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 Father’s Day weekend, from Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16 features KTOWN Night Market, Fringe Festival, Taqueando, a Bread Festival at GCM, Pride on the Promenade, the Pasadena Chalk Festival, KCRW World Festival, 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 June 14th, 2019
1. For the 5th year in a row, the KTOWN Night Market is returning to Koreatown June 14-15 for a weekend of live music performances, delicious food offerings and trendy Korean-beauty shopping.
2. Over three dozen venues such as 2nd Stage, Hudson Theatres, The Broadwater and the Underground Annex Theater host comedy, ensemble theatre, dance and immersive performances during the annual Hollywood Fringe Festival taking place June 13-30.
3. Shakespeare By The Sea will once again offer a ten-week program of admission-free performances with two featured productions: The Comedy of Errors and Henry V at a variety of venues across Los Angeles. Kicking off the series is The Comedy of Errors at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. FREE
4. Last Whispers – Oratorio for Vanishing Voices, Collapsing Universes & a Falling Tree comes to the Ford Theatres on Friday for a night dedicated to the mass extinction of languages. Presented in surround sound under the stars, audiences will marvel at a chorus of spoken and sung extinct and endangered languages punctuated by sounds of forest and wind, while black and white video and photography poetically link image and sound. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
5. Summer Friday Night Drive-In at the Roadium returns every Friday evening from June 7 to August 30 to revive your favorite films in a classic 1950’s drive-in setting. The series continues with a screening of Jurassic Park.
6. Spend the season sipping wine during sunset hour at Barnsdall Art Park’s Friday Night Wine Party Series. Happening on the lawn of architectural gem the Hollyhock House, the evening features a fine selection of wines curated by Silverlake Wine, a live DJ and tours of the house. The series happens every Friday evening till September 6.
7. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown Los Angeles brings back their Summer of Salsa concert series this Friday. Dance to the sounds of some of the city’s best salsa and Cuban bands one Friday evening each month through summer. FREE
8. Don’t Tell Comedy pops up in Playa del Rey for a hilarious beach bash this Friday with secret performers at a secret location. The location will be emailed to ticket holders and it’s BYOB.
9. The Skirball museum will host an Outdoor Movie Series screening of 1957 romanic musical Funny Face starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.
10. “The Assassination of Edgar Allan Poe,” takes audiences in and out of the many Victorian mansions at Highland Park’s Heritage Square Museum. The show follows the strange life and mysterious death of Edgar Allan Poe through multiple storylines. Audience members decide which storyline to follow (literally) in this immersive theatrical event and draw their own conclusion on how the famous writer died. The show runs June 7 through August 17.
11. Every Friday evening in June, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont hosts Butterflies & Brews where they feature a rotating line up of local craft beers, music and access to their California Butterfly Pavilion. A ticket cost $15 and includes your first drink.
12. Grand Central Market’s special promotion Friday Night Flights includes a flight of drinks or bites from GCM vendors and a round trip ticket on the historic Angels Flight Railway right across the street for $15.
13. FIGFest at FIGat7th in Downtown is back for another festive summer filled with live performances by leading artists in a variety of genres. The series continues this Friday with Oddisee & Good Company and Sudan Archives. FREE
14. Take an afternoon yoga class in beautiful Grand Park. The 45 minute workout is complimentary to the public. FREE
15. Hit cabaret show Ms. Pak-Man returns to Los Angeles June 13 – 15 for a comedy filled night staring the superstar of 1980s video game Ms. Pak-Man. She’ll regale audiences with stories of her rise to fame and what she’s been up to since.
16. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this weekend that include Lost in Translation, But I’m a Cheerleaderand more.
Saturday June 15th, 2019
17. Bill Esparaza, the James Beard award-winning author and taco expert who formerly curated LA Weekly’s Tacolandia, is back with a brand new all-you-can-eat taco festival of his own: Taqueando. The list of participants includes Amor y Tacos, B.S. Taqueria , Bar Amá, Barbakush, Birrieria Nochistlàn, Burritos La Palma, Carnitas El Momo, Chicas Tacos, Chichen Itza, Coni’Seafood, Dos Tierras, Erizo Fish House (from Tijuana), Galaxy Taco, Guerrilla Tacos, La Guerrerense (from Ensenada), La Huesuda Tacos, Loteria Grill, Macheen, Madre Oaxaca Restaurant & Mezcaleria, Mariscos El Coraloense, Mariscos Jalisco, Petty Cash Taqueria, Pez Cantina, Poncho’s Tlayudas, Puesto, Salazar, SOL Mexican Cocina, Sonoratown, Tacolazo, Taco Maria, Tacos 1986, Tacos Aarón, Tacos Kokopelli (Tijuana), and MORE!
18. The 27th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival returns June 15 – 16 at The Paseo for a day-long event of art, music, and family fun. Lasting from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., this free two-day festival will feature hundreds of unique chalk creations throughout the shopping center and sidewalk. FREE
19. KCRW’s Summer Nights brings free, all-ages shows to some of the most iconic venues and cultural centers in Los Angeles all summer long. They continue this weekend with a performance by Girlpool and KCRW DJ Chris Douridas at One Colorado in Pasadena. FREE
20. Grand Central Market’s annual Bread Festival returns for a day of celebrating SoCal’s artisanal bread movement. The event is free and open to the public showcasing local bread bakers, as well as bread workshops and demonstrations. FREE
21. It’s opening night at the Hollywood Bowl and John Legend will take the stage on Saturday accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and a dazzling fireworks show.
