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6 ways to spend your weekend in SoCal

A performer at The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire.
A performer at The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire.
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Choose from a day at the beach with a hoard of corgis, an alternative music festival, a night of roller skating and more. Whatever you decide to do, your wallet will sure thank you. 


Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 

This annual gathering is devoted to generate appreciation for alternative Indian cinema — much like more well-known industry festivals like Sundance — which showcases films from emerging talent. The film screenings are complimented by additional programming, such as panel discussions. If you've been looking to break out of your usual taste for films, this is your shot. Be sure to check out the scheduled screenings ahead of time. 

WHEN: Saturday, April 8 - Sunday, April 9 
WHERE: Regal L.A. Live, DTLA | MAP 
COST: Prices vary 


Annual Spring Iris Sale and Show 

If you're a little behind on your spring floral game, here's your chance to catch up. Though you might have to go some place else to find succulents, here you'll find tall bearded, small bearded and arilbred irises. Make sure to speak with on-hand horticulture experts to learn how to maximize your new plant's life. 

WHEN: Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia | MAP 
COST: Free with admission 


6th Annual Harry Potter Roller Skating Night 

This affair is more than likely going to quickly become crowded, but it's worth it for the biggest "potheads." The magical night will include Harry Potter trivia, costume contests, handmade merchandise, topped off with the film's theme music playing in the background and as many mugs of butterbeer as you can handle. Make sure to take your used books for the charity book drive (copies from the series itself or not.)

WHEN: Saturday, April 8, 8 - 11 p.m. 
WHERE: Moonlight Rollerway, Glendale | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $15


The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire 

It's that time of year again to be transported to the era of jousting, turkey legs roasted over an open fire, elaborate corseted gowns, knights and more. Choose to attend in appropriate garb or not, but either way you'll be able to enjoy food, countless vendors and performances with authentic renaissance flair. 

WHEN: From Saturday, April 8 through May 21
WHERE: Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, Irwindale | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $29.95 | Get tickets 

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Broke L.A. 2017

With music festival giants like Coachella and FYF just around the corner, your wallet might be feeling a little abused. This shindig — formerly known as Brokechella — can fix that and still give you the opportunity to treat yo' self. Expect a full lineup of musical performances but don't expect headliners like Radiohead or Lady Gaga. Still, you can be ballin' on a budget, as our Off-Ramp intern likes to put it. 

WHEN: Saturday, April 8, 3 p.m. - midnight
WHERE: 4560 Worth Street, East L.A. | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $20-25 | Get tickets 


SoCal Corgi Beach Day 

Warmer weather means a day at the beach with stubby legs, over-sized ears and those signature behinds — we're talking about corgis, of course. Take your furry companion for everything from a talent and costume contest, coconut cupcake eating competition, a bubble pavilion and more. If you don't already have one, you'll sure go home wanting a corgi. 

WHEN: Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
WHERE: Huntington Dog Beach | MAP 
COST: Free 

How are you spending your weekend? Let us know on Twitter @lizmoonyoz and @LeoHasACat.