The Best Los Angeles Events This May 2017

Check out all the best Los Angeles events and things to do this May 2017. Enjoy!

Museum of Ice Cream
Until Monday, May 29
Fantasy comes to life at the Museum of Ice Cream! The museum has opened its doors in the Arts District of Los Angeles. The wildly popular New York location sold 30,000 tickets in a matter of days, leading to a wait-list of more than 200,000 people. So, needless to say, get your tickets now! And go hungry!

Los Angeles Times Food Bowl
Monday, May 1 through Wednesday, May 31
The LA Times Food Bowl will celebrate L.A.’s dynamic and influential food scene while promoting awareness about food waste and hunger. Over 137 special events! L.A.’s largest culinary event to date, Food Bowl will include special programs with internationally renowned chefs during rare U.S. appearances, including Massimo Bottura, chef-owner of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, and founder of Food for Soul; Fergus Henderson, chef and founder of St. John in London; Rosio Sánchez, chef-owner of Hija de Sánchez in Copenhagen; and Magnus Nilsson, chef at Fäviken in Sweden, with more to be announced. And many, many more!

Jason Rhoades: Installations, 1994-2006
Until Sunday, May 21
A decade after his death and in a moment of heightened political tension, Jason Rhoades’ radical oeuvre is more relevant than ever. From religion, commerce, sex, and racial and gender stereotypes, to role of the artist himself, no subject was off-limits and taboo was embraced. Rhoades viewed art as a machine set on a continuous feedback loop, delivering something superficially chaotic but replete with hidden references beyond first blush, and his existential quest becomes clearer as one moves around and through his installations. Rhoades considered his separate works as components of one single boundless piece realized over time. ‘If you know my work, you know that it is never finished,’ he once said.

First Fridays at the Natural History Museum
Friday, May 5
“Serving Up Science: The Dish On Food.” This year top researchers, prestigious food writers, and farm and garden experts will discuss food evolution and the science behind it. If we are what we eat, then we are everything – find out how our meals tell stories of lifestyle, culture, and surprising science.  Discover the Museum after hours with tours, discussions, live music, and cocktails.  Bring your appetites for knowledge!

Obscura Day
Saturday, May 6
Embark on all sorts of expeditions and back-room tours during this adventurous day from Atlas Obscura.

L.A. Taco & Beer Festival
Saturday, May 6
The L.A. Taco & Beer Festival brings the holy trinity of fun in the sun — craft beer, tacos and live music – to Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Sample bottomless pours from a wide variety of SoCal’s top local and regional breweries as you enjoy live music from DJs. And with unlimited taco tastings and access to gourmet food trucks, you’ll always have something muy delicioso to pair with your new favorite brew. There’ll also be plenty of activities, vendors and games to keep the fun going.

Kentucky Derby Party in Manhattan Beach
Saturday, May 6
The 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Party to celebrate all the exciting action at Churchill Downs. This is a free event, no tickets required. Ladies get out your stylish dresses and hats, and of course, dapper derby-attire for the gents. Aaand they’re off…enjoy G.H. Mumm Champagne, classic Maker’s Mark Mint Juleps, Derby-inspired cocktails, small plates, and complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres, along with fun contests and prizes. Music by DJ Tony Gadachy!  Derby-attire is highly encouraged.

Concours d’Elegance
Sunday, May 7
From 10am-4pm, the gates of the historic Greystone Estate will open to one of the most elegant and prestigious car shows in the United States, the 8th annual Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance. Over 150 classic and exotic cars and motorcycles will compete at this world-class event for “Best of Show,” “Peoples’ Choice” and “Best Per Class” among many other awards. Past winners include a 1904 Schacht Model K voted Best in Class, 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost for Best of show, a Best in Class 1963 Shelby Cobra and a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ for Best of Show. The all-inclusive ticket includes entrance to the show, gourmet food and beverages and all activities. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Friends of Greystone, a non-profit organization dedicated to the ongoing maintenance and restoration efforts for the mansion.

Hollywood Bowl Tickets Go on Sale!
Sunday, May 7
Save the date! Hollywood Bowl tickets officially go on sale today. Highlights include Ziggy Marley, Blondie, Tony Bennett, Solange, Jack Johnson, Diana Krall, and, of course, Dudamel, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Check out the lineup here.

