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May 2019 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our May 2019 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite concerts
Lucha VaVOOM
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman Lucha VaVOOM
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You can almost hear the antsy teenagers tapping their toes as the school year wraps up. That's right, May is the last month to enjoy your favorite L.A. attractions before summer vacation (and crowds) arrives—parents, time to start brushing up on some kids activities. So make the most of that sweet, pre-summer stretch between Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day with our May events calendar.

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Bikini Kill
Photograph: Courtesy AXS
Music, Punk and metal

Bikini Kill

icon-location-pin Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood
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Bikini Kill will reunite for a select series of shows in New York and L.A. Frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, drummer Tobi Vail and bassist Kathi Wilcox (plus guitarist Erica Dawn Lyle) will play the Hollywood Palladium in April and early May.

Photograph: Courtesy Lucha Vavoom
Things to do, Festivals

Lucha Vavoom

icon-location-pin Mayan, Downtown
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Lucha VaVOOM brings its unique mix of “sexo y violencia” to the Mayan with exuberant spectacles throughout the year, most notably with its popular Cinco de Mayo performance.

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Phoenix
Photograph: Rozette Rago
Music, Music festivals

Just Like Heaven

icon-location-pin Queen Mary, Long Beach
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The inaugural fest features a lineup that’s straight out of an era when you stored music on an iPod: Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT and Beach House top the two-day fest, held on May 3 and 4 at the Queen Mary Park.

Shoreline Mafia
Photograph: Courtesy Shoreline Mafia
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Shoreline Mafia

icon-location-pin Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center, Downtown
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L.A.’s on-the-rise rap group plays a pair of headlining shows at the Shrine Expo Hall.

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BTS
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Jeon Han
Music, Pop

BTS

icon-location-pin Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
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BTS, the first K-pop boy band sensation to make a splash in America, is embarking on a massive world tour. Lucky for us Angelenos, the Bangtan Boys are stopping by the Rose Bowl.

Photograph: Courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum/Ted Seven
Things to do, Exhibitions

“Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy”

icon-location-pin Petersen Automotive Museum, Miracle Mile
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Take a peek at some of Hollywood’s most famous cars during this decade-spanning survey, which includes the DeLorean from Back to the Future, a bunch of Batmobiles, Bumblebee (in Camaro, not robot, form) from Transformers, Tony Stark’s Audi and more.

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Redondo Beach Pier
Photograph: Courtesy Redondo Pier Association
Music, Music festivals

Beachlife Festival

icon-location-pin Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
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This inaugural surf-inflected music fest will take over the Redondo Beach coastline for three days, with a laid-back lineup that includes the likes of Bob Weir, Brian Wilson, Violent Femmes, Willie Nelson, Best Coast, Ziggy Marley, Grace Potter and more, plus a preview night performance from X.

Things to do, Talks and lectures

An Evening with the Clintons

icon-location-pin The Forum, Inglewood
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President Bill Clinton and former Secretary Of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sit down for an evening of conversation at the Forum.

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Eat|See|Hear
Photograph: Courtesy Eat|See|Hear
Movies

Eat|See|Hear

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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Eat|See|Hear travels to different locales throughout the city each Saturday during the summer, showing cult flicks on an inflatable screen taller than your average Malibu mansion.

Photoville
Photograph: Courtesy Jessica Bal
Things to do, Exhibitions

Photoville LA

icon-location-pin Annenberg Space for Photography, Century City
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This New York export heads to Los Angeles for the first time and features exhibitions in repurposed shipping containers, photo cubes and lightboxes.

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