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48 Awesome Things to do This Father’s Day Weekend in L.A. [6-17-16 to 6-19-16]

June 16, 2016 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 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 17 to June 19) includes an adults-only sleepover at Natural History Museum, KCRW Summer Nights, a Vegan Beer Festival, a Banh Mi Festival, a Beat Swap Meet and LOTS more to choose from.

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

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Vegan Beer Fest LA 2015

Vegan Beer Fest LA 2015 at The Rose Bowl. Photo credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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Friday June 17th, 2016

1. Adults-Only All Nighters at Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is once again hosting adults-only slumber parties from 7 p.m. through 8 a.m. Kicking things off Friday the overnight experience includes science talks, tours, trivia games, a scavenger hunt, music, a midnight movie screening and a buffet with craft beer and wine and a breakfast buffet. Dinosaurs are said to make an appearance too!

2. Sleepless at The Music Center (Hip Hop edition!)

This Friday join in on the fun when the Walt Disney Concert Hall gets transformed overnight with a roller skating rink, live graffiti painting, dance crews, global Hip-Hop jams and more during a special hip-hop edition of  Sleepless: The Music Center. Tickets cost $30 and go on sale Friday June 17 at 10 a.m.

3. 42nd Street at The Pantages Theatre

42nd Street tells a story of an inexperienced chorus girl who finds herself stepping into huge success. The Tony award winning musical comedy from the 80’s is set during the Great Depression, with memorable numbers, such as “We’re in the Money,” “I Only Have Eyes For You,” and “Lullaby of Broadway.” Get more information and discount tickets for this weeks show via Goldstar.

4. Shakespeare by the Sea

The summer season of Shakespeare By The Sea begins with a performance of Cymbeline at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. Three performances this week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) and many more all summer long.

5. KTOWN Night Market

The foodie and k-pop takeover of Koreatown returns for the weekend of June 17-18 with an impressive list of participating restaurants, entertainment options and other special vendors (and even an expected appearance by Mayor Garcetti)

6. Barnsdall Park’s Friday Night Wine Tasting

All summer long Barnsdall Art Park has a weekly wine tasting fundraiser to benefit the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation programs and projects. Perched on a hill with a gorgeous panoramic view of Hollywood, guests will enjoy fine wine bySilver Lake Wine and art in the gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural gem, Hollyhock House.

7. Odd Nights At The Autry

From the man who brought you Dodger Stadium Flea, Downtown Flea and Melrose Flea launches his next epic adventure, Odd Nights At The Autry. Curator Phillip Dane brings another community hot spot to life with a variety of over 200 vendors from 20 gourmet food trucks, beer garden, custom handmade treasures and live local bands. This vivid culture is perfect for all ages and families to bring a blanket, host an evening picnic while enjoying the great outdoors. This event AND parking is free!

8. Free Grand Performances in DTLA

This Friday Grand Performances will host a free concert with Lebaniese band Mashrou’ Leila.

9. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience

A deadly virus has swept the earth and a team of scientists (played by you and other folks!) are in an underground laboratory trying to find a cure.  Sounds like your kind of mission?. Head down this Escape Room experience in Burbank with a couple of your smartest friends to see if you have what it takes! Get more information and discount tickets for this weekend via Goldstar.

10. Compagnie Käfig

Compagnie Käfig’s performances defy the laws of physics. The all-male dance company is fantastically agile and their hip hop choreography almost looks unreal. Taking place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Los Angeles Music Center the show will run Friday through Sunday as part of the 4 Days of Hip Hop Dance series. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

11. 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 discount tickets via Goldstar.

12. The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Big Lebowski

Watch the Coen Brothers’ classic comedy The Big Lebowski in musical form now through July 22 at The Rockwell Table & Stage. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

13. Herschel Supply & Native Shoes Sample Sale

The NTWRK Agency is hosting a Herschel Supply and Native Shoes sample sale on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the California Market center located at 110 E. 9th St. Los Angeles, CA 90079

14. Friday Night Jazz at LACMA

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LACMA’s award winning Department of Music Program provides hundreds of free concerts and musical events every year for Angelenos to enjoy. This Friday their jazz series continues at the BP Grand Entrance.

15. Current/Elliott, Equipment, and Joie Sale

The sale will take place at Siren Studios Orange on Thursday (4-8 p.m.), Friday (9 a.m. – 8 p.m.), and Saturday (8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.), enjoy up to 80% off the Cali cool brands. No large bags at the sale so bring a small wallet with your credit card and cash.

