Events & Festivals

Your guide to the best events and festivals in LA

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Valentine's Day in Los Angeles

Calling all red-blooded men and women: Valentine's Day is almost here.

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Are there pros to a con(vention)?

Let's be clear. There are big differences between a food festival and a food-related convention.

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9 things to do in Los Angeles in winter

While the rest of the country laments the post-Christmas freeze, we Angelenos have plenty to look forward to in the winter.

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Chinese New Year in Los Angeles

As the Lunar New Year approaches, celebrate with these events.

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This month's events

Start the year off right with the city's best activities and things to do in our January events calendar.

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This week's top events

Museums

Museums Free-For-All Saturday

Got a list of LA museums you haven't visited yet? Clear your calendar for Museums Free-For-All Saturday, when museums all over the region throw open the doors for a day of free admission. It's the perfect opportunity to knock a couple off your list, like the Japanese American National Museum, the Santa Monica Museum of Art and more. You'll still have to pay to see any exhibitions that require a special ticket and for parking, but we can't say no to free admission. Here's the full list of participating museums. RECOMMENDED: See more free museums in LA

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Night on Broadway

Need any more convincing that Broadway is back? How about a cultural festival spanning seven of Downtown's historic theaters and movie palaces. All of the venues will open their doors for free during Night on Broadway, which includes a surreal light performance at the Los Angeles Theatre, chessboxing at the Tower Theatre and a sneak peek of the renovated Globe Theatre. Outside the theaters, there's a street festival between 4th and 7th with Downtown Art Walk-curated pop-ups, a vintage car show, a family-friendly kids area and a music main stage. The Museum on Neon Art is also leading tours of the district's light-up signage, but they're already sold out—time to make friends with someone with an extra ticket. The event celebrates the seventh anniversary of Councilmember José Huizar's Bringing Back Broadway initiative, which, judging by the recent road diet and influx of new businesses, we'd say is going pretty well.

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Art

Arts District Night

Move over Downtown Art Walk, the Arts District is getting its own gallery night. Over a dozen galleries and studios will keep their doors open from 6-9pm. The area isn't quite as walkable as the Historic Core, so you may have to move your car to hit up some of the far-flung spaces in the trendy (but transit-challenged) neighborhood.

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LA Art Book Fair

Printed Matter presents LA Art Book Fair, a unique (and free!) event showcasing artists' books, catalogues, monographs, periodicals and zines. Over 250 international presses, booksellers and independent publishers from twenty-one countries come together to hawk their wordy wares at this not-to-be-missed companion fair to New York's Art Book Fair. Peruse naughty pulp paperbacks, catalogues full of fancy modern art, and books that you don't really "read" so much as just admire. Highlights to look for: zine showcases, a collection of British punk printed matter, the addition of the Contemporary Artists Books Conference, plus screenings, panels and more from MOCAtv and the book fair folks.

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Concerts in LA

Music

The Roots

What better way to greet the new year than with a top-notch concert? Justly venerated Philadelphia rap crew The Roots will take a recess from their Tonight Show stage to bring their jazzy take on hip-hop to Santa Ana's Observatory. Expect drummer ?uestlove, rapper Black Thought and company to play from their latest album, ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, with songs that take a satirical look at violence.

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Foxygen

Our very own Cali-born psych-pop duo Foxygen is comprised of twenty-somethings Sam France on vocals and Jonathan Rado on guitar and keybaords. The songwriting twosome strikes us as a gentler, cuddlier version of MGMT, but this time around they've morphed into a nine-piece punk touring machine, dubbed "Star Power." Catch them play an LA gig at the Roxy in support of their hot third LP, ...And Star Power.

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American Nightmare

Cold Cave's dark prince of neo-new wave, Wesley Eisold, revisits his punk past each year, when he joins up with his old Boston hardcore punk band—fearsome and eclectic underground faves Give Up the Ghost (originally called American Nightmare)—for a handful of high-profile reunion gigs. Bl'ast! and ROTTING OUT will open this L.A. date at the El Rey.

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Chain And The Gang

Eccentric Washington D.C.-based singer Ian Svenonius—you might know him from Nation of Ulysses, Weird War or the Make-Up—takes the stage with his kitsched-up garage-rock vehicle Chain And The Gang. Hear him and his band put post-hardcore music to a conspiracy theory that decries liberty and idolizes a new breed of bondage, as they play behind their newest album, Minimum Rock N Roll, at the Satellite.

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Film events

Mortal Kombat screening

Transport to another realm jam-packed with fantastical characters, ancient tournament games and a classic quest to save the world. Director Paul Anderson’s 1995 film Mortal Kombat tells the tale of three martial artists competing against each other (on a sketchy life-threatening island) to determine the globe’s fate. Spruce up your Friday night plans and make your way to the Nuart Theatre for a midnight screening of this thrilling fantasy film (which is also an epic video game).

