The '90s are back! Grab your crop tops and carpenter jeans and get ready for a walk down nostalgia lane. This weekend, we're doing the running man in downtown Los Angeles, eating Korean BBQ in Orange County and listening to live music at the L.A. Zoo.
Below is everything you need to know. But first, Gerardo Mejía in the ultimate '90s music video, Rico Suave.
Do you find yourself reminiscing about the days when the Spice Girls were on top, Saved by the Bell was still on the air and tamagotchis ruled the world? Not to worry, this Friday you can dance away all those feelings at the '90s-themed Dance Downtown in the Music Center Plaza. Whip out those sick running man moves and do the cabbage patch until you drop.
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Music Center Plaza| MAP
Not enough '90s at Dance Downtown? There's more. Check out "That 90's Show: An ArtExhibition Flashback" in Long Beach. The ArtExchange was formed in the decade of grunge, so it'll be paying tribute to its founding artists this weekend. It'll be totally all that and a bag of chips.
When: The final day of the show is Sunday
Where: Art Exchange| MAP
(Photo: Ron T/Flickr)
Coffee sundae with a side of sticky rice, anyone? Eat awesome food while playing board games at Grand Central Market's "Good Food's Night Out" Friday. Here's a taste of the special menu items vendors will be offering:
- Valerie: The coffee-esta sundae and the almondette sundae, both recreations of classic desserts from fabled Blum's Bakery.
- Sticky Rice: Thai basil pork sticky rice burger.
- Olio Wood Fired Pizzeria: White Clam Pie (smoke roasted chiles, shucked clams, linguiça and grated pecorino finished with fresh chopped cilantro and lime)
Other games include ping-pong and cornhole. Pro tip: GCM is on the up. It just made Bon Appétit's list of "America's Best New Restaurants." Not to mention the New York Times says it serves the best iced latte in America. You must check it out.
When: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday
Price: Free entry; eat and drink at your own will
The beloved classic fairy tale "The Princess Bride"— with swordplay, giants, an evil prince and a beautiful princess — comes to La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills Saturday. Arrive early for live music from Dark Furs (see below) and a special appearance by Cary Elwes. Find a list of food trucks here.
When: Festivities start at 5:30 Saturday; movie starts at 8 p.m.
Where: La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills | MAP
Price: General admission is $10; purchase tix here
Listen to bands pay tribute to the revolutionary punk music that Johnny Ramone helped create. It’s been 10 years since the legend passed away and fans will gather at Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sunday to honor his life. The event will be hosted by Rob Zombie, along with the late rocker’s friends Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols and Duff McKagan from Guns n’ Roses. Pro tip: Don't eat beforehand because there will be tons of food trucks.
When: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday
Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery| MAP
Price: $25, free for kids under 12; purchase tickets here
Our mouths are watering watching that video. OK, so this one is a bit of a drive, but the KTown Night Market is worth it. Have your pick at over 40 food vendors, plus 20 food trucks selected by Seoul Sausage (season 3 winners of the Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race). Keep an eye out for the art walk, featuring Betty Boop art. Pro tip: Wash down your food coma with cold beers in the beer garden.
When: 4 p.m. to midnight Friday; 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday
Price: $3; purchase tix here
The Los Angeles Zoo is a great place to visit during the day, but it’s an even better at night. Its summer concert series, Roaring Nights, features the infectious indie rock duo, WE ARE TWIN, this weekend. Between sets enjoy a cocktail or grab some dinner at one of the many food trucks. Then check out some pop-up zoo keeper talks and roam the grounds looking for your favorite animals.
When: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday
Where: Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens | MAP
Price: $18; purchase tix here
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a modern cult classic. Mashing up indie rock, vintage video games and quirky humor, this movie is fast-paced and fun. Also, tickets are only $8 at the New Beverly Cinema. When was the last time you spent under 10 bucks on a movie in Los Angeles? Never.
When: 11:59 p.m. Friday
Where: New Beverly Cinema | MAP
Price: $8; purchase tix here
What'd we miss? Let us know in comments.
Correction: An earlier version of this story included The Everything Festival at Cinefamily. The event takes place August 28 through September 1. We regret the error.