Location: 1050 N Orange Dr Los Angeles, CA 90038

16. Hollywood Fringe Festival

The Hollywood Fringe Festival (June 9-26) offers over 1,500 performances in various spaces across the city. Come for comedy, drama, cabaret, dance and more. Check for discount tickets to a number of shows all month via Goldstar.

17. Newbark Sample Sale

Shop 70% the footwear brand’s slip ons, sandals and more during Newbark’s sample sale on Friday (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.) rsvp by emailing RSVP@newbark.com.

Location: 1024 N Orange Dr Los Angeles, CA 90038

18. 3rd Annual OC Night Market

From the producers of the 626 Night Market, this three day affair (June 17-19) brings you Asian food vendors, shopping, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, these Night Markets always draw crowds so be prepared. Bring cash too!

Saturday June 18th, 2016

19. LA Vegan Beer and Food Festival 

The Vegan Beer and Food Festival heads back to the Rose Bowl for a massive day of craft beer, ciders, kombucha, cold brews, plus delicious bites from the 50+ vegan vendors that will be on hand.

20. L.A. Beer Week

The eighth annual L.A. Beer Week kicks off with a festival party at the L.A. Center Studios in DTLA with tastings from more than 80 brewers along with food truck fare, panel discussions and musical performances. Check out our L.A. Beer Week line up featuring beer centric events happening from June 18 through June 26!

21. Banh Mi & Egg Roll Festival at Santa Anita Park

Take a bite of authentic banh mi sandwiches, crispy egg rolls and fresh spring rolls during the Banh Mi & Egg Roll Festival at Santa Anita Park. Your ticket gets you a one 5-inch banh mi sandwich, four egg rolls, one Vietnamese coffee or boba, Club House admission and a racing program and wagering tip sheet. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

22. KCRW Summer Nights

KCRW Summer Nights at Chinatown Central Plaza will party all night with DJs Raul Campos and Anthony Valdez happening 8 p.m. to midnight.

23. Puckerfest 2016

As part of LA Beer Week by Angel City Brewery, Lordsburg Taphouse & Grill is hosting Puckerfest 2016. The event will feature some of Angel City’s most sour beers including new, classic and limited release brews.

24. Saturdays Off the 405 with Moses Sumney at The Getty

Every summer The Getty presents Saturdays Off the 405 a free live music evening with some of the best up and coming bands in music. This weekend Moses Sumney a regular on KCRW will perform, tickets are not required.

25. Last Remaining Seats Screens Singin’ in the Rain

Now in its 30th season, The Los Angeles Conservancy’s classic film screening series Last Remaining Seats returns to DTLA this Saturday with a month-long set of events showcasing our most historic movie venues in town. This weekend a screening of 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain at The Theatre at Ace Hotel built in 1927.

26. 41st Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest

Get a taste of Ireland without the travel at the 41st Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest a cultural event that celebrates Irish music, sports and dance at El Dorado Regional Park in Long Beach this weekend.

27. Street Food Cinema 

Street Food Cinema has three screenings this weekend: Do The Right Thing at Expo Park (discount tickets available via Goldstar), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade at Syd Kronenthal Park (discount tickets available via Goldstar) and The Sandlot at Verdugo Park.

28. The Container Yard Two Year Anniversary Party

The Container Yard, an urban renewal project in DTLA is celebrating their second anniversary! Come party in the Arts District from 6-11 p.m. pre-sale tickets are $15.

29. Eat|See|Hear

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Eat|See|Hear is back with a screening of Trainwreck at the Santa Monica High School Amphitheater. Be sure to check for discount tickets for this event via Goldstar.

30. 30th Annual Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival

The 30th Annual Long Beach Bayou Festival brings the Big Easy to the LBC at Rainbow Lagoon Park this Father’s Day weekend (June 18-19). NOLA is known for its food and music and this event always brings out the best!

31. Sunstock Solar Festival

Watch the sun power the all-solar music festival featuring top indie and alternative acts like Cults, Wavves, and Yoya. The festival is produced in collaboration with Odd Nights at the Autry and is open to all ages. Expect visual artists, activities for kids, food trucks, a 21+ bar and vendors from the area’s craft culture too! Grab discount tickets via Goldstar.

32. 9th Annual Chili At The Beach

Enjoy homemade chili a cool ocean breeze and some sunshine at Huntington Beach’s Chili at The Beach. There will be live entertainment on two stages, a kids’ zone, chili and salsa tastings/contests plus a marketplace with products and activities meant for Father’s Day.

