Things To Do This Weekend in Los Angeles [5-17-2024 to 5-19-2024]

Concerts in the Dome at Mt Wilson Observatory. Photo Credit: Irina Logra

Ready to take advantage of another breezy weekend in SoCal? We’re here make sure that social calendar is fully charged and ready to go!

From May 17-19 in and around Los Angeles, you’ll find a Bug Fair at NHM, the Beverly Hills Art Show, Concerts in the Dome at Mount Wilson Observatory, Long Beach Pride, the Pick Pico Festival, CicLAmini in Wilmington, MAINopoly in Santa Monica, a Star Trek burlesque parody, and more. Let’s check out all your options below!


Things To Do This Weekend

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

Tossed Palettes & Scrambled JPEGsFA TP > This Thursday to Sunday, Exhibit A Gallery (1056 S Fairfax Ave) is hosting a Frasier-inspired pop-up art show inspired by the long-running NBC sitcom and Our Frasier Remake. On view at Tossed Palettes & Scrambled JPEGs you’ll find a bronze bust of Frasier Crane, a set of Russian nesting dolls featuring the cast, a playable Frasier video game, as well as oil paintings, acrylics, and textiles, with close to 100 pieces in all. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from art sales go to the Los Angeles chapter of the American Society for Suicide Prevention. Thursday’s opening affair runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Free to attend, but RSVP required. On Friday to Sunday the galley will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here.

Salsa Night at Ivy StationM FA > This Friday, hop over to Ivy Station in Culver City for an evening of salsa. Dance instructor Pepe Gonzalez teaches an intro salsa lesson from 6:30 to 7 p.m., then guests can use what they’ve learned during a live set by Fermin Fusion Salsa from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Free. Outdoors. Open to the public. More info here.

17th Annual Day of Black Docs – > On Friday, The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers (BADWest) presents “Day of Black Docs” a screening event showcasing documentaries about the Black experience made by Black creatives. The screenings will also include moderated Q&As with the filmmakers. More info here.  

Live Band KaraokeFA > This Friday, Casual Encounters brings their brand of live Karaoke to Benny Boy Brewing, offering brave crooners the chance to belt out a selection of over 300 tunes in-front of the beer garden. No cover. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

NHM’s Bug FairM > The Natural History Museum gets buggy with a weekend-long event highlighting exotic insect collections, bug-inspired goods, bug-tastic crafts and live animal demos. The Bug Fair happens Saturday and Sunday, admission is free with paid entrance to the museum. Get more info here.

Long Beach Pride ->The 41st Annual Long Beach Pride Festival will transform the Marina Green with an array of live music, scrumptious food, and captivating entertainment, featuring Saucy Santana as the headliner on Saturday. Festival tickets start at $35. Don’t miss the Long Beach Pride Parade which takes place on Sunday. There is no cost to attend the parade. More info here.

Beverly Hills Art ShowFA TP > Over 230 artists are expected to participate in the Beverly Hills Art Show this year. Taking place Saturday and Sunday in Beverly Gardens Park the event is free to attend and includes a wine and beer garden, demonstrating artists, children’s activities, gourmet food trucks and several community exhibits. More info here.

Just Like Heaven -> Just Like Heaven returns this Saturday to Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena with a lineup of era-defining artists that includes The Postal Service, Death Cab for Cutie, Phoenix, The War on Drugs and other acts. Doors open at noon. Tickets start at $199. More info here.

The 35th Annual “A Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters” -> Winemasters is celebrating 35 years of raising moneys for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This year the food and wine festival will take place at the Midwest Street Backlot of Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank. The event will feature 50 International chefs, 75 California wineries and over 500 auction items. Tickets cost $400 per person. More info here.

Beam Me Up Burlesque -> The Hollywood Jane Revue is back at this Saturday at the Crown Theater in Pasadena with fresh burlesque parody featuring a series of send-ups based on on characters from the Star Trek franchise. Set your phasers to stunning! Tickets are $20. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Artazan -> Artazan comes to the Pasadena Convention Center this Saturday and Sunday exploring all things hand crafted. Over 200 exhibitors are participating from jewelry to woodwork, ceramics, clothing and food. Tickets cost $8. More info here.

