32 Awesome Things To Do In Southern California This Weekend

Inside a hot air balloon at the 2015 Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival. (Nan Fry/Flickr Creative Commons)

Summer in SoCal means Friday night wine tastings at Barnsdall Park, free concerts at Grand Performances and Levitt Pavilion, outdoor festivals galore and lots of chances to show your Pride. This weekend, the Hola Mexico Film Festival, the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival and the Lummis Days Festival all happen. Plus, there's a Pali Wine and Porto's tasting.

FRIDAYS THROUGH SEPT. 6; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Friday Night Wine Tastings
Barnsdall Art Park — 4800 Hollywood Blvd., East Hollywood
These outdoor wine tastings are a great summer date night and they double as fundraisers for the park's art programs and renovations. Sip boutique wines provided by Silverlake Wine and listen as DJs spin tunes. Bring a picnic or buy food from the trucks on hand. This event is 21+.
COST: $35 per person; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, MAY 31; 6:30 - 11:30 p.m.
Wayne's World with Penelope Spheeris
NeueHouse6121 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Party on, Garth! Rooftop Cinema Club screens the 1992 comedy starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey. Programmer Drea Clark moderates a Q&A with director Penelope Spheeris at 8:35 p.m. immediately before the screening. Doors open at 6:30 for food, drinks and games. This show is 21+.
COST: Tickets start at $18; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, MAY 31 - SATURDAY, JUNE 8
Hola Mexico Film Festival
Several locations in Los Angeles
The largest Mexican film festival outside of Mexico returns to L.A., highlighting the best comedies, dramas, horror flicks and documentaries. The festival opens on Friday with Alejandra Márquez Abella's satire Las Niñas Bien at the Montalbán, with screenings continuing at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live. The closing night screening of Mirreyes Vs Godinez by Chava Cartas and party takes place at La Plaza De Cultura Y Artes.
Cost: Individual tickets run $10 - $30, passes available; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, MAY 31 - SUNDAY, JUNE 2
Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival
Lake Skinner Recreation Area — 37701 Warren Rd., Winchester
Road trip time! The festival features dawn hot air balloon flights, wine barrel car races, food and wine pairings from the 16 wineries at the festival. Music headliners include Big & Rich, Dishwalla and 3 Doors Down.
COST: $30 - $65 for admission (food, wine, balloon packages extra); MORE INFO

FRIDAY, MAY 31; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Clifton's Historical Cocktail Crawl
Clifton's Republic — 648 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
The Atlas Obscura Society hosts a nighttime historical tour of the famously kitschy restaurant. Hear about the former Clifton's Brookdale and the characters involved in building the landmark, which opened in 1935. Historian Kahlil Nelson, founder of the Saturday afternoon Clifton's Living History Tour, provides an exclusive excursion for attendees. Ticket prices include a specialty cocktail. Please review the dress code for Friday nights and, since the "cafeteria" portion is closed right now, make sure to eat before the tour. Ages 21+.
COST: $50; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, MAY 31; 9 p.m. - midnight
College Fest
Globe Theatre — 740 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Celebrate the end of another school year by dancing the night away. The 18+ party is free for everyone until 10:30 p.m. (and until 11:30 p.m. for those 21+). Expect a varied soundtrack of hip hop, pop, Top 40 and reggaeton. The music and dancing take place on two floors with four fully stocked bars.
COST: FREE - $10; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, MAY 31 - SUNDAY, JUNE 2
Newport Beach Jazz Festival
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach — 1107 Jamboree Rd., Newport Beach
The lineup includes George Benson, Morris Day & The Time, Poncho Sanchez, Jeffrey Osborne, Marcus Johnson and Oreo Divas. The festival also offers guests an international food court and a vendor village.
COST: Single-day tickets start at $85; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, MAY 31; 8 p.m.
Everything's Great!
Dynasty Typewriter — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Nick Kocher, Demi Adejuyigbe and Addie Weyrich host a new comedy and variety show that celebrates positivity and joy (because there's too much negativity in the world). Guests include Kyle Kinane, Guy Branum, Jamie Loftus, Ramy Youssef, Ayo Edebiri and Quinta Brunson. This show is 18+.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, MAY 31; 8 p.m.
The Night Cap
The Virgil — 64519 Santa Monica Blvd., Virgil Village
Stacy Rumake and Kash Abdulmalik host a live, late night comedy talk show. The event features correspondents and a panel of comics — Fielding Edlow, Biniam Bizuneh and Danielle Perez — gabbing about pop culture. This show is 21+.
COST: $5; MORE INFO

