30 Awesome Things To Do in L.A. This Weekend [5-29-15 to 5-31-15]

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 the Dwell on Design expo, LA Winefest, free Sprinkles cupckaes at CicLAvia in Pasadena, Obscura Day, outdoor movie screenings, sample sales, and much, much more!


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

Griffith Observatory Cloudy View
A view from Griffith Observatory. Credit: Tyler Merbler via flickr

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Friday May 29th, 2015

1. Dwell On Design

Dwell on Design, America’s largest design event, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center Friday through Sunday. Curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, the three-day event brings together the best and brightest products, services, and thought leaders in modern design today for a series of conversations, demonstrations, tours, and much more. Check Goldstar for more information and discount tickets.

2. Free Lobsta Truck in Culver City

As part of the #WescomKindness campaign get free Lobsta Truck on Sepulveda from 11:30am – 1:30pm.

3. American Idiot Musical

The two-time Tony-winning rock based on the Green Day album of the same name, American Idiot is now playing at The Vortex in Los Angeles. Get more information and discount tickets for this weekend via our friends at Goldstar.

4. Los Angeles Design Festival

Come out and celebrate LA’s chic aesthetic at this annual three-week design fest. There will be tours, exhibitions panels and parties staged all over our city, including home tours. Prices for each event vary be sure to check out the festival website for all of the details.

5. Barnsdall Park’s Friday Night Wine Tasting

Barnsdall Art Park kicks off their popular weekly fundraiser. Perched on a hill with a gorgeous panoramic view of Hollywood guest will enjoy fine wine and art in the gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright’s newly restored architectural gem, Hollyhock House. Silver Lake Wine will curate fine selections of boutique, small production, artisanal wines for park-goers as well as local gourmet cheese shop, Say Cheese. Art workshops will be set up for children, KCRW’s DJ Dan Wilcox will spin tunes, and a host of specialty food trucks will be on the scene. Admission is $30 and all profits benefit Barnsdall Art Park Foundation programs and projects.

6. Tomorrowland at El Capitan 

See Disney’s newest blockbuster starring George Clooney at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood that includes a pre-show live magic performance and a post-screening behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. Screenings all weekend long. Get more information and tickets for this weekend via Goldstar.

7. California Market Center Showroom Sample Sale Event

Open to the public once a month the California Market Center hosts a showroom sample sale event where 13 floors of participating showrooms open their doors from 9am-3pm to savvy patrons.

8. Spring Awakening 

One of my favorite musicals of all time (YES I like musicals!) I have seen Spring Awakening three times since its debut in New York and can honestly say it’s one of the best. The eight time Tony Award winning musical took Broadway by storm when it debuted with Leah Michele in the original cast! An awesome electrifying rock score follows a group of teenagers as they navigate the confusing and often troubled waters of adolescence. Based on a play that caused a scandal in 19th-century Germany, it’s a bold and touching musical that captures through music the experience of youth transitioning to adulthood. Tickets start at $89 but our friends at Goldstar have them starting at $55 for this weekends show.

9. The Halston Heritage Sample Sale

The Halston Heritage Sample Sale will take place on the 6th floor of the Cooper Building in Downtown L.A. from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Save 40%-70% on women’s ready to wear, dresses and handbags, cash and credit card accepted.

10. ComedySportz: Fast & Funny Improv

ComedySportz is a fast-paced comedy show designed for the whole family. Watch as two teams battle for points and LOL’s at the National Comedy Theatre in Hollywood.  Tickets are priced between $15-$18 normally, but you can find half-price tickets (plus fees) via Goldstar for performances this Friday (8:00pm), Saturday (10:00pm) and Sunday (7:00pm).

11. For the Record: Dear John Hughes

Feeling a little 80’s this weekend? How about an interactive, 360-degree theatrical concert featuring the best of the music from the iconic films of the late John Hughes. Recall moments from some of your favorite Hughes’ films including The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink,, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and more. Get more information and discounted tickets for Friday and Saturday via Goldstar.

12. 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)

Saturday May 30th, 2015

13. Street Food Cinema: Stand By Me

Good movies, amazing venues, up and coming local bands and tasty food trucks. What more could you ask for? This weekend Street Food Cinema screens Stand by Me at Glendale Central Park. Movie starts at 8:30pm. Tickets are usually $12 but our friends at Goldstar has them for just $6 this weekend.

14. Obscura Day In LA!

Over 150 events in 39 states and 25 countries, on one single day designed to celebrate the world’s most curious and awe-inspiring places is back! Join the Obscura Society LA as they host a variety of exploration type events. Take a ride through the historic Filipinotown on a vintage Philippine Jeepney, take a backstage tour of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, visit some of L.A.’s coolest museums,, hike Mt. Hollywood, and much, much more!

15. Secrets of Little Tokyo: A Scavenger Hunt Through L.A.’s Historic Neighborhoods

Discover some of the oldest and newest sites in DTLA as you figure out cryptic clues and solve brainteasing puzzles in this urban adventure through L.A.’s past, present and future. The challenge will take you through some of the city’s most historic neighborhoods from the heart of downtown’s historic core to the “village” of Little Tokyo. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

16. Jurassic Park 1,2 AND 3

The Aero Theatre will be screening a triple feature of all the Jurassic Park movies. Sit back and relive watching flesh hungry dinosaurs attack the crap out of people before the new movie drops.

