Things To Do

Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [3-10-2023 to 3-12-2023]

March 9, 2023 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Festival of the Kite in Redondo Beach, 2020. Photo by Christina Champlin.

There’s all sorts of fun stuff on the docket for this weekend, but there are a few storm clouds on the horizon (notably for Friday).

This March 10-12 in Los Angeles, you’ll find ArtNight in Pasadena, a Free Family Art Day at Weisman Museum, a St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hermosa Beach, a KCHUNG pop-up at MOCA, Festival of The Kite in Redondo, Festival de la Primavera at LA Plaza, a Women Artists celebration at UPAM, and more. Just make sure you mind the forecast!


Things To Do This Weekend

Oscar Week at The Academy Museum -> In the week leading up to the Academy Awards, the Academy Museum hosts a program of screenings and panel discussions featuring nominated films, with a different category in focus for each day. The lineup to come includes a day of Documentaries on Thursday, Live Action Shorts & International Films on Friday, then Makeup and Hairstyling on Saturday. The programming culminates with an Oscars viewing party on Sunday, starting at 3 p.m. General admission ($25 for adults) to the museum grants access to the Oscars screenings, but seating is first-come, first-served. Sunday’s party runs $250 per person. More info here.

ArtNight Pasadena -> This Friday, ArtNight Pasadena bands together a group of local institutions and historic locations for an evening of free admissions, and arts and culture programming. Participants include the Pasadena City Hall, Gamble House, Kidspace Museum, USC Pacific Asia Museum, and the Armory Center for the Arts. More info here.

Things To Do When It Rains -> Friday’s forecast could put a damper on things, but if you’re dead set on exploring the city rain or shine, make sure you check out our latest guide for Things To Do in L.A. When it Rains. Dozens of ideas contained therein, from art galleries and arcades to cooking classes and trivia nights.

Black History Month Festival on 3rd Street Promenade -> After a rain delay postponement in February, Downtown Santa Monica in partnership with Santa Monica Black Lives Association celebrates Black History Month this Saturday with an afternoon event featuring live music, educational exhibits, and local vendors, headlined by a performance by rapper Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Free to attend. Runs 4 to 10 p.m. Be sure check back to the Eventbrite page for updates on any schedule changes due to inclement weather. More info here.

Creative Communal Market -> Creative Communal Artisan Market is back at Runway Playa Vista this Saturday with live music and over 40 vendors selling jewelry, apparel, leather goods, dog goods and more. Runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pet friendly! More info here.

POPSHIFT HOLI (Festival of Colors) presented by TOYOTA -> The first-ever PopShift HOLI presented by TOYOTA will bring the Festival of Colors to Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday. Dance to live music performances and DJ sets, snack on South Asain eats and drinks, and celebrate the new year in color. Tickets start at $35. More info here.

Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade -> The City of Hermosa Beach celebrates St. Patrick’s Day a few days early with a parade along Pier Ave on Saturday. In conjunction with the parade, there will be special activities set up at the Hermosa Beach Pier including a photo booth and live music. More info here.

Free Family Art Day at Weisman Museum -> Pepperdine University’s Weisman Museum (always free admission) hosts a Free Family Art Day this Saturday featuring a day of nature walks, crafting, tours, and readings all built around the museum’s To Bough and To Bend exhibition. Programming runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get more info here.

Family Workshop at SHG -> On Saturday, Self-Help Graphics hosts a Family Workshop on printmaking taught by lead artist Ernesto Vasquez, presented in conjunction with the exhibition Essential Workers: A Visual Narrative.  All materials provided. Registration is required. Runs 1 to 2:30 p.m. More info here.

KCHUNG at MOCA Geffen -> As part of KCHUNG Radio’s residency at MOCA, the free form radio station hosts an afternoon of sonic sculptures, interactive installations, and durational performances from local artists, all taking place at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary campus. Runs 1 to 5 p.m. this Saturday. Admission is free. More info here.

Paint & Sip at Museum of Latin American Art -> This Saturday, Join MOLAA for an outdoor painting class led by LA-based artist Priscilla Ortiz. Learn tips and techniques for painting figures based on a live model drawing inspiration from Chicana artist, Yolanda Gonzales. Tickets cost $25 and you must be 21+ to attend because there will be wine! More info here.

