48 Awesome Things to do this Father’s Day Weekend in L.A. [6-16-17 to 6-18-17]

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 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 Father’s Day weekend (June 16-18) includes Friday Flights at The Getty, KTOWN Night Market, LA Weekly’s Tacolandia, the Pasadena Chalk Festival 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 June 16th, 2017

1. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This weekend (June 16-17) they’ll be performing Taming of the Shrew at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

2. Friday Flights at the Getty is back this year with another round of live interdisciplinary artist performances. Experience epic art, live performances and scenic views at one of L.A.’s most popular museums. FREE

3. KTOWN Night Market will feature over 100 local food and merchandise vendors along with food options such as fish cake, sushi tacos and fried chicken, plus a sample sale and live music.

4. Celebrate summer while watching movies that rock (i.e. feature great music) during Outdoor Movies at the Skirball. The summer lineup kicks off on June 16 with School of Rock. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. The Music Center After Hours Sleepless turns its attention to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and its hidden spaces and maze like architecture. DJs, sonic experiences, projections, interactive installations and dance parties will all take place in rarely accessed areas, backstage and even private rooms.

6. LA Film Festival presents Karam Gill’s acclaimed new documentary G-Funk at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Chronicling the rise of Warren G, Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg in the 90’s hip hop scene, the film features commentary from Ice Cube, Ice-T, Russell Simmons and more. After the film Warren G will grace the stage bringing down the house with special guests. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. June is Immigrant Heritage Month and in celebration,I Am An Immigrant is hosting a free popup experience in Los Angeles on Friday and Saturday. The pop-up will unite artists, entertainers, elected officials and community leaders for a weekend of comedy, film screenings, celebrity interviews, spoken-word and more. FREE

8. Black Rabbit Rose, part theater for magic and variety acts and part craft cocktail bar, takes you into their retro-style cabaret shows set in an intimate and mysterious setting. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. Take a moonlight hike with Tree People and explore Coldwater Canyon Park at night. Great for family and friends the hour-long guided hike begins promptly at 7:30 p.m and ends at 8:30 p.m.

10. Greenbar Distillery is hosting a cocktail classes in Downtown LA this Friday with prohibition era cocktails.

11. Sip wine perched on a iconic L.A. hill that’s also home to an architectural gem at The Barnsdall Art Park’s annual Wine Tasting Nights. Now in its ninth year, the series feature tastings of boutique artisanal wines, along with food trucks, amazing food pop-ups and this Friday includes music from KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.

12. 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. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. The 2017 Dew Tour’s Summer Skate Competition in Long Beach (June 15-18) is four days of skateboarding featuring a three-part street course, stand-alone bowl, interactive sponsor village, plus a host of individual and team competitions. Standing events are free to attend. For special passes check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. Constitution Happy Hour at AMMO at The Hammer continues this Friday with a focus on the question “Does the Emoluments Clause disqualify Trump from the presidency? ”

15. 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)

16. Friday is pay-what-you-can night at the Odyssey Theatre for their current production of KISS by Chilean playwright, Guillermo Calderon. 8 p.m. show with free wine!

17. DARK is a stand up showcase where some of the best comics in LA perform completely in the dark. Audience members nor the comics will be able to see each other. The experimental show takes place at The Lyric Hyperion Theater in Silver Lake.

18. Alexi Kaye Campbell’s play The Pride at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, takes audiences between 1958 and 2008 examining the changing attitudes of sexuality over the last 50 years. The Pride plays all weekend. Check for discounted tickets  before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. The 4th Annual OC Night Market returns to Costa Mesa June 16-18 for a weekend of Asian night market eats, cutesy vendors, live entertainment and more. Admission costs $5 per person.

20. Creamistry opens in Pomona this Friday. To celebrate they’ll be serving free made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream, as well as handing out prizes and offering face painting for kids. Get your freebies from 4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday June 17th, 2017

21. L.A. Weekly’s 5th annual taco festival is back for 2017. Taking place at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Tacolandia offers some of the finest gourmet tacos from over 120 curated vendors. The fest also features a cash bar with beer, wine and cocktails, plus live mariachi music, food awards and more. Be sure to check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. Eat|See|Hear brings a screening of La La Land to Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall.

23. The Cooper Design Space will be taken over by Dessert Goals a new sweets festival bringing vendors like Coolhaus, AmazeBowls, Milk Jar Cookies, Honey & Butter, and more under one roof. In addition the fest is bringing exclusive treats from NYC to the west coast for the very first time!

24. The 12th Annual LAWineFest returns (June 17-18) for two afternoons of unlimited wine tastings. Happening at The Row in Downtown L.A., this event will introduce a wide variety of wineries and artisan brands as well as breweries both local and national. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. Los Angeles Beer Week (June 17-25) is back! Now in its ninth year the week will feature dozens of beer-centric events over nine days in numerous locations all over the Southland. The event kickoffs this Saturday at Los Angeles Center Studios in Downtown L.A. with a festival featuring 150+ unique beers from over 75 craft breweries, along with live entertainment, great food and more.

