Lots to Do in LA

INTRO JPEGAnnddddd just like that it’s Friday again. We made it! Gold stars for everyone. Since this is my first weekend back in LA, (technically last weekend was, but we shan’t count that), I thought I’d celebrate with a little roundup of some of the awesome happenings going on in LaLaLand these next few days. For some reason, this weekend is jam packed with arts and culture. It’s also packed with amazing music (hello Vampire Weekend, Depeche Mode, Beirut, The Xx, and Chromatics), but those tend to be on the steeper side. And as you all know, I’m all about the deals. So please enjoy this list of some cost-effective ways to be entertained in the city of entertainment this weekend. Let’s go.


Front Porch Cinema{Hey I heard you were Los Wild Ones.}

If you like both piers and free movies, then this one’s for you. The Santa Monica pier is launching its Front Porch Cinema series, and starting things off this week with the critically acclaimed documentary “Los Wild Ones.” Basically, it’s a free block party at the beach (thank you LA summer for showing no signs of quitting), with music, food, and of course, free entertainment. Doors open at 6 and the movie starts at 7:30, so get there early to claim your territory. They even have old-timey lawn chairs for you to rent. So darn cute.

James Jeans Sample Sale

{Jeans on jeans on jeans.}

If you’re like me, you probably hate paying full price for things. We are deal-hunters to our cores, you and I. And this weekend, there’s an event going on for the budget savvy. That’s right. The James Jeans Sample Sale is happening, and I’m pretty excited about it. With high end brands, cashmere sweaters, and end of summer savings, this sale is shaping up to be a downright champion. Not to mention nothing will be priced over $60. You heard me. Everything under $60. Excitement. It is cash only though, so be sure to hit the ATM before checking out the sale between 10 am and 3:30 pm. Now go snag some deals, you bargain hunter.

HOLLYWOOD-uh{Lord have mercy. The puns are back.}

If you’re looking to laugh, look no further. Silverlake’s renowned Cavern Club Theater, (famous for over-the-top drag theatrical performances), is putting on a production of the original piece Hollywood-uh Could-uh Should-uh, a reinterpretation of cinematic history, putting different actors in the roles of iconic movie characters. I don’t know what you’re thinking, but I’m thinking that has the potential for some serious hilarity. Shows start at 9 pm, both Friday and Saturday, and tickets are $15. That seems like a fair price to pay for an evening of drag-inspired laughs. Quite fair, indeed.

Silent Frisco

{Ain’t no party like a silent partayyyy.}

And rounding out our Friday entertainment, the dynamic San Francisco team behind the latest party craze is bring LA a Silent Frisco. If you’ve never heard of a silent disco before, let me just tell you that they’re strange, but really, really fun. Basically each guest receives a pair of wireless headphones, connected to renowned DJs delivering awesome mixes. And so everyone at the Frisco is hearing the music, but if you weren’t wearing the headphones, then it would look like a bunch of deranged people dancing in a silent room. See what I mean? Strange, but super fun. This Frisco is being held at the Viper Room, starting at 7 pm. And though it is technically sold out, I would keep your eye on the website if you’re interested in going, because clubs usually release tickets at the last minute. So get on out there and experience a silent dance party. There’s really nothing like it.


Feast of San Gennaro

{This is the New York version, so just picture this atmosphere, LA style.}

I don’t hide the fact that I am Italian. And my mother doesn’t hide the fact that she hates that I rep my Italian roots over my equally Irish ones. So when she sent me a text saying that “my people would be in town this weekend,” I knew it could only mean one thing. The Feast of San Gennaro is back in town. To put it most simply, the Feast is a weekend long festival celebrating all things Italian, taking over Hollywood & Highland, and filling it to the brim with more music, food, and entertainment than you could possibly imagine. Tickets are $5 general admission, so there’s a lot to take in, for just a little money. I’m definitely on board. So get on out there and weekend Italian style.


