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

Coen Brothers movies, Bub’s birthday, a celebration of Dolores Huerta, and more
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Pride month is winding down, but the summer is just getting started. Catch some rays or soak up some AC at these weekend events.


Tying the Coen Brothers Together

June 20-23

To mark the recent release of movie writer Adam Nayman’s tome The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together, the Aero presents an entire weekend of screenings dedicated to the duo’s best work. Now’s your chance to rediscover classics like No Country for Old Men, Fargo, and A Serious Man.

Valley Pride

Van Nuys, June 22

Councilwoman Nury Martinez presents this free Pride party at the Van Nuys Convention Center. The lineup of musicians includes San Cha (who made our 2019 list of LGBTQ movers and shakers), as well as Irka Mateo, DJ Les Ortiz, DJ Erika Kayne, and more TBA. Also check out the live screen printing, 3D photo booth, and lots of food and merch vendors.

Dolores Huerta Plaza Unveiling and Street Fest

June 22

Celebrate labor leader and local legend Dolores at an unveiling of a plaque in her honor outside Boyle Heights City Hall. Co-organized by Women’s March Los Angeles and Council District 14, the outdoor celebration features music by Alice Bag Band, Lysa Flores, DJ Chulita Vinyl Club provide music, and more. Huerta, now 89, will be in attendance too.

Palisades Village Summer Block Party

June 22

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to check out the newest Caruso-designed ersatz town square, Saturday would be the time to do it. The mall’s fancy stores are offering discounts and freebies, like complimentary champagne at Chanel Beauté, mimosas at FRAME, and more champagne at Serena & Lily. There’ll also be live music, carnival games, crafts, and more.

Eat Drink Vegan

One of the city’s biggest vegan festivals takes over the Rose Bowl for the 10th year in a row. Expect A-list chef demos, unlimited pours of over 250 different beverages (beer, kombucha, cider, tea, etc), a marketplace of vendors selling plant-based food, personal care items, clothing, and more.

June 22, 12 p.m.; Brookside at the Rose Bowl, West Drive & Seco St., Pasadena. Tickets $55 – $120. 

Titanic Live

June 22

Not unlike our hearts, Titanic’s infamy will go on (and on). Catch the epic Oscar winner on a giant outdoor screen at Cal Lutheran University while the New West Symphony performs the film’s score and hundreds of strangers around you openly weep. On-site food trucks and a beer garden offer goodies to help assuage the grief.

Lil Bub’s Big Eighth Birthday Party

June 23

Corey Helford Gallery hosts this birthday bash for delightfully tiny internet-famous cat Lil Bub, who is celebrating eight adorable years on earth. Rock ‘n’ roll cat trainer Jackson Galaxy will be in the house, along with kitten rescuer Hannah Shaw. The party will set you back $45, but if you’re feeling spendy, you can splurge on a meet and greet with Bub for a cool $200. Proceeds benefit Kitty Bungalow.


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