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Weekend Events: February 2 – 4

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for everyweekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend in L.A. (February 2-4) includes First Fridays at NHM, CoffeeCon, Smorgasburg Dumpling Day, Boomtown Brewery Anniversary Party, The Great Rock and Roll Flea Market and MUCH more.

Enjoy!

 Friday February 2nd, 2018

1. First Fridays return to the Natural History Museum this Friday. The event will explore L.A. inventiveness, capped with live music from two local legends: John Doe and Exene of the iconic band X.

2GIRLSCHOOL is a three-day music and ideas festival that includes panels and workshops with female leaders, speakers, educators, activists, and more happening at The Bootleg Theater.

3. There’s a MCA Tribute at The Egyptian on Friday. The program will screen music video sequel “Fight for Your Right Revisited,” Beastie Boys concert film AWESOME; I F@#KIN’ SHOT THAT and a discussion following the short with Mike D and Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys.

4. Take an afternoon yoga class in beautiful Grand Park. The 45 minute workout is complimentary to the public every. After yoga, checkout the many food trucks lining the park and grab lunch al fresco style.

5. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE

6. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.

7. Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. Happening Friday and Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. In celebration of the Metro Red Line’s 25th birthday this year, they’ve partnered with filmmaker Hervé Cohen to present “Life Underground,” an immersive art media installation and interactive web documentary on view at Los Angeles Union Station from January 30 to February 5. FREE

9. Rockwell: Table & Stage presents the Unauthorized Musical Parody of Jurassic Park. Happening all weekend. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

10. Greenbar Distillery opens up their facility for a tour of their organic distillery. The tour is one hour long and guests will have a chance to learn about the process of spirit making and taste some of the Greenbar portfolio.

11. Free admission at: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art.

Saturday February 3rd, 2018

12. CoffeeCon happening at The Reef in DTLA February 3-4 features a tasting floor, top coffee experts, tasting seminars and even hands-on brewing labs. Some of the classes from CoffeeCon 2017 included Intro to Grinding, Advanced Espresso, Latte Art, Turkish Coffee and more. Check for discounted tickets up to 50% off on Goldstar before making your purchase.

13. Boomtown Brewery will celebrate their three-year anniversary with a free 14-hour party. Stop by beginning at noon and enjoy a brand-new Anniversary Beer, a White Imperial brewed with rose petals and raspberries, plus T-shirt screen printing, a photo booth and food vendors serving food all day.

14. Wild Party: A Jazz Age Immersive Experience comes to The Masonic Center of Santa Monica this Saturday for an immersive experience in the spirit of 1926. Performances will take place in multiple locations throughout the venue and period attire is encouraged, but not required.

15. Smorgasburg Dumpling Day at Santa Anita Park will introduce the most interesting new dumplings in So Cal, from the likes of Workaholic, Brothecary, and more. Tickets cost $30 a person.

16. In honor of Black History Month, Witness: The John Edgar Wideman Experience is coming to Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills for a free performance of stories by one of the America’s premier fiction writers that examine the African-American experience with the aid of hip hop and other music. FREE

17. SteelCraft Long Beach will celebrate their one-year anniversary this Saturday with Taste of SteelCraft a mini food festival with live music, a kids’ movie screening at sunset, raffle and more.

18. The Groundlings Theatre presents their latest main stage show, Sweet Valley Groundlingsperforming this Friday. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

19. BLVD Kitchen in Sherman Oaks will host a little pre-Valentine’s Day celebration where you can meet the BLVD Sweets Artisans, taste some treats and decorate some cookies. The event is free to attend and open to all ages.

20. “The Female Gaze” is dubbed as a super-sized parody of The View featuring over a dozen diverse co-hosts all with something to say. Performing at UBCT Sunset.

21. The Petersen Automotive Museum presents 50 of the most iconic Porsche sport cars of all time during “The Porsche Effect” on display in the Mullin Grand Salon.

22. FreeFrom will host the Made by a Survivor Valentine’s Day Market this Saturday at Mandala Yoga Center in Santa Monica. Browse and purchase handcrafted gifts made by previous survivors of domestic violence. 100% of proceeds will go directly to survivor-entrepreneurs and their businesses.

Sunday February 4th, 2018

23. Looking for a place to watch the big game? Checkout our round up of Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Los Angeles .

24. Vegan Street Fair, Eat Drink Vegan, and Smorgasburg LA join forces to bring you the first annual Super Vegan Sunday. Smorgasburg will transform into a vegan food haven with vendors offering special tons of vegan options

25. Marfa Book Co. the independent bookstore, publisher, and project space in Marfa, Texas will open its first experimental pop-up at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles this Sunday.

26. The Great Rock and Roll Flea Market will take over The Regent Theater in DTLA with an impressive selection of vintage collectors, antiquities dealers, vintage clothing, jewelry makers, music memorabilia, vinyl, local food vendors, food trucks, craftsmen and used musical instruments dealers. FREE

27. Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance transforms the Pasadena Playhouse into a playground mixing actors and audience as reimagined by the Chicago theatre hooligans The Hypocrites now playing through February 25. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

28. The Hammer presents a family friendly screening of Bugsy Malone. Recommended for ages eight and up, the film is a reimagination of a gangster movie set in the Prohibition-era of Chicago made into a toe-tapping musical with an adorable all-kid cast staring Jodie Foster and Scott Bai. FREE

Schedule provided by We Like LA.

The Perfect Date Ideas For Winter In Los Angeles

Whether you’re trying to impress with that all-important first date or need a break from the predictability of Netflix-and-fall-asleep-on-the-couch-together, getting creative with date night isn’t always easy. So, to help you shake things up a bit, we’ve scoured the city to find date ideas that are actually great. And while we don’t exactly have seasons here in LA, we’ve recommended options ideal for the (slightly) colder months to help heat things up.

Take a retro flight with the Pan Am Experience
Pacoima
While booking a flight with your date might be a bit premature, you can still hop aboard a retro-themed flight with the Pan Am Experience and sip cocktails together in first class. The immersive, five-course dinner experience features an exact replica of the airline’s Boeing 747 done to the last 1970s-era vintage detail. Order martinis from the open bar, feast on chateaubriand carved seat-side by flight attendants in the iconic Pan Am uniforms, and even shop old school items from the duty-free cart. You also tour Air Hollywood studios, where pretty much any film or TV show set on an airplane is filmed. It’s a fun, one-of-a-kind experience that’s sure to impress.

Sweep them off their feet (just be careful on the ice)
Various locations
While the rest of the country is avoiding frostbite, we here in LA merely inch closer to the heat lamp as we continue drinking outside year-round — but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to pretend we have seasons. Enter: curling, that curious Winter Olympic sport beloved by our neighbors to the north, involving sliding “rocks” across ice and furiously sweeping their path to a target. It actually involves a lot of teamwork, strategy, and healthy competition — great ingredients for a date night. Plus, you can warm up together with drinks afterward and laugh about all the times you wiped out on the ice. Hollywood Curling, the only club in LA, offers frequent curling classes for beginners.

Get your heart racing on a slide 1,000 feet above DTLA
Downtown
There’s nothing like an exhilarating experience to bring people closer together, which is why you should take your date to OUE Skyspace LA at the top of the US Bank Tower. There, you can zip down a 45-foot glass slide from the 70th floor to the 69th(!) floor on the outside of the building; afterward, soak up spectacular views from California’s tallest open air observation deck. If stretching is your thing, there’s also sunset yoga classes up there, and if you’re ready to pop the question, there’s a wedding proposal package with a private dinner, string quartet, and a helicopter tour that leaves from the roof. If you’re not quite ready for that, though, just head up to 71Above, one of the most romantic restaurants in town, for a fantastic prix fixe dinner and cocktails. The sunset views up there are so legendary, they even have their own Instagram account.

