The weekend is finally here and so is our list of the best things to do throughout L.A.! While there’s plenty of binge-worthy shows on your streaming apps, why not press pause for some city fun? Check out our round-up below of activities to enjoy whether it’s just you or the whole family! And be sure to read our Out and About: Father’s Day Edition for all the fun things to do with dad this weekend!!
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Friday, June 14
K-Town Night Market
For the 5th year in a row, the KTOWN Night Market is returning to Koreatown June 14-15. Enjoy a weekend of live music performances, delicious food offerings and trendy Korean-beauty shopping.
Shakespeare By The Sea
Location: Point Fermin Park, San Pedro
Shakespeare By The Sea will once again offer a ten-week program of admission-free performances. The event will feature two productions: The Comedy of Errors and Henry V at a variety of venues across Los Angeles. Kicking off the series is The Comedy of Errors at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Hollywood Fringe Festival
Location: Various venues, Hollywood
Over three dozen venues such as 2nd Stage, Hudson Theatres, The Broadwater and the Underground Annex Theater host comedy, ensemble theatre, dance and immersive performances during the annual Hollywood Fringe Festival taking place June 13-30.
Saturday, June 15
Location: Skylight Row, DTLA
Bill Esparaza, the James Beard award-winning author and taco expert who formerly curated LA Weekly’s Tacolandia, is back with a brand new all-you-can-eat taco festival of his own: Taqueando. The list of participants includes Amor y Tacos, B.S. Taqueria , Carnitas El Momo, Guerrilla Tacos, Tacos Kokopelli (Tijuana), and MORE!
Location: Grand Central Market, DTLA
Grand Central Market’s annual Bread Festival returns for a day of celebrating SoCal’s artisanal bread movement. The event is free and open to the public showcasing local bread bakers, as well as bread workshops and demonstrations.
Petersen Automotive Museum Block Party
Location: Petersen Automotive Musem, Los Angeles
Peterson Automotive Museum is hosting a family-friendly block party this Saturday to celebrate the museum’s 25th anniversary. Activities include exclusive Petersen vehicle display, historical video projection, live music by KCRW DJ, Anthony Valadez, and more.
Sunday, June 16
KCRW’s World Festival
Location: Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood
Chromeo, Toro y Moi, Noname and Ian Isiah will take the stage of the Hollywood Bowl when KCRW’s World Festival returns for the 21st year at the popular outdoor concert venue.
Location: The Hammer Museum, Westwood
The Hammer will honor James Joyce by hosting Bloomsday 2019. The event features a dramatic reading by veteran actors Síle Bermingham, James Gallo, James Lancaster, John Lee, Johnny O’Callaghan, and Sonya Macari. Guinness and live music by Rattle the Knee will keep the party going in the courtyard.
DAD: A Paternal Immersive Experience
Location: SJU Theatre Group, NoHo
Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group will take participants through the trials and tribulations of being a DAD raising a child. In this immersive-theater production the audience will interact with a wild cast of coming-of-age characters. The show is directed by Brandon Slezak and produced by Zombie Joe. Running Sundays and Mondays through July 1.
The Michelin Guide has returned to L.A.! After almost a decade long hiatus from the city of stars, the premier list of fine dining by the worlds leading cuisine connoisseurs was unveiled this month. While Los Angeles did not snag any 3-Star accolades, it did rank in 2 and 1-star ratings. For those not familiar with the Michelin Guide ranking system, the list, that originated in Europe is what fine dining establishments view as a career milestone. Even 1-star is considered winning an Oscar to well-established chefs. So treat yourself this week to what the Michelin Guide considers the best restaurants throughout L.A!
Father’s Day is nearly here! If you haven’t quite figured out where to take Dad, no fear!! We narrowed down and compiled together the best activities throughout town this Father’s Day so you don’t have to. From the outfields to classic cars down Rodeo Drive, there’s fun for all to enjoy! So read on for Out and About: Father’s Day Edition.
When: June 16, 4:05 p.m.
Where: Dodger Stadium
The Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers are two of the most exciting teams in Major League Baseball, and it is always a pleasure when the two match up. Great pitching, some of the best sluggers in the game, and an energetic crowd: these are just a few things that make it so great when the Cubs and Dodgers go toe to toe. You can expect a great time at the park during Cubs vs. Dodgers games. All fathers in attendance for the nationally televised game this Sunday are encouraged to hang around the ballpark for a special Father’s Day catch on the field.
When: June 16th, 10 a.m.-4p.m.