Sci-Fi at Union Station
Friday, May 12
Metro Art presents “Them!,” (1954, 94 min, Dir. Gordon Douglas) as the next installment of our Sci-Fi at Union Station series.This screening is free and open to the public. RSVP on Facebook! This black-and–white science fiction cult classic is a pioneer of the “nuclear monster” genre and the first to portray a colossal sized insect. Culminating in a climactic battle scene set in Los Angeles, “Them!” follows the accidental creation of man-eating ants that threaten mankind. Starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn and Joan Weldon. This series highlights Los Angeles, a capital of Science Fiction, renowned for being an inspiration and backdrop for many fundamental works within the genre. “Them!” features scenes shot in Union Station’s railroad yard and at the nearby LA River.

Echo Park Craft Fair at Mack Sennett Studios
Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14
Join artsy Eastsiders for a feast of hand-dyed clothing and delicately concocted bath oils, one-of-a-kind ceramics, weavings, jewelry and beyond.

Cinespia Screenings at Hollywood Forever
May 13 – Chinatown
May 20 – Boogie Nights
May 27 – Hitchcock’s North by Northwest
May 28 – Clueless

Rose Bowl Flea Market
Sunday, May 14
Featuring over 2,500 vendors and 20,000 buyers every month, the Rose Bowl Flea Market is one of the most famous markets in the world! A perfect idea for Mother’s Day! If you need Pasadena brunch recommendations afterward, just ask!

Mother’s Day Tea and Tour at the Castle Green
Sunday, May 14
Back again this Year!! Make this day extra special for Mom by adding on the full service sit down Mother’s Day Tea presented by Tea Rose Garden Tearoom in Old Town Pasadena and Perfect Equation Catering. Come at noon and enjoy Tea in the Grand Ballroom. You will be served salad, classic tea sandwiches, pastries, scones, fruit compote and a desert plate along with a pot of seasonal tea. Keepsakes: A jar of Castle Green Marmalade or jam.
Advance reservations required.

EEEEEATSCON at Barker Hangar
Saturday, May 20
The first ever EEEEEATSCON will be happening May 20th at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California! A food festival for a new generation. Six million photos tagged with #EEEEEATS and four years of curating restaurants at music festivals has made it clear that people all over the world are looking for a place to pursue their passion for food beyond their smartphone screen. EEEEEATSCON will be the place where that pursuit begins.

Wake up with the Waves
Saturday, May 20
The Pier’s famed free children’s concert series is powering up with rock n’ roll music academy School of Rock. Start Saturday mornings with fresh-air fun for families and friends with kids 2-12.  Start their love of music early with interactive play, singing and dancing, hosted by School of Rock’s own Chief Rocker Ryan Schiff.

Skyline At Los Angeles State Historic Park
Saturday, May 20
Music returns to L.A. State Historic Park with the introduction of Skyline: Art, Music, Food. The first such fest to be held at the remodeled park since 2014, Skyline includes sets from Miike Snow, Duke Dumont, Lido, Eden, Michl, Elohim and Jason Bentley.

The Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival
Sunday, May 21
At Paramount Ranch near Agoura Hills, California in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area On THREE STAGES plus The Dance Barn and Children’s area, set within Western movie sets and mountain locations — bring your instruments and “sit in” with jamming musicians!

La La Land in Concert at Hollywood Bowl
Friday, May 26 & Saturday, May 27
See composer Justin Hurwitz conduct the Oscar-winning score backed by a 100-piece orchestra, choir and jazz ensemble.

LA Zine Fest at California Market Center
Sunday, May 28
Get to know the world of DIY printed lit with this assembly of over 175 exhibitors of zines, small press publications and comics.

Pinot Noir Taste Off
Friday, May 27
Russian River VS Santa Barbara VS OREGON VS Anderson Valley VS Sonoma Coast
The wines are blind – we will pick our favorites and score them blind then reveal… this is fun, educational, delicious, and entertaining! Learn what you prefer and taste some of the greatest PINOT NOIRS made – Includes Petite Cheese Plate. Hosted by wine educator Ian Blackburn.

Eat|See|Hear  Pulp Fiction at Autry Museum in Griffith Park
May 27, 2017
Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American neo-noir, black comedy, crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.  Directed in a highly stylized manner, Pulp Fiction connects the intersecting storylines of Los Angeles mobsters, fringe players, small-time criminals, and a mysterious briefcase. The film’s title refers to the pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels popular during the mid-20th century, known for their graphic violence and punchy dialogue.Pulp Fiction’s narrative is told out of chronological order, and follows three main interrelated stories.

The Book of Mormon at Pantages
Opens Tuesday, May 30
The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it “Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal.” It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical.


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