Tour the secret tunnels beneath the streets of DTLA
Downtown
Venture below street level to discover the hidden tunnels, former speakeasies, and lore of the city’s underbelly with Cartwheel Art’s Underground LA tour. In partnership with Hotel Indigo, the tours will give you and your adventurous date an up-close look at the legendary secret passageways once used to transport booze (and bodies!) during Prohibition, and the clandestine watering holes used by those in the know. Once you’ve seen a side of the city that most haven’t, you’ll likely want to whet your whistle at a modern-day LA speakeasy like The Varnish, The Slipper Clutch, or Jackalope. Also note that Cartwheel Art has several other tours for other options as well, in case secret tunnels aren’t quite the date you had in mind.

Get cozy over boozy cider and mead
Carson
Take a break from your usual hop-heavy brewery date night, and discover refreshing new flavors together at Honest Abe’s Cider House and Meadery. Located just down the road from the spooky and sour brews of Phantom Carriage Brewery in Carson, this cider house features 15 rotating taps of classic ciders (as well as creative ones like pineapple and pomegranate), plus a variety of meads, wine, and even brandy — perfect for warming up on a chilly night. The cozy tasting room has couches and games, plus Taco Thursdays and free pizza and movies on Fridays.

Share your creative side with art classes at LACMA
Exploring LACMA’s numerous exhibitions and taking selfies in front of Levitated Mass and the streetlamps of Chris Burden’s Urban Light could constitute a respectable date on its own, but why not kick your creativity up a few notches and sign the two of you up for art classes at the museum? The adult classes include drawing and painting, mixed media printmaking, and more, and not only will you learn about composition, color, and technique together, but you can gift each other your own works of art. Most of the classes are five, once-a-week sessions, so this is really more for advanced dates; if you’re more of an entry-level option with less commitment (and the addition of booze), try Paint Nite.

Take a staycation cruise aboard the haunted Queen Mary
Long Beach
Head down to Long Beach to the historic (and haunted) Queen Mary, which offers a multitude of date options in one location. The retired ocean liner, which sailed from 1936 to 1967, hosts numerous historical tours, as well as the Ghosts and Legends tour and paranormal-themed dinners sure to bring you and your date closer together. It also features monthly comedy shows and local band nights at the Observation Bar & Art Deco Lounge, and you can check the calendar for special seasonal events. If things go really well, you can even book one of the stylish staterooms for a luxurious staycation.

Hiking
Various locations
Don’t worry, we’re not recommending hiking hiking — the hikes we’re referring to (10 of which we detailed here) are instead easy-breezy short ones that’ll get you to I-think-I-can-see-San-Diego-from-here heights. They’re all ranked from one to five, with a one being a suuuuuper-easy hike, and five being just a little bit not-easier.

Disco roller-skating
Glendale
Your roller-skating skills are definitely shaky (get it? DO YOU?), but struggling to stay upright while holding onto your date will be way more fun than trying to practice your solo spin move. Alcohol isn’t served at this throwback roller rink in Glendale — one of the last in LA — but that’s what flasks were made for, right?

Explore a new food neighborhood with Six Taste
Various locations
For both the new transplant in the city, and the longtime local who plainly just loves food, Six Taste’s walking tours hit up five or six different spots in one tour, focusing on the most edible and historical highlights of neighborhoods all over LA.

Make sure your next date can be a romantic dinner in with a Hipcooks class
Multiple locations
Whether you consider yourself a Top Chef or a Boyardee Chef, your cooking game can always use some refining. Hone your skills and get messy together at one of the classes from this fun and affordable cooking school (at the Eastside, Westside, or Woodland Hills locations). You might just learn how to make some dim sum or pasta from scratch. Added bonus: You get a meal (and usually booze!) out of it.

Look fancy with dinner and a show at the Wallis Annenberg Center
Beverly Hills
Stock up on culture cred with your date by checking out a jazz/theater/dance/classical production at the Wallis, the impressive arts center in Beverly Hills (of all places), and enjoy a sweet happy hour at the upscale Italian bistro Cecconi’s before the show. Hungry diners can pop in and get a little tipsy with some wine and cocktails, and soak up all that booze with gourmet bites (including truffle burgers and pizzettas with porchetta) for $4-$7 Tuesdays through Saturdays from 4-7pm.

Taste local wine with wild animals
Malibu
Because Sonoma is a bit far to drive for someone who maybe accidentally swiped right, this handy wine tasting room along Mulholland offers you two a chance to sip vino with a view without awkwardly suffering through the smell of cow pies while driving north on the 5. Pack a picnic/stock up at Trader Joe’s and catch some live folksy music on the weekends, or get wild with the Wine Safaris, where you can take a jeep tour to meet and feed zebras, camels, giraffes, and more wild animals on the property (while tasting wine along the way).

We already told you how awesome OUE Skyspace LA is for dates, so what are you waiting for? From the two open-air observation decks, located 1,000 feet above the city, you get 360-degree views of Downtown Los Angeles. Visit at sunset and it’s one of the most romantic spots in town. But there is one small problem: how will you ever outdo yourself?

Indoor rock climbing
Downtown
You and your date can flex your muscles and “spot” each other at LA’s largest indoor bouldering gym (no ropes!) in the Arts District. Even if the two of you aren’t feeling like Stallone in Cliffhanger, the gym offers intro classes to get you both climbing safely.

Nighttime bike riding
Various locations
The Passage is a weekly bike ride that starts and ends at a donut shop (score!), and along the way aims to hit unexplored parts of LA — sometimes hitting pool halls, bowling alleys, and karaoke along the way. Is it oddball? Yes. Is it still an awesome date? YES.

Roll a spare at vintage bowling at Highland Park Bowl
Highland Park
Sure, many of LA’s classic and well-worn bowling alleys have that endearing je ne sais quoi (like All Star Lanes’ karaoke stage!), but if you want to really impress a date, Highland Park Bowl is where it’s at. This historic joint has been open since the Prohibition era and was the former home to punk rock venue Mr. T’s Bowl. The revamped alley’s been given a glam makeover that melds the old with the new, like a recovered mural from the 1930s, chandeliers made of vintage pin-setters, and some seriously good wood-fired pizzas and craft cocktails. Pro tip: Go to happy hour Monday through Fridays from 5-8pm for discounts on drink and food — like a $10 pizza-and-draft combo or $3 PBRs — and lanes.

Scope out the city’s architecture at Barnsdall Art Park
East Hollywood
Barnsdall Art Park is one of the most underrated spots in LA to get a gorgeous view of the city and some culture under your belt. For the architecture buffs, Frank Lloyd Wright’s first-ever LA project, Hollyhock House, sits on this hilltop and is open for viewing with the purchase of a ticket Thursdays to Sundays. Pack a picnic for a sunset meal for extra bonus points with the date. And check the park’s calendar, as throughout the year it also plays host to wine tasting parties, outdoor movie screenings, gallery openings, and plenty more fun cultural events that are prime date material.

Grab a drink in secret at LA’s best speakeasies
Various locations
The Prohibition era may be long gone, but the idea of sneaking into a speakeasy never gets old. A few years back there were only a scant number of LA bars with secret entrances and special passwords (like “ET phone home”). Now we have so many (23 of the best ones are detailed here) that you and your date could even do a bar crawl visiting these watering holes. But shh, you didn’t hear it from us.

