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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

A park full of books on a beautiful, Southern California weekend. What could be more perfect? Spend this Saturday and Sunday digging through piles of books, new and old, talking with local book vendors and avid readers alike. The event will include signings by guest authors, readings and giveaways. This event is fun for the whole family! Date: April 9-10 Location: USC, Exposition Park Time: 10:00am Price of Event: $1.00 For more information, check out the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books website.




Rooftop Film Club

Switch up your moving viewing experience and spend a night under the stars watching a great film. Simultaneously take advantage of breezy California “Winter” and Los Angeles’ rich film history with the Rooftop Film Club. Recent showings have included classics such as Casablanca and the Big Short and current hits like The Big Short and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Tickets sell out fast, so jump on it before it’s too late! Date: Through the end of May Time: See Website Location: Ricardo Montalbon Theatre, 1615 Vine St, Los Angeles Event Fee: $19 per screening For more information, including movie listings, dates and times, check out the Rooftop Film Club site!




Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Calling all witches and wizards! The Southern California theme park world is about to be magically transformed with the Grand Opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter happening at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7, 2016. The popular books and movies will instantly come to life through rides, shopping and interactive experiences. The park is here to stay, but don’t miss out on the historic grand opening. All muggles are welcome! Date: April 7, 2016 Location: Universal Studios Hollywood Time: Times Vary, see website Price: $129+ per day More Info: Click here!





Enter the wondrous world of comic boos at this year’s WonderCon at the LA Convention Center. Take in all that popular media has to offer in one place. Tickets go fast, but you won’t want to miss out on a chance to discover old classics and new favorites with communities of other super-fans. Date: March 25- March 27, 2016 Location: Los Angeles Convention Center Time:Friday 12:00–7:00, Saturday 10:00–7:00, Sunday 10:00–5:00 Price:$30/day More Info: Click here!




Grove Christmas Tree Lighting

LA’s favorite Shopping Mall is ready for the holidays! The West Coast version of the famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting of NYC, The Grove’s Tree Lighting Event promises a Hollywood touch to an already starry event. With appearances and performances by both Meghan Trainor and Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) accompanied by a 55-piece orchestra, you’re going to want to be at the Grove on November 14th from 7-9pm. Spend the day shopping at the mall and then hunker down to get the best seats in the house no later than 5:00. Spots fill up quick, so bundle up and bring snacks to steak out while you wait for the event to start. The Grove Christmas Tree Lighting is a great




Rain Room at LACMA

Take advantage of one of the most notorious art installation in recent history, Random International’s “Rain Room” (2012) now showing at the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA). Using sensor touch technology, the Rain Room is easier experienced than explained. First finding a home at New York’s MoMa, the piece has made it’s way to the West Coast and is currently setting up shop in LA from November 1, 2015 to March 6, 2016. While at the piece, take advantage of the trip and visit LACMA for the countless other beautiful and sublime offerings.   Be careful to wait this one out– Public Tickets may sell out sooner rather than later. Trust us when we say that this is not




Festival Supreme

Where do we even begin? Clear your schedule October 25th and make your way to the Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds! Festival Supreme has the quintessential combination of music and comedy. It’ll be eight hours of a serious ab workout. With 39 comedians, live music, a Circus of Death, and a steady flow of food and drinks– you’ll have more than a memorable night. So don’t end the evening with a long drive home! The Holiday Inn Express West LA is just a quick ride from the venue, with great rates, a complimentary breakfast and free WiFi to make your stay easy and seamless. For more information on Festival Supreme, click here!




2014 ESPYs

The ESPYs are back! July 19th. 6 pm. L.A. Live’s Nokia Theatre. ESPN’s ESPYs, launched in 1993, recognizes team and individual athletic achievements and performances during the past year. Raising over $1 million a year for cancer research and with Drake as this year’s host, it is bound to be an exciting evening. There are still a handful of tickets left! And we couldn’t think of a better time to come to L.A. A quick hop on the 10 freeway, and you’ll be there in no time. With our complimentary breakfast, free WiFi, Santa Monica Blvd. location and friendly staff, the Holiday Inn Express West LA will make sure you’re settled in for the weekend. And don’t worry about filling up the rest




Twilight Concerts on the Pier

Santa Monica Pier’s 30th Annual Twilight Concerts Series returns July 10th! We could go on and on about how wonderful this summer concert series is, but we thought–why not share what some other people think? “AMAZING….. Sitting on the beach listening to great music watching the sunset, all FREE, nothing beats this.” -Jacqueline Y. (Yelp Review, 2009) “From Reggae to local eclectic beats there is a week for everyone’s taste. But to me it doesn’t matter who is playing because you are on the sand with 10,000 other people who are having a good time picnicking with friends.” – Jackie B (Yelp Review, 2013) The concerts begin every Thursday evening at 7:30 pm on the Pier. Be sure to bring




July 4th Weekend in LA

Looking for something to do this July 4th weekend?! Well, we’re having trouble selecting just one! There are so many events that are going on, that we thought we’d mention just a “few”. We may have been over-zealous, but we’ve put them in chronological order, just in case you can see them all! CAAM: CAAM’s doors open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. for exhibition viewing and an art workshop. From 6pm onwards, stay for CAAM’s special program, Gleaming at Twilight,  featuring live performances. Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza: Roughly 15,000 people attend Fireworks Extravaganza at LA’s Exposition Park. From 12 pm onwards enjoy entertainment, with a 60-minute firework show beginning at dusk. AmericaFest: Stop by the Rose Bowl for AmericaFest– the festival