22. L.A. Beer Week marks its 2019 return with over 90 independent craft breweries, live music and tons of entertainment at Los Angeles Center Studios.
23. Smokin’ Grooves, the ultimate R&B and hip-hop blend festival, comes to The Queen Mary in Long Beach with Usher, Erykah Badu, Common, T-Pain and much more on the bill.
24. Cinespia is back for its 18th summer season, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for screenings of films modern, cult, and classic. This Saturday they’ll screen Princess Mononoke.
25. Street Food Cinema returns this weekend with a screening of Step Brothers at LA Historic Park and La La Land at Center Park in Griffith Park. Note that select screenings have discounted tickets. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar
26. Vegan Playground takes over Pershing Square with vegan eats, a beer/wine/ kombucha garden, art installations, live entertainment, brands and much more.
27. Pride on the Promenade is an outdoor festival, featuring three blocks of interactive experiences as part of SaMo PRIDE. The festival includes games, live theatre, musical performances, a DJ dance party, kids’ crafts, food and drinks. FREE
28. Peterson Automotive Museum is hosting a family-friendly block party this Saturday to celebrate the museum’s 25th anniversary. Activities include exclusive Petersen vehicle display, historical video projection, live music by KCRW DJ, Anthony Valadez, and more. FREE
29. Join California African American Museum (CAAM) in celebrating the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger declared that Texas’s enslaved people were finally free. The family-friendly day dubbed as Juneteenth will include workshops in ancestor mask making, freedom drum circle, creating a family tree and more. The museum encourages guests to bring a picnic set up and enjoy DJ sets by Francesca Harding too. FREE
30. The Meow Fest: Cat Adoption Fair comes to Wallis Annenberg PetSpace on Saturday for a day full of friendly felines, food, info booths and a special appearance from Jackson Galaxy. FREE
31. CorePower Yoga is joining the Marina del Rey community with a new studio. To celebrate they’ll be hosting a free yoga flow on Marina “Mother’s” Beach this Saturday. FREE
33. Saturday is the official opening of CIACLA – The Contemporary Irish Arts Centre, Los Angeles at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. Focused on promoting contemporary Irish culture through a multidisciplinary programs, opening day will include the opening of Amanda Coogan’s work ‘The Ladder is Always There’ and live performances by Amanda Coogan and a selection of local artists. FREE
34. Outdoor theater Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, located in Topanga Canyon continues their summer 2019 season on Saturday with a performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and continue through Sunday with a performance of Twelfth Night. Check for discounted tickets for this Sundays show on Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
Sunday June 16th, 2019
35. Chromeo, Toro y Moi, Noname and Ian Isiah will take the stage of the Hollywood Bowl when KCRW’s World Festival returns for the 21st year at the popular outdoor concert venue.
36. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group will take participants through the trials and tribulations of being a DAD raising a child. In this immersive-theater production the audience will interact with a wild cast of coming-of-age characters. The show is directed by Brandon Slezak and produced by Zombie Joe. Running Sundays and Mondays through July 1.
37. The Hammer will honor James Joyce by hosting Bloomsday 2019. The event features a dramatic reading by veteran actors Síle Bermingham, James Gallo, James Lancaster, John Lee, Johnny O’Callaghan, and Sonya Macari. Guinness and live music by Rattle the Knee will keep the party going in the courtyard. FREE
38. Metro Art in partnership with LACMA present the Daniel Rotem Quartet at Union Station. The program will celebrate the music of John Coltrane. FREE
39. Last Remaining Seats, the Los Angeles Conservancy’s annual event featuring classic film screenings in some of Los Angeles’ most beautiful vintage movie palaces this Sunday they’ll screen 1960 Spartacus at the Ace Hotel.
40. Chinese American Museum will host a family day called Cyanotypes from noon to 3 p.m. the public can create cyanotype prints inspired by Wu Chi-Tsung’s current exhibit at the museum.
41. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with a screening of The Big Lebowski.
42. Non-profit The Cat Cafe has a new popup kitchen lounge called Tiny Beans, where guests can interact with adoptable kittens for a fee. The sad fact is that many shelters do not have the capacity to care for kittens and that can result in euthanizing them. Tiny Beans aims to spread the word to help save as many kittens as possible all summer long.
Food Pick for the Week
This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.
Is the way to your dad’s heart through his stomach? If so, we’ve got a couple of quick (and super casual) ideas for where you can feed him this Father’s Day that might just do the trick!
- Skyspace hosts a Father’s Day BBQ and Brews with all-you-can-eat BBQ, eight beer samplings, Skyslide rides, a pitch and putt with a Street Swings Golf Simulator the space will also play the final round of the PGA US Open and the Dodgers vs. Cubs game on too. Tickets cost $60 for adults, $55 for seniors and $35 for youth.
- Greenbar Distillery is celebrating Father’s Day with an awesome deal for whiskey lovers. For $6 you’ll get an organic Cask-Strength Old Fashioned that’s 115-proof, plus free seasonal Salt & Straw ice cream and be gifted with a campfire whiskey mug.
- Boomtown Brewery presents Family Fest, a day packed with plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. From noon to 6 p.m. guests can drink craft beers on tap, jump in a bounce house, play some games, make a tie at the craft station and enjoy some delicious food in a casual atmosphere. This event is free to attend.
- If your dad is health conscious, head to any Kreation Kafe on Sunday to redeem a free O-Mega Bowl and Matchappreciated Latte with the purchase of an entrée of $20 or more.