Where: Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
A Father’s Day tradition for 26 years, the annual Rodeo Drive car show is free and open to the public. The coveted automobiles are displayed along iconic Rodeo Drive for auto-enthusiasts of all kinds to admire up close. This year, the event will celebrate 100 legendary years of British marque Bentley. See some of the rarest and most historic Bentley vehicles in the world, alongside some of the brand’s latest creations against the backdrop of the city’s most famous street. Named one of the “300 Unmissable Events & Festivals Around the World” by top travel publisher Frommer’s, the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance is an event you won’t want to miss!
When: June 16, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Where: The Propagator, Venice
It’s a tiki party for DAD this Father’s Day as The Propagator host an outdoor celebration. Join them for tiki-inspired beers, tiki vendors and fun for the whole family! No tickets required, limited edition Mai Tai glassware available while supplies last. So grab your favorite aloha shirt and a lei because tiki-attire is highly encouraged(and your Dad likely has a collection)!
When: June 15 and 16th, 10 am-7 p.m.
Where: The Paseo, Pasadena
The Paseo, together with the Light Bringer Project, will host the 27th annual Pasadena Chalk Festival. The 2019 event, which explores the history and impact of the centuries-old artistry of street painting, will feature the spectacular work of nearly 600 dedicated and talented chalk artists. FREE and open to the public, the event is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors as artists use more than 25,000 sticks of pastel chalk to create hundreds of life-sized murals.
When: June 16, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: Ronald Regan Presidential Library and Museum, Simi Valley
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum is pleased to offer the father in your family a day of fun-filled activities. Enjoy a delicious barbeque buffet of tri-tip, charbroiled marinated chicken, old fashioned macaroni and cheese, barbeque beans, coleslaw, and garlic rolls. Finish your lunch with old fashioned fudge brownies and oatmeal raisin cookies. Spend the rest of the day touring the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum grounds and their amazing Air Force One Pavilion. Check-in will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m. A professional photographer will be available to take your picture to commemorate this Father’s Day.
When: June 15(Long Beach) 7:30 a.m., June 16 (Van Nuys) 7:30 am
Where: 5400 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, 6350 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys
For all our health guru Dads that aren’t very keen on the indulgent brunch options, heres an activity for you! This low-key clock timed course is the perfect way to spend your morning and is open to the entire family!
Where: 120 E. 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
If your dad likes a good mystery or horror movies, he’ll love Escape Room LA. Guests are offered a chance to experience living through a horror movie and find a way to escape!
Where: 21830 Recreation Rd., Carson, CA 90745
Satisfy dad’s need for speed this Father’s day at Go-Kart World. Race around the track competing to the finish line!
Where: 3850 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Lawndale, CA 90261
Connect with nature this Father’s day! Spend some time fishing by the lake with dad bonding over food and great conversation.
Father’s Day will be here before you know it! With that in mind, don’t wait until the last minute to book the best bites and brews for Dad. While most of our fathers will opt for a backyard BBQ as opposed to a seated dinner, we’re recommending ditching the DIY celebration. Elevate your Fathers Day on June 16 with our selection of dining choices that are almost certainly “Dad Approved”.
Location: 176 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills
Surrounded by Ed Ruscha art and beneath the stars is a Beverly Hills Gem. No we’re not talking about the most recent celebrity abode listing. Spago has set the scene for what is sure to be an extraordinary evening this Fathers Day. Their BBQ and Blues set menu is all that it seems and more. With a 3-course line-up of savory flavors that only Wolfgang Puck could succeed at, is a “dinner with dad” no brainer. Enjoy a barrel aged cocktail bar while listening to the soulful tunes of the Gary Allegreto Band. We could go on but it’s best you click below before tickets run out for this fête of bbq and blues fun. Fathers Day at Spago will be nothing short of a ‘Good Time’.
The Queen Mary
Location: 1126 Queen HWY, Long Beach
On June 16th, bring the entire family aboard the World Famous Queen Mary and treat Dad to something special! A local favorite, the Queen Mary Royal Sunday Brunch always lands on our holiday list as they take you on a worldwide culinary adventure and features over 50 unique dishes from around the globe. And if brunch isn’t Dad’s thing, enjoy dinner at the award-winning Sir Winston’s Restaurant and Lounge or Chelsea Chowder House.
Faith & Flower
Location: 705 W. 9th, Los Angeles, CA 90015
This Californian rustic cuisine offers an International Rib Festival-themed menu for Father’s Day. Be sure to book your brunch or dinner reservation at Faith & Flower!
Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse
Location: 330 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90071
This restaurant features a Father’s Day special and cocktails at Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse.
