5 Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend That Will Actually Get You Off Your Couch

Discover galaxies, IPAs, and old arcade games

Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival

The La Canada Flintridge wonderland will be hosting two weekends of programming focused on cherry blossom season. (It’s one of the garden’s more popular events, and so it requires a reservation—choose your timed tickets here.) Open to members and non-members, both weekends feature guided walks through the gardens, traditional Japanese folk music, and food offerings like tempura and sushi. If you can’t make it this weekend, take heart: there are a whole bunch of cherry blossom festivals going on in the coming months. More information (March 4-5, 11-12, Descanso Gardens)


The “-palooza” suffix should never be used for birthdays or bachelor parties, but it’s the only way to describe La Luz De Jesus’s annual group art show. Post-pop work (with themes ranging from religion to pop-surrealism) from more than 200 artists is on display at the East Hollywood gallery, which pioneered the genre of California art known as Lowbrow. Take in some art then pop across the street to Kismet for some Turkish-inspired eats, including iced turkish coffee, Persian cucumbers with rose water labneh, and flaky bread that will blow your mind. More information (March 3-April2, La Luz De Jesus Gallery)

L.A. IPA Festival

If hops are your jam, head to Mohawk Bend in Echo Park for the fourth annual festival celebrating India Pale Ales. More than 60 breweries—Eagle Rock Brewery! Smog City! Revolution! MadeWest!—will provide sample suds on Saturday and Sunday (a 10 oz. pour will cost you a sensible $5 bucks). A limited menu will be available on Saturday, while the restaurant’s full menu, including brunch, will be available Sunday. More information (March 4-5, Mohawk Bend)

Public Star Party

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Clear skies, full hearts, can’t lose. The Griffith Park Observatory hosts its monthly star party from 2 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. on March 4, meaning you, the public, can ogle the galaxies and maybe squint really hard to see all those new planets that were recently discovered using the Observatory’s telescopes. Pros from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society will be on hand to talk shop. More information (March 4, The Griffith Observatory)

Hidden Arcade

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Arcade games aren’t usually the first thing that spring to mind when you think “Playboy,” but they could apply in the most literal sense of the company moniker. Play, boys and girls, at Hidden Arcade, a send-up of all things ’80s. Playboy takes over Think Tank Gallery on March 4 with vintage gaming consoles, live music, and an open bar; Pac-Man your heart out from 9 p.m. til 2 a.m. More information (March 4, Think Tank Gallery)