29 Awesome Things To Do in L.A. This Weekend [4-17-15 to 4-19-15]

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 decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend includes The Exorcist at the Old L.A. Zoo, a Grand Prix in Long Beach, Brokechella, Taco Madness, a Star Wars Celebration, and the L.A. Times Festival of Books (plus even more!).


So grab some friends or go at it alone, but most importantly have fun and enjoy yourself!

Credit: Brokechella

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Friday April 17th, 2015

1. The Exorcist Screening at the Old Abandoned L.A. Zoo

Love the scary the stuff? Love outdoor movies? The Great Horror Campout will host a night time screening of The Exorcist at the abandoned home of the Old L.A. Zoo in the heart of Griffith park. You think this is just some campy horror film from the 1970’s? Well, let me put it subtilely… IT WILL TERRIFY YOU! Especially when being taken in accompanied by the slow descent of darkness as twilight fades at the park.

2. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

L.A. County’s largest street race is back for it’s 41st year! The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will take place from April 17-19 with car showcases, a celebrity race, music, food, and of course the featured IndyCar event getting underway around 1:30pm on Sunday afternoon in downtown Long Beach.

3. RVCA Warehouse Sale

The sale takes place in Irvine but it is well worth the drive! Beware of some of the rules or you might not be able to shop. Rules: Cash and credit/debit (Visa/Mastercard) only, no bags inside (bring a wallet and wear pockets!), and DO NOT wear RVCA to the sale. The sale runs from Friday through Sunday (9am-7pm). Location: 16700 Red Hill Ave, Irvine, California

4. Star Wars Celebration

It’s here! The Star Wars Celebration will once again grace California this year! Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will be there along with Kenny baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca!) The celebration will run from Thursday through Sunday at the Anaheim Convention Center.

5. Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom At Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre

Disneynature’s new documentary Monkey Kingdom follows the journey of Maya a monkey from Sri Lanka as she leads her family to reclaim their home at Castle Rock previously taken over by a monkey tribe. Narrated by Tina Fey Monkey Kingdom features a variety of characters from leopards to mongoosesand is directed by the team behind Disneynature’s Chimpanzee. Moviegoers will get to enjoy a real-life animal adventure while at the El Capitan, the Wildlife Learning Center will host a pre-screening showcase featuring exotic animals from around the world, live on stage. Tickets are normally $13 but Goldstar has them for just $8!

6. Kitson Warehouse Sale

Save 40-80% off on women’s, mens and kids apparel, shoes and accessories at the Kitson warehouse sale happening Friday and Saturday (10am-7pm) find trendy brands like Boy London, Groceries, Rachel Zoe, House of Harlow, Brian Lichtenberg and more at the sale. Located at 1124 N Citrus Ave., Los Angeles 90038. The sale accepts cash and credit cards.

7. Cruel Intentions: The Completely Unauthorized Musical Parody 

This musical takes all the sexy, funny and memorable moments from the original movie, mashes them up with a soundtrack of top-40 hits from the 90s and then performs it all live onstage with a powerhouse cast and live band. With three sold-out preview performances last month this show is sure to be a hot ticket item. For showtimes and ticket prices visit The Rockwell website.

8. Hudson Sample Sale

Friday (11am-6pm) through Saturday (10am-5pm) Hudson will hold a warehouse sale big enough to satisfy any denim addict. We hear denim is priced around $40-$60 a pair. Cash and credit, no large bags allowed and the location is 5900 Triumph St. in Commerce.

9. Lunchtime Yoga Retreat

Get your sun salutations on in the middle of Downtown in Grand Park! The free yoga class starts at 12:15pm and runs to 1pm.

10. Thomas Wylde Warehouse Sale

The rock n roll luxury label usually retails their silk shirts for around $900 but at this amazing sale expect to pay $30-$50 on most clothing pieces. Everything seems to be %80 off which is a excellent deal considering the type of fabrics and details Thomas Wylde uses to create their signature looks. Dressing rooms will be available and cash and credit card is accepted. The sale starts Friday (11am-8pm) and ends Saturday (11am-6pm), located at 3231 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles 90016.

Saturday April 18th, 2015

11. The L.A. Times Festival of Books

Love books? Meet authors, hear live music and poetry, and catch original works of art and photography, and sample tons of delicious food all weekend long at the L.A. Times Festival of Books over on the USC campus.

12. Brokechella

Can’t afford Coachella? How about 50 bands playing on four stages all at the budget price of $20. Brokehella goes down on Saturday April 18 if you want to mark your calendar early.

13. The Secret Fork 

An underground pop-up marketplace where local chefs, artisanal food crafters, urban farmers and culinary community, can share their wonderful products and talents with likeminded individuals. The Secret Fork is a members only club so join online and get invited to their pop ups including this one! Upon joining you will be sent the secret location and details of this weeks event. How cool is that?

14. Poppy Festival

This Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm the California Poppy Festival will celebrate our state’s flower in style with a mix array of celebrated performers, music and food. This year’s festivities include an adventure zone, animal attractions, a farmer’s market, and even a car show (Sunday only).

15. REVOLUTION Documentary Premiere At Santa Monica Pier

Krista and Brock Cahill present a special FREE outdoor screening of Rob Stewart’s award-winning eco-documentary REVOLUTION at the Santa Monica Pier. Prior to the film’s Los Angeles theatrical release on Earth Day. Filmed over a four year period in 15 countries in some of the most remote and breathtaking locations; the gorgeous cinematography of the movie introduces audiences to never-before-seen marine life and rarely seen wildlife. The event will feature yoga, meditation and a screening on a 20-foot outdoor movie screen. In addition to the bleacher seating, audience members are also welcome to bring blankets or yoga mats and sit on the pier for the show.

