Events | Find the Best Los Angeles Things To Do In May 2014

Check Out The Best Los Angeles Things To Do In May


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From outdoor movies, to art walks, to indy shopping, Billy Joel at the Hollywood Bowl, and more find the best Los Angeles things to do in our May 2014 events roundup. If you’re looking to find the coolest kicks there are to be had in Los Angeles, we’ve got your back!

Venice Garden and Home Tour
May 3. Soak in the architecture and flora of one of L.A.’s most charming beachside neighborhoods at the annual Venice Garden and Home Tour. The self-guided tour visits 30 spots on the “walk streets” near Abbot Kinney Boulevard and the boardwalk, including a residence, designed by Rios Clementi Hale Studios, and a barnlike building designed by Arata Isozaki and once owned by Eric Clapton. Self-guided tour begins at the Neighborhood Youth Association. $60 in advance, $70 at the door, under 12 free. 10 am-5 pm. 1016 Pleasant View Ave., Venice, 310.821.1857.

Unique LA
May 3-4. At the largest independent-design show in the country, more than 350 designers and artisans tout their goods at California Market Center downtown. Workshops and a cafe serving a variety of dishes from local food trucks and restaurants complete the festive shopping experience. 11 am–6 pm daily. $10. California Market Center, 110 E. 9th St., downtown.

Concours D’Elegance
May 4. The beautiful Greystone Park & Mansion in Beverly Hills revs automobile lovers’ engines with this prestigious annual showcase of vintage and classic cars and motorcycles. Also enjoy lectures, a marketplace, gourmet food and beverages and access to Greystone Park & Mansion interior and grounds. 10 am–4 pm. $120 in advance, $145 day-of, under 10 free. Parking at First Credit Bank Building, 9255 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Greystone Park & Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.285.6830.

Los Lobos Cinco de Mayo Festival
May 3. Los Lobos, the genre-bending band from East L.A. that meshes Latin sounds with traditional Spanish, blues and R&B, heads up their 3rd annual Cinco de Mayo Festival at the Greek Theatre. Grammy winners Ozomatli, and Mariachi El Bronx open. 2700 North Vermont Ave., L.A., 323.665.5857.

Lucha Vavoom
May 1-2. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a ridiculously fun performance featuring masked Mexican wrestlers, comedy, and burlesque acts all rolled into one wacky and entertaining evening. The show also features feature the U.S. debut of Guadalajara electro cumbia combo, Los Masters Plus. Also expect Aztec and folkloric dancers, tequila, tamales and a dance party. Mayan Theatre, 1038 S Hill St., downtown.

Beverly Hills Hotel
May 3. Hit Bar Nineteen 12 inside the iconic Beverly Hills hotel for an afternoon of pageantry and race watching. Sip on Giant Juleps (double serving of Evan Williams bourbon, mint, crushed ice and sugar and served in the traditional steel julep cup), and other classic whiskey cocktails while watching the race inside the bar or on the terrace. Also find whiskey tastings and a menu of eats like fried green tomatoes and fried oysters served with French fries and remoulade, buttermilk fried chicken wings served with homemade “red hot” ranch, bourbon pecan pie with maple chantilly cream and more, including live music and a hat contest where the winner can pick up brunch for four in the Polo Lounge. 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.273.1912.

“Hold Your Horses” Kentucky Derby Viewing Party
May 3. Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark of “Tripping Out With Alie and Georgia” host this year’s Kentucky Derby party at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Find derby-esq boutiques hawking apparel from Goorin Brothers hats, Shareen Vintage and Pocket Squares; cocktails like rhubarb bourbon lemonade from Art in the Age’s Leisure Expert Rachel Mae; and a live a performance from World Champion Looper, Super Tall Paul, a truly eclectic bluegrass aficionado. Also find TVG “Jockey Girls” onsite to hand out betting guides, $10 betting credits and more. $45. Noon-4 p.m. 431 W. 7th St., downtown.

Santa Anita Park
May 3. At what could be the biggest Derby party west of Kentucky you can watch the live simulcast while hometown hopeful, Cal-bred Santa Anita Derby winner and possible favorite, California Chrome, runs for the roses. Hit the infield for live music, craft beer, live racing, BBQ and more, including a VIP area for a premium bar and drink specials. Sport your best hat to win cash and prizes. 285 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia, 626.574.7223.

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Tortilla Republic “Viva La Fiesta” Block Party
May 4. West Hollywood’s modern Mexican restaurant transforms the lot behind the West Hollywood Library and West Hollywood Park into a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Stop by for DJ tunes, multiple outdoor bars, a dance floor, a live mariachi band, $6 margaritas, Mexican small plates, a 50/50 raffle, and a VIP suite with bottle service. 2-10 p.m. 616 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.9888.