17. Public Star Party At The Observatory

See the Sun, Moon, Planets and constellations magnified for your pleasure with the powerful telescopes at the Griffith Observatory. Their popular and free monthly Public Star Party happens from 2:00 pm to 9:45 pm this Saturday outside on the lawn of the observatory.

18. LA Winefest

LA WineFest returns to Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, now in its 10th anniversary the tasting event features hundreds of wines, spirits and brews for guest to sample as they please. Presentations by wine and mixology experts, live music, artisan boutiques and food trucks will also be on hand at this popular event. Tickets run $85 to $105 but we found them for 40% off over at Goldstar this weekend.


19. Jim Hensons Legacy 10th Anniversary Program: Midnight Showing Of Labyrinth

As part of the anniversary Cinefamily is having a midnight showing of Jim Henson, George Lucas and Monty Python’s Terry Jones magically memorable movie of the ‘80s Labyrinth. Tickets are $12.

20. Eat|See|Hear Zoolander Screening 

Eat|See|Hear features live pre-show music plus a selection of L.A.’s best food trucks, all centered around screenings of iconic films like Jaws, Back to the Future, and Edward Scissorhands. This weekend Ben Stillers Zoolander will be screened at Santa Monica High School. Goldstar is hooking people up with discount tickets for this weekends screening, grab them quick before they are sold out!

21. The Hundreds Warehouse Sale

The Hundreds Warehouse Sale is happening Saturday (8am-6pm) through Sunday (10am-5pm). Save 50%-75% on urban skate clothing in shoes, tees, tops, bottoms, hoodies, hats, accessories and more. There will be food, games and even contests at the sale. Credit card and cash are accepted.

Location: 3150 E 46th St., Vernon, 90058

Sunday May 31st, 2015

22. CicLAvia Pasadena

L.A.’s massive open streets initiative comes to Old Town Pasadena on Sunday from 9am to 4pm. Not sure what a CicLAvia is? We Like L.A.’s cycling czar Zachary Rynew profiled the CicLAvia organization and its history by way of introduction for the uninitiated. BONUS for coming out Wescom Credit Union Branch Lot on 123 South Marengo Avenue will be providing free parking AND free Sprinkle Cupcakes as part of their #WescomKindness program.

23. Downtown Modernism Show

The third annual Downtown Modernism show will feature drool worthy vintage designs from local dealers, shops and collectors. Food and drink vendors will be on site for the famished and a dog rescue booth will be on hand when you need some cuddles from a cute pup! Parking is free too.

24. Burlesque Brunch LA

Burlesque Brunch LA is adding a little spice to our favorite meal of the weekend, brunch!
Enjoy an endless gourmet buffet and a full bar while a bevy of burlesque beauties awe you with the art of tease. Sadie Kitchen & Lounge in Hollywood will host the location and tickets are available on the official Dollhouse Entertainment site.

25. Balboa Island Wine Walk

Dose wine really taste better by the beach? Come and find out at the Balboa Island Wine Walk!
Locals and visitors alike will gather at Balboa Island to sip fine wine, taste scrumptious cuisine, and enjoy some local shopping on Marine Avenue. Tickets start at $40.

26. Pedal On The Pier

Santa Monica Pier will be transformed into a high energy outdoor cycling studio. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 400 + riders will cycle for 5 hours/100 miles with some of the city’s top cycling instructors, while family and friends cheer them on. The event is free for on lookers and should be an interesting one since celebrities like model Molly Sims, Luc Robitaille from the Kings and Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers will be in attendance! Pedal On The Pier raises money for the Harold Robinson Foundation a non-profit aiming to improve the lives of city impoverished children by providing them with a camp retreat where they participate in diverse recreational programs that are designed to strengthen confidence, independence, build character and develop leadership skills.


27. Place Your Bets and Drink Beer in Santa Anita Park’s New Budweiser Lounge

Grab your best hat and spend a day at the races! The new Budweiser Lounge is offering a great package that includes a buffet, over 20 television’s at your disposal, a view of the Paddock Gardens and your very own private betting station. Oh yeah and a free beer to get the party started! Cheers!

28. Sunday Funday Marina Concert & Cookout at BALEENkitchen

Join BALEENkitchen as they turn the last Sunday of the month into a Funday complete with gourmet burger bar, BBQ, live music, a beer garden and sea-side views. The event goes from 3 to 6pm at the outdoor fire pits.

29. 50 For 50 at LACMA

LACMA celebrated it’s 50th anniversary recently and as part of the celebratory event LACMA  curated the exhibit 50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA’s Anniversary. The exhibition displays 50 out of LACMA’s over 120,000 incredible gifts from generous donors throughout the years.

30. 5th Annual Taste of the Eastside

Taste of the Eastside is a food and drink festival showcasing the evolving and diverse food scene of the East side neighborhoods of Silver Lake, Echo Park, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Los Feliz, Atwater and beyond. All proceeds from the event go to support local non-profits.

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