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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

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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.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2021 and 2022

The best events in L.A. this May

  • Art
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  • San Marino

Yes, we’ve been looking forward to this, the first edition in an ongoing rotation of works from contemporary Chinese ink artists. But we’re also kind of excited because this exhibition marks the near-completion of the Huntington’s massively-expanded Chinese Garden. Step inside the snug Studio for Lodging the Mind and you’ll find 20 poetic calligraphic scrolls that inspired inscriptions at named sites across the surrounding Chinese garden. For anyone who can only decipher the Latin alphabet, the wall texts help unpack the art behind the Chinese characters: one breaks down the order of strokes with a step-by-step diagram while another unfurls the different components of a scroll mount. Make sure to watch the five-minute process video to scratch some ASMR itches, plus another that mixes footage of handwriting and interviews from eight of the artists. The delicate works on paper can only safely stay on display for a few months at a time, so the exhibition is split into two rotations: The first is up through mid-December, and then the gallery will go dark until the end of January for the second.

  • Art
  • Film and video
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  • Little Tokyo

This Swiss video artist emerged in the 1980s with provocative single-channel productions featuring female subjects committing various social transgressions, but in recent decades, her work has evolved into trippy, immersive, 360-degree installations backed by hypnotic soundtracks. This show is her first comprehensive retrospective in L.A., and includes a site-specific installation made for the Geffen.

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  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
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  • Miracle Mile

Play “Q” for the day at this assembly of some of the most famous gadget-adorned vehicles to appear in 007 films. The Petersen has put together a collection of 30 cars, motorcycles, boats, submarines, helicopters and scale filming models of aircraft from six decades of James Bond movies. Highlights include the 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 Submarine from The Spy Who Loved Me, a 1999 BMW Z8 from The World Is Not Enough and the 2019 Aston Martin DB10 from Spectre.

  • Art
  • Film and video
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  • Miracle Mile

“Hayao Miyazaki,” which opens with the Academy Museum’s debut on September 30, 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 exhibit.

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  • Comedy
  • Stand-up
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Netflix’s stand-up specials keep us cackling at home, but the streaming service’s ambitious comedy festival is nothing to laugh at. Netflix is a Joke Fest was initially announced for the spring of 2020 with 100 shows spread across L.A. in the span of one week, from the likes of Ali Wong, Dave Chappelle, Hannah Gadsby, Jerry Seinfeld and Whoopi Goldberg. But then, you know, 2020 happened. Thankfully, though, the fest is slated for a 2022 debut, with the lineup still to come.

  • Music
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  • Indio

Strap on your cowboy hat and make the pilgrimage to country music’s biggest jamboree, taking up residence at Coachella’s digs, the Empire Polo Club. Stagecoach is coming back for a three-day fest; expect the usual mix of contemporary and classic country. Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Luke Combs headline the 2022 edition, with additional sets from Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, the Black Crowes and Midland, plus some horseback presence from the Compton Cowboys.

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  • Music
  • Rock and indie
  • price 2 of 4
  • Koreatown

If your life is lacking spectacle, the playful, psychedelic band’s live show—packed with gratuitous confetti, colorful costumes and hamster ball crowd surfing—should fill the void.

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