30 Awesome Things To Do In SoCal This Weekend

Customers talk at the "Central Perk" coffee shop in Shanghai. (AFP/Getty Images)

A library pops up by the sea, a neon party lights up the night and cannabis pros get high on knowledge. The weekend is also filled with good eats — tacos, barbecue and fruit.

FRIDAY, AUG. 16 - FRIDAY, AUG. 23
Central Perk Café Pop-up
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf — 8793 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf — 1312 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica
Jump back to the '90s. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Friends, two Coffee Bean stores will transform into Central Perk Café, the coffee shop from the '90s sitcom. Lounge on the orange couch with a limited-edition Central Perk mug while you sip a Friends-themed drink. The Rachel Matcha Latte sounds good. So does the Chandler Caramel Coconut Latte. And the Monica Midnight Mocha Cold Brew.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, AUG. 16; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Santa Monica Public Library at the Beach
Annenberg Community Beach House — 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica
The Santa Monica Public Library heads to the beach — for one day. Hear stories by the sea, make nautical themed crafts and cool off in the Surfside Lounge. The event features a collection of beach reads and you can check out books, just like you would at any library branch.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Hatch green chiles (Will Burdette/Flickr Creative Commons)

FRIDAY, AUG. 16; 6 - 8 p.m.
Hatch Chile Taco Knockout
Northgate Gonzalez Market - 11660 Firestone Blvd., Norwalk
L.A. Taco hosts a throwdown where two taqueros battle to see who can create a better hatch chile taco.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, AUG. 16; 6 - 10:30 p.m.
Roaring Nights
L.A. Zoo — 5333 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park
Join L.A.'s wildest creatures at this 21+ party. The summer series presents dancing, bars, live bands, Zoo Talks, animal close-ups and food trucks. Tune out the world at a silent disco then grab a specialty cocktail at the Watering Hole, an open-air glamping lounge.
COST: Starts at $16; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, AUG. 16 - SUNDAY, AUG. 18
Echo Park Rising
Various Locations
Echo Park's ninth annual street fair showcases the neighborhood's talent and diversity with live music, independent artists and wares from local businesses. You'll find stages and activities along Sunset Blvd., Alvarado Ave. and Echo Park Ave. Headliners include Turbulent Hearts, Veronica Bianqui and Billy Changer. Following the festival, an '80s vs. '90s dance party rages at the Echoplex where the sounds of Synthpop and Indiepop go up against each other.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, AUG. 16 - SUNDAY, AUG. 18
BBQ Music Fest
Fountain Valley Sports Park — 16400 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley
Award-winning BBQ vendors offer their best cuts and sauces. Gnaw on some smoky ribs while you dance to live music — '90s grunge on Friday and '60s surf on Saturday. Other highlights include a karaoke lounge and an interactive live reptile exhibit. Children can enjoy a magic show, a petting zoo, face painting and games. Free parking is also available.
COST: Children 12 and under free, $5 Fri, $10 Sat/Sun; MORE INFO

A man watches as a Delta Air Lines plane lands at Los Angeles International Airport on July 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Mario Tama)

FRIDAY, AUG. 16 - SUNDAY, AUG. 18
National Aviation Celebration
The Proud Bird — 11022 Aviation Blvd., Westchester
Take to the skies at a food bazaar. The aviation-themed steakhouse hosts interactive exhibits and airplane craft and sticker making activities. Celebrate flight by taking a complimentary guided aviation tour or relax in the Mile High Club with a cocktail. If you're into planespotting, you'll have a stunning view of LAX's runways. For a closer look, you can also explore the 16 aircrafts parked on the property.
COST: No cover; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, AUG. 16 - SUNDAY, AUG. 18
The Assassination of Edgar Allan Poe
Heritage Square Museum — 3800 Homer St., Montecito Heights
Disappear into Heritage Square's Victorian mansions as the tragic life of Edgar Allan Poe unfurls around you. Investigate the writer's mysterious death by choosing which storylines and characters to follow. The immersive theater experience plays out for one final weekend... then nevermore.
COST: $35; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, AUG. 16 - SUNDAY, AUG. 18
Festival of Fruit
L.A. County Arboretum & Botanic Garden — 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia
Do you grow fruit? Do you enjoy fruit? The California Rare Fruit Growers invite you to a weekend-long celebration with workshops, educational talks, garden and nursery tours, vendor booths and tastings. As part of the festival, Cal Poly Pomona AGRIscapes Greenhouse will host a plant sale featuring unusual fruit trees.
COST: $85-$115; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, AUG. 16; 8 p.m.
Jurassic Park in concert
Hollywood Bowl — 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood Hills
Take a trip to Isla Nublar. Actually, the Bowl is the closest you can get to a prehistoric reptile haven in the Caribbean. The classic battle between humans and T. rex plays out onscreen as the L.A. Phil performs John Williams' iconic score.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

