24 Fabulous Things To Do In Southern California This Mother's Day Weekend

The L.A. Times Food Bowl puts its focus on fried chicken, wings and chicken sandwiches. (Photo: Ernesto Andrade/Flickr Creative Commons)

Head to Grand Park for a fried chicken night. Run like a Minion. Choose between two Fleetwood Mac parties or dance to early aughts hip hop at the Echoplex. Throw it back even further to the Like Totally Festival. Catch music by Nico Muhly or the L.A. Phil and YOLA. Watch films selected by Leonard Maltin or documentaries about WWI. Plus, do a Mother's Day that isn't brunch-centric.

FRIDAY, MAY 10; 5 - 10 p.m.
Fried Chicken Party
Grand Park — 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The L.A. Times Food Bowl continues with an evening of deep-fried poultry goodness: wings, drumsticks and sandwiches. Participating restaurants include Chef Kang Food Rehab for Super Foodies, Lucky Bird Chicken, Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken, The Crack Shack, Night + Market, Hotville Chicken & Chops-LA and Phat Birds. Food and drinks are included in the ticket price.
COST: $75; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, MAY 10; 8 p.m.
Nico Muhly: Archives, Friends, Patterns
The Theatre at Ace Hotel — 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
UCLA presents the west coast premiere of the contemporary-classical composer's three-part concert. The works are inspired by Philip Glass, Gamelan music, drones and noise.
COST: $29 - $59; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, MAY 10; 11:30 p.m.
Office Space
Vista Theatre — 4473 Sunset Dr., Los Feliz
Get your TPS reports ready for the 20th anniversary screening of Mike Judge's first feature. The 1999 cult classic stars Ron Livingston as a cubicle dweller who works hard — at sticking it to the bosses. He's secretly crushing on a waitress (Jennifer Aniston), one of the few bright spots in his dreary life. The night includes a costume contest and trivia.
COST: $12.50 + fees; MORE INFO

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performs onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

FRIDAY, MAY 10
Fleetwood Mac Dance Parties
The Satellite — 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake
Catch One — 4067 W. Pico Blvd., Arlington Heights
Go your own way... to one of events that celebrate the music of Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and crew. The Satellite hosts a Fleetwood Mac vs ABBA dance party with tunes from both bands and other hits from the era. Catch One hosts the Fleetmac Wood party with remixes and edits of the band's music. The dress code is "metallically magnificent" and twirling is seriously encouraged. Both events are 21+.
COST: $10 for The Satellite, $20 - $25 for Catch One; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, MAY 10 - SUNDAY, MAY 12
MaltinFest
Egyptian Theatre — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The Maltin family — Alice, Jessie and Leonard — share hidden gems and films that didn't get their due. The festival includes screenings, live podcast recordings and Q&As with special guests. It opens with Nicole Holofcener's Please Give (2010), starring Catherine Keener, and closes with Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952).
COST: $25 - $195; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, MAY 10 - SUNDAY, MAY 12
Spring Echo Park Craft Fair
Mack Sennett Studios — 1215 Bates Ave., Echo Park
The art and design fair celebrates its 10th anniversary, featuring work by more than 150 artists and makers. Meet innovators who are creating ceramics, jewelry, perfumes, fabrics, clothes, paper and wood items. The preview party, with bites and wine, happens on Friday night at 6 p.m. The fair happens on Saturday and Sunday with ticketed entry. All ages.
COST: $35 (preview party), $15 - $24 (fair admission); MORE INFO

FRIDAY, MAY 10; 10 p.m.
The Bongo Hour
Dynasty Typewriter — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
New York-based performers Peter Smith and Sandy Honig bring a night of comedy, sketch, music and burlesque to the best coast. They're joined by musical director and performer Ben Moss, with burlesque from Bang Bang Luna and comedy from their pals John Early and Patti Harrison. Ages 18+.
Cost: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

3-D Theatricals presents the musical 'The Secret Garden' at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. (Photo: Caught in the Moment Photography)

