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 dance party at the Music Center, a Hello Kitty Friendship Festival (plus a warehouse sale!), a culinary road trip, a cosplay con, competitive air guitar, and the ultimate dog festival.
So grab some friends or go at it alone, but most importantly have fun and enjoy yourself!
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Friday June 12th, 2015
1. Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival
SO Kawaii! On June 12-14 the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood will play host to all things Hello Kitty with a Supercute Friendship Festival. The event will feature live entertainment, cosplay, characters, interactive exhibits and much, much more. Make sure to grab some discount tickets to the festival via Goldstar (why they last!).
2. Culinary Road Trip
Take a foodie road trip without having to leave L.A. this weekend courtesy of Thrillist! Nosh on New England-style lobster rolls from Luke’s Lobster, grab a piping hot deep dish from Gino’s East in Chicago, a selection of America’s finest establishments and some of the country’s best bakeries are waiting for you all under one roof. Tickets are just $33 the event runs Friday to Sunday.
3. The LA Film Festival
Grab your popcorn and take your seat, the LA Film Festival is taking over the city for a cinematic celebration till June 18 .
4. Cruel Intentions: The Completely Unauthorized Musical Parody
This musical takes all the sexy, funny and memorable moments from the original movie, mashes them up with a soundtrack of top-40 hits from the 90s and then performs it all live onstage with a powerhouse cast and live band. Find discount tickets Friday via our friends at Goldstar.
5. The Music Center Host Bring Your Own Dance Moves
The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles is encouraging you to get your boogie on. Peanut Butter Wolf kicks off the seasonal event with Egyptian Lover, and sonic slayer Jimi Hey of Dublab.
6. The Joie, Equipment, and Current/Elliott Sale
Now through Saturday, score up to 75% off effortless cali apparel during the cult-fave brands Joie, Equipment, and Current/Elliott warehouse sale at Siren Studios Orange.
7. Book Soup Turns 40
Founded in 1975 Book Soup remains one of the last large independent booksellers in L.A. Pop into the store for cake, refreshments, discounts and some of the staff’s favorite authors, including Frank DeCaro, Beth Lapides and Meredith Maran, reading “excerpts from infamous celebrity biographies.”
8. Etsy Craft Party
If a DIY heaven actually existed the Etsy Craft Party is probably what it would look like. The 4th annual craft party will be held at Crafted’s Port of LA. Guest will enjoy demonstrations, live entertainment, plenty of craft-making, and more. Wine, beer, and food from local vendors will be on site.
9. Free Outdoor Movie Screenings on the Redondo Beach Boardwalk
Put together by The Redondo Pier Association this weekly summer film screening will screen Pixars Up. The Redondo Beach Pier movie screenings will take place at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf Redondo Beach 90277
10. CLD Style House Insane Designer Sale
Now through Sunday from 10am to 6pm, score up to 90% off apparel, accessories, footwear, and jewelry from designer like Elizabeth & James, Balmain, Lanvin, Giambattista Valliand many more during CLD Style House’s summer sample sale at the Bendix building’s 11th floor penthouse.
11. LA Pride
The LA PRIDE festival returns to the colorful streets of West Hollywood and this year it’s sure to be bigger and better than ever. Kesha, Fifth Harmony and Tinashe are just a few artist on the bill to perform this year.
12. Barnsdall Park’s Friday Night Wine Tasting
All summer long Barnsdall Art Park has a weekly fundraiser to benefit Barnsdall Art Park Foundation programs and projects. Perched on a hill with a gorgeous panoramic view of Hollywood, guests 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.
13. Spring Awakening
The eight time Tony Award winning musical that took Broadway by storm is back in LA . The musical follows a group of teenagers as they navigate the confusing and often troubled waters of adolescence. The bold and touching musical captures through music the experience of youth transitioning to adulthood. Tickets start at $89 but our friends at Goldstar have them starting at $55 Friday through Sunday.
14. Hollywood Fringe Festival
Local and international theater your thing? Checkout the Hollywood Fringe Festival happening now through June 28. The highly popular event hosts around 275 shows each year, expect one-person shows, new musicals, comedies and edgy dramas.
15. Free Shark Lagoon Nights At The Aquarium of the Pacific
The Aquarium of the Pacific invites you to get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators for FREE during Shark Lagoon Nights. There are opportunities to touch bamboo sharks and see large sharks as well as rays in the lagoon.
16. 20th Anniversary of The Usual Suspects
The 20th Anniversary of The Usual Suspects will be screened at The Vista on Sunset with a Q&A with Hockney himself Kevin Pollak.
