The weekend is upon us and we can tell: It's going to be a good one. With 80 degree temps come 100 free concerts, contemporary dancing downtown and a whole lot of country music memorabilia. We hope you're a fan.
Here's everything you need to know:
1. BELMONT DAY
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It all comes down to this. Only one more race stands between California Chrome and horse racing's Triple Crown, but it could be his toughest challenge yet. The California horse is the favorite at the Belmont Stakes. Grab tickets to watch the race with other fans at Santa Anita Park Saturday. Tickets include a live performance from New Found Glory, two beers, a program and a tip sheet. What does California Chrome have to overcome to win? Read more here.
When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Santa Anita Park | MAP
Price: $25.50 | Purchase tix here
Listen to live music from more than 100 great indie bands all day Saturday in Pasadena. And get this: The event is free. Highlights include Surfer Blood, Tennis and Saint Motel. There will be five stages and various other venues set up around Pasadena. Wear comfy shoes and get ready for a long day of discovering new cool tunes.
When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday | Schedule here
Where: 5 stages around Pasadena | MAP here
Price: $5 suggested donation
How are biologists tracking and trapping L.A.'s wildlife? Learn about our city's reptiles, mountain lions and more at the Natural History Museum's after hours party this Friday. Discussions about urban beekeeping and L.A.'s biodiversity will be followed by outdoor musical performances. Expect live music from post-disco dance-punk group De Lux and KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez.
When: 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday
Where: Natural History Museum Los Angeles County | MAP
Price: $20 | Purchase tix here
Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban and Hank Williams: The pioneers, poets and icons of country music. Celebrate their work through more than 100 pieces of historical and contemporary photography and a documentary that explores the 80-year evolution of this genre of music.
When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Annenberg Space for Photography | MAP
Choreography inspired by a Mongolian ritual dance, the youngest-ever principal ballet dancer in the Royal Ballet and hula hoop art — those are just a few of the subjects in films being screened in downtown Los Angeles this weekend. The 13th annual Dance Camera West Festival is called Restructure this year, and it's taking place at five venues around the city.
When: Festival begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday | Schedule here
Where: The Music Center, Grand Park, REDCAT, The Museum of Contemporary Art and Union Station | MAP
Price: $15; all outdoor events are free | Purchase tix here
Listen to original stories from all sorts of weirdos, including authors, professional storytellers, comedians and television personalities at the bookstore Stories. Enjoy cheap cafe specials and discover new books at this charming Echo Park spot.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Back patio of Stories Books & Cafe in Echo Park | MAP
The Great Horror Campout is not for the faint of heart. Get ready for an overnight, interactive and frightening camping adventure. This year's event is taking place in the Griffith Park Old Zoo, which L.A. Weekly says is haunted. Choose your level of involvement by tent zone — and don't forget to bring your sleeping bag, pillow and an old white T-shirt for Blood Tag. Seriously. That's happening.
When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Griffith Park Old Zoo | MAP
Price: $159 to $223 | Purchase tix here
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