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The Best Things to Do in LA This Memorial Day Weekend

Updated On 05/24/2017 at 05:25PM EST Updated On 05/24/2017 at 05:25PM EST
the best things to do in LA this weekend
L.A.’s legendary Ozomatli performs at Topanga Days | courtesy Ozomatli
Friday
May 26
The Found Footage Festival is touring its eighth volume of video clips meticulously culled from tapes found at garage sales, thrift stores, warehouses, and dumpsters. This year, hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett come bearing archival tapes from Letterman showing Mickey Rooney returning to his universally beloved role as Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Friday
May 26
With WWE superstars in town on Friday for a taping of Raw, it only makes sense to make an after party out of Cinefamily’s “Get High Watch Wrestling with Ron Funches & X-Pac.” If you couldn’t glean it from the special event’s name, pro wrestler Sean “X-Pac” Waltman and comedian Ron Funches will be there, along with a big ol’ batch of stoners enjoying clips of classic and modern matches.
Friday - Saturday
May 26-27
The Hollywood Bowl plays host to a screening of La La Land, where you can hear the Oscar-winning score of the famous non-Best Picture backed by a 100-piece orchestra, choir, and jazz ensemble. There will be actual fireworks during the finale, in addition to the fireworks your date will feel every time Ryan Gosling is on screen.
Eat Drink Vegan
Eat Drink Vegan
Saturday
May 27
Entry to Eat Drink Vegan gets you unlimited pours of 250 drinks, 75 restaurants, and selections from the vegan marketplace. Your headliners include Chickpea & Olive, The Healthy Junk, and Sizzle Pie.
Saturday
May 27
Chill out trackside for golden pints at the third annual California Gold Rush Beer Festival. The fest has a focused selection of sours and unique craft beers from the best breweries in the state.
Saturday - Monday
May 27-29
Hermosa Beach
Fiesta Hermosa is nearly a summer rite of passage, with a craft fair of more than 300 vendors, a charity beer and wine garden, and a food court featuring 18 regional specials. Oh, plus pony rides and a 30-foot slide.
Saturday - Monday
May 27-29
Of course this fundraising fair packed with crafts, healing arts, and a DIY Memorial Day parade is headlined by Jefferson Starship. Feel the ‘60s Woodstock vibe, bang on a bongo, and eat some jerk chicken.
ramen burger
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Sunday
May 28
DTLA
In honor of National Hamburger Day, Smorgasburg welcomes three pop-up burgers including vegan burgers from Burgerlords, lumpia burgers from BaBoys, and ramen burgers from NYC’s eponymous Ramen Burger.
Sunday
May 28
We believe Harvey Danger put it best with the lyric “I want to publish zines, and rage against machines, I want to pierce my tongue, it doesn’t hurt it feels fine.” The day-long event showcases over 175 exhibitors of zines, small-press publications, and comics from across the country, bringing SoCal nerds together for the exchange of art and ideas.

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