We curate an L.A. weekend itinerary of the city’s best concerts, culture and cuisine, every week, just for you.
We the people, in order to form a more perfect start to our weekend, should attend Constitution Happy Hour, a series of crash courses on the U.S. Constitution at the Hammer Museum’s AMMO Café with $5 beer and wine.
Spend an evening in the city of stars during La La Land in Concert. Composer Justin Hurwitz conducts the Oscar-winning score during this screening at the Hollywood Bowl, backed by a 100-piece orchestra, choir and jazz ensemble.
Alternatively, hit up the Downtown Independent for the Found Footage Festival. Hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett introduce bizarre clips from their 20-year-old collection of VHS videos found at garage sales and thrift shops across the U.S.
Spend the afternoon in Frogtown for the summer kickoff at the Frog Spot. Everyone’s favorite beer garden, music space, educational spot and snack shop reopens for the season on Saturday along the L.A. River Bike Path in Elysian Valley.
Swing by the Rose Bowl for the return of Eat Drink Vegan. Munch on an array of meals at the meatless smorgasbord, featuring more than 75 vegan food stands and unlimited pours of wine, beer, cold brew and kombucha.
Roll out a blanket for a jam-packed evening of outdoor movie screenings. Here’s a quick look at tonight’s schedule: Cinespia is screening North by Northwest, Eat|See|Hear is showing Pulp Fiction and Street Food Cinema is hosting Back to the Future.
Partake in a holiday weekend barbecue during Burger Day at Smorgasburg LA. The open-air market at ROW DTLA is supplementing burger pop-ups from its regular vendors with appearances by Burgerlords, Bahay Kainan/BaBoys and New York’s Ramen Burger.
If you’re still hungry, eat your way around Santa Monica’s Main Street during the annual MAINopoly feast. The event transforms the neighborhood into a giant culinary take on Monopoly: attendees are allotted special “MAINopoly dollars” to exchange for food tastings up and down the street.
If you’re not braving the beaches or embarking on a road trip on Memorial Day, make your way to Topanga Canyon for the annual Topanga Days Country Fair. Bohemian locals and curious onlookers converge to celebrate music, food, arts and Mother Earth; Monday morning’s festivities include a parade along Topanga Canyon Boulevard.
Farther down the coast, Hermosa Beach hosts its biannual Fiesta Hermosa. Put on a bathing suit and roam the 400-plus stalls at this waterfront street fair.
Chill out with an afternoon of jam bands and reggae acts at UCLA’s annual JazzReggae Fest. This student-run Memorial Day tradition has returned to its roots this year with a much more reggae-heavy lineup, including Protoje and Daniel Caesar.
Closet out the long weekend with a concert from John Legend. The R&B singer and pianist brings his refreshingly classy, old-school charm to the Greek Theatre with a little help from fellow crooner Gallant.
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