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The 22 best things to do this weekend in Southern California

Attendees at EEEEEATSCON.
Attendees at EEEEEATSCON.
Dave Krugman/EEEEEATSCON

From dachshunds, tarantulas and strawberries to wiener dog races, a vinyl swap meet and a royal wedding, the weekend is jampacked with cool Southern California events. Having trouble figuring out what to do? Let us help.


FOODIE PICK

EEEEEATSCON

Attendees try the food at EEEEEATSCON.
Attendees try the food at EEEEEATSCON.
Dave Krugman/EEEEEATSCON

WHEN: Saturday, May 20; noon - 7 p.m.
WHERE: Barker Hangar — 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica
COST: $30; MORE INFO

Music and food join forces. Gavin Turek and Orange Calderon will perform as two dozen restaurants — including Loqui, Night + Market and Wexler's Deli — dish out their best fare. You'll have to pay for food, but the admission fee lets you see all the performers and the panels, which might be the real draw. They feature industry pioneers like Betty Porto — part of the family that founded the popular Porto's Bakery chain — and Josh Russ Tupper, a fourth-generation co-owner of New York smoked fish mecca Russ & Daughters.


COMEDY PICK

The Groundlings: Second Annual Diversity Festival

Performers at The Groundlings Diversity Festival.
Performers at The Groundlings Diversity Festival.
Courtesy of The Groundlings

WHEN: Sunday, May 20; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
WHERE: The Groundlings Theatre & School — 7307 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
COST: $10 per workshop; MORE INFO

Alumni of the famous improv company lead 22 one-hour improv workshops throughout the day. Classes include "Queer-Prov," "Voice Over for Improvisers," "Freestyle Rap" and "Oh, Behave!" All workshops cost $10 and anyone over 18 can attend. Don't want to "yes and" anybody? Many performances will be free and open to the public.


PRIDE PICK

Long Beach Pride Festival and Parade

People participate in the 25th annual Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival and Parade on May 18, 2008 in Long Beach, California.
People participate in the 25th annual Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival and Parade on May 18, 2008 in Long Beach, California.
David McNew/Getty Images

WHEN: Saturday, May 19 - Sunday, May 20
WHERE: Marina Green Park — 386 E. Shoreline Dr., Long Beach
COST: $20, single day pass; MORE INFO

The parade — in all its Utilikilted, glittery glory — starts rolling on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with "Transparent" actress Alexandra Billings as the grand marshal. The festival runs both days and features dozens of musical performances on five stages: urban soul, fiesta caliente, dance, country, and the main stage, where Prince's drummer muse, Sheila E, will headline.


WELLNESS PICK

Clean Made LA

A man strikes a yoga pose on a rooftop in Los Angeles.
A man strikes a yoga pose on a rooftop in Los Angeles.
Courtesy of Clean Made

WHEN: Sunday, May 20; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
WHERE: Civic Center Studios — 207 S. Broadway, Suite One, downtown L.A.
COST: $5-$75; MORE INFO

Looking to live a more sustainable life? Here's your chance to explore the latest health and wellness brands. Shop and sample clean eats and drinks in the Goods Market then head to VIP speaker sessions to hear folks talk about pressing juice and communing with bees.


FUR-FRIENDLY PICK

SoCal Wienerfest 2018

Mini dachshund Chilli, dressed as a biker dog, competes in the Hophaus Southgate Inaugural Best Dressed Dachshund competition on September 19, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.
Mini dachshund Chilli, dressed as a biker dog, competes in the Hophaus Southgate Inaugural Best Dressed Dachshund competition on September 19, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.
Scott Barbour/Getty Images

WHEN: Saturday, May 19; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE: Huntington Dog Beach — 100 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Forget the ketchup and mustard — these aren't those kind of hot dogs. These are dachshunds, those short-legged, long-bodied hounds. Cheer on all the canines as they compete in wiener races and hot dog eating contests.


RANDOM PICK

Morrissey Vegan Brunch

Morrissey performs onstage during day 2 of the Firefly Music Festival on June 19, 2015 in Dover, Delaware.
Morrissey performs onstage during day 2 of the Firefly Music Festival on June 19, 2015 in Dover, Delaware.
Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Firefly

WHEN: Sunday, May 20; noon - 4 p.m.
WHERE: El Cid — 4212 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
COST: $10; MORE INFO

Want to celebrate an unhappy birthday? DJs Alex Transistor and Rose Knows will spin tunes by Morrissey and The Smiths as you dine on vegan brunch food and sip themed cocktails. Feeling brave? Karaoke to your favorite Morrissey songs.


CULTURE VULTURE PICK

Museums of the Arroyo Day

A photograph from the Los Angeles Police Museum in Highland Park.
A photograph from the Los Angeles Police Museum in Highland Park.
L.A. Vintage Coppers

WHEN: Sunday, May 20; noon - 5 p.m.
WHERE: various locations
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

For one day, six museums in northeast L.A. and Pasadena will waive their admission fees. All the participating institutions — Heritage Square Museum, the Los Angeles Police Museum, the Lummis Home and Garden, the Gamble House, the Pasadena Museum of History and the Southwest Museum  — focus on life in early Los Angeles. Visit one or race to all of them.


