LA Weekend Events Roundup May 31-June 3

Virgil Village

Stroll, sip and sample your way through the burgeoning neighborhood of Virgil Village this Friday.

From summer celebrations to wine, bread and avocado festivals, check out the top LA weekend events for May 31-June 3.

Edited by Christina Wiese.

EVENTS

Grand PerformancesGrand Performances
Opens June 1. This free outdoor summer concert series spotlights global performing arts with a lineup of high-quality music, dance, theater and more in downtown L.A. This season kicks off with highlights including a celebration of Sly and the Family Stone, a showcase of L.A. artists and a love-song sing-along with the Love Uninhibited Orchestra. See website for complete schedule. California Plaza, 300 and 350 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.687.2190. grandperformances.org

 

 

Virgil Village First Fridays (VVFF)
June 1. Stroll, sip and sample your way through the burgeoning neighborhood of Virgil Village (adjacent to Silver Lake) at this inaugural event. Expect local art, live music and neighborhood restaurants to open their doors—all in support of Lockwood Avenue Elementary School, VVFF’s main beneficiary. 4-9 p.m. Virgil Avenue and Hoover Street. Details

 

 

 

Beverly Hills Food & Wine FestivalBeverly Hills Food & Wine Festival
June 1-3. Benefiting Best Buddies International, this annual event gathers 60 of the city’s best chefs and restaurants, including Curtis Stone of Maude, Frida Mexican Cuisine, Eataly and Sushi Katsuya. See website for entry times. $100-$200. 11301 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A., 213.915.8003.  beverlyhillsfoodandwinefestival.com

 

 

 

 

Big World Fun photo by Tom BonnerIGNITE @ the Ford!
June 1, 8, 15-16, 28-29. In Hollywood’s Cahuenga Pass, Ford Theatres offers Jam Sessions—including Samba Dance & Drumming (June 18) and Japanese Folk Dance (June 25)—as well as dance, opera and Latin rhythms. See website for the full June lineup. 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., L.A., 323.461.3673.  fordtheatres.org

 

 

 

Hola Mexico Film FestivalHola Mexico Film Festival
June 1-9. The largest festival of Mexican cinema outside Mexico celebrates its 10th anniversary with film events across L.A.—including rooftop screenings in Hollywood. See website for complete lineup and venues. holamexicoff.com

 

 

 

 

AvocadoAvocado Month Celebration
June 1-30. Grand Central Market and the California Avocado Commission (you bet it exists!) celebrates all-month long with vendors creating unique, inventive dishes—all inspired by the fruit. Find avocado smoothies, the classic avocado toast with a seafood twist, avocado yogurt soup and more; participating vendors include Belcampo Meat Co., Golden Road Brewing, La Tostaderia, Prawn and more. Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway St., downtown.  grandcentralmarket.com

 

 

Gilmore Heritage Auto ShowGilmore Heritage Auto Show
June 2. This 24th annual event revs up for its return to the Original Farmers Market this weekend. Themed “Low & Slow – A Tribute to American Lowriders,” auto enthusiasts will find 30 exquisite lowriders on display. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A. farmersmarketla.com

 

 

 

 

One Colorado by Brian FeinzimerKCRW Summer Nights
June 2. This local, summertime signature event series returns for its 9th season of free, all-ages outdoor shows. Jump starting the series is a live performance from Pinky Pinky and a DJ set by KCRW’s Dan Wilcox, tucked into the historic courtyard of One Colorado Old Pasadena. 7:30 p.m. Free. 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena. kcrw.com/summernights

 

 

 

 

Sunset TripSunset Trip
Starts June 2. Easily connect to hot spots along Sunset Strip with the new hop-on/hop-off trolley dubbed “Sunset Trip.” Even better? It’s completely free. Trollies run every 15 minutes and make a total of 26 stops on its route. F-Sa 7 p.m.-3 a.m. See website for complete schedule. wehosunsettrip.com

 

 

 

 

LAWineFestLAWineFest
June 2-3. Now in its 13th year, this outdoor celebration of all things wine brings wines and brews from around the world to DTLA’s Arts District. Enjoy unlimited wine and beer sampling, a live DJ set and shopping at boutiques. Ages 21+. Sa 2-6 p.m., Su 1-5 p.m. $60 GA, $90 all-access one-day ticket; designated drivers $25. Row DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St., downtown.  lawinefest.com

 

 

 

Los Angeles Bread FestivalLos Angeles Bread Festival
June 2-3. Leave the diet behind and bring on the carbs at this special 2-day festival in DTLA. Grand Central Market plays host to the affair which brings Southern California bakers, chefs, millers and bread lovers under one roof. Stop by the pop-up marketplace to sample fresh bread plus learn about the breadmaking process with workshops and demonstrations. Sa-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway St., downtown. grandcentralmarket.com

 

 

Last Remaining Seats photo by Mike HumeLast Remaining Seats
June 2, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23. Now in its 32nd season, this summer film series screens classic movies in historic theaters. Backstage tours are offered before every screening, as well as free after parties or trivia events following Saturday screenings. Showtimes and locations vary by screening; check website for details. $22. 213.623.2489. laconservancy.org

