Events & Festivals

Your guide to the best events and festivals in LA

Movies

All of LA's outdoor movies in one calendar

Let outdoor screening season begin.

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What do Harry Potter and roller skates have to do with each other?

Nimbus 2000? Firebolt? Magical broomsticks are so out of style. Roller skates, though...

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7 exciting events at the LA River this spring

These seven tours, events and art installations are transforming the river into an exciting public space.

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4 tips for going to Cinespia screenings

It’s that time of year again. Cinespia film screenings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery begin on Saturday, May 9.

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9 ace, brilliant events to attend during BritWeek

British expats seem to love LA, or at least our beaches and sunshine.

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This week's top events

Things to do

Harry Potter Roller Skating Night

Lace up your Muggle skates and roll around the not-Quidditch pitch at the annual Harry Potter Roller Skating Night. The fan group Los Angeles Dumbledore's Army takes over Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale for a night of Harry Potter-themed music, merch and games. Come dressed in costume and load up on candy and butterbeer—non-alcoholic, unfortunately—while you're there.

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Dachshund Racing at Santa Anita

Watch wiener dogs race around the infield at Santa Anita during this free fan fest. Don't worry: These little guys have been voluntarily entered by their human parents. Parking and Infield admission is free through Infield Gate 6 (off of Colorado Place).

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Art

50th Anniversary Free Community Day at LACMA

Celebrate 50 years of the Miracle Mile museum with free admission to the entire museum and its special exhibitions, including Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School and the opening of 50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA’s Anniversary, a selection of highlights from the recent, historic bequest of A. Jerrold Perenchio as well as gifts from other donors. There will also be 50 self-guided and guided activities spread across the campus.

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Shopping and style

Craft & Folk Art Museum's 3rd Annual Vintage Marketplace

Join CAFAM for a fundraiser shopping event. Dig through an ecclectic treature trove of textiles, jewlery, clothing and unique finds—perfect for serious collectors or vintage enthusiasts. Proceeds will benefit the museum's exhibitions and programming. 

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Concerts in LA

Music

Madeon

Hugo Leclercq is only just out of his teens, but he can already count Lady Gaga and Annie Mac among the thousands going nuts for his big, poppy disco-house beats. The Daft Punk-inspired, French-born wunderkind swings into town to play an explosive, sold-out El Rey show.

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Music

Chet Faker

The splendidly named Chet Faker—Nick Murphy, to his pals back in hometown Melbourne—first hit the scene via his languid (and gorgeous) 2011 remake of Blackstreet's "No Diggity." He's been working his warm, left-field R&B sound ever since. Hear his woozy, jazz-inflected electronic soul music live at Club Nokia as he promotes his debut album, Built on Glass, released last April. Tickets for the Club Nokia show are technically sold out, but we're guessing you know where to look.

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Clean Bandit

A year ago, Clean Bandit were an underground crew picking up tastemakers’ respect for their weird-but-it-works blend of classical strings and funky house-pop. Then came "Rather Be," followed by their Top Five debut album New Eyes (named iTunes Dance album of the year), and they became one of 2014’s biggest new acts. This Fonda show should be quite the celebration.

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Glass Animals

Hailing from Oxford, England (also the home of Radiohead), this buzzworthy experimental electronic-pop outfit combines smart guitars with subtle electronics. Its debut album, Zaba, is full of lush, hazy pop curveballs layered with psychedelic synthwork and gentle electronic beats. The band heads to town between the two weekends of Coachella, stopping to play at both the Fonda and the Glass House. New York multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano will open both nights.

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Film events

Scream / Scream 2 screening

'So you like scary movies?' Indulge in a double feature of the horror cult Scream series, and watch through the cracks between your fingers, as Wes Craven kills off the clichés and all the wrong characters with panache. Screams 1 and 2 will play back-to-back at the New Bev on Friday and Saturday night. Take friends, take a date—after all, those that scream together, stay together.

