So you skipped out on Coachella … again and are stuck in LA for the weekend. Quit moping—there’s not a traffic jam in site and the 4/20 weed cloud will keep you in a hazy daze all weekend long. Weekend events are stacked, so pull on some pants, ogle some vintage cars, chill at the park or get wordy with it at the LA book fair. Guess what? It’s all happening, Los Angeles.
Thursday, April 20
A$AP Ferg is in town, and he’s supplying free booze and potentially party favors to celebrate 4/20 the right way. Begin the evening with a skate jam as amateurs, pros and local sponsored skaters strut their stuff for all see. Meanwhile, dip your ears into live music from a surprise musical guest while grubbing and and taking liberties with the open bar.
Deets: 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.; 314 w 58th street; $20 a ticket; more info HERE
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream: Larchmont Grand Opening
You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Jeni’s is opening a third location on Larchmont this Thursday and everyone gets a free scoop. If you’re one of the first 50 people to arrive, you’ll cop a swag bag of delectable goodies, so giddy up.
Deets: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Larchmont Village; FREE; more info HERE
Friday, April 21 - Sunday, April 23
CineArte Latinx Queer Film & Art Festival
For the fourth year in a row, CineArt celebrates Latinax, Chicanx and indigenous artists and creators. Over the span of three days, witness a handful of shorts, two feature films and live musical performances. And it doesn’t stop there— attend Q&As with the directors and casts to discover the inspiration behind each project.
Deets: Opening night, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Village At Ed Gould Plaza; Festival Pass $30; Individual Day $10; more info HERE
Friday, April 21
Odd Nights at the Autry
If a flea market, happy hour and dance party had a baby it would give birth to Odd Nights, a monthly affair at The Autry. The venue fills up with cocktail lounges, food trucks, vendors and rad activities for the little ones, so make it a family affair. If you’re one of the first 2,000 people to arrive, you get free parking, which is as good as gold in this town.
Deets: 6 p.m. - ; The Autry in Griffith Park; $5 GA; more info HERE
Star Wars: The Force and the Fury
Join Jason Satterlund on Friday for a screening of his film created for all the inner Jedis and Siths roaming the city. According to the director, “This star wars fan film wasn’t about a product or service, it was an opportunity to expose one thing that makes us human—relationships. It’s about how they split, heal and scar over time.” Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet the cast and crew of the film.
Deets: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.; The Parlor; more info HERE
Saturday, April 22 - Sunday, April 23
LA Times Festival of Books
If you’re a nerd for words AKA a logophile, the LA Times Festival of Books is for you. The festival returns for its 22nd installation this weekend and is one of the largest literary festivals this country has to offer. Speakers this year include Margaret Atwood, Chuck Palahniuk, Ayesha Curry and many, many more.
Deets: Opening day, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; University of Southern California Campus; Free GA, refer to schedule for ticketing on talks; More info HERE
Saturday, April 22
March for Science
Get out your beakers, safety goggles, Bunsen burners, sharpies and poster boards for the march for science. Chant to let the world know that science is real and impacts each of our lives and the environment at large. With a sister march in DC, this march is bound to have a large and in charge turn out. If politics isn’t your scene, we highly suggest you avoid the route from Pershing Square this Saturday.
Deets: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Pershing Square; FREE; more info HERE
Los Angeles State Historic Park Grand Opening
Celebrate Earth Day with the long-awaited opening of LA State Historic Park. Let the sunshine hit your face with a day-long affair for the whole clan, but be sure to apply some SPF to protect against those strong rays. The event will be packed with food trucks, family-friendly activities and musical performances by Grammy Award-winning Quetzal, Milck, Shaolin Monks and more.
Deets: 10 a.m. - Sunset; Los Angeles State Historic Park; FREE; more info HERE
With three Showtime comedy specials under his belt, Maz Jobrani knows how to please an audience. One of his signature lines, “Brown and friendly, I come in peace,” is sure to get the crowd rolling in their seats. See for yourself.
Deets: 8 p.m.; Saban Theatre; Tickets starting at $58; more info HERE
Sunday, April 23
Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
If you love classic cars, cruise on down to Pomona this Sunday to drool over original and restored Corvettes, Volkswagens, Cadillacs, hot rods and more. There will be 2,4000 vendors and thousands of original and restored vehicles awaiting your ogling eyes and cameras. For those into restoration, Pomona’s Swap Meet is the largest in the country and a guaranteed spot to find even the rarest of parts.
Deets: 5 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Fairplex Exposition Complex; GA is $10, children under 12 are free; more info HERE
LA Rope Intensive: Introduction to Yukimura Ryuu
This class is the introductory class for all LA Rope Intensives and ticket prices are sold one per couple. Yukimura's style is erotic, unique and focuses on communication between partners. During the class, you will learn a basic wrist tie, the one-rope gote and the basic Yukimura style leg tie.
Deets: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; LA Rope Dojo; $125; more info HERE
Celebrate 4/20 a few days late in true stoner style with Kush Stock, a marijuana filled and fueld music festival. Whoever put this event together definitely slacked on the details. Maybe they ripped the bong a few too many times? Be warned, you must be 21+ or 18 with a medical card to enter the medicated area.
Deets: 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Location TBD; Free; More info (kinda) HERE
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