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The Best Los Angeles Events in May 2018

Happy May! Here’s a a great list of all the best Los Angeles events and things to do our great city has to offer in April from music performances, wine festivals, art and craft fairs, and, as always, food. Lots of food. Enjoy!

Masters of Taste Food Festival at the Pasadena Rose Bowl (May 6)
Prepare your forks, spoons, and straws! Stroll the 50-yard line of America’s stadium, the iconic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, as you feast on the finest fare that L.A.’s top chefs and restaurants can offer!

Echo Park Craft Fair’s Spring Edition at Mack Sennett Studios (May 11-13)
The Echo Park Craft Fair, an eclectic two-day craft fair, features over 120 artists with various ceramic, jewelry, clothing, woodworking and textile design booths. The Echo Park Craft Fair is a 2-day art and design event in Silverlake, California, featuring work by over 120 artists and drawing thousands of guests. The Fair has become a pioneering showcase for the thriving Makers Movement.  Featuring a meticulous curation of work from some of the finest artists in America, the Fair celebrates innovators creating in a vast array of mediums – from ceramics to jewelry, perfumery to clothing design, woodworking to fabric art.

RuPaul’s DragCon Los Angeles 2018 (May 11-13)
RuPaul’s DragCon offers three days of art, pop culture and all things drag when returns to Los Angeles from May 11-13! RuPaul’s DragCon is the only place to kiki with your favorite drag queens and stars all under one roof! Come through and meet your faves, snap a selfie, and get your life! Here at DragCon it is RuPaul’s Best Friends Race!

Pop-Up Magazine at The Theatre at Ace Hotel (May 12)
Pop-Up Magazine brings together the best kinds of creatives—writers, artists, photographers, filmmakers, puppeteers, the list goes on—and puts them onstage to share and discuss their work. All pieces performed at the show are new and unpublished, either created for the event or as part of a larger ongoing project. This means getting a first look at work from some of the biggest names in fiction, photography, film and more—according to senior editor Pat Walters, “work everyone else will start hearing about a year from now.” Also, nothing is recorded, so everything shared is a one-time only creative experience.

 

U2 at The Forum Inglewood (May 15-16)
EXPERIENCE + INNOCENCE TOUR
After a very successful year of touring for the 30th anniversary of the album, The Joshua Tree, U2 are hitting the road in 2018 with their latest tour, Experience & Innocence! The tour will be in support of their album ‘Songs Of Experience’ which is set to be released early December. The album serves as a sequel to the band’s 2014 album ‘Songs of Innocence’ and the tour will be the sequel of 2015’s ‘Innocence & Experience’ tour. The band’s previous tours remain some of the highest grossing concert series of all time, which isn’t surprising given the boys’ enviable back catalogue and their penchant for jaw-dropping stage design.

LA Times Food Bowl Night Market (May 16-20)
The second annual Los Angeles Times Night Market will take over Grand Park on May 16-20. Participants can sample some of the city’s best food produced by restaurants and food trucks. There will also be drinks and plenty of music. (Think of the bustling outdoor food market with 50 diverse vendors as a love letter to the L.A. food scene.) This year, there will be a program of events with special chef collaborations and demonstrations, DJs and music performances, light projections and entertainment stages, and an Outstanding in the Field long-table feast on opening night. The event is free, but you can purchase tickets to the Supermarket Area that allow access to curated food vendors, additional seating areas and food booths, bars, premium lounges and entertainment.

Uncorked Wine Festival: LA Vintner’s Market at the Skirball Center (May 18-20)
Wine, food and live music and the iconic Skirball Center. Sample over 50 wines from multi-generational, family owned and operated wineries from the top wine regions around the world. Enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres and appetizers to pair with your wines. And for the first time, you can purchase any of these exclusive wines you taste at the event. VIP ($70) is from 6- 10pm includes an extra hour of tasting as well as access to a special selection of wines rated 93 points and higher. General admission ($60) is from 7-10pm. Both include all food and wine tastings

L.A. LIVE Block Party (May 19)
The L.A. LIVE Block Party will feature a pop-up marketplace with over 40 local vendors plus live music and food and drink specials from participating restaurants.

