Start the week off by honoring members of the armed forces aboard the “Grey Ghost” and bask in a sunny day performance of Sesame Street with the kidlets. Salute, laugh, and sing as we say goodbye to the month of May!

May 27

Celebrate Memorial Day at the Queen Mary

1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
(800) 437-2934

The Queen Mary is saluting the men and women of armed forces with free admission to the ship. All active, reserve and retired members of the military (valid military ID necessary) are admitted free and their immediate family members will receive 40% off admission. Regular price for others is $12. General admission includes a self-guided tour and the Ghosts & Legends Show.

May 28



Westside Showdown Standup Showdown Prelim

M.i. Westside Comedy Theater
1323-A Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-0850

Get your laugh on at the 3rd Annual Westside Showdown Standup Competition. The show is Tuesday, May 22 and starts at 7 p.m. This show is the last preliminary round for the best stand-ups. The comedians are competing for $500 cash, a paid gig at LMU and more. Finals are held on June 5. The audience can participate by voting for their favorite comedian. Admission is $10.

May 29

Nathan Sawaya’s Art of the Brick

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1712 S Glendale Ave.
Glendale, CA 91205
(323) 254-3131

Forest Lawn is hosting the The Los Angeles Premiere of Nathan Sawaya’s Art of the Brick. This amazing exhibit of sculptures is made entirely out of Lego bricks. Nathan Sawaya is a New-York based artist and his world-famous exhibit has been featured on “The Today Show,” “Conan” and “The Colbert Report.” CNN has also hailed the exhibit as one of the top 12 exhibitions in the world. Parking and admission is free, but it is closed on Mondays. The exhibit runs through July 21.

May 30

(credit: Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce)

(credit: Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce)

9th Annual Taste Around of Avalon

Catalina Island Flying Fish Festival
#1 Green Pier
Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-1520

The 9th Taste Around of Avalon kicks off this year’s Flying Fish Festival. Visitors can explore some of Avalon’s finest eateries and taste their delicious menu items. Vote for your favorite food and beverage in the Best Taste of Food and Best Taste of Drink from 5 to 9 p.m. Stay throughout the rest of the weekend and enjoy events and entertainment to celebrate the fantastic flying fish.

May 31

(credit: Sesame Street)

(credit: Sesame Street)

Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing

Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live
777 Chick Hearn Ct
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 763-6030

Elmo and friends are singing their way to the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live with the premiere on Friday, May 31. When Elmo gets his furry fingers on Abby Cadabby’s magic wand, there’s whimsy in the air as Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing musical medley! Join PBS SoCaL and watch your favorite Sesame Street characters come to life in this special performance filled with fun for the whole family.

(credit: The Market at Santa Monica Place)

(credit: The Market at Santa Monica Place)

Good Food Fridays

The Market at Santa Monica Place
3rd Floor Dining Deck
395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, CA 90401

The Market at Santa Monica Place will launch its Good Food Fridays on May 31, a free community event where food lovers can check out cooking demonstrations, food and wine samples and enjoy 10 percent off all purchases at The Market during the event. The Market features gourmet purveyors like Venokado Wine & Gifts, N’Ice Cream, M.A.K.E. By Matthew Kenney, The Curious Cheese Shoppe and Chocolate Opulence. There will be special guests like World Flavorz Spice & Tea Co. and Heidi’s Salsa, along with live music by Koffeehouse. The event is from 7 to 10 p.m. and the first 200 people through the door will receive a complimentary reusable shopping tote. Good Food Fridays will take place last Friday of every month.

June 1

22nd Annual Santa Monica Festival

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division
Clover Park
2600 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 458-8350

The Santa Monica Festival embraces a greener and healthier way of life. The City’s communities, businesses, art, culture and the environment come together at this festival to celebrate and offer ideas for a more sustainable lifestyle. Experience a diverse range of music and dance. Attend DIY art workshops with recycled and repurposed materials for festival-goers of all ages. Admission and parking are free and bike valet is available.

June 2

(credit: Arthritis Foundation)

(credit: Arthritis Foundation)

2013 Arthritis Walk – Los Angeles, CA

The Arthritis Foundation
Santa Monica Pier, Lot 1 North
(323) 954-5760, Ext. 259

Join the fight against arthritis at the 2013 Arthritis Walk. The Arthritis Walk is the non-profit Arthritis Foundation’s annual event where people across the country join together to celebrate and raise awareness of this debilitating disease. Participate in the walk, starting in Santa Monica, to help make a positive impact on the lives of people afflicted with arthritis. Currently, the Los Angeles walk is the second largest in the country and every year raises more than $400,000 to help find a cure. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.

Tee and her family are usually out-and-about every weekend. She loves exploring Southern California and marking places off her must see list! Tee blogs about family fun at