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. (April 13 to April 15) includes a BYOB Classical Music Warehouse Party, Hollywood Film Noir Festival, The March for Science, Whale of a Day 2018, L.A. River Clean Up, The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, a Wayne’s World Movie Party 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 April 13th, 2018
1. This Friday listen to classical music at a giant BYOB warehouse party. Organizers Groupmuse is making classical music listening less formal and bringing the sounds to the masses in a warehouse in Frogtown. 21+ and bring your own beverages of choice.
2. To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier is a free, three-evening dance event taking place on the Santa Monica Pier from April 13-15. Part of the 17th Annual Dance Camera West Film Festival, the event will feature individual choreographers and dance companies from a wide range of dance forms and genres. FREE
3. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftop of The Montalban in Hollywood with a screening of La La Land. Other screenings this week include The Notebook, Baby Driver, Dunkirk and more.
4. Pacific Opera Project (POP) presents a truly unique an immerisve production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, at The Vortex a large warehouse space in DTLA. The performance will have Dick Tracey feel, with a full orchestra, POP performers, non traditional seating, food and shared wine. Happening April 13, 14, 20, 21, 22. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
5. The North Redondo Beach Business Association presents SpringFest (April 12-15) a four-day spring carnival and community festival estimated to bring out 40,000 visitors for the last 30 plus years. FREE
6. See dark tales focused on murder, mayhem, and femme fatales at the 20th Noir City: Hollywood Film Noir Festival at Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood from April 13-22.
7. The Toyota Grand Prix features live street racing, live music concerts, a lifestyle expo, kids kart racing, dancing contests, food trucks and more from April 13-15. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
8. Art duo Dosshaus transforms the Corey Helford Gallery into a flop-house hotel from the 60’s made entirely of recycled cardboard hand painted to look like black & white illustrations. The exhibit houses hundreds of individual pieces including a “Paper-Thin Hotel” with several life size rooms. FREE
9. To Live and Di(n)e in LA is a 35-person supper club where attendees will enjoy a fine meal, cocktails and cabaret-style performances with the ghosts of the most infamous figures in Los Angeles’ true crime history. Each course and cocktail will be inspired by a different figure and era and guests will come face-to-face with the Black Dahlia; the “Glamour Girl Slayer”; Charles Manson; the “Night Stalker,” and more infamous figures of the past.
10. 260LA will host a Proenza Schouler sample sale event April 10-15 in Beverly Hills with ready to wear, accessories and shoe for up to 70% off.
11. Celebrate the art of monsters and movie magic during Monsterpalooza at The Pasadena Convention Center April 13-15. The monster fest will have over 250 exhibitors, screenings, panels and more.
12. Japan House Los Angeles (JHLA) presents Takeo Paper Show titled SUBTLE, an experimental exploration of paper, on view from April 13 through May 23, 2018. The exhibit will showcase innovative paper creations that will have you look at paper in an entirely different way. To celebrate this exhibit JHLA will host several free air vase workshops where you’ll learn how to make a vase with paper. FREE
13. There’s a Trina Turk + Mr Turk warehouse sale April 13-15 where prices start at just $10. There will be both men’s and women’s ready to wear, accessories and more.
14. 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.
Saturday April 14th, 2018
16. The March for Science returns to Los Angeles on April 14 in support of the environment, healthcare and scientific facts. This celebration will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and will begin at Pershing Square and end at City Hall. Last year’s event featured various speakers, activities and live entertainment during the expo. FREE
17. Whale of a Day 2018 at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale. Catch a possible view of the whales’ on their journey, enjoy various free, fun-filled activities, like face painting, and games for kids, along with exhibits, food vendors and prizes. FREE
18. The Downtown Burbank Arts Festival returns for its 15th year April 14-15. This free two-day outdoor festival will feature 200 artists, famous Disney animators, interactive experiences, special appearances, and much more. FREE
19. The Earth Day 2018 Community Festival comes to the Joint Administration Office in Whittier on April 14 to celebrate the majestic planet we call home. FREE
20. Picture This!, L.A.’s only live animated comedy show, is back with another free show at The Virgil in East Hollywood. During this show, see standup comics perform as talented animators, cartoonists and artists draw them live. FREE
21. Heritage Square Museum Victorian in Montecito Heights presents its annual Victorian Tea and Fashion Show on Saturday. See fashions inspired by First Ladies, including Martha Washington, Jackie Kennedy, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn and more.
22. Volunteer to clean up the L.A. River this Saturday. Thousands of volunteers will scour different parts of the river, collecting trash and helping to improve the environment.
23. There’s a Mobile Cat Cafe bringing adoptable kitties to locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. This weekend they’ll be in Brea. No reservations are required but access to the cafe costs $12. The price includes one pastry; one reusable coaster; and either a bottled water, cup of hot coffee, or bottle of cold brew.
24. The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is back at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale for another year of fun every Saturday and Sunday from April 7 through May 20. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
25. Museum of Selfies opens on April 1 and will run till May 31 with 10 interactive exhibits that welcomes visitors to take a closer look into the cultural phenomenon. The curators of the Glendale musueum have also collected an array of Instagram-inspired art as well as an Iron Throne made of selfie sticks for guests to enjoy.
26. ROW DTLA teams up with Unique Markets for several Unique L.A. mini markets to celebrate their 10th anniversary. The shopping event will feature a monthly rotation of hand-picked local artists, designers, and emerging brands
27. The Museum of Failure has 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. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
28. The NoHo ArtWalk takes place on the second Saturday of every month. This month the event will be held at Pedestrian Plaza from 2-6 p.m. featuring vendors, artists and more. FREE
29. Step inside The Museum of Illusions in Hollywood and find yourself in a classic painting, part of a cartoon, part of current events, inside movies and much more. Highlights include watching the Titanic go down, “climbing” a sheer cliff and other eye popping visuals. Happening all week. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar
30. Candytopia brings its immersive, oh-so-sweet Insta-friendly experience to Santa Monica, where it will remain till July 4.
31. Check out Butterfly Season at Kidspace Children’s Museum now through May 4. Activities include daily butterfly exploration in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater.
Sunday April 15th, 2018
32. Angeleno dog owners can be a part of history (possibly) this Sunday when the upcoming film Superpower Dogs attempts to set the Guinness World Record for ‘Largest Dog Photo’. They want public dog owners to participate and all you need to do is rsvp for Sundays event at Vista Hermosa Park. The organizers expect at least 200 dogs to be there. FREE
33. A Wayne’s World Movie Party heads to The Regent in DTLA this Sunday. Presented by Alamo Drafthouse the night will include a live Q&A with Director Penelope Spheeris, a live 80’s musical experience from the band Pop Gun Rerun, Cinefile Video pop-up shop, vintage record booth by Burger Records and a screening of Wayne’s World.
34. There’s a Cherry Blossom Festival in the newly-renovated Japanese Friendship Garden in Glendale’s Brand Park. The day event will feature live performances, activities for children, food and more. FREE
35. The VOID’s virtual reality experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is now open in the Glendale Galleria. The “hyper-reality” experience puts players in a 360 virtual world allowing them to touch, smell, and sensing their surroundings.
36. Downward Grog presents Brewery Yoga this Sunday at Frogtown Brewery.
37. Art Salon Chinatown presents Greetings From Chinatown, a live art making event at Central Plaza. Artists will create art and the public is welcome to bring their own supplies and join them. This event is family friendly and free.
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