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26 Awesome Things To Do in L.A. This Weekend [5-15-15 to 5-17-15]

May 14, 2015 by Christina Champlin

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 weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend includes a free museums day, a beachside food fest, a Gay LA walking tour, free outdoor movies, a park ranger lead hike, a LEGO convention, and much, much more!

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So grab some friends or go at it alone, but most importantly have fun and enjoy yourself!

[NOTE: If you want free tickets to Jessie J for Monday May 18 at Club Nokia we’ve got a contest going!]

Sunset in Venice Beach

Sunset at in Venice Beach. Credit: Neil Kremer via flickr

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Friday May 15th, 2015

1. Tease, If You Please Burlesque Show

This super sexy and seductive burlesque show aims to transport you back to the golden age of striptease and Gypsy Rose Lee. Staged at Bar Fedora inside downtown L.A.’s Au Lac, Tease, If You Please spotlights acts from some of the most creative dancers in the business. Miss Donna Hood, who performed alongside the one-and-only Dita Von Teese in Strip, Strip, Hooray!, produces this thoroughly modern, vintage-style show, hosted by stand-up comic and famed little person Selene Luna. Get more information and tickets via Goldstar (prices starting at $15).

2. Bike-In Movie Night

Forget the back seat and roll up on a saddle! Bicyclists will ride together to an outdoor screening party at Paseo Colorado with snacks and raffles (including a brand new bicycle!). Enjoy E.T. on the big screen with your friends, family or a date during a classic, unforgettable evening under the stars. C.I.C.L.E., in partnership with the City of Pasadena, will be hosting bicycle-powered events all weekend aiming to encourage bicycle use among community members. Check out their offical website for a full list of events.

3. Gilt City Warehouse Sale

One of the most sought after sales to hit Los Angeles the Gilt City Warehouse Sale gives lucky shoppers (tickets sale out every year!) major discounts on brands like Carolina Herrera, Missoni, Oscar de la Renta, and more at Gilt City’s massive warehouse extravaganza. Complimentary wine and snacks will also be provided. The sale runs Friday through Saturday at Siren Studios.

4. 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 tickets via Goldstar (prices starting at $6.50)

5. National Endangered Species Day at Skirball

May 15th is Endangered Species Day and to raise awareness check out the Noah’s Ark activities at The Skirball Cultural Center. The Noah’s Ark activities span all week (May 12–17) and have been created in an effort to draw attention to a whole host of endangered animals on the Ark as visitors go through the space. Visitors will be prompted to look for these endangered species in preparation of an awareness raising project in the final gallery on the Ark, also known as the Rainbow Gallery. There, visitors can learn more about a number of different species and how they became threatened as well as create a “Save the Species” medallion to take home and use to talk to friends and family about what they learned. Great learning opportunity for kids!

6. California Market Center Super Sample Sale

There’s a quadruple sale event going down with Herschel Supply, Native Shoes, Komono, and Brothers Marshall. From 10am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday, sip on some coffee/drinks and enjoy some beats complimentary of DTLA’s California Market Center.

7. Take an Insider’s Tour Through East Hollywood’s Ethnic Neighborhoods

Thai Town, Little Armenia and Koreatown are filled with great food, shops and culture. For those interested in getting to know these neighborhoods this walking tour / tasting session is the perfect introduction. Tickets are normally priced at $79 but you can find some for as low as $47.50 (plus fees) via Goldstar.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015

8. Bite at the Beach

The Bite at the Beach Foodfest offers food samples of 24 restaurants along with beers from 24 breweries, including Coronado Brewing Company, MacLeod Ale and Mission Brewery. Things tip off at 3:00pm. Get more information and tickets via Goldstar (starting at $45).

9. Bricks LA

Bricks LA is a two-day event at the Pasadena Convention Center that will feature 6,000 square-feet of custom made block models on display for you to admire,  plus vendors selling new, used and vintage LEGO sets, and a free build area just for kids.

10. Downtown Gay LA Walking Tour

Learn L.A.’s rich LGBT history from the gay-friendly Native Americans who first settled the land centuries before Columbus arrived, to L.A.’s first gay porn theater that opened in the 1800s, to the grand hotels and bathhouses that sated the secret desires of the Hollywood elite. Tour starts at 11:00am and price includes water, a snack, and an after-tour cocktail. Check Goldstar for tickets and more information.

11. Tour de Venice

The Tour de Venice at the Hotel Erwin is a fundraising event featuring a wide variety of pop-up boutiques set up throughout the hotel, featuring everything from art and music, to food and jewelry. Energize your partying mood with food and libations from Beach House Creamery, Whole Foods Venice, Venice Duck Brewery, Vita Coco, KIND Bars, KRAVE Jerkey and Larry’s Venice. General Admission is only $10 and VIP Admission (Includes access to High Rooftop Lounge, hosted by Venice Duck beer and snacks) is $50. Portion of the proceeds benefit Venice Community Housing.

12. Super Saturday LA

Rachel Zoe and Molly Sims are bringing their super popular designer deals event to LA for the first time (it originated in the Hamptons.) Super Saturday LA is a day-long designer charity super sale that offers fashion, beauty, and home items for half off.  Expect some awesome extras like beauty demonstrations, pampering stations, a luxury auction, celebrity appearances, activities, plus gourmet treats. Don’t feel bad about spending your dough it’s to raise money for ovarian cancer research.

