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Your perfect LA weekend: May 15-17

Your perfect LA weekend: May 15-17


Bail out of work early on Friday for some sci-fi trivia and free beer. If you can make it over to Culver City, catch a free live taping of Geeks Who Drink, the pop culture pub game that's transitioning into a TV show on SyFy.

Afterwards, start a packed weekend of shopping events with a trip to the Gilt City Warehouse Sale. Explore the racks at Siren Studios—with a cocktail in hand—for up to 80% off designer brands such as Zac Posen, Helmut Lang, Missoni and Vera Wang.

A few blocks away at the Montalban Theatre, throw on a pair of headphones for silent dance party HUSHconcerts. The rooftop party (née Silent Frisco) returns to LA with performances in Hollywood and Santa Monica; tonight's show is Funky Sole, as in the dancey, soulful Echo series.


Herbivores, rejoice: the LA Vegan Beer and Food Festival is back. Make your way to the Rose Bowl for an all-you-can-drink afternoon with 50-plus local craft breweries as well as vegan and vegetarian eats from more than 30 local food vendors.

Work off all that beer with some good ol' fashioned square dancing. The Los Angeles Old Time Social continues today in Highland Park with six hours of dance and bluegrass workshops, including Appalachian flatfoot dancing, fiddle dueting and harmony singing.

A few miles south, the LA Derby Dolls kick off their new season in the relocated Doll Factory. Don't let the booty shorts fool you: expect a fists-out, full-contact display of roller derby action.

Alternatively, hit up NerdMelt for the Historical Roast of Walt Disney. Comedians Ryan Pigg and Eddie Furth welcome guests Melissa Villasenor, Beth Stelling and more to take Uncle Walt down a notch at this live comedy show and podcast.


Speaking of Walt, spend Sunday in his former barn and model train workshop during its monthly open house. It just so happens that Monty the Monorail—an original vehicle from Walt Disney World—will also be on display and presented by its designer, retired Imagineer Bob Gurr in tow.

If you're still in the museum mood, explore the history of early Los Angeles life during Museums of the Arroyo Day. Brush up on early LA architecture and see some historic relics with free admission to six museums, including the Gamble House, Heritage Square and the Lummis Home.

For something completely different, celebrate gender swapping culture and couture at RuPaul’s DragCon. Meet drag queens, pop culture personalities and the winners of RuPaul's Drag Race, plus catch a keynote speech by RuPaul on Sunday afternoon.

Face the end of your weekend in the downward dog position on the field at Yoga Day at Dodger Stadium. Tickets include admission to the afternoon game against the Rockies, so feel free to fit in a Dodger Dog before all of that stretching. 

Find more things to do this weekend by clicking each day or by heading over to our weekend calendar.