11 Awesome Things to do This Weekend in L.A.: Carnivals, Secrets, Ramen, Books, and More

There are a million ways to spend your weekend in Los Angeles. Here are 11 of them.

There are a million ways to spend your weekend in Los Angeles. Here are 11 of them. 

HEAR & SEE: Public Secrets, Secret Publics
As the line between our public and private lives grows increasingly blurred, the artist collective Creative Underground Los Angeles presents a night of art and performance. Through music, visual arts, and spoken word these collaborations will explore everything from Wikileaks to the recent Target identity scandal. More information (March 1-2; The Blue Whale)

EAT: Ramen Yokocho
The world’s largest ramen show comes to Los Angeles County with two full days of noodly fun from dozens of global and local chefs. More information (March 29-30; Santa Anita Park)

READ: Downtown Bookfest
Along with perusing a bunch of books, the interactive event includes meet-and-greets, tours, music, and the chance to add your own creative line of prose to the ongoing World’s Longest Story. More information (March 29; Grand Park)

SEE: 3rd Annual Carnivale
This kickback free-for-all has one ticket price that grants you access to an unlimited bar, adult-friendly carnival games, and plenty of free swag. Throw in some animals, DJs, and food for a night you may or may not remember hosted by LA Canvas. More information (March 29; Mack Sennett Studios, Silver Lake)

HEAR: Daniel Rossen
With swift fingerpicking and gentle vocals, the Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles troubadour delivers slightly off-kilter rock in an intimate setting. More information (March 28; Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever)

SEE: Hollywood Horrorfest
In its inaugural year, the Horrorfest will include red carpets appearances, giveaways, Q&As, and cast reunions—along with plenty of screamtastic flicks. Joe Dante’s classic horror film The Howling will be shown in HD and Return of the Living Dead will be screened on 35mm. More information (March 28-29; New Beverly Cinema)

SEE: Gym Crew Challenge
This is the dance competition designed to give average people a chance in the spotlight. Gym rats come from as far as Las Vegas to form crews and battle it out while So You Think You Can Dance alums Comfort Fedoke and Paul Karmiryan serve as judges. More information (March 29; Barnsdall Gallery Theatre)

HEAR: Neil Young
Activist, musician, and songwriter Neil Young will rock Los Angeles for three nights in a unique solo acoustic show. More information (March 29-April 1; Dolby Theatre)

SHOP: Downtown Modernism
Thrift shoppers, rejoice. The giant outdoor market will spread across five acres with mid-century, modernist, and vintage relics. Browse the wares from a hand-picked group of dealers while enjoying various food and drink offerings. More information (March 30; Modernica Factory)

SEE: Brand Library and Park Open House
Glendale booster Leslie C. Brand’s 1904 mansion turned book repository and community space is ready for the public after a year-and-a-half renovation. In addition to today’s open house, the occasion is marked by cultural events and festivities. More information (March 30; Brand Library & Art Center Glendale)

SEE: Open Call L.A.
More than 1,700 emerging and amateur artists come together in a show that’s truly for all the people of L.A. The gallery’s newly reconfigured 10,000-square-foot showroom will display the pieces that will compete for the coveted “Best in Show” and “Honorable Mention” prizes. More information (March 30-April 12; Barnsdall Park)