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Blade Runner screening

The Egyptian presents a one night only screening of Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic, Blade Runner. Take the opportunity to spend an evening with the quintessential LA film full of dystopic, dreamlike scenes of a dilapidated Downtown. Geek bonus: After the film, they'll be screening rare behind-the-scenes material.

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Reality Bites / Singles screening

Gear up for an unhealthy dose of Gen X angst, Winona Ryder gettin' down to "My Sharona" and Bridget Fonda pining over an early '90s Matt Dillon. That's right: It's a double screening of "Reality Bites" and "Singles" at the New Bev, packed with grungy nostalgia and ill-fitting flannel. Ah, the '90s. Well worth the $8 admission.

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Ride screening

If you dropped out of college to peruse a surfing career, your mom would likely flip out too. Separation anxiety hits a new level when editor of The New Yorker Jackie (played by Helen Hunt) ditches her east side digs to follow her son’s LA surfer dreams. Met with comical mother-son bickering, epic surfer shots, and the writing, acting, and directing genius of Helen Hunt, Ride captures classic familial relationships in an authentic, laugh-worthy way.

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Food events

Restaurants

smoke.oil.salt Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Join smoke.oil.salt for a two-night celebration in honor of their one-year anniversary. Choose one of two seatings on either night (6:30 and 9pm) that includes a whopping 10-course menu of authentic Spanish dishes. The spread will include favorites like Bravas Trencades (fried potatoes with egg, ham and chorizo) and Polp a la Brasa (smoked octopus) and, for dessert, Crema Catalana (custard paired with passion fruit ice cream). A $25 three-wine pairing and $50 wine pairing flight of four wines, a beer or cider, and a sherry is also available. 

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Restaurants

Pressed Juicery Hollywood Grand Opening Celebration

Adding to LA’s burgeoning juice bar scene, Pressed Juicery sprouts up yet another flagship shop in the heart of Hollywood (mecca of green juice guzzlers). Score a free 16 oz. bottle of juice, a cup of Freeze (a sure-fire summer favorite), tote bag, and more tasty giveaways at this Saturday’s Grand Opening. Hollywood boulevard never looked so good.

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Hops & Hopes Craft Beer Fest

A chance to sample hundreds of beers for a great cause? Uh, count us in. Beer Autism Hope and All About Beer magazine have announced the inaugural Hops & Hopes Craft Beer Fest, a festival that celebrates craft beer and raises awareness and funds to give aid to the autism community. A phenomenal lineup of breweries, both local and national, will be handing out their brews: Eagle Rock Brewing, Ladyface Ale, Firemans Brew, Bell's Brewery and Ballast Point, just to name a few. Think you've got a knack for making the good stuff? Enter the festival's homebrew contest here.

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Gin Cocktail + Oyster Shucking Workshop

With one hand on a bottle of Aviation gin and another attempting to shuck an oyster, you've got your work cut out for you at this gin cocktail and oyster class, held at The Jefferson in Culver City. But don't worry—The Whaling Club will guide you every step of the way at this hands-on workshop, where you'll make two gin cocktails and shuck a half dozen oysters (and leave with your very own oyster knife!). Purchase tickets here.

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Shopping events

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Step Up & Stand Out at Lorna Jane Santa Monica

Attention fitness junkies! Sure, we’ve all seen yoga pant donning Angelenos shop the racks in sporty kicks, but you likely haven’t seen them quite like this.

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Jerome C Rousseau Pop-Up

If you’re on the hunt for a sleek pair of stilettos or chic flats, this two-day pop up is your new designer shoe haven.

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Lovers + Friends, Tularosa and NBD Sample Sale

Looking to spruce up your springtime wardrobe? If there’s one thing better than a solo brand sample sale, it’s three.

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Los Angeles Modernism Show & Sale

The Los Angeles Modernism Show returns to celebrate its 28th year at 3Labs (8461 Warner Dr) in Culver City, kicking off on April 24th with a celeb-hosted opening night benefit for nonprofit P.S. Arts.

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