26 Awesome Events In Southern California This Weekend

Dancers in red dresses representing the Jalisco region of Mexico perform during Cinco de Mayo celebrations at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument in downtown Los Angeles, Calif. on May 5, 2017. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Celebrate L.A.'s birthday at the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. The OC Night Market wraps its summer season. A Kill Bill double feature is paired with the burlesque Tarantina show. Giant Robot holds a food-themed art show. Plus, partake in an '80s party, a '90s party or L.A.'s 238th birthday party.

FRIDAY, AUG. 23 - SUNDAY, AUG. 25
Fiesta La Ballona
Veterans Park — 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City
Take part in one of Culver City's oldest traditions as the family-friendly fest offers a weekend of live music and performances, carnival and pony rides, games, a petting zoo, craft booths, a food court and food trucks, a beer and wine garden, and an "aquacade."
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, AUG. 23 - SUNDAY, AUG. 25
OC Night Market
OC Fair & Event Center — 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa
The OC's biggest night market returns with more than 200 food, merchandise, and arts and crafts vendors. New food purveyors include Goodfellas Tacos, House of Bao, Gangham Food, Pouffle and Taste of the Pacific. Other activities include live music and art performances, games and cooking demos.
COST: Admission starts at $5; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, AUG. 23 - SUNDAY, AUG. 25
DTLA PROUD Festival 2019
Pershing Square — 532 S. Olive St., downtown L.A.
Now in its fourth year, this festival is a celebration of DTLA's diverse LGBTQ+ community: a queer extravaganza featuring three days of music, dancing and performances. Friday is an all-ages, alcohol-free party beginning at 4 p.m. The Saturday and Sunday events are 21+.
COST: FREE on Friday; $10 tickets for Saturday and Sunday; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, AUG. 23; 6 p.m.
Kill Bill Saga and Burlesque Tarantina Show
The Wiltern — 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
Take in a double feature screening of Kill Bill Vol. I & II and a special Tarantina burlesque show that features acrobats, circus theatrics and dancers, inspired by director Quentin Tarantino's badass female heroes, anti-heroes and villains. Before and during intermission, movie-inspired drinks and Tacos 1986 will be available for purchase, and DJ Mr. Numberwonderful spins the RZA-produced soundtrack. Cosplay is encouraged.
COST: $19 - $30; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, AUG. 23 - SATURDAY, AUG. 24; 7 - 8:30 p.m.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Descanso Gardens — 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge
Ensemble Shakespeare Theater presents an immersive production of the Bard's classic comedy. Wear comfy shoes, though, because guests chase and follow fighting lovers, dancing fairies and a donkey on an adventure of love and laughter through the grounds.
COST: $25 - $35; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, AUG. 23 - SATURDAY, AUG. 24
Masters of Musical Whistling International Festival and Competition
Pasadena Convention Center300 E. Green St., Pasadena
"You know how to whistle, don't you? You just put your lips together and blow." More than 60 whistlers from 10 countries take that quote to heart as they compete for the title of World Champion at this biennial event. There are five competitive divisions, including live band accompaniment, self-accompaniment and allied arts (which combines whistling with another performing art, such as dancing and puppetry).
COST: Varies from free to $103; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, AUG. 23 - SUNDAY, AUG. 25
Summer on a Spring Reading Festival
The Los Angeles Theatre Center — 514 S. Spring St., downtown L.A.
The theater company's summer reading series presents a weekend of new plays by seven L.A. playwrights: Gabriel Rivas Gomez, Evelina Fernandez, Cristina Alicia Martinez, Mark Robert Swiech, Augusto Federico Amador, Marlow Wyatt and Israel Lopez Reyes. The works will be given a staged reading by professional directors and actors at the LATC.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 24; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
2019 Leimert Park Village Book Fair
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw — 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw
Bookworms and friends are welcome to the all-ages lit festival. Listen to the words of authors, poets and artists throughout the day, or take in a cooking demonstration from guests including athlete, fitness and wellness advocate Leila Ali, who'll be cooking recipes from her new cookbook, Food for Life.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

