LA Weekend Events Roundup May 3-6

Lucha VaVoom photo by Hon Hoang

L.A.’s longest running, action-packed variety show returns to The Mayan Theater for Cinco de Mayo.

From Cinco de Mayo celebrations to rooftop film screenings, here are the top LA weekend events for May 3-6.

Edited by Christina Wiese.

EVENTS

Food Bowl photo by Ann FishbeinL.A. Times Food Bowl
Through May 31. All month long, the Los Angeles Times’ citywide food festival celebrates L.A.’s food scene and promotes awareness about food waste and hunger. Food Bowl brings together L.A.’s best bars, cafés, hotels, markets, restaurants and the world’s top chefs for more than 200 dining events, panel discussions, chef collaborations and other happenings. Highlights include Night Market, from May 16-20 at Grand Park, where an estimated 45,000+ attendees will enjoy 50 food vendors, outdoor dining and entertainment. lafoodbowl.com

 

 

rooftop film clubRooftop Cinema Club 
May 1-31. The U.K.’s “Number One Outdoor Cinema Series” returns to the rooftops of the historic Montalban Theatre and Level Downtown Los Angeles. Enjoy street food and drinks while you take in views and watch acclaimed films, including recent Oscar winners (I, TonyaDunkirkGet Out) and classics (The Godfather). See website for full lineup and schedule. Ages 18+; select screenings 21+. $17-$28. 1615 Vine St., L.A.; 888 S. Olive St., downtown. rooftopcinemaclub.com

 

 

 

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) photo by Kilyan Sockalingum Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF)
May 3-12. The 34th annual fest will showcase the best in Asian Pacific American and international cinema. Expect screenings, conversations with artists, educational talks, special events and more across various L.A. venues. See website for complete lineup. vconline.org

 

 

 

 

Malibu Movie Under the StarsMalibu Movie Under the Stars
May 4. May the fourth be with you on this special night under the big blue SoCal sky as Malibu Wines continues its film series with a screening of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Free, walk-ins welcome. Malibu Wines, 31740 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu.  malibuwines.com

 

 

 

 

VRLAVRLA 2018 
May 4-5. Step into a new universe at the largest immersive technology festival in the world. Learn from VR, AR and MR experts through a variety of formats: keynotes, workshops, presentations, panels and more. $30-$299. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown.  virtualrealityla.com

 

 

 

 

Eat|See|Hear photo courtesy of organizationEat/See/Hear
Starts May 5. Traveling outdoor movie-event series, presented by Showtime, boasts the largest outdoor inflatable screen on the West Coast, as well as food trucks and live musical performances. Venues include the Autry Museum in Griffith Park and Los Angeles State Historic Park. See website for a full schedule. Doors 5:30 p.m.; band 7 p.m.; movie 8:30 p.m. $8-$21, under 5 free. 213.267.4393. eatseehear.com

 

 

 

 

Kentucky Derby Viewing PartyKentucky Derby Viewing Party
May 5. Let your Southern style shine at this annual viewing party complete with DJs and a live stream of the biggest race day of the year. Executive chef Travis Strickland will be serving up Southern favorites including a Kentucky hot brown sandwich and classic Juleps. 1-4:30 p.m. 11647 San Vicente Blvd., L.A. baltaire.com

 

 

 

 

Masters of TasteMasters of Taste
May 6. Pasadena’s luxury food and drink festival lets you stroll the Rose Bowl’s field while feasting on fare from top L.A. chefs and restaurants (e.g., Redbird and Spring), sipping signature cocktails by the city’s master mixologists and tasting offerings from eclectic California wineries and local craft breweries. All proceeds benefit Union Station Homeless Services. 21+. 4-7 p.m.; VIP 3-7 p.m. $105-$165. 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, 626.791.6677. mastersoftastela.com

 

 

 

4th Annual White Party4th Annual White Party
May 6. Don your best white outfit and join over 500 people for an afternoon of conga lines, poolside dancing, Caribbean barbecue and libations to keep you refreshed throughout the day. The first 200 guests to arrive will receive complimentary white sunglasses. Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Tickets

 

 

 

 

Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCAP

I Create Music Expo
Upcoming | May 7-9. Today’s top charting artists and music creators gather for three unique days of panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes and one-on-one sessions. Artists Meghan Trainor, Jason Mraz, St. Vincent and JoJo are set to appear. $379+. Loews Hollywood Hotel, 1755 N. Highland Ave., L.A. ascap.com

 

 

 

 

