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 week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).
This weekend (Feb. 3 to Feb. 5) includes First Fridays, a Dumpling and Wonton Festival, the Golden Dragon Parade in Chinatown, Street Art House, a rooftop Super Bowl viewing party, and LOTS more to choose from.
Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.
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Friday February 3rd, 2017
1. The Natural History Museum’s First Fridays returns for after-hours at the museum featuring special music performances and themed panel discussions. This year the talks will be centered around the science behind food.
2. This Friday the Griffith Observatory continues their 2017 edition of All Space Considered highlighted a discussion on the drought (is it over?!?!).
3. The Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble will perform at the historic Union Station Ticketing Hall this Friday. FREE
4. Thrones!, a hilarious musical parody of Game of Thrones is playing at The Hudson Theatre in Hollywood all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
5. Since it’s the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.
6. Every Friday in February Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal and themed drinks. This weeks theme is Twisted Classics using gin x vodka and whiskey.
7. Check out a pair of classic films named for two of Los Angeles’ most iconic streets during a double feature of Mulholland Drive and Sunset Boulevard at Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theatre.
8. The Alchemist’s Lab is an escape room experience putting you right in the shoes of a junior detective at Scotland Yard in the 19th century. Do you have what it takes to uncover the devious plans of the alchemist? Happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
9. Spend a day at the races with the Farriers Package at Santa Anita Race Tracks. The package includes admission to the races, box seating and a racing program, along with a pint of local craft beer. Happening Friday and Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
10. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening this Friday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
11. Chaplin Comes Alive Film Series at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica is a three day movie screening event dedicated to the world famous comedian.
12. A unique bi-monthly parlor variety show is happening at the Victorian Mansion HM157 enjoy magic, music, comedy and more!
13. Every Friday in February, the Norton Science Museum in Pasadena will host “Unexpected Romance” a film series centered around amore. This week the 1934 Frank Capra film It Happened One Night will be screened.
14. The Reformation sample sale will take place Feb. 2 to Feb 5 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) Score 50% to 80% on women’s apparel and more. Location: Platform, 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232.
15. Selfie Leslie sample sale takes place on Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Save up to 65% on trendy women’s apparel with prices starting at just $10. Location: 13469 Beach Ave, Marina Del Rey, 90292.
16. Free admission days this Friday for: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 pm), Long Beach Museum of Art (3 – 8 p.m.) FREE
Saturday February 4th, 2017
17. The Dumpling & Wonton Festival comes to Santa Anita Park this Saturday. Get a taste of traditional and new wave dumplings and wontons while sipping on sip on your choice of beer or wine for $30 a person. Be sure to check for discounted tickets on Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
18. A WordTheatre Tribute to Langston Hughes: Stories, Poems, Jazz & the Blues will see the Harlem Renaissance come to life in a lively performance at Forest Lawn Hollywood in honor of Black History Month. FREE
19. One special Saturday every month Griffith Observatory hosts a free public star party to highlight interest in observing the cosmos. FREE
20. The 118th Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival returns to DTLA and Chinatown. This year, the parade will feature over two dozen floats, multiple marching bands, entertainers, and cultural groups. FREE
21. The Street Art House pop-up gallery heads to The Hangar from Feb. 4 through 10. Attendees will get a chance to view and purchase street artists’ original works from around the globe. Participating artists include WRDSMTH, Skyler Grey, Hagop, and more. The gallery is free with the exception of opening night. Check for discounted tickets for opening night (while supplies last) via Goldstar. FREE
22. Edgar Arceneaux’s Library of Black Lies will be shown for the first time on the West Coast at Beta Main, the test site for newly developing Main Museum of Los Angeles Art in DTLA. The artist aims to challenge the narrative of American progress, in particular, African American progress. FREE
23. The Dustbowl Revival comes to McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica for an acoustic evening showcasing their infectious roots music.
24. Come celebrate the opening of DTLA’s latest brewery Boomtown Brewing on Saturday. Meet the Boomtown crew, checkout their completed tasting room, sway to DJ sounds and grab some good eats from Maple Block Meat Co. and Tumaca food truck. Floyd’s Barber Shop BarberBus will also make an appearance for those in need of a trim.
