Weekend Events: January 4-6

It’s a new year, it’s a new you. Whether or not you followed through on your resolutions so far in 2019, you deserve to treat yourself to a weekend of fun in LA. In the city of stars there is no shortage of thrills. We rounded-up the best “Angeleno” approved events to spruce up your first weekend of the year!

Read below for events happening in and round LA January 4-6.

Discover your inner Angeleno!

Friday, January 4th

First-Time Fridays at LACMA

You haven’t been to LACMA you say? Well luckily for you, LA’s Contemporary Museum of Modern Art accepts this and offers First Time Fridays. This monthly event invites guest to explore the museum from 3:00pm-8:00pm for LA residents. If you let the ticket office know it is your first visit to LACMA, you will receive a free poster and discounts at the LACMA store, LACMA Cafe and C+M.

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Abbot Kinney First Fridays

AK’s neighborhood block party returns this Friday on the “coolest block in America”. Whatever your craving, you’ll be sure to find something with new and old food trucks joining the event and merchant discounts plus late hours.

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LA Lakers vs. New York Knicks

NBA tickets to see the Los Angeles Lakers play the New York Knicks are sure to be selling quickly! Fans from both sides of the nation won’t want to miss this exciting regular season game! If you want to be there to catch all of the action you’d better act now. Secure your seats so you can cheer on your favorite team!

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Saturday, January 5th

Watson Adventures’ Thrilla at the Getty Villa

Roam for Romans on a unique scavenger hunt that transports you to ancient Greece and Rome via the Getty Villa. You’ll follow a trail of clues and answer fun, tricky questions. Discover facts you never knew about the odd aspects of gods, goddesses, and the inventors of the toga party.

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Golden Globes Foreign Language Nominee Symposium

Discover the best foreign language films of 2018. This year’s five nominees include Capernaum from Lebanon, Girl from Belgium, Never Look Away from Germany, Roma from Mexico, and Shoplifters from Japan. The symposium will also include a free roundtable with the Directors for each of the nominated films. The panel will be moderated by Mike Goodridge, former HFPA member and VP turned festival director and programmer. Advance sale tickers are available until 5:00pm January 4 but will still be available for standby the day of.

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Bricks LA 2019

Come share your love of Lego and discover hundreds of fan created models at the Pasadena Convention Center ! Enjoy their vendor area with new, used, and unique brick accessories as well as building techniques and panel discussions. It will be a weekend of fun for all ages.

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Sunday, January 6

Annual Carroll Shelby Cruise-In

Come see some of the fastest, rarest and most beloved Shelby’s of all time. The Petersen will celebrate Carroll Shelby’s birthday by having a cruise-in on the third floor parking structure of the museum. All car enthusiasts are invited to participate in the car show and contest. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

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A Faery Hunt Magical Adventure

Named by Nickelodeon the “Best Children’s Theater” in Los Angeles, A Faery Hunt delights as a magical adventure. Auntie Angelica leads the audience on a gentle journey to help the Faery royalty! With the help of the audience and the Faeries, it’s a musical filled afternoon with fun, laughs and surprises.

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LA Kings Holiday ICE at L.A. Live Final Day

Just because the holidays are over, doesn’t mean the fun has to be. Don’t miss out on the last day of the LA Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. Live. Skate your way through the weekend as a family fun activity or date night.

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Out and About: West Hollywood Edition

West Hollywood is full of amazing sites, bites, shops and sounds. The style of which depends on your preference. From the Rock History of the Sunset Strip to priceless art hung in Miracle Miles Museum Row. Spend a day on Route 66, and discover one of LA’s most popular neighborhoods!

From AM:

If your an early riser we recommend a morning jog along the city’s most famed hiking trail–Runyon Canyon.

Runyon Canyon

The trail is always buzzing with celebrities and LA locals kicking off their morning fitness routine. Feel free to bring your furry friend too as Runyon Canyon is a pet-friendly jogging trail with amazing city views!

After you have worked up your energy settle down for a quintessential California meal at the neighborhood favorite–BBCM or The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker if you can say that three times fast.

BBCM Cafe

Sit outside under perfectly pruned Olive trees while you enjoy the LA morning sun and their selection of gourmet organic menu options.

Once you’ve finished with breakfast, it is time to venture off to the days next destination. We recommend a quick Uber ride over to the Miracle Mile where LA’s top museums await you.

