Events & Festivals

Your guide to the best events and festivals in LA

Things to do

What to see and do along the CicLAvia Pasadena route

Take the time to stop at these noteworthy spots as you walk or pedal your way through Pasadena.

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Movies

All of LA's outdoor movies in one calendar

Let outdoor screening season begin.

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Things to do

The best free things to do in LA this summer

"Free" and "summer" go together like coffee and donuts, or ice cream and another scoop of ice cream.

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Blog

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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Blog

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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This week's top events

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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Next On Grand: Dudamel, Dessner & Glass

The LA Phil's esteemed conductor Gustavo Dudamel premieres two pieces from The National guitarist Bryce Dessner and iconic composer Philip Glass, along with a handful of other LA Phil premieres over two nights.

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LAWineFest

Listen up, winos! LAWineFest is in its 10th season and better than ever, bringing over 500 wines, brews and spirits from all over the world to thirsty Angelenos. Sip on samples at each station on May 30 and 31, when entry will give you access to wines from South Coast Winery, McPherson Cellars, Clayhouse Wines and more, plus seminars, live entertainment, boutiques and food trucks galore. There are a few ticket options available—standard, VIP, a boutique winery option, couples—but all will guarantee your fill of vino. Oh, and you'll get to keep your glass, so don't feel so smug about sneaking it into your purse.

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Dwell on Design

Modern design enthusiasts, prepare to foam at the mouth. America's largest design event, which attracted more than 30,000 attendees last year, returns to the LACC for a three-day convention this June. Mammoth in both physical size and ideas to absorb, the event features hundreds of booths, tours, lectures, meet-and-greets, presentations and consultations, each showcasing the year's most innovative design ideas, products and services. A roster of world-class orators are slated to give talks, exhibitions and home tours. The event's impressive list of participating organizations includes the Getty Conservation Institute, MOCA, A+D Museum, Hammer Museum and Architecture for Humanity. Feeling overwhelmed? Scope out Dwell on Design's online schedule for details, before snagging your tickets here. Advanced (a.k.a, discounted) registration ends May 25.

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Concerts in LA

Taken By Trees

Echo-y dreamlike vocals and indie pop tunes fuse into one psychedelic cocktail from singer Victoria Bergsman. Prior frontwoman of the band the Concretes, this eclectic songsmith brings forth a whole new sound in the album Other Worlds. Any show at The Satellite promises a cold beer and body-swaying indie tunes. Get ready to sing and clap along to hits like “I Want You” and “Your Place or Mine,” as well as tracks from her former releases.

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The Knocks

It'll be a fun, intimate Echoplex show from this NY duo made up of Ben "B-Roc" Ruttner and James "JPatt" Patterson. The two DJs/producers/remixers have worked with the likes of Passion Pit, Chiddy Bang and Ellie Goulding, and offer a euphoric, cut-and-paste take on disco house. LA's own up-and-comer Phoebe Ryan opens.

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Neutral Milk Hotel

Marking the last foreseeable tour of this 1980’s indie rock band, Neutral Milk Hotel is taking over Pioneertown’s Pappy and Harriet’s—eclectic sound in an equally unique venue—for an impassioned show of their dream-like folky tunes. Skip town for the weekend and engage in the musical dialogue of Anne Frank inspired lyrics, meditative folk songs, soulful instrumentals, and the gravelly notes of singer Jeff Mangum.

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U2

With a global icon and music legend like U2, we Angelenos can expect nothing less than a jam-packed full house and downright wicked show. Performing sets from their latest 2014 album Songs of Innocence, the Dublin-based band will rock the stage from North America to Europe in the 2015 Innocence + eXperience world tour.

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Film events

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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Last Remaining Seats presents Psycho

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Food events

Restaurants

$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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Bars

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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LAWineFest

Listen up, winos! LAWineFest is in its 10th season and better than ever, bringing over 500 wines, brews and spirits from all over the world to thirsty Angelenos. Sip on samples at each station on May 30 and 31, when entry will give you access to wines from South Coast Winery, McPherson Cellars, Clayhouse Wines and more, plus seminars, live entertainment, boutiques and food trucks galore. There are a few ticket options available—standard, VIP, a boutique winery option, couples—but all will guarantee your fill of vino. Oh, and you'll get to keep your glass, so don't feel so smug about sneaking it into your purse.

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Taste of the Eastside

Now in its fifth year, Taste of the Eastside is back at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens for an evening fit for the Eastside-dwelling foodie (alright alright, Westsiders are welcome, too). The festival features tastings from over two dozen restaurants, including L & E Oyster Bar, modern Mexican restaurant Malo and the neighborhood joint, Little Dom's. Wash down food samples with flights from Silver Lake Wines, then head over to a lush beer garden hosted by The Greyhound Bar & Grill while enjoying DJ sets from KCRW's Garth Trinidad and Raul Campos. 

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Shopping events

Shopping

LA Trunk Show: Stationer Mrs John L Strong

No smiley face emoji or heart-felt text beats out a handcrafted card. Get fancy with your greetings and head out to the lux Beverly Wilshire Hotel for a reservation-only bespoke appointment with stationary mecca Mrs John L Strong.

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Raquel Allegra Sample Sale

Silky tie-dye blouses, bra top maxi dresses, block print tees, and more closet must-haves are lining up the racks at LA-based Raquel Allegra’s annual sample sale.

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Halston Heritage Sample Sale

Mark your calendars, style gurus. LA-based Halston Heritage is racking up their feminine chic ready-to-wear garb, effortless dresses, and statement handbags for one epic sample sale.

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Kick off Summer Vintage Hawaiian Style with RIOT

Cocktails and swimwear? Smells like summer. If you’re in the market for a show-stopping suit, join Florida-based designer brand Montce and the RIOT team for a late-night after party celebrating the 2015 collection debut.

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