{Gotta love that American innovation.}

Americans have been watching in awe as Germans everywhere partake in the magic that is Oktoberfest. So not to be outdone, they went and created their own month celebration. I present to you, Septemberfest, the official American response to Germany’s tried and true tradition. In the spirit of Americana, the festival will be celebrating all the best parts of American culture, with food trucks, live music, and over 150 beer varieties to sample, between the hours of 2 and 6. At $40 a ticket (or $50 for VIP), the price tag is a bit steep, but it looks like it’s going to be some pretty serious bang for your buck. So head out there and rep the old US of A. Your country needs you.

Art at LAX

{Airplanes and art. We multitask in LA.}

This next idea is a tad random, but I respect it for that. Everyone’s favorite LA airport, LAX, is hosting live performance art installations this Saturday and Sunday evening, starting at 7:30 pm. The program, called Influx, is a showcase of work from 45 Los Angeles-based artists, across all mediums. From live performance, to ink drawings, to mixed-media, to sculptures, be prepared to see it all, in your local airport. Once they check in, guests will be able to partake in their own art walk through the public spaces of LAX, taking in the culture all around them as they go. The event is free, but standard parking rates do apply.

Glow Santa Monica{LA’s own version of the Northern Lights.}

And to finish out Saturday, we have the event that I am definitely most excited about, Glow! Coming to you again from the magical Santa Monica, Glow is a free, all-night interactive celebration of art, with dozens of artists bringing their visions to life on the beach. The opening ceremony will begin at 7 pm, and the amazing art will continue throughout the night. This event is hugely popular, so make sure to plan accordingly if you decide to go. But you learned to share, so I’m sure you’ll be fine. Art and beach for everyone!


Terranea Free Yoga{Find that center. Namaste.}

This Sunday marks one of the last days of Yoga Awareness Month (yes, that’s a thing). And to celebrate, the positively stunning Terranea Resort is hosting a free outdoor yoga gathering. And I’m sorry, but do you see that view? Absolutely incredible. Festivities start at 2 pm, and the event is entirely free and open to the public. All attendees will receive a goodie bag, and have the opportunity to enter a raffle for some pretty serious prizes. Not such a bad way to spend an afternoon. Not bad at all.

Thai Fest 2013

{Thai oh my.}

Carrying on with the arts and culture theme of the weekend, The Annual Thai Food Festival is going on this Sunday at Paramount Studios. Besides its awesome venue, guests can also expect amazing food, great music, and a day filled with learning about the Thai culture. I don’t know about you, but I would prefer if all of my educational opportunities included movie studios and fantastic food. Tickets are a little steep at $40, but for a day filled with all the Thai culture and entertainment your heart desires, I think it just might be worth it.

West Hollywood Book Fair

{WeHo hearts books.}

Sunday is also bringing you enjoyment in the form of great literature with the 2013 West Hollywood Book Fair. With live performances, author presentations, artist exhibitions, and of course, books, this fair makes for a great Sunday afternoon activity. And it’s free. So you don’t even have to spend a dime to get your literary love on. Go WeHo. Go.

 Abbot Kinney Festival

{And this is what Fall looks like in LA.}

And lastly, if you feel like pretending it’s still summer and heading to the coast, definitely check out the Abbot Kinney Festival, going on from 10 am to 6 pm on Venice’s favorite street. There will be awesome live music (seriously, go to their website and check out the lineup), a plethora of food trucks, arts and craft activities, and the general craziness that is Venice Beach. And it’s free to attend. How much fun. I love beach people.

So there you go. A quick guide to all of the magical happenings going on in LA this weekend. See what I mean about the arts & culture? There’s a whole bunch of it these next few days. So get on out there, learn something new, gawk at amazing art, and hang out with the Venice locals. I really don’t think you’ll be bored. Happy Weekend, YMFriends.

14 thoughts on “Lots to Do in LA

    • You’re welcome! I love reading your blog :) And you should definitely make it out to LA sometime! It’s a great city. Thank you for your comment! :)


    • Aw thank you! And you should visit it soon! There’s always something fun to do :) Thank you for your comment!


    • I’m kind of a big fan of Yoga Awareness Month. I sort of want to make that a year round thing..And thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed! :)


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