LACMA

Start off at LACMA to view a range of Modern Contemporary Art and Exhibits. For those that prefer the kind of art that hits the road, the Peterson Automotive Museum is right across the street.

Peterson Automotive Museum

And for our movie buffs, soon enough the Academy will debut their Museum right alongside LACMA where priceless wardrobes and set pieces from famed films will be on view.

Stride a bit further outdoors and you’ll likely smell before you see–the La Brea Tar Pits. Long before Tesla’s roamed the streets of LA, Mastodons called it home.

La Brea Tar Pits

This landmark exhibit is still an excavation site for paleontologists that continuously discover new artifacts preserved in the tar of its former residents.

Needing a bit more culture on the top of your Contemporary Sundae?  The MAK Center now serves as an Art & Architecture headquarters of LACMA but is most notably known as R.M. Schindler’s 1920’s abode. The homes current mainstay are the events and exhibitions that take place there throughout the year, as well as the children’s activities available daily.

To Afternoon: 

Once you’ve had your fill of Weho’s art scene, make your way to famed Melrose Ave. Predominantly known as the hub for the city’s best in unique and chic apparel.

Vivienne Westwood

From Vivienne Westwood to John Varvatos, there is something stylish for all.

After your fashion overhaul is complete, it’s time for an afternoon nosh! Don’t stray away from the street your on because Melrose Ave. also serves as a premiere dining destination.

For gourmet Mexican, Gracias Madre rains supreme. So much so you’ll have a hard time believing its a vegan restaurant! Feeling for a bite on the heavier side?

Gracias Madre

Across the way and by way we mean street, is Cecconi’s. From the owners of Soho House, Cecconi’s is a pristine take on southern Italian. Between the modern designed interior to the delectable menu options, you’ll feel molto buona(very good)!

Cecconis

After a filling lunch, we recommend taking part in West Hollywoods Architectural Walk. Created by the West Hollywood Preservation Alliance, Walkable Weho: Architecture & Golden Era Walk is a captivating walk along the city’s premiere living gems.

Villa D’Este- West Hollywood

Begin your journey at Tara, the historic landmark building named after Tara from Gone with the Wind. Gaze upon 15 of Weho’s most famed residences, ending on the historic La Fountaine. Designed by Leland Bryant, the apartments served as a former home to celebrities like Bette Middler and Steve Martin.

To PM:

By the time you’ve walked, shopped and seen yourself out, it’s nightfall in LA and the real fun begins! Depending on your preference, the night in Weho can take you to any number of places. We recommend starting off with dinner at beloved eateries like Lucques or The Tower Bar.

Tower Bar- Sunset Tower Hotel

You’re likely to see a few famous faces along with enjoying award winning meals.

For our funny boned individuals, the Sunset Strip is home to comedian stomping grounds the Laugh Factory and the Comedy Store.

The Comedy Store

Both establishments have welcomed the likes of Eddie Murphy to Chevy Chase and still do the trick to this day.

Needing something on the buzzy side, further down the strip you’ll find the famed Rock N’ Roll Road.

The Roxy

With landmark venues like The Roxy and The Viper Room, you’ll not only be in the presence of Rock legend history, you may also discover a new favorite band.

Inspired to sing your own heart out?

Blind Dragon

Blind Dragon is the areas premiere Karaoke Bar from the h.Wood Group team(The Nice Guy, Delilah, 40 Love) with creative craft cocktails and belt worthy tunes.

For those wishing to dance the night away, 1OAK is never a disappointment if you don’t mind the line to get inside.

The Troubador

Otherwise, the true all-nighters venture over to the city’s Santa Monica Blvd for a truly lively atmosphere. The Troubador is always sure to put on a good show being another landmark musical hub.

Doheny Room

Next door The Doheny Room serves bites and sips downstairs with a NY club like atmosphere upstairs. And with party favorites like Pump, The Abbey, and Revolver throughout the street, you’ll have your pick of places.

No matter how your night ends, you can do no wrong along Route 66

 

 

Weekend Events: Sept 28th-30th

Celebrate LA!
By: Samira Murphy

Are you ready for it? The most ghoulish time of the year is around the corner. You have your seasonal decor on cue and your already contemplating how soon is too soon to buy all things Pumpkin Spice. No fret, we’ve got you covered. Swing into the fall spirit with these events happening in and around L.A. Some spook worthy, some just plain fun.

