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 9-11) includes ArtNight Pasadena, All-Star Chef Classic at L.A. LIVE, Pop-Up ‘The Shining’ Speakeasy Based,Big ‘Cap Beer & Cider Festival, LA COCHON555, 44th Annual Redondo Beach Kite Festival 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 9th, 2018
1. Pasadena cultural institutions will participate in ArtNight Pasadena a night of free art, music, and entertainment. Complimentary shuttles will transport guests to each destination and venues include the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Kidspace Children’s Museum, and more. FREE
2. Metro Art Presents Josh Nelson & The Discovery Project at Union Station this Friday. The jazz group will bring “a multimedia love letter to Los Angeles” combining video, light and live music to the iconic train station. FREE
3. All-Star Chef Classic at L.A. LIVE in DTLA, from March 7-10, will feature dinners made by top chefs like Ludo Lefebvre, Michael Voltaggio, Jose Andres, Jose Garces and more. Check for discount tickets on select events via Goldstar before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
4. The Museum of Failure returns at a new location on Hollywood and Highland with new exhibits and products that include Juicero, Facebook Gifts, RCA SelectaVision, Pets.com, and Google Wave. There’s also an entire section dedicated to Hollywood with some of the industry’s biggest fails.
5. Chicano artist Barbara Carrasco’s 80-foot mural, L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective, will be the centerpiece of a new exhibit coming to the Natural History Museum this Friday. The mural will be on view through August 18, and is included with general admission to the museum.
6. Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology welcomes the esteemed Dr. Cornel West to speak at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel L.A. Part of the Weber Distinguished Lecture Series, Dr. West’s public lecture, “Prophetic Fire,” will encourage attendees to live and inspire through more-than-ordinary means.
7. The Music Center presents Shakespeare’s timeless classic Romeo & Juliet performed by The Joffrey Ballet at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 9, 11 and 17.
8. FirstGlance Film Fest Los Angeles 18 happening March 8-11 will screen over 40 award winning indie films from across the globe at the Laemmle NOHO 7.
9. Echo Flex a 2000’s era hip hop jams party happening at the Echoplex will include a live performance from Ghostface Killah and Smoke DZA.
10. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes will host a free screening of The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, a chronicle of radical Chicano lawyer, author and activist Oscar Zeta Acosta. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. this Friday. FREE
11. 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.
12. Bootie LA presents Pop Goes the Diva, a night of mashed-up tunes from all the greatest pop divas in history happening at the Regent DTLA.
Saturday March 10th, 2018
There’s a Pop-Up Speakeasy Based on ‘The Shining’ happening at the Mystic Museum in Burbank. The Gold Room will be recreated for this speakeasy pop-up and will feature live music, DJs, magicians, and actors portraying Jack, Wendy, and Lloyd. Guests are encouraged to dress up in 1920s attire or outfits inspired by The Shining, but costumes are not required. Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances the event has been cancelled for all dates. Condolence emails and refunds will be issued by Mystic Museum effective immediately. Ticket holders will get free entry to see the horror themed exhibit & art show.
14. Stop by Santa Anita Park in Arcadia for the Big ‘Cap Beer & Cider Festival. The festival will include local and national craft beers, ciders and food trucks right alongside the racetrack. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
15. Buffering The Vampire Slayer Presents: The Prom at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles for a night of dancing and fun dedicated to the classic 90s television show “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.”
16. East Side Babylon is a four hour tour devoted to haunting crime stories from the east side of the L.A. River. You’ll visit Boyle Heights, L.A.’s oldest cemetery and Commerce where hideous 20th century crime tales will be unfolded by the crime historians of the Esotouric Bus Adventures. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
17. Head to ROW DTLA for Encounter V: Speedplay X luminhero a high-intensity training class on the rooftop of the building. Hosted by co-founder Xacier Quimbo the workout will be followed by a yoga session with Emilie Perz. FREE
18. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! celebrates its 6th year anniversary this Saturday with a free show at The Virgil. FREE
19. The 4th Annual Viva La Muxer hosted by Las Fotos Project at Plaza de la Raza is an arts and music benefit featuring live performances, more than 100 curated arts exhibits, family-friendly workshops, and much more.
20. Pedal in swan-shaped boats at Echo Park Lake! The upgraded fleet of swan-shaped pedal boats are available for rental and cost $11 per hour for adults and $6 per hour for children (ages 2-17).
21. Join a lively panel of SoCal coffee experts as they discuss significant developments in the region’s coffee landscape, beginning with early settlers to specialty roasters and coffee houses in the 20th century and the Third Wave of espresso bars and cafés that have taken over Southern California today. FREE
22. Smorgasburg’s 2nd Annual Popup on the Pier in Santa Monica returns for a one-day affair that will satisfy your tastebuds through 70+ vendors including goa-taco, Amazebowls, Shrimp Daddy, Lobsterdamus, Big Mozz and more.
23. Greenbar Distillery has teamed up with The Burrito Project and a select list of local bars and restaurants, to provide thousands of burritos to those in need in the Los Angeles area. Simply go to a bar on the list and order a CITY Bright gin cocktail from there Greenbar Distillery will donate a burrito to The Burrito Project. Get more info here.
24. Reformation brings their favorite LA vintage vendors to Platform LA for a day of flea style shopping of curated selections of vintage clothing, accessories, and jewelry.
25. Santa Anita Park is hosting a reggae festival! The Westbound Rhythm & Brews Festival will feature live music, craft beers, local street food and California artists. The music lineup includes Suga Free, The Expanders, Arise Roots, Brewfish and many more.
26. LA Philharmonic presents two nights with Glen Hansard. The Oscar winning singer-songwriter is best known for his raw and heartfelt performance in the movie Once.
Sunday March 11th, 2018
27. The 2018 LA COCHON555 heads to Santa Monica this Sunday for a three-hour culinary experience of all things pork. Taking place at The Viceroy, this delicious nationwide culinary tour will feature 100+ prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers and barkeeps. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
28. The 44th Annual Redondo Beach Kite Festival returns to the Redondo Beach Pier on Sunday for an all-ages free afternoon of kite-flying and fun. Just be mindful of possible rain and how it might affect the event. We suggest checking the Redondo Beach Pier’s Facebook page for updates. FREE
29. King Trivia is hosting a Friends-themed trivia night at Angel City Brewery this Sunday.
30. 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)
31. The Wallis in Beverly Hills will host “Dance Sundays” with famed actress/dancer/choreographer Debbie Allen. Suitable for the whole family, each month will feature a special dance theme, this month it’s Tango. FREE
32. There’s a MOCA Community event happening this Sunday with informative panels and meaningful performances focused on creating a discussion around the L.A. homelessness crisis. Community partners for this event include My Friend’s Place, Midnight Mission, Downtown Women’s Center, Skid Row Housing Trust, OBEY GIANT, MADWORKSHOP, and KCRW. FREE
33. Boomtown Brewery will be hosting a Spring Forward Family Fest event fun for all ages. Adults can kick back and enjoy Boomtown’s unfiltered, full flavored beers while children get their face painted, play in a bounce house, do arts and crafts, play games and more.
34. There’s a taping of the podcast Two Truths and a Lie! featuring three real people sharing their personal stories in front of a live audience. The best part? It’s up to the audience to identify which one is the liar! FREE
35. Hudson House turns nine on Sunday and they’re throwing a fiesta from noon to 5 p.m. The Redondo Beach gastropub will have live mariachis, a taco and elote station, cold craft beers from the Stone Hop Wagon, a Michelada bar, and Corralejo Tequila and Sombra Mezcal cocktails.
36. Free admission at: Museum of Latin American Art, Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)
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