Explore the bizarre at the Museum of Jurassic Technology
Culver City
While some people like to have romantic candlelit dinners on dates, others love a good adventure exploring really weird and creepy stuff. Don’t let the name of this place confuse you — it’s not quite a museum like LACMA or MOCA — but rather a bizarre experience exploring art, trinkets, and stuff that will have you giggling and muttering to your date, “What the hell?” We don’t want to spoil it for you, but all we can say is go in with an open mind and just know you’re in for a fun and delightfully unsettling time. An added perk is that you get to end your visit with a trip to the rooftop garden where you can have tea and cookies… because why not?

Lace up your shoes for an urban hike at the secret Beachwood Canyon Stairs
Hollywood Hills
One of the coolest things about LA is its many, many secret sets of stairs. From Silver Lake to Santa Monica, you’ll find hillside neighborhoods with shortcuts dipping up and down random sets of stairs — something Angelenos used to use back in the day, many for the sadly defunct streetcars. Our favorite route is the Beachwood Canyon one that goes through what old Hollywoodland once was. It’s a chill 2.6-mile hike/walk where you and your date can get a little sweaty (that’s sexy, right?) and have fun figuring out the route and discovering some cool views and architecture porn along the way. If the date’s going well, extend it a little further with a bite to eat at nearby Beachwood Cafe, which just so happens to be owned by Chopped winner Patti Peck.

Take advantage of our weather and dine al fresco
Various locations
LA is #blessed with good weather pretty much most of the year, which means we have a plethora of al fresco dining and drinking options. We’ve highlighted 20 of our favorite restaurants with outdoor patios here, from a sweet rooftop bar with Fijian food to poolside dining at a swanky ‘60s-style hotel.

Take a guided tour of the Watts Towers Arts Center
Watts
Watts Towers is unlike anything else you’ll see around LA. Go on a guided tour and walk through the 17 historic art structures made of steel and mosaics. The tallest one is nearly 100 feet high! After you’ve gotten your dose of history and art, do yourself a favor and take your date to Watts Coffee House for soul-food brunch and get some of the best fried chicken wings and waffles in town.

Star Parties in Griffith Park
Los Feliz
Whether you venture up to the Griffith Observatory on a hike or take the easy way by car, it’s always an excellent, starry-eyed date destination offering stunning views of the city. You can, of course, re-enact plenty of movie scenes from Rebel Without a Cause to La La Land — or better yet, take your date to the Star Parties held one Saturday a month, where you two can peer through telescopes to see the real stars of Hollywood. Then head down to date night classic Little Dom’s to get cozy in a booth with a bottle of red and some hearty Italian eats.

Enjoy a magical meal
Hollywood
You’ve probably heard couples talk about how they want to add some magic back into their relationship, so why not add some actual magic to your next date? Surely you know a magician — er, illusionist — who can get you into the legendary, members-only Magic Castle where illusions abound and dinner is actually much better than it used to be. Or, if you don’t, you could impress your date with an intimate show at Black Rabbit Rose, the new magic theatre from the creative Houston brothers (Break Room 86, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, etc). After the show you can grab magic-inspired cocktails and excellent Thai-Chinese from Crying Tiger.

Journey through LA’s historic past
Downtown
There’s nothing like a bit of vintage Los Angeles history to inspire swoons straight from a classic noir romance. Start off with a ride on the newly reopened and restored Angels Flight, the iconic funicular railway that originally opened in 1901. Afterward, head over to Grand Central Market, which celebrates its centennial this year, where you and your date can feast from the myriad of delicious vendors (both new and legacy). Pro tip: The market now stays open for dinner, and offers nightly date-friendly events like trivia and jazz. You could also head down Broadway to historic Clifton’s and grab a drink at the Pacific Seas tiki bar. Explore even more with Esotouric’s unique and fascinating tours, which take you through the darker corners of LA’s literary, cultural, and true crime past.

Take in a floral-inspired brunch
Flower District
Even if you aren’t a budding botanist yourself, exploring the historic Southern California Flower Market and Original Los Angeles Flower Market is an incredible only-in-LA experience that everyone should check out. Plus, what date wasn’t improved with a bouquet of fresh flowers (especially ones at a fraction of the cost of retail shops). Admission is just $2 per person for the general public, and you two can roam through the fragrant aisles freely, but just be sure to go before noon when most vendors close. There’s also a farmers market between the two flower markets on Saturdays, and you definitely want to grab brunch or lunch at Poppy & Rose. There you’ll find incredibly delicious American classics, including biscuits & gravy and buttermilk-brined fried chicken, as well as salads and egg dishes.

Crafts, brews, and sea life in San Pedro
San Pedro
Venturing down to San Pedro may be unfamiliar territory for some, but the drive is well worth it if you’re looking for a unique date adventure — and possibly even a staycation. Kick off the date at Brouwerij West, the massive brewery specializing in Belgian-inspired brews that use unique grains and ingredients. Grab a bite at the food truck parked outside and if you happen to go during one of the summertime Popfuji festivals on the huge patio, you can catch live music as well. Across the way, you and your date can also check out works from local artists at Crafted, and you should definitely visit the Frank Gehry-designed Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, where you can explore exhibits of Southern California’s sea life, or get even more up-close during guided tide pool walks or local excursions.

Article by We Like LA. 

Weekend Events: December 22 – 24

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend in L.A. (December 22-24) includes Deck The Halls Concert, Little Dom’s Ugly Sweater Christmas Party, CHILL Adventure Park, Winter Fest, The 58th annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration and MUCH more.

Enjoy!

Friday December 22nd, 2017

1. Looking to literally step into the Christmas spirit? Check out out round up of where you can walk into life-size gingerbread houses in and around Los Angeles.

2. The LA Master Chorale will host a Deck The Halls holiday concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. The Rink in Downtown Burbank returns with a festive ice-skating event from December 14 through January 7. Check for discount tickets for this weekend while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. Come dressed in an ugly sweater and get a free mini martini or mini Manhattan from 5:30 p.m. to close during Little Dom’s Ugly Sweater Christmas Party.

5. Long Beach Ballet’s The Nutcracker is accompanied by a full symphony orchestra along with a special appearance by Rebel, Long Beach Ballet’s stunning white Arabian horse. Happening Friday through Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. California Market Center, in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Garment District, opens to the pubic for a big sample sale this Friday (just in time for holiday shopping!).

7. Union Station concludes its holiday season of Cocoa Concert with La Picante’s “A Very Salsa Christmas” in the historic south patio this Friday. FREE

8. There’s an ALL NIGHT Holiday Party happening at The Reserve in DTLA this Friday with a tribute room dedicated to Mariah Carey and the main room spinning old school hip hop and RnB.

9. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will screen at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood starting this Friday. Experience an intergalactic Laser Lightsaber Show before the movie and check out real costumes from the film up close. Happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. The Museum of Failure has landed in Los Angeles at A+D Architecture and Design Museum in the Arts District. Exhibits include some of recent history’s biggest commercial flops, including Donald Trump’s board game, the Harley-Davidson Perfume, the Apple Newton, the Betamax, Google Glass, and more. Check for discount tickets while supplies. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. 260LA will host a ​Stila​ Sample Sale at their Beverly Hills ​location from ​December 19-23. Score premium deals on a full spectrum of the makeup brands products.

