16 Fabulous Events Possibly Happening In Southern California This Weekend

NOTE: Because of the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, events could get canceled or rescheduled. Please check with organizers about the status of an event before you finalize your plans.

Hamilton returns to Hollywood. Kites take to the air in Huntington Beach. And the Elks Lodge opens to ghost hunters.

After three years, 'Hamilton' returns to L.A. and the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Through SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Hamilton
Hollywood Pantages Theatre — 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical makes its triumphant return to Los Angeles. For those living under a rock, the production tells the story of America's founding fathers and mothers, including Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became the nation's first treasury secretary.
COST: Tickets start at $55; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, MARCH 13 - SATURDAY, APRIL 4
Cabaret Macabre
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre — 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre presents Brittany DeWeese's dance production with all the sex, gore and thrills you'd expect from ZJU. The cabaret walks the line between arousing and disturbing. Ages 16+.
COST: $16; MORE INFO

The new exhibition 'We Are Here: Contemporary Art and Asian Voices in Los Angeles' opens at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. (Phung Huynh, Donut Box Refugee Portrait Project, 2019-2020)

FRIDAY, MARCH 13 - SUNDAY, JUNE 14
We Are Here: Contemporary Art and Asian Voices in Los Angeles
USC Pacific Asia Museum — 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena
The museum opens an exhibition that features the work of seven L.A.-based female contemporary artists of diverse Asian Pacific heritages. These artists draw from their family's experiences as refugees, immigrants and foreign nationals in works that invite viewers to think about their own families' histories. Artists included are Reanne Estrada, Phung Huynh, Ahree Lee, Ann Le, Kaoru Mansour, Mei Xian Qiu and Sichong Xie.
COST: $7 - $10, free for 17 and younger; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 - SUNDAY, MARCH 15
Peppa Pig at the L.A. Zoo
Los Angeles Zoo — 5333 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park
Families can meet Peppa Pig as she visits the zoo this weekend. The visits are free with membership or admission, but require a reservation. The weekend also features storytime with Peppa, craft activities, a kiddie dance party and giveaways. If it rains, the party will move indoors.
COST: $17 - $22; MORE INFO

Watch the pros fly kites near the Huntington Beach Pier this weekend. (PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP via Getty Images)

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 - SUNDAY, MARCH 15
Kite Party 18
Huntington Beach Pier — 200 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach
Go fly a kite—and connect with other kite enthusiasts on the beach. The general public is welcome to watch or fly their own kites outside of the main flying field, which is being reserved for experienced, registered participants. Watch pro demonstrations at random times throughout the day or take sport kite lessons held on the south side of the pier.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 - SUNDAY, MARCH 15; 12 P.M. - 12 A.M.
Burgerama 2020
The Echo (and Echoplex) — 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park
Burger Records' music fest returns after a five-year hiatus. The all-ages show features The Mummies, Flamin' Groovies, Apache (in the last show ever), Hollywood Stars, Tomorrows Tulips, Cosmonauts and Pearl and the Oysters.
COST: $32; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 - SUNDAY, MARCH 15; 3:30 P.M. - 2 A.M.
Hollywood Crawl of Fame
MiniBar Hollywood — 6141 Franklin Ave., Hollywood
The bar teams up with Writers' Tears Whiskey for the Fifth Annual Hollywood Crawl of Fame. In advance of St. Patrick's Day, an Irish foot parade will lead guests to cocktail specials at five of Hollywood's finest bars, with a live Irish band following the crawl and a complimentary first round at MiniBar. Attendees can sample Writers' Tears Whiskey and take advantage of $10 drink specials along the route. Ages 21+.
COST: $25; MORE INFO

