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What's On This Month In LA | May 2016

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Updated: 14 October 2016
The LA weather is heating up, and so are the events happening around the city. The month of May is full of festivals: music festivals, food and drink festivals, and art festivals, to celebrate the diversity of the cultures that make LA the city that it is. So grab the sunscreen, stay hydrated, and explore everything LA is offering this month.


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FESTIVAL Delight in Taste of the Eastside

Sunday, May 1st

Get a taste of over a dozen hot spot restaurants emerging out of LA’s Eastside at the sixth annual Taste of the Eastside.

FESTIVAL Get Healthy at VegFest Los Angeles

Sunday, May 1st

Vegans, health nuts, and regular-foodies alike, be sure to stop at this food fest and sample all of the veg-friendly options offered.

ART Bring an Appetite to the Pancakes and Booze Art Show

Friday, May 6th

Food makes everything better– be sure not to miss this underground pop-up art show, which will showcase over a hundred artists while serving up delicious pancakes.

FILM Visit Verona at the Street Food Cinema: Romeo and Juliet

Saturday, May 7th

This isn’t just a movie showing; the Bard’s famous romance will be coupled with outdoor picnics, food vendors, and live music.

FESTIVAL Put Your Glasses Up at LA On Tap

Saturday, May 7th

The best beers of Los Angeles have duked it out and the winners are here, so stop by and see if you agree.

FESTIVAL Be A Bookworm At Grand Park Downtown BookFest

Saturday, May 7th

Grand Park will turn literary haven, featuring live poetry and bookshops, as well as interactive activities to bring the words to life.

ART Get Crafty at the Echo Park Craft Fair

Sunday, May 8th

This bi-annual celebration is back to feature over a hundred art vendors and some of the best craftwork in Southern California.


© Davetoaster / Flickr, Joshua Tree | Christopher Michel / | Paolo Gamba / Flickr, | Elliot Harmon / Flickr

FILM Don’t Go Alone to the Great Horror Campout: Screening of Friday the 13th

Friday, May 13th

It’s a fright night at the Great Horror Campout as they celebrate Friday the 13th with a screening of the infamous movie. Just be sure to be careful of what’s lurking in the dark, outside of the screen.

LITERATURE Find Inspiration at the Create Rebellion Author Presentation

Friday, May 13th

Author Robbie Tripp of Create Rebellion, is coming to the Last Bookstore to talk about aspiring writers’ favorite things: creativity, passion, and pissing people off.

MUSIC Feel the Beat at Dance Yourself Clean

Saturday, May 14th

Originally from Seattle, this dance party is now an L.A. staple, offering the city-dwellers a place to dance away their worries for a night.

MUSIC Get Rescued at Saved by the 90’s

Saturday, May 14th

Travel through time and relive the best music of the 90’s, including classics like Blink 182 and Nirvana.

FESTIVAL Escape the City Chaos at the Joshua Tree Music Festival

Sunday, May 15th

Take a weekend trip into the desert for some beautiful scenery and great music.

MUSIC Enjoy the Sounds of Andrew Bird

Sunday, May 15th

Catch this orchestral superstar on one of two nights he’s spending in LA, and hear the magic of his multi-instrumental sets.

ART Channel Creativity at Abstraction in Art at LACMA

Sunday, May 15th

This LACMA class encourages student creativity in a range of media exploring abstraction.


Courtesy of the Broad, | © Scooter Lowrimore / Flickr, | Lucy Kalantari / Flickr, Courtesy of Dan Avila

Music Explore Art and Ideas with Peter Sellars

Monday, May 16th

With the Ojai Music Festival as a backdrop, Peter Sellars will discuss creativity and ideation, alongside The New Yorker music critic, Alex Ross.

FESTIVAL Get Serenaded at Noches de Serenata

Thursday, May 19th

The Boyle Heights neighborhood is celebrating art and culture by bringing their different local artisans and artists together for an evening of music, art, and even a flashmob.

THEATRE Experience an Odyssey with Soggy Glasses at the Broad

Friday, May 20th

As part of a show that explores body politics, the Broad is putting on Soggy Glasses, a feminist comedy featuring artist Dynasty Handbag on a mythic hero-journey.

5k Brighten Up at the Color Run LA

Saturday, May 21st

Make the month of May a little bit more colorful at this famous 5k.

FITNESS Stretch It out at Yoga with Adriene

Saturday, May 21st

Out of Texas, Adriene Mishler is a yoga teacher who leads an active online yoga community– she’s bringing her yogic wisdom to you live at The Shrine.

MUSIC Rock Out with The Who live

Sunday, May 22nd

Originally set for September, a setback pushed the Who’s performance into May—perfect, if seeing the classic rock band perform live is on your monthly to-do.

ART Break Out Silent Bids at the Venice Annual Art Walk and Auction

Sunday, May 22nd

The beautiful art, family activities, and trifecta of music, food, and entertainment aren’t even the best part of this event—the best part is that the event is for a great cause in the local community.


© Cory Doctorow / Flickr, | Sharlene Stephens / Flickr, Courtesy of Los Angeles Poverty Department, | David Hoshor / Flickr

LITERATURE Find Where You Fit Alongside Black Sheep Boy

Thursday, May 26th

Engage with the memoir about finding the places one outcast fits in, with this praised Louisiana author.

FESTIVAL Try to Catch Lightning in a Bottle

Friday, May 27th

This memorial weekend music festival is just outside of Los Angeles, and it’s well worth the drive.

Saturday, May 28th

ART Paint The Streets During The Day Of Funk

Funk music provides the backdrop of this graffiti art showcase, where the finished artwork gets raffled off at the end of the day.

FESTIVAL Parade Through L.A. at Walk the Talk

Saturday, May 28th

See Skid Row transformed by a parade and performances that are taking over the streets in order to celebrate the arts and culture arising out of the community.

MUSIC Be Immersed in the music of Latin Jazz

Sunday, May 29th

Enjoy the diverse interpretations of Latin Jazz while wandering through galleries at the Autry.

FESTIVAL Get Jazzed for JazzReggae Fest

Monday, May 30th

Head over to the sunny Westwood village and it’s beautiful UCLA campus for the college’s one-day, mini music festival that promises good vibes and better music.