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Weekend Planner: 20 Of The Coolest Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Here are 20 awesome events happening in L.A. this weekend, and if this list isn’t enough, then check out our June Guide for even more suggestions.


This weekend, the ArcLight’s Sundance Film Festival series screens the films The Hero and Beatriz at Dinner in Hollywood, followed by a Q&As. Salma Hayek does a Beatriz at Dinner Q&A on Friday following 7:30 pm show. And for The Hero, actor Nick Offerman does the Q&A on Friday after the 8:30 pm show. Sam Elliott will have a Q&A on Saturday after the 3:30 pm show, and both actors do the Q&A together on Sunday after the 7 pm show. Adult tickets: $17.75.

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Barnsdall Park's popular Friday Night Wine Tasting fundraising series, returns on Friday night and then runs weekly from 5:30-8:30 pm through Sept. 22. Those 21+ are invited to sip wine (provided by Silverlake Wine) under the stars, listen to music by KCRW and buy food from some of the city’s best food trucks and pop-ups (including Jeni’s Ice Cream and The Cheese Store of Silverlake). New this year are discounted rides from Lyft. Tickets: $35 for a tasting and $50 for a tasting + tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s UNESCO-nominated Hollyhock House. Get your tickets now because the events always sell out.

FIRST FRIDAYS (Science + music)
NHM’s 2017 First Fridays series concludes this week (yes, on the second Friday technically). With the theme of Serving Up Science: The Dish on Food, the programs explore the intersection of science, culture and food. Starting at 5:30 pm, there are science talks, tours and demonstrations mixed with live music and DJs throughout the night. Friday features a “Food for Thought” tour (at 5, 5:30 and 6 pm), followed by a panel discussion L.A. History on Your Plate with Jonathan Gold, Bricia Lopez and Josh Kun at 6:30 pm. At 7:30 pm, there’s a special pop-up, six-course dinner from Chef David Wilcox of Journeymen L.A. (Tickets sold separately.) The music lineup includes: Wild Belle, Gabriel Garzón-Montano and Nick Hakim to perform in Museum’s outdoor Nature Gardens, with KCRW DJ Anne Litt, VOOMZ and DJs Victoria Rawlins and Nina Tarr. Tickets: $18. The pop-up dinner tickets are $90-$100.

MADE LA (Fashion + music)
MADE LAis an event that connects fashion, music, art and culture and it takes place this weekend on Friday and Saturday at L.A. LIVE's Event Deck. The free, pop-up marketplace includes 30 shops, DJ sets, surprise performances, a nail station, makeup station, food and drinks. Ticketed events include the opening ceremony, featuring RZA of Wu Tang Clan‘s Fall 2017 fashion show. Saturday’s events include: Joyrich’s 10- Year Celebration with a Snoop Dogg Collaboration and Fashion Show and a Wiz Khalifa and Taylor Gang live performance and fashion show. Ticket prices vary.


OFF THE 405 (Art + music)
The Getty Center’s Off the 405 music series continues on Saturday at 6 pm with a performance by White Fence. From the Getty: “The jangly, modish cool of The Kinks collide with flowery San Francisco bohemia in White Fence, the central project of the multi-faceted musician Tim Presley.” Cash bar, snacks and agua fresca drinks available. Admission is free; no reservation required.

L.A. PRIDE (LGBT + Resist march)
LA Pride Festival weekend takes place on Saturday and Sunday where thousands and thousands of revelers—gay, bi, trans, questioning and straight alike—take to the the streets of WeHo for one of the largest celebrations of LGBTQ communities and their allies. The big change this year is that Sunday’s parade is being replaced by a #ResistMarch for this year only. The human rights march will start in Hollywood and end in West Hollywood and will be held in solidarity with the National Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, D.C., on the same day. The march is free and open to all, and tickets to the festival and entertainment are $25 for single day admission and $35 for both days.

The 8th Annual LA Food Festis a family-friendly, all-you-can-eat-and-drink festival at the LA Memorial Coliseum on Saturday. There are more than 100 food and beverage vendors expected, an iced coffee lounge and an Ice Cream Social. Attendees 21+ have access to six craft beer gardens, six craft cocktail bars and a premium tequila tasting. New this year to the fest is a Nuevo Gastropub & Baja Craft Beer + Wine Garden that features six chefs from Mexico’s finest establishments. VIP doors at 2 pm, 3:30 pm for general admission. The festival runs until 7 pm. Tickets: $65-$95.

BLACK LIST LIVE! (Film read)
Black List Live! presents a live read of Justin Shady’s Saving Charlie Chaplin, from the Black List online scriptwriting community, on Saturday night at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood. The plot: “With Nazi agents attempting to stop the production of a film that is poking fun at Hitler, an FBI agent and an LAPD detective must team up to protect a drunk and angry Charlie Chaplin from being kidnapped.” Saturday’s cast includes: Jon Hamm, Randall Park, Paul Reubens, Thomas Lennon, Jack McBrayer, Al Madrigal, Aya Cash and narrator Matt Oberg. Doors at 7:30 pm and reading at 8 pm. Tickets: $10-$20.

