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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

Gamble House
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Wikimedia/Martin Green
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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 30 best things to do in L.A. this weekend

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Photograph: Courtesy We Rise
Things to do, Exhibitions

We Rise

icon-location-pin Location T.B.A., Los Angeles
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This 10-day event brings a sense of purpose and engagement to a series of programs, performances, workshops and an art exhibition, with artists including Shepard Fairey, Geoff McFetridge, Andrea Bowers, James Jean, Swoon and more. Find the event at 1262 Palmetto Street in the Arts District.

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Photograph: Courtesy David Hammons/Genevieve Hanson
Art, Contemporary art

“David Hammons”

icon-location-pin Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, Downtown Arts District
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David Hammons is one of the most important American artists today, though you wouldn’t necessarily know it. This show at Hauser & Wirth marks his first L.A. exhibition in 45 years.

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Photograph: Courtesy LA Times Food Bowl David G. Marks
Things to do, Festivals

LA Times Food Bowl

icon-location-pin Various locations in L.A., Los Angeles
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The monthlong celebration of all things food finally returns, and this year there are more than 200 events to choose from.

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Cinespia
Photograph: Courtesy Cinespia
Movies

Cinespia Cemetery Screenings

icon-location-pin Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood
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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.

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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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Eat|See|Hear
Photograph: Courtesy Eat|See|Hear
Movies

Eat|See|Hear

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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Bring your own bites or sample snacks from the impressive roster of resident food trucks during the kickoff of this outdoor screening series.

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Rooftop Cinema Club
Photograph: Courtesy Kimmi Cranes
Movies

Rooftop Cinema Club

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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The masters of alfresco rooftop movie viewing have returned for another season of screenings in Hollywood and Downtown L.A.

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Les Misérables
Photograph: Matthew Murphy
Theater, Musicals

Les Misérables

icon-location-pin Pantages Theatre, Hollywood
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You know the show, you know French history. The “reimagined” production of the bombastic Broadway spectacle hits the road.

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Amaluna
Photograph: Courtesy Markus Moellenberg
Theater, Circuses & magic

Cirque du Soleil: ‘Amaluna’

icon-location-pin Battleship Iowa, San Pedro
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Cirque du Soleil’s blockbuster circus riff on The Tempest is a thrilling and spectacular piece of escapism.

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Photograph: Courtesy Barron Claiborne/Annenberg Space for Photography
Art, Photography

“Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop”

icon-location-pin Annenberg Space for Photography, Century City
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Celebrate the photographers responsible for helping to define hip-hop’s visual identity with this display of unedited contact sheets for photo shoots with the likes of the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Salt-N-Pepa, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West and more.

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I Like Scary Movies experience selfie in Los Angeles on Wilshire
Photograph: Stephanie Breijo
Things to do

I Like Scary Movies

icon-location-pin Location T.B.A., Los Angeles
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The latest selfie-bait experience to hit L.A. trades cutesy for creepy, hurling you into some of the most beloved and recognizable horror films of all time.

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L.A. Zine Fest
Photograph: Courtesy Amy Darling/L.A. Zine Fest
Things to do, Talks and lectures

L.A. Zine Fest

icon-location-pin Helms Bakery, Culver City
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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 and small press publications from across the country.

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Angel City Heritage Festival.
Photograph: Courtesy Angel City Brewery
Bars, Breweries

Angel City Heritage Music & Arts Festival

icon-location-pin Angel City Brewery, Arts District
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The annual beer, food, art and music festival features brewmaster-led tours every hour for a behind-the-scenes look at how house craft brews are made.

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Photograph: Natasha Aftandilians
Things to do

RuPaul’s DragCon

icon-location-pin Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown
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Celebrate gender swapping culture and couture at this colossal convention from drag juggernaut RuPaul and World of Wonder.

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Downtown Hermosa Beach.
Photo courtesy Fiesta Hermosa
Things to do, Festivals

Fiesta Hermosa

icon-location-pin Downtown Hermosa Beach, Manhattan/Hermosa/Redondo
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Roam the 400 stalls at this arts festival, sample the fine foods and listen to the music—and then take a dip in the nearby Pacific. Look out for the Fiesta over both Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

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Stoned and Dusted
Photograph: Courtesy Stoned and Dusted
Music, Music festivals

Stoned and Dusted

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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As a throwback to the gasoline genrator-fueled desert parties in the early ’90s, this on-the-down-low offshoot of Desert Generator is celebrating stoner rock and the desert music scene with a two-day campout.

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Photo courtesy Topanga Days Country Fair
Things to do, Festivals

Topanga Days Country Fair

icon-location-pin Topanga Community Club, Los Angeles
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Tucked away in picturesque Topanga Canyon, this Memorial Day weekend festival has become a favorite local tradition. Bohemian locals of all ages as well as curious onlookers converge to celebrate music, food, arts and Mother Earth.

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Goat Cheese en pan Tostada with Honey, Figs & Truffle Oil from Manchego
Photograph: Courtesy MAINopoly
Things to do

MAINopoly: A Taste of Main Street

icon-location-pin Various locations in L.A., Los Angeles
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Everybody likes a good theme party, and this Memorial Day Weekend, Main Street in Santa Monica is giving the people what they want.

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