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 20 to April 22) includes Broke LA, screening of Titanic aboard the Queen Mary, L.A. Times Festival of Books, Record Store Day, L.A. River Clean Up, Meet the Goats in Rancho Palos Verdes, CicLAvia 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 20th, 2018
1. The Music Center presents StarDust, a celebration of the late great David Bowie through performances by Complexions Contemporary Ballet. The tribute show running April 20 – 22 is part of the 15th season Dance at The Music Center and will feature many of the icons unforgettable hits and glam rock-inspired costumes.
2. The inaugural WhiskyX event will take place at the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport and will feature a live concert from the band Dawes. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
3. Pacific Opera Project (POP) presents a truly unique an immersive 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)
4. The Magic Bus Experience comes to the Reef DTLA April 20-22 for an experience outside the norm. Experience a 60,000- square foot psychedelic wonderland made up of several whimsical environments inspired by marijuana culture just in time for 420. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
5. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftop of The Montalban in Hollywood with a screening of Mean Girls. Other screenings this week include Blade Runner, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Blade Runner 2049 and more.
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. Spa Week returns to Los Angeles April 16-22 for its biannual celebration dedicated to improving personal health by simplifying wellness. Every April and October for one week only, hundreds of spas and wellness locations across North America will offer two or three full-service treatments for just $50 each.
8. This Friday Caltech’s Stargazing and Lecture series returns to Pasadena for a night of outer worldly discussions and some stargazing. FREE
9. 260LA will host an 3.1 Phillip Lim sample sale event April 17-22 in Beverly Hills with men’s and women’s ready to wear, footwear, accessories and more at a steep discount.
10. 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)
11. Decompress at Mystic Journey Crystals in Venice with a crystal sound bath that combines original compositions and performances with crystal singing bowls.
12. 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. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
13. 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.
14. The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage present Dance Theatre of Harlem for two nights (April 20-21) for a thrilling and eclectic program of neo-classical and contemporary ballet.
15. The Groundlings presents there latest main stage show Royal Wedding a hilarious improv show poking fun at all things royal, performed by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
16. 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
Saturday April 21st, 2018
17. Broke LA, the homegrown music and arts festival is returning to The Regent in DTLA for another 2-day event featuring over 50 performers, a local marketplace and more. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
18. Alamo Drafthouse and Rolling Roadshow will present a special screening of Titanic aboard the Queen Mary. Guests are also invited to take a self-guided tour of the Queen Mary before the show.
19. Tacos y Cervezas returns to Santa Anita Park for the ultimate pairing. Your ticket gets you taco tasting tickets, eight Mexican beer tastings and a $5 betting voucher. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
20. The 23rd annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books returns to the University of Southern California April 21-22.
21. Renegade Craft Fair at Los Angele State Historic Park on April 21-22 will feature a curated roster of local and national makers and artists. Attendees can expect to browse and shop vintage treasures, unique art pieces, enjoy food trucks, DJ sets, cocktails and more. FREE
22. The 21st Annual Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival comes to Monterey Park’s Barnes Park on April 21-22 for an exciting cultural arts event incorporating learning, entertainment, and fun for all ages. FREE
23. 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.
24. Record Store Day returns on April 21 for another celebration of the legacy of brick-and-mortar record stores and the special role they play in their communities. Dozens of Los Angeles stores will participate.
25. Celebrate Earth Day in Highland Park! LA Sanitation is throwing its third annual Earth Day LA event which features various activities and booths for children and adults to explore and learn about sustainable practices. FREE
26. The California Poppy Festival returns to Lancaster for another year of blossoming flowers April 21-22 at Sergeant Steve Owen Memorial Park. The event features hundreds of poppy-related exhibits, performances and various activities.
27. 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 on Saturday. FREE
28. CATstravaganza is a star-studded, feline-themed musical benefit for Kitty Bungalow, taking place at the Montalban Theatre this Saturday.
29. The Inaugural Little Tokyo Mini Open will be held at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) April 21, 22, 28, and 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The nine-hole mini golf course was designed by local artists who took inspiration from the past, present, an future of the neighborhood.
30. Once every month Griffith Observatory hosts a free public star party allowing the public to view through telescopes to see the stars and beyond as well as discuss with knowledgeable amateur astronomers about our solar system. FREE
31. Cosmic Brewery in Torrance will host a Vegan Earth Day Weekend Fair April 21-22 featuring food and apparel vendors and a doggie kissing booth.
32. Innovation Brew Works celebrates their three year anniversary with a party featuring IBW, Guest and home brewer beer tastings, live performances, food and games.
33. 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
34. 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)
35. 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
36. Downward Grog presents Brewery Yoga this Saturday at Indie Brewering.
37. The 2nd Annual Monrovia Wine Walk will allow guests to sample a variety of wine, while exploring Old Town businesses. There will also be acoustic entertainment playing on each block.
Sunday April 22nd, 2018
38. Metro is offering free rides all day on Sunday, April 22, otherwise known as Earth Day. This applies to rail, buses and bike shares. FREE
39. CicLAvia is back for another round of open-streets biking, walking and exploring in different Los Angeles communities. This time they’ll focus on the Foothills beginning in San Dimas and continuing through La Verne and Pomona, the route will conclude in Claremont. FREE
40. Stop by Meet the Goats in Rancho Palos Verdes this Sunday for your chance to meet the goats of RPV! The unique meet and greet will feature educational sessions plus fun activities with the goats.
41. The 13th Annual Thai New Year Songkran Festival 2018 will be held in Hollywood’s Thai Town neighborhood this Sunday. One of the largest festivals in the Los Angeles area, this free 12-hour event will take place over six blocks of Hollywood Blvd between Western Avenue and Normandie Avenue. FREE
42. Visit the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, a majestic Mediterranean masterpiece built in 1915 and designed by distinguished architect Reginald Davis Johnson, from April 22-May 20. The tours have been going strong since 1948, it’s also one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the country.
43. Stash House, a new escape room in L.A. will allow you and your friends to get actively involved in a crime drama — with zero chance of going to prison. Happening all week.
44. Tocaya Organica Playa Vista will be hosting an open Green Day LA event on Earth Day to benefit Our Backyard Homes. Enjoy live music, a silent auction, raffle prizes, food and drinks to support the youth of LA’s homeless community. There’s a suggested donation of $20 to attend and all proceeds will go to support Our Backyard Homes, a non-profit organization creating low-footprint micro-homes for homeless college students.
45. Celebrate Earth Day by engaging in yoga with adorable goats in Valley Village. This Hello Critter Goat Yoga event will feature two goat yoga sessions, one at 10:30 a.m. and the other at 1:00 p.m.
46. 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.
47. Check out Butterfly Season at Kidspace Children’s Museum now through May 4. Activities include daily butterfly exploration in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater.
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