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, from Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10, features ArtNight Pasadena, Venice Arts’ Annual Speakeasy, Don’t Tell Comedy, Redondo Beach Kite Festival, Art+ Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 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 March 8th, 2019
1. 20 Pasadena cultural institutions participate in a night of free art, music, and entertainment during ArtNight Pasadena. Last year an estimated 16,000 guests came through, and this year expects similar attendance. Venues for 2019 include the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena History Museum, Kidspace Children’s Museum, The Gamble House and more. There are even FREE shuttles to transport guests to their next destination. FREE
2. Decompress at Mystic Journey Crystals in Venice with a crystal sound bath that combines original compositions and performances with crystal singing bowls.
3. 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
4. luminhero and lululemon will host a free HIIT workout and yoga session at Westfield Century City during their Beauty & Balance event. FREE
5. Upstairs Bar at The Ace Hotel will host an International Women’s Day Celebration with a female line up of musicians to benefit Alexandria House a safe place providing transitional residence and housing for women and children.
6. March is Women’s History Month, spend Friday evening at We Choose Art | A Feminist Perspective at the historic Montalban theater located in Hollywood. There will be a Feminist Portrait gallery, live performances, artist unveilings of works and cocktails.
7. The City of El Segundo Recreation & Parks Department and the South Bay Astronomical Society will host a Star Party this Friday from 8-10:30 p.m. at the Hilltop Park parking lot.
8. 260LA will host a Reformation sample sale from March 5-10 in their Beverly Hills location.
9. Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival returns on select dates from February 28 through March 9. The nationwide festival showcases five-minute sex-positive ‘dirty movies’ on the big screen of The Downtown Independent in celebration of creative sexual expression.
10. There’s a Vanessa Mooney sample sale happening in Highland Park from March 8-10 where everything will be under $40.
11. Desert X continues through April 21. Spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various locations, artists are commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results.
12. Dreamscape Immersive, the latest contender in location-based virtual reality, has opened in the Westfield Century City mall with three unique adventures that include an alien zoo, a deep ocean dive and an action packed adventure to find a powerful jewel. Open seven days a week.
Saturday March 9th, 2019
13. Venice Arts’ Annual Speakeasy comes to the Townhouse in Venice Beach on Saturday for whiskey, prizes, and all that jazz inspired by the Prohibition era.
14. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! returns for a free show at The Virgil. FREE
15.Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys will house over 100 items created by comedian Jeff Wysaski including fake toys, actual toys with new names, and actual toys with fake facts. The show runs March 1-17 at Start Los Angeles, in Harvard Heights.
16. Delusion: The Blue Blade is an immersive play that puts in the center of a time travel adventure narrative. After a successful run last fall, the new ‘director’s cut’ edition of the play will run through March 17 on select nights.
17. Don’t Tell Comedy pops up in Downtown at a very special secret location with some of the biggest names in comedy. Performers are kept under wraps and the location will be emailed to all ticket holders. BYOB!
18. Hit up four clubs in one night thanks to Downtown LA Club Crawl. The crawl will give you front of line access and drink specials throughout the evening. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
19. The Huntington presents Taste of Art: Women in Art and Food a day of exploring the role of women in art. Guests will partake in a workshop presented by Maite Gomez-Rejón of ArtBites, spend time in the galleries and prepare a group meal based on recipes from The Huntington’s Anne Cranston Regional and Charitable Cookbook Collection.
20. ban.do has created eight limited edition drink sleeves for all Alfred Coffee locations (excluding Alfred Tea Rooms). Alongside the sleeves, three Alfred locations (Melrose Place, Silverlake and Studio City) will have original murals designed by ban.do. Every Alfred location will also carry free fold out maps of ban.do’s favorite Los Angeles spots. This Saturday ban.do will host a meet up at Alfred Coffee in Silverlake from 10 a.m. to noon. The first 10 people to attend will receive free coffee.
21. Holi Festival of Colors Los Angeles comes to Whittier March 9-10 for a celebration of the traditional Indian holiday. Festival is full of colors, yoga, cuisine, mantra, live bands, DJ’s, interactive dance, and more.
22. Looking for a little free comedy this weekend in NELA? The Frogtown Show is a free monthly comedy show that takes place at Spoke Bicycle Cafe along the L.A. River. Light bites, wine and beer specials will be available for the evening. FREE
23. An installation created by design firm and technology studio VT Pro Design gets a West Coast debut at ROW DTLA. Telestron is two large-scale robotic conductors creating geometric shades through light and shadows all around guests in a seven minute light show. Open to the public Wednesday through Sunday with the end date of March 28. FREE
24. Wisdome Art Park is an art focused immersive experience spread among a series of domes in an Arts District lot. The current exhibition, Samskara, takes guests on a journey that includes paintings, optical illusions, virtual reality, and one very trippy video projection. Happening all weekend. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
25.100 Tactile exhibition is a sensory experience with objects and symbols through the sensation of touch. The immersive exhibit will be supported by visual and sound elements. Open now until March 30. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
Sunday March 10th, 2019
26. The 45h Annual Redondo Beach Kite Festival returns to the Redondo Beach Pier for an all-ages free afternoon of kite-flying and fun. In addition to prizes for best kites flown, there will be live music, a local dance studio performance, a martial arts demonstration, a hot dog on a stick eating contest and more. FREE
27. Le Salon de Musiques presents a stage free chamber musical experience with champagne and high tea to follow at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
29. There’s a Art+ Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon happening at The Hammer this Sunday. Beginners will be trained and all you need is a laptop. In addition, women in the arts are invited to stop by and have their portraits taken for Wikimedia Commons. FREE
30. Platform is hosting a pop up shopping event titled The Edit bringing their favorite brands to one spot plus complimentary hand massages and skin consultations by True Botanicals. In addition, artist Anastasia DiGiallonardo will be custom painting shoes and denim.
31. This Sunday is Family Fun Day at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden located in Claremont. Folks are invited to discover the Origami in the Garden exhibit featuring 16 large-scale metal origami sculptures from galloping ponies to soaring cranes each folded from a single sheet of metal. The event will also feature a number of crafting activities. Free admission for all children under 12 and Claremont residents.
32. Challenge yourself with a 75-minute yoga class while enjoying views of the DTLA skyline during Flow + Flavor: Rooftop Yoga at Smorgasburg x ROW DTLA.
33. wineLA presents a night of wine, cheese and chocolate a special class helping Angelenos explore the ways all three are paired together.
34.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
35. Family Flicks Film Series at The Hammer will screen The Eagle Huntress this Sunday. FREE
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. Mojave Flea Sunday Market Series comes to Freehand this Sunday. The traveling market supports small businesses and local trade. Vendors will offer handcrafted food, drink, apothecary, apparel, accessories, housewares, furnishings and vintage.
38. Free museum days: Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)
Food Pick for the Week
This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.
Little Tokyo bar Mermaid celebrates National Women’s Day with a wig party on Friday March 8 from 5 p.m. to close. The bar will offer cocktails highlighting females in the spirit industry. The list includes: Michter’s, Future Gin, Pomp & Whimsy, and Yola Mezcal. Unlock drink specials simply by wearing a wig. This is an all-day event so take advantage of happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. where food and drink specials will be offered. Rock n’ roll music will be spun all night thanks to DJ Liuba. All events at Mermaid support local non-profit organizations.
Mermaid is located at 428 E 2nd St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
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