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SATURDAY, AUG. 24 - SUNDAY, AUG. 25
Brick Fest Live Lego Fan Experience
Pasadena Convention Center — 300 E. Green St., Pasadena
The hands-on Lego experience features more than 1 million bricks on display or ready for play. Attractions include Lego car racing on 35-foot-long timed-tracks, building part of a mystery mosaic, and a Brick Fest Gaming Arena.
COST: $17.50 - $39.99; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 24; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
OC Zine Fest 2019
Anaheim Central Library — 500 W. Broadway, Anaheim
Check out zine offerings from more than 100 makers across Southern California. The jam-packed day also includes panel discussions, workshops and the local food pop-up Chicana Vegana. Sarah Rafael García of LibroMobile serves as the fest's keynote speaker.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 24; 5:30 p.m. (doors)
Do the Right Thing
Santa Monica High School — 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica
The outdoor movie series Eat|See|Hear presents a special 30th anniversary screening of Spike Lee's 1989 classic. In the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn, a conflict between pizzeria owner (Danny Aiello) and Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito) erupts on the hottest day of the year. The musical performance by alt-pop star DeQn Sue starts at 7 p.m. and the screening starts at 8:30 p.m. Attendees 12 and younger get a free child size popcorn and raffle ticket.
COST: $8 - $21; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 24 - SUNDAY, AUG. 25; 2 p.m.
In Search of the Castaways
New Beverly Cinema — 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax
The theater's kiddie matinee screens the I.B. technicolor 35mm print of Robert Stevenson's 1962 film starring Maurice Chevalier, Hayley Mills, George Sanders, Wilfrid and Hyde White. The film's adapted from a Jules Verne novel that follows the children of a missing ship captain on a fantastical adventure to find their father.
COST: $6; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 24; 5 - 8 p.m.
Cardboard Yacht Regatta
Annenberg Community Beach House — 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica
Ahoy, matey! Get your crew of two together and register for a regatta that tests the sea-(pool) worthiness of cardboard yachts. Boats must be constructed before the event. There's currently a waitlist to enter the race, but spectators are encouraged to attend.
COST: $15 boat fee, FREE for spectators; MORE INFO

Luke Chueh, Sarah Jo Marks, DKE Toys and Giant Robot present the massive group show, 'Let's Eat,' opening this weekend. (Courtesy of Luke Chueh and Giant Robot)

SATURDAY, AUG. 24; 6:30 - 10 p.m.
Let's Eat! A Food Themed Group Art Show
Giant Robot 2 (GR2 Gallery) — 2062 Sawtelle Blvd., Sawtelle
The gallery teams with Luke Cheuh, Sarah Jo Marks and DKE Toys to open a huge group show featuring dozens of artists that play with food (in their artworks, anyway). The opening reception with the artists takes place on Saturday night, but the works will remain on view through Sept. 11.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 24; 12 - 8 p.m.
Adidas Streetball Challenge
Pan Pacific Park — 7600 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax
Watch 3-on-3 basketball teams compete for L.A. bragging rights and $15,000 in cash prizes in the streetball finals. The competition welcomes spectators, who'll be entertained by DJs spinning sets throughout the day. Food trucks will be onsite, too.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 24; 7:30 p.m.
Stay Awake
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, Lot A — 680 E. 120th St., Willowbrook
Heidi Duckler Dance presents new work that's part of the dance troupe's MoveWell@MLK, a two-year artist residency. Created on site at the hospital, the work "is inspired by the ecosystems of the new hospital and explores how human interactions influence our health and our community." Choreographed and directed by Heidi Duckler, Stay Awake features company dancers Raymond Ejiorfor, Tess Hewlett, Lenin Fernandez, Roberto Lambaren, Lily Ontiveros, Ryan Walker Page, Rafael Quintas, Jasmine Rafael, Alyse Rockett, Carissa Songhorian, Himerria Wortham and Luke Zender; percussionist and composer Jessie Cox and improvisational orchestra Large Shiva perform.
COST: FREE, but RSVP required; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 24; 6 a.m.
Los Angeles' 238th Birthday
San Gabriel Mission (starting point) — 428 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel
El Pueblo Historical Monument (Gateway to Nature Center LA) — 130 Paseo De La Plaza, downtown L.A.
In honor of the city's birthday (darling, you don't look a day over 200), recreate the historic nine-mile walk from the San Gabriel Mission, the birthplace of the Los Angeles region, to El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. Walk in the footsteps of "Los Pobladores," and at the end of the journey, guests will be treated to birthday cake, live music, dance, spoken word/poetry and a lecture by jazz great Barbara Morrison. The event in the Los Angeles plaza runs from 11 a.m. to 6 pm. There will be free shuttle buses back to the mission.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, AUG. 24; 7 - 11 p.m.
ALL THAT 90'S Art Exhibition
Phylm Studios — 2230 S. Main St., Historic South Central
If you're a kid of the '90s, then check out this art and music party that celebrates the decade and parties like it's ... 1999. In addition to vendors and live art, there's also going to be a live-action Where's Waldo game. Limited street parking is available, so ridesharing is recommended. The event is all-ages, but the cash bar, beer and wine for 21+ only.
COST: FREE - $20; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, AUG. 25; 2 - 7 p.m.
Beyond the Hedges
Tom of Finland Foundation — 1421 Laveta Ter., Echo Park
The Finnish artist Tom of Finland, best known for his stylized, erotic art, spent the final years of his life in Echo Park. The acoustic series, held in his home, informs attendees about his legacy and the foundation's work. The August lineup features the alternative comedy stylings of John Early and Kate Berlant with Beth Stelling and DJ Seth Bogart.
COST: $20; MORE INFO

