Run Through Chinatown, Wrestle in Hollywood, or Dress Up in Glendale This Weekend

There are exciting things to do this weekend all over LA, including comedy shows, a haunted house pop-up, and more.

runners through chinatown in los angeles
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It’s winter in LA; you may not be able to tell from the weather, but at 4:30, long after the sun has set, there’s an unmistakable hush around the city. Things are calmer, with fewer tourists in town and every agent, manager, and development exec in the business pushing meetings and promising to circle back in spring. That means it’s a great time to get out of town, maybe for a quick drive up into the mountains or a cruise up the coast for wine tasting. It’s also a great time to stay in town, to explore a different neighborhood or hit some of the city’s all-time greats.

Food and Drinks Events in Los Angeles

Santa Monica, Prices vary
Kavahana started as a popup at Smorgasburg, and now they’ve put down roots. The kava nectar bar just opened a new brick and mortar location in Santa Monica. The non-alcoholic bar utilizes freshly dehydrated kava juice flavored with ingredients like ube, coconut, and saffron, with stated benefits including relaxation and enhanced sleep.

West Hollywood, Prices vary
This weekend-only outpost of the Chicago-style pizzeria Doughbriks is keeping it simple out of the Palihouse hotel: there are just four options on the menu, including cheese, hot honey pepperoni, spicy vodka pasta, and Hawaiian, available as a doughy thick crust or crispy tavern style pie.

Festivals in Los Angeles

February 24–25
Chinatown, Free
This annual festival-slash-run puts together a 5k, 10k, bike race, kid run, and dog run alongside a two-day expo showcasing beverages, snacks, running shoes, fitness apparel, and more. There’s also a Dragon dance and product samples over both two days.

February 24
Silverlake, $10-$25
Is it a comedy show? Is it a craft fair? Is it a sushi party? Is it a concert? Big Deck Energy sorta has it all: they’ve taken over Kombu Sushi in Silverlake for an evening event featuring comedians like Hope Carew, a craft fair with dozens of local vendors, music from Lowell Oakley, and food and drinks from Kombu’s menu, with an optional add-on drink deal if you’re gonna get a lil’ silly yourself.

More Fun Things to Do in Los Angeles

February 23
Westchester, $15-$20
This occasional event is for those whose personal venn diagrams include both bingo and classic R&B, with sing-a-longs, dance offs, and trivia all a part of the fun of bingo cards that instead of 1-53 include the names of classic hit songs.. DJ Brad Rush and DJ NYA will be on the ones and twos, and prizes include gift baskets, gift cards, and cash.

February 23–March 2
Mid-City, Free
If you’re a horror fan missing the scary season, get psyched for this popup haunted house from the same demented minds as the It walkthrough and the Saw experience in Vegas. This jump-scare laden walkthrough/promo is for the new Blumhouse movie Imaginary, and will give fans an interactive preview of the movie, plus plenty of photo opportunities.

February 23–25
Glendale, $40
This photoshoot-slash-costume-party experience is the brainchild of Dress Up Studios, a Glendale photo space with an interesting concept: they’ve got a ton of different costumes (including renaissance fancyness and some Alice In Wonderland-y fairytale vibes) in a ton of different sizes, for you and your friends to get incredible photos using their props and direction. If you’re a little shy there’s also bubbly on hand, and they’re committed to inclusivity, with costumes ranging from XS to 5XL.

February 25
East Hollywood, $45-$105
LA’s full of interesting subcultures, and if you really wanna dive into a new one, you may want to hit this sorta-pro, sorta DIY wrestling extravaganza this weekend. Matches include a trio match with Prestige champion Alex Shelly leading a crew against Los Suavecitos, and just in case you’re concerned about all the testosterone, Sandra Moore and Jordyn Grace are facing off as well.

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Jeff Miller is the founding editor of Thrillist LA. You can follow him at @jeffmillerla on Instagram.