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Things to do in L.A. this weekend

We pick out the best things to do in L.A. this weekend, including our favorite concerts, culture and cuisine

Quesadillas de Calabasa at Gracias Madre
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman Quesadillas de Calabasa at Gracias Madre
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We don’t know about you, but our mind is always focused on the weekend. It can never come soon enough—which is why we’re already thinking about where to go for brunch. Whether you’re looking to spend the night at a concert or getting away completely, you’ll find plenty of things to do in L.A. this weekend.

We curate an L.A. weekend itinerary of the city’s best concerts, culture and cuisine, every week, just for you.

The 22 best things to do in L.A. this weekend

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Man Da Rin American Pale Ale at Frogtown Brewery
Photograph: Rozette Rago
Bars, Beer bars

Long Beach Beer Week

icon-location-pin Location T.B.A.,
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The new 10-day festival will feature pours from more than 40 LBC breweries, brewpubs and beer-forward restaurants, not to mention events across the city, like tap takeovers, brewer meet-and-greets, demos, pairing dinners, beer yoga and more.

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Courtesy Sanrio
Things to do

Hello Kitty Friends Around the World Tour

icon-location-pin LA Plaza Village, Downtown
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Is mid-2019 a little late to be getting into the Insta-room game? It sure is. But will we make an exception for Hello Kitty? Absolutey.

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Odd Nights at the Autry
Photograph: Courtesy the Odd Market
Shopping, Boutiques

Odd Nights at the Autry

icon-location-pin The Autry Museum in Griffith Park, Griffith Park
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With live local bands, beer gardens, cocktail lounges, a full bar, 20 gourmet food trucks, a slew of vendors, face painting and more, you might want to start reserving third Fridays in your calendar.

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The best photos of Coachella 2016
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Welcome to the West Music Festival

icon-location-pin Toyota Arena, Inland Empire
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Ice Cube, Too Short, Roddy Rich, King Lil G, DJ Quik and others top this hip-hop fest in Ontario. Nipsey Hussle headlined the fest’s inaugural outing, so this second edition will pay tribute to the late rapper’s legacy.

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Night Voyage
Photograph: Courtesy Night Voyage
Comedy, Stand-up

Night Voyage Comedy Show

icon-location-pin Café-Club Fais Do-Do, West Adams
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Take a traditional stand-up show, throw in live music and follow it up with a till-2am-party, and you’ve got the basic gist of Night Voyage, hosted by Nick Skardarasy and Neel Ghosh.

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Ty Segall
Photograph: Courtesy Kyle Thomas
Music, Rock and indie

Ty Segall

icon-location-pin Teragram Ballroom, Westlake
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For this summer residency, Segall will play through a different fuzzed-out album every Friday night at the Teragram Ballroom.

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Museum of Latin American Art
Photograph: Courtesy MOLAA
Things to do

Museum Day

icon-location-pin Various locations in L.A.,
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In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket… for free.

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J. C. Milligan, Crowds at Bullock’s Department Store, Broadway, Los Angeles, August 1919.
Photograph: Courtesy the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Things to do, Exhibitions

“Nineteen Nineteen”

icon-location-pin Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens, San Marino
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Travel back a hundred years as the Huntington Library marks its centennial with an in-depth examination of the year 1919.

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LA's Best Vegan Taco Competition
Photograph: Courtesy Gracias Madre
Restaurants, Mexican

LA’s Best Vegan Tacos

icon-location-pin One Santa Fe Building, Downtown Arts District
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Whether you’re a die-hard vegan or you’re just into your veggies and down for some good old-fashioned competition, you’ll want to swing by this meatless taco tasting.

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Bedrock LA
Photograph: Courtesy Bedrock LA
Music

Decades Celebration

icon-location-pin Bedrock LA, Echo Park
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Two of our favorite L.A. music institutions team up for decades-celebrating concert. Nonprofit radio station dublab and Echo Park music hub Bedrock LA mark their respective 20th and 10th anniversaries with a property-wide party at Bedrock that includes sets from Shlohmo, Los Retros, the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, Pacoima Techno, Peanut Butter Wolf and more.

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Descanso Gardens
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Music

Silence at Descanso

icon-location-pin Descanso Gardens, La Cañada
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Artistic directors Christopher Rountree and Anna Bulbrook have curated a series of unbounded musical performances at specific sites across the Descanso Gardens grounds.

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The Black Madonna
Photograph: Aldo Paredes
Music, Dance and electronic

We Still Believe

icon-location-pin Chinatown Central Plaza, Chinatown
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The Black Madonna, leading feminist producer of the electronic underground, tops this outdoor show at Chinatown Central Plaza, with additional DJ sets from Mike Servito, Surround, Heidi Lawden, Masha and more.

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Cinespia
Photograph: Courtesy Cinespia
Movies

Cinespia Cemetery Screenings

icon-location-pin Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood
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Close out Cinespia’s summer season (don’t worry, Halloween screenings are on the way) with Moulin Rouge and fireworks at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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Street Food Cinema
Photograph: Courtesy Street Food Cinema
Movie theaters, Outdoor

Street Food Cinema

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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The outdoor screening series continues with movies at a pair of parks each Saturday night.

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Photograph: Courtesy Kiyama Jinja, Okayama Prefecture
Art, Sculpture

“Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art”

icon-location-pin Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Miracle Mile
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See both centuries-old and contemporary depictions of lions, dogs, horses, oxen, cats, fish, insects, birds, dragons and phoenixes in this wonderful assembly of Japanese art. The exhibition also coincides with the opening of Thomas Joshua Cooper: The World’s Edge and Betye Saar: Call and Response.

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Barnsdall Art Park
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Shopping, Markets and fairs

Barnsdall Art and Craft Fair

icon-location-pin Barnsdall Art Park & Hollyhock House, Los Feliz
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Peruse gifts for sale from Barnsdall’s students and faculty at this free fair next to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House. Expect handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, cards, prints, paintings, drawings and photos alongside treats from local vendors. The event is free to enter, though you can purchase a $5 raffle ticket, which supports the Barnsdall Art Center.

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Caitlin Gill
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Comedy, Stand-up

Caitlin Gill

icon-location-pin Dynasty Typewriter, Westlake
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The word “raw” gets misused in comedy to describe an act that is either ribald or politically incorrect. But Gill’s act feels raw in its refreshing lack of affectation or veneer. Swing by her album release party with Open Mike Eagle, Meatball the Drag Queen and more.

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LA County Fair
Photograph: Foster Snell
Things to do, Festivals

LA County Fair

icon-location-pin Fairplex, Pomona
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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

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Art, Installation

‘Light the Barricades’

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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Three lightbox-inspired walls created by artists Candy Chang and James A. Reeves will set up at three locations: Grand Park, the Natural History Museum and the Annenberg Community Beach House.

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Stranger Things
Photograph: Courtest Ken Kinzie/Universal Studios
Things to do, Festivals

Halloween Horror Nights

icon-location-pin Universal Studios Hollywood & Universal CityWalk, Universal City
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Confront familiar foes at Universal Studios’ annual Halloween festivities, where big-budget scares meet iconic horror movie characters.

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Photograph: Courtesy JFI Productions
Things to do, Performances

Creep Los Angeles

icon-location-pin ROW DTLA, Downtown Arts District
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Annual haunted experience Creep L.A. is sending up social-media–driven experiences this year with Haus of Creep, a satirical and frightful take on the pop-ups that’ve consumed L.A. over the past couple of years.

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