13. Eat|See|Hear Screening Of Beverly Hills Cop

The Eat|See|Hear Summer Movie Series (winner of L.A. Magazines Best Outdoor Movie Series), is in full effect! This weekend they will be screening Beverly Hills Cop at the Santa Monica HS Memorial Greek Amphitheater. Food trucks participating this weekend include Foodism, Sista Soul Food, Asian Cravings, Umami Burger, Bool BBQ, Kimbobrex, Carolina Meat Co, Sweet E’s, Coolhaus and Brasil Kiss. Our friends at Goldstar has tickets as low as $6 for this event!

14. Lorna Jane Weekend Warehouse Sale

Active life style brand Lorna Jane is having a blowout warehouse sale in Santa Monica, offering up to 70% off their fashion forward activewear! Sale runs Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, May 17 from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

Location: 1674 20th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

15. One-Day Joshua Tree Adventure: Experience the Majestic Mojave

If you’ve always wanted to check out the amazing beauty of Joshua Tree but needed a little extra motivation, consider this package that includes bus fare, a guided tour of local sights, and opportunities to dine at some of the best eateries in the area. Awesome excuse to go on adventure if you want to liven up your weekend. Get more information and discounted tickets on the package at Goldstar.

16. RuPaul’s DragCon

The first drag convention in HERstory is sashaying to Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend! Meet the winners of RuPaul’s Drag Race and catch a keynote speech (Sunday) by RuPaul! The convention will feature over 100 fierce vendors & exhibitors plus panel discussions and screenings. Tickets start at $30.

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17. The California Strawberry Festival

Celebrate all things strawberry this weekend at the popular California Strawberry Festival, now in its 32nd year. Try Strawberry dishes like strawberry nachos and BEER! Hang out in the build-your-own strawberry shortcake tent, participate in the arts and crafts area and enter plenty of contests. Kids can hang out at Strawberryland where they can enjoy free rides and attractions all day long. Tickets are $12 and $5 for children. Festival’s proceeds go to benefit more than 20 Southland charities.

Location: Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 South Rose Ave

18. Sip Cocktails, See The Sights With The Historic Hollywood: Stars & Bars Gang!

Get a taste of Old Hollywood sip on classic cocktails as an awesome guide share history tidbits, celebrity stories and more on Urban Adventures tour of Historic Hollywood. Usually tickets are $79 but Goldstar is hooking people up with $47.40 tickets this week!

19. Artists & Fleas

Brooklyn-born craft market Artists & Fleas takes place every third weekend of the month along Mateo St (between 6th and 7th St) in DTLA from 11am to 5pm. The market features locally made art, fashion, vintage wares, vinyl, edibles and beyond. This month Artist & Fleas will celebrate their one-year anniversary by giving the first one hundred people each day a free tote bag with info on how to win a $100 shopping spree to the market. Feeling hungry after a full day of shopping? No need to worry there’s a “feed lot”  that features five LA-based food trucks; admission is free.

20. L’Agence Warehouse Sale

L’A gence cordially invites you to their warehouse sale! The sale is one day only and runs 8am to 12pm.

Location: 7261 E. Slauson Ave Commerce, California 90040

21. Free Outdoor Screening of A Hard Day’s Night

The North Hollywood International Film Festival presents the first in its series of free outdoor summer movies with a screening of the Beatles filmA Hard Day’s Night. Show starts at 8:00pm at the NoHo Plaza – People Street, 5225 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Sunday May 17th, 2015

22. Free Hike to Amir’s Garden with Ranger Ernie

A 2-mile hike to Amir’s Garden (supposed to be gorgeous) lead by Park Ranger Ernie Ybarra. Meet up at the Griffith Park Ranger Station at 8:00am on Sunday to come along. Brian and I will be there!

23. The Tour de Pier

The Tour de Pier brings one of the hottest indoor fitness activities – stationary cycling – to the gorgeous outdoors. Watch over a thousand participants take over the Manhattan Beach Pier while taking in the Southern California iconic ocean view. The South Bay’s best instructors and celebrity guests will spin riders through a four-hour session with energizing music and loads of excitement. The public is invited to come and enjoy the Health & Fitness Expo, Kids Zone (with games and activities) as well as lots of entertainment. Admission is FREE. This sold out benefit is helping to raise money for three cancer charities: the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research; the Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach and the Uncle Kory Foundation. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Location: Manhattan Beach Pier & Strand – Manhattan Ave. & 10th St. Manhattan Beach, CA

24. Tour and Taste at Hollywood’s Hot Restaurants & Famous Sights

This four hour tour of the sites and taste of what Hollywood has to offer will take you to The Roosevelt Hollywood to the iconic Capital Records and even Melrose avenue. You will make several stops at some of Los Angeles’ most talked-about restaurants for a variety of savory and sweet tastings. Half price tickets are available via Goldstar. Bon appetit!

25. Museum of the Arroyo Day

On Sunday May 17, 2015 six local museums and historical homes (including the Gamble House) will open their doors free of charge for Museums of the Arroyo Day.

26. Celebrate the end of Mad Men

Want to say goodbye to Don Draper in style? Check out this live read of the Mad Men season one finale “The Wheel” as directed by Jason Reitman, which takes place at 6:00pm on Sunday at the Ace Hotel Theater. The evening concludes with a screening of the very last episode ever of Mad Men. So long SC&P!


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