Dancers from Iris Company performs on June 2 on the Uptown Danza Stage at the Lummis Days Festival. (Ezra Goh)

FRIDAY, MAY 31 - SUNDAY, JUNE 2
Lummis Days Festival
Various locations in Northeast L.A.
Now in its 14th year, the festival — named after writer and adventurer Charles Fletcher Lummis — celebrates the history of northeast L.A. Things kick off on Friday night with the world premiere of Jimmy Velarde's documentary, Con Safos: Reflections of Life in the Barrio, at Occidental College. Live music, puppetry, poetry readings and family activities round out the weekend.
Cost: FREE; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, MAY 31; 6 - 10 p.m.
Late Night! Pride in Fashion
Skirball Cultural Center — 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
Start Pride month with a late night celebration of the Skirball's current exhibitions, Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite and Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich. Guests can enjoy after-hours access to the galleries, watch dancers from Luminario Ballet model iconic costumes, listen to a set by Hello DJ, dine at food trucks (Dina's Dumpling, Oaxaca on Wheel, Yalla Truck) and (for those 21+) buy libations from a cash bar. Dress to impress so you can strike a pose in the photo studio.
COST: $5 admission; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, MAY 31; 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Gush Party
Mmhmmm at the Standard — 8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
The New York-based, lesbian intersectional performance and party series — featuring interdisciplinary queer, trans, non-binary and femme-identifying people of color — pops up for the first time in L.A. It's hosted by Angela Dimayuga, creative director of food and culture for Standard International, who co-founded the series. Drinks and Vietnamese street tacos from Croft Alley will accompany musical and artistic performances. This event is part of the L.A. Times Food Bowl.
COST: FREE entry with RSVP; MORE INFO

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THROUGH SUMMER 2019
Zentopia LA
Zentopia — 2927 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Rancho Park
The immersive art experience uses UV/black light to create a glowing 3D art world. Although not mandatory, the pop-up is designed to be viewed with the ChromaDepth glasses (provided to guests), which bring the hand-painted scenery and set pieces to life. Created by artist Debi Cable, Zentopia blends selfie museums with the eccentric touches of Meow Wolf and Burning Man.
COST: $22, kids 5 and younger get in free; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 1; 8 - 10 p.m.
COLA 2019 - A night of Spiritual Jazz, Poetry, and Literature
Grand Performances — 350 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
This event showcases the works of City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist fellows Suzanne Lummis, Alesia Rodriguez and Dwight Trible with a night of words and music.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

The banana room at the World of Fruit pop-up experience, which runs from June 1, 2019 through the end of July. (Elina Shatkin/LAist)

