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May 2022 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our May 2022 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite concerts

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano

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.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2022

The best events in L.A. this May

  • Things to do
  • Festivals
  • Pomona

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.

RECOMMENDED: A guide to the L.A. County Fair

  • Music
  • Pop
  • Griffith Park

A little bit piano ballad a little bit pop-punk, the “driver’s license” singer hits the road in support of her smash album SOUR, with two sure-to-sell-out nights at the Greek Theatre.

Tickets go on sale December 10 at 10am.

  • Things to do
  • Downtown Historic Core

Pop-Up Magazine is, well, a live magazine, but we realize that probably leaves more questions than asnwers. So just know this: Pop-Up Magazine is a consistently excellent stage show and you should go every single time it’s in town. This spring’s show includes Tracy Clayton, Kristen Radtke, Chanel Miller, Chloé Cooper Jones, Brooke Jarvis, Elena Passarello and Oscar Castillo.

  • Theater
  • Musicals
  • Downtown

On the morning of 9/11, nearly 7,000 airline passengers of various nationalities, faiths and temperaments were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland. The story of the Canadians and the frightened travelers they fed, housed and comforted is the subject of this uplifting, joy-filled 2013 musical, with Irish-influenced score by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, directed by Christopher Ashley and performed by 12 actors playing dozens of the memorable people involved.

  • Art
  • Film and video
  • Miracle Mile

“Hayao Miyazaki” features over 300 storyboards, concept images and backgrounds, many of them on display outside of Studio Ghibli’s Tokyo headquarters for the first time. It pulls from the director’s 11 feature films, with a particularly strong tilt toward My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away as well as his lush, enchanted forest settings. Find out more in our full preview of the Academy Museum exhibit.

  • Restaurants
  • Santa Monica

The team behind the Infatuation is returning this spring with its annual food fest, named after its popular #EEEEEATS hashtag, now presented by Chase Sapphire. Attend panels at Santa Monica's Barkar Hangar with top chefs, live musical performances and sample plates from Broad Street Oyster, East Hollywood bucket delivery pop-up Calabama, longtime Creole eatery Harold and Belle's and more. 

  • Art
  • Film and video
  • Little Tokyo

The Swiss video artist’s retrospective has turned the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA into a mesmerizing playground of surreal delights. Like the best intoxicating offerings, “Pipilotti Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor” saves room for a second round: MOCA gives you have a 72-hour window after you visit to come back for a second time—for free. You’re going to want to.

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