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 27 to April 29) includes a Gala in the Gardens, Our L.A. Voices: Arts Festival at Grand Park, The Eclectic free music festival and art walk in South Pasadena, Street Food Cinema, Santa Monica Wine Fest, Taste of the Eastside 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 27th, 2018
1. Alcove and Big Bar presents their annual Gala in the Gardens spring time festival. Guests can expect five completely different experiences and signature cocktails to go with each space. Highlights include a boozy tea garden and a Putt Putt Goose mini golf experience. Admission is free. FREE
2. Our L.A. Voices: Arts Festival at Grand Park is a weekend long art celebration featuring visual art showcases including dance, music and theatre performances, alongside traditional art pieces. The three-day event takes places April 27-29. FREE
3. The TCM Classic Film Festival, will return to Los Angeles from April 26 to 29 bringing over 80 movie screenings — including new restorations of landmark films — and panel discussions at several iconic Hollywood venues.
4. There’s a SURVIVOR themed comedy show happening at The Virgil featuring stand-up vs. sketch comedians with hilarious challenges to determine who is the comedy SURVIVOR. FREE
5. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of The Montalban in Hollywood and LEVEL in DTLA with multiple screenings this weekend that include Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Silence of the Lambs and more.
6. Immerse yourself in eight days of French film, documentaries, and TV shows when the COLCOA French Film Festival takes over the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Hollywood from April 23-30.
7. Amy Herzog’s Belleville continues its first-ever Los Angeles run at the Pasadena Playhouse this weekend. The play stars Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect, True Blood) and Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces, The Newsroom) in a production that Entertainment Weekly calls a “shocking thrill ride that will leave you breathless.” Performances run this Friday (8 p.m.) and Saturday (2 and 8 p.m.), with engagements continuing on select dates through May 13.
8. Pasadena’s One Colorado hosts its first-ever Happy Hour Week from April 25-May 1 offering live entertainment and specially priced drinks and bites from local restaurants.
9. 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.
10. Happy Place has found a new home at LA Live’s Event Deck, opening on April 26 and running through May 27 the very Instagram friendley experience will feature a giant pot of gold and indoor confetti dome, a bath tub filled with rubber duckies and more. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
11. 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)
12. The Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical Blues in the Night kicks off a three-week run at The Wallis this Friday.
13. Decompress at Mystic Journey Crystals in Venice with a crystal sound bath that combines original compositions and performances with crystal singing bowls.
14. On the last Friday of each month the California Market Center hosts a public sample sale with hundreds of showrooms offering men, women and children fashion as well as gift and home items at below-retail prices.
15. 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.
16. 260LA will host a Paul Smith sample sale event April 24-29 in Beverly Hills with mens and women’s apparel, shoes and accessories at a steep discount.
17. 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.
18. 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 28th, 2018
19. The Eclectic, a free music festival and art walk, returns for its 10th year along the streets of South Pasadena for an afternoon of entertainment on four outdoor stages, along with ten other venues, and 50+ musical performances planned with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy headlining the event. There will also be open houses at art galleries and studios. FREE
20. The Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show comes to Union in Arlington Heights featuring over 150 local artists, live body painting, live art, an eclectic lineup of live musicians and DJs, and more. Come hungry , there will be a FREE pancake bar all night long.
21. Street Food Cinema returns with its first event of 2018, a screening of Dazed and Confused. at L.A. State Historic Park
22. Ms. Lauryn Hill, Cypress Hill, five of Bob Marley’s sons, Tom Morello and a host of reggae superstars will perform at Kaya Fest, a music and awareness festival commemorating Bob Marley’s landmark album Kaya, at National Orange Show (NOS) Events Center in San Bernardino on April 28-29. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
23. Spend a day sipping tea in a gorgeous garden while enjoying the ocean view during Tea by the Sea at the historic Point Fermin Lighthouse in San Pedro. There will also be garden tours, craft booths, self-guided lighthouse tours, and more.
24. Enjoy two days in the sand listening to some sweet sounds when Travis and Fedley’s Back To The Beach Festival hits Huntington State Beach April 28-29. The music lineup includes many ska and 90’s rock favorites, including 311, Sublime with Rome, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Fishbone (with the original line up), Goldfinger (featuring Travis Barker), The Aquabats, Save Ferris, Less Than Jake and many more special guests.
