(credit: Trent Barbosa)

(credit: Trent Barbosa)


Whether your pockets are fat and money isn’t an issue or times are lean and recreational spending just isn’t an option, this is LA, and there is never a shortage of fantastic ways to spend your weekend. It is our job to figure out how best to guide you from Friday to Sunday.
Friday, November 6
(credit: Nitro Circus)

(credit: Nitro Circus)


Nitro Circus
Staples Center
1111 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 742-7100
www.nitrocircus.com

Somewhere between genius and madman, Travis Pastrana has cemented a legacy as one of motorsports’ most dominant competitors. In amassing his empire, people figured out that the guy happens to be quite an entertainer to boot. The result of that combination was Nitro Circus. The MTV series, though short-lived, collected some insane footage of antics from Pastrana and his team of daredevils on wheels. Since then, the squad has developed a hugely successful live adaptation of the show, complete with very real death-defying stunts in an arena setting. Grab some popcorn, you do not want to take your eyes off this.
 

(Credit: Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association)

(Credit: Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association)


Tour First Friday Long Beach
Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association
4321 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90807
(562) 595-0081
www.firstfridayslongbeach.com

Along the drag of Atlantic avenue of Bixby Knolls, a suburb of Long Beach, small businesses from retail to restaurants banded together to create a community-driven monthly event similar to an artwalk, but a bit more inclusive. From sundown to late in the evening, every business welcomes locals artists, musicians, and their neighbors for what feels like a booming block party. With plenty to see, hear, eat and drink, all within walking distance, First Friday not only reinforces the community, but also manages to draw in people from outside it.

Saturday, November 7
(credit: Rudi L./Yelp)

(credit: Rudi L./Yelp)


Long Beach Fly-In
Long Beach Airport
4100 Donald Douglas Dr
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 570-2600
www.lgb.org

Celebrating Long Beach’s rich history in aerospace, the Long Beach Airport will be hosting their annual Fly-In this Saturday morning. This free event will allow attendees an up-close and personal look at static plane displays. Sweetening the pot with a host of gourmet food trucks, mobile exhibits from the Aquarium of the Pacific, and even a beer garden for the adults, all proceeds will benefit Miller Children’s Hospital.
 

(credit: Anthony Borbon)

(credit: Anthony Borbon)


Hike To The Hollywood Sign
www.hollywoodsign.org

If LA had a bucket list, making the hike to the iconic Hollywood sign on the West-end of Griffith Park is undoubtedly sitting atop said list. Through the sign is fenced off from the general public, the various trails of the Santa Monica mountains provide different, all stunning, vantage points of the beacon of LA style and culture. Few things in LA are as picturesque as an afternoon on the side of Mt. Lee. Bring a camera, some Cliff bars, and a special someone to have a smooch with. Visit www.hollywoodsign.org to choose a trail that works best for you.

Related: Best Places To Go Hiking In Los Angeles

Sunday, November 8
(credit: Trent Barbosa)

(credit: Trent Barbosa)


Los Angeles Music Video Festival
Silent Movie Theater
611 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 655-2510
www.lamvf.com

Remember those things people used to watch on MTV, VHI, FUSE, the Box? At one point, there were entire networks dedicated to just music videos. While television programming has since changed directions, the music video has never gone away. In fact, the platform continues to be another branch of creativity among cutting edge artists and the LA Music Video Festival reiterates that. Working with Cinefamily and KCRW, organizers have set out to acknowledge the industry’s best starting at an independent level. Various categories and industry-based judges solidify the legitimacy of the awards show, now celebrating it’s fifth year. The three –day event caps off Sunday at the jewel of LA cinema, the Silent Movie Theater.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.