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8 Actually Fun Things to Do in LA This Weekend

Thrillist logo Thrillist 3 days ago Sean Cooley

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We are entering prime “May Gray” season in Los Angeles en route to “June Gloom,” “No-Sky July, and, potentially “Fogust.” But the real forecast we’re interested in involves what’s happening this weekend. There’s plenty going on around the city, from rooftop comedy shows to art exhibitions, pop-up dinners and a Dodgers homestand with their newly-announced hot dogs supplanted.

Catch multiple headliners at Neuehouse’s Still Standing rooftop standup shows

Friday, May 14 and Friday, May 21

Neuehouse (Hollywood)

For the uninitiated, NeueHouse is a private work and social space for creatives to connect. Open to non-members, their new Still Standing comedy series takes place on the Hollywood venue’s third floor open-air terrace and features tacos and margaritas from Broken Spanish on top of some of LA’s best comics. This Friday catch Doug Benson, Caroline Rhea, and James Davis or pick up tickets for May 21 with Kevin Nealon and Arden Myrin.

Cost: $40

Get a taste of the new Dodger Dogs from Papa Cantella

Friday, May 14-Thursday, May 20

Dodger Stadium (Elysian Park)

The Dodgers kick off a six-game homestand and the more pressing storyline than trying to repeat from last year’s championship is “what’s going to happen with the Dodger Dogs?” Well. fret not sports fans, the LA club has announced a multi-year partnership with Vernon-based Papa Cantella’s to supply Dodger Stadium with Dodger Dogs and its premium sausages. Papa Cantella’s products, including said Dodger Dogs, have been sold at the stadium since Opening Day and packaged dogs will soon be available at retail grocery stores throughout Southern California.

Cost: Varies

Spend a Saturday streaming live comedy with the women of Wild Horses

Saturday, May 15

Dynasty Typewriter (Online)

Macarthur Park’s beloved indy comedy venue, Dynasty Typewriter, is on the cusp of opening for live audiences for Just For Laughs showcases later this month. In the meantime, be sure not to miss an improvised free-for-all from Wild Horses, the show where four best friends sit down with someone wonderful and have a fun, loose, dinner-party-style conversation where they ask really hard-hitting questions like "have you ever seen a ghost?" This Saturday, troupe members Stephanie Allynne, Mary Holland, Lauren Lapkus, and Erin Whitehead are joined by special guest and Add to Cart podcaster, Suchin Pak.

Cost: $5-$10

Dig into epicurean food experiences with chef popups at the Ojai Valley Inn

Saturday, May 15-Thursday, July 8

Ojai Valley Inn (Ojai)

The Ojai Valley Inn is offering up brand new culinary programming all summer long at its culinary-inspired event venue, The Farmhouse. From guest chef dinners with James Beard-winning chef and restaurateur Jon Yoa or Felix’s Evan Funke to fresh pasta and pizza making classes, and wine seminars with Ojai Vineyards, there’s an abundance of activities for food fans to choose from. 

Cost: Varies

a plate of food and a cup of beer on a table

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We’re still not quite at the spot where things are all the way open, but you can feel the energy in the air—and while we’re still waiting, there’s plenty to do this weekend, including ordering from a classic LA chef, hitting an open-air fair, and getting the bejeezus scared out of you.

Stop in to Monty’s Good Burger for plant-based offering and, now, coffee

Friday, May 14-Sunday, May 16

Monty’s Good Burger (Koreatown, Riverside, Echo Park, West Hollywood)

Even during lockdown, the plant-based burger purveyors at Monty’s have kept busy, expanding out to a fourth location in WeHo. In the true spirit of their animal-loving roots, they’re serving up a strong cup of Chamberlain Coffee’s “Careless Cat” blend from YouTube star, Emma Chamberlain. Pair it with an Impossible Burger, tots, and a selection of irresistible dipping sauces like house spread or onion or sriracha aioli.

Cost: Varies

Pick up some local art from Barnsdall’s Virtual Art Fair

Friday, May 14-Saturday, July 31

Barnsdall Art Center (Online)

Celebrating it’s 50-year anniversary, the Barnsdall Art Fair is available online through July, showcasing talented local makers and creators and catering to a range of budgets. The fair will host diverse work from BACSAC students and faculty, as well as many other artists, including handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, fiber arts, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, glass, mixed media, prints and cards.

Cost: Free

Transcend time and space with immersion into Elsewhere at the Madcap Motel

Friday, May 14-Sunday, June 27

940 E 4th Street (Arts District)

There’s no better escape from the mundane than exploring a mystical submarine inside a time portal, right? Not just another “selfie-museum,” Elsewhere at the Madcap Motel combines experiential trends such as Instagram playgrounds, escape rooms, and immersive theater into a wondrous, ethereal experience. Through a seemingly normal 1960’s-themed motel room, guests merge through different dimensions to uncover an interactive series of 19 whimsical and thought-provoking adventures.

Cost: $40

Check out Flow State, a solo exhibition by urban contemporary artist, Mikael B.

Friday, May 14-Monday, May 31

Maddox Gallery (West Hollywood)

Inspired by Dalí, Kay Sage, Pollock, Peter Saul and Albert Oehlen, Flow State unanimously explores the worlds of abstract expressionism, geometric abstraction and surrealism, with artist Mikael B’s latest body of work following three years of preparation and experimentation. Rather than accept the classic gallery format, Mikael has taken over everything from the gallery space at Maddox Gallery in Weho to the walls themselves. From the moment you step in, you’ll be entering into Mikael’s futuristic abstract vision; a space coated in vinyl with a 3D effect that welcomes visitors to an immersive experience.

Cost: Free

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