Out and About: Spring Bloom in SoCal

If you din’t know from the crazy amount of butterflies migrating through the city last week, spring is in bloom. With such is the arrival of California’s Wild Flowers. A site to see for those from our visiting the sunnier side of Cali, the wild flowers are are experiencing a Super-Bloom this year.  An event not to be missed as this only occurs every 10-15 years. If you’re looking for the best way to really ring in the floral season, we have the City-Guide for you. Get some instagram-able photos and spend some time Out and About with Spring in SoCal.

From Arcata to San Diego the state flower is in full bloom and so is our guide of where to find them.

Death Valley National Park

Here is where you will find the full super bloom experience. The Mojave Desert is home to wildflower event, although this year scarce rains did not result in its usual bloom, it’s still a sight to see.

Joshua Tree National Park

While in Death Valley, you can make your way to Joshua Tree which happens to be part of the Mojave. Blooms have already started here near the park’s south entrance and are expected to last longer thanks to cool temperatures.

Channel Islands National Park

These five islands that make up the park 25 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara coastline have a bounty of unique wildflower offerings. On Anacapa, Santa Barbara, and San Miguel islands, yellow coreopsis began blooming in January and will last through the month. The flowers are endemic to the Channel Islands but only found now on Santa Rosa Island.

Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area

In late March, the flanks of this summit(50 miles northwest of Santa Barbara) and nearby Grass Mountain begin bursting with a range of wildflowers. Hyacinth, shooting stars, buttercups, milkmaids, Johnny-jump-ups and poppies are just a few of the many flowers found here.

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

At this nearly 1,800-acre reserve about 75 miles north of Los Angeles, are rolling hills blanketed in poppies. The season for these hillside foliage’s begins in April, lasting through early May. While the poppies are the showstopper here, keep your eye out for other wildflowers like California Aster and blue lupine. Since this area received several more inches of rain then usual in 2019, a super bloom is expected here too.

Pinnacles National Park

Around 8-miles south of San Jose is Pinnacles National Park. The wildflowers here can be seen in March, showing most in May. Depending on rainfall and temperature one would find a mix of milkmaids, shooting stars bush poppies and orchids.

LA Eats of the Week: A St. Patricks Guide

It’s St. Patrick’s Weekend! Well the holiday isn’t quite a weekend long activity but whose to say you can make it one?With LA’s bounty of Irish pubs go ahead and fancy a neon beverage! Read our round-up below of LA’s best Irish sips and bites. Enjoy a round of Guinness with a side of Boxty and discover your inner Angeleno!!

Pub’s

The Auld Dubliner

Location: Long Beach

Here is what we love about the Auld Dubliner: The menu doesn’t dabble in Irish dishes, it full-on embraces them. Bangers and champ, a plate of sausage and mash; Irish ham and cabbage; shepherd’s pie; boxty, a traditional Irish potato pancake; and an all-day full Irish breakfast are just a few of the plates that’ll have you breaking out in a jig. Their drink selection is nothing to scoff at, either: The Auld Dubliner is known for pouring the perfect pint of Guinness!

Casey’s Irish Pub

Location: Downtown

Even if you’ve never been to Casey’s, you’re probably familiar with the sprawling, dark-wood-everything bar: It’s served as the set for just about every pub-focused scene on TV in the last 20 years. Given an Irish reboot from the brains at 213 Hospitality, Casey’s is still imbued with that faded-elegance vibe.

The Irish Times

Location: Culver City

Your eyes may need some adjusting once you enter the Irish Times, a divey, dimly-lit Irish pub, but give it some time and you’ll soon find yourself comfortably immersed in your surroundings. That’s because comfort is key at this Culver City bar, where regulars gather for trivia on Tuesdays and Thursdays while noshing on bangers and mash or beef-and-Guinness pie. Authentic Celtic music drifts throughout the pub, then there’s karaoke on Wednesdays, and live bands that perform on Fridays and Saturdays (no cover!)

Jameson’s Irish Pub

Location: Hollywood

An Irish pub in the middle of Hollywood may seem like a boozy tourist trap, but we’re not complaining because Jameson’s Irish Pub has one of the best happy hours on the Walk of Fame: two-for-one drinks, Monday through Friday, noon to 8pm. What’s more, their namesake liquor is featured in over half the drinks on the cocktail list, making this pub a whiskey-lover’s haven—and you know they’ve even got Jameson on tap.

Molly Malone’s

Location: Los Angeles

There are Irish pubs that feature music, and then there are music venues that happen to live in an Irish pub. Molly Malone’s has been brewing up its own little pint of Dublin in L.A. since 1969 and showcasing musical talent (and a great beer list) every step of the way. Rock, Irish folk, country: The lineup spans the genre gamut, and with Molly’s stellar acoustics, it’s one of L.A.’s better pubs for catching a show—dinner and a show, in fact. On nights with live music, the kitchen is open late.

Patrick Molloy’s

Location: Manhattan/Hermosa/Redondo

Check out this Irish pub for some after-beach drinks and a football game, or start you morning here—either way, it’s got plenty to offer. Swing by on Saturday or Sunday for breakfast and get free, bottomless mimosas with any purchase. You won’t find traditional Irish fare on the food menu, but the drink menu is stacked with whiskeys, beer and cocktails, like the Irish Mule and Irish Ivy Gimlet. Check out their daily specials online, including build-your-own-burger Thursdays (with $5 beer pitchers) and $3 bar bites and beers on Fridays.