COLLECTOR'S PICK

Beat Swap Meet

Ma Nerriza dela Cerna of Erika Records displays a full color
Ma Nerriza dela Cerna of Erika Records displays a full color "Beauty and the Beast" record on April 12, 2017 at the company's office in Buena Park, California where employees have been pressing vinyl for more than 30 years.
FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

WHEN: Sunday, May 20; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
WHERE: Smorgasburg L.A. — 785 Bay St., downtown L.A.
COST: FREE entry with canned good; MORE INFO

Nearly 70 record collectors, shops, indie labels and private dealers from around Southern California will buy, sell and trade records in every imaginable genre. The 10th anniversary of the swap meet is gonna be big, so big it'll practically double the size of the monthly Smorgasburg food fest.

BONUS: Can't get enough vinyl? Dublab hosts a record fair and membership drive on Sunday afternoon at Zebulon Cafe in Frogtown.


LITERARY PICK

LitFest Pasadena

Actress Jasika Nicole reads at LitFest Pasadena 2017.
Actress Jasika Nicole reads at LitFest Pasadena 2017.
Rosalind Helfand

WHEN: Saturday, May 19 - Sunday, May 20; 1 - 10 p.m.
WHERE: Pasadena Playhouse district
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

More than 200 authors turn out for dozens of panels, readings, workshops and performances. Come hear local writers discuss work in nearly every genre, from travel memoir and social activism to mystery and young adult.


ANGLOPHILE PICK

Royal Slumber Party

A shop sells memorabilia ahead of the dress rehearsal for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 17, 2018 in Windsor, England.
A shop sells memorabilia ahead of the dress rehearsal for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 17, 2018 in Windsor, England.
Chris Jackson/Getty Images

WHEN: Friday, May 18, 11 p.m. – Saturday, May 19, 6 a.m.
WHERE: The Cat and Fiddle — 742 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood 
COST: $25-30; MORE INFO

Witness history as Britain's Prince Harry weds former actress — and Angeleno — Meghan Markle. The dusk-to-dawn party includes a trivia quiz, costume contest and traditional English snacks like scones and sausage rolls. You can even wear pajamas. Organizer Ashlee Gardner went to Immaculate Heart High School in Los Feliz with Markle, so maybe she'll drop a few juicy tidbits about teenage years.

BONUS: The White Harte Public House in Woodland Hills hosts a watching party starting at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning. A $25 ticket gets you champagne, cake (in the same lemon elderflower flavor that wedding guests will nibble) and a souvenir. 


CULTURE VULTURE PICK

Annenberg After Hours

A.B. Phelan. [Trick Photos of New York], c. 1910.
A.B. Phelan. [Trick Photos of New York], c. 1910.
Library of Congress

WHEN: Saturday, May 19; 6 - 9 p.m.
WHERE: Annenberg Space for Photography — 2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10, Century City
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

The photography museum will stay open late so you can peruse "Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America’s Library." The new exhibition compiles almost 500 iconic images from the Library of Congress. The soiree includes live music and food.


SEASONAL PICK

Long Beach Filipino Festival

A worker removes hair from roasted pigs for sale along a street in Manila on December 24, 2016. 
Lechon, or roasted pig, is regular fare at Philippine festivities, especially during the Christmas season.
A worker removes hair from roasted pigs for sale along a street in Manila on December 24, 2016. Lechon, or roasted pig, is regular fare at Philippine festivities, especially during the Christmas season.
NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

WHEN: Saturday, May 19; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WHERE: Silverado Park — 1545 W. 31st St., Long Beach
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Enjoy Filipino-American cuisine, performers, art and vendors. Pinay rapper Ruby Ibarra will drop rhymes while DJs and breakdancers battle in the hip-hop pavilion. Check out the exhibition highlighting Long Beach's Filipino-American history. 


FRUITY PICK

California Strawberry Festival

Attendees at the California Strawberry Festival, held in Oxnard.
Attendees at the California Strawberry Festival, held in Oxnard.
Courtesy of California Strawberry Festival

WHEN: Saturday, May 19 - Sunday, May 20; 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Strawberry Meadows of College Park — 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard
COST: $12; MORE INFO

Get ready to eat! Sure, you'll see the usual funnel cakes, smoothies and chocolate dipped strawberries but you'll also get to try oddball treats like nachos, tamales, pizza and popcorn — all made with the sweet, red berry. If competition gets you revved up, enter the tart toss, berry best hat contest or strawberry shortcake-eating showdown.


SEASONAL PICK

Venice Spring Fling

Samba Soul performs at the Venice Spring Fling festival in Los Angeles, California.
Samba Soul performs at the Venice Spring Fling festival in Los Angeles, California.
Courtesy of Venice Spring Fling

WHEN: Saturday, May 19; 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Venice Beach Boardwalk — 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

The free annual festival features samba dancers, live bands, an art show, book signings, food and hula hoops. Support a good cause by bringing canned goods for the Westside Food Bank.


