Best Things to Do This Weekend in L.A.

A beloved bar’s final day, a music fest in Long Beach, and a big taco fest

Between Cinco de Mayo, Star Wars Day, and Derby Day, the first weekend in May is a little bit nuts—in a good way. Whether you’re feeling the festivities or not, here are some of the best things to do in L.A. this weekend.

Farewell to Good Luck Bar

Friday, May 3

This weekend, beloved Los Feliz haunt Good Luck Bar is closing its doors to make way for a boutique hotel and restaurant (barf). Slip into the cozy, Asian-themed spot for one last Beijing Sling before the iconic neon sign goes out for good.

Just Like Heaven Festival

Friday & Saturday, May 3 & 4

This two-day festival of ’00s indie-as-a-genre pop kicks off Friday at the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach. Performers include Phoenix, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, Beach House, and other favorites


Friday-Sunday, May 3-5

This celebration of sparkling wines—from the Champagne region and otherwise—returns to L.A. for a second year of bubbly-centric events. The fest kicks off on Friday with the swanky Krug Collector Dinner at 71 Above. On Saturday, there’s a Grand Champagne Tasting at the LINE downtown, followed by a gala dinner at Jar with Nancy Silverton, Dominique Crenn, Suzanne Tracht, and Dahlia Narvaez. The festivities wrap up with a big, cheffy brunch on Sunday at Hedley & Bennett in Vernon.

L.A. Taco Madness 

Saturday, May 4

L.A. Taco’s annual March Madness-style taco bracket wraps up with a celebration of all the competing taqueros at LA Plaza in downtown L.A. This year it’s down to Sonoratown and Tacos y Birria La Unica—at the event we’ll find out who comes out on top, and also eat lots of tacos, drink lots of micheladas, and listen to live music in the heart of L.A.

Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 4

You know it as Star Wars day (May the fourth be with you), but the first Saturday in May is also a chance to visit your local comics purveyor and walk away one title richer. Free has a list of participating shops in your hood.

Cinco de Mayo Family Day

Sunday, May 5

Avoid the drunken gringo hordes at this family-friendly celebration of Cinco de Mayo’s California roots at LA Plaza. Dr. David Hayes-Bautista presents “The Real Cinco de Mayo: Made in California,” in which he details the holiday’s history (no, it’s not a big holiday in Mexico but it wasn’t invented by American beer companies either), and folk music troupe Conjunto Tenocelomeh performs. Make time for art and gardening workshops, and snag food from Mama’s Tamales.

Walt Disney’s Disneyland with Chris Nichols

Sunday, May 5

Last year, Los Angeles in-house historian Chris Nichols released a supremely informative book about the genesis of Disneyland, and he’s still dropping knowledge all over L.A. Catch him this weekend at the Valley Relics Museum in Van Nuys, where he presents a Power Point on the fascinating tale of “the happiest place on Earth.” All the proceeds benefit the museum.

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