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SATURDAY, MARCH 14; 4 - 9 P.M.
Soup & Tart: Los Angeles
Werkartz — 1013 S. Los Angeles St., downtown L.A.
The new food and art nonprofit Active Cultures presents an evening of two-minute performances by 50 artists, complemented by food (soup or tarts) by acclaimed chefs like Minh Phan from Porridge + Puffs and Roxana Jullapat of Friends and Family. The art activation takes its inspiration from an event devised by Fluxus-affiliated artist Jean Dupuy in 1974, held at The Kitchen in New York.
COST: $20; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, MARCH 14; 7 - 9 P.M.
Haunted by History Paranormal Investigation of the Van Nuys Elks Lodge
Van Nuys Reseda Elks Lodge 2790 — 14440 Friar St., Van Nuys
Bizarre Los Angeles presents a night of ghost hunting. Elks Lodge #2790 is supposedly haunted by ghosts; members have claimed to have seen darting shadows, apparitions and poltergeist activity. This night features a paranormal investigation of the Lodge's first and second floor as well as the true tales about the history of the building. The Lodge's haunted bar will be open before the hunt. If you have your own ghost hunting gear, bring it. If not, a few pieces will be available for use. Part of the event proceeds go toward Elks Lodge building preservation.
COST: $35; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, MARCH 14; 7 - 9 P.M.
Los Angeles Pun-Off
Silverlake Independent JCC — 1110 Bates Ave., Silver Lake
On Pi Day, celebrate the world of improvised puns—the good, the bad and the downright groan-inducing. The night opens with a noncompetitive showcase of original punning on any topic (two minutes or less) by puntificators. And then punslingers battle each other in lightning rounds of freestyle punning on any given category. At the Pun-Off, remember that the jokes don't have to be funny, they just have to be puns.
COST: $20; MORE INFO

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SATURDAY, MARCH 14; 7:30 - 9 P.M.
Astronomy
Los Angeles County Arboretum — 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia
Bring a warm blanket and gaze at the stars. Arboretum experts talk about the myths, legends and history of the night sky. Stargaze in the gardens and learn the constellations. Plus hear the kooky history of the area that made Pasadena a mecca for space exploration. This event is weather permitting.
COST: $20 - $25; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, MARCH 14; 8 - 10 P.M.
Playhouse Celebrity Game Night: Speed Charades
The Pasadena Playhouse — 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena
The Playhouse's big fundraising event of the year features celebrity teams going head-to-head in speed charades. The participants include Jason Alexander, Amy Brenneman, Michele Engemann, Simon Helberg, Sharon Lawrence, Matthew Lillard, Alfred Molina, John C. Reilly, Amber Riley, George Salazar, Sally Struthers and Jon Tenney.
COST: Tickets start at $135; MORE INFO

The Dynasty Typewriter welcomes Rob Schrab's VHS clip show, talk show and podcast taping this weekend. (Schrab Home Video)

SUNDAY, MARCH 15; 5 - 7 P.M.
Schrab Home Video
Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Get ready for a night that mixes clips from VHS tapes with a cable access talk show vibe. Host Rob Schrab talks to artists, actors, comedians, horror icons and odd-balls he admires for a new podcast taping. Ages 18+.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, MARCH 15; 6 - 10 P.M.
Film Noir Nights
Segovia Hall at Ace Hotel — 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
March is Women's History Month and Mental Health Awareness Month. To commemorate both causes, Film Noir Nights LA presents a collection of films written, directed and starring women (and those identifying) of color. Get there early for an opening cocktail hour, followed by screenings and Q&As.
COST: $5; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, MARCH 15; 6:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Bill Harris Dinner Series
Bottlefish Restaurant — 11677 San Vicente Blvd. #200, Brentwood
Guest chefs Jet Tila (The Charleston and Pakpao Thai), Dakota Weiss (Sweetfin Poké), and Ali Tila (cookbook author and pastry chef) join executive chef Ohad Yosef for a collaboration dinner hosted by Billy Harris. Guests enjoy a multicourse, wine-paired dinner, in addition to cocktails, hors-d'oeuvres, chef meet-and-greets and a live auction. The proceeds benefit culinary nonprofits C-CAP Los Angeles and The Trotter Project.
COST: $125; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, MARCH 15; 7 - 9:30 P.M.
Passover Around the World: A Multimedia Concert
The Pico Union Project — 1153 Valencia St., Pico-Union
This multimedia concert features Passover songs like "Chad Gadya" and "Who Knows One" in several languages. Listen to songs that are arranged and performed in both traditional and contemporary styles. Musicians include Jewlia Eisenberg and Jeremiah Lockwood (Yiddish), Asher Shasho Levy (Judeo-Arabic) and Chloe Pourmorady (Judeo-Persian, Ladino). The night also includes food samples from global Passover traditions (catered by Got Kosher) as well as an introduction to endangered Jewish languages.
COST: $15-$25; MORE INFO