(credit: Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association)

(credit: Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association)


Southern California is currently enjoying the sweet spot of it’s calendar year. We’re rounding out the last weeks of winter and approaching spring, baseball season is soon to begin and we’re still removed from the sweltering heat of the summer months. It seriously doesn’t get better then this stretch before the tax deadline. There is a wealth of choices when it comes to how best to stay active on the weekend. From window-shopping to people watching, from comedic hijinx to iconic rock concerts, when you call LA home, there is never a reason to be bored. Los Angeles, here is your weekend itinerary.

Friday, April 1

Stroll Venice
First Fridays Abbot Kinney
Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
www.abbotkinneyfirstfridays.com

Forward-thinking cities have long figured out that making their main drags and downtown-esque areas a destination is good for business collectively. From retail to restaurants, coming up with creative ways to increase traffic ultimately results in everyone reaping the benefits. Thus is the case with First Fridays off Abbot Kinney. Showcasing the best of urban beach culture, storefronts are bustling late into the evening as art, music, and of course food are featured just about everywhere. Less about one particular spot, First Fridays is about enriching Venice be inviting all of Southern California to see the local artisans and proprietors put their best foot forward. Enjoy an evening stroll while shopping, eating, and mingling with the waves of iconic Venice Beach crashing in the distance.

Saturday, April 2
(Credit: The National Beer Mile)

(Credit: The National Beer Mile)


The National Beer Mile
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
3911 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA
www.nationalbeermile.com

There is a contingent of serious runners that actually drink alcohol during their exercise. You did read that right, there are legit athletes that crack open beers while running long distances. In sort of a competitive party, the National Beer Mile has races across the country and the premise is simple, organizers curate four beers that each participant gets (21 years of age and older of course) while they run the course. Upon crossing the finish line, runners will get to partake in an open strictly for bib holders. While the field is a mix competitive runners and people just looking to get active in a fun way, the LA leg is likely to be one heck of a party.
 

(credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

(credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


Score Some Laughs
Kevin & Bean’s April Foolishness
The Shrine Auditorium
665 W Jefferson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90007
www.kroq.com

In what has become one of KROQ’s most anticipated annual events, Kevin and Bean are hosting another stacked line up of top-notch comedians that are as hilarious as they are diverse. The crushingly candid Bob Saget is complimented by the side-splitting impersonations of guys like Gabriel Iglesias. Veterans of the stage like Jay Mohr, will perform alongside budding comedic wit like Iliza Shlesinger. A night that never fails to deliver, there will be no lulls in the laughs.

Sunday, April 3
(Credit: West Coast Disc Golf)

(Credit: West Coast Disc Golf)


Frisbee Golfing
La Mirada Community Regional Park
13701 Adelfa Dr.
La Mirada, CA 90638
www.lmdgc.com

The knock on golf for so many people is just how expensive things can get, and of course the challenge. From the greens fees to the clubs to the beers that are pretty much mandatory before you tee off, an afternoon on the links can run you a mint. Now swap that golf ball for a Frisbee and things start to change a bit. Disc golf is widely niche, but a SoCal staple. The 18 “hole” course at La Mirada’s Community Regional Park is maintained properly, like a traditional golf course. Offering regular tournaments and even a pro shop, this twist on the game is a great way to spend an afternoon and works for everyone regardless of skill level.
 

(credit: Drea A./Yelp)

(credit: Drea A./Yelp)


Elvis Costello
The Theatre at Ace Hotel
929 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 623-3233
www.acehotel.com

The historic 1927 United Artists Building is a hop-skip away from Pershing Square Station and home to one of LA’s very best music venues. The Theatre of the Ace Hotel is a Spanish-styled gothic influenced masterpiece that adds to the ambiance of any concert. It just so happens that timeless songwriter Elvis Costello will be taking to the stage this weekend, so rest assured, the room will be especially lively. With a catalog that stretches back to the 1970s, Costello is ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as number 80 on the list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Still widely popular among a broad range of age groups, the sold out show is a testament to how enduring Costello’s tunes are. Sunday at the Ace will feature an essential showman in one of L.A.’s best live music destinations.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.

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