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May 2017 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our May 2017 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite concerts

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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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Extreme Mammals

Brush up on 200 million years of mammalian evolution at this touring exhibition of unusual and odd fossilized creatures. The expanded L.A. edition includes big cat fossils straight from the La Brea Tar Pits as well as feature on P-22, Griffith Park's famous mountain lion.

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Natural History Museum , USC/Exposition Park Until Sunday September 10 2017
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Björk Digital

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Transport yourself to a remote beach, a Japanese concert hall and the inside of Björk's mouth as the Icelandic singer's ambitious virtual reality projects comes to L.A. Björk Digital features six VR experiences set to music from the Icelandic singer, as well as the hands-on Biophilia education room and the Cinema room, with an ongoing playlist of music videos directed by Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Alexander McQueen and more. Timed tickets are available every 15 minutes and the entire experience takes baout 90 minutes to view.

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The Reef - A Creative Habitat , South LA Until Sunday June 4 2017

La La Land in Concert

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The La La Land concert of our dreams? A recreation of the "Another Day of Sun" opener on the 105 and 110 connector. But we'll take "City of Stars" in the Hollywood Hills as a close second. La La Land is set for a screening and live concert at the Hollywood Bowl this Memorial Day weekend, complete with a fireworks finale. Composer Justin Hurwitz will conduct the Oscar-winning score backed by a 100-piece orchestra, choir and jazz ensemble. The concert will premiere over two nights (May 26 and 27) here in L.A. before embarking on a tour.

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Hollywood Bowl , Hollywood Friday May 26 2017 - Saturday May 27 2017
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L.A. Zine Fest

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Forget blogs: Get out from behind your computer screen and into the world of printed lit at L.A. Zine Fest. The all-day event showcases over 175 exhibitors of zines, small press publications and comics from across the country, bringing together the best of SoCal nerds for the exchange of art, ideas and more. Don't miss the fest's free readings and workshops on niche topics like "how to run your own DIY music venue."

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California Market Center , Downtown Fashion District Sunday May 28 2017

Rooftop Cinema Club

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The masters of al fresco rooftop movie viewing are returning for their third season of screenings on the Montalbán's rooftop. Known for excellent film choices and a steady supply of snacks and booze, Rooftop Cinema Club is your snazzy, comfortable and less stressful alternative to other outdoor movie screenings.

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Ricardo Montalbán Theatre , Hollywood Tuesday May 23 2017 - Friday June 30 2017
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Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles

Think Cinco de Mayo is like any other holiday? Think again—in this town, the fifth of May is a citywide celebration.

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By: Time Out Los Angeles editors
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