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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

Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Photograph: Michael Juliano Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
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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 23 best things to do in L.A. this weekend

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Outfest
Movies

Outfest Los Angeles

icon-location-pin Various locations in L.A., Los Angeles
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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.

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Barnsdall Art Park
Photograph: Courtesy Barnsdall Art Park
Bars

Friday Night Wine Tastings

icon-location-pin Barnsdall Art Park & Hollyhock House, Los Feliz
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Sip selections of boutique wines provided by Silverlake Wine with a spectacular sunset and 360-degree views of the city.

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Mario de Lopez
Things to do, Classes and workshops

Dance Downtown

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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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.

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Smorgasburg LA
Photograph: Courtesy Smorgasburg LA
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Smorgasburg LA

icon-location-pin ROW DTLA, Downtown
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Indulge your inner foodie and shopaholic at this weekly food-focused market, now with an Ice Cream Alley throughout the summer.

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Photograph: Courtesy Jerritt Clark/Trap Music Museum
Things to do, Exhibitions

Lil Trap House

icon-location-pin Delicious Pizza, Hollywood
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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.

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KCRW Summer Nights
Photograph: Courtesy KCRW
Music

KCRW Summer Nights

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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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.

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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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Free Shakespeare in Griffith Park
Photograph: Courtesy Grettel Cortes
Theater, Shakespeare

Free Shakespeare in Griffith Park

icon-location-pin Old Zoo, Griffith Park
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Bard fanatics, flock to Griffith Park and bring along a blanket for free outdoor performances from the Independent Shakespeare Co.

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Second Home Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano at La Brea Tar Pits
Photograph: Courtesy Iwan Baan
News, City Life

The Second Home Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano

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.

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Christmas in July holiday cocktail bar at Here and Now Arts District Downtown Los Angeles DTLA
Photograph: Courtesy Here and Now
Bars, Cocktail bars

Christmas in July cocktail pop-up at Here and Now

icon-location-pin Here and Now, Downtown Arts District
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The Arts District cocktail bar is reprising its winter holiday pop-up and bringing some kitschy yuletide cheer to the summer.

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The Raconteurs
Photograph: Courtesy Photo Jean
Music, Rock and indie

The Raconteurs

icon-location-pin Greek Theatre, Griffith Park
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More than a decade since their last appearance in L.A., the Jack White-led band returns for some more bluesy, pounding psychedelia.

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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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Summer Nights in the Garden
Photograph: Mario de Lopez
Things to do

Summer Nights in the Garden

icon-location-pin Natural History Museum, USC/Exposition Park
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Spend an evening outside the Natural History Museum with live music, garden-inspired cocktails, hands-on science projects, botanical tours and food trucks.

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Music, Dance and electronic

Robyn

icon-location-pin The Forum, Inglewood
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The sassy, lightning-blonde-haired Swede performs cathartically upbeat dance tunes from Honey, her first full-length release in seven years.

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The Bling Ring
Movies

A24 Public Access

icon-location-pin Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas BBQ, Van Nuys
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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.

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Filipino kamayan feast at 189 by Dominique Ansel Ma'am Sir
Photograph: Courtesy 189 by Dominique Ansel
Restaurants, Filipino

Ma’am Sir x 189 by Dominique Ansel Filipino Kamayan Feast

icon-location-pin 189 by Dominique Ansel, Fairfax District
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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.

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Off The 405
Photograph: Courtesy the Getty
Music

Off the 405

icon-location-pin Getty Center, Brentwood
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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.

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21
Snoop Dogg
Photograph: Courtesy Josh Telles
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Once Upon a Time in the LBC

icon-location-pin Queen Mary, Long Beach
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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.

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ODESZA
Photograph: Courtesy Tonje Thilesen
Music, Dance and electronic

Odesza

icon-location-pin Los Angeles State Historic Park, Downtown
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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.

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US Open of Surfing
Photo courtesy US Open of Surfing
Things to do, Festivals

US Open of Surfing

icon-location-pin Huntington Beach, Orange County
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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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