7 things to do this weekend that aren't Coachella

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Forget Coachella. We're having loads of fun in L.A. And guess what, this means less people, which translates to lighter lines and (hopefully) not as much traffic. We're starting the weekend with a date night at The Grove followed by the LA Times' festival of books and then a festival of avocados. What more can an Angeleno ask for? 

Here's everything you need to know: 


1. EAT SO MANY AVOCADOS AT THIS FESTIVAL

(Photo: Chilichika/Flickr)

Eat away your Sunday at the Los Angeles Avocado Festival. Fish tacos with avocado; stuffed avocado; bruschetta avocado — the combinations are limitless. Sunday's daylong event is expected to attract more than 10,000 people; it'll include carnival rides and live entertainment. Stop by to taste avocado of all kinds from local restaurants and food vendors. 

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: La Placita Olvera | MAP 

Price: Free | Reserve tix here 


2. SEE HIDDEN SECRETS OF JACKSON POLLOCK'S WORK

Hidden secrets of Jackson Pollock's mural

Relive the transitional moment in American artist Jackson Pollock's career at the Getty Museum this week. Its latest exhibit explores the intricacies and interactions of the late painter's 1943 masterpiece Mural. The LA Times describes it as "nearly 8 feet high, 20 feet wide and covered edge-to-edge with rhythmic, Matisse-like linear arabesques, muscular abstract shapes and piercing voids." We say it's worth an up-close glimpse. 

When: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday–Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Getty Museum | MAP 

Price: Admission is Free; parking is $15 | Details here

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3. LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

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Bookworms, rejoice! Enjoy a day of sunshine, good books and conversations with your favorite bestselling authors at the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at University of Southern California. There's something for everyone with authors ranging from Alicia Silverstone to Oliver Jeffers to Marissa Meyer. Plus, you can expect live music and movie screenings — and even cooking demonstrations. 

Pro tip: In the mood for comic relief? Stay for the Festival After Dark with hosts John Moe, Margaret Cho, Superchunk and others. Purchase tickets here.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday | Full schedule of events

Where: USC campus | MAP

Price: Free


4. INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES 

Watch great films from up-and-coming directors at the 12th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles this weekend. Stick around for an exclusive screening of the Emmy-award winning film, "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown" as he visits the state of Punjab and gets a taste of colorful flavors and food from local dhabas, also known as roadside restaurants. The fest will close with a screening of "Jadoo," a lighthearted comedy that explores the pandemonium that happens when families are at odds during wedding season. 
 

Pro tip: Also bookmark these films and documentaries: "Powerless," "Siddharth," and "Bombay Talkies."

When: Starts at 7:15 p.m. Friday; starts at 12:15 p.m. Saturday; starts at 1:45 p.m. Sunday 

Where: ArcLight Hollywood | MAP 

Price: Varies | Check website for ticket prices


5. DATE NIGHT AT THE GROVE 

Give yourself and a good friend or significant other that much-needed break with a Friday night dinner and a movie. The date-night package includes a three-course meal at Morels French Steakhouse or La Piazza Ristorante Italiana (among other options); complimentary parking; and tickets to a movie at Pacific Theatres. 

Pro tip: Date Night packages are sold in pairs, and you must reserve tickets by 5 p.m. that day. 

When: Monday through Friday nights

Where: The Grove | MAP

Price: $30 per person | Call (323) 900 -8080 for reservations 


6. VINTAGE FASHION SHOW AND TEA PARTY

(Photo: Tod Kurt/Flickr)

Authentic costumes and vintage gowns will take center stage at the Heritage Square Museum's annual fashion extravaganza Saturday. After the show, take part in a quaint tea buffet. If you haven't been to the museum, it's a chance to explore the settlement and development of Southern California from the Civil War to the early 20th Century — including eight beautiful Victorian-era buildings. 

When: 11 a.m. Saturday

Where: Heritage Square Museum | MAP

Price: $30 for Adults; $30; $15 for children | Tickets must be purchased in advance at (323) 225-2700 ext 223


7. FREE COMEDY SHOW AT THE ECHOPLEX

Hey Buddy: A Free Comedy Show hosted by Adult Swim's Eric AndreKarl Hess and Chris Garcia. The Echoplex promises real and fake celebrity appearances, as well as plenty of spilled milk: "No really, folks, you're probably going to get messy, so leave those fancy duds at home." Fear not: For those looking to stay dry, Eric Andre ponchos will be available for purchase at the merch table for $5.

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Echoplex | MAP

Price: Free 


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