Green Sips

1886 Bar at the Raymond

Location: Pasadena

Known as one of the best cocktail bars in the city, this place takes the craft of mixology very seriously with delightful details such as hand-cut ice, freshly-squeezed juices, as well as house-made infusions and tinctures. This charming establishment is even housed in a historic craftsman cottage. On St. Paddy’s Day, head bartender Peter Lloyd-Jones will be pouring the Tipperary, a specialty mixed drink with Tyrconnell Irish Whiskey, Green Chartreuse and Carpano Antica. Sláinte!

The Pikey

Location: Hollywood

If something bubbly is more your style, the Pikey’s Denver Mint Fizz with Jameson Irish Whiskey, mint, lemon, orange, club soda is highly recommended. Also, Michelin Star-awarded chef Ralph Johnson will be serving traditional Irish black-and-white pudding and corned beef and cabbage with horseradish cream. Yum!

Harvard & Stone

Location: Los Feliz

For those looking for a humorous take on the holiday, the trendy cocktail lounge Harvard & Stone will be showcasing their Leprechaun Piss concoction made with Green Spot Irish whiskey, Green Chartreuse and sweet vermouth. And for the true connoisseur, there’s the Pot of Gold, a shot of Redbreast Irish Whiskey, a pack of Skittles, and a can of Olympia beer. Bask in the opulence!

Tavern

Location: Brentwood

On St. Patrick’s Day, patrons of this elegant Westside eatery will get to enjoy Tavern on the Green. A cocktail with Brugal Añejo Rum, lime, muddled basil, cilantro and jalapeño. There will also be special menu featuring corned beef brisket with butter braised cabbage. Not your fave? They’ll also have beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips with Guinness-battered pollock.

Whiskey Hubs

Seven Grand

Location: Downtown

With taxidermy, plaid wallpaper, pool tables and an impressive, 700-plus collection of Scotch, bourbon, rye, single malt and whiskey—one of the largest selection on the West Coast—Downtown’s popular Seven Grand is a boozehound’s man cave. Take a trip to Japan, Scotland, Australia and even India with pours that will surprise even the most seasoned of whiskey enthusiasts. For those who want to geek out on the brown stuff, sign up for the Whiskey Society’s tastings, held weekly at 6:30pm.

Ten Pound

Location: Beverly Hills

L.A.’s classiest whiskey bar is, unsurprisingly, also one of the toughest to get into. This reservation-only spot within the Montage Beverly Hills is dedicated to one thing: scotch, namely Macallan. Browse the list of sherry oak, fine oak, Highland Park and “old & rare” bottles aged anywhere from 15 to 64 years. Then, there’s the ice: Your barman rolls out a cart of chilling options, which can include Kold-Draft cubes, soapstone rocks, a water ball made from Highland Springs water and, finally, the ice sphere with the house £10 logo. With top-notch selects and service, you can also expect some of the best cocktails around.

The Blind Donkey

Location: Old Town

The bar’s name pays homage to the bygone donkeys. Blindfolded, so as not to get spooked—they churned old mills that crushed grains for making whiskey. And that’s what you’ll find at the Blind Donkey: 100-plus whiskeys from America, Scotland, Ireland and Canada. The Pasadena gastropub is a spot whiskey lovers and beer geeks flock, where whiskey flights cross the globe from the Bourbon Trail to Ireland. And what whiskey cocktail is better than an old-fashioned?

Bar Jackalope

Location: Downtown

The entrance to this taxidermy-peppered saloon is tucked inside the converted back room of Seven Grand Downtown. Press the call button and an unmarked door inches open just wide enough for patrons to be signaled inside. What awaits is a whiskey lover’s dream like cult favorite Pappy Van Winkle 15-years! As well as cocktails stirred to perfection.

Rock and Reilly’s

Location: West Hollywood

Choose from more than 50 varieties of whiskey at this Irish pub. Pair your flights of whiskey or beer with comfort bar food. Enjoy their guilt-inducing Irish Nachos, made with crispy potato slices instead of tortilla chips. On weekends, expect to rub shoulders with local hipsters. Try your luck in their upstairs lounge or back patio, no matter your location. Rock And Reilly’s Locations: Downtown, USC, LAX and West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip.

The Daily Pint
Owner of the Daily Pint Phil McGovern has a sip at his Pico Boulevard watering hole.

Location: Santa Monica

You’ll find here ever-changing line up of craft brews on tap and hundreds of bottles of whiskey. Browse the longstanding watering hole’s extensive selection of bourbon, scotch and whiskey from around the world. For those looking to shell out to get liquored up, ask the sassy-mouthed barkeep for a top-reach bottle. The floor-to-ceiling stocked vault holds bottles aged 65 years and beyond.

 

Out and About: St. Patricks Day Edition

If there is one thing to be said about St. Patrick’s Day, it is that here in the U.S. our celebration of the holiday is pure art. Well…maybe not art but we do know how to make some pretty cool green colored drinks. So if your out and about on St. Patty’s day discover your inner Angeleno with the luck of the Irish and LA’s best events to ring in the day of green and gold!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Location: Los Angeles

It’s no emerald seaside, but Hermosa Beach injects a bit of Irish spirit into the coastal city for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Bagpipers, marching bands, cars decked out in green and festive pups from the Irish Setters Club of Southern California all make their way across the seven-block route. The parade kicks off near City Hall on Valley Drive, heads west on Pier Avenue and ends at the corner of Hermosa Avenue and 10th Street.

