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 (April 8 to April 10) includes The Sandlot at Skirball, a magic festival at the Queen Mary, the LA Beer Festival, SoCal Corgi Beach Day, the Otis Kite Festival, The LA Times Festival of Books, Artisanal LA, and much more.
Keep in mind with rain possibly on the horizon for this weekend you’ll want to plan accordingly and double check the status of scheduled outdoor events.
Either way, grab some friends or go at it alone, but most importantly have fun and enjoy yourself!
[IMPORTANT: Want our latest ‘things to do’ rundowns sent straight to your email inbox? Sign-up for our newsletter program]
[REMINDER: In some cases We Like L.A. does receive revenue when visitors click on ticket links and make purchases, however we maintain complete editorial control over the events we suggest. Basically, it only makes it on to the website if we think it is cool!]
Friday April 8th, 2016
1. Skirball Cultural Center Presents: Take Me Out to the Movies
The Skirball Cultural Center is highlighting their newest exhibition by kicking off a summer-long movie series with America’s pastime on center stage. It’s called Take Me Out to the Movies. Four family friendly classic baseball films screened over the course of 5 months, starting with The Sandlot on April 8. Each screening guests will enjoy DJ’d music, ballpark themed snacks like cracker jacks and hot dogs, plus full access to the Skirball galleries to explore Chasing Dreams. ALSO: Discount tickets for The Sandlot screening can be found via Goldstar.
2. The Queen Mary FantaSea: Magic Festival
Spend a magical weekend aboard the Queen Mary April 8-10. Salons and decks of the ship will be transformed into the Hocus Pocus Parlour & Pub, Abracadabra Café, The Secret Circle Study and more. Activities include: a magic mixology, mysteries of magic dinner show, plus a haunted after-hours tour. We spotted some discounted tickets via Goldstar for Saturday and Sunday.
3. Broadway in Leimert Park
From Ella and Dizzy to Holiday and Sinatra and beyond, celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month in April with a lineup of fantastic tributes to all the greats. Broadway in Leimert Park will run April 1-24. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.
4. The 6th Annual Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival
The sixth annual Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival will host three extraordinary days of wining and dining in an iconic California desert backdrop. The weekend-long event features a multi-course James Beard Luncheon, live cooking demonstrations from celebrity chef talent, cookbook signings, and samplings from over 40 restaurants and 60 premium wineries, breweries, and spirits purveyors.
5. Rain a Tribute to The Beatles
See The Fab Four’s music brought to life for just one week at the Hollywood Pantages. This Broadway hit features authentic costumes, multimedia effects and perfect live renditions of unforgettable Beatles songs such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Hey Jude,” “Let It Be” and much more. Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles plays April 5-10. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.
6. RVCA Warehouse Sale
Enjoy deep discounts on the Cali skate and surf inspired label’s men’s and women’s apparel, swimwear, and accessories during the three-day warehouse sale which runs Friday (10:00am-8:00pm) Saturday and Sunday (9:00am-7:00pm) in Santa Ana.
Location: 1408 Village Way Santa Ana, CA 92705
7. BierBeisl Blow Out Party
Sadly BierBeisl Imbiss restaurant will be closing on April 16 to celebrate and say thank you to friends and patrons from now until the 16th take advantage of some killer specials like $5 every sausage sandwich, $3 sides, $7 all other sandwiches (schnitzel, sloppy george, pork belly etc.), $3 beer, $8 wine and lots more.
8. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience
A deadly virus has swept the earth and a team of scientists (played by you and other folks!) are in an underground laboratory trying to find a cure. Each move becomes crucial to finding an antidote OR if you’re unlucky accidentally setting off the computerized decontamination system, where you might find yourself smashed flat by the slowly constricting laboratory walls. Sounds like your kind of mission?. Get more information and discount tickets for this weekend via Goldstar.
9. Morgane Le Fay Santa Monica Sample Sale
Morgane Le Fay is having a eight-day sample sale in Santa Monica from April 6-13. Discounts will start at 80%.
Location: 1109 Montana Ave. Santa Monica
10. L.A.’s First Dog Cafe is Open
The Dog Cafe, situated in Silver Lake, is officially OPEN! What’s a Dog Cafe? It’s a coffee shop where adoptable four legged friends roam around for your cuddling pleasure!
11. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show
The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.
12. Zanerobe Warehouse Sale
On Friday and Saturday Zanerobe will be hosting a warehouse sale in DTLA. Individuals will have the chance to shop existing, one-off and limited edition styles at unheard of prices.
