The 6 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend, Hands Down

<em>Star Wars</em> burlesque, anyone?

Our guide to the six best things to do this weekend in L.A. so you can have the best weekend ever, every week.

The Empire Strips Back
June 1

Yes, you read that right—we’re talking Star Wars-themed burlesque. Head to the Theater at the Ace Hotel for this steamy (18+) parody show, which drops characters from George Lucas’ classic films into a world full of bustiers and garter belts. The vaudevillian spectacle combines music, dance, and comedy for a result that’s out of this world—so far out you might even say it’s in a galaxy far, far away.

KCRW Summer Nights
June 3

The little Santa Monica College radio station that could is back with its beloved Summer Nights programming. This season kicks off on June 3 at One Colorado in Pasadena with performances from Pinky Pinky and DJ Dan Wilcox.

Eat See Hear
June 2

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The roving outdoor screening org has four classics and a new favorite on tap this month, beginning with Tommy Boy. (The Princess Bride, The Big Lebowski, Clerks, and Lady Bird follow.) People get aggressive, so show up early to stake out a spot—soul music from singer/songwriter Klez begins at 7 p.m., and the flick starts 8:30.

Los Angeles Taste of the Nation 
June 3 

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L.A. chefs team up with No Kid Hungry at this culinary extravaganza to raise funds for reducing childhood hunger. Swing by Culver City’s Media Park for samples of Thai dishes from Jitlada, NOLA-style eats from Preux & Proper, scoops from McConnell’s, and more.

Urban Air Market
June 3

Feel good about treating yourself (read: spending all your money) at this marketplace, which showcases sustainably made, waste reducing goods. A slew of artisans post up on Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., including hometown makers like Rx Candles, Iron Lily activewear, and Nora Floral Studio; there will be DIY workshops, a henna tat station, and tarot readings, too. Entry is free, but register ahead of time and you can snag a cool tote bag from the info tent on your way in.

Los Angeles River Ride 
June 3 

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It’s not the Amgen Tour of California, but the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s annual ride offers routes for everyone: Serious types can get in a real thigh-grinder on the 100-mile course, while newbies can breeze through the 15-mile family route. Stick around postride for live music and a raffle.

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