25. 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
26. The Santa Monica Wine Fest comes to Barker Hangar on April 28-29 for two days of wine-tasting with over 50 wineries. Santa Monica Wine Fest benefits the Surfrider Foundation, an organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
27. de Plume gallery’s spring group show titled Skin and Bone will examine the human figure through the eyes of artists THEOHUXXX, Gino Belassen, Matthew Floriani, Ilaria Bochicchio and Bo Bosk. The opening reception from 6-10 p.m. is free to attend. Skin and Bone will be on view till May 24, 2018. FREE
28. The Smokers Club Fest comes to the Queen Mary Waterfront in Long Beach April 28 29 for a two-day hip-hop music festival by the water. Line up includes Wiz Khalifa, School Boy Q, Kid Cudi, 2 Chainz, Mac Miller, Ty Dolla $ign, Isaih Rashad, and Lil Pump.
29. Jackalope is an indie fair that boasts over 150 handmade makers ranging in products from home décor, food and houseware, to fashion accessories and body products will take over Pasadena Central Park on April 28-29.
30. Smog City Brewing in Torrance celebrates its fifth anniversary with a lively party and loads of beer. Your ticket gets you a gift bag with new brew, Awkward Teenager, a haze-influenced, murky IPA brew. There will also be beer cocktails, creatively concocted with fruits, salts and cordials.
31. Contribute to the beauty of the City of Angels by volunteering to clean up the L.A. River. This Saturday FOLAR will be working at Compton Creek at Del Amo Metro Station, Golden Shore Marine Reserve, and Willow Street Estuary.
32. 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)
33. 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.
34. Get a glimpse of what Los Angeles looked like during the Victorian era when the Homestead Museum’s Victorian Fair of the Far West on April 28-29 takes place. The fair will include live music, dance lessons, pie-eating contests, self-guided tours of the museum’s historic houses, crafts, a petting zoo, and more. Admission and parking are free and Victorian dress is encouraged. FREE
35. On Saturday, Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse celebrates Independent Bookstore Day with activities for all ages. Bookworms can enjoy poetry readings, guests authors, a book drive, give-aways, signings and special story times with visits from therapy and rescue dogs.
Sunday April 29th, 2018
36. Taste of the Eastside returns to Los Angeles River Center and Gardens for a day of celebrating food and drink from Eastside neighborhoods including Silver Lake, Echo Park, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Los Feliz, Atwater Village and beyond.
37. The family-friendly Puppet Festival at the Skirball will feature various performances & storytelling through the art of puppetry, as well as a chance to make your own puppets.
38. The Pickwick Vintage Show returns to Pickwick Gardens in Burbank with an array of vintage clothing and items from the last century for sale from over 65 exhibitors from across Southern California.
39. Speak Easy Yoga is a brand-new series curated especially for Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown on Sundays through the end of May. Do a down dog with music from the 1920s and if you choose to follow your yoga session with the Indigo’s Bootlegger Brunch, you’ll enjoy your first drink free with proof of yoga ticket purchase.
40. The go-to flea market for vintage 20th century design is back this Sunday. Downtown Modernism will take place at the Modernica factory showroom, where attendees can browse over 80 vintage modern dealers.
41. AutoCon Los Angeles, a celebration of all things automotive, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday.
42. Take a stroll down the T.V. Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood. Dedicated to television pioneers, you’ll see a 27-foot Emmy Award, a life-sized statue of Johnny Carson and other legends of the small screen contained in the plaza. FREE
43. ETA in Highland Park is throwing a Luau for their 2nd anniversary on Sunday. The shindig will take place from noon to 6 p.m. and will feature Hawaiian Kulua Pork, tiki cocktails, and DJ tunes. No cover.
44. There’s a free seminar on humanely coexisting with wildlife at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Topics include how to prevent wild critters from visiting your property and steps to take when a wild animal is seen in your neighborhood. No RSVP is required. FREE
45. Checkout some local businesses during Angel City Brewery’s Beer Bazaar. Enjoy some beers and food truck eats as you shop Tiger Moon Designs, The Sellout, Dang GIrl, Petralis, Rock & Socks and more.
46. Dutch King’s Day Celebration takes over the ShoreLine Aquatic Park in Long Beach for an Amsterdam style street festival. Get a taste of Dutch dining, shop a Dutch style flea market, dance to Dutch tunes and more.
47. Downward Grog presents Brewery Yoga this Sunday at Forgtown Brewery.
48. 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 museum have also collected an array of Instagram-inspired art as well as an Iron Throne made of selfie sticks for guests to enjoy.
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