It's May in LA and, seriously, #itslit. With concerts like John Legend, Train, and La La Land Live, enough food festivals to feed the entire country, and tons of new museum and art openings, searching for the best things to do in Los Angeles this month is more than overwhelming. But never fear, foxes! That's where we come in. We've outdone ourselves with this month's curated calendar (if we do say so ourselves) and we're bringing the best of May to you.
Kick off May with a trip to the LB to sample one of the many eateries that are participating in the Taste of Long Beach.
M A Y 5 Cinco de Mayo // Los Angeles
Celebrate with tacos, friendship, and a homemade margarita. Have fun and stay safe!
M A Y 5 – 7 BBQ and Beer Festival // Santa Clarita
Mmm, beer! With different events each day, this 3-day festival has something for everyone. Over the course of the weekend, you can enjoy a selection of over 50 craft beers, mouth watering BBQ and live music at Santa Clarita's Central Park.
All items will be 50-70% off at this one day only warehouse sale. I repeat 50-70% off! This is so important. The first 100 people in line will receive free coffee from Elabrew Coffee, and AMAZEBOWLS will be serving free acai bowls to fuel your shopping spree.
The Flaming Lips are back on tour and they're wackier and more psychedelic than ever. If you're looking for a major dose of energy, color, and eccentricity the Flaming Lips are your guys.
Enjoy National Public Garden Day (yes, that's a thing) in one of LA's most beautiful botanical gardens. The Getty is offering free garden tours, garden-themed food and drinks at the Getty Center's restaurant, and special gifts with purchases from the Museum Store.
M A Y 1 3 + 1 4 Echo Park Craft Fair // Mack Sennett Studios, Los Feliz
Pinteresters and DIY enthusiasts of the world, rejoice! The Echo Park Craft Fair features beautiful hand-made pieces from over 120 artists. Find everything here, from ceramics to clothing to woodworking to jewelry and more. The fair will also offer live music and delicious artisan food, coffee, and beverages.
M A Y 1 4 Mother’s Day // Los Angeles
Give your mama some extra lovin' this May 14th, she deserves it!
Experience this progressive political podcast live at the Ace Hotel. Put on by four of the men who worked for the Obama administration, Pod Save America is a strictly-facts style podcast that aims to educate the American people about what the f*** is actually going on.
M A Y 1 9 Björk Digital // The Reef, South LA
Step inside Björk's creative mind via this virtual reality exhibition, featuring a series of experiences that last a total of about 90 minutes. This exhibition will only be up through June 4th, so be sure to check it out before it's gone.
Brought to you by the hashtag #EEEEEATS, this food fest will feature live music, restaurant previews, and bites from restaurants such as Salazar, Badmaash, Jon & Vinny’s, Sweetfin Poke, Yeastie Boys, Dream Pops, Matcha Bar, Shake shack and more surprise restaurants that have yet to be announced.
M A Y 2 0 + 2 1 34th Annual Strawberry Festival // Oxnard
A festival that would make The Beatles proud. Oxnard's Annual Strawberry Festival features food booths, arts and crafts vendors, rides, attractions, concerts, celebrity chef demonstration and more! It's been around for 34 years so you know it's good.
M A Y 2 3 + 2 4 Pride Comedy Festival // Mid-City + Silverlake
This hilarious showcase of LGBTQIA and Ally Comedians benefits local LGBTQIA non-profit organizations. The Festival takes place in both Mid-city and Silverlake, so you won't have to fight the traffic getting there – amen.
This competition starts on May 3rd with a mixology class, and continues each Wednesday through the final round on May 24th. Admission is free and audience members get to judge the drinks.
M A Y 2 5 Band of Horses // The Greek Theatre
See the band behind "The Funeral" on tour with their new album, Why Are You OK at the Greek Theatre. What could be better than listening to mellow, folky music underneath the stars on a warm May night?
M A Y 26 + 2 7 La La Land in Concert // The Hollywood Bowl
Watch the movie of the year come to life in the City of Stars itself! During this premiere, live screening of the film, composer Justin Hurwitz will conduct the Oscar-winning score backed by a full orchestra, choir and jazz ensemble.
Enjoy tastings from over 20 of Main Street's finest restaurants and bars, and help save the world at the same time. This Monopoly style tour of Main Street eateries benefits Summer SOULstice and Heal the Bay. Plus, you have the chance to win a prize that's even better than Monopoly money.
M A Y 2 8 + 2 9 John Legend // The Greek Theatre
If his beautiful voice and incredible piano skills aren't enough to convince you to get tickets, the possibility of a Chrissy Teigen spotting definitely will.
T H R O U G H M A Y 2 9 Museum of Ice Cream // Downtown
A museum all about ice cream? Dreams do come true! Yes, you've seen it on your Instagram feed, and yes it is as great as it looks. Tickets are hard to come by, but if you do get the opportunity to go, definitely don't pass it up!