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High Maintenance sneak preview

This hybrid event from the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre pairs a sneak peek at the upcoming season of the web series High Maintenance with a live podcast taping. Started in 2012 by husband-and-wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, the acclaimed web series recently teamed with Vimeo for a Netflix-Original production style. The juicy collection of episodic shorts follows a weed deliveryman as he caters to NYC clients, with each episode providing a vivid glimpse into the life of a different customer. What's more, funnyman Doug Benson is a fan of the show as well, so after the preview, stay tuned for a special live recording of his podcast, "Doug Loves Movies," with the show's creators and star.

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The Godfather / The Godfather: Part II screening

Cozy up for a long Friday night set to the tune of bloody machine-gun massacres, a horse's head in a Hollywood bed, and plenty of flashbacks as the Egyptian Theatre screens parts one and two of the Godfather. Behold Marlon Brando at his most iconic and a fresh-faced Al Pacino as he rises from white sheep of the family to fully-fledged bad guy, all before soaking in Robert DeNiro as we choose to remember him, smooth-skinned and scouling. Stick it out for the entirety of this two-part screening to prove your love of the Mafia and its families once and for all.

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CineInsomnia: The Big Lebowski

Mistaken identity, the Dude and the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman: There are many reasons why The Big Lebowski has endured as one of the most notable (and quotable) cult comedies ever. Settle in among your fellow Coen Brothers fans at this midnight screening, and watch Jeff Bridges in all his glory on the big screen at the Nuart.

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Food events

Eat your drink with Matthew Biancaniello

You may have had omakase, but have you ever subbed out the sushi for cocktails? We thought not. Matthew Biancaniello, one of LA's most revered cocktail gurus, is teaming up with Miss Chiffonade's Emily Han for a 15-course (yes, you read that right) omakocktail (yes, you also read that right), where he will present his greatest cocktail hits from the past two years. If you're thinking that 15 courses of cocktails will knock you on your ass, there will be a three-course Chaya dinner to soak up some of that alcohol. But we're not going to lie, it'll still probably knock you on your ass. Cheers.

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Restaurants

dineLA Restaurant Week

It's baaaack. DineLA Restaurant Week returns for its annual winter edition, a two-week event featuring hundreds of LA restaurants offering discounted lunch and dinner meals. With prix-fixe menus that range from $15-$50, Angelenos can indulge in some of the best restaurants in the city without dipping into their rent money. Along with the usual suspects, there are a few newcomers on this year's ballot, like Alimento (one of our best new restaurants in 2014), Bacari PDR, Brilliantshine, Murph's and The Gadarene Swine. See a complete list of participating restaurants here. 

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Bars

Chicken wing eating contest at Plan Check

It's a sport as American as apple pie. Nah, we're not talking about football, we're talking about a good ol' fashioned chicken wing eating contest, which Plan Check (all three locations) is hosting immediately before the Super Bowl this Sunday. At 2:30, the first 10 diners to sign up will stuff their faces with 12 chicken wings; whoever finishes the fastest will win a custom Plan Check trophy, JP Wiser's Rye Whisky prizes, and the eternal title of Chicken King/Queen of Plan Check. If you're more of the spectating type, order some of chef Ernesto Uchimura's tailgating themed dishes—9 layer dip, chorizo chili cheese fries, etc—and specialty cocktails to watch the game, football or otherwise.

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Restaurants

Black Truffle Menu

Black truffles are the stars of this year's truffle dinner series held at SAAM, the chef's tasting room at The Bazaar by José Andrés. The innovative and decadent multi-course meal abundantly features these black gems, foraged by the Truffle Brothers, Marco and Michael Pietroiacovom, of Italy. The menu is offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (including Valentine's Day!), and reservations are required.

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Shopping events

Shopping and style

The Dreslyn Warehouse Sale

Transport your latest shopping endeavors Downtown for The Dreslyn’s epic two-day warehouse sale where you’ll find top designer brands (like J Brand, Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone, Theory, and more) at a bargain price.

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Kelly Wearstler warehouse sale

Kelly Wearstler has been delivering fabulous ready-to-wear warehouse sales to Angelenos for years; and now, your apartment can be just as well-dressed.

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Matteo Home Sample Sale

New year, new dreamy bedding. Step through Matteo’s Downtown showroom for their epic annual home sample sale.

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Lulu & Georgia pop-up shop

Just in time to revamp your decor for summer, get a load of the always-colorful ecommerce home goods boutique Lulu & Georgia IRL this weekend at the shop's three-day WeHo pop-up (645 N. Robertson).

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