The Top 5 Things to Do in LA This Weekend

May 24-27, 2024

LA Fleet Week 2024
Photo: LA Fleet Week

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LA Fleet Week - LA Waterfront (May 24-27)

LA Fleet Week® is an annual celebration of our nation’s Sea Services held on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles over Memorial Day Weekend. Public events include active duty ship tours; military displays and equipment demos; aircraft flyovers, live entertainment and the ever-popular Galley Wars, a cook-off competition between Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Army teams. For the full schedule, visit the LA Fleet Week website.

Pokémon 2024 Regional Championships at LACC
Pokémon 2024 Regional Championships | Photo: LACC

Pokémon 2024 Regional Championships (May 24-26)

The Pokémon 2024 Regional Championships are coming to Los Angeles! Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG), Pokémon video game, and Pokémon GO players, supporters, and Pokémon fans from around the country are invited to the 2024 Pokémon Regional Championships at the LA Convention Center. At the official Play! Pokémon family-friendly event, competitors will battle for the coveted title of Pokémon Regional Champion, valuable Championship Points, and a portion of up to $50,000 in scholarships and prizes.

LA Sparks rookies Rickea Jackson and Cameron Brink
L to R: Rickea Jackson and Cameron Brink | Photo: LA Sparks

LA Sparks - Crypto.com Arena (May 24 & 26)

The Los Angeles Sparks and top rookies Cameron Brink and Rickea Jackson play two games at Crypto.com Arena this Memorial Weekend! On Friday, May 24, the Sparks welcome rookie sensation Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever. On Sunday, the Sparks take on three-time WNBA All-Star Arike Ogunbowale and the Dallas Wings.

Gabriel & Dresden Kinetic Cinema Tour at Sound
Gabriel & Dresden: Kinetic Cinema Tour | Photo: Sound

Gabriel & Dresden - Sound (May 24)

For more than 20 years, DJ duo Gabriel & Dresden have been bringing euphoria to dance floors across the globe. Currently on tour in support of their recently released EP, Kinetic Cinema, they’ll make their LA stop at Sound on Friday, May 24. Tickets at Dice, contact Sound for a table reservation at reservations@soundnightclub.com.

"E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"
"E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" | Photo: Hollywood Forever

"E.T." with Drone Show - Hollywood Forever (May 25)

On Saturday, May 25, experience an evening of wonder and nostalgia at the landmark Hollywood Forever with an outdoor screening of Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Enjoy the heartwarming adventure of Elliott and his extraterrestrial friend like never before, under the open night sky and the stars. As the credits roll, the magic continues with a breathtaking drone show, featuring lights and colors inspired by the movie’s iconic moments. KCRW DJ Francesca Harding will spin before and after the screening for a truly out of this world event!

Guests are invited to bring picnics, including beer and wine - no distilled spirits. Tickets to the all-ages event are $22 and on sale at Ticketweb.

Give My Remains to Broadway
Give My Remains to Broadway | Photo: Bandcamp

Give My Remains to Broadway - Catch One (May 25)

Formed just three years ago, Toronto darkwave/post-punk duo Give My Remains to Broadway swiftly swept to the fore of their city’s scene and established a cult presence far beyond. As roomies and best friends, vocalist Ben and producer Deegs have been super-prolific, their atmospheric but insistent creations topped with a slightly less melodramatic take on the Andrew Eldritch singing that infests the genre. Marrying actual and virtual instruments, programmed beats and very human, tormented utterances, GMRTB is somber stuff for sure, yet airy guitar arpeggios offer slim shafts of anemic optimism to challenge the gloom. Latest offering “Rend My Flesh” displays a step forward in production quality, with beats evoking an anxious pulse beneath minimal-modulation vocals sounding like a parting accusation. On stage, the incongruously ungoth-looking pair deliver simple, stark arrangements that, despite their consistently dour demeanor, manage to get audiences dancing and whooping in dark, IYKYK communion. Tickets to the 18+ show are on sale at See Tickets.

