Weekend Events: May 6-8

Explore all that your local neighborhood has to offer this Friday through Sunday! We’re rounding up all the best fun to be had for a fun May weekend as we head into warmer days and hopefully less Zoom’s.

LOS ANGELES MAY WEEKEND EVENTS

LA County Fair

When: May 5 – May 30

Where: Pomona

What: The LA County Fair returns right in time for warm May weekend weather! Make your way to the Pomona fairgrounds for what has been a local tradition since 1921. While there won’t be much livestock at the former agricultural fair, there will be plenty of fun, rides, performances, and more!

L.A. Underwater

When: Until May 30 

Where: USC/Exposition Park

What: Once upon a time Los Angeles was underwater – 90 million years ago to be exact. Get a close-up look at 40 locally-discovered fossils from when LA was a prehistoric ocean.

Unique LA Market

When: May 7-May 8

Where: Downtown Fashion District

What: The annual Unique market returns to downtown’s Fashion District this May weekend only. Described as the largest made-in-America shopping event in the country, there are a number of unique finds at this one-of-a-kind event. Peruse through clothes, accessories, and art pieces from a number of quality handmade brands. In addition, there will be local products to browse and different designers and artists showcasing their work to meet.

 

WESTSIDE & BEACH COMMUNITIES MAY WEEKEND EVENTS

David Sedaris

When: May 8

Where: Westwood

What: Prodigious satirist David Sedaris grew up believing that the whole world wanted to hear what he had to say. He was right. The rock star of writing is a master scribe and author of more than a dozen collections of essays, short stories, and diary entries. Join him for an evening of conversation and watch him work his self-deprecating comedy live in front of a throng of fans.

Rooftop Cinema Club

When: July 4 

Where: El Segundo

What: This Friday catch a screening of ‘Sing 2’, ‘The Goonies’ or ‘10 Things I hate About You’ at El Segundo’s Rooftop Cinema Club series. The masters of alfresco rooftop movies provide the perfect setting for warm May weekend weather and an evening of fun under the stars.

Flamboyance: A Topiary Menagerie

When: Until July 31 

Where: Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates

What: Over 100 topiary animals will be on view at the South Coast Botanic Garden now through July 31. The colorful installation, ‘Flamboyance’ includes 70 pink flamingos filled with begonias, as well as floral recreations of dogs, rabbits, monkeys, butterflies, and dolphins.

 

CONEJO VALLEY MAY WEEKEND EVENTS

Kathleen Madigan 

When: May 6 

Where: B of A Performing Arts Plaza Thousand Oaks

What: Award-winning comic and TV personality Kathleen Madigan will bring her uproarious stand-up show to Thousand Oaks. Madigan’s comedy resume includes 25 appearances on the Tonight Show, along with other late-night shows. In addition, the comedian most recently appeared with JerrySeinfeld on his internet series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

CSU Channel Islands Arts Under the Stars Event

When: May 7 

Where: California State University Channel Islands | Camarillo

What: Enjoy CSUCI’s Arts Under the Stars this Friday! The event will have dancing, singing, acting, and a performance by a Ukrainian dance troupe for an evening to remember. “Inertia” is the theme for the 2022 CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI)’s Arts Under the Stars (AUTS) extravaganza.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Reagan Library

When: May 8 

Where: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library  Simi Valley

What: Attend the 15th annual Mother’s Day Brunch at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library this Sunday! The library’s champagne brunch will feature a gourmet meal and a tour of the museum. In addition,  a professional photographer will be available to take your picture to commemorate this Mother’s Day. For more information, please call 805-577-4057.

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY MAY WEEKEND EVENTS

Electric Dusk Drive-In Presents: Dirty Dancing

When: May 7 

Where: Electric Dusk Drive-In | 236 n central ave | Glendale

What: Dance your way over to Electric Dusk Drive-In this weekend for a screening of the cult classic ‘Dirty Dancing. Enjoy a perfect May evening under the stars with a beloved film that all can enjoy.

Mother’s Day Brunch & Mimosas!

When: May 8

Where: Violet Cactus Studio | Burbank

What: Cheers to Mom! Enjoy a delightful brunch and mimosa soiree this Sunday to celebrate Mother’s Day. The event will feature live music, a photo booth, and delicious food.

Mother’s Day Meditation

When: May 8 

Where: Villa Bodhaya | Woodland Hills

What: Even mom deserves an ‘om’ moment! Treat the special lady in your life to a relaxed and rejuvenating meditation and sound healing experience in Woodland Hills. 