Location: Pattern Bar 100 W 9th St Los Angeles, California
13. Noise in the Hood Underground Music Festival 2016
Dubbed as “Hoodchella” TheBearcapsocial will hold their second annual Hood Underground Music Festival, three days of live music, delicious food, live art, dj’s, art vendors, clothing vendors and more. Held at a top secret location, last year over 60 artist from around the world performed in a 16 hour span, this year 100 artist will perform.
14. Laurent Quenioux Pop-Up at Sangers and Joe
Award winning Chef Laurent Quenioux is hosting a weekly pop-up at Sangers and Joe, in Pasadena. Stop by every Friday and Saturday until the end of April and treat yourself to an incredible raw bar, Quenioux’s acclaimed cheese cart, and much more. We tasted items on the raw bar menu with 20 plus top notch selections that included cherry stone clams, abalone and geoduck -this is a real treat for seafood lovers in Los Angeles. See our seafood platter here. Walk-ins are welcome but make a reservation if you want to be seated at a desired time.
15. Salt & Straw April Flavors Invented by LA Students
Salt & Straw partnered up with Larchmont Charter and Westminster Elementary (Venice) students to create the April flavors at the two shop locations. A portion of proceeds from the sales of these flavors will go toward both schools. Come try Caramel Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake, Waffle & Syrup, Coconut Flan and more for a good cause! Flavors only availble until the 27th.
Saturday April 9th, 2016
15. Artisanal LA
The Reef in Downtown will transform into Artisanal LA a two day shopping and education event featuring over 200 local vendors, including artists, authors, chefs and more giving away tons of free samples, goodies and lifestyle tips. Some of the weekend highlights include a kombucha making class, mini loom weaving workshop, cake decorating, wood work class and more! Get more information and half price tickets via Goldstar.
16. SoCal Corgi Beach Day
Corgi pandemonium returns to Huntington Dog Beach for Corgi Beach Day. Fun activities include limbo, a bubble spectacular and more. For the more competitive Corgis enter them into contests like best costume, talent contest and the crowd-favorite best corgi butt (aka momo). This event is free and non corgis are also welcome to come to the party!
17. Esotouric Bus Adventures: Pasadena Confidential
Esotouric Bus Adventures hosts four-hour luxury coach tours all over Los Angeles. This weekend they are taking on the City of Roses. From the Sphinx murder at Masonic Hall to the strange death of Eraserhead star Jack Nance the tour will make your toe’s curl with it’s shocking stories about the beautiful and seemingly normal town. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.
18. The 2016 LA Beer Festival
The 8th annual LA Beer Festival will have around 200 beers on sample plus dozens of food trucks to soak up the hops. Featured breweries for this year’s event include Golden Road, Red Hook, Beach City Brewery, Congregation Ale House, Firestone Walker, Angry Orchard, Wolf Creek Brewery, Shock Top, Ballast Point, Widmer Brothers, Kona Brewing Co., and more.
19. Take an Insider’s Tour Through East Hollywood’s Ethnic Neighborhoods
Thai Town, Little Armenia and Korea Town are filled with great food, shops and culture. For those interested in getting to know these neighborhoods this tour is the perfect introduction. Tour includes food, transportation and more. Get more information on discount tickets via Goldstar.
20. Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (April 9-10) has one simple mission: to connect book lovers, both the creators and the consumers. This year the weekend long festival will take place on the USC campus with live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, photography exhibits, film screenings, Q&A’s, and other cultural entertainment activities thrown into the mix.
21. 5th Annual Otis Kite Festival
Looking to add a little color into your life? Come see the “gallery in the sky” at the free 5th annual Otis Kite Festival on April 9, hosted by the Otis College of Art and Design. Festivities will take place just north of the Santa Monica Pier starting around 11:00am.
22. Eastside Handmade
Support local artisans at this indie pop-up market hosted by Shopclass in Highland Park. This annual outdoor market is stocked with plenty of unique home accessories, jewelry, pottery, art work, photography, paper goods and more. The event is free to attend.
23. The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire
The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire (April 9-May 23) offers guests the unique opportunity to relive a recreation of an Elizabethen English Village. The faire will have plenty to do with rides, arts, crafts, food, and dance along more than 1,500 costumed performers including artisans, acrobats, internationally acclaimed musicians and entertainers, juggling jokers and jesters, and jousting knights!
24. KROQ Craft Beer Festival
On April 9 at Santa Anita Park join KROQ DJs for a day of live tunes, lawn games, 20 craft breweries, and gourmet food trucks at the 2016 KROQ Beer Fest.