The Pacific Dining Car's Baseball Steak. (Courtesy of Pacific Dining Car)

FRIDAY, AUG. 16 - SATURDAY, AUG. 31
98 Cent Baseball Steak
Pacific Dining Car — 1310 W. 6th St., downtown L.A.
Pacific Dining Car — 2700 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
For two weeks only, you can savor an 8-ounce dry-aged sirloin steak. The best part? It only costs 98 cents. Reservations are available exclusively online.
COST: ¢98; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, AUG. 16; 8 p.m.
Trump in Space: A Musical Comedy
The Second City — 6560 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood Heights
It's 400 years in the future. Humans are stranded and searching for a new planet. Set to original music, this adventure explores the battle between ideals and opportunism. It leaves the stage on Friday, so catch it before it blasts off.
COST: $12; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 17 - SUNDAY, AUG. 18; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
ban.do Warehouse Sale
1110 N. Beachwood Dr. Hollywood
Popular millenial brand ban.do brings its cheerful t-shirts, notebooks, tote bags, jewelry and housewares to Hollywood for a seasonal sale. Is it too early to stock up on Christmas gifts... for yourself?
COST: free admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 17; 8 p.m.
Pod Save America
The Greek Theatre — 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park
Witness the live making of Pod Save America, a political podcast brought to you by three former Obama staffers. Jemele Hill guest hosts and pop-folk artist Maggie Rogers performs along with comedian DJ Amanda Seales.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 17; 5 - 9 p.m.
Blunt Talks: Women Share
Le Jardin — 1430 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood
Get high on knowledge at these TED-style presentations given by cannabis professionals. Guest presenters include Dina Browner, a longtime friend and confidante of Snoop Dogg, and Wanda James, the first African American woman to legally own a dispensary in America. This event is 21+.
COST: $20 - $45; MORE INFO

Thousands of revelers wearing neon-colored clothes take part in the 5K Electric Run around Wembley Stadium in London. (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, AUG. 17; 12 - 9 p.m.
Neon Summer Fest
Citadel Outlets — 100 Citadel Drive, Commerce
Light up your night at a neon-themed block party. Play life-sized board games and listen to live DJs as hundreds of rainbow slinkies dangle overhead. Explore an eight-foot-tall igloo art installation. Everything is fluorescent from the food to the fanny packs. More than 20 stores will offer discounts available only during the festivities.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 17 - SATURDAY, OCT. 26; 2 - 5 p.m.
Dogs in the House Exhibit
Skid Row History Museum and Archive — 250 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
To address the hardship that pet owners in extreme poverty face, Dogs in the House features the work of animal advocates and organizations who keep pets and their owners together through shelter services and legal aid. View multimedia works. Enter a barkspace sound installation. Nestle into a dog-shaped bean bag as you learn the stories of Skid Row residents and their pups. The exhibit is on view Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 17
Hermosa Beach Summer Series
Hermosa Beach Pier — 100 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach
Food trucks, screenings, comedy and live music come to Hermosa Beach for the annual festival. Performers features Atlas Genius, the White Buffalo and Iglu & Hartly. Daily health and wellness activities include Soho Morning Yoga, Sexy Brand Beach Tennis and Coast Fitness workouts. Additionally, a beer garden features craft drinks from California's brewers
COST: FREE, $30 beer tasting tickets; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 17; 7 - 11 p.m.
Blues Traveler
Pershing Square — 532 S. Olive St., downtown L.A.
American rock band Blues Traveler and special guest Los Colognes bring their talents to DTLA for a free 21+ concert.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 17; 4 - 9 p.m.
2019 Tzu Chi USA Walk: Steps For The Earth
Whittier Narrows Recreation Area — 750 S. Santa Anita Ave., South El Monte
Show your love for the earth at an event featuring vegetarian food, music performances, exhibitions and a candlelight prayer ceremony. You can walk, run or bike during the walkathon, which raises funds for disaster relief and awareness of greener living.
COST: $0 - $29; MORE INFO

