24 Awesome Things To Do In Southern California This Weekend

The Lebowski Fest returns to L.A. and Orange County this weekend, with Jeff Bridges himself performing with The Abiders. (Photo: Greg Andrews)

Head to any number of Easter events, Earth Day activities and 4/20 celebrations. The Tam O'Shanter opens a new speakeasy, the Dude abides, Wildfest comes to San Pedro and Odd Nights returns to the Autry.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 - SATURDAY, APRIL 20
Lebowski Fest Los Angeles
The Wiltern — 3790 Wilshire Blvd. Koreatown
Fountain Bowl — 17110 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley
Calling all Achievers! Jeff Bridges & The Abiders headline the festival on Friday, with a bill that includes Trainwreck, featuring Kyle Gass of Tenacious D. The evening includes a screening of the Coen Brothers' cult classic The Big Lebowski. Head to the OC on Saturday for unlimited bowling, a costume party, trivia contests and special guests.
COST: Tickets start at $29 for the concert and $30 for the bowling party; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, APRIL 19; 6 - 10 p.m.
Odd Nights at the Autry
The Autry Museum — 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
Check out the indie bazaar that brings in vendors from all over Southern California to show off their crafts, vintage items and home goods. Outside food and beverages are not allowed but there will be live music and more than 20 food trucks on site. Select museum galleries will be open until 9 p.m.
COST: $5 admission, FREE to Autry members; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 - SUNDAY, APRIL 21
LAPD Museum & Northeast Carnival
3000 N. Eagle Rock Blvd., Glassell Park
Enjoy Easter weekend at a family-friendly festival sponsored by the LAPD Museum, the LAPD's Northeast Station and councilmember Gil Cedillo. The festival features rides for big and little kids, food vendors, games and amusements.
COST: $25 for pre-sale ride tickets; MORE INFO

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FRIDAY, APRIL 19; 9 p.m.
Princess
Teragram Ballroom — 1234 W. 7th St., downtown L.A.
Nothing compares 2 u catching Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum's Prince tribute band. This is a hot event, so you might have to find alternative ways to secure a ticket.
COST: $30 - $35; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, APRIL 19; 6 - 9 p.m.
April Lunacy: Nice Pajamas!
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab — 12120 Sherman Way, North Hollywood
The purveyors and alchemists behind the scent and esoteric goods store hold their monthly open house with a pajama party theme (although this isn't a sleepover event). Try out scents to soothe whatever aches or calm down your psyche. Comics author Kate Leth is this month's guest vendor, bringing awesome designs for sale. The store is also holding a tampon/pad drive to on behalf of the Drive-By Do-Gooders. A donation of products worth $20 or more will get you a bottle of "Marshmallow Chick Sanguinem Menstruum."
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

Through SATURDAY, APRIL 20; 1 - 3 p.m.
Alice in Wonderland Exhibit
Grier Musser Museum — 403 S Bonnie Brae St., Westlake
The museum, located in a 1898 Victorian house, showcases its collection of memorabilia related to Lewis Carroll's beloved novel. That includes dolls, toys, books and paper ephemera. Please call in advance to make a reservation to tour the museum: 213-413-8184. No same day reservations.
COST: $5 - $10 admission (cash only); MORE INFO

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FRIDAY, APRIL 19; 8 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
The Great Scot
Tam O' Shanter — 2980 Los Feliz Blvd., Atwater Village
The venerated restaurant, now well into its ninth decade, holds a new monthly speakeasy every third Friday, beginning this week. The series pays homage to the restaurant's name from 1968 to 1982, with cocktails, bites, nightcaps and live jazz. The event takes place in a hidden lounge within the Tam (with instructions shared upon reservation confirmation). Reserve seats by emailing beverage director Alberto Castillo directly at acastillo@lawrysonline.com.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, APRIL 20; 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
#4theluv R&B Party
Los Globos — 3040 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Dance your stresses away at a party that features DJ Arkitek, DJ Supernova and DJ Printz spinning everything from R&B to trap, throwbacks from the '90s and '00s, hip-hop, dancehall and reggaeton. Carpooling, Uber and Lyft are recommended.
COST: FREE - $8; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, APRIL 20; 8 p.m.
Smart Funny & Black w/Amanda Seales
The Novo DTLA — 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
The comedian presents her gameshow, which celebrates the contributions Black Americans have made to history and pop culture. Seales created the show after being frustrated with "negative images of black people in media, unchecked appropriation and the overall lack of education in African American history." All ages.
COST: Resale tickets are running between $6 and $100+; MORE INFO

Bring your pets — dogs, cats, snakes, birds, cattle — to the Blessing of the Animals on Olvera St. on Saturday, presided by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, APRIL 20; 12 - 4 p.m.
Blessing of the Animals
Olvera Street Plaza — 125 Paseo De La Plaza, downtown L.A.
The Catholic tradition dates back to the 4th century, when San Antonio De Abad was named the patron saint of the animal kingdom and blessed animals to promote good health, especially among livestock. When Olvera Street opened in 1930, the blessing opened to all animals, especially pets. Animals are welcome to receive a blessing from Archbishop Jose Gomez, which begins at 2 p.m. You do not have to be Catholic to participate.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, APRIL 20; 9 p.m.
Hippie Happening
Pack Theater — 6470 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
Check out a night of trippy absurdist comedy hosted by Garrett Mendez and featuring performances by Blakeshine Sawicki, Aysha Wax, Troy Collins, Tara Erickson, Zack Hillman, Lauren Athena Birdsong, Danny Sheiman and Ian Farley.
COST: Pay what you can; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, APRIL 20; 1 - 6 p.m.
Womankind Event
Whimsy + Row — 12801 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista
To celebrate Earth Day, the eco-conscious clothing and accessory store hosts a sustainability panel, a natural tie-dying demonstration, DJ sets, live music, light organic bites and drinks. 10% of the day's profits will be donated to the Downtown Women's Center.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