25. 5th Annual Anaheim Citrusfest
CITRUSFEST is a free family-friendly festival celebrating all things citrus and the rich agricultural history of Orange County. Activities include: trolley rides, citrus cooking contest, free citrus beverages, artisan pop up shops, live music and more.
26. Smiths/Morrissey Convention Weekend
The Smiths/Morrissey Convention will pay homage to each individual band this weekend at The Avalon in Hollywood. Hosted by 80’s DJ Richard Blade, Saturday is “Smiths Day” and Sunday is “Morrissey Day.”
27. Comics Iliza Shlesinger, Dane Cook, Michael Yo and more at The Comedy Store
Some big names in comedy will be doing stand-up at L.A.’s legendary Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip this Saturday. Headlining the show is Iliza Shlesinger, Dane Cook and Michael Yo. Additional special guests include Brian Monarch. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.
28. 5th Annual Hollywood Half Marathon
The Hollywood Half Marathon will take place this Saturday morning from 5:00am-1:00pm so look out for those street closures.
29. Balboa Craft Beer Festival 2016
Throw back a couple of craft brews and take in the gorgeous back drop that is Balboa Island in Newport Beach during the Balboa Craft Beer Festival. Your ticket includes unlimited beer and food. That’s a pretty good deal considering the DD ticket (only includes AYCE food) cost $22.09 and General Admission (food and drink) cost $59.09. This is a 21+ event.
30. Abbot Kinney Marketplace
The Abbot Kinney Marketplace is a bi-weekly free outdoor marketplace located on the front athletic field of Westminster Elementary. The marketplace which is organized by a family of artistic individuals, was put together so that artist, designers, craftsmen, and more can come together and have a platform to sell their pieces. They also have food trucks and different dj’s who participate.
31. Prints and the Revolution
Prince fan? Stop by Prints and the Revolution a printmaking party celebrating the music of the legendary performer. Create unique prints and don’t forget to bring your own T-Shirt and have that printed too. The print session cost $50 and come with complimentary drinks, food and music. Regular admission to the event cost $13 and come with complimentary drinks and karaoke.
32. The Complete Metropolis at Cinefamily
After a multinational restoration of the epic science-fiction masterpiece Metropolis, it’s finally ready to be screened in its entirety with 25 minutes of lost footage and the complete original score by Gottfried Huppertz.
33. Chumash Day Powwow at Malibu Bluffs Park
The 18th annual Chumash Day Powwow will celebrate Native Americans from all over the country. Hundreds of tribes will be represented at Malibu Bluffs Park. Expect Native American food, craft vendors, tribal ceremonies, and dances during this two day event. Admission is free.
34. Abel Alejandre Solo Exhibit of New Works at Coagula Curatorial
L.A.’s Leading Urban Realist Abel Alejandre will debut “Public Secrets” a solo show of new works this Saturday at Coagula Curatorial. A reception for the artist will be held that evening from 7:00pm-11:00pm. “Public Secrets” will run through May 22.
35. The Red Lobstah Crab Feast at The Other Door
NOHO’s The Other Door is having a crawfish/crab boil called The Red Lobstah Crab Feast. Stop by from 2:00pm-7:00pm (free entrance before 3:00pm $5 after) to get yourself a plate of crawfish and crab and your choice of three sides potatoes, corn, sausage or turkey neck for $20. A portion of the proceeds will be going to the The Children’s Heart Foundation.
36. Out of Line Opening Reception at Subliminal Projects
Out Of Line features four artists working with contemporary drawing and mark-making techniques. By primarily working with graphite, pen, and ink, the show will examine and expand on the traditional ideas of drawing. Artist in the show are Aaron Li-Hill, Guno Park, Mark Powell, and Von. Opening reception runs from 8:00pm-11:00pm this Saturday.
37. B)i(G FIRE Festival
B)i(G FIRE festival is an overnight comedy festival bringing together amazing, talented, creative people to celebrate comedy, art, music, camping, connections and the great outdoors. There will be 63 acts from improv, sketch comedy, and stand up at the festival. In addition to the stage performances guest get to enjoy interactive art installations, music, dancing and even morning after yoga. The festival takes place on East Walker Ranch.
38. The Dollface Dames Burlesque Show at Magicopolis
L.A. based burlesque troupe The Dollface Dames take over the Magicopolis stage for a night of tease, balloon popping, belly dance and even clogging? Lets just say they do a lot in their 80 minute show. But the fun doesn’t end there the Magicopolis bartenders double as magicians! Grab half price tickets on Goldstar and spend your money at the bar!