SATURDAY, JUNE 1 - SUNDAY, JULY 28
World of Fruit
716 N. La Brea Ave., Mid-City West
Another pop-up "experience"? Yes, indeed. This one features eight rooms where you can take pictures of yourself in colorful, fruit-themed settings. Attractions include polka dotted bananas, a grape infinity room, a watermelon seesaw and a spinning pink pineapple disco ball. If you're feeling peckish, you can nibble on fresh fruit, watermelon paletas and mini acai bowls.
COST: $35; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 1; 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Pride is Universal: 3rd Annual LA Pride Night
Universal Studios Hollywood — 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City
L.A. Pride teams up with Universal for an event where the LGBTQ+ community, allies, family and friends can run around the park while DJs spin tunes. Hit up various dance areas, cash bars, character meet-n-greets and surprises. Each ticket grants access to the park starting at 4 p.m. and includes exclusive after-hours access. The event is all ages, but ID is required for guests 21+ who want to drink from the cash bar.
COST: Ticket options start at $99; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 1; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
3rd Annual East L.A. Comicbook Art & Pop-culture Expo (C.A.P.E)
El Gallo Plaza — 4545 E Cesar Chavez Ave., East Los Angeles
Formerly known as East L.A. Comic Con, this expo showcases the work of local artists and creators. Welcoming all those who love of mainstream pop culture, this family-friendly event features comics, collectibles and cosplayers.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 1; 9 p.m.
The Specials 40 Year Anniversary
The Novo DTLA — 800 W Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
The U.K.-based ska-punk-pop band celebrates its fourth decade in the music business. Listen to jams including "A Message to You, Rudy," "Ghost Town," "Rude Boy Outta Jail" and "It's You." L.A. Salami opens the show. All ages.
COST: Tickets start at $57; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 1; 7 - 11 p.m.
The Princess Bride
Hot Shot Mufflers — 5507 York Blvd., Highland Park
The Comedians Cinema Club reenacts the 1987 Rob Reiner film while under the influence of alcohol. Watch a tale of true love and pirates in a venue that used to be a muffler shop/automotive garage. This event is 21+.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

Gail Duggan examines the delicate reconstruction of maps in a diptych by Andrew Wenrick at the Claremont Museum of Art. (Claremont Museum of Art)

SATURDAY, JUNE 1 - SUNDAY, AUG. 25
Displacement Zero
Claremont Museum of Art — 200 W. 1st St., Claremont
The museum presents artist Andrew Wenrick's "experimental cartography," in which maps of the L.A. area and beyond have been reconstructed into works that challenge viewers' perceptions of place. This marks the exhibition's west coast premiere. The opening reception takes place on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. during Claremont Village's monthly Art Walk.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 1; 8 p.m.
Love is Love
Barnsdall Gallery Theater — 4800 Hollywood Blvd., East Hollywood
Founded in 1983, West Coast Singers is one of the country's oldest LGBT and straight mixed choruses. With 80 active singers, the chorus presents its annual spring concert. This year, the songs are all about love. The night also includes a live auction, raffles, small bites and Tito's Vodka cocktails for those 21+. The concert is all ages.
COST: $10 - $30; MORE INFO

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SATURDAY, JUNE 1; 8:08 p.m.
Shengjing Panorama Opening Event
Velaslavasay Panorama — 1122 West 24th St., University Park
This special event celebrates the opening of an immersive art exhibition, created in collaboration between artists of the Velaslavasay Panorama and artists from the Luxun Academy of Fine Art in Shenyang, China. The 360-degree panorama of Shenyang in the years 1910 to 1930 coincides with the silent film heyday of the Union Theatre (home of the Panorama, built in 1910) and the height of the rail lines. The unveiling event of the artwork, Shengjing Panorama Limited Express, takes place on Saturday. The gardens and grounds of the venue will be turned into an elaborate 20th century-style railway station with vendors, buskers, musicians, games and boarding calls. The opening night ticket serves as a fundraiser for the venue. The exhibition opens to the public on June 7.
COST: $88.88; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 1 - SUNDAY, SEPT. 1
Levitt Pavilion's 2019 Season
MacArthur Park — Near the intersection of W. 6th and S. Park View streets, Westlake
The pavilion's summer season, beginning this week and running through September, boasts 50 concerts. The opening night features the ska, reggae, rap and punk blend of Tijuana No! con Ceci Bastida as well as the sounds of Dub8 and Blanco y Negro.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 1; 7:30 p.m.
Strange 80s 3D
Fonda Theatre — 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
This concert benefits Talinda Bennington's mental health initiative 320 Changes Direction, which serves those who suffer from mental health, depression and addiction issues. The night features performances by artists and celebs covering '80s anthems. The lineup includes Gavin Rossdale of Bush, Frank Zummo of Sum 41, Adrian Young of No Doubt, Scott Shriner of Weezer and Keith and Michael Jeffre of Atlas Genius. The theater will be transformed with 3D installations, classic film sets and designs.
COST: $43; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 1; 12 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Noon to Midnight
Walt Disney Concert Hall — 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The L.A. Phil presents a day of pop-up performances throughout the spaces in and around WDCH. Enjoy food truck fare, a beer garden and more than two dozen performances. They include the west coast premiere of David LANG: crowd out; the world premiere of Paul Gibson's Fanfare for the L.A. Phil 100; and John Adams conducting the L.A. Phil's New Music Group.
COST: Tickets start at $10 per concert; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 1; 12 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Cat People and Time After Time
Egyptian Theatre — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Malcolm McDowell will be onhand for a discussion, in between movies, of his 50-year career. In Cat People, he plays Nastassja Kinski's missing brother, who disappeared around the time a black panther attacks a prostitute. In Time After Time, he plays Victorian author H.G. Wells who's pursuing Jack the Ripper by time-traveling to contemporary San Francisco.
COST: $12; MORE INFO

