The celebrations of Cinco De Mayo may be over, but depending on how festive you decide to get, there’s still plenty to do this weekend. Whether you’re looking to relax or are looking to turn the weekend into a party, Los Angeles is always ripe with plenty from both categories. Here are some of the choice stops throughout the city when it comes to best spending your time away from the office.
Lucha Va Voom
1038 S. Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
The spectacle that is Lucha VaVoom is combination of live masked Mexican wrestling, provocative burlesque, and some pretty irreverent comedy targeting a rowdy, tequila fueled crowd. Less about mimicking the culture, the folks behind LVV have been carefully recreating pageantry and drama that comes with Lucha Libre. Hosting a few different themed productions every year and even taking the show on the road, the team is adamant about being reverent to the culture all while keeping things fun. An evening of great music, live in-match commentary from comedians like Patton Oswall, Jeffery Ross, and even Fred Armisen, all in addition to wildly stylish burlesque, LVV has been going strong for well over a decade with no signs of slowing down.
200 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Now in it’s fourth successful year, the Bookfest of Los Angeles takes to Grand Park to transform the grounds into an outdoor literary marketplace. Running with the theme of, “Literary LA: Places, Spaces and Faces,” the collection of authors, publishers, and book retailers all work and contribute with LA at the heart of their product. With on-site readings, art workshops, panel discussions, and even a novel being written within the five hour span of the event, the Bookfest aims to rekindle the romance that comes with finding a new favorite book. This event is free to the public.
Santa Anita Park
285 W Huntington Dr.
Arcadia, CA 91007
There really is nothing like a day at the horse track. Even if you have no clue when it comes to placing bets, the facility at Santa Anita is loaded with the kind of history you can feel walking through the gates. Considering the Kentucky Derby is this weekend, the enthusiasm of those in attendance will only add to energy on the infield. Not to mention, the guys from LA’s KROQ are bringing in a bunch of craft breweries all pouring samples of their seasonal best. The afternoon will also feature live entertainment from the No Doubt tribute band No Duh, The equation now becomes equal parts gambling, drinking, and dancing, which really isn’t a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Hollywood Farmer’s Market
Hollywood & Ivar
Well before the trend of locally-sourced food and produce became all the rage, Hollywood was ahead of the pack in creating their very own Farmer’s Market as a way of reinvesting in their own community. Back in 1991, the self-organized marketplace gave local farmers and purveyors a weekly destination to showcase their work and connect with the community. Among the first farmers’ markets in the LA area, the collective is now celebrating their 25th anniversary. Marking not only a successful run in creating a new outlet for people to understand food and produce, the initiative also worked wonders in galvanizing the community of Hollywood just the same. The anniversary celebrate happens every Sunday for the month of May. Check out rows of vendors and some of the best eats in the city.
LA Galaxy Game for Mother’s Day
18400 Avalon Blvd.
Carson, CA 90746
Los Angeles is a sporting destination, but often left out of that conversation is one of the city’s most successful franchises in the Los Angeles Galaxy. This Sunday, the team takes on the New England Revolution in the confines of Carson’s Stub Hub Center. The kind of sporting arena that makes it tough to find a bad seat, a Galaxy game is a sure bet when it comes to athletic excitement. Ahead of the match, the Galaxy is hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch complete with plenty to eat and flowers for all the mothers in attendance.