Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [3-24-2023 to 3-26-2023]

Photo Credit: Ashley Sprankles for Vegan Street Fair

We can’t very well have cherry blossom festivals if it’s pouring rain outside, can we? Thankfully, it’s looking like Mr. Sun will abide.

For March 24-26 in Los Angeles, catch FEMcore at The Corbin Bowl, new exhibitions at Torrance Museum of Art and the Vincent Price Art Museum, a Vegan Street Fair in NoHo, Cherry Blossom celebrations at Brand Art Park and in Torrance, César Chávez Family Day at LA Plaza, and MUCH more. Hope you make it a good one!


Things To Do This Weekend

Outfest Fusion Film Festival -> Starting this Friday, the annual Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC Film Festival returns with a week-plus of screenings, galas, networking events, and workshops at multiple venues throughout Los Angeles. The festival runs through April 2. Check the full schedule and get more info here.

The Magic Flute AKA #Superflute -> For the second weekend in a row, Pacific Opera Project brings The Magic Flute AKA #Superflute to El Portal Theater in North Hollywood this Friday to Sunday. The production adapts Mozart’s The Magic Flute through the lens of 90’s video game characters, with Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Zelda, and Princess Peach taking on the roles of Papageno, Tamino, Queen of the Night, and others. Tickets start as low as $20. More info here.

North Hollywood Handmade Makers Market -> The Afterglow Makers Market returns to Lawless Brewery with Friday with a lineup of over 20 local artists and creative vendors offering vintage clothing, homemade jams, one of a kind artwork, coffee, desserts, and more. Free to attend. Runs 5 to 10 p.m. More info here.

FitspoLA at The Bloc -> This Friday, FitspoLA returns to The Bloc for a day of fitness-inspired activities and pop-ups where guests can try food and beverage samples, scope out training accessories and exercise equipment, and learn about the latest trends from top fitness and health brands. Workout classes cost $15 each. More info here.

FEMcore at The Corbin Bowl -> This Friday at The Corbin Bowl in Tarazna, The Cobalt Presents FEMcore, an all-ages show featuring six female-fronted bands, including Doll Riot, Sidechicks, Tough Front, Powder Pink and Sweet, Tempermental and Black Rock Candy. Expect bites for purchase and full bar access throughout the night. Plus, keep in mind a portion of the proceeds from the event go to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Get more info here.

New Exhibitions at TAM -> On Saturday, the Torrance Museum of Art (always free) hosts an opening reception for their two newest exhibitions, including CO/LAB 5 – LOS ANGELES AND THE WORLD, a team-up of artist run galleries that includes four international spaces paired with four from Los Angeles. Exhibitions remain on view through May 6. The reception runs 6 to 9 p.m. More info here.

What Would You Say? at VPAM -> This Saturday, The Vincent Price Art Museum celebrates the opening of their newest exhibition, What Would You Say?: Activist Graphics from Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which consider the power of art as a tool for political and social action. The evening affair includes specialty cocktails (for those 21+), DJ sets by dublab, and plenty of time to peruse the 60+ objects sourced from LACMA’s collection along with four additional prints by California-based artists from the Chicano Moratorium and early Asian American activism. The opening runs 6 to 8 p.m., and the exhibition remains on view through June 24. Free to attend. More info here.

Arts for LA Pop-Up Art Show -> Arts for LA hosting a special art show Art Share L.A. this Saturday, which features over 100+ original artists, all hailing from theme parks and entertainment experiences (think creatives from Disneyland, Universal Studios, Warner Bros, etc..). If you purchase VIP entrance, you can get in an hour early, catch a performance by artist V.C.R., drink courtesy cocktails from Batch22, and enjoy free pancake art and appetizers. Proceeds from the event benefit Arts for L.A. The event will take place on Runs 6 to 9 p.m. GA tickets are $25, VIP are $125. Get more info here.

¡Jotería! at LA Plaza > This Saturday, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and Salvies Who Lunch team up to present ¡Jotería!, a one-day event highlighting queer Latinx Culture through music, panels, and performances, capped by a free evening screening of Bamby Salcedo’s documentary QueenCiañera. Saturday’s event starts at 4 p.m. and is free to attend. More info here.

Yoga On The Mountain -> On the last Saturday of the month, the Santa Monica Mountains Fund hosts a morning of outdoor yoga and live acoustic music at the King Gillette Ranch in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains. All skill levels are welcome. Free to RSVP, and reservations are required to attend. More info here.

