Is your face melting as you read through today’s list? Have you carefully positioned yourself near a fan or A/C vent to take refuge from the burning sun? Don’t fret, we have some cool (insert lame joke laugh) ideas to get your mind off things as we head into the weekend.
This Friday to Sunday in Los Angeles, from April 8-10, check out PaleyFest, Bob Baker Day, the Grand Prix of Long Beach, Illuminate The Night at the L.A. River, Noon to Midnight at Disney Concert Hall, Earth Day at NHM, a Family Festival at the Getty Villa, the Brewery Artwalk, and LOTS more.
Things to Do
PaleyFest -> Back live at The Dolby Theater from April 2-10, PaleyFest offers a nine-day series of special panels and discussions featuring the cast and crew of some of T.V.’s top shows, including Better Call Saul, Hacks, Cobra Kai, Riverdale, and more. Tickets available for individual sessions or as multi-event passes. More info here.
Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach -> This Friday to Sunday, head to Downtown Long Beach for three days of racing action accompanied by a lifestyle expo, family fun zone, food truck experience, and an exotic car paddock. Check the full schedule and get more info here.
Hayao Miyazaki Encores -> Attention Studio Ghibli fans: As the Academy Museum’s Hayao Miyazaki exhibition comes to a close (ending June 5), the museum will screen seven key films by the director from April 1 to May 27, each in 35mm with English subtitles. The series continues this Friday with a showing of Castle in the Sky. Tickets are $10. More info here.
Outfest Fusion -> This Friday, the 19th Annual Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Film Festival kicks off with an opening gala at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. Festival screenings and workshops continue through the weekend and into next week, with seven features and 52 short films on the docket. Check the full schedule and get more info here.
Zombie Joe’s The Unsackable Man -> How do you set Moby Dick on a football field? As a musical, obviously, which is what you’ll experience if you come to see the The Unsackable Man at the incomparable Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater, staring on April 8. Shows runs Fridays and Saturdays through the end of the month. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. More info here.
Festival Fever Bazaar -> Stop by Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles this Friday for Festival Fever Bazaar a curated festival season shopping experience. From 1 to 6 p.m. the public is invited to attend for free, enjoy the city views, DJ sets and sip on cocktails.
Homebound Brew Haus -> Union Station’s Homebound Brew Haus kicks off Dodgers season on Friday with indoor-outdoor television and projections of the Dodgers vs. Rockies game. Doors open at noon and the game starts at 1:10 p.m. Guests will enjoy all-day happy hour specials.
Night Market at Ivy Station -> The Culver City Arts District Night Market at Ivy Station is a monthly event featuring over two dozen vendors and and plenty of local bites for purchase. Free to attend. Runs 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday. More info here.
Pyrite Radio -> This Saturday at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, artist Peter Simensky performs a live audio set using handmade mobile radios, built with coiled copper wire, spare parts, and a pyrite stone. The intent of Simensky’s Pyrite Pirate Radio is transmit ideas, experiments, collaborations, community engagements, and interventions. Free to attend. Runs noon to 3 p.m. More info here.
Bob Baker Day -> Head to the LA State Historic Park (1315 N Spring St) this Saturday for a free day of in-person puppetry and family fun. Explore a handmade market, grab bites from food trucks, watch performances, and (if they’re up for it) kids can participate in this year’s talent show. More info here.
Illuminate the Night -> To celebrate the opening Taylor Yard Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge, the Elysian Arts Collective will host an evening of festivities this Saturday that includes Mariachi, a traditional Aztec blessing, and a contemporary dance performance by MASH UP. Following bridge-adjacent activities, an after-party will be hosted at Frogtown Brewery. Event kicks off at 6 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.
Earth Day at NHM -> The Natural History Museum celebrates Earth Day on Saturday with a special afternoon of programming that will include live musical performances, hands-on activities, block-printing with Self-Help Graphics, pop-up presentations, and more. More info here.