12. The Grand Chapiteau at Dodger Stadium will be home to Cirque du Soleil’s new big-top show LUZIA. Inspired by the rich culture Mexico, the dazzling acrobatic performance will be heightened by brassy Mexican and Latin American sounds. Happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. Rockwell: Table & Stage present the unauthorized musical parody of John Hughes classic Home Alone. Happening Thursday through the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. Long Beach seafood concept Roe will host a week long culinary Feast of the Seven (Sustainable) Fishes from December 17-24. Prepared by Chef Arthur Gonzalez, the event will focus on one sustainably sourced seafood dish per night, served alongside a dish “Catch Card” detailing the fish species, catch location or fish origin, and the names of both the fisherman and the boat.

15. Head to the New Beverly for a Christmas-themed double feature this Friday. They’ll be screening It’s A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story in 35mm. Happening Friday and Saturday.

16. Rooftop Cinema Club Ultimate Holiday Movie Series will host a month-long schedule of Christmas inspired movie screenings from December 1-23. The series concludes this weekend with screenings of Elf, Home Alone and It’s a Wonderful Life. 

17. See the merriest Christmas light show in the city at City Blessing Church in Walnut during Lights on Miracle Hill: 12 Days of Christmas every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from December 1-24.

18. Free admission at: Long Beach Museum of Art and Museum of Latin American Art (5 to 9 p.m.)

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

19. Winter Fest Returns to OC Fairgrounds (Dec. 21 to Jan. 7) will offer an all-new festival of lights, snow summit, winter bounce houses, outdoor ice skating, ice tubing, snowfall and the man of the season, Santa Claus. Check for discount tickets this weekend before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar) 

20. CHILL Adventure Park returns to the Queen Mary in Long Beach from December 13 through January 7. Come experience ice bumper cars, ice skating, an Alpine Zip Line and more chill themed activities. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. Happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. Get ready for another season of ice-skating in Downtown Los Angeles when the Bai Holiday Ice Rink returns to Pershing Square from November 16 through January 15, 2018. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar) 

22. RuPaul’s Drag Race divas are taking over the Orpheum Theatre for one epic holiday spectacular. Hosted by Trinity “The Body” Taylor with appearances by fan-fave contestants, guests will see them perform and participate in a rare audience Q&A. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. One of L.A.’s most magical holiday traditions, LA Zoo Lights returns November 17 through January 7 with thousands upon thousands of LED lights glowing up the zoo. Check for discounted ticketsbefore making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

24. Sherman Oaks resident Mike Ziemkowski’s elaborate Christmas themed animatronic characters will return once again with Lights on Display a dazzling light show with a playlist of holiday tunes spun by the beloved DJ Jingles. The show runs every night until January 1, 2018. FREE

25. Happy Place brings a bright and immersive pop-up experience to the Arts District starting today. Capture perfect Instagram moments and enjoy sweet treats as you journey through one-of-a-kind installations designed to make you smile. Runs on select dates through January 7, 2018. Be sure to check for discounts before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar) Happy Place has been temporarily closed down due to permitting issues. December tickets are currently being refunded. You can read the latest ticketing update via their Instagram.

26. The Holiday Light Festival Train Ride at Griffith Park is a festive one mile ride on the tracks with tens of thousands of lights to get you in the Holiday spirit. Running now through December 23 and then again from December 26 to December 30.

27. Get into the winter spirit when ICE at Santa Monica returns with a 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Running November 1, 2017 through January 5, 2018.

28. Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

29. The 58th annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration is a free Christmas Eve celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion featuring Los Angeles-based musicians and dancers, including the Gay Men’s Chorus, City Ballet of Los Angeles, M-Pact and more. FREE

30. The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is host to the MatzoBall an annual Jewish singles networking event. Though most attendees are Jewish, more singles of all backgrounds are now showing up for this hugely popular party.

31. Need a little Christmas Eve refreshment? Grab a seasonal drink of one of 15 Places in L.A. to Get an Amazing Holiday Cocktail, including Westbound, Big Bar, and Casa Vega.

Schedule by We Like LA.

Weekend Events: December 15 – 17

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for everyweekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend in L.A. (December 15-17) includes Saber Battle L.A., a Holiday Sing-Along at Walt Disney Concert Hall, a CHILL Adventure Park at the Queen Mary, a Porto’s Potato Ball Pop-Up, a Christmas Concert at The Bradbury and MUCH more.

Enjoy!

Friday December 15, 2017

1. Saber Battle L.A. is a massive showdown at Pershing Square in DTLA. Hundreds of participants will come out to ‘battle’ one another using toy lightsabers. The event itself is free to attend but lightsabers are available to purchase online for delivery or to pickup on site. Be sure to check for discounts on lightsaber packages while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

2. Candytopia is the latest pop-up experience taking over L.A. featuring various candy-inspired rooms and installations like a marshmallow tsunamis and other edible surprises. Taking place at the LA Hangar Studios in Boyle Heights, Candytopia will run until March 15, 2018.

3. For one day only, Jon and Vinny’s will host a secret backyard party to welcome Milk Bar to L.A. Guests can get their hands on Milk Bars epic cookies, cake truffles, crack pie™ and more from 3-9 p.m. or until the treats run out. It’s a party so expect crafts, games, Milk Bar souvenirs and other surprises. The first 50 guests will receive a Milk Bar tote bag.

4. It’s hard not to make fun of the holidays, laugh about the “most wonderful time of the year” when the Groundlings troupe returns with their beloved Groundlings Holiday ShowDISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. The Rink in Downtown Burbank returns with a festive ice-skating event from December 14 through January 7. Check for discount tickets while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will screen at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood starting this Friday. Experience an intergalactic Laser Lightsaber Show before the movie and check out real costumes from the film up close. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. The Battleship IOWA will host a Holiday Movie Screening of “Frozen” on the fantail of their historic ship. Seating is first come first served. FREE

8. Rockwell: Table & Stage present the unauthorized musical parody of John Hughes classic Home Alone. Happening Thursday through the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. California Market Center, in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Garment District, opens to the pubic for a big sample sale this Friday (just in time for holiday shopping!).

10. Rooftop Cinema Club Ultimate Holiday Movie Series will host a month-long schedule of Christmas inspired movie screenings from December 1-23. The series continues this weekend with screenings of A Christmas Story, Elf, Edward Scissorhands and more

11. Get ready for another season of ice-skating in Downtown Los Angeles when the Bai Holiday Ice Rink returns to Pershing Square from November 16 through January 15, 2018. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar) 

12. A Taste of the Holidays Christmas Market taking place at Crafted at The Port of Los Angeles December 15-17 is a festive european-style shopping event with live music, dancing, DIY holiday crafts, a Christmas tree lot, Brouwerij West’s Holiday Brew and photos with Santa.

13. National Geographic Live returns to the Broad Stage in Santa Monica with Cristina Mittermeier, marine biologist/photographer on December 14-15. Check for discount tickets while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. The Artisanal LA x Bunker Hill Holiday Pop-Up returns to the Bank of America Plaza in DTLA from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. with 20+ makers of handcrafted goods and treats plus a live DJ and a festive photo booth. Admission is free to the public.

16. Something Rotten!, a hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers playwrights overshadowed by the great Will Shakespeare. Follow them as they try to steal the spotlight and end up unexpectedly end up writing the world’s very first musical. The show runs November 21 through December 30. Check for discount tickets while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

17. See the twinkling lights taking over our city during the Holiday Lights tour of Downtown Los Angeles. The tour is two hours long and starts at Union Station in the evening and ends at Pershing Square. Happening throughout the weekend.

18. 260LA will host a ​J Brand​ Sample Sale at their Beverly Hills ​location from ​December 13-17. Score premium denim items for men and women at steep discounted prices of up to 70% off.

