Things To Do

Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [3-31-2023 to 4-2-2023]

March 30, 2023 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Photo via Washed Ashore

Well, you’ll know where we’ll be this weekend! The Masters of Taste food festival returns to the Rose Bowl this Sunday with an annual benefit for Union Station Homeless Services (every dollar goes to charity!), and as in years past We Like L.A. is a proud media sponsor. But if MoT isn’t your thing, we get it. That’s why we’ve got a few other ideas too.

For March 31 to April 2 in L.A. you can catch a panel at PaleyFest, bring your pup to Corgi Beach Day, swing by a new sculpture exhibition at South Coast Botanic Garden, pop over to the City of STEM Festival at L.A. State Historic Park, enjoy sips at the L.A. Beer Fest, and MUCH more. Hope you have a great weekend, and enjoy that sunshine!


Things To Do This Weekend

PaleyFest  -> Starting Friday, PaleyFest returns to the Dolby Theatre with five-days of special panels and discussions featuring the cast and crew of some of T.V.’s top shows, including Abbot Elementary, Mandalorian, Yellowstone and more. Tickets available for individual sessions or as multi-event passes. More info here.

The Other Art Fair -> The Other Art Fair returns to Los Angeles starting this Thursday with a four-day event featuring thousands of original art works, immersive installations, DJ’d music, and drinks. Tickets for opening night are $45, and general admission on Friday to Sunday are $18. More info here.

When The Ship Goes Down Opening Reception -> This Friday, CONTROL Gallery hosts an opening reception for When the Ship Goes Down, the Los Angeles solo debut of Irish artist Conor Harrington. The show explores issues of politics, power, hyper-masculinity, and hyper-nationalism, all through the satirical lens of Harrington’s paintings and works on paper. Reception runs 7 to 9 p.m., and the exhibition remains on view through April 29. Get more info here.

Stand Up For Pups -> On Friday, Wallis Annenberg PetSpace and Can’t Even Comedy present Stand Up for Pups, a dog-friendly comedy show to support animal rescue. Caitlin Benson hosts a lineup that includes Michael Blaustein, Willie Macc, Tian Chen, Roger Smith, and Scotty Cav. A DJ set and meet-and-greet with adoptable pups starts at 7 p.m., with the stand-up to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. More info here.

Outfest Fusion Film Festival -> Continuing through Sunday, The annual Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC Film Festival includes screenings, galas, networking events, workshops, and much more. Check the full schedule and get more info here.

City of STEM Festival and LA Maker Faire -> City of STEM the biggest festival of science, technology, engineering and math in Los Angeles and Los Angeles Maker Faire, the region’s largest gathering of creative thinkers will both take place at LA Historic Park this Saturday. The event features free STEM activities and special guests and participants like Bill Nye, to NASA and major museums. Runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

Corgi Beach Day -> Corgis, costumes, cuteness. It’ll all be there at the annual Corgi Beach Day, taking place at Huntington Dog Beach this Saturday. Expect special vendors, food trucks, costumes, and plenty of photo ops, whether you’re there with your pup or just want to see the spectacle of it all. More info here.

Melrose Rooftop Theatre -> Beginning this weekend, West Hollywood’s Melrose Rooftop Theatre returns for its seventh season at  E.P. & L.P. with an exciting mix of Oscar-nominated films and classic movies screening, seven days a week. General admission seating is $25 per person and a number of packages that include dinner start at $49 per person. The lineup for this weekend includes Grease on Saturday and A Star is Born on Sunday. All movie-goers will all gain access to individual bean-bag seating, personal wireless headsets and a full bar with candy, popcorn, food and drinks for purchase. More info here.

Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea -> A new exhibit opens at the South Coast Botanic Garden this Saturday aimed to highlight the polluting effects of single-use plastics on our ocean environment, and provoke ideas toward sustainability. Washed Shore: Art to Save the Sea features 16 sea-animal sculptures all made from debris found on beaches and collected by the non-profit of the same name (Washed Ashore). The sculptures can be viewed as part of general admission to the garden ($15 for adults), and there’s an add-on “adventure tour” that costs an additional $29. More info here.

Hike to Yoga -> On the first Saturday of each month, Hike to Yoga organizes a free beginner-friendly walk at Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area followed by a group breath and movement session. Free to attend. The group meets at the East Trailhead of Kenneth Hahn at 8 a.m. More info here.

L.A. Beer Fest -> On Saturday, the 15th annual L.A. Beer Fest brings 80+ breweries together with over a dozen top local food trucks for a day of tastings, music, and fun, all at L.A. Center Studios. General admission starts at $50 per person. More info here.

