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The LA Master Calendar: 28 Can't-Miss Events for 2015

Published On 01/06/2015 Published On 01/06/2015
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Jan 16 Fri

Riot LA LA's best alt-comedy festival returns, this year with Al Madrigal, Norm Macdonald, Maria Bamford, and a ton of up-and-coming comics you'll know by this time next year.

All over Downtown

Riot LA All over Downtown LA's best alt-comedy festival returns, this year with Al Madrigal, Norm Macdonald, Maria Bamford, and a ton of up-and-coming comics you'll know by this time next year.

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Feb 22 Sun

The Academy Awards Whether you give a crap who wins or not, you gotta have this in your calendar so you know to avoid Hollywood & Highland like the plague-plus-the-zombie-apocalypse-times-Y2K for the week leading up to it.

Dolby Theatre

The Academy Awards Dolby Theatre Whether you give a crap who wins or not, you gotta have this in your calendar so you know to avoid Hollywood & Highland like the plague-plus-the-zombie-apocalypse-times-Y2K for the week leading up to it.

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Mar 8 Sun

CicLAvia -- The Valley Edition Though CicLAvia happens on what seems like every other weekend these days, this one should be especially cool: the first-ever run through the SF Valley, in a still TBA section of town.

Somewhere in the San Fernando Valley

CicLAvia -- The Valley Edition Somewhere in the San Fernando Valley Though CicLAvia happens on what seems like every other weekend these days, this one should be especially cool: the first-ever run through the SF Valley, in a still TBA section of town.

All Star Chef Classic

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Mar 11 Wed

All-Star Chef Classic The first major food event of the year has a full-on kitchen stadium at LA Live, and already-confirmed talent like David LeFevre, Animal's Jon Shook, and Jonathan Waxman.

LA Live

All-Star Chef Classic LA Live The first major food event of the year has a full-on kitchen stadium at LA Live, and already-confirmed talent like David LeFevre, Animal's Jon Shook, and Jonathan Waxman.

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Mar 15 Sun

LA Marathon Put down the burger, dude: if you're gonna participate, you gotta start training, like, three months ago. Right. Pick that burger back up.

All over LA. If you're not running, stay in your apartment.

LA Marathon All over LA. If you're not running, stay in your apartment. Put down the burger, dude: if you're gonna participate, you gotta start training, like, three months ago. Right. Pick that burger back up.

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Apr 4 Sat

LA Beer Fest You're gonna go, drink as many beers as you can, dance to tribute bands, and forget it all happened. Again.

LA Center Studios

LA Beer Fest LA Center Studios You're gonna go, drink as many beers as you can, dance to tribute bands, and forget it all happened. Again.

Flickr/Jason Persse

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Apr 6 Mon

Dodgers opening day It's time for you to get excited about baseball again! Until we're crushed in the playoffs and you don't care again for a year!

Dodgers Stadium

Dodgers opening day Dodgers Stadium It's time for you to get excited about baseball again! Until we're crushed in the playoffs and you don't care again for a year!

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Apr 10 Fri

Coachella Weekend 1 If you don't already have a house/tent/hotel room set up yet... now's the time. 

Empire Polo Fields

Coachella Weekend 1 Empire Polo Fields If you don't already have a house/tent/hotel room set up yet... now's the time. 

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Apr 17 Fri

Coachella Weekend 2 Yup. Again.

Empire Polo Fields

Coachella Weekend 2 Empire Polo Fields Yup. Again.

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May 9 Sat

Cinespia's cemetery screenings begin The date is unofficial but it'll either be this weekend or the following weekend, and you'll be there either way.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Cinespia's cemetery screenings begin Hollywood Forever Cemetery The date is unofficial but it'll either be this weekend or the following weekend, and you'll be there either way.

Theme Park Adventure

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May 1 Fri

Barnsdall Art Park Wine Tastings begin Your second-favorite summer event will be wining you over (see what we did there?) sometime in early May.

Barnsdall Art Park

Barnsdall Art Park Wine Tastings begin Barnsdall Art Park Your second-favorite summer event will be wining you over (see what we did there?) sometime in early May.

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Jun 10 Wed

Los Angeles Film Festival Obviously the lineup is still TBA, but in the past it's included Oscar winners, great action pics, and little-seen indie gems. Yup.

TBA

Los Angeles Film Festival TBA Obviously the lineup is still TBA, but in the past it's included Oscar winners, great action pics, and little-seen indie gems. Yup.

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Jun 16 Tue

E3 New video games! Awesome leaks of other great nerd-type stuff!! Sick parties!!!!!

LA Convention Center

E3 LA Convention Center New video games! Awesome leaks of other great nerd-type stuff!! Sick parties!!!!!

