The best things to do in Los Angeles this week

Find concerts, screenings, art exhibits and more of our critics’ picks with the best events and things to do in Los Angeles this week
Photograph: Courtesy the Grove
By Time Out Los Angeles editors

If we could write the rules of living in Los Angeles this would be our No. 1, always at the top of our list: When you live in this city, there’s no excuse for boredom just because it’s a weeknight. There are hundreds of things to do in Los Angeles each week, including concerts, comedy shows, happy hour dealsfree museum days—and that’s really only scratching the surface. Well, we don’t make the rules, but we will provide you with plenty of ideas for your next free weeknight right here. Now put down that TV remote. There you go. Now get out of the house and tackle these things to do in L.A. this week.

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Photograph: Courtesy DesignerCon
Things to do, Games and hobbies

Designer Con

Attention toy geeks, illustrators, underground-art lovers and anyone with a sense of humor and a love for plushy things: Find your inner child at the annual DesignerCon, where more than 700 vendors and artists will showcase toys, art, design and collectibles at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Dear Evan Hansen
Photograph: Matthew Murphy
Theater, Musicals

Dear Evan Hansen

icon-location-pin Ahmanson Theatre, Downtown

In this captivating original musical, high school student Evan Hansen is thrust into social relevance after a classmate’s suicide.

Barnsdall Art Park
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Shopping, Markets and fairs

Barnsdall Art and Craft Fair

Peruse gifts for sale from Barnsdall’s students and faculty at this free fair next to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House.

The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Photograph: Courtesy the Theatre at Ace Hotel
Comedy, Stand-up


Celebrate 25 years of this personal storytelling and alt comedy showcase with a special set at the Theatre at Ace Hotel.

Photograph: Courtesy the Grove
Things to do

A California Christmas at the Grove

Brace yourself: Christmas is coming to the Grove. L.A.’s shopping mall metropolis lights up its Christmas tree with a slew of special guests—including Santa himself. May we humbly suggest that you ask Santa this year for a prime spot in that mammoth parking garage. Stick around for the fireworks finale.