Renaissance Pleasure Faire -> Starting this Saturday and Sunday, Ren-Faire enthusiasts can expect over 100+ artisans, merchants, and vendors, plus costume contests, games, rides, a food court and more, all taking place at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area from April 9 through May 22. Adult single-day admission starts at $38. More info here.
Pets and People Wellness Event -> This Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. the Wags & Walks Adoption Center is hosting a Pets and People Wellness offering brush-outs & nail clippings, doggy massages, special vendors, samples, giveaways, a puppy therapy lounge, access to a professional dog trainer, and more. Free to attend. More info here.
Noon to Midnight -> This Saturday, The LA Phil will stage 12 hours of pop-up concert performances in the main hall of the Walt Disney Concert Hall featuring ensembles from throughout Southern California. Activities will extend to the Blue Ribbon Garden, and there will also be onsite DJs and bites for purchase from Chef Ray Garcia’s asterid. Tickets to attend are $5. More info here.
Sounds of L.A. at The Getty -> The Getty’s annual concert series continues this Saturday and Sunday with a pair of Hawaiian dance and voice performances led by Kumu Hula Keali’i Ceballos, with music provided by Grammy-award winner Daniel Ho. Free to attend with reservation, but remember parking is $20. More info here.
Family Festival: Persia -> On Saturday and Sunday, The Getty Villa highlights the culture and heritage of ancient Iran through a two-day festival featuring dance, storytelling, puppet-marking, calligraphy, craft-making, and other and interactive events. The festival takes place in conjunction with Getty Villa’s newest exhibition, Ancient Iran and the Classical World, which is set to open on April 6. More info on the event here.
The Brewery Artwalk -> The twice annual open studio weekend at the Brewery Art Complex returns this Saturday and Sunday. Expect dozens of participating artists showcasing their works. Free to attend. Runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. More info here.
Family Fun Sunday at CAAM -> This Sunday, the California African American Museum offers a hands-o session for families where they’ll use collage materials to recreate the poses in Deborah Roberts’s large-scale figurative mural, Little man, little man (2020), while CAAM staff capture photos. Free to attend. More info here.
Sunday Funday at The Wallis -> The Wallis continues its free outdoor family events series on Sunday with a variety live music for kids and families, a “Spring Groove” music, meditation and yoga session followed by salsa dancing with Lyrik Cruz featuring a live salsa band. More info on the series here.
Rose Bowl Flea Market -> Hundreds of vendors take over The Rose Bowl every second Sunday of the month. General admission is $12. More info here.
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Wanderlust Creamery Opens on Sawtelle -> The scoop shop celebrates the grand opening of their Sawtelle Japantown location with three days of promos and the launch of an all Japanese inspired ice cream menu for the entire month of April. The first 100 guests in line on Friday and Saturday will get a free scoop and Wanderlust swag. The next 100 guests after (on both days) will score $2 scoops and a small gift. It’s also BOGO scoops all weekend long plus Wanderlust will hold a raffle to win an ice cream party. RSVP is encouraged.
Yappy Hour at Benny Boy Brewing -> Benny Boy Brewing will partner with Chippin, an eco-friendly pet nutrition company for a Yappy Hour this Saturday, April 9. Stop by the newly opened brewery and cidery in Lincoln Heights from 2 to 5 p.m. all dogs will be treated to complimentary treats while humans can enjoy beer and ciders for purchase.
AYCE Sunday Brunch at Pez Cantina -> Pez Cantina recently brought back its AYCE Sunday brunch buffet. The all-you-can-eat experience runs $40 per person with an option to add an all-you-can-drink option that includes bottomless beer and mimosas for $30 per person or bottomless seasonal margaritas, beer and wine for $40 per person. The buffet menu features treats like French toast, pancakes, scones, muffins and cookies. On the savory end guests can indulge in chicken mole, chorizo refried beans, enchiladas, egg scrambles, cedar planked salmon in a bacon chipotle marmalade, fresh ceviche, chilled shrimp and much more. The brunch runs every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and can be booked through Tock or by phone.
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