16. Repair Cafe in Pasadena

Did you know there’s an ongoing pop-up shop where you can bring in your busted home electronics and appliances and they’ll fix it for you… FOR FREE!

It’s called Repair Cafe and this month it will be held Saturday, April 18 from 10am to 1pm at Peace and Justice Academy, located inside the St James Methodist Campus at 2033 Washington Blvd Pasadena 91104.

17. Los Angeles Cocktail Classic

[UPDATE: Organizers announced they had to cancel this event due to a permitting issue. See note on Facebook page here]

Need an excuse to get dressed up this Saturday night? The Los Angeles Cocktail Classic at the ballroom of the historic Park Plaza Hotel will feature signature drinks concocted by L.A.’s top mixologists. VIP Admission is $75, with 10 cocktails vouchers included and food sold separately. General Admission is $30 and a cash bar.  Dress code enforced, so wear your finest cocktail party attire! Starts at 9pm.

18. L.A. Local Beer Fest at Alpine Village

This Saturday starting at 12pm at Alpine Village in Torrance check out L.A. Local, a craft beer and artisanal food fest featuring over 40 craft beers on tap and tons of awesome food vendors to sample.

19. Helen Rae Recent Drawings

The Good Luck Gallery located in the heart of Chinatown Arts District is the only gallery in Los Angeles to exclusively showcase self-taught art. Whether it’s called Outsider, Folk Art, Naive or Visionary, the emphasis is on artists who are driven beyond the margins of the traditional art world. A public reception will be held to welcome Helen Raes work. Helen is an artist who works from First Street Gallery, a program for adults with developmental disabilities in Claremont, California. I had a chance to take a look at Helen’s work thanks to the gallery and the color pencil and graphite use is striking, the subjects are powerful and the use of vivid color and patterns is almost hypnotic. A must see, it might even move you to create some art of your own.


20. A Community Picnic in Grand Park

Food trucks, live DJs, a pop-up recipe book station, a butter aerobics class (you have to read about this), and plenty more will all be part of a giant community based picnic in Grand Park starting at 12pm this Saturday. A glorious way to spend an L.A. afternoon!

21. Take an Insider’s Tour Through East Hollywood’s Ethnic Neighborhoods

Thai Town, Little Armenia and Korea Town are filled with great food, shops and culture. For those interested in getting to know these neighborhoods this tour is the perfect introduction. Normally priced at $79, you can get a tour pass for under $50 via Goldstar. Tour starts at 2pm on Saturday and includes food plus transportation.

Sunday April 19th, 2015

22. Taco Madness

Taco Madness, an afternoon affair to be held at Villain’s Tavern this Sunday, will band together some of L.A.’s finest tacos vendors all in one festive taco atmosphere to celebrate the finale (and crown the winner) of April’s month-long taco tournament. The party kicks off at 2pm and includes nine confirmed taco trucks, live art, specialty cocktails and some of LA’s top DJs mixing tunes voters. $10 to get in and that comes with one welcome drink!

23. Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy

See your favorite disney characters come to life on ice! Great for kids and Disney loving parents, the show has just about everyone, from Buzz Lightyear to Ariel to even the Car gang. Tickets are normally $28 but Goldstar has them for $21.

24. Goodwill SoCal’s Once-in-a-Lifetime Vintage Sale 

Get exclusive access to one-of-a-kind vintage fashions at Goodwill Southern California’s one-time-only Vintage Fashions Sale.Victorian and hand beaded dresses from the early 1900’s, frocks from the 50’s, designer and one-of-a-kind knits from the 70’s and much more will be on sale. The event runs from 10am to 8pm. at its Community Enrichment Center at Fletcher Square (3150 N. San Fernando Road, L.A. 90065.) Proceeds go toward Goodwill programs that benefit people with disabilities or other vocational challenges, including at-risk youth, and veterans.

25. Rock & Roll Billboards Of The Sunset Strip At The Skirball

Did you know that billboards were hand painted for almost two decades in our city? The Ruby Gallery at The Skirball will be featuring over twenty photographs of the billboards that rocked our world from the 1967 cover of the Doors debut album to the MTV billboards in the 80’s.

26. For the Record: Dear John Hughes

Feeling a little 80’s this weekend? How about an interactive, 360-degree theatrical concert featuring the best of the music from the iconic films of the late John Hughes. Recall moments from some of your favorite Hughes’ films including The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink,, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and more. Get more information and tickets via Goldstar.

27. Get The “Taylor Swift Experience”

The Grammy Museum is hosting a retrospective on the 25 year old songstress where never before seen photographs, home videos, hand written lyrics and more will be on display.

28. Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio

The Hammer is now exhibiting British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s inventive design concepts ranging from installations, to fashion to architecture. Admission to Provocation’s is free.


29. Roar at Cinefamily 

Here’s part of the description on the Cinefamily website for the 1981 film, Roar:

“11 years and many millions in the offing, plus many real-life Apocalypse Now-style tragedies later, this maniacal, well-meaning fever dream/career-derailing utopian social experiment/animal-attack crucible starred spouses Tippi Hedren (The Birds) and Noel Marshall, their real children (including a 14-year-old Melanie Griffith!), and 110 unpredictable lions, tigers, leopards and cheetahs from their own private collection in what’s justly been labeled “the most dangerous film ever made.”

Pique your interest? You can get $6 tickets for a screening on Sunday night via our friends over at Goldstar.

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