Self Care Yoga at CAAM -> This Saturday at California African American Museum, Yoga and meditation instructor Constance Hartwell leads a 60-minute yoga flow session as part of a ongoing program at the California African American Museum (weather permitting!). Free to attend. Be sure to bring your own mat and water. Starts at 11 a.m. More info here.

Festival of the Kite -> The 49th Festival of the Kite brings a colorful day of activations to the Redondo Beach Pier this Sunday, including contests with category-specific kite flying prizes, DJ’d tunes, live music, and even a hot dog eating contest. Runs noon to 5 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Festival de la Primavera at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes -> This Sunday’s family-friendly festival at LA Plaza celebrates the vibrancy of the state of Oaxaca through music, traditional dances, gastronomy, and crafts. Co-organized by the Regional Organization of Oaxaca (ORO) the festival commemorates the most prominent Mexican president of the 19th century, Don Benito Juarez Garcia’s birthday and the first week of Spring. Free to attend. More info here.


MOLAA Pop-Up Shop -> This Sunday, the Museum of Latin American Art hosts a pop-up shop and artist talk with Yolanda González to celebrate International Women’s Day, from 2 to 5 p.m. And remember that every Sunday at MOLAA is free admission.

Fowler in the City: Wellness Circle at Sovern LA -> This Sunday, The Fowler Museum hosts an offsite wellness workshop at Sovern LA featuring a guided meditation led by Sepideh Hakimzadeh, followed by a dialogue circle and a sound bath. Program starts at 11 a.m. Get more info here.

Celebrate Women Artists at UPAM -> USC Pacific Asia Museum’s free second Sunday offers a day of workshops and storytelling to celebrate Women’s History Month, with a focus on Asian and Asian American artists. Programming starts at 11 a.m. Get more info here.

Rose Bowl Flea Market -> The Rose Bowl Flea Market brings an estimated 2,500 vendors and some 20,000 attendees to the grounds of Pasadena’s Rose Bowl every second Sunday of the month. GA admission for 9 a.m. (and after) is $12 if you buy online. Early admission runs $20, and goes from 5 to 8:45 a.m. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)

Holey Grail donuts. Photo courtesy of Holey Grail Donuts.

Free Coffee Bean -> The 9th annual Wescom Kindness initiative grant you free coffee and goodies from select Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations spread throughout SoCal for this Sunday, March 12. $15 per transaction will be gifted until funds are exhausted. Check the link above for the full list of participating locations.

Holey Grail Grand Opening -> This Saturday, Holey Grail Donuts opens their second location in Los Angeles at Larchmont Village with a celebrating featuring music by DJ Blk Soap and a free donut with purchase promotion. The public can stop by between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to score a bonus Original Sin donut made with maple, Hawaiian vanilla bean and sea salt with the purchase of other donuts. Additionally, the shop recently unveiled their latest “Breaking Bread” donut collaboration with Sunrise Shack, a smoothie and acai bowl operation in Kaua launching a flavor inspired by their famous smoothie bowl “Blue Dream” the donut is available from March 5 through April 2 at all Holey Grail locations. 


Atrium’s The Last of Us Season Finale Inspired Brunch -> Atrium’s Executive Chef, Emmanuel Cadengo has created a brunch menu entirely of mushrooms to celebrate the season finale of HBO’s hit post-apocalyptic show The Last of Us. The menu features local LA farm Smallhold’s organic mushrooms in a variety of brunch dishes including a Lions Mane Benedict, Blue Oyster Frittata, Fried Oyster Mushrooms and Waffle to a Roasted Trumpet Banh Mi. Additionally, the bar team has created two cocktails and a non-alcoholic option for the occasion. The one day menu is available on Sunday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Whiskey & Pecan Pralines Ice Cream -> Award-winning Texas bourbon distillery Garrison Brothers Distillery have teamed up with McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams to release a limited-edition ice cream flavor “Garrison Brothers Whiskey & Pecan Pralines.” Available in all scoop shops this Friday the flavor is made with Garrison Brothers Small Batch bourbon, Central Coast milk and cream, and buttery, salt-roasted caramel-coated pecans. 

Tapizon Oscars Viewing Party -> Tapizon in El Segundo is hosting an Oscars viewing party this Sunday with a red carpet happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m., a special tapas menu, Oscar ballots, prizes, and much more. 

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