The 8 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend

No excuses, weekend like a champion

Delicious Little Tokyo
July 20-21

The restaurants of Little Tokyo offer up a culinary extravaganza complete with tastings, workshops, demos, and giveaways. It all kicks off on Friday with the sake event Sake on the Rocks; head back on Saturday for a floral arranging workshop, a bento box demo, a lesson in food photography with ice cream purveyors Bae Little Tokyo, and more.

DTLA Breweries United Festival 4.0
July 22

A supergroup of L.A. brewers join forces to celebrate all things craft beer. Head to the parking lot of Angel City Brewery for unlimited sips from Arts District Brewing Co, Boomtown Brewery, Indie Brewing Company, Iron Triangle Brewing, Dry River Brewing, Highland Park Brewery, Mumford Brewing, and, of course, Angel City, all of whom will be pouring specialty and fruit beers. The $45 entry fee gets you unlimited sips plus a commemorative glass, but even better, all proceeds go to the Keep a Breast Foundation.

Odd Nights at the Autry
July 20

Five bucks gets you into this massive pop-up market on the lawns of the Autry Museum (not to mention entry into the galleries until 9 p.m.). Stop in to peruse booths from more than 60 vendors, including Adventure Town Toy Emporium, California Native Glass, and Mystic Blue Pillows; once your reusable shopping bags are bursting, hunker down with fresh churros from Churrostix or za from Humble Crust to take in some live musical performances.

Summer dineL.A.
Through July 27
Got champagne taste on a beer budget? The Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board has your back. More than 300 L.A. restaurants—Alimento, Baco Mercat, Cosa Buona, Fishing With Dynamite—offer crazy discounts during this foodie extravaganza, with two-plus-course lunches starting at $15 and three-plus-course dinners starting at $29. Reservations aren’t a must, but in the parlance of a certain shoe company: Just do it.

3D: Double Vision
July 15-March 31

This eye-popping LACMA show is entirely dedicated to the 3D art form, tracing the lineage of 3D imagery through more than 60 photographs, videos, and holographic sculptures. There’s no passive spectating in this exhibition—you’ll use stereoscopes, glasses, mounted lenses, and more to encounter works from Marcel Duchamp, Ed Ruscha, William Kentridge and others. While you’re there, check out another new installation: John Gerard’s Solar Reserve, a digital simulation of a Nevada solar thermal power plant projected onto a ginormous LED wall, is on display outside near Levitated Mass.

The O.C. Fair
July 13-August 12

You can stop watching the OC Fair’s live pig cam—the time has finally come to see the little guys in real life. Head to the fair’s eponymous event center for pie competitions and live entertainment, including sets from Jim Gaffigan and Earth, Wind & Fire. Cap the day with carnival games and the deep-fried snack food of your dreams.

July 22

It’s the final weekend of the city’s longest-running film fest. Catch a screening of Sundance’s 2018 Grand Jury Prize winner, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel on Sunday followed by a gala and reception.

L.A. Original Pop-Up Shop
July 12-September 3

L.A. Original teams up with the Museum of Contemporary Art to present a stellar bunch of local makers. Visit the MOCA store and treat yourself to a Clare V. clutch, nail decals from Cha Cha Covers, Carrots streetwear, Jen Stark-designed planters, and more.

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