St. Patrick’s Day 5k in Redondo Beach

Location: Los Angeles

It’s no jig, but this St. Paddy’s Day tradition in Redondo Beach is a lively way to spend the Irish holiday. The 5K run/walk (8am) is followed by the Little Leprechaun Dash for the Gold (9:30am); both races start near the intersection of Catalina and Elena Avenues. All participants earn a festive T-shirt.

Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival

Location: Casey’s Irish Pub, DTLA

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Downtown at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival, hosted by Casey’s Irish Pub. Early admission to the bar begins at 6am—yeah, it’s never too early for an Irish coffee—and the street festival begins at 11am. Expect a whopping 450 kegs of beer, 1,200 bottles of Jameson, more than 30 bartenders, and of course all the traditional Irish fare straight from Casey’s kitchen. Enjoy musical entertainment from a few local DJs and bands, and plenty of festive drinks all day and night long—both the pub and the festival run until 2am. Blimey.

St. Patrick’s Day Eve Pub Stroll

Location: Queen Mary, Long Beach

Hit up a slew of one-night-only Irish pubs as the Queen Mary transforms its salons into festive drinking dens. Fill up on Irish fare while listing to traditional tunes from a trio of bands.

Rock and Reilly’s Annual St. Paddy’s Day Block Party

Location: Rock and Reilly’s, West Hollywood

Stock your St. Patrick’s Day festivities with an afternoon equal parts pretty faces and green beer at Rock and Reilly’s annual bash, held in the lot behind the Sunset Strip pub. The fest promises more booze and less morals with each installment thanks to eight full bars and more than 100 kegs of Bud Light and Guinness—sorry brew snobs, but let’s be real, you’re not coming here for the Celtic culture. Stay fed with the bar’s own delicious drinking fuel—corned beef sliders and Irish nachos—or from food trucks and a pizza, sandwich and salad station. This year, a portion of the proceeds from will benefit the Animal Rescue Mission.

St. Patrick’s Day at The Original Farmers Market

Location: The Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles

Stop by the Original Farmers Market on St. Patrick’s Day for corned beef, cabbage and green beer at Magee’s Kitchen. Glen “the strolling bagpiper” will be playing Celtic tunes in the afternoon, while other bands will park themselves on the east patio during lunch and the west patio during dinner.

Courtesy of: Time Out LA

Weekend Events: March 8-10

We are almost midway through the March Madness and hopefully almost done with LA’s rainiest year. But don’t let few pre-spring showers rain on your weekend parade! There are a bounty of exciting things to do this weekend in Los Angeles. So grab your umbrella and venture out into the city of stars and possible rain clouds.

Discover your inner Angeleno!

Friday, March 8th

ArtNight Pasadena

 

Location: Pasadena, CA

Twenty Pasadena cultural institutions participate in a night of free art, music , and entertainment during ArtNight Pasadena. Last year and estimated 16,000 guest cane through and this year expects similar attendance. Venues for 2019 include the Norton Museum, Pasadena History Museum, Kidspace Children Museum, The Gamble House and more, There will even be free shuttles to transport guest to their next destination.

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We Choose Art-A Feminist Perspective

Location: Montalban Theater, Hollywood

March is Women’s History Month, so what better then to send this Friday amongst art in celebration of women. We Choose Art-A Feminist Perspective will be showcases a portrait gallery, live performances and artist unveilings if works. Enjoy cocktails while you peruse a cultural selection of feminist highlights at the historic Montalban Theatre.

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Star Party

Location: Hilltop Park, El Segundo

The city of EL Segundo Recreation & Parks Department along with the South Bay Astronomical Society will host a Star Party this Friday. Enjoy an evening of gazing at the night sky away from LA’s usual hustle and bustle.

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Saturday, March 9th

Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County More Than Pink Walk

Location: Dodger Stadium

Susan G. Komen will hold the newly rebranded More Than Pink Walk(formerly Race for Cure) at Dodger Stadium this Saturday. There is something for all in attendance to enjoy. The event will feature a Kids Zone, Expo, Survivor’s and areas, Reflection Tent, in addition to the More Than Pink Walk. The event is expecting an attendance of 6,000, nearly 400 survivors ad over 900 members on the largest corporate team. Through events like this the Los Angeles County More Than Pink Walk, Komen Los Angeles County invest 75 percent of funds raised to support local breast health services with the remaining 25 percent to national research to find cures.

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Los Angeles Ballet presents Serenade & La Sylphide

Location: Royce Hall

This passionate program offers two masterpieces choreographed by the two “Mr. B’s”. August Bournonville’s  La Sylphide, in 2 acts, is a captivating story of love and loss. George Balanchine’s Serenade, stirring, sweeping and romantic, is one of Balanchine’s best-loved works.