Best Local Ice Cream Shops | L.A. Eats

Whether it is the hottest day of the year or freezing cold, you can still go for that ice cream treat. Lucky for you, there are many spots for an ice-cold treat in Southern California that we’re spotlighting in this week’s blog!

Dear Bella Creamery

Let’s start with Hollywood. The Dear Creamery is a premium ice cream shop steering clear of artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and even artificial colors. In the place of artificial ingredients, the Dear Bella Creamery embraces fresh produce from the farmers’ market. So if you prefer an all-natural experience of flavors such as the Taiwanese Pineapple or Sweet Red Bean, this is the place for you.

Fata Morgana Gelato

You can enjoy the famous Italian gelato from either the West Coast or Beverly Hills. The gelato shop pulls many customers for their iconic stracciatella, although you can swing by and enjoy an array of flavors from their seasonal menu. It is a fantastic choice if you enjoy Italian treats.

Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery

This location is the definition of taking control of your ice cream. Here you get to choose what you want on top of your tasty dessert. You can choose toppings from cookie crumble, puppy chow, or seasonal fruit. There is your reason to come back. The Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery, with multiple locations in Southern California, serves ice cream both as dessert and you can have them as a full meal, your choice.

Bumsan Organic Milk Bar

This shop focuses on providing a personalized experience. Flavors such as milk tea, pineapple mango, and matcha produced at the Bumsan Organic Milk Bar are unique flavors that set the shop apart from its competition. And if you fancy an accompaniment, the shop can serve croissants and waffles.

Mashti Malone’s Ice Cream

Located in Westwood and Hollywood is an ice cream shop providing exotic flavors such as Rosewater, Orange Blossom, and Lavender. The flavors are Persian-inspired, using ingredients from other countries such as India and Lebanon. Here you can have fun with the presentations of your sweet treat. For instance, instead of the usual, you can enjoy your treat with waffles rolled in pistachios. Yum!!

Staycation in Long Beach | Out & About

As one of our nearby coastal cities, Long Beach, is known for its alluring beaches and beautiful attractions. From various water sports to being a short distance from Catalina Island, there’s much to do in LB. Read this guide to help you explore the best of Long Beach.

Where to stay:

The Westin Long Beach

Come to The Westin Long Beach for a staycation and enjoy 5-star comforts. The hotel has a gift shop, outdoor pool, fitness center, and on-site restaurants serving different cuisines. You can choose luxury accommodations with calming ocean views or bustling city views. With the Catalina Express just a few minutes away, it’ll be easier to explore Two Harbors for a rustic getaway.

Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Experience luxury at Hyatt Regency Long Beach, the only 4 Diamond Award-winning CA hotel situated on the waterfront in the heart of the city. Amenities include a 6-mile beach, golf courses, whirlpool, fire pit, heated pool, fitness centers, and onsite restaurants. You have everything you need for a fun and memorable staycation.

Things to do:

Aquarium of the Pacific

Explore the beauty of the coral reefs or the intriguing world of sea jellies at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Several exhibits are available to ocean enthusiasts or those who want to learn more about marine life. They have virtual field trips for your little ones, live exhibits, boat adventures, animal encounters, and much more! There’s something for the entire family at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Long Beach Antique Market

Do you fancy antique items? Visit Long Beach Antique Market and explore over 20 acres of collectibles, antiques, jewelry, decor, and vintage clothing! The antique market is close to Hollywood, which is why it attracts film stars, directors, and producers. If you’re looking for quality pieces of interesting items guaranteed to wow guests, this is the place. You’ll be spoilt for choice at the Long Beach Antique Market!

Where to eat and drink:

The Ordinaire

Want a 17th-18th century tavern experience in Long Beach? Then head to The Ordinaire and order your favorite drinks! The El Guapo made with tequila, lime, mezcal, pineapple, honey, and firewater bitters is a must-try! If you’re having brunch, the Whiskey Sours is the perfect brunch cocktail. And guess what, they even have Scotch-based cocktails! The Ordinaire offers both indoor and outdoor heated seating. Don’t forget to make a reservation if you’re booking for 10 or more of your friends or family!

Parker’s Lighthouse

Whether it’s for a private event or a romantic dinner for two, Parker’s Lighthouse is the place to be! Indulge yourself in different types of wines at their two-story wine cellar. And you can never go wrong with their grilled fresh seafood. With the breathtaking views as a backdrop, you’d never want to leave.

Queensview Steakhouse

Try California’s seafood dishes and delectable wines at the Queensview Steakhouse. Fresh lobster, prime steaks, and grilled fish are a must-try. On top of that, you get to also enjoy romantic views. Queensview Steakhouse is open from Wednesday to Sunday between 5 pm to 9 pm. Live entertainment is also available on Thursdays to Sundays.