Location: 1155 N. Highland Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038
Enjoy a prix-fixe menu this Father’s Day at Salt’s Cure. Treat dad to fresh ingredients and custom-made deserts or cocktails!
Location: 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood 90069
Experience the cozy décor of brick and newly renovated garden at Lucques. This restaurant is offering a special Father’s Day dinner which highlights the best in season from the Farmer’s Market.
Location: 8700 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048
On Father’s Day, A.O.C. offers weekend brunch served on their patio or vibrant dining room. Families can enjoy classic meal sharing plates with more than enough to go around!
La Dolce Vita
Location: 9758 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
La Dolce Vita restaurant offers a Father’s Day experience you won’t want to miss! This Beverly Hills landmark offers classic dishes from 5-10pm.
Location: 11653 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
Indulge in Toscana’s Father’s Day specialties along with the restaurant’s a la carte menu. Choose from four different specials for dinner and pair your meal with a cocktail.
Location: 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
Tavern provides some of the finest California and Mediterranean dining and conversation! Bring dad to their Father’s Day brunch or dinner to enjoy their special menu.
Call it our catch phrase but with all the hustle and bustle throughout LA, narrowing down where to eat can be more stressful than traffic on the 405. With that in mind, spare yourself the hum drum of scrolling through yelp with our slimmed down list of the best spots for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Those with dietary restrictions will discover the many options Kitchen Mouse provides. Some of their meals include brown rice bowls, breakfast salads and snickerdoodle pancakes that are gluten-free, vegan, soy and nut-free.
This spot is popular amongst Instagrammer’s thanks to the exquisite décor and food that’s ‘pretty to look at.’ Many early riser’s love Lincoln so much because of their 6:30 a.m. open times.
Lavender & Honey is well-known for their avocado toast! This restaurant has a “toast bar” that features several toast specialties that are tasty and flavorful.
This Italian cuisine located in Venice, CA is run by Evan Funke. Felix serves salads, superb focaccia and their main draws, handmade pastas.
This Middle Eastern restaurant located in Sherman Oaks is ran by chef Danny and Justine Elmaleh. Mizlala serves reasonably priced dishes that display a wealth of flavor through their cooking techniques.
The Arthur J provides a wide menu of grilled steaks, seafood and comfort food in a midcentury style restaurant. The crowded dining room is one of the most popular restaurants in South Bay!
Opened ten years ago by Nancy Silverton, this restaurant heralds an elevated yet casual atmosphere. Pizzeria Mozza has consistently served extraordinary desserts, salads and pizzas.
Luv2eat has become one of the most popular Thai spots in LA. This restaurant prepares plates of Southern and Northern specialties that complimented by mild to medium, intense spices.
Park’s Barbeque is arguably one of the world’s epicenters for Korean cuisine. With some of the best banchan found in Los Angeles, this restaurant provides many options to pair your meat selection with.
The weekend is upon us, in what was already a short week for the majority of us. With the summer season drawing ever so near, the options for fun in L.A. are ramping up at full speed. And since most of our favorite binge worthy shows are also reaching their summer hiatus, you’ll need something more to do than Netflix and take-out. So ditch the usual routine and read on for our round-up of the city’s best activities happening this Friday through Sunday!!
Friday May 31
Friday Night Wine Tastings at Barnsdall park
Location: Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles
Join the Barnsdall Art Park as they kick off Friday Night Wine Tastings on the Hill this Friday May 31-September 6. The signature fundraising event, is considered one of L.A.’s most treasured summer traditions. Sip wine and picnic as you watch the sunset with 360-degree views.
Hola Mexico Film Festival
Location: The Montalban Theatre
The Hola Mexico Film festival will take place this Friday May 31 through June 8. The week long film festival starts off with an Opening Night Gala screening the LA premiere of LAS NINAS BIEN/THE GOOD GIRLS. The Gala will also include an opening night party with VIP ticket options available.
Late Night! Pride in Fashion
Location: Skirball Cultural Center
Kick off Pride Month at this late-night celebration of fashion. The Skirball Cultural Center will play host to two new exhibits, Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich and Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite. Come during their after hours of 6:00-10:00pm and enjoy access to the galleries, a DJ set, food trucks, cash bar and much more. Just don’t forget to EXPRESS yourself in daringly appropriate attire!
Saturday June 1
Location: Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro
For the second year in a row Soundpedro returns to Angels Gate Cultural Center. This signature event featuring single and multi-media sound artists takes place atop Native American Land overlooking the Port of L.A. A sanctuary for the arts, the purpose of Soundpedro is the aural equivalent of cinema, painting, theater, sculpture and literature.