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Connect with Rescued Wolves

Location: Wolf Connection Ranch

Wolf Connection is a youth empowerment program with rescued wolves and wolfdogs as the centerpiece. With the help of these animals, individuals lear about nature & conservation on a beautiful 165-acre ranch. At Walk with Wolves you will begin with a guided tour of the wolf and wolfdog sanctuary where you’ll learn the story of each pack-member and the species history.

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Sunday, March 10th

Disney’s “Silly Symphony”-Animated Shorts with Live Orchestra

Location: The Soraya-The Valley’s Center for the Performing Arts

Share with your family the early days of Disney animation as it vividly comes to life through the magic of a live orchestra. CSUN Symphony accompanies some of Disney’s best-loved originals on our big screen, including The Skeleton Dance (1929), The Ugly Duckling (1939), and Three Little Pigs (1933). Disney is thought to have created his 75 Silly Symphony shorts as a showcase for his studio’s talented animators and composers as they prepared for the creation of their first full-length animated feature in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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Michael J Fox’s Trot 5k Run/Walk for Parkinson’s Research

Location: Griffith Park

Join The Michael J. Fox foundation’s Fox Trot 5k Run/Walk  for their annual tradition of raising awareness for Parkinson’s disease research. The event is in effort to bring the community together in support of research being done with every step being closer to finding a cure. It is a family friendly event with runners and walkers of all experience and speeds welcome!

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45th Annual Redondo Beach Pier Festival of the Kite

Location: Redondo Beach Pier

45th Annual Redondo Beach Pier Festival of the Kite is presented by Miller Children’s and WOmen’s Hospital, Redondo Pier Association and Sunshine Kite Comapny. The Redondo Pier host one of the longest-running kite festivals in the country. The event is free and suited for all ages with prizes going to the best hand-made kite. The event is scheduled to coincide with Daylight Savings Time. The festival will feature live music, dance performances, demonstrations, giveaways and more.

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Fun things to do in LA this March

There’s more to this month then March Madness. With so many fun activities in LA we thought you might need more then the weekend round-up. Read below for a collection of events happening throughout  the month and discover your inner Angeleno!

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys Pop Up (March 1-17)

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys Pop Up opens its doors March 1 – 17 for a pop-up exhibit that showcases the alternate history of toys. The museum features interactive exhibits, photo opportunities with a life-size action figure box, and over 100 toys and games that have been altered with a funny spin, alongside Obvious Plant’s original toys. You can read our interview with the creator Jeff Wysaki, here. -> More information

Delusion: The Blue Blade (March 1-17)

Delusion: The Blue Blade is an immersive play that puts in the center of a time travel adventure narrative. After a successful run last fall, the new ‘director’s cut’ edition of the play will run through March 17. -> More information

First Friday’s at Natural History Museum (March 1)

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) First Fridays returns on March 1 for a monthly party after hours in the museum including live musical performances, DJs, cocktails, and food trucks. -> More information

Planned Parenthood’s Annual Food Fare 2019 (March 7)

Planned Parenthood’s Annual Food Fare kicks off at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar on March 7 featuring over 150 of Southern California’s best restaurants, caterers and libation purveyors all in support of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA) initiatives. -> More information

ArtNight Pasadena (March 8)

20 Pasadena cultural institutions participate in a night of free art, music, and entertainment during ArtNight Pasadena. Last year an estimated 16,000 guests came through, and this year expects similar attendance. Venues for 2019 include the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena History Museum, Kidspace Children’s Museum, The Gamble House and more. There are even FREE shuttles to transport guests to their next destination.. -> More information

Venice Arts’ Annual Speakeasy at the Townhouse (March 9)

Venice Arts’ Annual Speakeasy comes to the Townhouse in Venice Beach on Saturday March 9 for whiskey, prizes, and all that jazz inspired by the Prohibition era. -> More information

45th Annual Redondo Beach Kite Festival (March 10)

The 45h Annual Redondo Beach Kite Festival returns to the Redondo Beach Pier on March 10 for an all-ages free afternoon of kite-flying and fun. In addition to prizes for best kites flown, there will be live music, a local dance studio performance, a martial arts demonstration, a hot dog on a stick eating contest sponsored by Craig’s Hot Dog on a Stick and giveaways courtesy of Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital -> More information

Metro Arts Presents: 10-Hour Bach Marathon with See/Hear L.A (March 16)

On Saturday, March 16 come to Union Station for Metro Art Presents: 10 HR Bach Marathon with See/Hear L.A. The event features a variety of musical performances to celebrate the legendary Johann Sebastian Bach’s 334th birthday. Program highlights include the annual Noontime Organ Concert in the historic Ticket Hall featuring organ virtuoso Christoph Bull and Church Keyboard Center; Lady Bach, an all-female group; plus a solo from multi-instrumentalist and composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. -> More information

L.A. Nature Fest at The Natural History Museum L.A. (March 16-17)

L.A. Nature Fest comes to The Natural History Museum L.A. (NHMLA) March 16-17 for a special visit with some of our coolest animal neighbors! -> More information

Arcade Expo 2018 at the Museum of Pinball (March 16-18)

PAC-MAN and Donkey Kong fans rejoice because the Arcade Expo is returning the Museum of Pinball in Banning from March 15-17 with some 1,100 retro and modern arcade games and pinball machines. -> More information

Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival (March 17)

The Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival returns for 2019 with another special viewing of the world’s largest blossoming plant, plus 200 arts, crafts and vendor booths, and live music. Paid shuttle service is available to and from the private residence that contains the plant and the main festival area. -> More information

KROQ Presents: Flogging Molly St. Patrick’s Day Block Party (March 17)

KROQ Presents: Flogging Molly St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at the Hollywood Palladium on Sunday March 17 is an awesome way to celebrate your favorite green-themed holiday. The block party includes all kinds of fun activities like street games, delicious food, plenty of Guinness, prizes, music, and more.  -> More information

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Celebration at California African American Museum (March 20)

The Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Celebration returns to the California African American Museum. Enjoy a night of fun on March 20 for an evening of art, food trucks, music, and more. The Opening Celebration includes Adia Millett: Breaking Patterns, The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914, and more! -> More information

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Podcast Live (March 21)

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Podcast Live comes to the Bootleg Theater Thursday March 21. Enjoy an evening Harry Potter fans won’t want to miss. During this enchanted evening, Harvard Divinity graduates Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile will review and discuss a chapter of Harry Potter, share some their own stories, and offer a medieval religious reading practice with this modern day classic. -> More information

The Other Art Fair is Coming to Downtown L.A. (March 28-31)

The Other Art Fair Los Angeles returns to Magic Box at The Reef. The Fair takes place March 28-31 for the 3rd edition of its independent artist showcase. See a curated selection of over 140 independent artists and check out thousands of pieces for every budget in one space.  -> More information

The Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival (March 31)

The Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival comes to Columbia Park on March 31 for a unique blend of cultural performances with a fun variety of crafts by local artisans, centered around the blooming cherry blossom. -> More information

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Celebrates César Chávez Day (March 31)

This free celebration features a guest speaker from the Cesar Chavez Foundation, Xipe Totec Aztec dancers, live music by Lorenzo and the Carnales, plus art, garden, and culinary workshops -> More information

Courtesy of: WeLikeLA

Your Mardi Gras in LA Guide

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Let the good times roll this Mardi Gras!! While we can’t all hop a plane to Rio or New Orleans for a real celebration, we can have come close here in LA. With a bounty of Carnaval celebrations happening this weekend, grab your king cake and paint the town yellow,  purple and green!

 

Mardi Gras at Santa Anita Park

When: Saturday, March 2nd

Long Beach Mardi Gras

When: Saturday, March 2nd

  • Join thousands of people for the Long Beach Mardi Gras happening at Shoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor. The afternoon will feature music, art, festivities, dancing, a parade and more.

The Original Farmers Market’s Annual Mardi Gras

When: Saturday March 2nd-Sunday March 3rd

  • The Original Farmers Market’s Annual Mardi Gras Celebration will bring a taste of NOLA right to Los Angeles. A family-friendly celebration the day includes New Orleans’ food, a musical line-up of Cajun and Zydeco music and Mardi Gras activities. The Dog Bakery’s Annual Mutti Gras Pet Parade will also take place. The celebration commences on Saturday, March 2, running through Sunday, March 3 and ending on Fat Tuesday, March 5.

5th Annual Venice Brazilian Carnival Parade

When: Saturday, March 2nd

 

Weekend Events: February 22-24

If your like the rest of us normal Angeleno’s, this weekend will be just like any other. Aside from the entertainment industry’s version of the Super Bowl a.k.a the Oscars. Just because you’re not jetting off from one Academy bash to the next, doesn’t mean you’re days off shouldn’t be award worthy. Ditch the usual, and spend this weekend discovering the best events LA has to offer. Read our round-up of this Friday through Sundays top events happening in and around the city.

Friday Feb. 22

The Chocolate and Art Show Los Angeles

Location: The Vortex

The Chocolate and Art Show Los Angeles returns to The Vortex for two nights (Friday and Saturday) of art, live body painting, vendors, live music, face-painting, and free chocolate.

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3rd Annual Oscar Film Week

Location: Culina at The Four Seasons, Beverly Hills

The 3rd Annual Oscar Film Week returns to Culina at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills February 19 – 23 with a meal and screening of all eight “Best Picture” Oscar nominated films in 2019.

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4th Fridays on 4th Street

Location: Long Beach

4th Fridays on 4th Street activates the “Retro Road” business district in Long Beach on the fourth Friday of every month from 6 to 10 p.m. through extended hours, dining specials, discounted merchandise, pop up shops, art shows, live music, double decker bus rides and more.

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Saturday Feb. 23

Bob Baker Day Celebration

Location: Los Angeles Historic Park

It’s Bob Baker Day at Los Angeles Historic Park. The day pays homage to the famed puppeteer with a carnival like event featuring live music, entertainment, puppet-making workshops, round-the-clock puppet shows, a pop-up puppet museum and lots more.

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Santa Monica Wine Festival

Location: Barker Hanger, Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Wine Fest comes to Barker Hangar for two days of wine tasting from a diverse group of wineries from around the world. The event will also offer complementary masterclasses.

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4th Annual SoCal Retro Gaming Expo

Location: Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena

The 4th Annual SoCal Retro Gaming Expo happening February 23-24 at the Pasadena Convention Center is an all-ages event featuring retro games, toys, merchandise, and much more.

