There’s always something to do on weekends in Downtown LA, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out exactly what those things are. Here at Happening in DTLA we make the planning simple!
Below are our picks for events that you’re sure to enjoy this weekend in the community! For our full calendar of events, just click here.
Summer Night in the Garden
Natural History Museum
The Summer Nights in the Gardens series is a celebration of all things summer in the enchanting Nature Gardens at NHMLA.Spend your Friday night sipping a garden-infused cocktail, stumbling upon a myriad of outdoor experiences while exploring the Museum’s backyard, and brightening your life with nature-inspired take-home activities. Have a picnic or get a little lost in the gardens – all while the beats from live music performances set the mood.
The event goes from 5:00pm – 9:00pm and is free!
The Natural History Museum is located at 900 Exposition Blvd. More info can be found here.
The Edison is proud to present the premiere of Bootleg Baby! Get ready to transport back to a time where Minnie’s moochin’ and the Bobbysox Brigade is shakin’ their money makers. Put on your best suit or your finest dress. Get ready to move your rusty dusty. It’s going to be a show like you’ve never seen!
The event goes from 9:00pm – 2:00am and is free to the public. Call (213) 613-0000 for more info and special reservations.
The Edison is located at 108 W 2nd St.
First-Ever California Pizza Festival
Los Angeles Center Studios
Angelenos have the chance to try some of the world’s most famous pizza, right in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. The inaugural California Pizza Festival will feature unlimited samplings from 30 pizzerias from California, Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia, as well as world-renowned pizza chefs from Naples, Italy. Headliners include pizzaiolos from Naples’ Da Michaele, founded in 1870 and known for its feature in the movie Eat Pray Love; and Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, the oldest pizzeria-tavern in Naples established in 1738. Domestic participants include Prova Pizzeria, Ray’s & Stark Bar, 786 Degrees, and 12-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana.
Pizza lovers can enjoy Neapolitan, Sicilian, New York, and several gluten-free and vegan options, as well as loads of entertainment.
General admission tickets are $45/person in advance and $60/person on the day of the event, with children’s tickets available for $20/child between ages 4-10. VIP tickets are $89/person and include exclusive access to the indoor-outdoor VIP space, a private bar, and three beverage vouchers.
Summer Happenings: Social Shaman
This evening is inspired by the creative practice of German artist Joseph Beuys and the Fluxus movement he fostered. Legendary Krautrock group faUSt dazzles with experimental sets, and Baltimore duo Matmos — who recently composed an album by playing a washing machine — performs in the plaza. EYE presents a politically timely DJ set. Pharmakon deconstructs and manipulates sound into a spiritual journey. Total Freedom offers a disruptive, cross-genre set as evocative as it is danceable. FlucT investigates the physical, political and emotional through a new performance created especially for the evening. Nelson Patton joins forces with Lonnie Holley for a shamanistic improvisational set. Happenings are 21+.
The Broad is located at 221 S. Grand Ave. Tickets and more infor can be found here.
Star Wars Tiki Brunch
Dance your way to the dark side at this uniquely themed brunch party. On-theme specials such as the Bantha Milk Punch, Dark Side Piña Colada and Shyriiwook Sour will be served as this intergalactic, rum-guzzler gathering strikes back for summer. Stormtroopers from the Southern California Garrison will be present, DJs including Justin Garrison, Personify, Vickki Acuna and Robot Heart perform live, and food will be provided by East Los Musubi and Presley’s Pantry. Hosted by Ray Bowen, who will slay you with his lightsaber if you’re not dressed in tiki attire.
Resident DTLA is located at 428 S Hewitt St.
La Junta’s Midsummer Migration
La Junta is bringing their fun parties a few blocks over to Hotel Indigo for their Midsummer Migration. Many elements from their other shows are being brought to the new digs: amazing live music, fantastic deejays, two full bars, food, cabanas & table seating, an awesome vendor village, and of course, all the beautiful vibes!
LA’s CUBA RUMBA (Tuesdays at Caña) will be on hand to perform live salsa and Afro-Cuban rhythms, while Austin, TX favorite Eddie Campos Chorizo Funk (Peligrosa, Austin Boogie Crew) joins La Junta Sound System on the decks to keep the dance floor poppin’.
Event takes on fourth floor pool area of hotel.
4PM – 10PM * 21 & Over with ID
$5.00 online and $10 at door
The Hotel Indigo is located at 899 S Francisco St. Info and tickets can be found here.