Free weekend? KTown Night Market, 'Princess Bride' and the '90s

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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. 

Watch: Gerardo Mejía's dance moves


1. '90s Dance Downtown

Youtube - MC Hammer

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

Price: Free 


2. That 90's Show: An ArtExhibition Flashback 

Instagram - Art Exchange

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

Price: Free 


3. Party at Grand Central Market 

(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

Where: Grand Central Market | MAP

Price: Free entry; eat and drink at your own will


4. "Princess Bride" with Cary Elwes

Watch: "The Princess Bride"

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.

Watch: Dark Furs music video

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


5. Johnny Ramone Tribute

Instagram - Johnny Ramone

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


6. KTown Night Market at Angel Stadium 

Video: KTown Night Market

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

Where: Angel Stadium of Anaheim| MAP

Price: $3; purchase tix here


7. Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo 

YouTube - WE ARE TWIN

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 


8. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World 

Video: "Scott Pilgrim" trailer

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.

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