Plan out your month with the city’s best concerts, culture, cuisine and more.
THINGS TO DO
Through May 20
Renaissance Pleasure Faire; Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area
Prepareth thy schedules and costumes for the return of the oldest Ren Faire in the country.
May 4, 5
Lucha VaVOOM; Mayan
See a physical and twisted take on Cinco de Mayo at this exuberant edition of the high-flying wrestling-meets-burlesque show.
May 5, 6
The United State of Women; Various locations
Listen to empowering speeches from Michelle Obama, Jane Fonda, Connie Britton and others during this inspiring summit to break down the barriers that stand between women and equality.
RuPaul’s DragCon; Los Angeles Convention Center
Celebrate gender swapping culture and couture at this colossal convention from drag juggernaut RuPaul.
May 19, 20
Best Friends NKLA Super Adoption; Warner Center Park
Adopt your new best friend at this dog and cat drive.
Museums of the Arroyo Day; Various locations
Explore the history of early Los Angeles life with free admission to six museums in Northeast L.A. and Pasadena.
Topanga Days Country Fair; Topanga Community Club
Escape to this bohemian weekend festival tucked away in picturesque Topanga Canyon.
Fiesta Hermosa; Downtown Hermosa Beach
Bring your beach gear, and roam the 400 vendor stalls at this Memorial Day weekend block party.
L.A. Zine Fest; Pasadena Convention Center
Get to know the world of DIY printed lit with this assembly of nearly 175 exhibitors of zines, small press publications and comics.
Find more things to do in our May 2018 events calendar.
FOOD & DRINK
Westbound’s “Two Legit to Quit” Two-Year Anniversary Party; Westbound
Ring in two years of this gem of an Arts District cocktail bar as they throw a two-themed party, complete with two-for-one drink specials.
Masters of Taste; Rose Bowl
Splurge on this luxury fod fest featuring top-notch spots like Redbird, Lunasia, 1886 and more.
Sugar & Stilettos Bake Sale Extravaganza; 2306 Midvale Ave
Support the Westside Food Bank with sweets for sale and feast in a charity BBQ.
May 19, 20
California Strawberry Festival; Strawberry Meadows of College Park
Celebrate all things related to the red, heart-shaped fruit at this popular Oxnard festival.
EEEEEATSCON; Barker Hangar
Attend talks from top chefs and preview plates from spots like NoMad, Porto’s, Roberta’s at this food fest.
Taste of Santa Ana; MainPlace Mall
The fifth annual celebration of Santa Ana’s growing food and beverage scene means more than 40 vendors handing out unlimited small plates and samples.
Angel City Heritage Music & Arts Festival; Angel City Brewery
Celebrate the Arts District brewery’s sixth anniversary with this beer, food, art and music festival.
Eat Drink Vegan; Rose Bowl
Munch on an array of meals at the meatless smorgasbord, featuring more than 75 vegan food stands and unlimited pours of wine, beer, cold brew and kombucha.
MAINopoly: A Taste of Main Street; Main Street Santa Monica
Eat and drink at spots along Main Street in Santa Monica during this Monopoly-themed neighborhood crawl.
ARTS & CULTURE
Through May 13
“Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’”; The Broad
Discover Jasper Johns’s beewax and found-object collages with over 100 of the artist’s most iconic and significant paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings.
Who Let “Who Let the Dogs Out” Out; Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Artist Ben Sisto shines a light on the origins of that catchy pop abomination you’re ashamed you can’t stop yourself from singing.
LeVar Burton Reads Live!; The Regent Theater
The Reading Rainbow hosts adopts his podcast for a live audience and reads a short story aloud on stage.
May 6–July 6
Beyond the Streets; Werkartz
Explore a massive Chinatown gallery filled with works from Shepard Fairey, Retna, Guerrilla Girls, Invader, Takashi Murakami and more.
May 6–Sept 9
“In the Fields of Empty Days”; LACMA
Past and present collide in these contemporary Iranian photographs, paintings and sculptures that draw from a history of olden kings, heroes and martyred imams.
Stories Of: Jealousy; The Regent Theater
Listen to Shirley Manson, Aparna Nancherla, Madame Gandhi share their personal experiences about a theme during this quarterly storytelling event.
Pop-Up Magazine; The Theatre at Ace Hotel
See a selection of writers, artists, photographers and filmmakers premiere new works at this live magazine experience.