33. The 24th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival at Paseo Colorado

The Pasadena Chalk Festival is considered world’s largest street painting festival but instead of actual paint it’s all about chalk with more than 600 SoCal chalk artists showing off their skills at Paseo Colorado for Father’s Day weekend, June 18-19.

34. CityRace Urban Adventure: Secrets of Old Pasadena

Solve puzzles, explore secluded walkways and get to know the historic ins and outs of Old Town Pasadena as you compete in an urban adventure hunt.  Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

35. Finding Dory at The Hollywood El Capitan Theatre

The El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Finding Dory (June 17 – August 7). Before the movie, The Bubble Guy will form bubbles beyond the imagination in a breathtaking bubble extravaganza live on stage! Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

36. Grab A Partner And Compete In The Amazing Santa Monica Race

Part sightseeing, part scavenger hunt and 100% team work! This race will have you and your partner exploring Santa Monica Beach and the Venice Boardwalk searching for clues to solve the ultimate puzzle. For more information and discounted tickets check out our friends at Goldstar.

37. Artists & Fleas Summer Solstice Party 

Head over to the Arts District for a Summer Solstice Party with over 90 local artists, designers, vintage collectors and food trucks! The event is free and the first 100 people will get a free tote bag.

38. BET Experience Kickoff Concert

BET and AEG will partner to host a kickoff concert on the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw’s Outdoor Promenade for the upcoming BET Experience at L.A. Live. The FREE concert will feature performances by Monica, Luke James, Bilal, and Empire guest star V Bozeman.

39. $1 Sandwiches at Cento Pasta Bar

Head down to Mignon in Downtown Los Angeles (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) to be one of the first people to try Cento Pasta Bar’s brand new four-hour roasted porchetta sandwich. To celebrate, they’ll be offering the sandwich for a dollar!!! 

40. Sanctuary Sample Sale

Shop the effortless line starting at just $15 during its warehouse sale Saturday (9 a.m. – 2 p.m). Bring cash or be prepared for a 10% surcharge for credit and debit payments.

Location: 3611 N San Fernando Blvd Burbank, CA 91505

41. Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Nacho Libre

Join LA Plaza as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2006 comedy Nacho Libre. Enjoy a FREE outdoor screening of the film featuring a special introduction by Father Guillermo and Sister Encarnación! There will be live luchadores, a mask making station, live music, food and even micheladas.

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42. Parachute Market

Parachute Market is a biannual, conceptual design fair and marketplace that satisfies the conscious collector’s appetite for object art and design. This is a place where you’ll score innovative furniture, decorative objects, and fashion by emerging and established artists, designers and collectors.

Sunday June 19th, 2016

43. Fathers Day in LA!

We got you covered with 14 Fun Things to Do with Dad this Fathers Day from a beer festival, decadent dinners to a spa treatment fit for a dad let’s make this day one he won’t forget.

44. Beat Swamp Meet at Grand Park

As part of 4 Days of Hip-Hop Dance presented by The Music Center and Grand Park will host a truly unique free event this Sunday called Beat Swap Meet an afternoon of all things vinyl with DJs, b-boy & b-girl competitions, food and more.

45. Smorgasburg LA

The massive food hall Smorgasburg LA is opening in Downtown Los Angeles this Sunday with a massive roster of L.A. heavy hitters in food involved. Expect this to be a repeating event every Sunday.

46. Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Film Series

As part of their “Beauty of Nature” Film Series, PVPLC will show Tracks, a film about an adventurer who crossed the Australian desert alone, followed by a Q&A on the film and book.

47. Concerts on the Green Presents: Space Oddity with World’s #1 David Bowie Tribute Act

On Sunday Concerts on the Green will host “Space Oddity – The World’s #1 David Bowie Tribute Act” at Warner Ranch Park. The show features David Brighton, an acclaimed David Bowie impersonator who has performed side-by-side with David Bowie! The show is free but come early to grab a seat it’s gonna be a busy one!

48. Escape Reality Fathers Day Special at Magicopolis

Husband-and-wife duo Steve Spill and Bozena Wrobel perform a vaudeville-style magic show that’s fun for the whole family. Expect optical illusions, levitation, mind reading, disappearances and a nail-biting Houdini-type escape called the Table of Terror! The Father’s Day celebration includes champagne (or sparkling cider), a magic class and a souvenir bag of tricks. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.


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