19. The Sorting Room winter session is in full swing with eclectic performances spread over two weeks (through December 21). Each show includes special happy hour drink deals beforehand, with featured talent ranging from poets to composers, jazz singers, Tony Award winners and cabaret singers. This weekend features Clint Holmes on Friday and Love Actually Live on Saturday.

20. See the merriest Christmas light show in the city at City Blessing Church in Walnut during Lights on Miracle Hill: 12 Days of Christmas every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from December 1-24.

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

21. Get into the holiday season with a Holiday Sing-Along at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. There will be hot cocoa, coffee and pictures with Santa for an extra dose of cheer.

22. There’s a Porto’s Potato Ball Pop-Up happening at Annenberg Space for Photography in conjunction with Cuba Is, the Annenberg’s current photography exhibit. The balls will be sold in packs of six this Saturday and the current exhibit is free and open to the public.

23. CHILL Adventure Park returns to the Queen Mary in Long Beach from December 13 through January 7. Come experience ice bumper cars, ice skating, an Alpine Zip Line and more chill themed activities. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

24. Bergamot Station will host their Holiday Open House featuring work, creations and products designed by the creative community and businesses in the complex. Admission is free and open to the public.

25. The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Christmas Rocks show will take over the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood for a Big Band take on Christmas classics. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

26. Saban Theatre will be transformed into a full on holiday party featuring carolers, DJ’s, a Christmas card photo photo booth, food trucks, holiday cocktails and a Drunk Santa followed by a screening of the Will Ferrell Christmas classic Elf. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

27. Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. Happening Saturday and Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

28. Visit Dockweiler Youth Center for Beach Winter Wonderland, fun for the entire family this free event features bounce houses, winter activities, rides, and authentic snow at the beach. FREE

29. The 9th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl will take place at numerous locations of Santa Monica’s best bars and restaurants. Dress in Santa or holiday attire is strongly encouraged for this festive pub crawl.

30. Holly Jolly Day at the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE will include access to the L.A. LIVE ice skating rink and several over the top culinary and dessert stations. Enjoy the customizable hot chocolate bar, towering chocolate fountain, eggnog panna cotta, yule logs a cookie decoration station and much more.

31. The Museum of Failure has landed in Los Angeles at A+D Architecture and Design Museum in the Arts District. Exhibits include some of recent history’s biggest commercial flops, including Donald Trump’s board game, the Harley-Davidson Perfume, the Apple Newton, the Betamax, Google Glass, and more.

32. Holiday TrainFest and Toy Drive at the Los Angeles Union Station in Downtown L.A. is a free and family-friendly event featuring vintage rail cars decked out in festive attire, live music, refreshments and a toy drive for Toys for Tots. FREE

33. Enchanted: Forest of Light is in full swing at Descanso Gardens offering guests a colorful one-mile path walk through 10 distinct light displays at unique points within the garden including the Oak Grove and the Japanese Garden. The event runs until January 6, 2018. Check for discount tickets while supplies. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

34. The Grand Chapiteau at Dodger Stadium will be home to Cirque du Soleil’s new big-top show LUZIA. Inspired by the rich culture Mexico, the dazzling acrobatic performance will be heightened by brassy Mexican and Latin American sounds. Happening all week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

35. The 35th Annual Parade of 1000 Lights Christmas Boat Parade returns to Shoreline Village in Long Beach this Saturday.

36. Hear pitch perfect holiday tunes belted out by The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles during their annual Holiday Spectacular show happening at Alex Theatre in Glendale this Satruday. DISCOUNTED(via Goldstar)

37. Happy Place brings a bright and immersive pop-up experience to the Arts District starting today. Capture perfect Instagram moments and enjoy sweet treats as you journey through one-of-a-kind installations designed to make you smile. Runs on select dates through January 7, 2018. Be sure to check for discounts before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

38. One of L.A.’s most magical holiday traditions, LA Zoo Lights returns November 17 through January 7 with thousands upon thousands of LED lights glowing up the zoo. Check for discounted ticketsbefore making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

39. Do a little holiday shopping along the L.A. River during the Frogtown Flea Market. The two-day event (Saturday and Sunday) will feature food, drinks, music, art, plants, apothecary, zines, vintage finds, crafts, and more. A $5 donation is suggested.

40. Feastown at Eastown, a new, bimonthly popup night marketplace featuring food vendors and live music, debuted in Hollywood October and now returns for two Saturdays in December with a holiday theme. There is no cover to attend. Part of the proceeds from food purchases will go to help locals in need.

41. The Holiday Light Festival Train Ride at Griffith Park is a festive one mile ride on the tracks with tens of thousands of lights to get you in the Holiday spirit. Running now through December 23 and then again from December 26 to December 30.

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

42. Five holiday-themed concerts will be performed by the LA Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall between December 2 and 18. Expect Handel, Bach and more.

43. The popular Christmas Concert at The Bradbury will feature a 30-voice choir singing all the holiday favorites in one of the most beautiful interiors of all of Los Angeles.

44. Long Beach seafood concept Roe will host a week long culinary Feast of the Seven (Sustainable) Fishes from December 17-24. Prepared by Chef Arthur Gonzalez, the event will focus on one sustainably sourced seafood dish per night, served alongside a dish “Catch Card” detailing the fish species, catch location or fish origin, and the names of both the fisherman and the boat.

45. Sunday is the final Smorgasburg of the year before they go on a hiatus till January 14, 2018. It’s also the last day of their Holiday Market, so you’ll be able to shop and eat all in one place.

46. Get into the winter spirit when ICE at Santa Monica returns with a 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Running November 1, 2017 through January 5, 2018.

47. Sherman Oaks resident Mike Ziemkowski’s elaborate Christmas themed animatronic characters will return once again with Lights on Display a dazzling light show with a playlist of holiday tunes spun by the beloved DJ Jingles. The show runs every night until January 1, 2018. FREE

Schedule provided by We Like LA.

Weekend Events: November 23 – 26

This weekend you could go Black Friday shopping for all the hottest, door-busting, steals and deals of the century. You could also enjoy the outdoors and attend a fun event with your family!

Below are a few things you can do this weekend. Enjoy!

Thursday November 23rd, 2017

22. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

23. Trot along the streets of Downtown L.A. during the annual Turkey Trot Los Angeles. This year, the Turkey Trot is also raising money for local non-profit The Midnight Mission.

24. CorePower Yoga will be holding donation-based classes at all 1o of their L.A. studios on Thanksgiving day. Proceeds from the donation based lass will go to a local charity chosen by each studio.

25. There’s a Long Beach Turkey Trot hosting a 5k and 10k run and walk on Thanksgiving morning.

Friday November 24th, 2017

26. California Market Center, in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Garment District, opens to the public for a big sample sale this Friday (just in time for holiday shopping!)

27. Asian AF Los Angeles celebrates their one year anniversary show this Friday at Upright Citizens Brigade Sunset. Stand-up by Peter Kim, screening of Cartoon Network’s We Bare Bears, improv by Voltron: The UCB Superteam and more are on the bill.

28. Winter is coming and The Dirty Little Secrets will bring the heat to Harvelle’s in Long Beach with a steamy Game of Thrones Burlesque showDISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

29. The LA Phil presents West Side Story at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Listen to the score performed live while the re-mastered film plays on screen. Happening Friday and Sunday.

30. The Holiday Light Festival Train Ride at Griffith Park is a festive one mile ride on the tracks with tens of thousands of lights to get you in the Holiday spirit. Running now through December 23 and then again from December 26 to December 30.