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Jun 20 Sat

Opening night at the Hollywood Bowl Though the always-awesome Playboy Jazz Fest is the weekend before, the unofficial kickoff to summer in LA is June 20, with fireworks, and a slew of artists TBA.

Hollywood Bowl

Opening night at the Hollywood Bowl Hollywood Bowl Though the always-awesome Playboy Jazz Fest is the weekend before, the unofficial kickoff to summer in LA is June 20, with fireworks, and a slew of artists TBA.

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Jun 27 Sat

LA Street Food Fest Stretchy pants are a total must for the annual truck-and-cart-and-more gorge-a-thon.

Rose Bowl

LA Street Food Fest Rose Bowl Stretchy pants are a total must for the annual truck-and-cart-and-more gorge-a-thon.

Flickr/Dustin Drew

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Jul 1 Wed

Roaring Nights The LA Zoo has somehow added a yearly event you actually... look forward to? It's where indie rock bands and DJs (and beer vendors!) take over to play amid the animals. Yep, definitely look forward to (date TBA).

LA Zoo

Roaring Nights LA Zoo The LA Zoo has somehow added a yearly event you actually... look forward to? It's where indie rock bands and DJs (and beer vendors!) take over to play amid the animals. Yep, definitely look forward to (date TBA).

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Aug 1 Sat

LA Food & Wine The biggest food festival in LA will return -- although the dates are still unofficial, so just block out, like, the whole month.

All over the city

LA Food & Wine All over the city The biggest food festival in LA will return -- although the dates are still unofficial, so just block out, like, the whole month.

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Aug 14 Fri

Echo Park Rising Essentially a music festival for people who are like "music festivals are too crowded!" "They cost too much money!" "The bands suck!", etc.

All over Echo Park

Echo Park Rising All over Echo Park Essentially a music festival for people who are like "music festivals are too crowded!" "They cost too much money!" "The bands suck!", etc.

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Aug 22 Sat

FYF Coachella's little brother has become kind of as big as Coachella: last year's headliners were The Strokes and Phoenix.

TBA

FYF TBA Coachella's little brother has become kind of as big as Coachella: last year's headliners were The Strokes and Phoenix.

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Sep 5 Sat

LA Times' The Taste Festival This massive food festival is always the best excuse to stay in town over Labor Day weekend.

Paramount Studios

LA Times' The Taste Festival Paramount Studios This massive food festival is always the best excuse to stay in town over Labor Day weekend.

Flick/rAaron Frutman (Edited)

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Sep 1 Tue

Halloween Horror Nights begins Remember this year when you were like "I'm gonna go to all those amazing haunted houses/mazes in LA," and then procrastinated and didn't? Don't do that again (dates TBA).

Universal Studios Hollywood

Halloween Horror Nights begins Universal Studios Hollywood Remember this year when you were like "I'm gonna go to all those amazing haunted houses/mazes in LA," and then procrastinated and didn't? Don't do that again (dates TBA).

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Oct 1 Thu

Lakers' Home Opener Repeat after us: this year will be different. This year will be different. This year will be different... (Date TBA)

Staples Center

Lakers' Home Opener Staples Center Repeat after us: this year will be different. This year will be different. This year will be different... (Date TBA)

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Oct 1 Thu

Kings Home Opener At least we've got one playoff-level sports team left, amirite? (Date TBA)

Staples Center

Kings Home Opener Staples Center At least we've got one playoff-level sports team left, amirite? (Date TBA)

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Oct 31 Sat

Halloween Carnaval WeHo gets nuts for the annual Halloween bash.

Santa Monica Blvd

Halloween Carnaval Santa Monica Blvd WeHo gets nuts for the annual Halloween bash.

Flickr/Rob Sheridan (Edited)

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Nov 1 Sun

Dia de los Muertos The party continues as people all over the city paint their faces and party for the Day of the Dead.

All over the city

Dia de los Muertos All over the city The party continues as people all over the city paint their faces and party for the Day of the Dead.

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Nov 1 Sun

AFI Fest The eight-day film fest gets a bevy of A-list talent, plus a slew of movie premieres (dates TBA).

Various theaters around town

AFI Fest Various theaters around town The eight-day film fest gets a bevy of A-list talent, plus a slew of movie premieres (dates TBA).

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Dec 1 Tue

Christmas Tree Lighting at LA Live Is it our Rockefeller Center? Definitely not. But it's still pretty awesome to see the Xmas tree light up Downtown.

LA Live

Christmas Tree Lighting at LA Live LA Live Is it our Rockefeller Center? Definitely not. But it's still pretty awesome to see the Xmas tree light up Downtown.