With all the hustle and bustle of our weekday routine we bring you a curated list of the weekends top activities happening throughout the city of stars.

Discover your inner Angeleno!

Limited engagements taking place this Sept. 28th-30th features the return of the Dino Fest at The National History Museum to the spooktacular Haunted Hayride in Griffith Park . Read below for a breakdown of the weekend events.

Friday sept. 28th

It’s Friday night and if your like most of us, your looking to ease into the weekend not bungee jump.

Beck @ The Hollywood Bowl
Weekend Event: Beck @ The Hollywood Bowl

It’s not too late to grab tickets to Beck and the Hollywood Bowl. Pick-up a Picnic to go from Joan’s on 3rd and sit out under the stars as you listen to the Grammy Award winner’s best works. With hits as diverse as the Dadaist anthems of Odelay through the classic Californian songcraft of Grammy® Album of the Year Morning Phase to his current gem, Colors, the Beck catalogue is sure to receive a thorough airing during a magical night at the Bowl. Show starts at 7:30 pm and tickets are available here.

Theatricum Botanicum
Weekend Event: Theatricum Botanicum

Wanting a little closer to the other side of the hill? No need to make the drive because Theatricum  Botanicum is hosting their “Under the Oaks” concert series featuring the Composer’s Collective. An annual concert presenting new works and beloved classics by some of LA’s most popular and innovative musicians of television, movies, the concert hall, and more. Find yourself surround by sounds and nature in Topanga’s favorite outdoor theatre venue. Tickets and additional information are available here.

Saturday Sept. 29th

Dino Fest @ The National History Museum of Los Angles
Weekend Event: Dino Fest @ The National History Museum of Los Angles

Spend your weekend with the original terror titans–it’s the return of Dinofest at the National History Museum! Fun for the whole family, explore the prehistoric world of our Dino friends. Taking place for two days only, visitors will meet Museum scientists and see rarely exhibited objects, take part in hands-on activities for the entire family, enjoy a Dino Encounters Show, and meet and greet with Buddy the Dinosaur from the PBS hit show Dinosaur Train from 10am-2pm each day. Buy your tickets online and receive a limited-edition dinosaur pin at the door, while supplies last. For more info click here.

Haunted Hayride @ Griffith Park
Weekend Event: Haunted Hayride @ Griffith Park

Looking for something a bit more haunting? In it’s 10th year, the Haunted Hayride at Griffith Park is sure to give a spook. Filled with all sorts of ghastly ghouls and monsters alike-patrons will find themselves on a frightful journey through the old L.A. Zoo. Too chilling? The “scary-go-round” for wee ones (and ‘fraidy cats)is also on site, as well as a number of scare zones and a even a pitch black maze filled with “demons and maniacs” of the night. For more details be warned and click here.

Sunday Sept. 30th

CELEBRATE LA!

Celebrate LA!
Weekend Event: Celebrate LA!

In what is likely the best way to discover our L.A. neighborhoods with all day fun for the entire family is the LA Phil’s 100th Anniversary celebration-Celebrate LA!. Stretching from the Walt Disney Concert Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, this FREE music filled fest features over 1,800 musicians, artists and dancers that will perform at six pedestrian hubs across the eight-mile route, including Dâm-Funk, Dengue Fever, Dustbowl Revival, Jeff Goldblum, Ozomatli and Rivers Cuomo. So bike, walk, or skate your way down and don’t miss out on this history making event. For more info click here. 

Abbot Kinney Festival
Weekend Event: Abbot Kinney Festival

Prefer to stay on the Westside? It’s a weekend of festivals citywide, because Abbot Kinney is hosting their annual street fair this Sunday too!

“The Abbot Kinney Festival in Venice, California, spans world-famous Abbot Kinney Boulevard, dubbed the coolest block in America by GQ Magazine. The mile-long street’s eclectic boutiques and artisan eateries infuse the festival with local Venice flavor. Occurring each year on the last Sunday in September, this highly anticipated summertime tradition is 34 years strong”.

This year pursue through dozens of food trucks and vendors, as well as four live music stages. See what makes Abbot Kinney so “Quintessentially L.A.” , Click here for more info.