With the weather warming up, it’s time to head outdoors for some quality entertainment. The Griffith Park Shakespeare Festival opens this week, as does L.A. Zoo’s Roaring Nights series, and a special L.A. Urban Nature Fest at the Natural History Museum. If you want to get out and move, head to the L.A. River Ride, or if eating and drinking is on the agenda, don’t miss the Calabasas Malibu Food & Wine Festival. For those who’d rather keep cool inside, chill out with a special screening of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, or the timeless hit The Phantom of the Opera.
Golden Road Brewing Beer & Cheese
The Pub at Golden Road Brewing
5410 W San Fernando Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
To kick off L.A. Beer Week, Golden Road Brewing is joining forces with vegan powerhouse Follow Your Heart for a special beer and cheese pairing. Stop by The Pub from 5:00pm – 9:00pm to enjoy free vegan cheese samples that pair perfectly with Golden Road’s IPAs, stouts, and ales. Also pairing perfectly with beer and cheese, corn hole and karaoke will be happening on the patio. With booze and games, there’s no excuse to have a case of the Mondays.
The Phantom of the Opera
Hollywood Pantages Theater
6233 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Opening just last week, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is back at the Pantages Theater for an 8-week engagement. After 27 years, this longest-running production on Broadway gets a fresh take with newly reinvented staging and scenic design by Cameron Mackintosh. With a cast and orchestra of 52, this production is one of the largest on tour in North America. Ticket prices start at $29, and the show runs through August 2nd.
Last Remaining Seats Presents: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
842 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Los Angeles Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats series presents the beloved 1971 classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at the Orpheum Theater. In addition to the screening, children of the film’s director (Madeline Stuart and Peter Stuart) will be on hand to share memories of being in the movie and on set as children. Arrive early to enjoy pre-show organ music performed by Robert Salisbury on the Orpheum’s famous 1928 Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. The show starts at 8pm, and your “Golden Ticket” gets you a $10 Candy Card courtesy of candy boutique Sugarfina.
New Attraction Opening: Fast & Furious – Supercharged
Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
Universal Studio Hollywood’s world-famous “Studio Tour” is getting a pulse-pounding new finale with the introduction of “Fast & Furious – Supercharged.” Inspired by the hit film franchise and featuring the film’s original cast members, the adrenaline-inducing attraction tells an original Fast & Furious story using hyper-realistic special effects, state-of-the-art 3D audio, and 3D-HD imagery projected onto the world’s longest 360-degree screen. The groundbreaking mega-attraction opens today at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.
Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival Presents: Romeo & Juliet
Old Zoo at Griffith Park
Griffith Park Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
One of L.A.’s favorite free summertime events is back! Independent Shakespeare Company (ISC) opens the 2015 Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival with a special production of Romeo & Juliet. ISC presents a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of two star-crossed lovers with an original rock score and set design that’s equal parts fairy tale and punk. The show takes place outside, so bring a blanket or low-back chair and pack a picnic. A concessions tent will also have snacks and beverages for sale.
Roaring Nights at the Los Angeles Zoo
Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
L.A. Zoo’s Roaring Nights series kicks off tonight with a full-on dance party at the zoo. Indie rock tribute band Black Crystal Wolf Kids will get the crowd moving, full-service bars will get the (21+) crowd drinking, and some of L.A.’s favorite food trucks will get the crowd eating. The night will also feature pop-up zookeeper talks, and an “Animal Artistry Paint Party” for guests who feel artsy and want to take home a canvas painting souvenir. The series is open to guests 18 and up and begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are $20.
L.A. Urban Nature Fest
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 9007
Take a walk on the wild side this weekend as the Natural History Museum presents L.A. Urban Nature Fest. With coyotes and mountain lions increasingly popping up in our neighborhoods, Angelenos are becoming more interested in the nature that surrounds us. Tours and performances, as well as a taxidermy and photography workshop, will be happening throughout the two-day celebration. Over 50 local organizations will be participating in this event celebrating citizen science.
9th Annual Calabasas Malibu Food & Wine Festival
Calabasas Country Club
4515 Park Entrada
Calabasas, CA 91302
Don your best country club attire and head to Calabasas this weekend for the 9th Annual Calabasas Malibu Food & Wine Festival. Several of L.A.’s top chefs and mixologists will be treating guests to inspired food and spirits in the idyllic setting of the Calabasas Country Club. General admission tickets include wine, beer, spirits, and food; VIP tickets get you an extra hour of fun and a souvenir wine glass. The two-day festival benefits charities and organizations that have made strides in helping the less fortunate.
15th Annual L.A. River Ride
Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
All ages and all abilities are encouraged to get their wheels in motion for the 15th annual L.A. River Ride. Rides range from the free Kids’ Ride to a 100-mile stretch, and start from both The Autry Center in Griffith Park, and The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. In addition to the rides, there will be an Eco Expo, raffle, live music, and food. Be sure to check the website for info on what rides are available at which locations, fees, parking, and lots more helpful event info.
Santa Monica Bloody Mary Battle
Del Frisco’s Grille
1551 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Del Frisco’s Grille hosts an afternoon of bloody competition as some of the city’s best restaurants come together for Santa Monica’s first-ever Bloody Mary Battle. Bartenders from The Lobster, Lago, Areal, Blue Plate Taco, and host team Del Frisco’s Grille, will use their finest ingredients and skills to compete for the title of “Santa Monica’s Best Bloody Mary”. A panel of esteemed judges and fans in attendance will decide the winner via blind tasting. Tickets can be purchased here, and get you the five competing Bloody Marys for $20.