39. VIRAL: 25 Years from Rodney King
Rodney King’s beating by the LAPD could arguably be the world’s first ‘viral’ video. The acquittal of all four officers involved ignited the L.A. uprisings of April, 1992. These historic moments in L.A. provide a reference point for today’s current civil rights movement against racially motivated violence in law enforcement. Artist Daryl Elaine Wells, founder of the Art Responders social media community, has partnered with SPARC to present an interactive, immersive timeline of cases, causes, insights and developments within the past twenty-five years of this ongoing tragedy. Stop by for the opening reception this Saturday in the Duron Gallery in venice.
This family friendly sketch comedy show for kids is put on by top comedians in Los Angeles with puppeteers from Broadway’s Avenue Q. Enjoyed by kids and adults, Puppet Town is only here for one day at The Nerdist Showroom. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door and free for children under 12!
Sunday April 10th, 2016
40. The Amazing Los Angeles Race II
This hybrid scavenger hunt / sightseeing tour is a brilliant way to spend your Sunday afternoon getting to know the city of angels. Starting at the Dave & Busters in Hollywood, participants form teams of two to eight people and make their way to different L.A. sites trying to solve puzzles and unlock the clues that will lead them to the next location. At the finish line you can enjoy drinks and snacks, and hang out with your fellow competitors. For more information and discount tickets to enter the race, check out Goldstar.
41. Learn the Olympic Sport of Curling: Beginners Welcome!
Who hasn’t watched a curling match during the Winter Olympics and wondered to themselves… “How do you play that, anyway?” Well, now you no longer have to wonder. For around $25 you can get a beginners lesson featuring an excellent introduction to the basics, including sliding stones, sweeping, and game strategy. All equipment provided! Get more information and discount tickets (while supplies last) via Goldstar
42. Le Salon de Musiques Presents Three Master Composers, Champagne and High Tea at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Head down town to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for an intimate musical experience where some of the finest musicians will play on the fifth floor stage-free and surrounded by guests. After the performance there will be a Q&A with musicians, as well as a Champagne and gourmet high-tea buffet catered by Patina. Discount tickets are available while supplies last via Goldstar.
43. Eco Car Expo
Theres a free Eco Car Expo in Mar Vista this Sunday at the Mar Vista Farmers Market located at the Corner of Grand View and Pacific from 9:00am-2:00pm
44. Laughs For Limbs at The NerdMelt Showroom
“Laughs For Limbs” at The NerdMelt Showroom is a comedy showcase with a mission to raise money for the Steps of Faith Foundation to provide prosthetic limbs for amputees in need. The show will feature: Superego, Kay Cannon, Cristela Alonzo and Danielle Perez hosted by Monique Madrid. Tickets for this special night are $10 and can be purchased in advance
45. Cambodian New Year Parade
Did you know Long Beach carries the largest population of Cambodians in the country? Come watch America’s only Cambodian New Year Parade and learn about the rich traditions of the culture, don’t forget to take in the tastes and sights of Cambodia town right here in Long Beach.
46. Great Opera Choruses Returns to VPAC with a Free Performance
Valley Performing Arts Center and LA Opera will present a free concert this Sunday at 3:00pm featuring the “Great Opera Choruses,” with LA Opera Resident Conductor Grant Gershon. Highlights will include beloved excerpts from Madame Butterfly, Carmen and La Traviata, among other works. Audience members of all ages and musical ability will have an exciting opportunity to join in on the fun by singing along with the pros.
47. Coachella Style Warehouse Sale
Score up to 70% off apparel from Cleobella and Novella Royale, swimwear from Beach Riot, jewelry from Vanessa Mooney, Gladys Tamez Millinery, and more during the Sunday festival inspired sample sale. Prices range from $20-$50. The sale is from 10:00am-5:00pm.
Location: 3716 Eagle Rock Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90065
Thinking ahead for next week and beyond? Here are a few sneak peek links to get you started.
- Los Angeles Dodgers Friday Night Fireworks (Goldstar)
- Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk
- Downtown Los Angeles Food Walking Tour (Goldstar)
- Obscura Day 2016
- Champagne On Main!
- Escape Room LA: The Detective
- Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Goldstar)
- Disney’s The Jungle Book in 3-D at El Capitan (Goldstar)
- 5th Annual Harry Potter Roller Skating Night
- Escape Room LA’s The Cavern (Goldstar)
Want to get our to-do lists straight to your inbox every week? Sign up for our email program.
Have an upcoming event you’d like suggest for listing? Drop us a line at [email protected].