Events

FIDM Costume Exhibit

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Open now at the FIDM Museum it is their 25th annual display of movie costumes. These are actual costumes used in films from the previous year, including many that were nominated for Academy Awards. Past costumes have included films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Cinderella (live-action), and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Viewing the exhibit is free to the public. The museum is located at 919 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015 and is easy to access from the Metro Red or Purple Lines.

The museum is open 10 AM to 5 PM on Tuesday through Saturday. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. These costume displays will be available until April 22, 2017. You can visit their website for more details.

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Palmdale Springfest & Egg Hunt

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The Palmdale Amphitheater will be hosting a free egg hunt for kids age 2-12. There will also be a Kids Fun Zone including pony rides and games. A wristband for the Kids Fun Zone is $2 each.

Event is Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10 AM to 2 PM. The amphitheater is located at 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd, Palmdale, CA 93551. Food vendors will also be on site so attendees can purchase food if they wish.

Visit their website for more information or dates of future events.

Metro Art Presents: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith | Gifted & Blessed

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On Friday, March 3, 2017 the Arts department of the Los Angeles Metro presents an evening with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. This will take place in Union Station’s Historic Ticketing Hall. Doors open at 8 PM and the show starts at 8:30.

Her music is a unique blend of rhythmic patterns and melodic pulses, inspired by Kaitlyn’s time spent on Orcas Island in Washington state. According to the event, her work “her creative work continues to be infused with and inspired by the vitality and serenity of Orcas.” Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker, known as Gifted & Blessed, will also play his music before Kaitlyn performs.

This event is free to attend, no reservation required. But seating is first-come, first-serve. Check Facebook or their website for more information.

 

LA Art Book Fair

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Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is hosting their 5th annual LA Art Book Fair from February 23 to 26, 2017. This unique event gives artists displays books, art catalogs, zines, and more for three and a half days, giving artists a chance to share their work. This event is free and open to the public.

If you want a special experience, you can purchase VIP tickets ($10 each) for a preview on February 23rd that includes access to the displays and a special musical performance.

Public hours for the display:

  • Friday, February 24, 2017: 1 PM to 7 PM
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017: 11 AM to 7 PM
  • Sunday, February 26, 2017: 11 AM to 6 PM

You can check out the event on their Facebook page or official website.

¡LUNCHTIME! at Grand Park

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Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles has a variety of lunchtime activities that are free* to enjoy.

Activities include:

  • Writing Meetups
  • Yoga
  • Food Trucks
  • Concerts

Check their online calendar for which activities are offered each day. Most lunchtime events are scheduled through the end of May. And Grand Park is easily accessible by Metro Red and Purple lines.

*Food trucks are not free. But it is a good way to try some new cuisine from local chefs.

Union Station Tango Party

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You can spend your Valentine’ Day learning a dance of love! Free tango lessons will be offered at Union Station on February 14, 2017, followed by social dancing (milonga). Music will be provided by a live orchestra – Tangótico, led by Matias Piegari. Carlos Barrionuevo and Mayte Valdes will also dance for the audience.

Schedule

  • 7:30pm Doors open
  • 8:00pm Dance lesson
  • 8:30pm Milonga
  • 9:00pm Tangótico + Milonga continues

It’s easy to arrive by Metro and avoid parking hassles! The event is free and open to the public. Check their website for more details.

Museum Free-for-All Day

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Sunday, January 29, 2017 will be a great day for art lovers, history enthusiasts, or anyone wanting to explore some hidden gems in Los Angeles. Several museums throughout LA County (and a couple in Orange County as well) will be offering free admission for everyone.

Some of the biggest museums and art galleries in Los Angeles are participating, including LACMA, the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, The Getty, and the Annenberg Space for Photography. Many more are participating as well, in this 12th Annual event.

Some museums require a timed ticket, so please visit the official website to plan ahead before you go, and find visiting hours for your chosen museum.

Whale Fiesta in San Pedro

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An event with a funny name, the Whale Fiesta is celebrating its 47th year at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. The family event is free and open to the public, to celebrate marine life and the beginning of the Pacific Gray Whale migration season.

Aquarium’s Exploration Center, Aquatic Nursery and the Library will be open to visitors 10 AM to 5 PM (but the fiesta event officially ends at 3 PM), free to explore. There will be scientists and volunteers on-hand to provide information about the marine life we live so close to. There will also be free activities such as face painting and a Great Duct Tape Whale Contest.

The fiesta is this Sunday, January 29, 2017. Visit their website for more details.