Everything Fun You Can Do This Weekend in LA

New restaurants, a beer fest, and a reimagining of the Grammy Museum’s first-ever exhibit.

It’s MLK day weekend, so use the extra day off to reflect on the legacy of the late Civil Rights Movement leader (which is especially timely given the renewed push around voting rights), and recover from the events below, including a ton of great restaurant openings, a burger and beer festival, and an art market at one of your favorite pizza spots.

Editor’s note: Events listed here may be subject to cancellation depending on the developing situation with COVID-19's Omicron variant, please call or check websites before booking.

1545 Wilcox (Hollywood)
Not to be confused with the band behind “Joker and the Thief,” Mother Wolf is the just-opened restaurant from Evan Funke, the pasta mastermind from Felix—undoubtedly one of LA’s best Italian restaurants. His second act is an ode to Rome, with hyper-thin, wood-oven pizzas, a whole branzino, and of course tons of pasta options in an opulent, gorgeous space that is already in the running for best new restaurant of the year.
Cost: Varies

718 S Hill (DTLA)
This new Downtown spot is a collaboration between another Felix alum, Janet Zuccarini, and former French Laundry chef Michael Magliano, and is leaning into the theme of the historic Green Street building which also houses cannabis companies. The menu is plant-forward, but omnivore-friendly, and the restaurant boasts a partnership with Ziese Farms—the only federally approved purveyor of hemp leaves for food. That means dishes like a chickpea-battered whole hemp leaf (seriously!) as well as beluga lentils in coconut milk, and a turmeric and black-pepper roasted chicken.
Cost: Varies

Tommie Hollywood
This rooftop space in Hollywood has a mechanical bull, live country music, and a lived-in vibe inspired by retro Palm Springs that makes it feel like the best Airbnb you’ve ever seen in Joshua Tree, plus a great bar. Drinks include “Achy Breaky Heart” with chamomile-infused Knob Creek, sake, and aperol; the tequila-based “Jolene” with watermelon, strawberry, and agave; and the “Walk the Line,” with gin, combier, and glitter-infused prosecco, which will make you do anything but. There’s also the option to “Make it a cactus,” or a punchbowl of tequila or mezcal margarita with flavors like watermelon, strawberry, passionfruit, and kiwi, that serves six to eight people.
Cost: Varies

Opens Saturday, January 15
The Grammy Museum (Downtown)
The first-ever exhibit at the Grammy museum returns after over a decade, with an update that includes songs inspired by the BLM movement and LGBTQ+ rights, as well as a focus on newer artists including H.E.R., Dave Specter, and Mickey Guyton. The exhibit also includes a massive section called “The Sounds of Los Angeles'' that focuses on protest songs that have sprung from movements in the city, including artists like Chuck D and Kim Weston.
Cost: $15

Saturday, January 15
529 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel
The opening party for this new Vietnamese spot in the SGV is going to be a blowout, with a live DJ and music performances, discounted food and drink deals, and some huge giveaways, including a flat screen TV, a Nintendo Switch, airpods, and more.
Cost: Varies

Saturday, January 15
Delicious Pizza (Hollywood)
Hollywood’s outpost of Delicious Pizza is hosting this community art market from 1–6 pm, including shopping, live music, edibles, plants, games, and more.
Cost: Free

Saturday, January 15
Santa Anita Park
Smorgasburg’s curating the food at this burger-and-beer festival at Santa Anita, so you know it’s gonna be good: vendors include Motz’s Burgers, Love Hour, and Thicc Burgers, with packages that include betting vouchers, beer tastings, and more.
Cost: $10 for track admission up to $55 for a VIP Starter Pack.

Sunday, January 16
755 S Spring (Downtown)
Alright, you may want to order an Uber for this one: your ticket includes art materials, a ten-minute meditation, a teacher, and, oh yeah, a “hand-crafted microdose tea” to give you inspiration. Wild!
Cost: $25

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Jeff Miller is excited about all the restaurant openings. Hit him up at @jeffmillerla on Insta.