26. Street Food Cinema this Saturday features two screenings: Hocus Pocus at Syd Kronenthal Park Culver City and Raiders of the Lost Ark at Eagle Rock Rec Park Eagle Rock.

27. The Levitt Pavilion in McArthur Park will kick off their annual free concert series this weekend with The Mexican Standoff, Nancy Sanchez, Sin Color on Saturday and Cumbia Cosmica on Sunday. FREE


28. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! is back with a FREE show on Saturday at The Virgil with over a dozen well known comedians and animators. FREE

29. The Los Angeles Conservancy presents Last Remaining Seats featuring classic film screenings in Downtown Los Angeles’ vintage movie palaces. The series continues with Easter Parade (1948) at the Los Angeles Theatre.

30. Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum of Art is throwing a garden party. The event, A Night in Focus will take place in the museum’s lush sculpture garden where attendees will enjoy potpourri blending, plein air sketching, live music, watercolor sketching and more. The garden party admission is free with the purchase of museum admission.

31. KCRW’s 2017 edition of Summer Nights is a free all ages outdoor music series happening throughout the summer. This weekend they’ll take over One Colorado with Chicano Batman and KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez. FREE

32. The Paley Center for Media will host Transformers Through the Years: A Super-Saturday Family Screening Celebration. Enjoy an afternoon of screenings of old favorites including Transformers Prime and Transformers: Beast Wars as well as a premiere screening of Transformers: Robots in Disguise. Complimentary Transformers toys will be available for the first 350 children in attendance! FREE

33. Fred 62 is turning 20! The Los Feliz retro diner will be celebrating by serving up complimentary minis of menu food and drink classics from 9 p.m. to midnight (or until the food runs out) this Saturday. FREE

34. Spend the night enjoying a classic film beneath the stars during Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This weekend they will screen The Usual Suspects.

35. Los Angeles Eats Itself is hosting a mobile event that retraces the trail of one of the most iconic, memorable and infamous events to ever happen in the City of Angels — O.J. Simpson’s 1993 white Ford Bronco car chase. Participants will be given an exclusive, specially curated map highlighting stops along the chase route, along with a custom audio/storytelling soundtrack created by artist Jason Keller.

36. The 25th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival returns to the Paseo on June 17 and 18. The free two-day festival will feature hundreds of unique chalk creations throughout the shopping center and sidewalk. FREE

37. CineMalibu is hosting a free movie screening of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) in Malibu Bluffs Park. FREE

38. Grand Performances presents Gaby Moreno and Caloncho at California Plaza. FREE

Sunday June 18th, 2017

39. Need to take dad out for a special meal this Sunday? Check out our top Father’s Day Special picks here.

40. The Autry Museum of the American West presents Play!, a new exhibition focusing on toys and games featuring over 100 historic objects from the Autry’s collection. Explore how children have played, and what social values have been revealed, In addition, get hands-on with games of the past and present! Admission to Play! is included in the Autry admission price.

41. Take dad downtown to Angel City Brewery for the 3rd annual Father’s Day Food Truck and Music Festival this Sunday. Enjoy a pint with dad, dance to live bands and nosh on dishes from BrewWings, Market Burgers and Kai Kai Dumplings.


42. Tucked away in the hills of Griffith Park is another magical place courtesy of Walt Disney – the Carolwood Barn. Check it out yourself when the barn holds an open house this Sunday, giving guests of all ages a chance to come and experience this local treasure. FREE

43. Father’s Day at CAAM is a daylong celebration featuring live music, kite flying, interactive art-making, tasty bites from LocoL and Rodney’s Ribs food truck and more. Admission to the museum is always free.

44. Shakespeare’s enchanting A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to Topanga Canyon’s Theatricum Botanicum a uniquely rustic outdoor theater surrounded by oak trees.

45. Boomtown Brewery is throwing a Father’s Day Carnival! Dads and kids can nibble on some BBQ by Bartz Barbecue and gelato by Gelateria Uli. There will be plenty of beer and kid friendly activities like a bounce house, face painting and crafts.

46. Ever wish you were in a Sherlock Holmes story? Will now is your chance! Get immersed in a production full of mystery and intrigue thanks to Unbound Productions where the audience follows the actors throughout a creepy Santa Anita Train Depot. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

47. Enjoy a family Sunday Funday at Runway Playa Vista. Try out a surf simulator, chill in the Craft Beer Garden (Root Beer Garden for the little ones!), dance to live music, shop from artisan vendors and more at this beach themed bash.

48. Free museum day at: Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

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