There's a surplus sale followed by a party at the International Printing Museum in Carson on Saturday. (Courtesy of the International Printing Museum)

SATURDAY, AUG. 24; 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Letterpress Wayzgoose
International Printing Museum — 315 W. Torrance Blvd, Carson
A "wayzgoose" is a printers' celebration that dates back to the 16th century. The museum holds a fun hands-on printing event that celebrates the art of letterpress with the help of a 1926 steamroller printing large six-foot posters in the parking lot. After a surplus sale of antique printing presses and type from 8 a.m. to noon, guests will be able to print broadsides with wood type letters, get their name cast on the Linotype machine and help print large-scale posters. The afternoon ends with a special visual presentation by curator Mark Barbour, who discusses the oldest printing shop in Los Angeles in "The Earl Hays Press: 100 Years of Printing for Hollywood."
COST: FREE (though donations are accepted); MORE INFO

SUNDAY, AUG. 25; 5 p.m.
Shakes-Queer at Family Night
The Old Zoo — 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Griffith Park
Before the Independent Shakespeare Company (ISC) presents Pericles, Drag Queen Story Hour's Pickle and ISC's Xavi Moreno break down the Bard's work so anyone can learn a Shakespeare speech.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, AUG. 25; 12 - 4 p.m.
'Zoot Suit Riots' Bus Tour
La Plaza De Cultura y Artes (meet in front of "La Tienda" Bookshop) — 501 N. Main St., downtown L.A.
This special bus tour delves into the socio-economic and political history of the Zoot Suit Riots in June 1943, violent attacks by U.S. Navy servicemen and the police against a Latino subculture that favored jazz and fashionable, flowing suits. The tour will be led by historian and community organizer Shmuel Gonzales, the Barrio Boychik founder. The tour will visit places like Phillip's Music Co., the Paramount Ballroom and The Navy Armory and Chavez Ravine.
COST: $50; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, AUG. 25; 7:30 p.m.
Thelma And Louise / Working Girl
Aero Theatre — 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
American Cinematheque presents a "Dynamic Dames" double feature, beginning with Ridley Scott's 1991 film starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, followed by Melanie Griffith in Mike Nichols' 1988 film. Author Sloan De Forest, who signs her new book Dynamic Dames in the lobby at 6:30 p.m., also introduces the films.
COST: $12; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, AUG. 25; 2 - 7 p.m.
All-Out '80s Anniversary Event
The Original Farmers Market — 6333 W. 3rd St., Fairfax
The '80s are alive and kickin' on Sunday as the Farmers Market celebrates its 85th anniversary. DJ Ricky spins era-appropriate tunes on the West Patio. Take a shot at '80s karaoke, get crafty making CD-spinning tops and pop culture pins and then stick around for a live performance by the Radio Rebels.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

LACMA presents the exhibition, Christian Marclay: Sound Stories, which opens this weekend. (Photo: Christian Marclay, The Organ (detail), 2018, installation photograph, ©Benoit Florençon)

SUNDAY, AUG. 25 - MONDAY, OCT. 14
Christian Marclay: Sound Stories
LACMA — 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
The museum teams up with Snapchat to present the U.S. premiere of Marclay's immersive
audiovisual exhibition that fuses art and tech. Drawing from images and videos found on Snapchat using an algorithm, the artist has created installations that respond to the storytelling on the social media service as well as visitors' sounds and movements in the gallery space.
COST: $16 - $25; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, AUG. 25; 12 - 4 p.m.
DTLA PRIDE Bingo Brunch
Imperial Western Beer Company — 800 N. Alameda St., downtown L.A.
The brewery holds a brunch and bingo on the patio to benefit Brave Trails, an LGBTQ youth summer camp that helps build leadership and community within a safe space. Enjoy brunch items, craft beer and drink specials featuring Mezcal Mal Bien then take part in bingo from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with four rounds of prizes.
COST: $5 per bingo card; MORE INFO

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