Everything Fun You Can Do This Weekend in LA

BBQ, beer fests, and Just Like Heaven Fest hits the Rose Bowl this weekend.

We are nearing the unofficial start to summer in Los Angeles and the city is buzzing with life—rooftop bars are unveiling their new slushy summer cocktails and hotels are pulling the covers off their pools as we all prepare for next week’s three-day weekend. But before we hit the Memorial Day weekend rush, there’s plenty of amazing events to take advantage of this weekend. Look forward to a Rose Bowl music fest, BBQ tutorials, and incredible one-off dinners and pop-ups aplenty. Here’s everything you can eat, drink, and do in LA this weekend and if you need more ideas, check out our summer guide.

Saturday, May 21
Rose Bowl (Pasadena)
Coming straight off a banner return for Coachella, the next move for the promoters at Goldenvoice is the return of aughts throwback festival Just Like Heaven, making its debut at the Rose Bowl’s hallowed grounds. Headliners include Interpol, Modest Mouse, the Shins, and M.I.A along with a stacked undercard of Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, Chromeo, Santigold, Cut Copy, the Hives, and Wolf Parade. Look forward to eats from Triple Beam Pizza and Goldburger, as well as brews from Modern Times, Three Weavers, and Stone Brewing.
Cost: $139-$899

Saturday, May 21
14 Cannons (Westlake Village)
Grab your crew and put back some brews at the inaugural Brews & Crews Craft Beer Festival hosted by 14 Cannons Brewing Co, complete with food trucks, party games, local vendors, and live entertainment. Partner breweries include Bearded Tang, Burnin Daylight, Dueling Ducks, HopSaint, Lawless, Long Beach Beer Lab, and more. VIP admission allows you to enter the festival an hour early and sample VIP beers not available to General Admission ticket holders.
Cost: $25-$75

Saturday, May 21
The Proud Bird Food Bazaar & Events Center (Westchester)
In celebration of the release of his first cookbook, Bludso's BBQ Cookbook: A Family Affair in Smoke and Soul, Kevin Bludso and co-author Noah Galuten have partnered with The Proud Bird in Los Angeles to host a candid conversation, cooking demo, and meet-and-greet book signing soiree from 3–6 pm. On-site, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the new book, snag some of Bludso’s famous sauces and rubs from his Hollywood location, and enjoy a complimentary taste of his renowned BBQ brisket during a cooking demo. They’ll also be offering Bludso’s favorite cocktail, Hennessy on the Rocks, for just $6.
Cost: Free to attend.

Saturday, May 21
Location TBA (Irvine)
"Live well, eat well, be present” is the mantra of Orange County-based Nandita Godbole of Curry Cravings. She’s committed to nurturing a discerning appreciation for Indian culture and its complex cuisine through curated events and niche cookbooks. This recurring monthly dinner series kicks off on Saturday, with Kashmiri Lamb Biryani as the featured dish. Guests will learn to make the dish from scratch using regional spices.
Cost: $125 for single tickets, $200 for a pair.

Friday, May 20
Echo Park Farmers’ Market
Food writer and cook Rick Martinez is celebrating the release of his long-awaited cookbook, Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture from My Kitchen in Mexico, with a collaboration with Holy Grail Donuts. Martinez will be at the Echo Park Farmers’ Market from 3-6 pm to sign copies of Mi Cocina—a transporting tribute to his family's homeland of Mexico and a personal exploration of Martinez’s self-identity as a third-generation Mexican-American—and serve up delicious fried-to-order taro donuts inspired by the book. If you can’t make it to the farmers market on Friday, Holy Grail will be offering the Raspberry Coconut Tres Leches donuts at Platform in Culver City from May 18 through May 29.
Cost: Varies

Saturday, May 21-Sunday, May 22
Natural History Museum (Exposition Park)
The Natural History Museum is celebrating 36 years of Bug Fairs, bringing back the popular festival for a weekend of crafty, up-close encounters with crawly creatures. Activities include live animal presentations, musical performances, hands-on activities, and Bug Fair exhibitors selling bug-themed merchandise and live bugs.
Cost: Free for members, $7-$15 for non-members.

Saturday, May 21-Sunday, May 22
1306 Abbot Kinney Blvd (Venice)
Sustainably sourced food outfit Daily Harvest is hosting a “Chop Shop” weekend with a plant-powered reimagination of a classic Italian delicatessen. Take in the Abbot Kinney deli counter that replaces salami for sunchokes, snap peas, and strawberries, celebrating the recent launch of Daily Harvest's Crumbles—a new plant-based protein that’s grown in the ground, not in a lab. The space will feature whimsical touch points, live greenery, and a charming patio to enjoy a plant-forward meal.
Cost: Varies

Sunday, May 22
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele (Hollywood)
Join Naples-to-Hollywood pizza spot L’antica Pizzeria da Michele for a reset before Memorial Day week with breathwork, sound bath and brunch hosted in their secret garden. Led by acclaimed spiritual practitioners and healers Salvatore Liberti and Natallie Valle, the medicinal breathwork program is designed to activate and reset the nervous system. Attendees will be able to replenish themselves with a complimentary brunch, replete with coffee, yogurt parfait with fruit, and a choice of the classic marinara or margherita pizza.
Cost: $65

Sunday, May 22
Mélisse (Santa Monica)
Created by sous chef Shahzad Bhathena in celebration of his Indian heritage for AAPI Month, Mélisse is having a one-night-only “Flavors of India” tasting menu. Menu highlights include Kerala Moilee, with butter-poached halibut in turmeric sauce, and Raan-E-Mastaan, a coffee-crusted lamb dish. A portion of proceeds will benefit Off Their Plate, ​​a non-profit organization that partners with minority women chefs who cook meals for people experiencing food insecurity.
Cost: $175

Sunday, May 22 (ongoing on Sundays)
Desert 5 Spot (Hollywood)
Grab vintage threads for your next fest at Desert 5 Spot’s new Swimsuits & Cowboy Boots Swim Club & Trading Post happening from 11am–6 pm every Sunday throughout the summer. Local vendors will be on-site offering timeless clothing options, unique jewelry, records, and more, including chain-stitching connoisseurs Jada & Jon, who will be infusing their vintage flair with chain stitching on-site. Poolside DJs Delta Dawns and Amika Akaya provide the tunes and there will also be decadent frozen cocktails and taco carts to help fuel your shopping.

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Sean Cooley is still amazed that RBI Baseball 3 gave Dennis Eckersley his own special throwing animation. Follow his half-baked food festivities on Instagram @SeanCoolish.