Taylor Swift at Rose Bowl (May 18-19)
Taylor Swift comes to Pasadena for two nights with opening acts Camila Cabello and CharliXCX.

EEEEEATSCON at Barkar Hangar Santa Monica (May 19)
EEEEEATSCON is a one-day food experience built in the spirit of a music festival, but with restaurants as the headliners. Created and produced by the popular restaurant discovery platform The Infatuation, EEEEEATSCON is designed for people who want more from a food festival than just tasting-sized portions and cooking demonstrations. The event features a highly curated group of local restaurants, along with exciting imports from across the country, often serving food you won’t find anywhere else. With live music performances throughout the day and panels from thought leaders and industry pioneers, EEEEEATSCON is as much about connecting with a community and getting inspired as it is about eating and being entertained.

Fight Club + Live Score at The Wiltern (May 19)
On May 19, The Wiltern is once again hosting a screening of this cult classic starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. This time around, the illustrious Dust Brothers and Jacob Maymudes will perform a live musical score to accompany the screening at this historic theater in Los Angeles’ Koreatown.

The Bug Fair at the Natural History Museum (May 19-20)
Over a million species. Only one Bug Fair. Bug Fair is a two-day festival celebrating  our winged, multi-legged, squirmy, and sometimes bug-eyed friends. Visit a variety of exhibitors – and see everything from exotic insect collections to pet tarantulas, from millipedes to centipedes, from bug-related products, like honey and silk, to bug-inspired artwork and jewelry. Visit the main stage to watch Bug Chefs whip up protein-filled snacks and explore the Nature Gardens for the chance to go on bug hunts, get crafty, experience up-close encounters with crawly creatures, and more!

California Strawberry Festival (May 19-20)
More than $4,500,000 raised to benefit local charities! The California Strawberry Festival is among the top festivals in the nation with over 50 food booths, contests, rides and attractions, over 200 Arts & Crafts vendors, concerts, celebrity chef demonstrations, and family fun! The 35th Anniversary California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard is the perfect summer kickoff with proceeds benefiting the community in a BIG way. Join us May 19 & 20, 2018 10:00am – 6:30pm for an unforgettably sweet experience!

‘Museums of The Arroyo Day’ 2018 (May 20)
Six area museums and historical homes will open their doors free of charge for Museums of the Arroyo Day. The list includes the Gamble House, Heritage Square, the Los Angeles Police Museum, the Lummis Home and Garden, the Pasadena Museum of History, and The Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus.

Paul Simon at Hollywood Bowl (May 22, 23, 28)
Legendary songwriter, recording artist and performer Paul Simon, will embark on his farewell concert tour on May 16. Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour will encompass shows across North America, the United Kingdom and Europe, with Simon and his band bringing to the stage a stunning, career-spanning repertoire of timeless hits and classic songs which have permeated and influenced popular culture for generations.

Photo by Jim Donnelly

L.A. Mag’s Burgers, Bourbon + Beer in Santa Monica (May 23)
Los Angeles magazine fires up the grill at the third annual gourmet burger battle. Throughout the evening taste, judge, and vote to crown the People’s Choice Best Burger for 2018. Also enjoy the Los Angeles Chargers Tailgate Lounge, custom photo booth courtesy of GEARYS Beverly Hills, sips of KeVita and boutique bourbons, and live music.

Eat Drink Vegan at Rose Bowl Pasadena (May 26)
Unlimited pours of 250+ drinks, 100+ restaurants, 100+ marketplace vendors. The festival features over 100 highly curated restaurants & food vendors, 250+ beverages, and a plant-based marketplace that showcases everything from clothing & candles to packaged foods & skin care.

45th Annual Topanga Days Country Fair (May 26-28)
The 45th Annual Topanga Days Country Fair from May 26-2 will feature various country fair games and competitions, live entertainment, food, and more for guests of all ages.

Enjoy your month!

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