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Sunday Feb. 24

Afro-Latinx Festival

Location: Museum of Latin American Art

There’s an Afro-Latinx Festival happening at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach this Sunday. Expect salsa music, workshops, tasty delights and a mixture of customs from African and Mestizo peoples in the Americas. 

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SRLA 18 Mile Friendship Run
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Location: Hansen Dam, Lake View Terrace

The 18-Mile Friendship Run is the premier training race for the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. The 18-mile course consists of two 9-mile loops starting in the Hansen Dam Recreation Area. The course travels along streets that are closed to traffic and, then, crosses the two-mile dam. Registration is open to the public and priced at $75.

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National Theatre Live Presents I’m Not Running

Location: UCLA-James Bridges Theater

I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by Academy Award nominee and Oliver and BAFTA winning writer David Hare. Premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas, don’t miss this breathtaking performance.

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Weekend Events: February 8-10, 2019

As we settle into the shortest month of the year, our weekends shouldn’t be cut short on lack of fun. With so many activities to chose from in and around LA, fill your time with the events we’ve rounded up below!

Friday Feb. 8th, 2019

Groundlings & Groundlings, Attorneys at Law

Location: The Groundlings Theatre, Los Angeles

The legendary Groundlings Theatre troupe presents its latest and greatest main stage show. It’s an evening of sketches and some improvisation, always original and always hilarious. Groundlings & Groundlings, Attorneys At Law Opening Night Party is Friday, February 8th. Tickets are $50 and include two drink tickets (specialty cocktails, beer, and wine), catering from The Darkroom, and an awesome show! This event is 21 and over only. ID required.

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One Love Cali Reggae Festival

Location: Queen Mary, Long Beach

Lookin’ to groove right into 2019? One Love Cali Reggae Festival returns to the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach on February 8 – 10 for its fourth annual music fest with all of your favorite bands and artists. This three-day festival boasts a long line-up of musicians. Performers include Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Sublime with Rome, Dirty Heads, and more. Attendees can also enjoy nightly after parties on the water with Don Carlos on Friday, February 8, Collie Buddz on Saturday, February 9 and Fiji on Sunday, February 10.

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The Pan African Film Festival

Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, Regina Hall, producer Will Packer and Kevin Hart arrive at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival Premiere of Screen Gems’ “About Last Night”.

Location: Cinemark Rave 15 Theatres, Baldwin Hills

The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) returns to Los Angeles February 7-18. Now in its 27th year, the 12-day festival is the largest black film festival in America. PAFF’s legacy is evidenced by the success of storytellers and talent who’ve contributed works to the festival such as Will Packer, Kevin Hart, Jamie Foxx, Ryan Coogler, Berry Jenkins, Taraji P. Henson, Ava Duvernay, and countless others. This year’s program features a robust schedule including the Filmmakers Brunch, ARTFest, PAFF Institute Panels, StudentFest, LOL Comedy Series, Children’s Fest, SpokenWord Fest, Seniors’ Connection and much more.

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Saturday Feb. 9th, 2019

Hammer Museum: Winter Exhibition Opening Night

Location: The Hammer Museum, Westwood

Come help the Hammer Museum celebrate their newest winter exhibitions with an opening-night party on February 9. From 8 to 11 p.m., attendees can view these brand-new exhibits during late-night hours, enjoy music by DJ Nubar and DJ ShyBoy from MaDonna Summer and Bootie LA/SF. See works by Los Angeles-based artist and view are newly acquired works. There will be a cash bar and The Original Grilled Cheese food truck will be parked on Lindbrook Drive if you want to grab a bite. As always, Hammer Museum events are free until they reach capacity.

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120th Golden Dragon Parade

Location: Chinatown, DTLA

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce presents the 120th Golden Dragon Parade along North Broadway in Chinatown on February 9. The celebration centers around the Lunar New Year, which is one of the biggest holidays of the year for nearly 1.5 million persons of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese descent in Southern California. Gathering thousands of individuals, this parade will include almost two dozen floats, multiple marching bands, government officials, various dignitaries, entertainers, local business leaders and cultural groups. The overarching theme of the parade is ethnic diversity, Chinese culture and exposure to Chinese-American businesses.

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Noah’s Ark After Dark Pajama Party

Location: Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles

Spend an evening with your favorite animal friends after hours aboard Noah’s Ark. Wear your favorite PJs (adults, too!) and play with puppets, tell stories, make new friends, and celebrate the winter. Enjoy a tasty dinner together and have loads of fun!

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Winter Sounds Weho: Zetz Klezmer Ensemble

Location:City Council Chambers (at the West Hollywood Library) 

The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division and the West Hollywood Library present the 2018-19 Winter Sounds FREE Indoor Concert Series. Zetz Klezmer is a delightful ensemble whose show weaves together music, stories, history, educational demos, and jokes. Their original and traditional music is rooted in klezmer traditions of European Jews, but also fuses sounds from across the globe.

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Sunday Feb. 10th, 2019

Second Annual Adam’s Forge

Location: Audubon Center at Debs Park, Los Angeles

On Sunday, February 10 the second annual Forge Festival celebrates the art of blacksmithing through live demonstrations, hands-on activities, musical performances, tomahawk throwing, artisan metal and craft marketplace and other family-friendly activities. Hosted by Adam’s Forge, a blacksmithing school founded 2002, The Forge Festival takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at the and tickets are $25 (children 12 and under are free).