Visit Long Beach Today!

Whether you live in Long Beach or just visiting, there is something for everyone in the city! Beach activities, fine dining restaurants, 5-star hotels. You name it, Long Beach’s got it!

WEEKEND EVENTS | April 29 – May 1

The weekend is here and so is our round-up of local fun! This April 29 through May 1, enjoy a range of activities and events from around town. From comedy festivals to chili cook-offs and more, we have you covered!

LOS ANGELES WEEKEND EVENTS | April 29 – May 1

Netflix is a Joke: The Festival

When: April 29 – May 8

Where: Various Locations

What: If you are a fan of Netflix’s stand-up specials, you won’t want to miss this weekend’s comedy festival! Netflix is a Joke: The Festival takes to the stage (25 stages to be exact) this weekend through next weekend only. Catch over 13 comedians IRL at this hilarious comedy event.

Hadestown

When: Until May 29 

Where: The Ahmanson

What: The Broadway Tony + Grammy award-winning show ‘Hadestown’ heads to The Ahmanson’ for a limited run. See Anaïs Mitchell’s transporting musical in DTLA for most of May. 

PATH’s Taste of Home

When: April 30

Where: Hollywood

What: Give back this weekend at PATH’s first-ever food fundraising event. Taste of Home kicks off this Saturday as an event to combat homelessness. Held at the Sunset Las Palmas Studios, the event will feature unlimited bites from Broad Street Oyster Co., DTLA Brazilian spot Caboco, Hotville Chicken, and more!

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS | April 29 – May 1

Bergamot Station Arts Center Spring Fling

When: April 30 

Where: Santa Monica

What: Celebrate the joy of spring at this Saturday’s open house event at Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station. Check out artwork at over 20 galleries, and hear directly from artists and curators, and participate in workshops.

Ever Present

When: April 30 

Where: The Getty Center | Westside

What: During the month of April you have a chance to see a range of experimental and ephemeral performances and listening sessions. Roam the grounds as you find sonic and movement-based performances from eight varying artists.

An Evening with Fran Lebowitz

When: April 28 – May 1 

Where: The Broad Stage| Santa Monica

What: An Evening with Fran Lebowitz? Say less. The sharp-witted and hilarious New York writer and comic will be gracing The Broad Stage with her presence this week only, so don’t miss out.

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | April 29 – May 1

Family Paint Party

When: May 1 

Where: El Torito | Woodland Hills

What: What could be more fun than a family paint night? Enjoy the Original Paint Nite with local artists Elizabeth Grebler as she walks you step by step to create your own masterpiece. Likewise, experience is not necessary. 

Hart Park BioBlitz for the City Nature Challenge

When: May 1

Where: 24151 Newhall Ave | Santa Clarita

What: Join the City Nature Challenge at Hart Regional Park! Learn how to share your photos on iNaturalist and contribute to biodiversity research.

Thrift Affair LA

When: April 30 

Where: 16350 Mandalay Dr | Sherman Oaks

What: Thrifting fun for the whole family! With 15-20 private sellers, this weekend’s Thrift Affair LA is a must-go and likewise, a must-buy. In addition to a trove of fashion finds, there will also be food, drinks, music, and a children’s play area.

 

CONEJO VALLEY | April 29 – May 1

Simi Valley Street Fair

When: April 30

Where: Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley

What: This one-day community event will offer over 350 vendor booths. Likewise, this will be made up of artists, crafters, businesses, commercial vendors, Simi Valley City services booths, and food vendors. In addition, there will be non-stop entertainment, a beer and wine garden, and a kids’ activity zone (free to kids 12 and under).

Santa Monica Mountains Fund “Picnic for the Park” Fundraiser

When: May 1 

Where: King Gillette Ranch | Calabasas

What: Santa Monica Mountains Fund will host Picnic for the Park – the organization’s first in-person general fundraiser in three years. This celebration of our beautiful local mountains will feature live music, a picnic dinner, a short film screening, a live Q&A, and a silent auction.

45th Annual Thousand Oaks Chili Cook-Off, Car Show & Craft Brew Fest

When: May 1 

Where: Conejo Creek North Park | Thousand Oaks

What: Enjoy this weekend’s 45th Annual Thousand Oaks Chili Cook-Off, Car Show & Craft Brew Festival! This Sunday, May 1st – is your time to taste and vote for your favorite chili. In addition, this all-day, family-friendly extravaganza will certainly be a memorable event for the entire community.