Saturday June 13th, 2015
17. LA Cosplay Con
On Saturday June 13 at the Century Plaza Hotel come to this all-day celebration of cosplay featuring screenings, panels, parody-performances, costume contests, and enough retro gaming to fill even the most nostalgic heart. Get more information and discounted tickets (starting at $5) via our friends at Goldstar.
18. Playboy Jazz Festival
One of the the most iconic L.A. music festivals at one of our most beautiful venues returns on June 13-14. The 2015 lineup includes Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorterm the Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble, and many, many more!
19. Ultimate Dog Festival
Now that CatCon is out of the way the Ultimate Dog Festival is here! Grab your pup and give agility a try, watch your dog soar through the air after a disc, treat your pup to a massage, learn about the benefits of acupuncture, adopt a dog and more! Don’t miss the entertainment hosted by Monique Madrid and Comet the Pup from the Two Girls. One Pup. comedy show!
20. Eat|See|Hear Screens The Grand Budapest
Legendary concierge Gustave H along with his most trusted friend and protege lobby boy Zero Moustafa go on an adventure the Wes Anderson way in The Grand Budapest Hotel. Eat|See|Hear will take place at The Autry in Griffith Park the large, grassy lawn is perfect for cozy blankets and pillows, there will be plenty of food trucks too so lounge and eat while watching the movie!
21. Last Remaining Seats
The L.A. Conservancy is bringing its classic film screening series, Last Remaining Seats, back for a 29th season with a selection of six iconic films screened at unique vintage movie theaters in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets are $20 per show. On June 13 the program screens City Lights at The Los Angele Theatre.
22. Epic Hello Kitty Warehouse Sale
Hello Kitty is having a massive warehouse sale this weekend. The Japanese power brand is opening its new warehouse doors (over in Torrance) to the public and allowing fans to score merchandise at insanely discounted prices.
23. Matilda the Musical
Named Time magazine’s No. 1 show of the year, Matilda the Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who dreams of a better life. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl and brought to lift by a brilliant team that includes Tony-winning director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage) and Tony-winning playwright Dennis Kelly. Tickets for the show start at $75 but Goldstar has them starting at $52 for Saturday through Sunday.
24. 9 to 5 Screening At Electric Dusk Drive-In
The Electric Dusk Drive-in will be screening the 80’s power chick flick 9 to 5 on Saturday at 8:30pm. Drive-in spots vary in price and lawn seating is also an option.
25. L.A. Qualifier For The U.S. Air Guitar Championships
Join air guitar enthusiasts (yes, this is a thing) at The Viper Room as they take to the air and find out if they have what it takes to rep Los Angeles at the Western Region Finals of the US Air Guitar Championships.
26. Global Reddit Meetup Day
This is a meet-up specifically for redditors of r/LosAngeles. Mix and mingle among these redditors at the annual meetup, I’m sure you’ve been meaning to be for eons. You’ll have to join the local Meetup group to RSVP, but you probably already know that from lurking in /r/Losangeles.
27. Santa Monica Grand Tasting
Take in the sights from the Santa Monica Pier while 25 top chefs in the Los Angeles area create nommy dishes for you to sample with cocktails and wine to match. Proceeds benefit the Chill Foundation, which helps underserved youth build self-esteem through sports.
28. Do The Right Thing Screening At The Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Come see Spike Lee’s 1989 pic at the legendary Hollywood Forever Cemetery as part of the Cinespia outdoor summer screening series.
29. L.A. Chamber Orchestra
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Emmy-winning composer Mark Watters, will perform alongside Disney shorts from 1927 to 2013’s Get a Horse! the Oscar-nominated piece that accompanied Frozen. Taking place at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, the beautifully renovated 1927 landmark will make this night a magical one.
Sunday June 14th, 2015
30. San Marino Classic Car Show
On Sunday from 9:00am – 3:00pm come to Lacy Park in San Marino for a day of classic automobiles featuring more than 250 mint-condition collector cars. Get more information and half-off admission via Goldstar.
31. LGBTinsel Town Walking Tour
Meet with a tour group at the Hollywood Museum and hit the streets to learn about gay Hollywood on the LGBTinsel Town Walking Tour, produced by Out & About Tours. Get more information and discount tour tickets via our friends at Goldstar.
32. Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada
LACMA is yet again relocating another massive piece of art and this time its not a giant rock. Works from artist Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Sculpture Museum will be transported to LACMA for a special summer exhibition. Purifoy’s works are sculptures created mostly from discarded materials so the name is befitting. Purifoy is a CalArts graduate, WWII veteran and a Angeleno who spent a lot of time in his Joshua Tree studio. He was also one of the founders of the Watts Towers Arts Center.
33. 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!
34. Sundays Live at LACMA
LACMA’s weekly chamber music series begins its summer season with a performance by pianist Yung Chiu Wang at 6:00pm this Sunday.
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