Hang out with butterflies, get a henna tattoo or dance to Daft Punk on the Santa Monica Pier. The weekend train awaits, are you hopping aboard?
Butterflies are getting a new permanent home at the Natural History Museum of L.A. County. Twenty California-native species of butterfly including monarchs, mourning cloaks and buckeyes, along with 10 subtropical varieties like the grey cracker and malachite, will all be in the pavilion. The new space for these gentle creatures means more flight space, resting spots and natural light. Pro tip: Timed tickets to get into the butterfly pavilion are required, so buy in advance.
When: Opens Friday at 9 a.m. and runs through Oct. 16
Where: Natural History Museum of L.A. County | MAP
Price: General admission plus the butterfly pavilion $17 | Get Tickets
Get to know downtown Santa Ana, while tasting fare from a variety of restaurants. More than 40 restaurants are participating, including Yojie Japanese Fondue, Portola and Chapter One: TML. There's also live entertainment from Santa Ana High School's mariachis, plus a pop-up karaoke station for the late legend Juan Gabriel. Pro tip: You can stroll as you choose which spots you'd like to try, or hop on the trolley that will transport you around for free.
When: Friday, 5 p.m.
Where: Downtown Santa Ana Farmers' Market | MAP
Price: $10 for five tastings | Get Tickets
All about that healthy lifestyle? This is your alternative to festivals packed with fried foods. There will be 250 exhibitors filling the giant space in DTLA for three days of lectures, demonstrations and, of course, merchandise — all revolving around a green and eco-friendly theme. Hit up any of the organic cooking demonstrations, get your weekly yoga session in or just eat and shop some seriously green products. Check out the full program here.
When: Friday, noon-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center | MAP
Price: Tickets are $12-$35 | Get tickets
We know it's been a while since the game flooded the streets with aspiring Pokémon trainers, but while the hype may have dwindled away for some, the goal of becoming a master is still real for others. The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks is setting up lures at various parks this month to aid in your quest to be the very best — food, music and other activities are just an added bonus. Visit the website for other event dates.
When and where: Saturday 2 p.m.- 6p.m. at the Hansen Dam & Aquatics Center | MAP
Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p. m. at Griffith Park (near Shane's Inspiration Walk & Roll) | MAP
Weekends can never go wrong with free street festivals jam packed with music, food and good company. Here's another chance to catch as many rays of sun as you can before summer is over for good, complete with face painters, photo booths and henna artists.
When: Saturday 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
Where: Downtown Downey | MAP
Roam under the countless red lanterns scattered across Chinatown and indulge in craft beer gardens, mooncake tastings and bites from food trucks. Squeeze this and as many DIY workshops in before the 7 p.m. Saturn and Moon Harvest viewing. Telescopes will be provided by the Griffith Observatory so you can get the best view, to be followed by more food and live music. Apart from the food trucks and vendors, yes, it's really all free.
When: Saturday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Where: Central Plaza | MAP
A silent concert might sound like an oxymoron, but for HUSHconcerts, it's the norm. At this end of summer show, DJs will be spinning Radiohead and Daft Punk — not blasted through giant speakers, but through headphones that everyone in attendance will be wearing. To people sans headphones, the sight of people dancing to seeming silence might be a bit ridiculous – but then again, they aren't the ones listening to "One More Time."
When: Saturday 7 p.m.
Where: Santa Monica Pier | MAP
Price: General admission is $10 | Get Tickets