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May 2024 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our May 2024 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite concerts

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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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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The best events in L.A. this May

  • Things to do
  • Festivals

L.A. has changed immeasurably since 1921, when this event was first staged as an agricultural fair. However, the perennially popular event still has farm-friendly appeal (livestock beauty contests, local produce) alongside the more modern acrobats, wine tastings, exhibitions and concerts.

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  • Music
  • Dance and electronic
  • Downtown

The krautrock and electronic pioneers sent museumgoers into a frenzy over their intimate shows in New York and London institutions about a decade back. Now, the proto-techno quartet is reviving that marathon format to stage nine shows at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Each one will focus on a different album, starting with Autobahn, while the final concert will pull from their entire catalog.

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  • Movie theaters
  • Outdoor
  • Chinatown

For dinner and a movie, all in one, just follow the food trucks. During the spring, summer and fall, Street Food Cinema throws together a series of outdoor parties—usually alfresco, sometimes in a drive-in format—that include screenings of some of our favorite movies, paired with an assortment of gourmet food trucks and even a live music performance from a cool local band. The screenings are held in venues across L.A. and alternate from week to week, so make sure to check the schedule. Some of the outdoor venues are dog-friendly, allowing you to bring your four-legged cinema lover along.

See more of this season’s outdoor movie screenings in L.A.

  • Music
  • West Hollywood

This weekend-long concert will once again return to West Hollywood Park as part of WeHo Pride. Kylie Minogue, Janelle Monáe and Diplo headline this year’s fest with additional sets from Doechii, Ashnikko, Noah Cyrus, Trixie Mattel, Keke Palmer, Channel Tres, Yaeji, Big Freedia, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, VINCINT and more.

 

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  • Things to do
  • Performances
  • South Park

Now under the stewardship of only one of its cofounders, Liz Fairbairn, the former Lucha VaVoom brings its unique mix of sexo y violencia to the Mayan with this exuberant spectacle (this time around, it’s a ¡Welcome To Tijuana! edition). See good vs. evil played out in a sinful circus of masked Mexican wrestling, burlesque stripteasing and comedic commentating. Fill up on tequila and tamales while you watch Aztec dancers and luchadores.

  • Things to do
  • Festivals
  • Hermosa Beach

Roam the stalls at this Memorial Day arts festival, sample the fine foods and listen to the music—and then take a dip in the nearby Pacific. A few logistical changes for the last few fests have streamlined the layout: You’ll still find on-the-street stalls and sidewalk vendors along Hermosa and Pier Avenues, but the live music has been moved to the beach while there’s a proper carnival and arts festival inland behind the Hermosa Beach Community Center.

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  • Movies
  • Hollywood

It isn’t summer in L.A. until the first cemetery screening brings hoards of movie-lovers to Hollywood Forever, toting folding chairs, picnic blankets, snack spreads and lots of booze. Cinespia returns to the cemetery in late may, but earlier in the month it’ll stage a few off-site events at L.A. State Historic Park and, for the first time, at the Rose Bowl.

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  • LGBTQ+

LA Pride may have moved out of West Hollywood, but that hasn’t stopped the city from holding its own colorful Pride celebration. WeHo Pride will take place May 31 through June 2 in and around West Hollywood Park.

WeHo Pride features an all-weekend music fest dubbed OUTLOUD that includes performances from Kylie Minogue, Janelle Monáe and Diplo. That follows a free night of music on Friday from a to-be-announced lineup of performers.

The weekend’s musical lineup coincides with the free WeHo Pride Street Fair along Santa Monica Boulevard, between Hancock and La Per, on Saturday and Sunday (noon–8pm). In addition, you’ll find the Women’s Freedom Festival (noon–6pm) and Dyke March (6–6:30pm) on Saturday, June 1.

Then, on Sunday, June 2, WeHo Pride will hold a parade (which this year honors Cyndi Lauper as a Lifetime Ally Icon) that starts at Santa Monica Boulevard and North Crescent Heights Boulevard at noon, and heads west on Santa Monica to North La Peer Drive (just past the park).

  • Music
  • Classical and opera
  • Angeles National Forest

Listen to classical and jazz in a dome more than a mile above L.A. during this mountaintop concert series. The Mount Wilson Observatory is hosting monthly concerts this summer inside the dome of its 100-inch Hooker telescope, which was the largest telescope in the world for much of the first half of the 20th century.

Tickets cost $60 (that also includes access to the exhibit at the observatory) and it’s highly recommended that you buy them in advance since seating is limited. You’ll need to be able to climb 53 steps to reach the dome, and children under 12 aren’t permitted. 

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