Saturday November 25th, 2017

17. Make feline friends at ‘Caturday Night Live!’, a sketch show about cats. Event will be at UCB SUNSET (HOLLYWOOD)Catch a slew of UCB house performers along with NaNa the Cat Lady. Cost: $7

19.  Celebrate brunch and bodies with deviled eggs’ Christmas burlesque show at the BRACK SHOP TAVERN (DOWNTOWN). It’ll feature a menu of modern takes on classic 1960s recipes, a lineup of burlesque dancers performing Christmas-themed acts, and a full bar with wine, beer, and an array of specialty, thematically-appropriate cocktails. Cost: $50-$65

20. Eat like it’s Thanksgiving all over again at Smorgasburg Black Sunday being held at ROW DTLA. Hit up Smorgasburg’s special Black Sunday Market with nearly double the amount of vendors on site. In addition to the holiday photo booth there will be a Land Rover converted into Jamie Oliver’s kitchen to serve up turkey banh mi sandwiches benefiting Food Forward.

Schedule provided by We Like LA & Thrillist. 

Weekend Events: November 17 – 19

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend in L.A. (November 17 – November 19) includes, Malibu ArtWalk Festival, LA Zoo Lights, a Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens, the Great Los Angeles Walk, and MUCH more.

Enjoy!

Friday November 17th, 2017

1. The Malibu ArtWalk Festival returns for the 46th year in a row to Cross Creek. Taking place November 17-19 this annual community festival will feature local artists from the region displaying their art and guiding guests through their artistic processes.

2. One of L.A.’s most magical holiday traditions, LA Zoo Lights returns November 17 through January 7 with thousands upon thousands of LED lights glowing up the zoo. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. Get ready for another season of ice-skating in Downtown Los Angeles when the Bai Holiday Ice Rink returns to Pershing Square from November 16 through January 15, 2018.

4. Getty Villa Theater Lab Presents Aeschylus’s ‘The Suppliant Women’, to show at select times from Nov. 17-19.

5. California Market Center, in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Garment District, opens to the pubic for a big sample sale this Friday (just in time for holiday shopping!).

6. UCB Dragrace is UCB’s version of RuPaul’s Drag Race! This season they’ll be introducing KINGS VS QUEENS the ultimate drag battle, hosted By Mano Agapion, Oscar Montoya, and Nicole Byer

7. Discover Los Angeles technology and innovation, participate in a hiring fair & hear from inspiring speakers at Techweek LA, Nov. 13-17.

8. Spamilton a parody that celebrates and roasts the Broadway musical will make its West Coast premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Happening all weekend. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar) 

9. Get into the winter spirit when ICE at Santa Monica returns with a 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Running November 1 through January 5.

10. There’s going to be a midnight screening of Pulp Fiction at the New Beverly Theatre this Friday night.

11. Head to Grand Central Market for Fridays with dublab. Stroll the many food stalls and order up something tasty to nosh on while a killer soundtrack of DJ-spun tunes to play from 7 to 10 p.m. This is a free event (but not the food obviously!)

12. There’s a Night Market at Runway in Playa Vista. Check off your gift list and take a break at the beer garden with pours of Three Weavers and Indie Brewing. In addition there will be live music by the California Feetwarmers and bites from food trucks.

13. Check out free music this Friday at Union station as Metro Art Presents: Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble. FREE

14. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. Enjoy live gypsy jazz and swing tunes at Villains Tavern with a performance by The Vignes Rooftop Revival. Starts at 10 p.m. FREE

16. There’s a Great Pumpkin Hunt happening at the South Coast Botanic Garden from October 1 through November 30 everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Highlights include an imaginative scavenger hunt, light hiking, a pumpkin shop and access to the gorgeous 87-acre grounds. Great for families. Halloween costumes are welcome.

Saturday November 18th, 2017

17. Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair returns to Pasadena November 18-19. Check out over 200 handmade makers ranging in products from home décor, food and houseware, to fashion accessories and body products. FREE

18. Trek the streets of Los Angeles from downtown L.A. to the Westside during the 12th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk. Join other Angelenos on this free tour and see the sights and walk the streets of our city.

19. Noon to Midnight comes to Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday for 12 hours of pop-up performances featuring L.A.’s top new-music ensembles.

20. There’s a Mike Kelley symposium at the REDCAT focusing on Kelley’s last major project titled Kandors. This event will feature noted art scholars, curators, and artists.

21. Spaceland & Mercy for Animals present Circle V, a vegan music festival celebrating animal rights, at the Regent Theater in Downtown L.A. The festival will feature live music from artists like Moby and Reggie Watts along side speaker panels and a vegan vendor village. Ticket options range from $35–$150.

22. Downtown Burbank is hosting the 2nd Annual Winter Wine Walk & Street Fair. Walk through over 30 local shops and stores for wine and beer tastings, as well as small treats. The evening also includes local shopping, live musical performances and a magical snowfall moment. Participation in the Wine Walk is $45 while the street fair is free.

23. The BBQ & Beer Festival takes over Pearl’s BBQ in the Arts District for a day of music, barbecue and beer. Enjoy a plate of brisket, ribs, and chicken with ice-cold beers. Some vendors include Pearl’s BBQ, Taste of Pace Daddy’s Fried Chicken and Mad Miller BBQ. General admission tickets cost $17 and VIP tickets are $45 which includes your first drink free, samples of spirits and snacks, a Pearl’s BBQ tote bag, and a VIP area.

24. Stay cool while learning the Winter Olympics sport of curling! Beginner and pros are all welcome. The lesson will feature an excellent introduction to the basics, including sliding stones, sweeping, and game strategy. All equipment is provided. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. Feastown at Eastown, a new, bimonthly popup night marketplace featuring food vendors and live music, debuted in Hollywood October and now returns for two Saturdays in November with a Thanksgiving-theme. There is no cover to attend. Part of the proceeds from food purchases will go to help locals in need.

26. Catch a one of a kind reenactment of War of the Worlds at Walt Disney Concert Hall this Saturday. The story draws inspiration from Orson Welles’ infamous 1938 radio broadcast.

27. The 32nd Annual Elves’ Faire returns to the Pasadena Waldorf School in Altadena for an afternoon of shopping, crafting, dining, and playing medieval-style contests and games.

28. The 5th Annual Stouts N Staches Brew Fest returns to Venice Beach this Saturday to celebrate Movember with a mustache-themed block party. Guests will enjoy food and craft beer specials, live music, beer and whiskey tastings, complimentary beard and stache trims, men’s health screenings and more.

Sunday November 19th, 2017

29. Enchanted: Forest of Light returns to Descanso Gardens this Sunday offering guests a colorful one-mile path walk through 10 distinct light displays at unique points within Descanso Garden including the Oak Grove and the Japanese Garden. Be sure to grab discount tickets while supplies are still available! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. See E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial at Royce Hall when the American Youth Symphony performs John Williams award winning score live as the film plays on the big screen. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar) 

31. Get ready to dance all day long and celebrate the art of mariachi when the 27th Annual Mariachi Festival returns to Boyle Heights at historic Mariachi Plaza Station. FREE

32. See the Wende Museum’s new Culver City campus for free during their community open house this Sunday. The museum focuses on the history of the Cold War and currently have a new exhibit titled Cold War Spaces. FREE

33. The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade returns to celebrate 40 years of irreverent frolicking on the streets of Pasadena. The parade begins in East Pasadena along Colorado Boulevard, the original Route 66.

34. The East Los Angeles Christmas Parade & Festival comes to Whittier Blvd for an afternoon-long celebration with Christmas flair. Check out the amazing floats, marching bands, equestrian units, and loads more.