Tacos & Tequila presented by Tequila Cazadores at Union West Events. (Monica Schipper)

SATURDAY, AUG. 17; 12 - 8 p.m.
L.A Taco Festival
Grand Park — 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
Jovenes, a nonprofit, created this annual festival to raise money for homeless youth by bringing Angelenos together through a shared love of tacos. The event showcases some of the city's best taco vendors and live bands.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 17; 7 - 8 p.m.
Canuck As F*ck: Going Down In A Blaze Of Sorry
The Second City — 6560 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood Heights
Canadians are pretty nice — except when they do a sketch comedy show at Second City. The troupe tells you what they really think about the state of the world, and they're not sorry about it.
COST: $12; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 17; 11:59 p.m. - 2;30 a.m.
35 mm David Lynch's Mulholland Drive
Vista Theatre — 4473 Sunset Dr., East Hollywood
David Lynch's neo-noir psychological thriller comes to the Secret Movie Club's midnight screen . Set in a dreamlike Los Angeles cityscape, the film tells the story of an aspiring actress who gets caught in a twisted Hollywood mystery.
COST: $11-$72; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 17 - SUNDAY, AUG. 18
Pacific Wine & Food Classic
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina — 1131 Back Bay Dr. , Newport Beach
Treat yourself at one of the world's most acclaimed food and wine festivals. The culinary shindig offers food from top local chefs and more than 150 wines and craft drinks. Catch the DJ Mark Moreno's performance.
COST: $119 - $300; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 17 - SUNDAY, AUG. 18
Cinespia's 9th Annual Slumber Party
Hollywood Forever Cemetery — 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
The Cinespia summer tradition returns with a night of '90s heartthrobs and heartbreakers. Throw it back with a dance party, photo booth, food giveaways, beer and wine. The evening kicks off with Never Been Kissed at 8:30 p.m., followed by I Know What You Did Last Summer at midnight, and concludes with a late-night screening of Jawbreaker.
COST: $12-$29; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 17; 5 - 10 p.m.
Bradfest III
Blue Guitar — 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena
Jeff Dale & the South Woodlawners headline this year's music extravaganza. Blues players perform the music of south side Chicago. A miniature golf course and driving range will be open. An outdoor barbecue is available on top of the regular menu.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, AUG. 18; 9 a.m.
CicLAvia: Meet the Hollywoods!
Various Locations
L.A. Metro presents a day of walking, biking, rolling and strolling through streets from West Hollywood to Hollywood to East Hollywood. See L.A. landmarks such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame and WeHo's rainbow crosswalk.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Singer Lykke Li performs onstage during the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. (Karl Walter/Getty Images)

SUNDAY, AUG. 18; 6 p.m.
Yola Día Fest
L.A. Historic Park — 1245 N. Spring St., Chinatown
This 21+ festival celebrates the talents of strong women. Top musical acts include CupcakKe, Lykke Li and Cat Power. An all-women team of bartenders and restaurateurs provides delicious bites as artists display works to be auctioned. Even the security service circling the grounds is all female.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, AUG. 18; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
¡Huelga! L.A. Activist Community Fair
San Pascual Park — 930 - 1014 San Pascual Ave., Pasadena
Get to know your community with a day of food, fun and education. Local artist tables, activist information tables and voter registration booths will be available. Children can enjoy craft-making activities and games. Listen to summer tunes while feasting with your neighbors potluck style.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, AUG. 18; 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Jessika Kenney and Eyvind Kang
The Museum of Jurassic Technology —9341 Venice Blvd., Culver City
Experimental musician Jessika Kenney and composer Eyvind Kang perform original music from various liturgies. Their work includes Persian radifs, a traditional Iranian melodic pattern.
COST: $18 general donation, $15 for members, students and seniors; MORE INFO