32 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. [3-2-18 to 3-4-18]

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 weekend in L.A. (March 2-4) includes Lyrics to Life, Food Book Fair, International Women’s Day March, Cherry Blossom Festival, Air + Style, IPA Festival, a Sweet Experience Expo and MUCH more.

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 March 2nd, 2018

1.Lyrics to Life,’ a FREE four-day pop-up exhibition featuring art inspired by song lyrics from the likes of The Notorious B.I.G., Radiohead, Nicki Minaj and The Weeknd, comes to Downtown Los Angeles from March 2-5.

2. First Fridays return to the Natural History Museum this Friday. The event will explore L.A. inventiveness, capped with live music from Mondo Cozmo, Superet and Shannon Lay.

3. The first annual Food Book Fair, headquartered at the Ace Hotel, hits Downtown Los Angeles March 2-4 for a delicious weekend of events for foodies and food publishing.

4. In honor of Women’s History Month, Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz and Brockus Project Dance present L.A. Dance Festival 2018 in Century City from March 1-3. The event features Women Rising performances that celebrate the many contributions from female-led companies and art through the female perspective.

5. The Classic Auto Show returns to the L.A. Convention Center March 2-4 for the largest three-day indoor classic car show in the United States. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

6. The Japanese Food Festival takes over the InterContinental in Downtown for two days (March 2-3) of food, sake, and travel exhibitions from over 50 participants.

7. Greenbar Distillery will open up their facility for a tour of their organic distillery. The tour is one hour long and guests will have a chance to learn about the process of spirit making and taste some of the Greenbar portfolio.

8. Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0 will host specially priced prix fixe lunches and dinners at some of the city’s best restaurants. From February 25 through March 3, dozens of Long Beach restaurants will offer two-course brunch and lunch menus for $10, 15, or $20 per person, and three-course dinners for $20, $30, $40 and $50 per person.

9. The Groundlings Theatre presents their latest main stage show, Sweet Valley Groundlings performing this Friday. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

10. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE

11. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.

12. Free admission at: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art.

Saturday March 3rd, 2018

13. The International Women’s Day March and Rally kicks off in Downtown L.A. on Saturday. Join in a spirited walk through the city for a great cause. Hosted by AF3IRM Los Angeles, the motto of the march is “Uprising: Forward to a Feminist Future.” Convened and led by transnational/women of color, this march is inclusive of all people. There will be speakers, poets, and musicians throughout the day.

14. The Cherry Blossom Festival comes to the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes Peninsula this Saturday featuring hula and ukulele performances, gardens for a “hanami” (a.k.a. cherry blossom viewing), a picnic on the Amphitheater Lawn and more. NOTE: Looks like possible rain for Saturday morning. If you plan to attend we advise checking the South Coast Botanic Garden Facebook page for updates on the event.

15. Air + Style is March 3-4 at Expo Park in Downtown L.A. Hosted by Shaun White, Air + Style features prominent artists, skateboarders and snowboarders,  sports competitions, special guests and live performances by Phoenix, ZEDD, Cut Copy, Phantogram, Tinashe and more. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

16. The Pasadena Museum of History is launching a new Sci-Fi exhibit and opening day offers day of festivities with free admission to mark the opening this Saturday. “Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, and Southern California” will run through September 2. FREE

17. Treat Yourself LA, a new food festival, will takeover the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, with all-you-can-eat samples of Southern California’s most drool-worthy treats, both savory and sweet. You can savor hot fried chicken, crispy waffles on a stick, the meltiest grilled cheese sandwich and more. Participating restaurants include The Pie Hole, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Cheezus, Ridges Churro Bar, Rollin’ Creamery and many more.

18. The 5th Annual Los Angeles IPA Festival returns to Mohawk Bend in Echo Park on March 3-4 tapping 60 IPAs this weekend, all made by Golden State breweries.


19. Esoteric Bus presents Echo Park Book of the Dead a four hour tour of notorious crime scenes that include Edward Hickman’s kidnapping of Marion Parker, the “Man in the Attic” love nest slaying and much more. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

20. Pasadena’s beautiful Storrier Stearns Garden is hosting A Taste of Japan dinner and fundraiser where guests will sample delicious treats from various food and drink stations. Savor Okonomi-yaki provided by Otafuku Foods,  Japanese dishes from The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, and creative onigiri will be available.  Whiskies by Beam Suntory, different local sakes and Nigori Sake Sayuri by Hakutsuru Sake of America Inc., and iced Japanese teas will also be on hand.

21. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group presents Writer-Director Sharon Yablon’s evening of three new short plays focused on disturbing stories of Angelinos who find themselves in the desert.

22. The San Fernando cocktail bar in Glendale welcomes burlesque troupe ‘The Dollface Dames’ with music from Lounge-O-Rama, hot fire acts, smooth crooners and more! Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

23. There’s a Year Of The Dog art exhibition at Giant Robot 2 (GR2) debuting this Saturday.

24. Join Viva Balance, Selectively Spiritual, Good Saint, and Shanti Kitchen at Mystic Journey Yoga for a day of guided meditation, healing, and nourishing food.

25. Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. Happening Saturday and Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Sunday March 4th, 2018

26. The Tonga Hut in North Hollywood is hosting the ultimate tiki party in honor of an amazing 60 years in service! From 2 to 10 p.m., Mai Tai-lovers will have a chance to celebrate with live music, drinks and shopping. Highlights include Tonga Tom spinning tunes outside, Durango’s Tacos, an art show, and a chance to create art based on a Tikiyaki song. Entrance to the event is free, but drinks and food are available for purchase.

27. The second annual Sweet Experience Expo returns to the South Bay with a dessert and pastry expo featuring hundreds of local dessert and pastry chefs showcasing their offerings and serving up samples.

28. Head to historic Filipinotown for MARCH FORTH! a block party and fundraiser for put on by Los Angeles Walks. The annual party advocates for safe, accessible, fun, and equitable walking for all! From noon to 3 p.m. a free block party for all ages will take place on Vendome St. between Council St. and Beverly Blvd featuring games, magicians, face paint, bike lessons and more. From 2 to 5 p.m. a ticketed fundraiser party with food, drinks, music, art and a guided Mural Art Alley Tour will take place.


29. Food Book Fair’s Foodieodicals is coming to Smorgasburg LA this Sunday. Part festival, part conference, it’s dubbed as the “Coachella of writing about eating”, starring food magazines, journals, periodicals and zines from Mexico City to Tokyo. FREE

30. Stories Books & Cafe purrrrsent a free night of cat themed entertainment benefiting Eastside LA’s Luxe Paws Cat Rescue. Festivities include music by Nana The Cat Lady, Psychic Pet Readings by Shana Leilani, amazing but true stories of “History’s Greatest Feline Heroes,” a lecture by Dr. Paul Koudounaris, a silent auction and more.

31. Friendship Buddies is a weekly stand-up comedy show at the Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park. Come hangout in the back patio, enjoy a cocktail, and LOL to outstanding stand-up comedians in Los Angeles. FREE

32. The Great Rock and Roll Flea Market will take over The Regent Theater in DTLA with an impressive selection of vintage collectors, antiquities dealers, vintage clothing, jewelry makers, music memorabilia, vinyl, local food vendors, food trucks, craftsmen and used musical instruments dealers. FREE

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