Location: Pike Outlets, Long Beach
An event that needs very little explanation is the LA Wine Fest. The 14th annual festival brings wines and brews from around the world as a ‘Celebration of All Things Wine’. Besides adult beverages the event also features boutiques to browse, gourmet nibbles live music and artisan merchandise for sale.
Gilmore Heritage Auto Show
Location: The Original Farmers Market
Don’t miss the annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show as it returns for its 25th anniversary. The cherished event is held annually on the first Saturday of June featuring more than 100 classic cars on display. Free to the public, the event is known for its up-close-and-personal access granted to spectators.
Sunday June 2
Charles Phoenix: Catalinaland
Location: Avalon Casino Theatre, Avalon
Presented by the Catalina Island Museum, Charles Phoenix will be taking guest on a time traveling storytelling show adventure. The show will take the stage at the iconic Casino’s spectacular 1929 Art Deco Movie Palace. There will also be an after show party as a true celebration of the island and its hidden gems.
17th Annual LA OC Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma
Location: La Mirada Community Regional Park
Be part of the tradition in bringing awareness and raising funds for the Scleroderma Foundations annual walk-a-thon. The event will also feature a health fair, mission booths, raffles live music and a kidzone. Bring the entire family and share your story as you help the foundations SoCal chapter take a STEP towards a CURE.
9th Annual Pedal on the Pier Spin-a-thon
Location: Santa Monica Pier
We Spin, Kids Win! Come join us for the 9th Annual Pedal on the Pier Spin – a – thon in benefit of the Harold Robinson Foundation. This fitness fundraiser transforms Santa Monica Pier into a high energy outdoor cycling studio to raise money for the foundation’s Camp Ubuntu, which provides LA’s underprivileged children with a unique camp experience. The 5-hour spin-a-thon features teams riding stationary spin bikes, live musical performances, DJs, spin instructors from Revolution Fitness Santa Monica, celebrities, athletes, food and drinks from local restaurants, influential brands and fun festivities in the sun.
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As the countdown to summer begins, the wait for our holiday weekend is over. With so many options to kick-off your Memorial Day festivities , allow us to cut away the activity clutter. Whether you prefer the usual day-off fun or something a bit more lavish, we have you covered. So read on with the list below of this Friday through Sundays round up of fun things to do(and check-out our Memorial Day blog for even more weekend fun)!
Friday, May 24
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach has just completed a major expansion called Pacific Visions featuring stunning interactive exhibitions, a state-of-the-art immersive Honda Pacific Visions Theater, an art gallery designed to transport visitors under the ocean, and live animal exhibits. The new wing officially opens to the public this Friday.
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center
RuPaul’s DragCon comes to the Los Angeles Convention Center May 24 – 26 for three days of art, pop culture, and all things drag. The convention features panels, photo ops, meet and greets, shopping, and much more.
Location: 1262 Palmetto St., Los Angeles
A free 10 day pop-up festival (May 18-27) will honor Mental Health Awareness Month through artists presentations, creative programming, workshops, activism, panels and more – all focused on supporting a call to action for mental health as a civil right.
Saturday, May 25
Location: Hermosa Beach
This Hermosa Beach free annual party will feature local vendors, food, beer gardens, games and live music right in the heart of Downtown Hermosa Beach.
46th annual Topanga Days Country Fair
Location: Pine Tree Circle
The Topanga Country Fair returns for its iconic, bohemian fundraiser in the Santa Monica Mountains. This family-friendly three-day festival includes musical acts on two stages, old school contests and games, local artisans, craft vendors, food and an annual Memorial Day parade.
Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival
Location: Rancho Santa Susana Community Park
Simi Valley’s Cajun & Blues Festival is set to take over Rancho Santa Susana Community Park this Memorial Day weekend May 25-26. The event will have live music, Cajun-Creole food, a Mardi Gras Parade, kid friendly activities and more.
Sunday, May 26
2nd Annual Corgi Nationals
Location: Santa Anita Park
The 2nd Annual Corgi Nationals comes to Santa Anita Park for a corgi-centric, family-friendly day in the sun. Highlights include carnival rides, food, drinks, corgi races and more.
Location: Angel City Brewery
The Art Districts Angel City Brewery will be hosting their annual celebration of the brewery. The day includes food, live music, live mural painting, an art tour, educational tastings and tours of the brewery, a “museum of Old Angel City Stuff” and lots more.
Location: Main Street, Santa Monica
A Monopoly themed neighborhood party with food samples and drink specials from participating restaurants will takeover Main street in Santa Monica.