Things To Do This Weekend in Los Angeles [2-23-2024 to 2-25-2024]

From CicLAvia Meet The Hollywoods event in 2022. Photo via CicLAvia Los Angeles

Ready to shake off this week’s rain and plot a weekend adventure? We’re here for it.

This February 23-25 in Los Angeles, you’ll find Zine Night at Petersen, a new Care Bears art exhibition, the Frogtown Flea Crawl, the Chinatown Firecracker Run, CicLAvia on Melrose, Lunar New Year at One Colorado, MOLAA’s Afro-Latinx Family Festival, and much more.


Things To Do This Weekend

M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission, TP = Top Pick

Would Parliamentary America Have More Fun?M FA TP > This Friday, Constitutional law professor Maxwell L. Stearns comes to Zócalo Public Square to discuss his new book Parliamentary America: The Least Radical Means of Radically Repairing Our Broken Democracy, as part of Zócalo’s ongoing series of election year programming. Stick around after the talk for a reception, with complimentary food and beverages. Starts at 7 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Night Dive at AoP -> On Friday, The Aquarium of the Pacific’s signature adults-only, after-hours series returns with an evening of food trucks, cash bars, DJ sets and a live band sending sounds throughout the the Aquarium galleries. GA tickets are $64.95 per person. Runs 7:30 to 11 p.m. More info here. More info here.

Drawing from Film with Catherine GoodmanM > In anticipation of her first solo Los Angeles exhibition opening at Hauser & Wirth next week, London-based artist Catherine Goodman stops by the gallery to lead a drawing session using the 1984 film Paris, Texas as inspiration. Catherine Goodman. New Works opens Hauser & Wirth Downtown LA on February 27. The drawing event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $15. More info here.

Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a LifeM FA > On Friday, Metro Art Presents hosts a free screening of Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life in the historic ticketing hall of Union Station, followed by an in-person conversation between McFetridge and L.A. writer Alissa Walker. RVSP recommended but not required. Seating is first-come, first-served. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Dark Dark Ride Ride at ZJU-> Zombie’s Joe Underground Theatre’s annual fan-favorite, Dark Dark Ride Ride, has been extended by one extra weekend, and will wrap up with a run this Friday to Sunday. Expect a “hand-pushed ride through Hell and back,” offering plenty of reasons to grab on tight to your fellow passenger. Tickets are $35, 18+ only, and waivers most definitely required. More info here.

Petersen Automotive Museum Zine NightTP > Did you know that Robert Petersen founded Hot Rod Magazine in 1948? This Friday, the Petersen Automotive Museum celebrates the publishing legacy of its namesake benefactor by inviting guests to create a zine of their own, gathering inspiration and materials from the galleries. It’s a night of creativity, a chance to learn more about iconic cars, and enjoy a couple of cocktails. Tickets are priced at $30 per person. Runs 6 to 9 p.m. More info here.

Care Bears™️ Forever – FA TP > Attention kids of the 80’s! Corey Helford Gallery is hosting an opening reception for the group exhibition, Care Bears™️ Forever, which features new works by over 75 contemporary artists. Reception runs from 7 to 11 p.m this Saturday. Works remain on view through March 30. Entrance to the gallery is always free. More info here.

The Chris Carter CollectionFA > This Saturday, a new exhibition opens at Legacy West Media showcasing three decades of art from The X-Files creator Chris Carter, featuring an array mixed media artworks drawing inspiration from his writings and sci-fi TV influences. Plus, fans of the show will find a dedicated section of original memorabilia including fine art prints signed “the truth is out there.” Saturday’s opening runs 1 to 5 p.m. and will include talk from the artist. Works remain on view through March 10, available to see by appointment only. More info here.

The LA River Public Art Project’s Presents River Sessions: Frogtown -> The LA River Arts community-led, multi-disciplinary art project, River Sessions, returns this Saturday with a fresh river walk talking place in Frogtown. The session encourages participants to contemplate the L.A. River, climate change, social justice, and the emotional interconnectedness of these themes. Attendees will gain insights into river ecosystems and site histories through the perspectives of poets, artists, Indigenous Culture Bearers, and ecologists. Tickets cost $29. Walk runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More info here.

