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
Photograph: Michael Juliano

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 18 best things to do in L.A. this weekend

Sorry to Bother You
Photograph: Courtesy MoMA

The Contenders

icon-location-pin Hammer Museum, Westwood

Head to the Hammer Museum to see 10 influential, innovative films made in the past year that MoMA’s Department of Film believes are destined for big things.

The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Photograph: Courtesy the Theatre at Ace Hotel
Movies, Documentary

‘A Thousand Thoughts’

The Kronos Quartet live-scores this documentary from filmmakers Sam Green and Joe Bini about its legendary classical career.

Los Angeles Auto Show
Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Auto Show
Things to do

Los Angeles Auto Show

Drift into the Convention Center for the 10-day L.A. Auto Show with cars that would even make Bond drool.

Things to do, Exhibitions


Strike a pose in front of immersive themed rooms as this photo-friendly New York export comes to the Reef.

She & Him
Photograph: Courtesy Dan Winters
Music, Rock and indie

A Very She & Him Christmas

She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward offer their perfectly breezy pop confections, setting exactly the right tone for a lazy, hazy evening.

Neko Case
Photograph: Courtesy Emily Shur
Music, Rock and indie

Neko Case + Destroyer

The alt country songstress is equally adept at power pop gems and murder ballads alike. Fellow New Pornographers collaborator Dan Bejar opens at the Orpheum.

Nine Inch Nails
Music, Rock and indie

Nine Inch Nails + The Jesus & Mary Chain

icon-location-pin Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood

Two noisy alt icons spend four nights at the Palladium as Trent Reznor and co. recruit support from Scottish noise pop icons the Jesus & Mary Chain.

Photograph: Courtesy Bitchcraft
Shopping, Gifts and stationery

Bitchcraft Winter Faire

Bitchcraft is a badass, scrappy little market featuring a mix of metal-punk-western-hippie-inspired wares including handmade holiday balls, leather goods and astrology coasters.

Grilling cooking class at chi SPACCA in Los Angeles
Photograph: Courtesy chi SPACCA
Restaurants, Italian

Winter Grilling Class at chi SPACCA

Let chef Ryan DeNicola teach you how to season, sear and char meat to perfection in a cooking lesson that includes a full lunch with wine pairings.

Echo Park Craft Fair
Photograph: Courtesy EPCF/Taka Nonaka-Hill

Echo Park Craft Fair

Reserve a spot in your weekend for the latest installment of this Pinterester’s utopia, hosted at Mack Sennett Studios.

Los Angeles Master Chorale
Photograph: Courtesy Jamie Pham
Things to do

Festival of Carols

icon-location-pin Walt Disney Concert Hall, Downtown

Leave the singing to the pros and join the Los Angeles Master Chorale for all of your favorite holiday carols in concert at the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Santa Monica Pub Crawl
Courtesy Santa Monica Pub Crawl
Things to do, Festivals

Santa Monica Pub Crawl

Say a very boozy cheers to the holiday season at this annual Westside tradition, where you can belt out Christmas carols while drinking your way through Santa Monica.

Photograph: Courtesy Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
Things to do, Festivals

Marina Del Rey Boat Parade

Feel as though you’ve escaped to a small-town fishing village as this illuminated boat parade and fireworks show hits the Marina Del Rey waterfront.

Third Eye Blind
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Music, Rock and indie

KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

Strike the electrified, amped-up harp and join the chorus for this two-night show at the Forum. The first night’s lineup includes Smashing Pumpkins, Third Eye Blind, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Greta Van Fleet, AFI, AJR, Badflower, Bad Religion and the Interrupters, while night two includes Florence + The Machine, Death Cab for Cutie, Bastille, Mike Shinoda, Billie Eilish, Chvrches, Lovelytheband, Mike Posner and Young the Giant.

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