The 23 best things to do in L.A. this weekend
For two weeks each summer, Outfest, the world’s largest gay and lesbian film festival, takes over the gay social calendar in Los Angeles with a slew of parties, screenings and galas.
Sip selections of boutique wines provided by Silverlake Wine with a spectacular sunset and 360-degree views of the city.
The Music Center offers a free, joyous mash-up of music and dancing all summer long, with different themes (90s, line dancing, cumbia, etc.) and free dance lessons plus live bands. Head to Grand Park and join in the fun—no dance experience required.
Indulge your inner foodie and shopaholic at this weekly food-focused market, now with an Ice Cream Alley throughout the summer.
Get a small dose of Atlanta’s Trap Music Museum (founded by T.I.) at this pop-up exhibition. Staged at Delicious Pizza’s Hollywood outpost, the art installation includes pieces in honor of T.I., Nipsey Hussle, YG, Pusha-T, Gucci Mane, Migos, 21 Savage, Cardi B, Nicki Minaj and more.
Everyone’s favorite NPR affiliate has a hand in over a half-dozen summer concert slates at locations like One Colorado, the Hammer Museum, Chinatown Central Plaza and KCRW’s new Santa Monica headquarters.
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.
The outdoor screening series continues with movies at a pair of parks each Saturday night.
Bring your own bites or sample snacks from the impressive roster of resident food trucks during the kickoff of this outdoor screening series.
The masters of alfresco rooftop movie viewing have returned for another season of screenings in Hollywood and Downtown L.A.
Bard fanatics, flock to Griffith Park and bring along a blanket for free outdoor performances from the Independent Shakespeare Co.
A criss-cross of airy rainbow tunnels will make their home at the La Brea Tar Pits this summer. The free pavilion, which will be open for daily visits as well as public events from June 28 to November 24, arrives in L.A. thanks to a collaboration between Second Home, a London-based co-working space with a focus on public programming, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
The Arts District cocktail bar is reprising its winter holiday pop-up and bringing some kitschy yuletide cheer to the summer.
More than a decade since their last appearance in L.A., the Jack White-led band returns for some more bluesy, pounding psychedelia.
For this summer residency, Segall will play through a different fuzzed-out album every Friday night at the Teragram Ballroom.
Spend an evening outside the Natural History Museum with live music, garden-inspired cocktails, hands-on science projects, botanical tours and food trucks.
The sassy, lightning-blonde-haired Swede performs cathartically upbeat dance tunes from Honey, her first full-length release in seven years.
Lauded indie studio A24 is hosting a series of free “Public Access” screenings around the country, with some of its most celebrated films projected onto billboards. Here in L.A., you’ll be able to watch The Bling Ring projected above a liquor store at the corner of Sepulveda Boulevard and Sepulveda Place.
It’s time to get your hands dirty in the best way possible: with a Filipino-style kamayan feast from Ma’am Sir’s Charles Olalia and 189’s Dominique Ansel.
Hilltop sunset views and rising bands combine to make this Getty tradition a worthy destination for Angelenos on both sides of the 405. On Saturday, see Lala Lala and a DJ set by Girlpool’s Harmony Tividad.
The hip-hop fest draws heavily from the generations of talent that have emerged from Long Beach and Compton, including headliners Snoop Dogg, YG and the Game.
If you love electronic music, you might want to catch buzzy Odesza at Los Angeles State Historic Park to cap off their massive A Moment Apart tour.
America’s largest pro surfing competition attracts the world’s elite, who compete for big money while wowing 200,000 beach boys and girls with their skill, grace and innovative board designs. Heating up the festivities are live bands, a sports expo and after-parties with the friendly locals.
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