19th Annual Celebrating Words FestivalFA > This Saturday, the 9th Annual Celebrating Words Festival brings a one-day book giveaway and literary resource fair to the Vaughn G3 Academy campus in Pacoima. The schedule of programming includes workshops on art, music, heritage, nature, and wellbeing, plus food/drink options, a Hearts and Hands Mercadito, and a 25-foot rock climbing wall. It all runs from 2 to 7 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Street Food Cinema  -> Street Food Cinema continues this Saturday with a pair of events, including a collaboration with D23 presenting a screening of Up at LA County Arboretum, plus a 30th anniversary screening of Pulp Fiction at The Autry. Advance GA tickets start at $22. More info here.


CicLAmini WilmingtonFA > The smaller scale CicLAvia event heads to Wilmington this Sunday for a “mini” course. Expect the usual pedestrian-oriented experience featuring activities such as self-guided walking tours, scavenger hunts, street games, local business engagements, and art and cultural activities along the entire 2.25 mile open streets event. Runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free to attend. Rain or shine event! More info here.

Getty Villa Family Festival FA > On Sunday, The Getty Villa’s latest Family Festival takes inspiration from the exhibition Picture Worlds: Greek, Maya, Moche Pottery. Expect a packed day of performances, workshops, and an “instrument petting zoo” where guests can create own melodies with pre-Columbian instruments. Activities run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free to attend, but make sure to register for tickets to the Getty Villa in advance. More info here.

Concerts in the Dome TP > This Sunday, Mount Wilson Observatory kicks its 2024 season of concerts hosted inside the historic 100-inch telescope dome, where the acoustics are said to be some of the finest in the world. The first concert of the season features cellist Cécilia Tsan and harpist Marcia Dickstein playing works by Vivaldi, Debussy, Fanny Mendelssohn, John Williams, Bruch and Nan Schwartz. There will be two musical performances, one at 3 p.m. and the other at 5 p.m. Tickets are $60. Get more info here.

Pick Pico Festival FA > The Pick Pico neighborhood street fair is back this Sunday with a 100+ booths/vendors, a kids zone, face painting, live entertainment, and food, all centered around the intersection of Pico Blvd and Overland Ave. The last event drew over 5,000 visitors, so expect a crowd! Free admission. Runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here.

MAINopoly -> Board game meets food fest at the 9th annual MAINopoly, taking place this Sunday on Main Street in Santa Monica. Advance GA tickets start at $30 per person, which get you an allotment of credits (MAINopoloy dollars) you use to pick up bites at restaurants up and down the block. Each spot you visit helps fill up your game board which offers a shot at prizes. More info here.

(picks by Christina Champlin)
The Dodgers combo menu at All Day Baby.

Dodger Game Day Combo at All Day Baby -> Silver Lake’s All Day Baby is offering a special $20 combo meal on all Dodger day game dates. The deal includes your choice of cocktail, such as a Dodger Blue Hawaiian, and your choice of either an LA Dog, a barbacoa burrito with brisket and lime rice, or chicken tenders with fries. The next game is this Sunday. Available for dine-in and take out. More info here.


New Happy Hour Additions to Ocean Prime Beverly Hills -> Ocean Prime, an upscale steakhouse in Beverly Hills, is unveiling new items on their happy hour menu today. Guests can savor a variety of dishes including Crab and Artichoke Dip made with club crab, aged Swiss, and crisp tortilla, Short Rib Sliders featuring sweet and sour slaw, provolone, horseradish aioli, and onion jus, and Spicy Salmon Tacos topped with avocado crema, pickled onion relish, wonton, and nori. Happy hour runs from Monday to Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., with all lounge menu items available for $5 off. More info here.

Salted Caramel Duck Egg Cookie at Lei’d -> Two AAPI-owned companies, Lei’d Cookies and Hot Jiang, have teamed up for AAPI month to create a special Salted Caramel Duck Egg Cookie topped with chili oil crisp. Salted duck egg is a nostalgic treat for many Asian communities, and this unique cookie combines the saltiness of the duck egg, the sweetness of caramel, and the spice of chili oil. You can find it at Lei’d Cookies in Culver City (8588 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232) or at Smorgsaborg this Sunday.

Jazz Nights at Bub & Grandma’s -> Bub & Grandma’s in Glassell Park is introducing jazz nights every Sunday and Monday from 5 to 10 p.m. Guests can enjoy beer, wine, live music, and food specials announced on their Instagram. More info here.

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