35. Comedy at The Friend is a weekly free show in Silverlake. This Sunday the lineup includes Rhea Butcher and Jak Knight. FREE

36. The Hammer hosts a Family Flicks series this Sunday with a screening of 1995 film Babe. FREE

37. Free admission atCraft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can) and Museum of Latin American Art

Schedule courtesy of We Like LA. 

Weekend Events: September 8 – 10

Los Angeles is filled with events, especially over the weekend!

This weekend, enjoy a lobster festival, an LA River boat race, a new museum in the Arts District and much more!

The schedule begins after this!

Friday September 8th, 2017

1. Long Beach Original Lobster Festival (Sept. 8-10) will feature fresh Maine lobster, live music, face painting, karaoke, arts & crafts booths, a petting zoo, plus various wine/beer gardens. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

2. Ohana Festival heads to Doheny State Beach for a three-day music festival with a diverse musical lineup playing right off the shore of the Pacific Ocean in Dana Point. Band include Social Distortion, Eddie Vedder, Jack Johnson, Pixies, TV on the Radio, Fiona Apple and Ray Lamontagne.

3. A special screening of Easy Rider comes to The Wiltern for a one-of-a-kind experience of the iconic 1969 film about two bikers on an epic road trip. The screening will be paired with a hot seven-piece band performing music from the original score.

4. Get spooked during Paramount Pictures After Dark Tour: Tales From The Other Side where you’ll hear scandals of yesteryear and the lost souls who haunt the studio lot by moonlight. The tour starts at dusk with champagne as you head into the studio lot where you’ll weave in and out of sound stages and the darkest corners of the infamous backlot. You’ll end the night next door at Hollywood Forever Cemetery the final resting place of some of the most infamous stars. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. The Muppets take over the Hollywood Bowl for an evening of music, special surprises and a spectacular fireworks show. Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal and the rest of the Muppet gang for an unbelievably fun and zany night.

6. Shop Everly Clothing’s last Summer sample sale for the season this Friday. All proceeds go directly to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund!

7. Garbage Pail Groundlings is the latest main stage show at the renowned LA theater. The show is filled with sketch comedy, improv and a cast of growing comedians who’ve made appearances in movies like Ted and television shoes like Workaholics. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. Spend the night screening cool indie films from the Morelia International Film Festival during Cine Sin Fronteras presented by The Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles. Taking place at the Mexican Consulate of Los Angeles, the event is free and open to the public with a pre-screening reception serving complimentary sangria and beer. FREE

9. Get a peek into the Fall TV season during the 11th annual PaleyFest Fall TV Previews Sept. 6-16. Located in Beverly Hills The Paley Center for Media will play host to the ten-day festival featuring some of the most anticipated shows both new and old, as well as star-studded panel discussions with series cast and creatives.

10. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. Memento at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Casablanca at Montalban in Hollywood.

11. The LA County Fair takes over the Fairplex in Pomona from Sep. 1-24 with fair-style foods, live musical performances, carnival-style games, rides, and unique attractions such as an expanded farm section (over five acres) featuring tons of interactive agricultural experiences for guests to enjoy. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

12. The Burbank International Film Festival heads to AMC Burbank 16 in Downtown Burbank Sept. 6-10 with 180+ feature and short films representing 60 countries. Expect artist tributes, panels, afterparties, red carpet, receptions, and networking opportunities.

13. Head to LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes for a free summer of salsa concert with The Arsenio Rodíguez Project. FREE

14. Ballona Discovery Park is hosting a free family movie night screening nature friendley films. FREE

15. LACMA’s award winning Department of Music Program provides hundreds of free concerts and musical events every year for Angelenos to enjoy. This Friday their jazz series continues at the BP Grand Entrance.

16. Free museum daysLong Beach Museum of Art

Saturday September 9th, 2017

17. The Sunstock Solar Festival comes to the Magic Box in Downtown L.A. for an all-solar music festival featuring an eclectic array of alternative and indie musical acts, solar-powered art, organic food, and more. Bands playing include Ra Ra Riot, Wild Cub and Robert DeLong. The festival will also have discussions based around clean energy, sustainability, and social justice. Check for discounted ticketsbefore making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), formerly known as the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA), will open the doors to a new 12,700-foot facility located on the south side of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. ICA LA’s new digs include 7,500-square-feet of exhibition space currently housing three exhibitions on opening day. FREE

19. The High & Low Festival heads to Nos Event Center in San Bernardino with bands like Brand New, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Best Coast and more. There will also be live comedy by The Hard Times. Kurt Braunholer, Mike Lawrence, Guy Branum, and Cameron Esposito.

20. The DAC Gallery will host an opening reception for The, Their, Likeness a group art exhibition featuring works from a variety of mediums that touch on the idea of portraits. All artists in the show are from the ECF Art Centers Program a space that provides mentorship, and support for adult artists living with developmental disabilities. The reception is open to the public and Fort Point Beer Co. will be pouring during the event.  FREE

21. The scenic Glendale Narrows section of the Los Angeles River will be home to the fourth LA River Boat Race happening this Saturday. The race through the river is open to paddlers of all ages and abilities! Though the suggested donation is $25, all are welcome to “pay what they can afford.”

22Esotouric Bus Adventures presents The Birth of Noir a James M. Cain’s SoCal Nightmare Bus Tour. This tour explores the life, work, myths and passions of American novelist James M. Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity) and his time in California. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. There’s a cannabis themed Beatles tribute party this weekend in DTLA. Hosted by GRASSFED and The Art Of Edibles the evening will honor the 50 year anniversary of the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The event will include a “multi-sensory” listening session of the original album in the dark, a Q&A with renowned Beatles album cover designer John Kosh, live covers of Beatle songs and a sponsor table where guests can learn about cannabis products and more.

24. KP Projects La Brea Gallery will host an opening reception for Scott Hove’s new exhibition titledLast Ticket for the Beauty Train. The evening will feature nearly 30 new pieces of sculptures and installations that examines what Hove terms “the failures of the Illuminati.” To gain access to the free reception, the public must RSVP to rsvp@kpprojects.net. FREE

25. Spend a day tasting amazing dishes from top chefs during the annual LA Loves Alex Lemonade. Participating chefs include Jeremy Fox, Wes Avila, Scott Conant, Ray Garcia, Valerie Gordon, Bruce Kalman, Walter and Margarita Manzke and much more. Happening at UCLA, the event is dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer.

26. Street Food Cinema this Saturday features two screenings on Saturday: Mighty Ducks – 25th Anniversary at Griffith Park Los Angeles and Mean Girls at Marriott Golf Course Manhattan Beach.

27. Woofstock 2017 is a celebration of peace, love, and paws at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. This pet-friendly day will feature lots of fun in the sun, with activities like complimentary pawdicures, live music, LA Love & Leashes adoptions, costume contest, vendor demos and giveaways. FREE

28. Visit the Redondo Pier for the 15th Annual Chalk Art Festival, an all-ages event that transforms the South Bay pier into a work of art. Guests are free to pick up some chalk and get creative! FREE

29. Eat|See|Hear is back with a screening of Harry Potter at Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. Burbanks Game Realms is hosting a Sega Dreamcast 18th USA Anniversary Celebration where they’ll roll out a bunch of Dreamcast games for the public to play. Admission costs $7.

31. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! is back with a free show on Saturday at The Virgil where the bar will be fully stalked and a taco truck will be parked outside for your dining pleasure. FREE

32. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. Inception at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Raiders of the Lost Ark at Montalban in Hollywood.

