day, CatVideoFest, Los Angeles IPA Festival, Wine Camp, Swingout Sunday, Superman’s birthday party, 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 February 28th, 2020
1. Frankenstein, the classic novel by Mary Shelley, gets a modern facelift in the latest show commissioned by The Wallis Annenberg Center of Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The show has now been extended through March 7.
2. Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival returns on select dates from February 20-29. The nationwide festival showcases five-minute sex-positive ‘dirty movies’ on the big screen of The Downtown Independent in celebration of creative sexual expression.
3. Amoeba Hollywood’s weekly DJ series ROTATIONS welcomes Zernell for a live set. FREE
4. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes latest exhibit “afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city” helps visitors step into a recreated Afro-Latinx home and explore the personal objects of a Afrolatinidad family living in Los Angeles. FREE
5. Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week returns with a host of specially priced prix fixe brunches, lunches and dinners from February 23-29.
6. 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
7. FIDM Museum presents their annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition from February 4 to March 21. Now in its 28th year the public can see costumes created by all five Academy Award nominees. Over 100 outstanding costume designs from 29 films in the past year will also be on display. FREE
8. 4th Fridays on 4th Street activates the “Retro Road” business district in Long Beach on the fourth Friday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. through extended hours, dining specials, discounted merchandise, pop up shops, art shows, live music, free trolly rides and more.
9. L.A. Arboretum hosts Yoga in the Garden the class is a gentle and soothing one in tranquil location.
10. 260LA will host a Ulla Johnson sample sale from February 26 through March 1 in their Beverly Hills location.
11. The Groundlings recently debuted an extra rowdy all-new sketch comedy from the Main Company called Bar Fight. The show runs every Friday and Saturday.
12. USC Pacific Asia Museum located in Pasadena is recognized as Southern California’s only museum devoted exclusively to art from Asia and the Pacific. For their first 2020 exhibition the museum presents Oscar Oiwa: Dreams of a Sleeping World. On view from January 10 – April 26, 2020 guests walk into a dome that transports them inside a 360° dreamscape fantasy world. The site-specific piece was drawn with 120 Sharpie permanent markers and reveals hints of existential threats to the environment. Oiwa’s surreal paintings and a video documenting the creation of the mural dome greets guests before they embark into the dome.
Saturday February 29th, 2020
13. The Bob Baker Marionette Theater brings its annual Bob Baker Day carnival to the spaces of Los Angeles State Historic Park this Saturday featuring a packed day of puppet shows, live music, crafts, games, and food trucks, all in commemoration of the theater’s late founder, Bob Baker. FREE
14. Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum of Art’s signature party A Night in Focus returns on Saturday with a Paris themed evening of lively programs focused on the exhibition By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Époque.
15. LA’s Better Booch is partnering with WellSet for Better & Well an all-day wellness experience at ROW DTLA. The event features mini consultations, yoga, group hypno-meditation, music, expert-led panels and a curated wellness marketplace.
16. The Vincent Price Art Museum will hosts a special closing exhibition event for George Rodriguez: Double Vision. The event will include a screening of A Picture of George! George Rodriguez: An American Photographer, produced and directed by Billy Rapaport; a conversation with Rodriguez, Rapaport, and exhibition curator Josh Kun will follow. FREE
17. NYC’s Oscilloscope Laboratories presents CatVideoFest 2020, a screening of the best cat videos shown exclusively on the big screen. The festival takes place at the Laemmle Royal. Proceeds go to help local cats in need.
18. The 7th Annual Los Angeles IPA Festival returns to Mohawk Bend in Echo Park tapping 60 of the best IPAs made by Golden State breweries.
19. JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles hosts “Aroma & Mindfulness,” an interactive workshops focused on wood scent as part of their current exhibition “HIDA: A Woodwork Tradition in the Making.” Guests will blend their own custom scents led by expert Saskia Wilson-Brown, founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Art and Olfaction.
20. The Griffith Observatory hosts a public star party once a month from 2-9:45 p.m. where folks can get a look at the sun, moon, plants and other objects in the sky through a variety of telescopes. FREE
21. The Silver Lake Library will host a Mega Outdoor Book Sale with most titles priced at under a dollar. All proceeds support the Friends of Silver Lake Library 501(c)3 nonprofit, which helps support the Silver Lake branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.
22. Scum and Villainy Cantina celebrates Superman’s Birthday this Saturday with a whole day of fun including a brunch, themed cocktails and food, Superman trivia, prizes, photo ops and more.
23. ace/121 Gallery and the Association of Hysteric Curators host What She Said Community Day with three live performances and readings by The Peoples Tarot. FREE
24. Mixografia presents Wrong is Right: Remembering John Baldessari, an exhibition celebrating the late artist through his collaboration with local print publishers and Baldessari’s 1970s video works. The exhibit is on view through April 4, 2020. FREE
25. The L.A. Cookie Con & Sweets Show takes place at the Fairplex February 29 to March 1 and features baking demos and workshops, celebrity chefs and sweet samples all day.
26. As part of The Hammer series John Sayles: Independent the museum will screen Eight Men Out about the 1919 infamous Black Sox scandal and the tensions between players, journalists, managers, and fans as the corrupt scheme complexly unfolds.
27. The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) joins forces with multi-media artist Taiji Terasaki for TRANSCENDIENTS: Heroes At Borders. The exhibit is a living memory of the Japanese American concentration camps, and a tribute to those still fighting for democracy and justice for all. On view February 1 to March 29, 2020.
28. 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.
29. The Annenberg Space For Photography is sharing four decades of Vanity Fair’s celebrity portraits from their annual Hollywood issues as well as captures from past Oscar night parties in their latest exhibit Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling. FREE
Sunday March 1st, 2020
30. The Ensemble Shakespeare Theater returns to Descanso Gardens for performances with a botanical backdrop every Saturday and Sunday in March and April. This is a moving production traveling to peak bloom spots as the season changes so bring your walking shoes. No registration required, the show starts at 2 p.m. and is included in the price of regular admission.
31. Chocolate Sundaes Comedy Show is a free event happening at The Laugh Factory Hollywood featuring top comedians and a DJ.
32. wineLA hosts Wine Camp, an introduction to wine class taught by industry expert Ian Blackburn. The two hour crash course will help wine lovers learn about how wine is made, do’s and don’ts on serving wine, how to taste it, how to pair it with food and much more.
33. Head to Burbank for Swingout Sunday! Take a beginner’s swing lesson and then put your skills to the test as a live band kicks off the party on the dance floor.
34. Head to ArtBarLA for a Locals Only Comedy Show of funny folks born and raised in Los Angeles.
35. Search for treasures of the past at the Pasadena City College Flea Market. Admission is free and there will be over 450 vendors there. The Pie N Burger Food Truck, Kona Ice and some student clubs will be holding fundraising sales with Portos, Krispy Kreme, and coffee.
36. Yoga at Angel City Brewery welcomes all levels of experience with a donation of $15-20 that includes a free drink at the end.
37. 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
38. Learn the powerful techniques of Tai Chi and partake in meditative movements during a free class outside in Culver City. All ages and levels of fitness are welcome. FREE
Food Pick for the Week
This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.
On Sunday March 1, Smog City Brewery & Taproom in Torrance will release a 5.5% dry oyster stout brewed with real Baja oysters from Jolly Oyster. To celebrate the unique collaboration the brewery will have Jolly Oyster shucking on their patio starting at noon until they run out. Smog City describes the paring sensation as creamy and sweet. Sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Smog City Brewery & Taproom is located at 1901 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501
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