The Best Events This Weekend in Los Angeles | June 16-19

Los Angeles is brimming with exciting events this weekend, offering something for everyone to enjoy. Get ready to transport yourself back to the 1980s at the Roaring ’80s Night at the Los Angeles Zoo, featuring live music, silent disco, food trucks, and even a paint party. For those looking for a good laugh, catch Ali Wong’s hilarious stand-up show at the Long Beach Convention Center. Dance enthusiasts can experience the mesmerizing performances of Complexions Contemporary Ballet at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, showcasing pieces set to the music of Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and others. Literature aficionados can join in the global celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses at the Hammer Museum’s Bloomsday event, featuring readings, music, and Irish cheer. Lastly, the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival offers a fantastic lineup curated by Kamasi Washington and Herbie Hancock, promising a weekend filled with soulful melodies. So, mark your calendars and indulge in the vibrant culture and entertainment Los Angeles has to offer!

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Roaring ’80s Night 
Los Angeles Zoo
Friday, June 16; 6 – 10 p.m.
Get ready to party like it’s 1988 at the zoo with live music from Flashback Heart Attack, a silent disco of retro dance hits, food trucks, a paint party, bars, animal presentations and lots of photo opportunities. Roaring Nights events are 21+.

Ali Wong Live
Terrace Theater at the Long Beach Convention Center 
Friday, June 16; 10 p.m.
A few tickets remain for Wong’s late standup show in Long Beach (the early show is already sold out). Wong, a comedian, writer, actress and director, is best known for her comedy specials Baby Cobra, Hard Knock Wife and starring in Always Be My Maybe and Beef.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center
Friday, June 16 – Sunday, June 18
Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center continues its 20th dance season with the return of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. The company performs pieces “Woke” and “Love Rocks,” featuring music by Kendrick Lamar, Logic, Drake, Lenny Kravitz and others.

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The Hammer Museum
Friday, June 16; 7:30 p.m.
Bloomsday is now in its 14th year at the Hammer, joining in the global celebration of one of literature’s most famous traditions. It commemorates James Joyce’s novel Ulysses, set on June 16, 1904. The day generally includes readings, drinking, music and odes to debauchery. (The novel was banned in the U.S. from 1922 to 1933.) Enjoy live Irish music by Rattle the Knee, Guinness on draft and actors delivering dramatic readings from the novel, interspersed with songs.

Pasadena Chalk Festival
The Plaza at the Pasadena Convention Center
Saturday, June 17 – Sunday, June 18
Bring the family to view more than 200 chalk murals, created by more than 500 artists. Plus, view the art gallery and silent auction, listen to DJs spin tunes or hang in the beer garden (which is 21+).

11th Annual Cardboard Yacht Regatta
Annenberg Community Beach House
Saturday, June 17; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Watch the battle of home-constructed yachts, built only with corrugated cardboard and duct tape, as people race them across the pool. Voting for favorite designs begins at 9 a.m., with races starting at 10:30 a.m.

Party/After-Party Sessions
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Saturday, June 17; 6:30 p.m.
Carl Craig’s (DJ and producer from Detroit) Party/After-Party sound and light installation is currently on view at The Geffen Contemporary. The second in a series of three concerts/dance parties to celebrate techno — presented by Craig, MOCA and Insomniac/Secret Project — takes place this weekend with performances by Kenny Larkin, Kyle Hall and Rimarkable. The techno is going to get loud (so bring ear protection) and note that Party/After-Party features low lighting and strobe effects.

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Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival
Hollywood Bowl
Saturday, June 17 – Sunday, June 18; 3:30 p.m.
The Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival returns this weekend with a fantastic two-day lineup, curated by Kamasi Washington (who performs Saturday) and Herbie Hancock. Saturday’s lineup also includes Bell Biv DeVoe, Pancho Sanchez, Samara Joy and St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Sunday’s performers include West Coast Get Down featuring Leon Bridges and Raphael Saadiq, and The Soul Rebels with Big Freedia.

31st Annual Juneteenth Celebration
Virginia Avenue Park
Saturday, June 17; 1 – 7 p.m.
The family-friendly event includes an afternoon of music with local Blues artist Sonny Green, Victory Boyd, along with reggae group Arise Roots, all-female R&B band KLYMAXX and DJ sets by DJ Sucafree. At the Juneteenth event, guests will be able to browse and shop from food and craft vendors, take advantage of a kid-friendly activity area and learn about local resources.

Imagining Indigenous Cinema: New Voices, New Visions
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
Saturday, June 17 – Sunday, June 18
The Indigenous film series, which has screened a survey of more than 40 short and feature-length contemporary works during its run, closes this weekend. Saturday’s program Realizing Futures features a slate of short films that reflect how Indigenous filmmakers see themselves and the past-present futures of their communities. Sunday’s event is An Evening with Sky Hopinka, featuring a series of short films from Hopinka and a discussion with the filmmaker about his work. Livestream available.

Investigating Investigative Journalism through Film
Studio City Branch Library
Saturday, June 17; 11 a.m.
The Library Foundation of LA’s ALOUD series presents a day-long program at the Studio City branch for film screenings on investigative journalism and a conversation on the topic with panelists Meg James of the LA Times and Elly Yu of LAist. The day begins with a screening of She Said (2022) at 11 a.m., followed by a panel discussion at 1:30 p.m., and a screening of Good Night, and Good Luck at 2:45 p.m.


Street Food Cinema: Do the Right Thing
Grand Hope Park
Saturday, June 17; 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Street Food Cinema celebrates Juneteenth with the Spike Lee classic film about racial tensions on the hottest day in Brooklyn. The night includes DJ L-double-E spinning R&B and hip-hop hits, a full bar, food trucks and a marketplace curated by Cool Ass Black Woman.

28th Annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance
Rodeo Drive, between Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards
Sunday, June 18; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Concours d’Elegance returns to Beverly Hills on Father’s Day, a perfect outing for dads, families and car enthusiasts of all ages. The car show features 100 rare and iconic vehicles, from supercars and race cars to classics and custom-built vehicles. In addition to the restaurants and cafes in the city, the food truck/cart lineup includes Baby’s Badass Burgers, Café Balmano, Cousins Maine Lobster, The Deli Doctor, Ginger’s Divine Ice Cream, King Kone Ice Cream and Ladurée Beverly Hills.

CicLAvia: South LA / Vermont Avenue
All Over LA
Sunday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The open streets event CicLAvia takes over 6.2 miles in South L.A., mostly along Vermont Avenue. Ride bikes, jog, skate, walk or people-watch while exploring the neighborhood. The event also features the 3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration and Resource Fair at Century Boulevard and Western Avenue. As always, CicLAvia is free and open to all ages.

Enjoy the (hopefully) sunny weekend!

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