Sunday September 10th, 2017

33. Grand Park presents a Beat Swap Meet this Sunday where guests will be able to check out record & vinyl goods alongside live art-making, entertainment and a classic car show. FREE

34. The 71st Annual East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day Parade & Festival comes to the Mexican Consulate in Downtown Los Angeles for one of the longest-running parades in the country. FREE

35. There’s a public opening reception for City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) titled Condemned To Be Modern. Part of Pacific Standard Time, the exhibit examines modern architecture through the eyes of 21 Latin American contemporary artists. On opening day, there will be a special performance art piece featuring Mayan interdisciplinary artist Crystal Sepulveda set against the backdrop of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House. FREE

36. Cheer on the Dodgers as they go up against the Colorado Rockies. Spend an evening at the iconic Dodger Stadium and dine on the newly revamped menu as you watch the boys in blue. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

37. The Los Angeles Latino Book and Family Festival comes to the La Plaza de Cultres y Artes for a full day of exhibits, storytelling, author meet-and-greets, workshops, activities, food and much more. FREE

38. Head to Manhattan Beach for Pub at the Club a food and libation festival featuring 20+ awesome craft brewers, 10 wineries and 10 delicous restaurants ready to pour and serve you unlimited tastings. Taking place at the Manhattan Beach Badminton Club, 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit the MB Badminton Club’s Junior Foundation.

39. Friendship Buddies is a weekly stand-up comedy show at the Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park. Come hangout in the back patio, enjoy a cocktail, and LOL to outstanding stand-up comedians in Los Angeles. FREE

40. Free admission daysMuseum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

Article courtesy of We Like LA.

Things to do This September in Los Angeles

Can you believe it’s already September!! Where has this year gone? Well if you don’t have any plans for this month, take a look at the list below. There are plenty of events going on this month! Enjoy!

1. The LA County Fair Returns (Sept. 1-24)

The LA County Fair returns to the Fairplex in Pomona September 1- 24 to kick off the fall with some delicious food and fun. -> More information

2. L.A. Times The Taste (Sept. 1-3)

Hosted from September 1-3, the event features five events with tastings from some of L.A.’s best chefs, restaurateurs and mixologists. -> More information

3. Made in LA Fest at Golden Road Brewing (Sept. 2-3)

Made in LA is a music fest that celebrates Los Angeles-based creators with a lineup that includes legendary West Coast rapper and hip-hop producer Warren G, YACHT, Buyepongo, Korey Dane, Maxim Ludwigas, and more. -> More information – Discount tickets

4. Fiesta Hermosa (Sept. 2-4)

Hermosa Beach’s 45th annual Fiesta Hermosa takes place from September 2-4 and features some 300 vendors, food, a kiddie play area and much more! -> More information

5. Long Beach Original Lobster Festival (Sept. 8-10)

The festival features fresh Maine lobster, live music, face painting, karaoke, arts & crafts booths, a petting zoo, plus various wine/beer gardens. -> More information – Discount tickets

6. Los Angeles Latino Book and Family Festival (Sept. 10)

The Los Angeles Latino Book and Family Festival comes to the La Plaza de Cultres y Artes on September 10 for a full day of exhibits, storytelling, author meet-and-greets, workshops, activities, food and much more.  Entry is free!-> More information

7. Grand Park Presents a Beat Swap Meet (Sept. 10)

Calling all music lovers & aficionados, Grand Park is hosting a FREE record & vinyl swap meet alongside live art-making, entertainment & a classic car show! -> More information

8. Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo (Sept. 15)

The LA Zoo’s signature summer music series concludes on September 15 with a themed night of 80s vs. 90’s music. Activities for the evening with include live bands, DJs, pop-up zoo keeper talks, special animal encounters, food trucks, lawn games and more. -> More information – Discount tickets

9. Los Angeles Anime Film Festival (Sept. 15-17)

Los Angeles Anime Film Festival celebrates 100 years of anime films during its three-day event September 15-17 at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE. -> More information

10. Tarfest at the La Brea Tar Pits (Sept. 16)

The 15th annual Tarfest is back for 2017 with a FREE showcase of music, dance, live artwork, a biergarten and wine Bar,and installations, all at the iconic La Brea Tar Pits. -> More information

11. Open Arts + Music Festival in Downtown Glendale (Sept. 16)

The Open Arts & Music Festival, a FREE event on September 16, returns to Downtown Glendale with music from Run River North, DUCKWRTH & more, along with craft beers, kiddie fun, $1 vinyl and much more. -> More information

1. Free Admission at 50+ SoCal Museums to Help Launch PST: LA/LA (Sept. 17)

As part of the launch for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA over 50 SoCal museums will offer free admission on Sunday, September 17. -> More information

13. The 22nd Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Festival (Sept. 22-24)

The food festival will bring 27,000 fresh Maine lobsters to the South Bay for mouth-watering dishes, alongside an impressive music line-up all weekend! -> More information – Discount tickets

14. Surf City Dog Competition in Huntington Beach (Sept. 23)

The dog days of summer are coming to a close, but not without a bang. What better way to recognize the end of summer than with a dog surfing competition? -> More information

15. PROUD Movie Night at Grand Park (Sept. 23)

PROUD Movie Night at Grand Park comes to Downtown Los Angeles on September 23. The evening will showcase short films reflecting the diversity and freshness of creators from the Outfest Fusion Festival.. This is a FREE event for the LGBTQ community and its allies. -> More information

16. Dino Fest at Natural History Museum (Sept. 23-24)

The 2nd annual Dino Fest returns to NHMLA this September 23-24 for a weekend of celebrating the prehistoric giants that one ruled the earth. -> More information

17. Los Angeles Green Festival Expo (Sept. 23-24)

The two-day sustainable festival starts at 10 a.m. on September 23-24 will feature over 200 exhibitors, 50 inspirational speakers and hands-on activities. -> More information

18. The 33rd Annual Abbot Kinney Community Festival (Sept. 24)

The FREE community festival will feature over 300 quality vendors, food trucks, rides and games for kids, 4 music stages and 3 beer gardens! -> More information

19. UnSilent Cinema at FIGat7th (Sept. 28-29)

UnSilent Cinema is a two-day showcase of classic silent films enlivened by contemporary live scores. The back-to-back evenings will feature a happy hour in the TASTE courtyard, a DJ at the FIGat7th plaza, plus screenings of The Goddess scored by Juana Molina on Thursday and The Passion of Joan of Arc scored by Julia Holteron on Friday. Admission is free! -> More information

20. Downtown Dark Nights at L.A. LIVE (Sept. 29)

Downtown Dark Nights at L.A. LIVE on September 29 will feature $5 food and drink menus, live music, street performers, and a marketplace featuring eclectic goods from local artisans and vendors. -> More information

21. Music Tastes Good Festival in Long Beach (Sept. 30 – Oct. 1)

Music Tastes Good comes to Marina Green Park in Long Beach on September 30 and October 1 for two days of music, food, and art with Peaches, Sleater-Kinney & more. -> More information

Event schedule courtesy of We Like LA. 

Rodeo Realty's 2017 Summer Picnic

It was a beautiful day for Rodeo Realty’s 2017 Summer Picnic! The event was held Thursday at the Roxbury Memorial Park in Beverly Hills.

Rodeo Realty agents enjoyed a day filled with great food, water balloons, and softball! Oh, and let’s not forget about that delicious banana bread pudding–thanks Kerry Gelbard!

To view more photos of the picnic, visit our Facebook page:

It was a great day for a summer picnic!

Posted by Rodeo Realty on Thursday, August 17, 2017