Cherry Blossom Celebration at Shoseian Teahouse -> Head to the Shosian Teahouse at Brand Park this Sunday for the annual Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Celebration) featuring tea ceremonies, martial arts, bonsai, music, and plenty of family-friendly fun. All proceeds from the event go to the non-profit Friends of Shoseian. Attending the event is free, but seating for the tea ceremony requires a paid reservation costing $25. Runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here.

Vegan Street Fair Los Angeles -> This Sunday, Vegan Street Fair Los Angeles returns to North Hollywood with a massive array of vegan-friendly vendors. It’s free to enter the fair and delicious bite-size portions of plant-based eats will be available for $4 or less. The Vegan Street Fair takes place from 11 a.m to 7 p.m on Chandler Avenue between Tujunga and Vineland. More info here.

The Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival -> The Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival comes to Columbia Park this Sunday for a unique blend of cultural performances with a fun variety of crafts by local artisans, centered around the blooming cherry blossom. Free to attend. Runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info here.


César Chávez Family Day at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes -> This Sunday, celebrate activist and labor leader, César Chávez with a day of dance and art, culinary and garden workshops and guest performances by Xipe Totec, Ballet Folklorico Y Arriba Mexico, and Tierra Blanca Arts Center. Free to attend. Runs 12:30 to 3 p.m. More info here.

Hammer Spring Exhibitions Opening -> On Sunday, The Hammer unveils their newly complete renovations at a Spring exhibition opening featuring art-making activities, curator-led talks, and artist videos. Highlights include a large-scale artwork by Chiharu Shiota; a brand-new 5,800-square-foot gallery featuring Rita McBride’s artwork Particulates; and a new outdoor sculpture terrace featuring Sanford Biggers’ 25-foot-tall cast-bronze sculpture Oracle. The public celebration runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

Paint & Sip at Interstellar Santa Monica -> Interstellar and Paint & Sip Studio LA are hosting paint and sip events at the restaurant. On Sunday, March 26 guests will learn to paint Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Tickets cost $65 and include the guided activity, a glass of wine and an appetizer. More info here.

Dog Walking Hours at South Coast Botanic Garden -> One Sunday a month, dogs are welcomed at the South Coast Botanic Garden for a morning garden stroll with their owners. Adult tickets are $15, and dogs are $5 each. More info here.

Topanga Vintage Market -> Happening on the fourth Sunday of every month, the Topanga Vintage Market is packed with close to 200 sellers from antiques to vintage clothing and local artisan goods. Runs 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. $5 to get in. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
The Potato Taleggio Pizza Friends Family Pizza Co
The Potato Taleggio Pizza Friends & Family Pizza Co. Photo by Manasa Madishetty.

The Friends & Family  Pizza Co. -> This week the Friends & Family team opened a pizza stall inside The Original Farmers Market. Friends & Family Pizza Co. is the second dining concept from Chef Daniel Mattern and Head Baker Roxana Jullapat. The menu highlights market-driven salads and pizzas made from the same sourdough starter Friends & Family uses to make their incredible breads. Prices are approachable, with slices running $6 to $7 and the variety ranges from classic pepperoni to potato topped with taleggio cheese and pistachios. 


Per L’Ora x Death & Co Chef Dinner -> To celebrate Women’s History Month, Per L’Ora and Death & Co team up to host an intimate family-style dinner on Sunday, March 26. Chefs Courtney Van Dye, of Per L’Ora and Ana Palamores from Death & Co, have crafted a unique five-course menu that includes kampachi crudo with a persimmon shrub to duck ragu rigatoni and branzino with lemon, tarragon and smoked roe. The evening will also include a conversation with the chefs on their inspirations and process. The 28-seat dinner is $75 per person and includes a welcome cocktail. Proceeds will go towards Center for the Asian Pacific Family, CPAF, a local nonprofit founded to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. More info here

Smorgasburg Fried Chicken Day at Santa Anita Park -> Smorgasburg’s popular Fried Chicken Day at Santa Anita Park returns this Saturday, March 25 with fried chicken eats trackside. Curated by Smorgasburg, vendors include globally inspired businesses including Chimmilier (Korean) Shlap Muan (Cambodian) Mix Plate LA (Hawaiian) and JFC (Japanese.) Tickets start at $34. More info here

Benny Boy Brewing’s 1st Anniversary Party -> Lincoln Heights brewery/cidery brewery Benny Boy turns one this Saturday and they’re going all out with an epic celebratory party. Stop by for mechanical bull rides ($5) live bands and DJ’s, local food vendors like Shappy’s soft pretzels and River St. BBQ. Free to attend. More info here

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