Your perfect LA weekend

We curate an LA weekend itinerary of the city's best concerts, culture and cuisine, every week, just for you

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Friday

Spend Friday night by the beach with a duo of free events. Food trucks, open galleries and late-night shop hours—it's the triumvirate of LA street fest staples in full force at First Fridays on Abbot Kinney. Grab dinner among the overload of food trucks, including perennial-favorite Grilled Cheese Truck, Lobsta Truck and Coolhaus—we’re all adults here, so have dessert for dinner; we won’t judge.

Speaking of shunning adulthood, make your way to the Santa Monica Pier for a free screening of Frozen. We know, we know, that song—it is (was) everywhere and you’ve had enough of it. But we think Front Porch Cinema’s oceanfront setting is the perfect spot to fall in love with the magical Disney movie. Plus, after a few frosty-themed cocktails you’ll be belting out lyrics like your name’s Adele Dazeem.

Saturday

Typography aficionados, take note: The annual LA Printers Fair is back to fulfill all of your paper fantasies. Hit up the Printing Museum in Carson on Saturday morning and peruse rare books, art prints and a letterpress swap meet. If you're more interested in looking than buying, spend the afternoon scoping out the demos and tours throughout the museum galleries.

If threads are more your style than type, don’t miss the Reformation sample sale at Mack Sennett Studios. Everything is under $100 at this sale—including the trash-to-treasure eco-masterpieces of designer Yael Aflalo—so now’s your chance to procure that vintage-apron-turned-maxidress you've been lusting after since last season.

Make your way to the Eagle Rock Music Festival in the late afternoon and bust an eardrum with the whole family at this 16th annual community-organized fest. This year’s fest boasts over 30 bands and DJs across six stages on Colorado Boulevard; you’ll find some of our favorites headlining the main stage, including the soulful Aloe Blacc, quirky Latin group Quetzal and Australian hip-hop powerhouse Maya Jupiter.

Adolescent angst. Raging hormones. Twisted teachers. It’s just another evening at Barnsdall Outdoor Movie Nights, a fall film and wine tasting series that celebrates the beloved high school movie. Head to the west lawn of the Hollyhock House for a screening of the Ramones-driven musical comedy Rock 'n' Roll High School.

CicLAvia

Sunday

LA’s favorite eco-friendly fest, CicLAvia returns to the city Saturday morning. Bikes, tricycles, skateboards, strollers and smiles (sounds cheesy, but it's true) are all welcome to ride the car-free route through Downtown and and the Eastside. Not up for all that pedaling? Scope out the pedestrian zones throughout the route, where you can expect music, street performances and food trucks, as well as general whimsy and shenanigans.

One of CicLAvia’s hubs is in Chinatown, which gives you the perfect opportunity to check out the final day of the Catfe pop-up. This temporary cat cafe is a bit more DIY—you’ll have to explore Far East Plaza’s shops, like Ten Ren’s Tea Time and Chego, for some grub—but you can still expect a crop of playful kittens to cuddle. Also, French maids and butlers, because why not?

Finally, close out your weekend at the return of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. We know—Halloween already? This year's hayride finds itself exploring a portal to the underworld that's opened up in Griffith Park. True to the name, it's an actual hayride and—if the 40-foot Leviathan and reimagined ending scene are as frightfully fantastic as they sound—a damn good one.


Things to do this weekend

  1. Port of Los Angeles 110 E 22nd St
  2. Mon Sep 17 - Wed Dec 31
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Opening Night Musical

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  • Critics choice
  1. IO West 6366 Hollywood Boulevard, at Ivar Avenue
  2. Fri May 24 - Fri Dec 18
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Diamond Lion

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) 5919 Franklin Ave
  2. Fri May 24 - Fri Dec 18
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  1. La Quinta Resort & Club 49499 Eisenhower Dr
  2. Fri May 24 - Sun Dec 21
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Asssscat

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) 5919 Franklin Ave
  2. Sat May 25 - Sun Dec 20
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The Armando Show

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. IO West 6366 Hollywood Boulevard, at Ivar Avenue
  2. Sat May 25 - Sat Dec 19
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Shitty Jobs

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) 5919 Franklin Ave
  2. Sun May 26 - Sun Dec 20
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  1. Del Frisco's Grille - Santa Monica 1551 Ocean Ave Suite 105
  2. Sat Mar 29 - Sat Dec 26
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4 comments
Alex W
Alex W

Well here I am again! Looking for things to do on Saturday and Sunday with friends in from out of town. Friday night we'll be checking out the Hollywood Bowl with trey Anastacio - as mentioned, I work with LA Phil so I see a LOT of shows there! http://hbowl.com/TreyAnastasio Sunday I am thinking the Abbot Kinney festival. See some of y'all at either place? What else is happening? 

Alex W
Alex W

LOL @Tara D ;)


Also, it bears mentioning - since I will be there, I work with LA Phil! - there's DreamWorks Animation in Concert this weekend at the Bowl. I'm bringing my sister, nephew, and his friend...fun for them, and we can picnic and drink some good wine. Hopefully see some of you there! http://hbowl.com/dreamworksanimation

Tara D
Tara D

So, are there any fun things to do this weekend?

Norma C
Norma C

@Tara D Quinceanera Magazine Expo Embassy Suites 211 E. Huntington Dr  Arcadia, CA   12 - 5pm