Select dates through SUNDAY, MAY 19
The Secret Garden
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts — 12700 Center Court Dr., Cerrito
3-D Theatricals presents the ​Tony​ ​Award-winning​ ​musical​ ​adaptation​ ​of​ Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel about an orphaned girl who finds solace and hope in her uncle's secret garden. The production features music by Tony Award nominee Lucy Simon, with a book and lyrics by Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman.
COST: $40 - $85; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, MAY 11; 6 p.m.
Popfuji 2019 #1
Brouwerij West at the Port of Los Angeles — 110 E. 22nd St., Warehouse 9, San Pedro
The brewery's five-concert music series (named after its flagship pilsner) returns this weekend with music by StarCrawler, Death Valley Girls and mike watt + the jom & terry show. Food trucks will be onsite to complement the brewery's offerings. Other shows will take place on June 16 (Father's Day), July 13, Aug. 17 and Sept. 14 with lineups to be announced at a later date. This series is an all-ages event.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, MAY 11 - SUNDAY, MAY 12; 6 a.m.
Running Universal 5K Minion Run
Universal Studios Hollywood — 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City
Run through the lot as Minions cheer you on the journey. The race starts at the front gate and upper lot then winds past film sets to end at the 5 Towers on Universal CityWalk. A party awaits finishers with live music, food and post-race goodies to commemorate the inaugural event. Spots are still left for the Sunday race.
COST: $75 - $169 for race packages; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, MAY 11; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Like Totally Festival
Huntington State Beach — 22083 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach
Slip on your boat shoes and bust out the jams for an '80s-themed festival with a lineup that includes John Lydon's Public Image LTD (PIL), ABC, Animotion, the Romantics, Greg Kihn and an all-star jam. The fest also includes merchandise and food vendors, a full bar, celebrity impersonators and an '80s costume contest.
COST: Tickets start at $65; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, MAY 11; 12 - 4 p.m.
Indigenous Now
Tongva Park — 1615 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica
Watch, listen and participate in a day of dance, music, spoken word and visual art by indigenous artists. The event focuses on the theme of Kuuyam, the Tongva word for "guest," traversing ways to "uplift Indigenous voices often erased or unheard in the cacophony of settler colonization." Visitors are welcome to move through the park so they can experience installations and performances at their own pace.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, MAY 11 - SUNDAY, MAY 12; 10 a.m.
Unique LA
California Market Center — 110 E. 9th St., downtown L.A.
The pop-up marketplace presents goods and products from more than 250 local makers and emerging brands. Shop for clothing, jewelry, accessories, home goods, photography, art and food. Admission includes an artist-edition cotton tote, drinks from Califia Farms, GT's Kombucha, Harmless Coconut Water and cocktails from Sipsmith (for those 21+).
COST: $15 - $35; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, MAY 11; 9 p.m.
Echo Flex: a 2000s Era Hip Hop Party w/ Too $hort
Echoplex — 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park
Get ready to dance the night away with jams from the aughts — including Lil Wayne, N.E.R.D., Missy Elliott, Ludacris, Ciara, Snoop Dogg, Paul Wall, The Game, OutKast, Soulja Boy, Dr. Dre — plus a live performance from Too $hort. Unlike other clubs, there's no dress code and no bottle service. This event is 21+.
COST: Tickets start at $15; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, MAY 11; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
LAFD Fire Service Day 2019 - Citywide Open Firehouse Celebration
Various locations
All the neighborhood fire stations in the city of Los Angeles hold community open houses this Saturday. Meet your local firefighters while learning about disaster preparedness. Pick up an Emergency Preparedness Guide while taking a tour of your local station. Note: Fire Stations 51, 80 and 114 are located on airport grounds and not open to the public for security reasons.
COST: Many events are FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, MAY 11; 7:30 p.m.
Epic Home Haunts
The Frida Cinema — 305 E. 4th St. #100, Santa Ana
Watch Josh Quillin's 2018 documentary that celebrates SoCal's DIY haunted house community. "Home haunts" are popping up everywhere and the film features the people behind the places including Boot Hill (Irvine), Rotten Apple 907 (Burbank), Beware the Dark Realm (Santa Clarita) and Restless Souls Manor (Palmdale). A panel discussion follows with Quillin, Jon Cooke of Plague Productions, haunt industry professional Ted Dougherty and Midsummer Scream's Rick West.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, MAY 11; 7 p.m.
They Shall Not Grow Old
Legion Theater — 2035 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the American Legion's Hollywood Post 43 screens director Peter Jackson's 2018 film. Jackson used original black and white war footage then spent four years transforming the images into full color, giving a new perspective to the people and events that changed the course of history. Originally chartered by WWI vets, the Post's Egyptian revival-style building was finished in 1929. Tickets do not guarantee seating so get there early to ensure a spot.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Bring your mom for an afternoon of whiskey and comedy at Minibar in Hollywood. (Photo: NAKATSURU You/Flickr Creative Commons)

SUNDAY, MAY 12; 3:30 p.m.
Ya-Mama-Zaki II
MiniBar Hollywood — 6141 Franklin Ave., Hollywood
Here's a different way to spend Mother's Day — with booze and comedy. Sip on a flight of single malt whiskies from around the world while listening to standup from L.A.-based comics who also happen to be single moms.
COST: $65; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, MAY 12; 7 p.m.
Free Neighborhood Concert
First Congregational Church of Los Angeles — 540 S. Commonwealth Ave., Westlake
This concert features Gustavo Dudamel conducting musicians from the L.A. Phil and three YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) sites. L.A. Phil violinist Mitchell Newman, who has programmed the annual concert for over a decade, will conduct two works. The program features compositions by Susato (Arr. Iveson), Mozart, Bach, Mendelssohn and Moncayo. Tickets are available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, MAY 12; 9 - 11 p.m.
Watch That Show
Dynasty Typewriter — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
There's a screening of a popular dragon-y TV drama on the big screen this week and next. To go with that, the theater serves up ale, Dornish wine and giant's milk. Cosplay is encouraged and you can enter a death pool with prizes. Since this is a "private" event, you must RSVP. Ages 18+.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, MAY 12; noon to 2 p.m.
Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen & Friends
Promenade Terrace, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts — 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
Learn how to vogue in the latest installment of the Dance Sundays series. The dance originated from the black and Latino LGBT community of NYC before it became mainstream.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, MAY 12; 7 p.m.
Latin Jazz Sunday
The Autry — 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
Dance to live music from Cal State L.A.'s Afro Latin Ensemble. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available and select galleries will remain open.
COST: $3 - $10; MORE INFO

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SUNDAY, MAY 12; 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Community Day
Blue Bottle 3366 Via Lido, Newport Beach
The coffee purveyor celebrates the opening of its first Orange County cafe with an informal fundraiser. All proceeds from drinks, food, merchandise and coffee bean sales from the day will go to the Los Angeles LGBT Center, an organization that cares for, champions, and celebrates LGBT individuals and families in L.A. County.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, MAY 12; 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
UnCabaret
Rockwell Table & Stage — 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz
Beth Lapides hosts a long-running night of alternative comedy with performances by Tim Bagley, Lauren Weedman, Brittany Ross, Alex Edelman, Jamie Bridgers and musical guest Tina Baker. The venue is all ages, with a full menu and bar available. There's a two-item food/drink minimum for the show.
COST: $10 - $30; MORE INFO

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