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

Gay pride in Long Beach, Museums of the Arroyo Day, and more
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Another May weekend full of fun stuff to do. Here are our picks for the best things to do in L.A. this weekend.


Pop-Up Magazine Spring Issue

May 17

If you go searching around the internet for video of past editions of Pop-Up Magazine’s touring show, you’re going to come up empty handed. To enjoy the live periodical you actually have to be in the audience—and once that issue is done touring, it’s gone for good. On Friday, they unveil the Spring Issue—featuring writer Mallika Padma Rao, stand-up comedian Mohanad Elshieky, KQED reporter Sam Harnett, and others—at the Theatre at Ace Hotel.

Lang Lang & Beethoven

May 17 & 19

He’s still rebounding from tendonitis, but superstar pianist Lang Lang joins the L.A. Phil for two performances of Beethoven’s first-written (but second-published) concerto. Completists can catch concertos Nos. 1 and 3 on May 18, while Nos. 4 and 5 get some love on the 23 and 24, each with different piano virtuosos on the bill.

Long Beach Pride

May 18 & 19

Pride Month doesn’t roll around till June, but Long Beach just isn’t willing to wait. This weekend-long fest has four stages of entertainment—catch everything from sissy bounce queen Big Freedia to country singer Brandon Stansell—and culminates in a parade in Sunday. (It may literally rain on their parade, so bring an umbrella.)

Filipinx Garage Party

May 18

Angela Dimayuga, the Standard creative director of food and culture, hosts this “pot luck-style” party at the hotel’s downtown location. Expect food from great local chefs, mahjongg games, and music that throws back to the garage parties of Dimayuga’s 1990s youth.

Cuban American Music Festival

May 19

Traveling to Cuba is a pain, but getting to LA Plaza for the Cuban American Music Festival is a cinch. Besides food and drink from the island nation, the fest features a cigar lounge and live Cuban music, including Iliana Rose & Las Chikas, a tribute to Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine.

NOTE: The Cuban American Music Festival has been postponed till Sunday, June 30 due to forecasted rain.

Museums of The Arroyo Day

May 19

The good news: It’s the 30th anniversary of this event celebrating Arroyo culture. (Yay, history!) The bad news: You’ve only got four hours to visit six museums—the Gamble House, Heritage Square, L.A. Police Museum, Lummis Home, Pasadena Museum of History, and the Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum—free of charge. Godspeed.

K.A.M.P. Family Fundraiser

May 19

Stoke your kids’ creativity at this inventive to-do at the Hammer Museum, where architects, musicians, and painters lead hands-on workshops. A-listers like Sofia Vergara and Armie Hammer are on tap for story time, too.


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