 

 

 

 

Taste of the Nation photo by Erica LeighTaste of the Nation
June 3. At No Kid Hungry’s annual L.A. foodie event, award-winning chefs, sommeliers and mixologists from the region come together to help end childhood hunger in America. Taste offerings from top restaurants including Baltaire, Cal Mare, Lunetta and Salazar. 1-4 p.m. (VIPs get early admission). $110 GA; VIP $160; $25 kids 6-13; free kids under 6. Media Park, 9091 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 800.969.4767.  ce.nokidhungry.org/losangeles

 

 

 

Vinyl Moon Listening PartyVinyl Moon Listening Party
June 3. Dubbed the most original record club out there, Vinyl Moon takes 10 of their favorite new songs from the month—all by emerging artists—and presses them on gorgeous colored vinyls. Give the new monthly mix a spin this weekend at Space Gallery at Ayzenberg. 5-8 p.m. Free. 39 E. Walnut St., Pasadena. RSVP

 

 

 

 

Melrose Rooftop TheatreMelrose Rooftop Theatre
June 3-28. E.P. & L.P. presents the second season of Melrose Rooftop Theatre, whose mix of movies—such as Pulp FictionWonder Woman and Black Panther—are projected against a Hollywood Hills backdrop. Prescreening Dinner & a Movie packages with a three-course modern Asian meal at E.P. by executive chef Louis Tikaram are available. 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.855.9955.  melroserooftoptheatre.com

 

 

FOOD + DRINK

Aloha Poke CoAloha Pokē Co.
May 31. Celebrate the opening of Aloha Pokē Co.’s new Marina del Rey outpost with fresh bowls, drinks and hors d’oeurves. Local female-driven brands Sintillia, Girl Gang The Label and INFLOWSTYLE will also be popping-up. 6-10 p.m. Free. 4020 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. alohapokeco.com

 

 

 

 

Healthy Greek Cooking Class photo by Helene DujardinHealthy Greek Cooking Class
June 2. Jet set to Greece this summer without leaving Los Angeles at this cooking class with personal chef and New School of Cooking alum Christina Xenos. Throughout the afternoon try your hand at creating classics like herbed meatballs, Tzaziki, Spanakopita and more—all of which can be found in Christina’s latest cookbook Opa! The Healthy Greek Cookbook. For $25 off the class use code GREECE. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $125. New School of Cooking, 525 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Tickets

 

 

 

Ben Franklin's Punch photo by Dustin DowningBazaar Bar Flights
Now Available. Treat your significant other to a curated tasting of six speciality cocktails at The Bazaar by José Andrés. The one-hour bartender-led affair features an ever-evolving seasonal menu. On deck currently are Ben Franklin’s Milk Punch (pictured left), LN2 Caipirinha, Ramos Gin Fizz and more. $55 per tasting flight. SLS Beverly Hills, The Bazaar by José Andrés, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. sbe.com 

 

 

 

ARTS + CULTURE

“The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited” Photo by John E. Barrett. Kermit the Frog © Disney/Muppets. Courtesy The Jim Henson Company/MoMI.“The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited”
Opens June 1. See puppets including Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog and Bert and Ernie at the Skirball’s new exhibition devoted to Muppets creator Jim Henson. Tu-F noon-5 p.m., Sa-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12 GA; $9 65+, full time students with ID, children over 12; $7 children 2-12. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500. skirball.org

 

 

 

LACMA’s Target Free Holiday Monday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day photo by Christina WieseJazz at LACMA
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Not only does LACMA host some of L.A.’s finest jazz musicians during its Jazz at LACMA series on Friday evenings during the summer—June features the Nick Mancini Collective, Phil Ranelin and Jeff Littleton Quintet—but also its long-running Latin Sounds series presents world-renowned artists playing tunes from Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico and Los Angeles on Saturday afternoons from Memorial Day through Labor Day. See website for full lineup. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. lacma.org

 

 

Getty Villa photo by Christina WieseBacchus Uncorked: Drinking and Thinking
June 2, 16. Go to the glorious Getty Villa for Bacchus Uncorked: Drinking and Thinking, and do as the ancient Greeks did by imbibing and conversing, in this case, about the exhibition Plato in L.A.: Contemporary Artists’ Visions (pictured left). W-M 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free, $15 parking. The Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades. getty.edu

 

 

Last Remaining Seats photo by Mike Hume. Taste of the Nation photo by Erica Leigh. Melrose Rooftop Theatre photo by David Higgs. Healthy Greek Cooking Class photo by Helene Dujardin. Ben Franklin’s Punch photo by Dustin Downing. “The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited” Photo by John E. Barrett. Kermit the Frog © Disney/Muppets. Courtesy The Jim Henson Company/MoMI. Jazz at LACMA photo by Christina Wiese. The Getty Villa photo by Christina Wiese.

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