Events & Festivals

Your guide to the best events and festivals in LA

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The Nintendo World Championships are coming to LA

Nintendo decided to pull out its "only '90s kids" card with the revival of the Nintendo World Championships.

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Things to do

Memorial Day weekend in Los Angeles

Take full advantage of the three-day weekend and pack it full of food and time outdoors.

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Movies

All of LA's outdoor movies in one calendar

Let outdoor screening season begin.

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Five acts not to miss at FYF 2015

The FYF 2015 lineup was announced and we're pretty thrilled with this year's picks.

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We're already salivating over the Taste of the Eastside line-up

To kick off the season, Taste of the Eastside is back for another day of showcasing some of the city's finest restaurants.

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This week's top events

Things to do

Disneyland 60th Anniversary Celebration

Disneyland marks its diamond anniversary with three new nighttime shows, a 24-hour celebration and a fresh coat of blinged out paint (and merchandise). While you'll likely have the rest of the year, if not longer, to check all of 60th stuff out, eager parkgoers will want to turn out on May 22 for the first day—which just so happens to be a sure-to-be-mobbed 24-hour-day at the park. Starting May 22, both Disneyland and California Adventure will be decked out in all-diamond-everything, including both Sleeping Beauty Castle and Carthay Circle Theater. Disneyland will see a new fireworks show, Disneyland Forever, as well as a new nighttime parade, Paint the Night, a sort of Main Street Electrical Parade for the LED age. Meanwhile, California Adventure's World of Color takes on the subtitle "Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney," and does, well, exactly what that title says. RECOMMENDED: The 25 best Disneyland rides

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Friday Night Wine Tastings

Now one of LA's most treasured summer traditions, Barnsdall Park’s wine tastings regularly attract sell-out crowds. Perched atop Olive Hill in the west lawn of historic Hollyhock House (which you can tour during the evening for $12) Barnsdall Fridays includes fine selections of boutique wines provided by Silver Lake Wine with a spectacular sunset and 360 degree views of the city. Bring along a blanket and a picnic basket, or just nosh on the variety of food trucks parked up there. There tend to be lots of kids running around, so feel free to bring your own tots and join the fun or, for you singles, stake out a secluded spot to avoid the madness.

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Amateur Hour: Becoming Famous—Facial Contouring, Head Shots, Bios and More

Oh, Machine Project, your oddly specific workshops know no bounds and we love you for it. Case in point: A workshop about facial contouring and makeup run by the proud group of self-professed amateurs at the Best Friends Learning Gang. Come hang out, drink beer and walk away with a most definitely not-professional headshot.

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MAINopoly: A Taste of Main Street

Everybody likes a good theme party, and this Memorial Day Weekend, Main Street in Santa Monica is giving the people what they want. In an effort not only to entertain Westsiders, but also to raise funds for Summer SOULstice and Heal the Bay, Main Street between Pier Avenue and Bay Street will transform into an interactive Monopoly board game, allotting attendees special "MAINopoly dollars," to be exchanged for food tastings across the street's finest establishments. Trade a couple fake bucks for fresh fish ceviche from Enterprise Fish Co, goat cheese tostada from Manchego, or M Street Kitchen's famed Magic Brownies. Fuel yourself with happy hour draft beers and cocktails, before cracking up in the event's official "Go Directly to Jail" VIP lounge and beer garden. As with any balls-out theme party, guests are encouraged to dress in Monopoly-inspired attire. Nab your tickets in advance for $25—$5 cheaper than the day-of price.

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Concerts in LA

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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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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

Eat | See | Hear presents Almost Famous

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Eat | See | Hear presents Zoolander

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Eat | See | Hear presents Breakfast at Tiffany's

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Fantasia & Fantasia 2000

L.A.H.T.F. benefit

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Food events

Bars

"You Don't Know Jack" at Now Boarding

Get on a plane to Funky Town for Now Boarding's "You Don't Know Jack" nights, held every Sunday beginning at 9pm. Live performances of funk, soul and R&B will take place on stage while visitors can indulge in $9 Jack Daniel's cocktails. Entry to this airline-themed bar is free.

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Restaurants

Food & Sh*t Pop-Up at Pot

We all know Roy Choi likes to keep things provocative. So it’s no surprise that his restuarant POT is bringing in a spicy crew of Seattle natives called Food & Sh*t, special performances, and live DJs to get in the Memorial Day spirit. Bite into a smorgasbord of Filipino-inspired offerings like Kinilaw na Pusit (grilled squid), Bagoong Fried Rice, and Sinigang Broth (marinated ribeye, noodles and sour tamarind) from co-founders Geo Quibuyen and Chera Amlag. Sip down a whimsical cocktail, while savoring this two-day pop-up, alongside POT’s usual menu.

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$5 Burgerrito at all Komodo Locations

If you’re looking for a way to properly honor National Hamburger Day (yes, that’s a thing), Komodo has you covered. This Asian Fusion grub hub is fusing burger fillings into one massive $5 burrito—ahem, burgerrito—exclusively from May 25-29 at any Komodo location. With fresh, savory eats for this cheap, you might as well pay homage to America’s favorite treat all week long (stretchy pants recommended).

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Beer & Cheese Tasting with Kerry Gold Cheese

Beer-guzzlers and cheese enthusiasts, this is a match made in gastronomic heaven. Score an exclusive, mouth-watering tasting of Kerry Gold cheeses paired with four King Harbor Brewing Co. beers—a one-night preview before these culinary gurus bring beer and cheese to the LA Wine Fest. No need to hold back as you savor couplings like Sweet Cheddar with Storm’s a Brewin’ ale and Gouda with California Saison beer. Tickets aren’t required, but expect to walk away the new owner of a fine cut of cheese or gritty artisanal brews.

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Shopping events

Shopping

Joseph Sale

We shopping-lovers flock to 50% off sales like hungry Angelenos to taco Tuesday—and Joseph’s one-day sale isn’t any different.

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Lorna Jane Memorial Day Sale

Yoga-pant lovers and fitness junkies, here’s your next retail workout. Sprint to the nearest Lorna Jane store or order online for 30% off markdown items—sales on top of sales (the best kind).

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AG Jeans Memorial Day Sale

There’s only one thing better than your average sale, and that’s sales on top of sales.

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Current/Elliott, Equipment and Joie Memorial Day Sales

We Angelenos usually mark our calendars for the annual Designer triad Current/Elliott, Equipment and Joie warehouse sale, but this year, we’re another sale richer.

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