Free weekend? LA River's new cafe, Lotus Festival and 'Undateable'

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You made it. Reward yourself for those five days of hard work with a weekend of music, film and art in the park. It'll be 80 degrees and sunny in Los Angeles — perfect weather for exploring the city.

Here's everything you need to know: 


1. SUNSET AT THE OASIS

Your new oasis

Visit the L.A. River's newest addition: The Frog Spot. The pop-up cafe was created by Friends of the L.A. River and it's even got wifi. Stop by after a walk or bike ride along the river for coffee, water and popsicles. And don't underestimate this white trailer. On Saturday, it'll host an afternoon of music and riverside shade. A suggested donation of $15 will get you two beverages (beer, wine or a soft drink). The Frog Spot is funded by Miss Me Jeans and REI, but all sales will go toward FoLAR.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Saturdays

Where: Frog Spot | MAP

Price: $15 suggested donation


2. ARE YOU UNDATEABLE?

Sneak peek

(Photo: Courtesy of Undateable) 

You've been catfished! These 38 comedians posted fake, "undateable" profiles to OKCupid — and now they want to share the results with a live audience. Not to be confused with the NBC show, this Second City comedy show stereotypes online daters in a great way. 

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Second City Hollywood | MAP

Price: $10


3. JUST ADD WATER

(Photo: Courtesy of Rob Reynolds)

What better time to learn about the history of the L.A. Aqueduct and its surrounding landscape than in the midst of an extreme drought? L.A.-based contemporary artist Rob Reynolds' 10 large-scale watercolors interpret the epic significance of the Aqueduct through the lenses of history, geography and time. Each is on display at The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in "Just Add Water," an exhibit running through August.

When: 9:30 a.m- 5:30 p.m.

Where: The Natural History Museum | MAP

Price: Free for children under 5$12 adults.$9 seniors/college students with ID; $8 ages 13-17. $5 children 5-12


4. ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET

So much stuff

Find everything you could possibly want at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Expect endless rows of vendors selling clothes, vinyl, furniture, bikes and much more. But like this blogger says, have a plan of attack. You can't conquer it all. Know what you want before you go and stick to the plan. Otherwise, you'll be lost in layers of reused stuff. Can't make it this weekend? You're in luck; it'll be back the second Sunday of next month.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Rose Bowl Stadium | MAP

Price: Children under 12 are free; $8 general admission; $10 to $20 for early entry


5. ART NEAR THE PARK

Photo: The park

Located near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, Barnsdall Art Park sits on 11 acres atop Olive Hill. Its art center hosts a free family workshop every Sunday. This week's theme: Tribal Patterns Collage. (All materials will be provided.) Pro tip: Looking for an adult-only event? The part hosts Friday night wine tastings on the Hollyhock lawn.

When: 10 to noon Sunday 

Where: Barnsdall Art Center | MAP 

Price: Free


6. FREE OUTDOOR MUSIC AT LEVITT  

Blast from the past

You may recognize his music from the Veronica Mars pilot. (If not, watch above.) Davíd Garza is an Austin-based singer-songwriter who infuses rock and pop with a Latin vibe. See him perform 8 p.m. Friday at the outdoor Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena. His opening act is the wildly talented 26-year-old, L.A. native Irene Diaz. You can hear her 2013 EP below. Listen to her interview with NPR here

Check it out


7. THE LOTUS FESTIVAL

Stay for sunset

The lotuses (and lilies) are back. And so is the Lotus Festival! If you haven't been to Echo Park Lake since its revamp, this weekend-long celebration of Asian cultures is the perfect time to explore. Among the blooming flowers and DTLA skyline, you'll find live music, food vendors and dragon boat races. Interested in the history of the lake? Check out this LA Mag article

When: Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday; Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Echo Park Lake | MAP

Price: Free 


8. MORE ECHO PARK LOVE 

The sounds they see

Grab a picnic and watch the sun set at Echo Park Lake before an outdoor screening of "The Sound We See: An Echo Park City Symphony." You'll get a look at Los Angeles through the lens of Echo Park Film Center. The group documented the life, rhythm and movement of the city from their perspectives on 16mm. The screening will include live music arranged by Jon Almaraz.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday 

Where: Echo Park Lake | MAP

Price: Free


9. TWO SPIKE LEE SCREENINGS

LACMA is hosting two screenings of Spike Lee throwbacks Friday. Here's a glimpse: 

She's Gotta Have It

Video: "She's Gotta Have It" trailer

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: LACMA, Bing Theater

Price: $5

Bamboozled

Video: Bamboozled

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: LACMA, Bing Theater

Price: $5


What's we miss? Let us know in comments.


With contributions by Cassidy Kean

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