The Most Famous Artist and Nomadica Wine team up for the Pink River Rose Launch Party on National Rose Day on Saturday from 11 am-3 pm in Los Angeles. Nomadica, a brand-new, high-end canned wine that brings local artists and small winemakers together, is featuring the work of The Most Famous Artist on the Pink River Rose limited-edition series. The party features raffles and more. RSVP to attend the party at

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In his live show, Haunting Renditions, comedian Eliot Glazer blends and bends pop music to find deeper meaning (power ballads!) in the lyrics and melodies. Glazer is at The Virgil on Saturday night at 8 pm with special guests Nikki Glaser (Not Safe on Comedy Central) and Cameron Esposito (Take My Wife on Seeso). Tickets: $10.

The Special Occasionally Show is a comedy show that happens occasionally, and when it does happen, it’s special. The next installment is on Saturday night at 9 pm at the NerdMelt showroom, with proceeds donated to Planned Parenthood. The lineup includes: Rory Scovel, Debra DiGiovanni, Maggie Maye, Caitlin Gill and Danielle Radford with hosts Caitlin Durante and Jamie Loftus. Tickets are $15 in advance / $20 at the door.

The World 8 Art Show is a video game tribute art show taking place in advance of E3, the massive video game trade show that’s opening to the public for the first time this year. The opening reception takes place Saturday from 7-11 pm at the World 8 video game store (at 1057 S Vermont Ave.), featuring Drew Wise, Kassandra Heller, Oliver Akun, Jermain Time, Scott Balmer, Steve Minty, Sky Burchard, James Lien, Jango Snow Art & Design, Ben Chu, Andrew Gallardo and Katrina Corona. The works will be on view through June 18. A video game cosplay contest with prizes takes place at the opening night reception. World 8 Art Show


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The seventh annual Santa Monica Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival takes place on Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm at the Santa Monica Pier. The racing events are free for spectators, who’ll watch racers compete in stand-up paddleboard, prone paddleboard, dory and swim categories. (There are also events for beginners and kids to participate, for a fee.) The ocean festival includes music, a beer garden, Polynesian dancing, a beach volleyball showcase, food, and a surf history museum.

How to Break Up by Text is a new, interactive show from NYC-based comics Jen Jamula and Allison Goldberg that’s at iO West Theater on Saturday at 8 pm. They take a look at real break-ups submitted by the audience. Email screenshots to or submit during the show for a free shot. The show features comedy, therapy and a drinking game. Tickets: $10.

NIGHT OF NOIR (Puppets + history + crime comics)
Captured Aural Phantasy Theater presents a Night of Noir at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater on Saturday at 8 pm. The vintage variety show blends crime comic book culture, noir film and pulp fiction with performance, projected art, live cabaret music and puppetry. Tickets: $20-$25.

MIXED REMIXED (Multicultural festival)
Now in its third year, Mixed Remixed is a free film, book and media festival that celebrates and raises awareness of the mixed-race and multiracial experience of both families and individuals. The festival, which also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Loving v. Virginia (the Supreme Court decision that allowed people of different races to marry), features film screenings, readings, workshops, panel discussions and performance for all ages. The event is free, but registration is requested.

The NYC-based band VHS Collection plays The Troubadour on Saturday night. Tigertown, DWNTWN play in support. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $12-$15.


The Wiltern kicks off its Swing Dance Summer series, featuring music from different eras for three Sundays this summer. Learn to swing dance from professional instructors—or just come and dance. This Sunday, the Crown City Bombers performs tunes from the rocking 1950s. Doors open at 6:30 pm for those who are taking the dance class package ($20). The party begins at 8 pm for the swing dancing party (admission to the party is free and all ages).

TASTE OF THE NATION (Food + drinks)
Los Angeles’ Taste of the Nation returns to Media Park in Culver City to benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign. Attendees can eat and drink from 1-4 pm, sampling items from some of the city’s top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists. Purveyors include: Cassell’s Hamburgers, Jitlada, Rose Cafe, Salt & Straw, Coolhaus, RiceBar, The Bazaar by José Andrés, Upper West, Valerie’s Confections and others. Proceeds from the even No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America. Tickets start at $110 with VIP tickets (early entrance at 12:30 pm) available at $160. Admission for children between 6-13 is $25.

The third annual Taste of Eagle Rock takes place on Sunday from 4-7 pm at the corner of Hill Drive and Eagle Rock Boulevard. Vendors include: Dave’s Chillin n Grillin, Cindy’s Coffee Shop, The Capri, Thai Spirit, Four Cafe, Coffee Table, Little Beast, Thai Coconut, Trader Joe’s, Taco Spot, Turning Fire, Eagle Rock Kitchen, Spireworks, Eagle Rock Public House, Red Herring, Eagle Rock Juice, Yogurt Haven, Menchies, Know Reality Pie, Colorado Wine Co., Eagle Rock Brewery, Craft Beer Cellar and 5 Line Tavern. Tickets are $30 if purchased 48 hours in advance, and $40 at the door. Designated drivers are $25 and children are $15, under 3 free.

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