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 Mother’s Day weekend (May 12-14) includes L.A. Times Night Market, Mother’s Day brunches, a Griffith Park Beer Garden, a sci-fi screening at Union Station, the Echo Park Craft Fair, 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 May 12th, 2017
1. Los Angeles Lovers, an eclectic evening focusing on some of Los Angeles’ quintessentially L.A. personalities, takes place at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater on Friday. The evening is hosted by Angelyne, one of L.A.’s most iconic figures!
2. 1st Annual Los Angeles Times Night Market (May 10-14) will take over Grand Park with a free, all ages event where visitors pay al a carte as they dine. Expect 50 food booths from LA’s favorite restaurants, bars to food trucks. Guests can also purchase $10 “The Super Market” tickets, which will allow access to a selection of food vendors, additional seating areas, bars, premium lounges and entertainment. FREE
3. On Friday, experience the work of Paul Simon like never before. Hosted at the Skirball Cultural Center, this free event gives guests an opportunity to enjoy the Paul Simon: Words & Music exhibition at night. FREE
4. For one night only, radio, podcast and talk show fans will get a chance to see, hear and meet some of their favorite hosts during Radiotopia Live at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.
5. Downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station is playing host to a new film series this spring called Sci-Fi At Union Station. Catch an iconic science fiction movie partially set in the City of Angels.! The series concludes with the screening of Them!. FREE
6. Come raise a glass at the Constitution Happy Hour at AMMO at The Hammer Museum. The happy hour will consist of a guided conversation, led by a legal expert, about the United States Constitution and its importance in our democracy. $5 will get you a draft beer or a select wine during AMMO’s happy hour.
7. NatGeo Live! series brings Pulitzer-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario to the Fred Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Hear Addario talk about the war-torn countries she bravely documents for TIME, National Geographic and The New York Times. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
8. The Groundlings: 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. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
9. The James Perse Sample Sale (May 12-14) will take place in Marina Del Rey and will carry mens, womens, kids, furniture and accessories.
10. The Petersen Automotive Museum is hosting its first-ever Museum After Hours this Friday. Guests will be able to take guided tours of the famous vault, enjoy tunes by DJ Sam Kofa and complimentary cocktails. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
11. The #1 show in Vegas history (according to the Las Vegas Weekly) is still running strong at L.A. LIVE. Absinthe, an immersive variety show, features comedy, burlesque, aerial and acrobatic acts. Get 25% off tickets for this weekend’s performances if you use the promo code WELIKELA at checkout!
12. The Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale (May 8-15) is going to be huge! Shop the designer’s bestselling bags, womenswear, and even footwear for up to 70% at her Melrose boutique and online.
14. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from Marvel Studios will be screening a the El Capitan Theatre all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
15. Free admission days this Friday: Long Beach Museum of Art.
Saturday May 13th, 2017
16. The brand new Griffith Park Beer Garden kicks off this Saturday with an opening day party starting at noon. The new Saturday-only event will take place weekly at the patio of the Roosevelt Cafe located off Vermont Ave. Special deals include four 6oz pours of local brews combined with a Farmer John sausage for $20.
17. Eat|See|Hear, one of L.A.’s premier outdoor movie screening series, is back for its 6th season this weekend with Casablanca at North Hollywood Recreation Center. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
18. KIIS FM’s Wango Tango returns with performances by Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, Backstreet Boys and more at Stubhub Center in Carson. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
19. Esotouric Bus Adventures hosts a four-hour luxury coach tour of the real Hollywood. Featuring tales of literary lions, criminal masterminds, longstanding mysteries and architectural marvels this bus and walking tour, will take you off the Walk of Fame and on to the side streets, where icons took their last breaths, got into trouble and more! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
20. The Eat Show returns to The Reef this Saturday giving guests access to delicious eats from 50+ Los Angeles restaurants and an open bar that will span over 30 feet long to accommodate as many guests as possible.
21. Cliftons Living History Tour is a 45-minute guided excursion led by Kahlil Nelson. Take a peek into DTLA history and the fascinating rooms at the iconic food hall. Although tour reservations are free, donations are strongly encouraged.
23. Street Food Cinema combines classic film screenings with live musical performances and tasty local area food trucks, all at awesome outdoor locations throughout Los Angeles. This weekend they will screen Star Wars: The Force Awakens at LA State Historic Park Los Angeles and The Breakfast Club at Poinsettia Rec Park West Hollywood. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
24. The 6th Annual West Coast BBQ Classic returns for another year of deliciously smoked and grilled meats, with 50+ of the nations top Pit Masters. Check for discounted tickets while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
25. Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery has been going strong for 15 years. This weekend they will kick off their annual outdoor movie screening with the classic Chinatown.
26. The Echo Park Craft Fair is back for their Spring edition on May 13 and 14. Hosted at Mack Sennett Studios in Silver lake, this eclectic craft fair will feature over 120 artists to shop from.
27. Learn the Winter Olympics sport of curling! Beginner and pros are all welcome. The lesson will feature an excellent introduction to the basics, including sliding stones, sweeping, and game strategy. All equipment provided. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
28. There will be a discussion led by artist Paul McCarthy at Hauser & Wirth on Jason Rhoades’ 1999 installation, “Perfect World.” Impossible to recreate, the installation stands as a turning point in the late artist’s career. Footage of Rhoades creating the installation will be screened followed by an in-depth discussion of the work on the occasion of the late artist’s first major show in LA. This event is free, however, reservations are recommended.
29. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s gorgeous Hollyhock House will be used as a theater for the very first time when Fefu and Her Friends plays throughout the month of May in honor of the 150th anniversary of the esteemed architect’s birth.
30. Amsterdam Modern will host an Eastside Handmade Mother’s Day Pop-Up Market, featuring local artists with handmade goods like jewelry, plants, ceramics, and a variety of gifts just for mom! To spice things up there will be a margarita truck with frozen rosé (Frosé!), portraits and tarot card readings. FREE
31. Chances are you’ve seen Thrashbird’s art on LA sidewalks from DTLA to the Venice. This Saturday the Bruce Lurie Gallery presents “No Famous Guest Appearances”an art exhibition by street artist Thrashbird. Focused on self-obsession and fame or being “fake famous” the art exhibit will feature paintings, interactive installations, fashion, and an augmented reality experience. Opening reception is from 6-9 p.m.
32. The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire is back at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale April 8 through May 21. Come to the fair for an afternoon of games, rides, mouthwatering food and artisan crafts.
33. Unique LA returns for two days for all your modern shopping needs (May 13-14.) Taking place at The California Market Center in DTLA, guests can shop from over 300 local vendors and enjoy complimentary manicures, free family photos and DIY activities.
Sunday May 7th, 2017
34. Need Mother’s Day plans? Check out our top 12 Spots for Mother’s Day Brunch as featured in this week’s Tasty Tuesday News Bites.
35. Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
36. Leave the wire hangers at home and slather on that cold cream, Mommie Dearest will be screening at The Theatre at Ace Hotel this Mothers Day. The 1981 cult classic stars Faye Dunaway as superstar Joan Crawford one of the scariest moms to ever grace the big screen. The event will have a photo booth and other fun activities. Bring mom for a good laugh.
37. “Wasted afternoons Open Mic” is a anything goes open mic happening at Silverlake Lounge. Come and perform your comedy, poetry, music or spoken word or come and see a free show. Happy hour runs till 8 p.m. you can’t beat that.
38. Free admission days this Sunday:Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum is pay what you can day.
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