35 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. [3-3-17 to 3-5-17]

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 (Mar. 3 to Mar. 5) includes First Fridays at NHM, Lebowski Fest, Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival, the 16th annual Lantern Festival,  a Champange Runch, 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 March 3rd, 2017

1. Lebowski Fest returns to Los Angeles (March 3-4) for one weekend only, The Big Lebowski fans can celebrate the cult classic film with live music, special guest appearances, costume contests and more. Check for discounted tickets on Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

2. 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.

3. The Great Horror Movie Nights at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park will screen John Carpenters cult favorite The Thing. The event will feature plenty of pre-show entertainment including games, prizes, and roaming scare-actors.  Discount tickets are available via Goldstar while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. 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

5. Opening-night receptions at La Luz de Jesus are one of the most fun art happenings in Los Angeles. The Los Feliz art gallery’s big March opening titled Laluzpalooza, is their annual juried group exhibition featuring over 130 Post-Pop artworks from 64 different artists. The opening night shindig happens from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. FREE

6. Food Truck Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific allow guests to explore the aquarium after hours and dine on the many food truck options while enjoying DJ-spun music and virtual reality demos by special guest Matrix Arcade. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. Thrones!, a hilarious musical parody of Game of Thrones is playing at The Hudson Theatre in Hollywood all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. The Natural History Museum’s First Fridays returns for after hours at the museum, special music performances and interesting themed panel discussions. This year the talks will be centered around the science behind food.

10. 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 throughout the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. The Skirball will host “March Forth” an event featuring dynamic spoken word performances from female artists and musicians in celebration of Women’s History Month.

12. It’s music month at The Odyssey Theatre and they’ll be hosting a wide variety of local musicians all through the month of March. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. Acclaimed for her mixes of “meditative synths and organic instrumentation” combined with mesmerizing vocals, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith will perform a dreamy meditative synths induced set at Los Angeles’ Union Station this Friday at 9:30 p.m. in the Historic Ticketing Hall. FREE

14. Get your sun salutations on during Grand Park’s lunch time free yoga class stop by at 12:15 p.m. yoga runs till 1 p.m. FREE

15. 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 March 4th, 2017

16. Dreams do come true — assuming your dreams include beer and sumptuous potato dishes. The Tater Tots & Beer Festival comes to the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum on Satruday for the best sampling of domestic, imported, and crafted beers paired with mouth-watering tater tot creations.

17. Descanso Gardens’ Annual Cherry Blossom Festival (March 4-5 & 11-12) features guided walking tours, origami stations, tea tastings, Japanese-inspired food lounges and much more. The festival takes place over back-to-back weekends starting March

18.Experience the Cherry Blossom Festival at South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes Peninsula for an afternoon of hula and ukulele performances, beautiful nature and more in honor of the Japanese American culture.

19. One special Saturday every month the  Griffith Observatory hosts a free public star party to highlight interest in observing the cosmos. The event is a great chance to try out a variety of telescopes, check out visible objects of our solar system and exchange ideas and knowledge with amateur astronomers. FREE

20. Over 60 California breweries will participate in the 4th Annual Los Angeles IPA Festival returning to Mohawk Bend this weekend (March 4 and 5) Guests will sample IPAs, vote for their favorites along with an all-star judging panel.


21. “Women who Shaped Pasadena” is a FREE two hour walking tour through the charming city that’s home to the Rose Parade. The purpose is to shine a light on the many fascinating women who helped form Pasadena from artists, botanists, entrepreneurs, politicians and revolutionaries. FREE

22. L.A. Urban Adventures invites you to relive Old Hollywood by taking a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame while stopping to hear stories about historic spots, sample drinks made famous during the Golden Age and try out local street food. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. Playboy is hosting a Hidden Arcade party at Think Tank Gallery in DTLA this Saturday. Grab a drink from the open bar and try your hand at some classic arcade games. Tickets cost $44 per person.

24. Plasticity is a multi-media infused one-man show that combines family drama with a thoroughly scientific investigation of neurological function to produce something unlike you’ve ever seen before., Performances take place Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings at the Hudson Theatres. Highly recommended!

25. The 16th Annual Lantern Festival takes place at the Chinese American Museum. Guests will enjoy a street fair with illuminating lanterns, music, a lion dance, interactive arts & crafts, and a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance at the end of the day. FREE

26. Top comics will be doing stand-up at L.A.’s legendary Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

27. Gabba Gallery presents Meet the Artists Saturday this March from 1 to  3 p.m. Enjoy bagels, art, and conversation with artists Jeffrey Sklan, Christopher James, Spacegoth (TBC), 8333 and curators Jason Ostro and Elena Jacobson. FREE

Sunday March 5th, 2017

28. If food and fitness are a perfect pairing to you then we’ve got an event you absolutely have to attend. It’s called Champagne Runch and it takes place this Sunday in Irvine. Runners participate in a 5K and are treated to a delicious brunch spread after the run. The post-race brunch includes a five-course prix-fixe meal and a complimentary glass of champagne or a mimosa. Ticket cost $85 a person.

29. 626 Golden Streets takes place in the San Gabriel Valley where friends, families and kids are all invited to roam the cleared out streets of Pasadena, Irwindale, Arcadia and other S.G.V. neighborhoods for a full day of activities and fun. Highlights include live music, crafts and free cycling classes. FREE

30. Unite and be part of the fight against oppression by joining the International Women’s Day March and Rally in Downtown Los Angeles.  The event begins at noon outside Los Angeles City Hall.


31. 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

32. Support women’s rights at Winos Stand Up! a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. Enjoy a lively afternoon celebrating diversity and freedom of choice while you sample 40+ wines from some of America’s best winemakers at Vino Wine & Tapas Room in Tarzana is a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood.

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. Run + Yoga + Beer at Angel City Brewery will have you running through Downtown Los Angeles from 10 a.m. to noon. All levels are welcome.

35. Artillery and Association of Hysteric Curators present a panel discussion called “Herstorians: Women Documenting Arts and Culture” in addition to the panel there will be a reception for Artillery’s newest issue “Art & The New Regime.” The event is free and takes place at the Brand Library & Art Center. FREE

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