The sun is finally out after what was, by Angeleno standards, a seriously wet winter. Have you seen the Silver Lake Reservoir lately? It has water in it! Memorial Day 2017 is coming to LA and you need plans. Good summer-y plans. Whether you want to soak up some vitamin D on the beach or you’d rather avoid the rays and absorb some culture, we’re here to help you find the best places to spend the long weekend and, of course, the parking to go along with it.
GO TO A STREET FESTIVAL!
Check out Fiesta Hermosa, a HUGE arts and crafts fair, and roam through more than 300 stalls of painters, photographers, jewelers and more. There will be food, pony rides, a petting zoo and live music. On Monday, a guitar player named Aragorn Wiederhold is playing the satellite stage. And honestly, with a name like that, how can he not be epic? Did I mention that their charity beer and wine gardens magically turn day drinking into a noble act of goodwill?
Saturday, May 27 – Monday, May 29, 10 AM – 6 PM
If you were more excited for the food lineup than the music lineup at Coachella this year, you might want to head to Santa Monica for MAINopoly, a street fair where you can taste samples of food from different restaurants all down Main Street. The ticket sales benefit Summer Soulstice and Heal the Bay and they include tastings and drink specials at all the participating restaurants. Monopoly-themed dressing up is encouraged. You be the boot. I’m the top hat!
Sunday, May 28, 3 PM – 8 PM
Flower children and bohemians will love Topanga Days County Fair, a weekend-long music festival in beautiful Topanga Canyon. While it’s definitely a hippie haven, it’s still friendly to one and all. Go enjoy the food, face painting and even a kid band called Dragons vs. Puppies. The floats in the DIY Memorial Day 2017 parade on Monday morning are photo-worthy, to say the least. Did I mention that Jefferson Starship is headlining Day 1? So grab your hippie mom, get out there and dance.
Saturday, May 27 – Monday, May 29, 10 AM – 7 PM
SING AND DANCE!
In case you’re not quite done with La La Land (will we ever be?), you can sing along to a live score and screening at the Hollywood Bowl. I can’t think of a better way to start the summer than singing the Academy Award winning song “City of Stars” under the stars, among the stars, at the Hollywood Bowl. I mean, honestly.
Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27, 8:00 PM
Jump into a time machine and travel back to the 1940s at Clifton’s Canteen Downtown, where staff and performers dress up as stars from yesteryear. Pull out your old Rosie the Riveter costume and see if you’re a natural at swing dancing. Tickets are $10, but entry is free for active military and veterans.
Sunday May 28 and Monday May 29, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Memorial Day weekend is another opportunity to dance it out at Dance Yourself Clean at The Satellite. While this may not be a Memorial Day-specific event, it’s always good to dance on a Saturday night to carefully chosen indie-pop. Best of all, if you get there before 10pm, it’s free.
Every Saturday, 9 PM – 2 AM
CATCH UP ON CULTURE
LA Zine Fest is here again at the California Market Center. You can check out over 200 independent publications and small presses making comics, art, poetry and yeah, zines. We recommend blasting some Sleater-Kinney to get excited about DIY culture and the printed page! Woo! Also, be sure to drop in at a workshop or a reading for maximum inspiration.
Sunday, May 28, 10 AM – 6 PM
Head Downtown to the Mark Taper Forum for Archduke, a comedy based on the unlikely turn of events in Serbia that led to the beginning of World War I. The author, Rajiv Joseph is an award-winning playwright, and thematically, you might be able to draw parallels between then and now. Just maybe.
Tuesdays through Sundays until June 4
Explore 14th Factory in its closing weekend. The 14 room interactive art installation by Hong Kong based artist Simon Birch was extended to the end of May. Featuring an impeccable replica of the Otherworldly Bedroom from 2001: A Space Odyssey and swings that you can actually swing on, the exhibit has LA art critics arguing about spectacle vs. art. Why not take a respite in the Kubrick room and reflect on the striking similarities between your iPhone and the monolith?
Tuesdays through Sundays until May 31
SEE A MOVIE OUTSIDE!
The Rooftop Cinema Club at The Montalbàn in Hollywood is definitely the comfiest way to enjoy outdoor cinema in LA. They provide the lawn chairs and blankets and you get to sit back and enjoy the show.
Friday May 26 – Moana
Saturday May 27 – La La Land
While the Montalban may be the comfiest, the quintessential outdoor movie screening experience is Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Bring your own blankets, snacks, drinks, and maybe a PeeQuality for the ladies, because these screenings have caught on and man is it getting crowded.
Saturday May 27 – North By Northwest
Sunday May 28 – Clueless
Watch Pulp Fiction for the 25th time with Eat | See | Hear at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park. Bring your dog, grab a bite at one of the many food trucks and enjoy the bands that play before the movie starts. I mean, this sounds so cute. Maybe a Memorial Day Weekend date? Tinder surprise?
Saturday, May 27th
CATCH THE BIG GAME!
What’s more fun than watching soccer on TV? Watching soccer in person, that’s what! Join the screaming fans and cheer on your team of choice as you revel at just how agile these guys are. While you’re at it, book your parking space with Pavemint to get your seat in the stadium and your popcorn before the crowds.
Saturday May 27th – Mexico vs. Croatia.
HEAD TO THE BEACH!
Eastsiders, Memorial Day Weekend 2017 might be the time to finally make the journey to Santa Monica and enjoy the sunshine. Check out Time Out LA’s list of the best beaches in LA for recommendations, in case it’s been a while and plan to leave super early in the AM or prepare to brave that traffic. Westsiders, we trust that you know what to do.
(Photo of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone via BagoGames)