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SATURDAY, APRIL 20; 6:30 - 10 p.m.
Cats vs. Dogs Show / The Reality of Illusions Openings
Giant Robot Store - 2015 Sawtelle Blvd., Sawtelle
Giant Robot 2 - GR2 Gallery — 2062 Sawtelle Blvd., Sawtelle
Giant Robot holds opening receptions for two group shows. The cat and canine-themed show features works by dozens of artists including Theo Ellsworth, Carly Lake and Cassia Lupo. The Illusions show features works by Tiffany Liu, Sergio Jauregui, Jen Tong and Albert Reyes. Both shows will be on view through mid-May.
Cost: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, APRIL 20; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Wildfest
Friendship Park & Nature Center — 1805 W. 9th St., San Pedro
Celebrate the animals that live in the "urban forest" as well as the pets that live at home. The day features 30 different exhibitors as well as activities and workshops. Meet the center's animal ambassadors, learn about coyotes and monarch butterflies, take part in games, chalk drawings, crafts and face painting. Bring a picnic, hike the trails and bring your leashed pets, too. If you don't have a pet and want to adopt, the Harbor Animal Shelter will be on hand with a few friends.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, APRIL 20; noon - 10 p.m.
Golden Road x Heal The Bay Pop-Up
The Rose Room — 6 Rose Ave., Venice
The Earth Day event starts with a pop-up art gallery featuring works made with sustainable materials by local artists. Attendees (21+) can enjoy $4 Golden Road brews (Heal The Bay IPA and Hazy Heal The Bay IPA) as they stroll through the space. At 6 p.m., the gallery re-opens for a VIP event with complimentary beer, food, music, interactive art and Golden Road swag.
COST: FREE in the afternoon, VIP event: $20 donation; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, APRIL 20; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Beats & Bites
Davis Middle School — 621 West Poplar St., Compton
Celebrate Earth Day at this family-friendly event that brings together community members and vendors with activities that provide information on health, wellness, mosquito safety, energy efficiency and conservation. Test-drive e-cars, too. Performances throughout the day by YoYo, Elaine Gibbs & the NU Soul Band, Kim Yarbrough & Jesse Campbell (The Voice) and Ronnie Martin (America's Got Talent).
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

L.A. band the Black Crystal Wolf Kids, an indie-rock tribute band, perform. (Jeroen Dawall/Black Crystal Wolf Kids)

SATURDAY, APRIL 20; 8:30 p.m.
Black Crystal Wolf Kids
Pappy and Harriet's53688 Pioneertown Rd., Pioneertown
The indie rock tribute band, led by raconteur Jeff Miller, plays a show in honor of Coachella's 20th anniversary. Fun and sing-alongs are almost mandatory at BCWK shows, which feature music from the past two decades including Hozier, The Black Keys, the Pixies and Cracker. The Shadow Mountain Band opens.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, APRIL 20
Free National Parks Day
Various locations
National Parks Week 2019 runs April 20 to April 28. To kick off the week, all parks that charge entrance fees will waive them for one day. Get out there and explore.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, APRIL 20; 9 a.m.
Earth Day Celebration & Film Screening
White Point Nature Preserve — 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro
Start Earth Day by helping beautify the preserve as you plant, water, remove invasive weeds and groom trails. Join family activities, listen to live musical performance, shop the plant sale or take part in a guided L.A. City Ranger walk. After the outdoor activities end, head to the Grand Theatre for a screening of Free Solo.
COST: $8- $10; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, APRIL 20; 12 - 3 p.m.
Bunny Petting Zoo
Malibu Country Mart 3835 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu
Pet real bunnies just in time for Easter and make flower crowns to honor Mother Earth and Earth Day/Month.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, APRIL 20; 5 p.m.
Inside the Writers Room of CONAN
Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Cafe — 2106 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake
Julie Prescott hosts the latest installment of a lecture series that sheds light into the Hollywood industry. This month, attendees get a peek into Conan O'Brien's TBS show, which is filled with sketches, monologues and international travel. The team has pushed the boundaries of "late night" with more travel pieces and a shift to a half-hour show. Guests include Andres du Bouchet, Todd Levin, Jessie Gaskell, Jose Arroyo and Levi MacDougall.
COST: $8 - $10; MORE INFO

Taverna Tony in Malibu serves up a Greek feast for Easter and Greek Easter. (Photo: Taverna Tony)

SUNDAY, APRIL 21 and 28; 4 p.m.
Easter / Greek Easter Feast
Taverna — 23410 Civic Center Way, Malibu
The restaurant offers a traditional Greek feast in addition to its regular menu. Eat the specialties, including tabouli, dips, dolmathes, roasted lamb, vegetables and chicken souvlaki. Live music begins at 4 p.m.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, APRIL 21; 5 p.m.
420 Fest
The Wiltern — 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
Celebrate 4/20 on 4/21 with a festival that includes vendor booths, munchies, cannabis-themed photo ops, a vinyl DJ set by DJ Mr. Numberwonderful and a screening of Friday featuring Ice Cube, DJ Pooh and Chris Tucker in his debut role. While this event is 18+, a full bar will be available to those 21+.
COST: $4.20 - $20; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, APRIL 21; 9 a.m. - noon
The GREAT East Hollywood Earth Day Clean-Up
North Parking Lot — 4810 W. Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
Help clean up the neighborhood on Easter Sunday in honor of Earth month. Enjoy refreshments and get a free t-shirt. Bring your friends and family and afterward, stick around for the Easter Festival and Egg Hunt.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

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