Out & About: Springtime in Big Bear

Located in San Bernadino, Southern California, Big Bear is a terrific place for fans of the great outdoors. Boasting the glistening snow-fed Big Bear Lake, which is the biggest recreational lake in Southern California, mountains and easy access to the wildlife-rich San Bernadino National Forest, a springtime staycation in Big Bear promises plenty of adventures. Here’s the lowdown on where to stay, eat and drink, as well as cool things to see and do.

Big Bear: Where to Stay

There are many lovely lodges and cute cabins during springtime in Big Bear, perfect for an intimate romantic break or a lively getaway with family or friends.

The quaint family-run Grey Squirrel Resort has 19 comfortable cabins set among 3 scenic acres. An ideal place for a peaceful break in nature, the resort features a tranquil pond and a refreshing heated outdoor swimming pool. There’s no need to go without modern luxuries — there’s free Wi-Fi throughout the site and guests have access to laundry facilities. Each cabin boasts rustic features mixed with modern amenities. Some cabins have fireplaces, some have bathtubs, and some have a full kitchen … all are adorable! Cabins are available for between two and 14 people and some are pet friendly.

All of the 40-plus rooms at Marina Riviera provide beautiful lake views. Rooms have soothing colors inspired by nature and all have a mini-fridge, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms feature cozy fireplaces. Rooms are available for between two and four guests. Based on a Viking lodge, the rustic resort offers easy access to the area’s abundant activities, while on-site amenities include a heated pool and hot tub, fire pits, a sauna, and relaxing deck seating.

Big Bear: Where to Eat

Big Bear has plentiful places to eat, most with relaxed vibes and menus loaded with comforting favorites.

Peppercorn Grille has indoor and heated outdoor seating and offers a touch of elegance with top-class service. Savor appetizers like calamari, Maui crab cakes and shrimp sauté before sinking your teeth into pizza, pasta, pistachio-crusted chicken, lobster tail, and steak. It’s a popular spot in Big Bear and reservations are recommended.

The Pines Lakefront offers upscale dining right at the water’s edge. Take a seat on the patio to marvel at the lake and mountains or enjoy the luxury appeal of the indoor dining room. Wooden floors, plush carpets, nostalgic décor, and lilting piano music enhance the ambiance. Known for its seafood and steak dishes, tempting dinner items include St. Louis smoked ribs, fillet mignon, Alaskan king crab legs, chicken teriyaki, and linguine with clams. Veggie-friendly options are available and the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Big Bear: Where to Sip

For many people, enjoying a few relaxing drinks is part of the appeal of a springtime in Big Bear staycation. The area has several bars and pubs where you can unwind after a day of activities.

Big Bear Mountain Brewery is housed in an old masonic lodge. Filled with vintage items and rustic touches, it’s a perfect place to chat with friends over a glass of craft beer. Desert Citrus, Habitual Haze, Hop-O-Matic, and Honey Buzz are just a few to tempt you. The bar also serves a selection of popular bottled beers, wines, and soft drinks, as well as hearty pub grub.

Join the action at Whiskey Dave’s sports bar, rumored to have its very own resident ghost! There’s live rock and roll every weekend and the 22 TVs mean there’s no fear of missing your favorite teams. Pool tables and foosball add to the fun, and there’s a full food menu if you start to feel hungry. The bar is stocked with an array of cool beers, strong spirits, and fruity alcopops.

Big Bear: What to See and Do

Diverse outdoor activities appeal to varied tastes in Big Bear. During Springtime you can fish, boat, jetski, and so much more! Although it’s probably still too cool to swim in the lake on a springtime staycation, take a plunge if you’re feeling brave! By spring the ski season has typically ended. Likewise, other outdoor activities include hiking, mountain biking, and horse riding to enjoy instead.

Travel back in time at Gold Rush Mountain Adventures, a unique gift shop and ghost town where you can learn about the area’s gold-mining past. Likewise, there are many family-friendly activities like panning for gold, exploring a magical cave, and more.

Get the adrenaline pumping at Magic Mountain Recreation Area, home to the famous Alpine Slide. Soak up the vistas from the chairlift before enjoying the only authentic bobsled in Southern California.

Weekend Events: April 22 – April 24

Add a dose of fun to your weekend! Enjoy local events happening this April 22 through April 24 around town. From the Festival of Books to the Lombardi Trophy Tour Block Party, we have a range of fun for your to check out and enjoy!!

LOS ANGELES WEEKEND EVENTS APRIL 22 – APRIL 24

Festival of Books

When: April 23 – April 24

Where: USC/Exposition Park

What: Calling all bibliophiles! The Festival of Books returns to USC for its annual LA-Times curated event. Roam through stalls from booksellers galore and enjoy live readings and panels from the biggest names in literature. 

