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9 Actually Fun Things to Do in LA This Weekend

Thrillist logo Thrillist 3 days ago Jeff Miller

a group of people that are standing in the street

© Opera Santa Barbara
Are we almost...back to normal? It’s not time to party-like-it’s-the-first-quarter-of-2020 quite yet, but you can feel the anticipation in the air, since limited-capacity indoor events will soon be allowed again beginning April 15 and the governor recently announced the state’s intent to fully open everything by June 15. Of course, that can only happen if everyone stays safe until then, so keep those masks on, keep your distance from people outside your household, get vaccinated, and hit one of these great events, which include parking-lot comedy, an in-person cannabis festival, and...opera? Opera.

Take a big puff at the Hazy LA pop-up

Friday, April 9–Sunday, April 11

2270 Venice (Mid-City)

This weed-sampling pop-up is running for three days in order to make sure that attendees can safely participate, and they’ll be offering “single use” no-sharing samples of products from participating vendors. Among those sampling is Green Monké—a brand-new low-dose cannabis beverage that doesn’t officially drop until 4/20.

Cost: Free

Get some laughs in at the USC Comedy Fest

Friday, April 9-Sunday, April 11

Your House

The fifth year of the USC Comedy Fest is an at-home affair, but the panels are totally stacked: guests include Aidy Bryant, Lisa Kudrow, Ramy Youssef, and Patton Oswalt. Barry/SNL star Bill Hader is set to receive the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Masters of Comedy Award, and there’s also talks about specific cult-classic comedies, including Big Mouth and What We Do In The Shadows.

Cost: Free

Make sure your favorite venue is here after all of this is over with Protect Live Music

Friday, April 9-Saturday, April 10

Your House

Yeah yeah, the virtual music festival thing is getting a little old, but this two-day fest presented by Consequence is stacked with a crazy-diverse lineup of great artists (Dawes, Jon Batiste, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, and about 90 more), and the money raised goes to the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), helping out independent venues that desperately need it after a year of being shut down. On top of being free (with donations encouraged), registration also enters you into an hourly raffle where you can score cool merch and other prizes, so make sure to tune in from 1–5 pm.

Cost: Free

Fill up with the Heritage x Off The Menu burrito drop

Friday, April 9

Heritage BBQ (San Juan Capistrano)

The Off The Menu app—which rewards users with, well, off-the-menu dishes at some of LA’s best restaurants—has finally made it to the OC, and their first collab is with BBQ kingpin Heritage. Download the app and cross the Orange Curtain for a burrito filled with brisket, pulled pork, sausage, beans, salsa, and mac and cheese. Future OC partners include Slapfish and Gus’s Fried Chicken.

Cost: Free to app users.

a plate of food and a cup of beer on a table © Tanqueray Weekend plans change fast, so grab a drink that’s ready when you are. Tanqueray’s Crafted Gin Cocktails come ready to drink and are the perfect addition to any occasion. Made with real Tanqueray gin and natural flavors, they deliver premium, bar-quality cocktails whenever you want. Grab a can and enjoy.

Get cultured in your car at Don Pasquale

Saturday, April 10

Ventura County Fairgrounds

Take a jaunt up the coast for a dose of culture. Opera Santa Barbara is presenting this one-off, from-your-car performance of the Italian opera Don Pasquale, a comedic show that premiered in the 1800s, but this new version directed by Josh Shaw takes the laughs to new levels with the titular character becoming Donald Pasquale, a film mogul in the Santa Barbara silent film business of the early 1920s. If you realize you still don’t like opera halfway through it, at least you can just roll your windows up and crank the radio instead. And while you’re in the area, take advantage of everything Santa Barbara has to offer.

Cost: $99-$109 per car

Stuff yourself with a Cambodian feast at the Khemla pop-up

Saturday, April 10

Platform (Culver City)

For the first time since last March, the Cambodian pop-up Khemla (from former Bar Ama GM Phert Em) will be dropping dishes via the weekly rotating pop-up kitchen at Platform. Though dishes are still TBA, previous menus have included spicy tamarind spot prawns, coconut chia seed pudding, and grilled lemongrass beef skewers.

Cost: Varies

Eat some free ice cream!

Saturday, April 10–Sunday, April 11

Saturday: Silver Lake Farmers Market

Sunday: Melrose Trading Post

Beloved artisan ice creamery Van Leeuwen has just dropped ice cream bars for the first time ever. To celebrate, they’re gonna be giving out freebies of the new stuff at the Silver Lake Farmers Market on Saturday and Melrose Trading Post on Sunday. To whet everyone’s taste buds, they’ve got three full dairy flavors (Vanilla Caramel Swirl, Toffee Brown Sugar, and Raspberry Cheesecake), and three oat-milky ones as well (Vanilla Wildberry Swirl, Brown Sugar Honeycomb, and Triple Chocolate Swirl).

Cost: Free

See a ton of comedy headliners at one of the last editions of Magic Asphalt

Saturday, April 10

The Magic Castle (Hollywood)

One of the unexpectedly great experiences of the pandemic has been watching stand-up comedy from your car at the Magic Castle’s parking lot while “clapping” by slapping a plastic clapper together to show you appreciate the jokes (it sounds absurd, but it’s seriously fun). With re-opening on the horizon, the series is coming to an end in the next few weeks, and the upcoming lineups are all insane, including this week, which includes Margaret Cho, Whitney Cummings, Kyle Kinane, and Doug Benson.

Cost: $120 and up

Head to an actual, IRL, large-scale neighborhood art installation at Luminex

Saturday, April 10

DTLA

It’s one of the first events in forever that feels sorta-like the before-times: a massive, multi-discipline art walk curated through the NOW Art Foundation that includes live performances, video art, augmented reality, and immersive experiences. Specific details are sparse, but it’s not a huge lift: the whole thing should take about 45 minutes to navigate through and masks, of course, are mandatory.

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Jeff Miller thinks that Luminex reminds him of Glow, a one-off Santa Monica event that was one of his favorite this-is-why-LA-is-great moments ever. Will it live up to that? Let him know at @jeffmillerla on Insta.

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