CINCO DE MAYO

Cinco de Mayan Gigante! photo by Hon HoangCinco de Mayan Gigante!
May 4-5. L.A.’s longest running, action-packed variety show returns this year to The Mayan Theater. Expect huge heapings of Mexican masked wrestling, tequila, tamales, mariachi, aerial dancers, folkloricos, low riders, comedy and much more. 21+. Doors 7 p.m., show 8-10:30 p.m. $48.50+. 1038 S. Hill St., downtown. luchavavoom.com

 

 

 

 

Hecho in LA: Taco Madness 2018Hecho in LA: Taco Madness 2018
May 5. Back for a second year, celebrate the taco lifestyle with a curated selection of tacos from the city’s top trucks and restaurants. Wash it all down with micheladas, local craft beers, cocktails from Jägermeister or a premium cocktail from Partida Tequila. 21+. 5 p.m.-midnight. Free, VIP $25. La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N. Main St., downtown. lataco.com

 

 

 

 

Madre photo courtesy of White Oak CommunicationsMadre
May 5. Get ready for an all-day fiesta featuring live music, margarita pitchers and more. Special to this locale is over 265 bottles of mezcal … the largest selection in all of Los Angeles. ¡Salud! 1261 Cabrillo Ave., #100, Torrance, 310.974.8005. madrerestaurants.com

 

 

 

 

Tallula's photo by Rick PoonTallula’s
May 5. After soaking in the sun at the beach, head to Tallula’s for their first-ever Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Expect blood orange margaritas, palomas, nachos sencillo and a special Cinco de Mayo XL Taco. 2-10:30 p.m. 118 Entrada Dr., Santa Monica, 310.526.0027. tallulasrestaurant.com

 

 

 

 

Fiesta de MayoFiesta de Mayo
May 5-6. This free, family-friendly celebration features traditional dance numbers by the Ballet Folklórico Company and the youth mariachi troupe Mariachi Los Pollitos. After the performances, enjoy festive decor, street tacos from Ruby’s Diner and score savings up to 70 percent off 130 on-site brands. Noon-7 p.m. Citadel Outlets, 100 Citadel Dr., Suite 480, L.A. citadeloutlets.com

 

 

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FOOD + DRINK

EffervescenceEffervescence
May 3-5. This celebration of Champagnes and sparkling wines—the first of its kind in the U.S.—features master classes led by world-renowned experts at the Kimpton La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood, gourmet pairings at acclaimed L.A. restaurants (Viale dei Romani, Kali, République) and bubbly tastings at the historic Avalon Hollywood. Dom Pérignon, Krug and Moët & Chandon are among more than 50 participating producers. A portion of the proceeds benefits the T.J. Martell Foundation and Heal the Bay. 21+. $125+. effervescencela.com

 

 

Lei Day WeekLei Day Week
Through May 5. Crackin’ Kitchen, a new Hawaiian-Cajun eatery in Pasadena, is celebrating the spirit of Aloha with a week-long Lei Day celebration. At dinner service, each guest will receive a complimentary lei and whoever pays the bill will receive a $20 gift card; the first 51 customers of the evening will also receive 30 percent off their total dinner food bill. 115 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. crackinkitchen.com

 

 

 

ARTS + CULTURE

School of Rock photo by Tristram Kenton“School of Rock”
May 3-27. Based on the Jack Black-starring comedy, this Tony-nominated musical features all the original songs from the movie, 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com

 

 

 

 

“In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art” Photo © Museum Associates:LACMA“In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art”
Opens May 6. Explore more than 125 Iranian works of art in a variety of mediums at this ground-breaking exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Expect photography, paintings, sculptures, animation, political cartoons and more. See website for hours and ticket prices. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. lacma.org

 

 

 

Significant Others photo by Chris Whitaker“Significant Other”
Through May 6. After a successful Off-Broadway and Broadway run, playwright Joshua Harmon’s comedy about love and 20-something urban life arrives in L.A. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.org

 

 

 

 

POSE photo by Lyndon FrenchBeyond the Streets
May 6-July 6. Beyond the Streets brings graffiti and street art inside, filling a Chinatown warehouse with exhibits of original works by artists such as Shepard Fairey, Guerrilla Girls and Takashi Murakami. Tu-Su noon-7 p.m. GA $25, 3 and under free. 1667 N. Main St., downtown. beyondthestreets.com

 

 

Lucha VaVoom photo by Hon Hoang, Eat|See|Hear photo courtesy of organization, Kentucky Derby Viewing Party photo courtesy of White Oak Communications, I Create Music Expo photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCAP, Madre photo courtesy of White Oak Communications, “School of Rock” photo by Tristram Kenton, “In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art” Photo © Museum Associates:LACMA, “Significant Others” photo by Chris Whitaker, POSE photo by Lyndon French.

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