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

A punk rock show, a beer fest, and a Pee-wee anniversary

The weekend has arrived, and as always, there’s plenty to do in L.A. Here are some of the city’s best events, including a punk rock show, a groundbreaking in Leimert Park, and a Pee-wee anniversary.

Summer Cannibals

Friday, February 28 

Portland punks Summer Cannibals stop by the Satellite in Silver Lake along with Ramonda Hammer and June Swoon. After the release of their Kill Rock Stars debut in 2016, Pitchfork wrote, “Summer Cannibals toughen up their assault and hark back to the heavy scene that the Pacific Northwest punks killed off in the late 1980s.”

Destination Crenshaw Groundbreaking

Saturday, February 29

Destination Crenshaw, the outdoor cultural experience coming to the Crenshaw Line corridor through Leimert Park, is officially breaking ground this weekend, and that’s cause for celebration. A day of food and entertainment kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the future site of Sankofa Park, one of several pocket parks being developed along the 1.3-mile stretch.

Bob Baker Day 2020

Saturday, February 29

Not many marionette theaters have been able to stand the test of time, but Bob Baker’s iconic outfit is still an L.A. institution. For the sixth year running, the troupe hosts Bob Baker Day in Los Angeles State Historic Park in Chinatown, a full day of music, crafts, games, food, and, duh, puppets. Americana expert Charles Phoenix serves as Grand Marshal, David Arquette leads a guided puppetry show, and Big Bud Press will be on hand

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure at the Wiltern

Following a screening Thursday, Paul Reubens returns to the Wiltern for an encore screening of his 1985 Tim Burton-directed hit Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Afterward, Reubens takes the stage to tell stories about the filming of the weirdo kids’ classic.

L.A. IPA Fest

Saturday, February 29

Craft beer aficionados can flock to Mohawk Bend’s “hoppiest weekend of the year” to sample the best IPAs that California has to offer. Attendees can sample more than 60 IPAs, sip on curated flights, and enjoy “experiential” VIP packages. Free; 2141 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park.


The Book of Mormon

Through March 29

Did you miss The Book of Mormon the first time (or, er, first several times around)? Matt Parker and Trey Stone’s musical comedy about earnest LDSers in Africa opened at the Ahmanson on Tuesday and runs through the last Sunday in March.

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