Check out our full list of Los Angeles Cinco de Mayo events

May 10, 17, 24, 25, 31. Cinespia kicks off its picnic/movie season at Hollywood Forever Cemetery with a screening of the cult classic, National Lampoons’s Vacation. Bring blankets, drinks and a picnic. DJs spin before and after the screening. The screenings continue throughout the summer. Additional movies in May include Seven on May 17, Jaws on May 24, Almost Famous on May 25 and Rear Window on May 31. Online pre-sale tickets are now available Gates 6:30 p.m., movie 8:30 p.m. $14. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 600 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood.

Dodgers vs. Giants
May 8-11. Spend Mother’s Day weekend cheering Los Angeles’ own Boys in Blue as they battle their San Francisco rivals in Chavez Ravine. 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A., 323.224.1507.

Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Thru Life
May 9-24. Maurice Hines teams up with the Manzari Brothers for Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.

Eat, See, Hear
May 10, 17, 24, 31. Enjoy food, fun and cult-favorite movies on a 52-foot-wide inflatable movie screen at venues across L.A. The season kicks off May 10 at Santa Monica High School with (500) Days of Summer, followed by Office Space at the same location on the 17th, The Big Lebowski on May 24 at the Autry at Griffith Park and Napolean Dynamite on May 31 at Brentwood’s Paul Revere Middle School. 5:30-11 pm. $8-$20; under 5 free. See website for locations and ticket information.

Bite at the Beach
May 17. Spend the day tasting food and beer from around the South Bay and Los Angeles and experiencing panel sessions with well known Ciserones along with highly influential chefs and brew masters. The inaugural event features bites from top restaurants like MB Post, Coni’Seafood, Grimaldi’s, Zinc and more, including beer from craft breweries like Angel City, Strand Brewing Co. and Monkish Brewing Co. $100/$200 VIP. 3-7 p.m. MBS Media Campus, 1600 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach.

Ruth Draper’s Monologues
Through May 18. Actress Annette Bening channels actress Ruth Draper channeling characters such as the harried society woman, the hostess and the debutante in this premiere at the Gil Cates Theater. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.

Green Day’s American Idiot
May 13-18. Slinging razor guitars, thundering drums and an antihero named Johnny: not the prelude of typical entries in the canon of musical theater. But the musical based on Green Day’s 2004 rock album American Idiot was a hit on Broadway, and it travels to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on its tour. 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.

Billy Joel
May 17, 22, 27. Over his 40-year career, singer/songwriter Billy Joel has sold millions of records, won six Grammy Awards, been inducted into the Songwriters and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and collaborated on a Tony Award-winning musical based on his songs. This month, the music legend adds another achievement to the list: his first show at the Hollywood Bowl, the iconic outdoor music venue that’s hosted most of the biggest names in music over its 90-plus-year history. Joel’s debut performance is set for May 17—a week after his 65th birthday—with additional concerts scheduled for May 22 and 27. Though the playlist is hush-hush, the Piano Man just may transport concertgoers from Hollywood to Vienna, Allentown or New York (State of Mind). 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.

Venice Art Walk & Auctions
May 18. Google’s Los Angeles headquarters hosts this annual silent art auction and street fest to benefit Venice Family Clinic (day-of ticketed artist-studio tours also offered, plus related architecture tour on May 10). Free community celebration opens 11 am. See website for details. 340 Main St., Venice, 310.664.7916.

A Streetcar Named Desire
May 18, 21, 24. Renée Fleming plays Blanche DuBois in Los Angeles Opera’s semi-staged concert presentation of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, downtown.  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 310.498.0257.

Pompeii: The Exhibition
May 20. Relive the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and see more than 150 artifacts excavated from its ashes at the California Science Center’s Pompeii: The Exhibition. California Science Center, 700 State Drive, Exposition Park, downtown, 323.724.3623.

Fiesta Hermosa
May 24-26. Forty-second semiannual festival, which calls itself the “largest arts and crafts fair in Southern California,” features 300 artists and crafters as well as food, live music, a “kiddie carnival,” a wine and beer garden and more. See website for parking and shuttle information. 10 am-6 pm. Hermosa Avenue between 10th and 14th streets, Hermosa Beach.

Awkward Family Photos
Continuing. You’ll laugh, you’ll groan, you’ll be glad your brood’s not among the Awkward Family Photos on view at the California Heritage Museum. 2612 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.392.8537.

L.A. Wine Fest
May 31-June 1.  Ninth annual festival brings hundreds of top wines, craft brews and spirits from around the world, plus food trucks, seminars, demos from local celebrity chefs (including Tony Esnault of Church & State) and more to historic Raleigh Studios. Sa 2-6 pm, Su noon-5 pm. See website for ticket information. 5300 Melrose Ave., Hollywood.