Things To Do

40 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. You Need to Know About [6-9-17 to 6-11-17]

June 8, 2017 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 weekend (June 9-11) includes the LA Design Festival, the Playboy Jazz Festival, a block party in Marina del Rey, 2017 L.A. Pride Festival, a Taste of Eagle Rock, Sunday Sessions at Grand Park,  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 9th, 2017

1. Sip wine perched on a iconic L.A. hill that’s also home to an architectural gem, the Barnsdall Art Park during their annual Wine Tasting Nights. Now in its ninth year, the evening will feature tastings of boutique artisanal wines, along with food trucks, amazing food popups and music from KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.

2. Score amazing designer brands available for as much as 80% off at Gilt City’s Summer Sample Sale on June 9 and 10. Taking place at Siren Studios on Orange, the admission fee also includes complimentary rosé and samples of Dove, Tide + Downy, Luna and Cliff bar samples. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. Downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station will conclude their ‘Sci-Fi At Union Station’ movie screening series with Her, Spike Jonze’s 2013 tale about a lonely man who falls in love with an operating system possessing artificial intelligence. FREE

4. 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. The show runs through the weekend.  Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. It’s LA Pride Week!  from June 5 to 11 celebrate the LGBTQ community through themed parties, a special Dodgers night, worthy marches and then let loose at the LA Pride Festival happening this weekend.

6. The Los Angeles Design Festival (LADF) comes to Downtown L.A. June 8 through June 11 for the ultimate celebration of this city’s rich design culture.

7. 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)

8. The Natural History Museum’s First Fridays returns (on the second Friday of June) for the final event of 2017. First Fridays is an after hour series at the museum that features special music performances and themed panel discussions. This week focuses on: “LA History on Your Plate”

9. 11th annual Calabasas Malibu Food & Wine Fest is two days (June 9 and 10) of wining and dining on some of the best culinary establishments and wineries of Malibu and Calabasasa. Happening at the Commons at Calabasas. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. Constitution Happy Hour at AMMO at The Hammer continues this Friday with a focus on the question “Can our voting rights be salvaged?”

11. Greenbar Distillery is hosting a cocktail classes in Downtown LA this Friday with a City Series theme highlighting Kingston cocktails.

12. Check out the opening-day event at Joey Wölffer at Platform LA in Culver City. At this shop-and-sip event guests will enjoy complimentary glasses of rosé from Joey’s Hamptons estate while browsing the designers collection of boho-luxe accessories.

Saturday June 10th, 2017

13. The 39th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival returns to the Hollywood Bowl (June 10-11) with an impressive line up of guests including Comm on, Miles Mosely & the West Coast Get Down, Corinne Bailey Rae and much more.

14. The Electric Dusk Drive-In is back at the LACCD Van De Kamp college campus. This weekend they will screen two movies on Saturday, Mrs. Doubtfire at 7:45 p.m. and The Wedding Singer at 9:30 p.m. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. The Los Angeles Conservancy presents Last Remaining Seats featuring classic film screenings in Downtown Los Angeles’ vintage movie palaces. The series continues with two screening events! 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at 2 p.m. and On the Waterfront at 8 p.m. both at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.

16. Street Food Cinema this Saturday features screenings of Beauty and the Beast at Griffith Park Los Angeles. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. Esotouric Bus Adventures hosts a four-hour luxury coach tour of Downtown LA featuring tales of hotel horrors and main street vice. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. ARTsea Marina del Rey is a full day of pop-up art installations, dance, music, food, beach activities and more. FREE

19. Eat|See|Hear brings a screening of Casablanca at North Hollywood Recreation Center and Purple Rain at Poinsettia Rec Park West Hollywood.

20. Angelenos can participate in World Oceans Day this weekend at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. The event will feature family-oriented activities, including arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, animal stories, a guided beach walk, a close-up look at baby animals and more. FREE

21. The 2017 L.A. Pride Festival in West Hollywood Park (June 10-11) is two fun filled days of live music, performances, special gusts, parade floats, activities, dancing and more.