May 12–Jan 6
“Rick Bartow: Things You Know but Cannot Explain”; The Autry Museum in Griffith Park
The Autry presents the first retrospective of the late Native American artist’s highly personal and haunting large-scale paintings of animal and human forms.
May 19–Aug 27
“Out of the Woods”; Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
Trees take center stage in this traveling celebration of public gardens as expressed through this artist-submitted collection of botanical illustrations.
Rooftop Cinema Club; Ricardo Montalbán Theatre • LEVEL
Continue the outdoor movie season at the return of the Hollywood and Downtown rooftop series.
Through Oct 27
Street Food Cinema; Various locations
Follow the food trucks to this seasonal, outdoor screening series.
May 1–June 28
Melrose Rooftop Theatre; E.P. & L.P.
Sink into a beanbag for film screenings atop the ultra-chic Melrose rooftop bar.
May 5–Sept 15
Eat|See|Hear; Various locations
The outdoor screening series travels to different locales throughout the city each Saturday during the summer.
Starts May 12
Cinespia; Hollywood Forever Cemetery
It isn’t summer in L.A. until the first cemetery screening brings hoards of movie-lovers to Hollywood Forever.
Fight Club + Live Score; The Wiltern
Dust Brothers make a rare in-person appearance to lead their score of the David Fincher mind-bender.
City of Gold screening with Jonathan Gold Q&A; The Wiltern
Catch a screening of the documentary about L.A.’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic, followed by a Q&A with Gold, director Laura Gabbert and a panel of local chefs.
May 25, 26
Beauty and the Beast in Concert; Hollywood Bowl
Zooey Deschanel, Kelsey Grammer and Taye Diggs will take up the singing voices during a live, orchestra-backed performance and screening of the animated classic.
May 25, 26
Lebowski Fest; The Wiltern • Fountain Bowl
The Dude abides at this Big Lebowski screening and bowling party.
May 4, 5
LCD Soundsystem + Yeah Yeah Yeahs; Hollywood Bowl
Dust off that old brick of an MP3 player: Two of your favorite early-aughts indie obsessions are sharing the stage at the Hollywood Bowl this spring.
Arctic Monkeys; Hollywood Forever Cemetery
The snotty British garage-rockers return after a four-year hiatus.
May 9, 10
Khalid; Greek Theatre
The 20-year-old soul star pairs breezy arrangements with allusions to Uber and subtweets.
May 10, 11
Top Dawg Entertainment: The Championship Tour; The Forum
Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboyQ and others play at this victory lap from hip-hop’s dominant (local) label.
May 10, 11
“Weird Al” Yankovic; The Theatre at Ace Hotel
The prolific long-haired songwriter knows how to dish out a parody (and a polka jam).
May 15, 16
U2; The Forum
Though U2 still hasn’t found what it’s looking for on its latest album, Bono & Co. excel with cutting-edge stagecraft in arena shows.
May 18, 19
Taylor Swift; Rose Bowl
The old Taylor is dead and the new Taylor is... filling mega venues with harmless, shiny pop songs, just like the old Taylor.
May 22, 23, 28
Paul Simon; Hollywood Bowl
Catch the pop icon over three nights at the Hollywood Bowl on this farewell tour.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor; The Wiltern
The frantic Canadian collective continues to explore the boundaries of instrumental rock.
Fun Lovers Unite!; The Regent Theater
Moby, Sarah Silverman, Jonathan Ames, Kurt Braunohler and Open Mike Eagle headline this comedy-and-music fund-raiser for Women Against Gun Violence.
May 26, 27
Stoned and Dusted; Location T.B.A.
Celebrate stoner rock and the desert music scene at this on-the-down-low offshoot of Desert Generator.
Find more shows in our May 2018 concert calendar.
May 3–June 10
Soft Power; Ahmanson Theatre
The contemporary comedy reconsiders recent U.S. political history through the lens of a Chinese executive.
May 29–June 17
The Color Purple; Pantages Theatre
The brutal, lauded story continues to attract awards and devoted audiences.
SHOPPING & STYLE
Through May 1
NSYNC Dirty Pop-Up; Cinematic Pictures
Pose in front of photo activations and props and peruse official merch at this NSYNC pop-up.
May 12, 13
Echo Park Craft Fair;
Join artsy Eastsiders for a feast of hand-dyed clothing and delicately concocted bath oils, one-of-a-kind ceramics, weavings, jewelry and beyond.
May 12, 13
Check out local products and rub elbows with the different designers and artists showcasing their work at this massive craft fair.