Taste of the Eastside

When: April 22 – April 24

Where: Various locations

What: Eastside-ish food festival returns in multiple restaurant form for this year’s event. Enjoy delicious bites at qualifying restaurants with signature dishes and unique offerings available for diners. In addition, 25% of proceeds will go to Friends of the LA River and Silver Lake’s Rose Scharlin Cooperative Nursery School.

Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse

When: April 22 – July 3

Where: LACMA | Miracle Mile

What: The late Alexander McQueen’s designs changed the face of fashion. Through July 3, you have a chance to take a look at the designer’s most prolific works of fashion art. LACMA’s latest exhibit showcases the inspiration behind McQueen’s designs along with a display of the designer’s garments. 

 

WESTSIDE & BEACH COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS APRIL 22 – APRIL 24

The Big Bounce America

When: April 22 – April 24

Where: Orange County

What: Get your bounce on this weekend for The Big Bounce America! With a giant assortment of bounce houses, this inflatable field of fun is not to be missed! Tickets are available for age-specific slots and are guaranteed to sell out fast.

Dog Walking Hours at South Coast Botanic Garden

When: Until April 24 

Where: Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates

What: Take your furry friend on a stroll through South Coast Botanic Gardens this weekend. The dog-friendly series returns to Palos Verdes every third Sunday of the month. Your lovable pet can enjoy 87 acres of nature, while you also get some time outdoors.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

When: Until May 22 

Where: Geffen Playhouse | Westwood

What: The classic Edward Albee 1962 masterpiece, ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ takes to the stage at Geffen Playhouse. Directed by Gordon Greenberg, the cast includes Aimee Carrero as Honey, Calista Flockhart as Martha, Graham Phillips as Nick, and Zachary Quinto as George.

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS APRIL 22 – APRIL 24

The Meadow Collective Spring Boutique

When: April 23 

Where: 25660 Oak Meadow Dr | Stevenson Ranch

What: If you haven’t gotten a gift for Mom yet ahead of Mother’s Day, this weekend is your chance. The Meadow Collective invites you to join them for a fun spring event. With over 30 vendors, you’ll find unique gifts while enjoying sweets, drinks, and more!

Chatsworth Nature Preserve Earth Day Open House

When: April 23

Where: Chatsworth Nature Preserve | Chatsworth

What: Celebrate planet Earth in Chatsworth! Join the Chatsworth Nature Preserve for a special earth day celebration this weekend. The preserve is only open to the public one day a year so this event is not one to miss. Event Highlights Include: Opening Ceremony with Native American Blessing, Guided Nature Hikes, Live Animal Exhibitions, & Community Resource Fair.

California’s Finest Barber Battle

When: April 24 

Where: Paul Mitchell The School | Sherman Oaks

What: An exciting FUN-raising event for the whole family! Paul Mitchell the School will host “California’s Finest Barber Battle” (All Ages) this Sunday. Likewise, the barber battle will also include food, vendors, education, raffles, live music, and more! 

CONEJO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS APRIL 22 – APRIL 24

25th Annual Neal Taylor Nature Center Fishing Derby 

When: April 23 

Where: Cachuma Lake Recreation Area | Santa Barbara

What: After postponing in 2020, the Annual Neal Taylor Nature Center Fishing Derby returns. This year’s fishing derby will include prize categories for multiple types of fish. In addition, the prize pool dollar amount has increased this year meaning more chances to win!

Vintage Books & Vinyl LP Sale at the Newbury Park Library

When: April 23 

Where: Newbury Park Library | Thousand Oaks

What: If you are a fan of rare books, you won’t want to miss Newbury Park Library’s Vintage Book & Vinyl Sale this weekend. The rare book collection will be available for sale with varied books to choose from dating back to the 20th century. In addition, there will be vinyl’s available crossing all the musical genres from early Beatles to Jascha Heifetz.

Lombardi Trophy Tour Block Party 

When: April 23 

Where: Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

What: Celebrate the Rams this Saturday! From 12-4 pm locals are invited to the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks as the Lombardi Trophy makes its first stop. The ongoing celebration will be touring around town. Likewise, the event includes an opportunity for fans to have their photo taken by a professional photographer with the trophy, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Top Spring Museum Exhibits | Out & About

Southern California is lucky to be home to a wide variety of museums to appeal to different tastes. Think you’ve seen all of the region’s top museums? Thanks to temporary exhibits there is always plenty more art to see. Here are some of the best spring museum exhibits to enjoy around SoCal.