Topanga Days 2024
Photo: Topanga Days, Facebook

Topanga Days (May 25-27)

There’s much more than live music to the three-day Topanga Days festival, which also features games, food trucks, vendors and a parade. The 49th annual fundraiser for the Topanga Community Center includes more than 30 musical acts on two stages. Headliners on the main stage are Grammy-winning folk/blues/R&B singer songwriter Fantastic Negrito on Saturday; iconic LA new wavers Missing Persons, fronted by the charismatic Dale Bozzio, on Sunday; and folk/country musician/producer Jonathan Wilson, whose studio is in Topanga, on Monday. Many of the acts appearing are of the rootsy variety, as befits the festival’s bucolic setting, including country-infused Topanga rock band The Greenhorn Brothers, local blues singer-songwriter Deb Ryder, and LA-based old-time string band Smoke Holler. There’s also indie-rock from Salt Lake City’s Krooked Kings, 10-piece Latin band Nosotros, and the experimental pop of local singer/songwriter/model Tommi Aura. Tickets at the Topanga Days website.

Satin Jackets at Level 8
Satin Jackets at Level 8 | Photo: Eventbrite

Satin Jackets Pool Party - Level 8 (May 26)

Germany’s nu-disco powerhouse Satin Jackets brings the groove to the pool at Moxy Downtown’s Golden Hour at Level 8 this Memorial Day Weekend. Tickets are on sale at Eventbrite with Silver, Gold and Diamond VIP table options.

Day Trip: Loco Dice at LA State Historic Park
Day Trip: Loco Dice | LA State Historic Park

Loco Dice - LA State Historic Park (May 26)

Dance as the sun sets over Downtown LA when Loco Dice plays a four-hour set at Los Angeles State Historic Park on Sunday, May 26. DJs Cherry and Matt Denuzzo open the festivities with a back-to-back set. Tickets at Day Trip, with table reservations available.

Kraftwerk "Techno Pop"
Kraftwerk "Techno Pop" | Photo: LA Phil

Kraftwerk "Techno Pop" - WDCH (May 26)

For the sixth night of their engagement at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Kraftwerk dedicates the evening to Techno Pop. Better known under the title Electric Café, this is the German band’s 1986 album best known for the ‘80s club hits “Musique Non-Stop” and “The Telephone Call.”

Kyungmi Shin, "Soaring Vulture, Noble Eagle, Moaning Dove" (2021)
Kyungmi Shin, "Soaring Vulture, Noble Eagle, Moaning Dove" (2021) | Photo: Craft Contemporary

Kyungmi Shin: Origin Stories - Craft Contemporary (May 26 - Sep. 8)

Opening at the Craft Contemporary on Sunday, May 26, Kyungmi Shin: Origin Stories documents the artist’s personal narrative as a Korean woman and as an indigenous ethnographer exploring significant stories relating to the movement of people and ideas across continents, oceans and the imagination. Shin employs personal photographic archives, painterly traditions, ceramics, ethno-mythological symbolism, and found chinoiserie objects to demonstrate convergences of knowledge and creativity. Organized by guest-curator jill moniz, the exhibition will be on view through September 8.

Madness: C’est La Vie In America Tour at YouTube Theater
Madness: C’est La Vie In America Tour | Photo: YouTube Theater

Madness - YouTube Theater (May 26)

While many of the prominent bands of the UK’s late 1970s / early ‘80s two-tone ska revival hailed from the English Midlands, their similarly skank-able peers Madness are London lads. And in contrast to the more audible rocksteady/reggae influences and gritty Thatcher-era sociopolitical lyrics of the Specials and Selecter, Madness gave Prince Buster’s pioneering ska blueprint a carnivalesque, cheeky-chappy twist with rollercoaster keys and playful sax. But it was their infectious pop sensibilities and ultra-relatable lyrics that made Madness early/mid-‘80s UK chart fixtures, with 16 Top 10 Brit hits including the charmingly nostalgic “Our House” (also their sole U.S. Top 10 appearance), Ian Dury-inspired “Baggy Trousers,” and the head-bobbin’ romp of “House of Fun.” Amazingly, Madness retain six of their original members and remain revered stateside in part thanks to regular namechecks by the likes of No Doubt and covers by everyone from The Prodigy to Transplants. Tickets at Ticketmaster.

Hollywood Bowl fireworks
Photo: Hollywood Bowl

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