May Gray and June Gloom be damned, Memorial Day weekend is upon us and that means summer has unofficially begun. We understand that holiday weekends generally mean charging in front of you and lying horizontally on the couch, but when you want to get out of the house, these are the LA events we’re most excited about.
STAY LATE AT A NIGHT MARKET
This Saturday, May 28, the Mama LA nonprofit is hosting a night market in honor of AAPI Heritage Month. Running from 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM, the 21+ event will be held at The Berrics in East LA and will feature over 20 different food vendors ranging from Holy Basil to Bhanu’s Indian Cuisine, plus DJs, live music and more. Tickets are $15 and a portion of the proceeds will go to Respect Your Elders, a nonprofit that nurtures seniors in minority communities.
PARTY ON SOME SEAFOOD
If summer and seafood are synonymous, we’ve got some good news: The Long Beach Seafood Festival is back on Saturday, May 28 in downtown Long Beach. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and features dozens of different food and drink vendors, live bands and DJs, cooking demonstrations, games, beer gardens, and even a mechanical bull named Jorge. General admission for adults is $21, but children under 12 get $8.
DANCING ALL DAY
Resident DTLA, the premier beer garden/live music venue in the Arts District, is hosting an all day dance party/BBQ called The Carters on Saturday 28 May. The 21+ event will run from 1pm to 7pm and will feature all the Beyonce and Jay-Z bops you could want, plus delicious grilled meats from the beer garden. Tickets are $15.
MAKE A CARNIVAL
What’s a summer without getting a little nauseous at a neighborhood street carnival? Get your fix this weekend at Fiesta Hermosa. Running from Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30, the massive South Bay event features three different live music stages, over 250 street vendors, a separate art and food fair, and of course, tons of carnival rides. Admission to the event is free.
HANG OUT ON A PATIO
When all else fails, hanging out with friends and having a hearty drink is a great way to usher in summer. Check out one of the city’s many great new patios, relax on a rooftop terrace, or visit one of LA’s many iconic outdoor dining spaces.
GO TO THE CIRCUS
ok not the actually circus – those are weird anyway. A secret queer with a Rocky Horror theme, this circus features a variety of performers including burlesque, pole, drag, fire, and magic, as well as DJs and other vendors. The event will be held on Friday, May 27 from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM in DTLA and you must be 21+ to attend. Tickets in advance cost 15,- and 20,- at the door.
DO DINNER AND A SHOW
Casita Del Campo in Silver Lake is one of the premier queer spaces in LA. And while an evening of margaritas and sizzling enchiladas on the upstairs patio is an essential way to ring in the summer, no evening is complete without seeing a show downstairs as well. This weekend, 30 Minute Musicals presents their original Top Gun: The Musical, featuring both original music and hits from the 80s blockbuster. Tickets are $20.