Wake Me When I’m Free

Hosted at The Canvas at L.A. LIVE, the Wake Me When I’m Free exhibit is dedicated to the late rapper, Tupac Shakur. The bold immersive exhibit takes visitors on a fascinating journey through the rapper’s life, including his music, activism, and art. Personal effects and poetry are also on display for the first time. The exhibit is not recommended for those under 14 years old.

Mapping Fiction

On display until May 2022, Mapping Fiction is a fascinating collection of maps from fictitious worlds. See a detailed depiction of Middle-earth from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. In addition, there is a representation of Dublin from James Joyce’s century-old Ulysses. You can also feast your eyes on maps from Treasure Island and Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. For even more sci-fi, check out the hand-drawn maps created by Octavia E. Butler for her science-fiction works. You’ll find this exhibit at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia

A top SoCal exhibit for anyone interested in history, archaeology, and distant lands, the Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia showcases more than 100 ancient artifacts from the stunning Khmer-era complex of Angkor. While the area is most famous for the incredible temple of Angkor Wat, the complex is actually home to numerous once-glorious temple ruins. Offered in partnership with the National Museum of Cambodia, visitors can travel back in time at the California Science Center.

Hayao Miyazaki

Hosted at The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the Hayao Miyazaki exhibit takes visitors behind the scenes of the globally renowned Studio Ghibli. Discover more about one of the Academy’s top spring exhibits where the works of the famous filmmaker and artists are on display. Likewise, you’ll see art from movies like My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, and Spirited Away. The first such exhibition in North America, it includes details of Miyazaki’s early career, film posters, immersive installations, film screenings in both English and Japanese, and more.

Matthew Thomas: Enlightenment

One of the top spring exhibits is happening at the California African American Museum (CAAM). Matthew Thomas: Enlightenment serves as a must-see for art fans. His bold and striking artworks combine vibrant colors, spiritual elements, religious symbolism, and geometric patterns, resulting in eye-catching abstract creations. The pieces are strongly inspired by Eastern ideologies and beliefs.

Norman Rockwell in the 1940s: A View of the American Homefront

Between early March and early October, the Norman Rockwell in the 1940s: A View of the American Homefront remembers those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Held at Catalina Museum for Art and History, located on Catalina Island, the exhibition falls over the 80th anniversary of the island’s role in World War Two. Travel back to the time of a nation at war as you view emotive images and advertisements from the past.

Weekend Events: April 15 -17, 2022

It’s time for our weekly round-up of fun happening this April 15 through April 17. Read on for a mix of events in the community for Earth Day, Easter, and more!

LOS ANGELES WEEKEND EVENTS | APRIL 15 – 17, 2022

Black American Portraits

When: Until April 17, 2022

Where: LACMA | Mid-Wilshire

What: See it before it’s gone! The stunning display of 140 works of art centered on Black Americans closes out this Sunday. The LACMA exhibit showcases works inspired by various periods of Black history.

Odd Nights at the Autry

When: April 15 – September 16, 2022

Where: Autry Museum | Griffith Park

What: The monthly night market at Griffith park’s Autry Museum returns for a showcase of unique finds. Head to Odd Nights at the Autry for live music, beer gardens, gourmet food trucks, and a slew of vendors. In addition, the night market also features a dance party, cocktail lounge, face painting, and more!

Beethoven’s Fidelio with Dudamel and Deaf West Theatre

When: April 14 – April 16, 2022

Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall | DTLA

What: Join Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil alongside Deaf West Theatre weekend. This semi-staged production of Beethoven’s only opera was created for both deaf and hearing audiences.

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS | APRIL 15 – 17, 2022

Nothin’ But Sand Cleanup

When: April 16

Where: Downtown Santa Monica

What: Healthy the Bat invites you to join them this Saturday for a beach cleanup at Santa Monica Pier. The event will likely bring up to 600 volunteers with 2-3 hours of cleanup. Likewise, volunteers are expected to bring their own bucket, gloves, mask, and water bottle to help ensure the event is zero waste.

April Movie Nights on the Lawn

When: April 17

Where: Jamaica Bay Inn | Marina del Rey

What: Settle in for a movie night at the Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina del Rey. The free outdoor movie on the Inn’s lawn will be screening Pitch Perfect this Sunday. Seating is first come first serve with drinks, snacks, and treats available for purchase. Patrons should also bring their own low chairs, blankets, and pillows in case the Inn’s chairs are unavailable.

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

When: Until April 26, 2022

Where: Disneyland | Anaheim

What: Running through April, head to the happiest place on earth for Disneyland’s annual Food & Wine Festival. The massive event takes over California Adventure for a delightful culinary experience.