22. LA Food Fest heads to the LA Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, for a summertime tasting event featuring 100+ food vendors, live entertainment and more. Plan to wash down the unlimited servings with six craft cocktail bars, five craft beer gardens, tequila tastings and an iced coffee lounge.


23. Glassell Bark Community Block Party & Rescue Adoption hosts a day of fun featuring local entertainment, a doggie fashion show, food trucks, free professional family photoshoots, free microchipping, low-cost vaccines, pawdicures, doggie treats and freebies plus more!

24. A Design Field Day returns to Helms Bakery District in Culver City this Saturday. Titled This Modern Life: Embracing Life’s Imperfections, the full day of design will feature workshops, book signings, demonstrations, tastings, sweepstakes and a discussion with KCRW’s Design and Architecture host Frances Anderton and guests about the Zumthor LACMA Project. FREE

25. The Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society will host their annual plant festival at the Sepulveda Garden Center June 10-11. FREE

26. HUSHfest: Sunset Silent Disco returns to the Santa Monica Pier for a night of dueling DJ’s and dancing to a ocean backdrop. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

27. Head to the Santa Monica Pier for the 7th annual Pier Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival. Watch as top athletes compete or compete in the races yourself! The day will be filled with live music, a beer garden, Polynesian dancing, a beach volleyball showcase, food vendors, and a surf history museum. FREE

28. spcaLA’s Pet Adoption Day is happening this Saturday at the spcaLA PD Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center. Their biggest pet adoption event of the year, the public will get 50% off adoption fees, enter giveaways, shop from vendor booths, enjoy food trucks and more.

29. Cliftons Living History Tour is a 45-minute guided excursion led by Kahlil Nelson. Take a peek into DTLA history and the fascinating rooms at the iconic food hall. Although tour reservations are free, donations are strongly encouraged.

30. The 42nd Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest returns to Long Beach this weekend with Irish dancers, live music, bagpipe demos, a shepherding show, cultural reenactments, a parade, and more!

Sunday June 11th, 2017

31. Taste of Eagle Rock returns for the third year on Sunday with a chance to explore the latest, greatest and tried-and-true faves from the beloved neighborhood. Some “tastes” include Dave’s Chillin n Grillin, The Capri, Little Beast, Taco Spot, and newer establishments like Turning Fire, Eagle Rock Kitchen, Spireworks, Eagle Rock Public House, Red Herring and Eagle Rock Juice.

32. Come to Downtown’s Grand Park for the first of four Sunday Sessions at Grand Park featuring free music in tribute to L.A.’s house music scene. The June 11 lineup features Aaron Paar, Tony Watson, Scott K, and Vikter Duplaix. FREE

33. Los Angeles’ Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry returns on Sunday with an impressive roster of top L.A. chefs, restaurateurs and mixologists for a huge food festival benefiting No Kid Hungry, a non-profit aiming to end childhood hunger. Participating restaurants include Akasha, AR Cucina, DogHaus, Salt & Straw, Estrella, Mama Lion and Wexler’s Deli.

34. CicLAvia returns this Sunday! Bike, run, walk or skate during the newest closed-streets event taking place from Glendale to Atwater Village. FREE

35. Tiny Porch Concerts, a series of free concerts in unique venues, comes to the amphitheater at the Peter Strauss Ranch in Agoura Hills on Sunday with a show from Kuinka. FREE


36. Top comedians like Patton Oswalt, Cameron Esposito and Bobcat Goldthwait ban together for a night of entertainment benefiting the Downtown Women’s Center. Guests will also enjoy DJ sets from Georgia O’Kief and Disc Jock Jesspeleta, plus a clothing for sale from 323. Tickets cost $35!

37. Shakespeare’s enchanting A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to Topanga Canyon’s Theatricum Botanicum a uniquely rustic outdoor theater surrounded by oak trees. There are a total of performances throughout the summer, from June 4 to September 4.

38. Shop local during Wild Riot Pop Up featuring 20 local makers at The Ace Upstairs in DTLA. In addition, enjoy tarot readings, live art performances, a photo booth and $10 tattoos.

39. Take in a few laughs at the end of the weekend at Cool Beans Comedy at the Ice House in Pasadena. FREE

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

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