CREEPY CRAWLY PICK

Bug Fair

A Cambodian man eats a fried tarantula at Skun town in Kampong Cham province on March 14, 2018. These garlic-fried spiders are a coveted treat in Cambodia, where the only fear is that they may soon vanish due to deforestation and unchecked hunting.
A Cambodian man eats a fried tarantula at Skun town in Kampong Cham province on March 14, 2018. These garlic-fried spiders are a coveted treat in Cambodia, where the only fear is that they may soon vanish due to deforestation and unchecked hunting.
TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images

WHEN: Saturday, May 19 - Sunday, May 20; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
WHERE: Natural History Museum — 900 Exposition Blvd.
COST: $10 kids, $20 adults; MORE INFO

Tarantulas, millipedes and centipedes are only a few of the winged, multi-legged creatures on display. After you've gazed at all the exotic species, head to the Nature Gardens for bug hunts, crafts and up-close encounters with our insect friends.


FAMILY PICK

Pico Block Party

Cyanotype prints from a workshop with artist Amanda Sutton at the Pico Block Party in October 2017.
Cyanotype prints from a workshop with artist Amanda Sutton at the Pico Block Party in October 2017.
Erica Rodrigue/18th Street Arts Center

WHEN: Saturday, May 19; 3 - 6 p.m. 
WHERE: 18th Street Arts Center — 1639 18th St., Santa Monica
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Create neighborhood loterίa cards, screenprint slogans on fabric banners, paint your own tote bag, collage zines and create LED greeting cards. With a ton of youth-led art-making workshops, performances, open studios and exhibitions, the festival, sponsored by the 18th Street Arts Center, is all about empowering young artists. 


FLICK PICK

Spice World Movie Party & Drag Bingo

The Spice Girls — Ginger Spice (Geraldine Halliwell), Scary Spice (Melanie Janine Brown), Posh Spice (Victoria Adams), Baby Spice (Emma Lee Bunton) and Sporty Spice (Melanie Jayne Chisolm) —  arrive atop a double decker bus for a screening of their movie
The Spice Girls — Ginger Spice (Geraldine Halliwell), Scary Spice (Melanie Janine Brown), Posh Spice (Victoria Adams), Baby Spice (Emma Lee Bunton) and Sporty Spice (Melanie Jayne Chisolm) — arrive atop a double decker bus for a screening of their movie "Spice World" at Planet Hollywood in New York on January 14, 1997.
HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images

WHEN: Sunday, May 20; 4 p.m. 
WHERE: The Regent Theater — 448 S. Main St., downtown L.A.
COST: $20; MORE INFO

If you wanna be our lover, you gotta get with our friends. Wear your best '90s gear for an afternoon that combines the Spice Girls, cocktails and drag queen bingo. Pickle will lead a Spice Girls-themed bingo game while her pals Valerie Von Boom and Misty Violet pop in to perform. Get your zig-a-zig-ah looking tight at a vintage girl power pop-up boutique curated by Glitter Death. 


OUTDOOR PICK

Murphy Ranch Hike

The ruins of Murphy Ranch, located in Rustic Canyon in the Pacific Palisades, seen in February 2016.
The ruins of Murphy Ranch, located in Rustic Canyon in the Pacific Palisades, seen in February 2016.
Elina Shatkin/KPCC

WHEN: Sunday, May 20; 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Pacific Palisades
COST: $25; MORE INFO

An abandoned Nazi compound hidden in the hills of the Pacific Palisades? It's not just an urban legend. In the 1950s, a mysterious German known only as "Herr Schmidt" convinced a wealthy L.A. couple to finance a $4 million, four-story mansion on a 50-acre enclave in Rustic Canyon so he could promote Nazi-inspired propaganda. They ran out of money and the compound was never completed. For decades, several shambling, graffiti-tagged structures, a stone stairway, a huge water tank and a power station large enough to support a small town stood at the Murphy Ranch site. Atlas Obscura field agent Hadley Meares will lead a hike to the ruins. You'll also get to see recently discovered blueprints of Murphy Ranch.


FESTIVAL PICK

L.A. Live Block Party

The pop-up market at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.
The pop-up market at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.
Courtesy of L.A. Live

WHEN: Saturday, May 19; 6 p.m. 
WHERE: L.A. Live — 800 Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

It's a night of shopping, dining and drinking. Stroll through the pop-up marketplace featuring 40 vendors as you listen to live music performed by local artists. Enjoy $5 food and drink menus at participating restaurants. For $20, you can skate in Staples Center.


DANCE PICK

Don Quixote

Dancers perform in the National Ballet of Ukraine's interpretation of
Dancers perform in the National Ballet of Ukraine's interpretation of "Don Quixote."
Courtesy of the National Ballet of Ukraine

WHEN: Saturday, May 19; 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Orpheum Theatre — 842 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
COST: $38-$153; MORE INFO

The National Ballet of Ukraine presents its interpretation of Miguel De Cervantes's classic tale about adventurer Don Quixote, his sidekick Sancho and his beloved Dulcinea. 


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