25. CAN I KICK IT? invites fans of hip hop to be part of a hilarious new take on an old school tradition of watching music videos with buds. Expect a panel of entertainers to give comedic commentary to some of your favorite rap videos from the 70’s-90’s. Happening at the NerdMelt. Tickets cost $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
26. “A comatose man recreates his identity by delving deeply into his memories, while a panoply of family members and loved ones form scheming camps over grave neurological decisions” in Plasticity, a new one-man show now playing at the Hudson Theatres. Performances take place Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings.
27. Top comics will be doing stand-up at L.A.’s legendary Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
28. Brooklyn-born craft market Artists & Fleas will be DTLA Arts District this weekend and will feature locally made art, fashion, vintage and beyond.
29. Artist-run space, Brainworks Gallery will debut works of resistance this Saturday titled “State of the Union” on view Feb 4 through Feb 25.
30. The 13th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival returns to Long Beach featuring an array of chocolate treats from over 25 participating restaurants.
Sunday February 5th, 2017
31. Esotouric Bus Adventures hosts a four-hour luxury coach tour called South L.A.: Road trip: Hot Rods, Adobes, Googie & Early Modernism this Sunday. Guest will be treated to a tour exploring the architecture and history of some of the south sides historic neighborhoods. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
32. The Great Rock and Roll Flea Market takes over The Regent Theater in DTLA on the first Sunday of every month with an impressive selection of vintage, music memorabilia, vinyl and much more.
33. Le Salon de Musiques presents a stage free chamber musical experience with champagne and high tea to follow at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
34. Experience the food, culture and history of Downtown Los Angeles through a three hour foodie tour this Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
35. The bi-monthly Outdoor Antique Market returns to the Santa Monica Airport this Sunday. Happening on the first and fourth Sundays of every month shoppers can find a wide selection of estate jewelry, vintage fashion dealers, vintage art work, home furnishings and loads more.
36. Ace Hotel Downtown LA will host a rooftop Super Bowl Party in their Upstairs patio. Guests can enjoy the big game with spectacular views and tailgate bites such as hot dogs, pop corn, $1 oysters, palomas, and bud lite lime-a-ritas. No cover.
37. The Lincoln in Venice will have the big game on their patio firing up complimentary BBQ and special rosé flights all day! No cover.
38. Love Thai food? Ayara Lūk is hosting a Game Day Viewing Party on a 100 inch screen and will include all-you-can-eat items paired with bottomless Singha beer, wine and soft drinks. Tickets cost $60 in advance and $75 at the door.
39. Back up your team at Haché LA during the Super Bowl by chowing down on some Patriots Fries made with gruyere, caramelized onions, mustard and mayonnaise or Falcon Fries with four chile mix, garlic mayonnaise and queso fresco. The burger joint will also be hosting a viewing party.
40. The Morrison Pub in Atwater Village will celebrate Superbowl Sunday all day long. Weekend brunch is available until 3 p.m., Happy Hour runs 3 to 7 p.m. and the bar will be offering a Superbowl special team-themed drink menu for Falcon fans and Patriots fans.
41. Beer fans can head over to 33 Taps Silver Lake and Hollywood to watch this year’s big game. Both locations will offer an extensive beer collection featuring local craft breweries like Modern Times, Belching Beaver, Humboldt, Firestone, Ballast Point, and Stone Brewing along with craft burgers and other sports bar eats.
42. Mr. C Beverly Hills will transform its Lobby Lounge into a chic viewing area where locals and guests can unwind on Chesterfield couches while watching the big game on multiple, large plasmas. A special game day menu (prices range from $8-$22) will be available featuring classic American and Italian-inspired snacks, small bites, and entrees along with $4 bottles of Budweiser.
43. Find BBQ, beer, football and a great view on the L.P. rooftop for Super Bowl Sunday.
44. Free admission days this Sunday for: Autry National Center of the American West and Museum of Latin American Art.
45. Close out your weekend late-night at Top Story Weekly at The Main Stage at iO West Theater.
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