(credit: Shutterstock)

(credit: Shutterstock)

There are a ton of places to visit this weekend. It’s important to keep dad in mind of course, but again, there is much more to do than Father’s Day events. With summer officially here, everyone is going big with some kind of ceremonial kick off and the winners are the collective people of LA. Get your planners ready. We have your weekend plans covered for you.
Friday, June 17
(credit: Laure Joilet Photography/Buttonmash)

(credit: Laure Joilet Photography/Buttonmash)

Super Selfie Pinball League
Button Mash
1391 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 250-9903

Sometimes an idea comes to life and it is so obviously brilliant, it’s actually frustrating. Button Mash is a genius combination of vintage arcade games in a stylish drinking environment. For years people have been playing video games and drinking in the solitude of their homes. Button Mash is changing the dynamic and giving adults the ability to enjoy the arcade again, only with booze and surprisingly sophisticated bar food. Fried tamarind chicken wings and pinball, cola braised jackfruit and a game of Galaga, a few cold cocktails and some Contra, this is genius recipe for a great Friday night. Not to mention, Button Mash actually hosts pinball leagues to inject a bit of healthy competition into the mix. This is a must-visit in LA.

Saturday, June 18
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(credit: Mateusz Gzik/shutterstock)

Vegan Food & Beer Festival
The Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 577-2700

Regardless of whether you vegan or not, the combination of food and beer in any festival format is almost a guaranteed good time. However, the culinary creativity that is thriving among the vegan community is nothing short of exciting. With a collection of vendors that boast some stellar craft beer, kombucha, soda, cold brew coffee, and a highly discerning roster of food trucks and pop-up kitchens, this is less about eating and way more of an experience. Complete with a marketplace of artisan vendors to offer a bit of shopping while you snack as well as a performance stage with LA bands like Sabrosa Purr and The Sweet and Tender Hooligans, the Rose Bowl is the place to be Saturday.

(Credit: LACMA)

(Credit: LACMA)

“For The Love of Shoes”
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6000

Sneaker culture is such a passionate niche that it really could be asserted that the shoe is the meeting point of pop culture and fashion. From the Jordans to the Yeezys and everything in between, this comprehensive examination of the sneaker is put into a historical context that few could imagine. With 200 different fashions spanning a timeframe from 1715 to the present day, this is a herculean collision of social studies and style. With LACMA hosting the exhibit, there is a unwavering element of credibility that makes this so worth visiting, sneakerhead or not.

Sunday, June 19
(credit: Stephanie P./yelp)

(credit: Stephanie P./yelp)

Pasadena Chalk Festival
280 E Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 795-8891

Now in it’s 24th year, the Pasadena Chalk Festival pools some 600 different street artists, or Madonnari, from all over the world and arms them with over 25,000 sticks of pastel chalk. The result is a spectacular showing of creativity lining the streets of Paseo Colorado. Gorgeous pieces of art ranging from classical to contemporary, line some three-city blocks. The art is breathtaking, so much in fact, it becomes heartbreaking when you realize the work won’t be a permanent fixture. Spend your Sunday marveling at what people can do with a piece of chalk and an idea.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.