WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1st – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8th
FESTIVAL | Have a White Russian and throw a spare
📅 Friday, March 3rd and Saturday, March 4th
The annual homage to the beloved 1998 crime comedy returns with activities to abide by, including film screenings, live music, and, of course, bowling. On Friday, catch a screening of The Big Lebowski at The Wiltern, with special guests Leon Russom, who played the Sheriff of Malibu, and Robin Jones, who played a cashier at Ralph’s, and music by the Kyle Gass Band. On Saturday, head over to Fountain Bowl for a costume contest, trivia, and unlimited bowling.
📍 Fountain Bowl, 17110 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley, CA, USA, +1 714 963 7888
BEER | Sip a pint at the 4th Annual IPA Festival
📅 Saturday, March 4th and Sunday, March 5th
Over 60 breweries from around the Golden State will go head-to-head to determine which hoppy beers are the best of the year. On Saturday, beginning bright and early at 9:30 a.m., guests can sip and vote on a variety of beers before the winners are announced at the main event at 4 p.m. Each 10-ounce pour will cost $5. On Sunday, the Taste of the LA IPA Fest will allow guests to enjoy $13.50 flights of their favorite brews beginning at 9:30 a.m.
ARCADE | Get the high score at this secret throwback arcade
📅 Saturday, March 4th
Retro games, including Donkey Kong and Super Mario Brothers, will be fired up and ready to go, 80s jams will be in full effect, and drinks will be flowing at the bar at Playboy’s Hidden Arcade. The whole thing goes down at Think Tank Gallery, tucked into a second-floor space in the Fashion District. Doors open at 9 p.m., though organizers advise showing up 15 minutes early. Rumor has it there will be a bunny or two in attendance.
THURSDAY, MARCH 9th – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15th
FILM | See a bizarre found-footage masterpiece
📅 Thursday, March 9th
Fraud, directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp, uses clips from over 100 hours of found footage of a seemingly average American family. However, by editing the footage in a creative way, it tells an entirely fictitious narrative that depicts the family’s descent into a life of crime in pursuit of the elusive American dream. Cinefamily will screen Fraud at 7:30 p.m., with a discussion with Fleischer-Camp, moderated by Nathan For You‘s Nathan Fielder, to follow.
CULTURE | Get your art fix for free in Pasadena
📅 Friday, March 10th
ArtNight Pasadena is a totally free way to explore a variety of art institutions around Pasadena. Free shuttles make it easy to explore over a dozen venues including Japanese drumming at Shumei Art Council, exhibits at the Pasadena Museum of History, a Motown dance party at the Paseo Colorado, and live music at Pasadena City Hall. (That’s where you can catch the shuttle.) Food trucks will be out and about for when you’re feeling peckish.
BOOKS | A free book fest in the park
📅 Saturday, March 11th
From noon until 5 p.m., Grand Park will host Downtown Bookfest, a free and family-friendly literature lovers’ event with live poetry readings, a photo booth, writers’ meetups, book vendors, and workshops on how to make your own books out of dried plants.
THURSDAY, MARCH 16th – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22nd
FESTIVAL | Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the streets of downtown L.A.
📅 Friday, March 17th
Casey’s Irish Pub is hosting the 44th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival. This 21+ event will feature DJs, food, and, of course, drinks! Casey’s will be supplying traditional Irish eats, or you can get a slice of pizza from Pellicola Pizzeria. Casey’s will open at 6 a.m., while the festival begins at 11 a.m. Enter at Wilshire Boulevard and Hope Street.
Tickets: Free before 3:30 p.m., $20 after
TELEVISION | Go behind the scenes of all of your favorite shows
📅 Friday, March 17th through Sunday, March 26th
PaleyFest is back with 10 days of panels featuring the stars and showrunners of 12 hit shows, including The Walking Dead, Arrow, Bob’s Burgers, Scandal, American Horror Story, and Westworld. It’s your chance to hear behind-the-scenes tales from the sets of TV’s most talked-about series.
MUSIC | Enjoy Bach underground
📅 Saturday, March 18th
In honor of the 332nd birthday of composer Johann Sebastian Bach, an all-day Bach extravaganza will take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Los Angeles’ gorgeous and historic Union Station. The morning begins with complimentary coffee in the Grand Waiting Hall. Then, a variety of ensembles will set up throughout the transit hub to celebrate the expansive oeuvre of the iconic classical composer. A full schedule is available here.
THURSDAY, MARCH 23rd – FRIDAY, MARCH 31st
CONCERT | Winter is here at the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience
📅 Thursday, March 23rd
Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi will lead a full orchestra and choir through selections from the HBO drama’s score, while video walls surround the audience with scenes and landscapes from the show. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters and to even sing along to the “Rains of Castamere.”
📍 The Forum, 3900 W Manchester Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 330 7300
THEATER | Go on a strange quest with Screenshot Productions
📅 Saturday, March 25th and Sunday, March 26th
Immersive theater company Screenshot Productions offers a one-on-one journey with their beautiful and introspective show, Fear is What We Learned Here. Participants will experience light, sound, and imagery to explore the concept of “fear as a tool for social and political control.” Guests may encounter complete darkness and physical contact; however, despite the title, the show is not designed to be scary.
FOOD | Plant-based eats abound in North Hollywood
📅 Sunday, March 26th
The annual Vegan Street Fair is coming to NoHo, featuring bites from the likes of Donut Friend, Todo Verde, Your Vegan Friend, and more. There will be family-friendly activities and games, and beer is available via a beer garden at the nearby Federal Bar. It’s free to enter the fest, and each bite-sized sample will cost $4 or less. A VIP $40 ticket will net you a Fast Pass so that you can skip the lines, but it does not include food.
Tickets: Free to $40