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Free weekend? Taco Festival, 'The Karate Kid' and Go Topless Day

Spicy pork taco at Kogi.
Spicy pork taco at Kogi.
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It's cooling down SoCal. This means we might actually have some energy this weekend to get off the couch. Here's everything you need to know. 


1. Roaring Nights at L.A. Zoo

The L.A. Zoo has been throwing music parties all summer and for the last hoorah, it's taking "Roaring Nights" back to the '80s. Dj sets, a Michael Jackson tribute show and other entertainment will pay tribute to the era's fashion and pop culture. Bring your favorite '80s outfit. But if not, you'll get to glam up your hair or makeup with a pop-up beauty station. Don't forget to capture the moment: “Ghostbusters” will be walking around for photo opps. 

When: 7 to 11 p.m. Friday

Where: L.A. Zoo | MAP

Price: $20


2. "Mad Max" double feature

Watch the trailer

Ready for three hours of a young Mel Gibson in the OG "Mad Max"? The post-apocalyptic action flick will be on the big screen at New Beverly Cinema Friday and Saturday. And if that's not enough: The historic theater will also screen the "Mad Max" sequel "The Road Warrior" both nights.

When: "The Road Warrior" screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday | "Mad Max" screens at 9:30 p.m. Friday and 5:20 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: New Beverly Cinema | MAP

Price: $8 for a double feature | Tickets are sold out online but 100 will be available at the door both nights.


3. Relive your teen years

Remember this gem?

Boy bands will rule the night at Rapture's '80s/'90s dance party this Friday in Silver Lake. *NSYNC, New Edition, New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, HANSON! All of your favorite childhood crushes on one playlist. No Remixes; no mashups; all originals.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: The Satellite | MAP

Price: Free before 1o p.m. | $10 after


4. Taco Festival

Carne asada tacos? Chicken tacos? Tofu Tacos? What will it be? The possibilities are endless at the 2015 L.A. Taco Festival in Grand Park this Saturday. Enjoy food from the Kogi Barbeque Taco Truck, Homeboy Truck from Homeboy Industries, Mexicali Taco and Co. and many more. That's not all. This taco party will turn into a world music dance party with the Afro-Latino, cumbia band Quitapenas. 

When: Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Grand Park | MAP

Price: Free entrance


5. Ray Bradbury's birthday tribute

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Saturday is the late author Ray Bradbury's 95th birthday, and South Pasadena Public Library is hosting a tribute. It'll screen “Fahrenheit 451” followed by a scene from Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” play performed by Ray’s acting troupe, the Ray Bradbury Pandemonium Theatre Company.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday 

Where: South Pasadena Public Library's community room | MAP

Price: Free


6. Saturdays off the 405

Listen to the music

Electronic band Hundred Waters will play at The Getty Center Saturday for its summer series: Saturdays off the 405. Enjoy live music outside among views of the city. Get there early to explore the museum's current exhibits like In Focus: Animalia and Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday 

Where: The Getty Center | MAP

Price: Free | No ticket required 


7. "The Karate Kid" 

Watch the trailer

Eat|See|Hear will be in Beverly Hills Saturday with an outdoor screening of "The Karate Kid." Grab your low-back chairs and pack your picnic for an evening of '80s greatness with Mr. Miyagi. Food trucks include Say Fish TacoStreet Kitchen, Smokin Willies BBQHurricane KitchenCoolhaus and Brasil Kiss. Music from Topher Mohr. Kids and dogs are welcome.

When: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday |Music: 7:30  p.m.| Movie: 8:30 p.m.

Where: La Cienega Park  | MAP

Price: $8 to $20 | Pro tip: Find discounted tix via Goldstar here (thanks for the find We Like L.A.!)


8. Go Topless Day

Free your nipples

And now we present the main attraction: Go Topless Day. It happens every year in light of Women's Equality Day. Get in on the action at Venice Beach with a topless pride parade lead by Cosmic Carnival, as well as post-parade speakers and performers including Brazen Booties Burlesque and empowerment coach Destin Gerek. Pro tip: Get yourself some pasties. Nipples must be covered. 

When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday 

Where: Meet at Navy Street and the Boardwalk | MAP

Price: Free


9. Sunday brunch at Hotel Fig

If you're in need of a pool Sunday, head over to Hotel Figueroa for brunch. The Sunday Funday includes live music and bottomless mimosas/bloody mary's. Plus, there will be buttermilk pancakes, brioche french toast, waffles, omelettes, smoked applewood bacon and maplepork sausage. YUM. Pro tip: Stick around for the Wavey pool party if you're up for crowds. 

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday

Where: Hotel Figuoroa | MAP

Price: $35 per person 


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