¡FIESTA! at BBMT -> The Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s annual “love letter to Latin America” features a marionette lineup of dancing cacti and colorful birds, marimba maestros from Xochimilco, a brand new Día de Muertos sequence, and a newly outfitted marionette mariachi band inspired by Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Ángeles. ¡FIESTA! opens with multiple performances this Saturday and Sunday, then continues on select dates through June 25. Tickets are $25 per person, and children 2 and under (who can sit on top of an adult’s lap) get in for free. More info here.

626 Night Market Mini -> 626 Night Market returns to Downtown Santa Monica this Saturday and Sunday with the “mini” version of their popular Asian-fusion food market. The open-air food event includes over two dozen vendors offering an array of dishes and an alcohol garden for attendees 21 years and older. The market is free to attend (though capacity is limited). Starts at 1 p.m. on both days. More info here.


Winner’s Circle BBQ Competition & Spring Carnival -> This Saturday and Sunday, Santa Anita Park hosts a barbecue competition alongside carnival games and fun activities. Tickets start at $19 and ten vendors are ready to grill and smoke meats all day long. More info here.  

Masters of Taste -> This Sunday is the big day! Masters of Taste returns to the field of Pasadena’s historic Rose Bowl for food samplings from over 100 food and beverage masters. This years’ Host Chefs for Masters of Taste is Chef Michael Reed and Kwini Reed of Poppy + Rose and Poppy & Seed, and the lineup of vendors on tap includes faves like Ayara Thai, Alexander’s Steakhouse, Gus’s Fried Chicken, Interstellar, Yardbird, Champion’s Curry, World Empanadas, Pez Cantina, and many others. Tickets cost $155 GA and $225 for VIP, but remember you can use the promo code WELIKELA for $15 off. All proceeds from the event go directly to Union Station Homeless Services, and as in years past We Like L.A. is a proud media sponsor of the event!  More info here.

Maya: The Exhibition -> The California Science Center’s newest special exhibition opens this Sunday, highlighting the ancient civilization of Maya with 250 original objects made from precious gems, ceramics, shell, and stone, including everything from a 9-foot-long sculpture of a jaguar warrior to a mask made of obsidian and jade. Tickets for Maya: The Exhibition start at $21.95 for adults, and include free admission to the rest of the museum. More info here.

826LA@Hammer -> 826LA is back at the Hammer Museum this Sunday with another fun creative session for kids and teens. Los Angeles-based writer Sibylla Nash leads a storyboarding session where participants (ages 8-14) will outline their own tales that conclude with an epic ending. Free to attend. Starts at 11 a.m. More info here.

Wiggle Waggle Walk -> This Sunday, the 25th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk helps to raise funds for the Pasadena Humane Society’s mission to care for animals. This years goal is to raise $175,000 and registration starts at $50 per person. The three-mile route or one-mile morning loop around the Rose Bowl welcomes everyone including dogs and children. A pet expo for humans and dogs to enjoy will take place after the walk. More info here.

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Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Biite presents Open Market x Guelaguetza Filipino take on a torta.

Open Market x Guelaguetza Torta Collaboration with Biite Club -> Two of Koreatowns best are teaming up for an epic sandwich mashup. Chef Andrew Marco of Open Market and Restaurateur Bricia Lopez, of Oaxacan institution Guelaguetza are dropping a Filipino inspired torta this Sunday, April 2. Available for one day only and exclusively on Biit, the torta is made with a freshly baked Mexican roll stuffed with Cebuchon (a form of Lechon) and drenched in Mole Rojo. Reserve the torta for $25, the meal also comes with Forbidden Rice Horchata. 

Happy Hour at Moo’s Craft Barbecue -> James Beard ​​nominated and MICHELIN Bib Gourmand awarded Moo’s Craft Barbecue  in Lincoln Heights serves Texas-style barbecue with a cult-like following. On Thursdays and Fridays between 2 to 5 p.m. they offer a happy hour that includes $10 Pulled Pork and Chopped Brisket sandwiches as well as snackable items like Frito Pie and Chili Cheese Fries. Craft beers are all $2 off during the afternoon promo and Micheladas are discounted to $6.

Uoichiba Grand Opening Weekend -> Chef Liwei Liao of Joint Seafood is opening a temaki and chirashi stall inside of Culver City’s Citizen’s Food Hall, and you can stop by March 30 through April 2 to celebrate with the team. Games, prizes, raffles and giveaways are part of the weekend and guests on March 30 will get a free hand roll with all togo orders and complimentary soup will be given to all dine-in guests. Uoichiba will operate Wednesday through Saturday noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

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