The Best Things To Do In LA This Weekend

Things we’ve had enough of in LA: murals painted for the explicit purpose of luring tourists for selfies, restaurant lines that stretch longer than a block for no good reason, and Goop. Things we can never get enough of in LA: Filipino food, rolled ice cream tacos, and creative new ways to fully explore Summer weekends. You want to go on a Morrissey tribute cruise? You got it. You want a symphony playing Harry Potter tunes? You got that too. You just want to get weird with other weirdos? Well, this weekend is the right time.


FRIDAY

JUL 7

SAIL THE HIGH SEAS WITH A MORRISSEY TRIBUTE BAND
GRAND ROMANCE RIVER BOAT (LONG BEACH)

Depeche Boat presents MorrisSea: a Morrissey/Smiths themed night time party cruise featuring tribute band Maladjusted performing aboard the Grand Romance River Boat. There will be three outdoor decks, two bars, and an unusually large amount of people dressed in black for being outside on a boat.


FRIDAY – SATURDAY

JUL 7-8

DUMBLE-DO HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN IN CONCERT
HOLLYWOOD BOWL (HOLLYWOOD HILLS)

Not that you need added incentive to get geeked up over wizarding, but the Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform every note from John Williams’ score while Prisoner of Azkaban is projected in high definition on the big screen.


FRIDAY – SATURDAY

JUL 7-8

TASTE TEST NORAH’S NEW SUMMER MENU
NORAH (WEST HOLLYWOOD)

Executive Chef Mike Williams has scoured the Santa Monica Farmers Market and Coastal Organics Farms to refresh the summer food and drink menu at Norah. New dishes include a heritage pork tomahawk with a cider glaze, farro salad, and pickled peaches, as well as a local sea bass with fresh corn grits, summer squash, and calabrian chili.


FRIDAY – SUNDAY

JUL 7-9

GRAB YOUR BUDS AND SOME BUD FOR THE CHALICE FESTIVAL
SBC FAIRGROUNDS (VICTORVILLE)

The Chalice Music & Art Festival takes over the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds for three days with your headliners Ice Cube, Thievery Corporation, and Sound Tribe Sector 9.


SATURDAY

JUL 8

RETURN TO YOU CAVEDWELLER ROOTS AT THE TASTE OF PALEO FESTIVAL
MONTECILLO DE LEO POLITI PARK (ELYSIAN PARK)

Attention all modern-day cavemen and cavewomen: celebrate the paleo lifestyle with your fellow unfrozen Encino Men at Montecillo De Leo Politi Park. There will be yard games, guest speakers, wine, beer, cider, food vendors, and picnicking aplenty.


SATURDAY

JUL 8

THERE’S NO CRYING IN HOLLYWOOD FOREVER FILM SCREENINGS
HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY (HOLLYWOOD)

Catch a 25th-anniversary screening of the heart-warming classic A League of Their Own to see if the Rockford Peaches have what it takes to win it all, and if Tom Hanks’ bladder can hold out.


SATURDAY – SUNDAY

JUL 8-9

CELEBRATE THE WORLD’S FAVORITE CONDIMENT AT THE SALSA FESTIVAL
PERSHING SQUARE (DOWNTOWN)

Pershing Square host two days of a festival dedicated to all things salsa. There’s a salsa tasting tent, local food vendors offering up their best selections, and live bands in case you prefer salsa dancing.


SATURDAY – SUNDAY

JUL 8-9

GET THE GOOD GOODS AT THE RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR
LOS ANGELES STATE HISTORIC PARK (CHINATOWN)

Renegade Craft Fair returns to the recently re-opened Los Angeles State Historic Park with a summer celebration of independent craft and design. Peruse the local and national roster of talented makers along with a lineup of food trucks, craft libations, DJ sets, DIY workshops, photo booths, and views of the LA skyline.


SUNDAY

JUL 9

SING ALONG TO THE FRONTWOMEN OF GARBAGE AND BLONDIE AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
HOLLYWOOD BOWL (HOLLYWOOD HILLS)

The Rage and Rapture tour rolls into Hollywood featuring a double bill of Garbage and Blondie, with LA’s own Sky Ferreira opening the show with a little rebellious synth pop.


SUNDAY

JUL 9

GET YOUR DANCE ON AT WEIRDO NIGHT
ZEBULON (SILVER LAKE)

Weirdo Night, the freaky monthly variety show hosted by performance artist Dynasty Handbag, returns with a lineup of comics and musicians. The night concludes with a session of Dance-y-oke, a dance version of karaoke that is sure to thrill all the Lip Sync Battle fans out there.