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6 ways to win this Mother's Day weekend in SoCal

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Choose from any of these pampering options for the mother figure in your life – or you can go solo. The options range from an outdoor woodland creature circus performance to a fashion bake sale, with a variety of things in between. 


Los Angeles Times Night Market 

This outdoor street food market will feature food and drinks from 50 of L.A.'s favorite spots to dig in. Make sure to arrive with an appetite and munch on bites like tacos from Guerrilla Tacos, and other culinary stars from Kogi BBQ and the Chinese Laundry Truck. Though the event is free, more serious foodies can purchase a ticket for The Super Market for access to additional seating areas, premium lounges and extra food booths. 

WHEN: Now through Sunday, May 14, times vary 
WHERE: Grand Park, DTLA | MAP 
COST: Free 


Los Angeles Dance Festival

The entire month of May will be dedicated to the art of dance, and although you've already missed out on one weekend, there's still plenty more to enjoy. Get a chance to see your favorite dance companies up close and even take contemporary dance classes from award-winning choreographers and more. You'll no doubt walk away with happy feet! 

WHEN: Now through May 21
WHERE: Various locations 
COST: Prices vary by performances | Get tickets 


Echo Park Craft Fair

Your favorite marketplace for everything eclectic, chic and unique is back, just in time for some last-minute Mother's Day shopping. Find everything from handmade jewelry, clothing, customizable stationary and even artisan jams and cheeses for the perfect gift — and a little something for you, too. 

WHEN: Saturday, May 13 - Sunday, May 14
WHERE: Mack Sennett Studios | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $10 | Buy tickets 


Sugar & Stilettos Bake Sale Extravaganza 

This one's for the mom obsessed with wearing heels and indulging in the sweeter things. Head over for a fashion show and bake sale that's all for a good cause. A handful of local bakeries and restaurants including Milo & Olive and Sweet Lady Jane will tempt you with their baked goods — don't forget to wear those heels! 

WHEN: Saturday, May 13, 1 - 4 p.m. 
WHERE: 2306 Midvale Avenue | MAP 
COST: Free 


Courtesy of The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum via Facebook

MOMentum Place 

This event is specifically for all the moms out there, especially the storybook-reading, fantasy-loving, woodland creature types. Think of this as a circus for adults, with aerial performers, dancers, musicians all gathered for your entertainment in a pastoral outdoor amphitheater. To make it a complete package, fork out for a mouthwatering brunch. Your mom's worth it. 

WHEN: Sunday, May 14, 2 p.m. 
WHERE: Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum, Topanga | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $30, plus the cost of brunch | Buy tickets 


Susan Whatley/KPCC

Pasadena Showcase House of Design

KPCC guest host Susanne Whatley recently took this tour and had this to say:

This 1916 Tudor-style mansion in the San Rafael area by architects Marston & Van Pelt has been reimagined by a small army of designers and craftspeople to benefit local music enrichment programs. The interior is a ticketed tour but the garden, marketplace and Bee Retreat are free.   Catch the shuttle from the Rose Bowl and look for the lawn that was the wedding set in "La La Land."

WHEN: Now through May 21, times vary 
WHERE: Pasadena House of Design | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $35 | Get tickets 

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