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
Triforium
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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 19 best things to do in L.A. this weekend

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Rooftop Cinema Club
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Movies

Rooftop Cinema Club

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Keep outdoor screening season alive with Top Gun at LEVEL on Saturday and The Greatest Showman at NeueHouse on Sunday.

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Dance, Ballet

Romeo & Juliet

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L.A. Dance Project choreographer Benjamin Millepied joins Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil for a ballet set to Sergei Prokofiev’s acclaimed score.

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Front Porch Cinema
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Front Porch Cinema

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With summer movie season on the way out, get your outdoor film fix at the Santa Monica Pier with free screenings of Clueless on Friday, The Addams Family on Saturday and Coco on Sunday.

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Triforium
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Things to do, Performances

Triforium Fridays

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See Downtown’s critically derided, dysfunctional sculpture shine again at this YACHT-curated event, with performances from Reggie Watts and the Bob Baker Marionette Theater

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Music, Dance and electronic

The Crystal Method

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See the legendary electronic duo-turned-solo-act perform at this under-the-bridge concert at the Viaduct.

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Long Beach Zombie Fest
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Things to do, Festivals

Long Beach Zombie Fest

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Join the horde at this annual Long Beach outbreak, where would-be-zombies descend upon Rainbow Lagoon Park for three days of scares, makeup workshops and costume contests. Each evening kicks off with a zombie walk through Shoreline Village.

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Drake
Photograph: Dan Martensen
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Drake + Migos

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The turtleneck-sweater–wearing rapper and the ad-libbing trap trio wrap up their string of seven L.A. shows with a pair at the Forum.

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Photograph: Courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society
Things to do

Strut Your Mutt

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Take a walk, with or without your furry sidekick, around Exposition Park for this Best Friends Animal Society’s annual fundraiser.

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Baby Trump blimp balloon
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Things to do, Conventions

Politicon

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Politics—on both sides of the aisle—and entertainment collide at this two-day convention in Downtown L.A. (starting with the “Baby Trump” balloon on Friday morning at 8am).

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chi SPACCA grilling cooking class
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Restaurants, Italian

Fall Grilling Class at chi SPACCA

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Sure, we’re past summer, but grilling season is forever. During chi SPACCA’s fall grilling class, chef Ryan DeNicola will teach you how to make the most of autumn’s flavors.

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Gorillaz
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Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Gorillaz Demon Dayz Festival

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Erykah Badu, The Internet, DRAM and others join the Damon Albarn-fronted animated band at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena.

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Street Food Cinema
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Movie theaters, Outdoor

Street Food Cinema

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Gourmet food trucks meet outdoor screenings at this seasonal series, which continues on Saturday with Teen Witch and The Craft at Los Angeles State Historic Park and Shaun of the Dead at Will Rogers State Park.

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Cinespia
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Movies

Cinespia Cemetery Screenings

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Cross the finish line of outdoor film season at Hollywood Forever with a screening of Halloween.

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Dear Evan Hansen
Photograph: Matthew Murphy
Theater, Musicals

‘Dear Evan Hansen’

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The captivating original musical, in which high school student Evan Hansen is thrust into social relevance after a classmate’s suicide, marks its opening weekend at the Ahmanson.

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Pok Pok Affogato at Pok Pok LA
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Things to do, Festivals

Eastside Food Festival

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Eat your way through the Eastside by snacking from more than 35 vendors, including Kismet, Otoño and Homestate.

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The Commons Ale House
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Bars, Breweries

Burbank Beer Festival

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Sample more than 85 beers on tap as downtown Burbank transforms several blocks into a beer lover’s dream.

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Vegan chili cook off at Tony's Darts Away
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Things to do, Festivals

6th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off

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Grab some clothing with a little give and head to Tony’s Darts Away, where Artisanal Brewers Collective is hosting their 6th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off.

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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
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Music, Rock and indie

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

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Nick Cave hasn’t lost his flair for the down-and-dirty fury that defined his early work with the Birthday Party.

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