Arts & Entertainment

6 things to do this weekend in SoCal

The Dark Night Festival in 2016.
The Dark Night Festival in 2016.
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The weekend is here and it's looking pretty good. Choose from a food festival in an airplane hangar, a celebration for bugs, a nighttime festival and more. 


Eeeeeats Con

An entire airplane hangar filled with food used to be the stuff of dreams — until now. Eat as much as you can from joints like Shake Shack, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, Ramen Hood, Fat Dragon and so much more. It might be impossible to limit yourself to a couple of plates. We suggest a group sharing method to eating this weekend. 

WHEN: Saturday, May 20, Noon - 9 p.m. 
WHERE: Barker Hangar, Santa Monica | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $40 | Get tickets 


Downtown Dark Nights

Friday nights are for staying up late, but instead of Netflix-ing your go-to show, join all the nocturnal Angelenos for a night of music, street performers and delicious bites in the heart of the city. Picture a dark sky, saturated with L.A. city lights and sprinkled with a pop of neon color.  

WHEN: Friday, May 19, 6 p.m. - late
COST: Free 


East L.A. Comic Con 

Angelenos won't have to drive out two hours to dig into some comic book goodies. The inaugural convention is dedicated to bringing some of that glam to East L.A., featuring artists and works anchored in the culture of the surrounding communities.  The owner of San Gabriel's Nostalgic Books and Comics is offering a day filled with collectibles, indie comics and maybe a surprise guest or two. Pro tip: If you're looking for something a bit more mainstream, check out Joss Whedon's geek-out

WHEN: Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
WHERE: El Gallo Plaza | MAP 
COST: Free 


Long Beach Pride

It's baaaaack. This year's theme is "Here's to life" that will resurface all weekend at every performance state, activity hub and of course, the iconic parade that takes over the streets of Long Beach. This year, there will be a special tribute to the victims of last year's Orlando shooting, with two of the survivors. 

WHEN: Saturday, May 20 - Sunday, May 21
WHERE: Marina Green Park, Long Beach | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $20 | Get tickets 


LitFest Pasadena

As if there already wasn't enough to do this weekend in Pasadena, this literary arts festival will sprawl across sidewalks, storefronts and corridors across the Playhouse district with readings, author panels, poetry and celebrity guests. Program highlights include former Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez, Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold and a whole slew of other authors of beloved children, teen and adult novels. Pro tip: A majority of the big-name events will take place at Vroman's Bookstore or the Pasadena Playhouse. 

WHEN: Saturday, May 20 - Sunday, May 21
WHERE: Various locations across the Pasadena Playhouse District | MAP 
COST: Free 


Bug Fair

You'll find everything slimy, squirmy, winged, multi-legged or bug-eyed at this celebration of bugs. You can get up close and personal with the crawly specimens, check out products derived from bugs (like honey and silk) and even sit in on a cooking demonstration where the main ingredient is... you guessed it, bugs. Be warned, this festival is not for faint of heart (there will be tarantulas.) 

WHEN: Saturday, May 20 - Sunday, May 21, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
WHERE: Natural History Museum, Exposition Park | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $12 | Get tickets 

How are you spending your weekend? Let us know on Twitter @lizmoonyoz and @LeoHasACat.