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From Rescue to Runway

Location: Annenberg Petspace, Los Angeles

Watch Healthy Spot’s Grooming team go paw-to-paw to transform some of Annenberg PetSpace‘s adoptable pets in hopes of helping them find their furever homes. This Japanese style grooming competition will be judged by celebrity guest, Kenichi Nagase! Kenichi is a renowned Japanese Pet Grooming Stylist, recently featured in the Netflix docuseries, Dogs. Your pet is more than welcomed to join you! Stop by and enjoy: A friendly grooming competition, Q&A with Japanese Style Grooming experts, Kenichi NagaseJess Ronaand Patricia Sugihara, Adoptable pets from Annenberg PetSpace, Treats and takeaways, Raffle prizes and giveaways!

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A Faery Hunt: Valentine Faery Tea Party

Location: Tarzana Community and Cultural Center, Tarzana

Treat your little ones to A Fairy Tea Party! Each table will be hosted by one of A Faery Hunt’s charming faeries. English Tea Sandwiches, shortbread cookies, faery fruit and veggies, and Fairy Tea will be served; catered by their amazing Fairy Caterer. Come dressed in your faery; prince or princess finest attire. Enjoy circle-time story time with the faeries, music, dancing, and surprises. Space is limited for the Fairy Tea Party, so get your tickets now for this catered event.

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Dance Sunday with Debbie Allen & Friends

Location: The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts

Emmy Award-winner Debbie Allen returns with the 4th season of FREE, outdoor dance events for the whole family. This weekends event will feature BREAK THE FLOOR: HIP HOP! An introduction to Hip-Hop class with a fun and energetic routine taught by Chantel Heath. 

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Weekend Events: February 1-3

Aside from watching this Sundays big game, there are plenty of other fun things to do in LA for the non-sports fans. Since time is of the essence (especially on our rainy days), we have rounded up the best activities this weekend provides. So ditch your usual weekend routine and check out one of the events below…or all of them! The choice is yours this Super Bowl Sunday!!

Friday, January 1st

Night of Ideas

Location: National History Museum

Join the Consulate General of France in at the National History Museum this Friday for Night of Ideas Los Angeles. The evening will include engaging lectures, live musical and dance performances, readings and art installations.

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Breakup Bar Pop-up

Location: Severance Wine Bar, Melrose

While there us still plenty of time for you to snag a date before Valentines Day, celebrate your singleness at the Breakup Bar Popup. Hosted by the Severance Wine Bra, this limited engagement event is the ultimate anti-valentines day. Enjoy breakup appropriate movie screenings, a Wall of Broken Relationships, and a bounty of themed cocktails and bites. Bring your friends or even your date for a trip down memory lane, or at least some pre-V-day fun.

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Rare Books L.A.

Location: Pasadena Convention Center

Let your inner bookworm roam free this weekend as Rare Books L.A. comes tot he Pasadena Convention Center. I know your asking, what does this event have that my local bookstore doesn’t? Well for starters, in LA bookstores are nearly extinct. Aside from that new-age fact, Rare Books LA brings you literary treasure from around the world. The fair will feature one hundred of the finest specialist in antiquarian books, fine prints, photography, and ephemera form the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

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Saturday, January 2nd

2019 Japanese Food Expo

Location: Hilton Los Angeles, Universal City

The 2019 Japanese Food Expo comes to Universal City this Saturday. The event will feature food, sake, and travel exhibits from 50+ exhibitors.  Whether you just love eating Japanese food or want to be the Japanese food guru among your friends, this is the event for you!

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L.A. Cookie Con & Sweets Show

Location: Anaheim Convention Center

Two food events in one weekend?! We know the choice is hard so leave it up to your palette to decide. If your feeling something on the sweeter side, this is the event for you. Enjoy baking demos and workshops, celebrity chefs and hundreds of samples all day long. Can’t make it on Saturday? No worries, this is a two day event, so these delicious treats will be awaiting you Sunday as well. Now you don’t have to chose which food event to do!

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Family Concert: Up! Up! And Away!

Location: Long Beach Performing Arts Center

A musical afternoon with a full symphonic performance from Long Beach Symphony celebrating things that fly. From bumblebees to birds, kites to magic carpets, dragons to aliens, and superheroes to starships, it’ll be endless fun! Enjoy an afternoon of interactive musical activities, face painting, sing-alongs, conducting, dancing, and MORE!

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Sunday, January 3rd

The Pickwick Vintage Show

Location: Pickwick Gardens, Burbank

Featuring over 65 exhibitors from across Southern California, the Pickwick Vintage show will feature collections of one-of-a-kind vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories, textiles, inspiration, and findings. The event invites all collectors, connoisseurs, the design community, and fashionistas to check out the showcase of goodies spanning all eras. The Pickwick Vintage Show boasts treasures for all tastes and budgets– a little something for everyone.

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Super Vegan Sunday

Location: Row DTLA

Super Vegan Sunday! Try to say that three times fast. And after your done with that, don’t miss this foodie approved 2nd annual event. Vegan Street Fair, Eat Drink Vegan, and Smorgasburg LA join forces and transform into a vegan food haven. Not vegan? Don’t worry… Smorgasburg LA will not be going 100% vegan for the day. Smorgasburg LA is always the perfect place for everyone and anyone to grab a bite, and Super Vegan Sunday will be no exception, with your favorite vendors serving vegan and non-vegan options all day long! 