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | APRIL 15 – 17, 2022

Celebrate Earth Day at The Shops at Sportsmen’s Lodge

When: April 16

Where: The Shops at Sportsmen’s Lodge | Studio City

What: Springtime may have already arrived but you can celebrate its arrival again at Studio City’s newest shopping destination. The Shops at Sportsmen Lodge will be celebrating Earth Day early with fun interactive events this Saturday. Activities include Mat Yoga, Macramé Plant Hanger Workshop, and a Potted Plant Workshop.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

When: April 16

Where: Neiman Marcus Topanga Canyon | Canoga Park

What: Hop on over to the NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus Topanga Canyon for breakfast with the Easter Bunny. The family-friendly early-easter experience will feature delicious bites and fin activities for all to enjoy. 

Valley Relics Museum Experience

When: April 16-17, 2022

Where: Valley Relics Museum | Van Nuys

What: Visit the Valley’s beloved museum of Pop Culture this weekend! The Valley Relics Museum invites you to join them for a day full of nostalgia and fun. Their one-of-a-kind museum features neon signs, classic cars, a playable retro arcade, and more! Tickets for Valley Relics Museum can be purchased on Eventbrite.

CONEJO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | APRIL 15 – 17, 2022

Live Music at the Simi Valley Town Center

When: April 15 

Where: Simi Valley Town Center | Simi Valley

What: Enjoy Simi Valley Town Center’s free spring concert series during the months of April and May 2022. In addition, live music will also be accompanied by a farmers’ market on Fridays from 4-8 pm and a makers market on Saturdays from 4-8 pm.

Ahmanson Trails 12K/6K Trail Runs in West Hills

When: April 16

Where: 25000 Victory Blvd, West Hills

What: Run don’t walk to the link provided to register for this Saturday’s Ahmanson Trails 12K/6K. The run will start at the Victory Trailhead in West Hills. In addition, the Ahmanson Trails 12K and 6K runs will take you through the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon open space.

Easter Eggstravaganza Event in Camarillo

When: April 16, 2022

Where: Community Center Park | Camarillo

What: Enjoy crafts, Easter Bunny visits, food trucks, and fun at this Saturday’s Easter Eggstravaganza. Presented by the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District the event is free and open to the public. In addition to the bunny, there will also be live music, craft vendors, and an inflatable obstacle course.

SoCal’s Biggest Music Festivals Happening this Spring & Summer | Out & About

Music festivals are a great way to spend a leisurely fun-filled day (or longer!), and SoCal is lucky to have a great lineup of spring and summer festivals to choose between. There are those that are suitable for families and others that are great for adult groups of friends and couples to cut loose and enjoy the beats. Catering to diverse musical tastes, these are some of the best music festivals scheduled for the next few months in Southern California.

Coachella

Dress to impress and enter the desert in April to experience the epic adventure that is Coachella. Held over two weekends, the vibrant event is one of the state’s oldest art and music festivals. Each weekend promises three days of excitement and fun camping. A cool place for friends, it features massive art installations, food, and drink stalls, and a great vibe.

And that’s before you even consider the eclectic lineup of musical acts, with big names and up-and-coming performers from across a wide variety of genres. For 2022, acts include Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, The Weeknd, Big Sean, and more. In addition, Fatboy Slim, Carly Rae Jepson, and Maneskin are just a few more names gracing the concert’s stages.

Stagecoach

Another April highlight, Stagecoach is known for being one of the best country music festivals out there. With acts like Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs, Lee Brice, Cody Jinks, and Midland taking to the stages, it’s an all but guaranteed two days of fun. The festival falls on the last weekend of April / the first weekend of May.

Brea Summer Festival

A May highlight in Orange County, Brea Summer Festival features an array of cool events throughout the daytime, while night times bring lively concerts. Held over three days, the concerts are completely free to enjoy.

Doheny Blues Festival

Doheny Blues Festival is widely accepted as one of the best blues music festivals in the entire country. The annual event happens at Doheny Beach each May. Three stages offer continuous music, and attendees will also find food, drinks, games, and a large selection of vendors.

Oxnard Salsa Festival

Spanning two days in July, Oxnard Salsa Festival is a must-visit for fans of all things salsa. Dynamic music and dancing are highlights, along with deliciously spicy food. Likewise, people travel from far and wide to enjoy the invigorating spirit of salsa.

Hard Summer Music Festival

A San Bernardino staple for more than ten years, the three-day Hard Summer Music Festival attracts ravers of all ages and fans of heart-pumping EDM tunes and R&B beats. Scheduled for July 2022, the full lineup is yet to be announced. It’s a strictly over-18s event and a photo ID is required.