Frogtown Flea CrawlFA > The Frogtown Flea Crawl returns this Saturday with special activations adjacent to the L.A. River Path in Elysian Valley, including 50+ vintage curators, makers, chefs, and local brands. Runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

The BÉIS WashFA > The LA-based travel and lifestyle brand BÉIS is launching its first-ever service-oriented community program this Saturday and Sunday, running from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The public is welcome to visit The BÉIS Wash on Melrose Avenue, where they can receive complimentary cleaning services for their BÉIS bags, courtesy of a partnership with Scrub Daddy and Branch Basics. The activation, inspired by a retro car wash, will not only provide cleaning services but also showcase a BÉIS shop featuring exclusive bundles and merchandise. More info here

African American Festival at AoP – > This Saturday and Sunday, The Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual African American Festival celebrates African American and African culture through an two-day affair featuring dance, music, storytelling to historical displays. All activities included with general admission, which starts at $44.95 for adults. More info here.


46th annual L.A. Chinatown Firecracker Run/Walk/RideM FA > The L.A. Chinatown Firecracker race is back with a two-day (Saturday and Sunday) event that includes a bike race, a dog walk, a kiddie run, 5k and 10k runs/walks and a festival featuring over 50 exhibitors showcasing products and services including nutrition, beverages, snacks, running shoes and cycling apparel. Registration costs $46-$63. The festival/expo is free to attend. Get more info and register to race here.

CicLAvia – Melrose M FA TP > The first CicLAvia event of 2024 pops this Sunday up along Melrose Ave with a four-mile course stretching from Fairfax to Vermont. Expect multiple activity hubs, special from local businesses, and plenty of room to walk, skate, bike, and play along the open streets route. Runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and always free to attend. More info here.

Lunar New Year at One ColoradoM FA > The Lunar New Year Celebration at One Colorado in Old Pasadena pops up this Sunday (rescheduled from February 4) includes live music, traditional dragon and lion performances, crafts, red envelope giveaways and more. Runs 1 to 4 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Lunar New Year at Runway Playa VistaFA > This Sunday, Runway Playa Vista’s Lunar New Year celebration include live performances, traditional arts and crafts, 15+ local vendors, and fun raffles. The event runs from 10:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free admission. More info here.

Family Day at Wende MuseumFA > On Sunday, The Wende Museum’s Family Day encourages all-ages creativity with a special activity led by museum interns where participants will create their own deck of playing cards referencing the exhibition Visions of Transcendence: Creating Space in East and West. All supplies and instruction provided. Runs 1 to 4 p.m. More info here.

The Museum of Latin American Art’s Afro-Latinx Family Festival FA TP > On Sunday, celebrate the cultural diversity of the Americas and the African influence in Latin America at MOLAA’s Afro-Latinx Festival. Experience a mixture of customs from African and Mestizo peoples in the Americas including live performances, cultural exhibitions, local vendors, food, and more. Runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free to attend, but parking onsite will be $15. More info here.


Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Loaded bagels at Smögen Appetizers. Photo credit Smögen Appetizers Instagram.

Smögen Appetizers Weekend Bagel Pop-Up -> Indulge in naturally leavened sourdough bagels adorned with next level fixings at Smögen Appetizers’ weekend residency inside Vintage Wine + Eats in Studio City, taking place every Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu elevates the humble bagel to new heights, featuring luxurious toppings such as smoked kanpachi collar salad, salmon mousse soft scramble, and lobster topped with caviar. Bagels, available in half or whole portions, are priced between $9 and $24. Vintage Wine + Eats’ Sommeliers will be offering wine and champagne pairings to complement this experience.

Bridgetown Roti at Quarter Sheets Pizza -> This weekend, the Caribbean American pop-up Bridgetown Roti will be teaming up with Quarter Sheets to offer a special Oxtail Pizza. Anticipated to draw a crowd around the Echo Park pizzeria, the Oxtail Pizza features mozzarella, Oxtail curry, Maui onions, mango masala, and a sesame seed crust. The pizza, baked in Quarter Sheets’ signature sheet pan style, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can enjoy it on Friday and Saturday from 5 pm to 9 pm, on Sunday from noon to 2:30 pm, and then again from 3:30 pm to 6 pm. More info here.

Danny Boy’s Pizza YangBan Pizza Collab -> Danny Boy’s and YangBan have teamed up to create a Kimchi & Pork Belly Pizza. This delicious pizza, inspired by kimchi jjigae, features YangBan’s butter-braised kimchi, braised pork belly, gochugaru, sesame oil, sesame seaweed seasoning, and hot sauce. You can enjoy it by the slice or order a whole pie, starting this Saturday and will be on the menu for one week. More info here

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