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Super Bowl LIII!

Yes we could include another event to fill-up your Sunday. But if you live in LA, your angeleno, so it is basically your resident duty to cheer on the LA Rams at some point. Saving you the hustle and bustle of finding a place to support our home team, we have a list of the best bars to catch the big game. Read our weekly feature Out and About: LA Sports Bars Edition at the link below for a roundup of Super Bowl Sunday approved spots.

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Out and About: LA Sports Bars Edition

You don’t have to throw or go to a big Super Bowl bash to enjoy this weekends big game. With so many new sports bars opening up along with the tried and true favorites, this weeks Out and About has you covered. So hang up the apron and throw on your Rams gear as we list off the city’s best sports bar options for Super Bowl LIII!

Spire 73

Location: 900 Wilshire Blvd Fl 73, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Watch the LA Rams take on the Patriots 73 floors high at Spire 73, located in the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Beginning at 1 p.m. guest can dine on game-day themed bites like ‘L.A. Rams’ Chips and Salsa, ‘L.A. Rams’ green chili pork sliders and L.A. torta burger. And for you Angeleno’s rooting for the opposing team, they’ll have some Patriots option too! The entry cost is $50 and includes a three beer bucket and after party with a live DJ.

Prank

Location: 1100 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

L.A.’s first walk-up bar will be showing the game live on their big screen starting at 11 a.m.. Fans will also score big on deals with $3 to $5 cocktails during commercial breaks, chosen by Prank’s Wheel of Fun. There will also be group party games and Chef Ricardo’s Front Porch BBQ starting at 3 p.m.

Boomtown Brewery

Location: 700 Jackson St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Rams fans will be booming with cheer while they catch the game on Boomtown Brewery’s projection screen and all-day deals. Almost all of their beers will be discounted for the big day along with various food vendors like Republic Craft BBQ and S’moreology.

Hotel Shangri-La

Location: 1301 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Enjoy a poolside feast while rooting for your favorite team at Hotel Shanrgi-La. The game will be shown on their big screen and your $55 entree fee includes a BBQ combo platter with a beer bucket add-on for an additional $20.

Casita del Campo

Location: 1920 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Not really in the mood for game-day BBQ? Casita del Campo has you covered! They’ll be showing the game this Sunday while dishing out your favorite Mexican cuisine and handcrafted margaritas. No worries to brewsky drinkers, there’s a range of ice-cold beer to chose from too!

Baltaire

Location: 11647 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Talk about timing because the happy hour odds are in your favor this weekend. Baltaire’s newly rolled out Happy Hour menu will feature game day bites, beer and cocktails specials. Catch the game in the lounge and don’t miss out on door prizes!

Baldoria

Location: 243 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

DTLA’s Baldoria will host a Super Bowl bingo party to shake up your game-routine this Sunday. Happy Hour is all night with prize giveaways and $2 shots every time either team scores a field goal, touchdown, or safety.

33 Taps

Location: 6263 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

If you’re a sports fan—so, you know, most of you—33 Taps is prime seating for watching your favorite game. Plenty of flat screen TVs are available to stare intently at while you choose from one of 33 beers on tap. If you’re feeling peckish, order one of the burgers with a side of their killer sweet potato fries. Watching the big game eastward? There’s also a 33 Taps in Silver Lake.

Baja Sharkeez

Location: 3600 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

This Southern California chain is all about the kitsch—and the flat-screen TVs. Watch the Sunday’s game from the collection of more than 60 TVs hanging around the Mexican beach-themed bar. Enjoy bar favorite frozen drinks, 22-ounce “schooner” cocktails, beer buckets, shot specials and more.

Barney’s Beanery

Location: 8447 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

The West Hollywood location is the original outpost of this mini-chain, but you can also find one in neighborhoods across L.A.: Pasadena, Westwood, Burbank, Santa Monica and Redondo Beach. You’ll find a crowd of sports bros and ladies all sidling up to the bar, enjoying one of 60 TVs (complete with sports packages galore), and imbibing in an array of beer choices. This sports staple is always a must on any sports bar list!

Blue Dog Beer Tavern

Location: 4524 Saugus Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

You don’t have to be enamoured with canines to appreciate the Blue Dog (although animal lovers may go gaga over the framed dog photos covering the wall). The Sherman Oaks sports bar is located in a 1940s-era bungalow that’s been stripped of the walls, leaving the framing exposed and allowing TVs to be visible from every seat. The beer list isn’t the largest in town, but it might be the best-edited, and come 10am, fans are fully decked out in their favorite team’s gear and all eyes are glued to the TVs.

Super Pup Sunday

Puppies take the field for Puppy Bowl XIV. Animal Planet Discovery Communications Inc DCL Photo Shoot PUPPY BOWL XIV credit: Damian Strohmeyer/Animal Planet

Location: 12005 Bluff Creek Dr, Playa Vista, CA 90094

For our furry friends, the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is hosting Super Pup Sunday and it’s as cute as it sounds. Both the football game and Puppy bowl will be streamed in the Wag 1 viewing room will complimentary food and refreshments are provided. Dogs are of course welcome, just be sure to read their rules on visiting pets.