Weekend Events: April 8-10, 2022

The weekend is almost here and so is our roundup of fun! From Bob Barker Day to the Ventura Wine Walk, we have you covered with local things to do. Read on for the best April weekend events happening this Friday through Saturday!

LOS ANGELES APRIL WEEKEND EVENTS

Bob Baker Day

When: April 9, 2022

Where: Chinatown

What: To celebrate the late Bob Baker’s 98th birthday, the namesake theater will host a pop-up celebration at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Make your way to this free fest, which features puppet performances throughout the day. In addition, there will be bubbles, balloons, music, and much more. Likewise, you can enjoy a vendor village of sweets, crafts, and workshops—all free to visit!

Rooftop Cinema Club

When: Until May 1, 2022

Where: DTLA

What: With showings of box office hits from Lalaland to Jurassic Park, Rooftop Cinema Club makes for a great April weekend event. Rooftop Cinema offers the perfect alfresco rooftop movie viewing experience for some well-deserved weekend fun.

PaleyFest

When: Until April 10, 2022

Where: Dolby Theatre | Hollywood

What: Calling all TV nerds! PaleyFest is back for its weeklong annual festival and ready for you to attend. Now in its 39th year, make your way to Hollywood for this media-hosted fest of exclusive episodes, clips, and panel discussions with the cast and creators of today’s hit shows.

 

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES  APRIL WEEKEND EVENTS

Sounds of L.A.

When: Until April 10, 2022

Where: The Getty

What: Add some music to your weekend mix with sets from up-and-coming performers and local legends. This free music series at the Getty will feature a pair of shows from a different band each weekend through April.

Grand Prix of Long Beach

When: April 8-10, 2022

Where: Long Beach

What: With the nickname “Southern California’s Official Spring Brake”, you know what to expect at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Speed! Make your way to LB for a high-speed two-mile circuit around town. In addition, the event will also feature concerts and a family fun zone for children aged 3 to 6 years old.

The Medium is the Message + Martin Roemers + Lightguardhouse

When: April 10-October 23, 2022

Where: Culver City

What: The Cold War-focused Wende Museum debuts a trio of shows for the spring. The first of which,  “The Medium is the Message: Flags and Banners,” mixes Cold War-era Eastern Bloc political flags with contemporary artwork. The work of “Martin Roemers: Relics of the Cold War,” showcases a collection of abandoned war objects taken by the Dutch photographer between 1998 and 2009. In addition, Lightguardhouse displays a 1970s East Berlin state media guardhouse that artist Farrah Karapetian has turned into a rainbow lighthouse.

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY APRIL WEEKEND EVENTS

Goat Yoga Sound Bath in Nature

When: April 9, 2022

Where: Burbank Foothills

What: Combining zen with cuteness? Yes, please! Find your calm with a light-hearted yoga practice followed by a sound bath meditation in nature and adorable goats.

Sugar and Spies presented by The Big Sandwich Theatre Company

When: April 8-17, 2022

Where: The MAIN | Santa Clarita

What: Enjoy some time at the OG theatre this weekend with The Big Sandwich Theatre Company. In this full-length comedy, a socially awkward scientist enlists the help of a matchmaking agency that treats dating like the ultimate spy mission.

Valley Relics Museum Experience

When: Various Dates

Where: Valley Relics Museum | Van Nuys

What: Visit the Valley’s beloved museum of Pop Culture this weekend! The Valley Relics Museum invites you to join them for a day full of nostalgia and fun. Their one-of-a-kind museum features neon signs, classic cars, a playable retro arcade, and more! Tickets for Valley Relics Museum can be purchased on Eventbrite.

CONEJO VALLEY APRIL WEEKEND EVENTS

Persia: Ancient Iran and the Classical World

When: Until August 8, 2022

Where: The Getty Villa | Pacific Palisades

What: At the Getty Villa, architecture, religion, and court culture are on display. The rival powers of Iran, Greece, and Rome come into focus for the Pacific Palisades museum’s current exhibit. 

Arbor Earth Day Celebration 

When: April 9, 2022

Where: Thousand Oaks Community Center | Thousand Oaks

What: After a two-year hiatus, Thousand Oak’s Arbor Earth Day celebration returns. Enjoy this free, family-friendly event filled with workshops, activities, giveaways, and more!

Ventura Spring Wine Walk & Vendor Fair

When: April 9, 2022

Where: Downtown Ventura

What: It’s time for a wine-tasting around town in Ventura! Sample wine from more than 50 different tasting locations and shops at the Ventura Spring Wine Walk & Vendor Fair. This season’s event features sparkling wines, wine, and craft beer for you to sample. In addition, there will be hundreds of local vendors and crafters to browse through.