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SUNDAY, JUNE 2; 3 - 6 p.m.
Pali Wine Co. and Porto's Bakery & Cafe
Pali Wine Co. Arts District — 811 Traction Ave., downtown L.A.
To celebrate theone-year anniversary of Pali Wine Co.'s Arts District tasting room, the winery presents a food and wine pairing with the renowned Cuban bakery Porto's, which will debut two new salads and a dessert at the even. The tasting menu includes a mini guava pulled pork sandwich, a mini medianoche or a potato ball trio. All entrées are paired with a glass of Pali wine and one of the new salads. Save some room for dessert, which features a milk n' mango cake or a guava creme brûlée, neither of which is yet available in stores.
COST: $25; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JUNE 2; 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Fictional Roast: Pixar
Dynasty Typewriter — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Your favorite Pixar characters — including Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Mike and Sully, Dory, Mr. Incredible and Remy — are in the hotseat. Hosted by Eddie Furth and Ryan Pigg, the night includes the characters roasting each other. Ages 18+.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JUNE 2; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
6th Annual SoCalMoms Great Big Family Play Day
The Autry — 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
This interactive party is "Coachella for families" and includes all-day music, singalongs, obstacle courses, dinosaurs, games and entertainment for both kids and adults. The festival also showcases foods, products, samples, raffles and giveaways. The early access passes allow entry at 9 a.m.
COST: GA tickets start at $5; MORE INFO

Explore the history and architecture of Boyle Heights in a walking tour this weekend. (Payton Chung via Flickr/Creative Commons)

SUNDAY, JUNE 2; 12 - 3 p.m.
Boyle Heights Heritage Tour
Mariachi Plaza — 1817 E. 1st St., Boyle Heights
Learn about the history and founding of Boyle Heights as well as the current challenges facing the neighborhood. The walking tour, which last 2.5 to 3 hours, is led by Barrio Boychik (Shmuel Gonzales) who tells the story of the Indigenous and Spanish eras, the Mexican and early-American periods and the area's recent history. Some of the sites included in the walking tour are the Gless House, Hollenbeck Park, the Jewish Orphans Home and the Max Factor House.
COST: $25, children 13 and younger are free; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JUNE 2; 7 - 9 p.m.
Stretch and Bobbito: Live!
Annenberg Space for Photography — 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City
Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia, legends of New York hip-hop radio, hold a live taping of their NPR podcast, What's Good with Stretch & Bobbito. Their show covers art, music, politics, sports and for this episode, they chat with legendary L.A.-based photographer Estevan Oriol.
COST: $12; MORE INFO

A general view of atmosphere during Drag Bingo with Culture Trip as Part of "Soho in SoCo" for SXSW on March 11, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Culture Trip)

SUNDAY, JUNE 2; 7 - 9 p.m.
Drag Bingo
Hamburger Mary's — 8288 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
Hosts Mary Basmadjian and Roxy Wood lead a night of laughs, drinks and prizes, all to support the Gay and Lesbian Armenian Society.
COST: $20 suggested donation; MORE INFO

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