L.A.'s Best Events, From The Return of Jazz at LACMA to Cinco De Mayo Celebrations and More

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Poetry in the Garden (Brentwood): Join The Getty for a unique series of live readings set among Robert Irwin's Central Garden, featuring poetic voices of Los Angeles. Each week words will float through the landscape, encouraging guests to create their own experience: Rest on a bench, lay on a blanket on the lawn, admire the view, or wander the pathways among the blooming spring plants as poetry vibrates through the air! This week enjoy a performance from Mandy Kahn.
When: Wednesday, May 1 through Wednesday, May 29 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., L.A., 90049

Cinco de Mayo Celebration Descanso (Costa Mesa): Descanso Restaurant is inviting guests to join them for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Enjoy a fiesta brunch with dishes like Huevos con Bistec and Francesca Toast, plus $32 Margarita Pitchers and bottomless Bloody Marias. On May 5th only, get complimentary Chef Angulo's Mango Morita Chile Chicken Wings with $10 margaritas and $5 Modelo drafts. There will also be live music!
When: Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Descanso, 1555 Adams Ave., #103, Costa Mesa, 92626

Last Chance! Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy (DTLA): The exhibition, Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy, will be shutting its doors on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12th. General Admission tickets start at $30, while kids under the age of 13 can visit for free! Enjoy the world's first art amusement park with rides, games, and attractions by visionary artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and David Hockney.
When: Now through Sunday, May 12
Where: Luna Luna, 1601 East 6th St., L.A., 90023

Pop Up Picnic Co. Returns to The Flower Fields (Carlsbad): Pop Up Picnic Co. is thrilled to announce the much-anticipated return of PICNICS + FLOWERS, a unique and semi-private picnic experience set against the breathtaking backdrop of The Flower Fields in Carlsbad. Attendees can expect an elevated pop-up picnic featuring more shade structures, increased semi-private picnic spaces, reserved parking, a private entrance, complimentary wagon rides, an expanded menu, live music, and a family-fun zone featuring interactive games. Reservations for PICNICS + FLOWERS can be made on the Pop Up Picnic Co. website. Tickets will be available for $140 per person, and families can enjoy a 50% discount for kids with the purchase of each adult ticket.
When: Now through Sunday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: The Flower Fields, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, 92008

1010 Wine and Events New Menu (Inglewood): 1010 Wine and Events, the first and only wine bar in Inglewood has revamped their menu with new items. he new menu features delicacies from the land and sea such as salmon crudo and oysters on the half shell light bites, as well as main dishes of Piri Piri chicken and Prime Beef bavette. The menu is rounded out with a variety of fresh, roasted, and caramelized vegetables like molasses brown butter carrots, brussel sprouts with cucumber yogurt, and braised chard. Chef Mo Marvel, a Le Cordon Bleu Pasadena graduate and previously Executive Sous Chef at Superfine Playa and Sous Chef of Rossoblu (DTLA), artfully recreated the new menu to highlight the distinct variations of wine available to diners.
When: Available Now
Where: 1010 Wine and Events, 1010 North La Brea Ave., Inglewood, 90302

Where You Stand: Chinatown 1880 to 1939 Exhibit (DTLA): Union Station is showcasing a year-long temporary exhibit called Chinatown 1880 to 1939. The exhibition invites guests into the center of this once vibrant community of families, businesses and associations through historic photographs, oral history recordings and augmented reality.
When: Now through Fall 2024
Where: Los Angeles Union Station, 800 North Alameda St., L.A., 90012

Wednesday, May 1

Goats at Play 5.0 with Chef Steph Izard (Arts District): Goats at Play Dinner is back for another one-night only, communal dinner experience where Chef Stephanie Izard and her team will bring ideas they've scribbled down in their notebooks to Girl & the Goat's dinner table. The dinner will feature bold flavors from seven different dishes ($85) which can be leveled up with an optional wine pairing ($40), specially selected to complement the flavors of each course. Purchase your tickets here.
When: Wednesday, May 1 at 6 p.m.
Where: Girl & the Goat L.A., 555 Mateo St., L.A., 90013

Thursday, May 2

Rooftop Cinema Club- Dirty Dancing Screening (DTLA): Rooftop Cinema club is back and screening some amazing movies. This week, "have the time of your life!" The theater is screening "Dirty Dancing". Tickets for an Adirondack Chair are $23; purchase them here.
When: Thursday, May 2 at 8:10 p.m.
Where: Rooftop Cinema Club, 888 South Olive St., 4th Floor, L.A., 90014

Friday, May 3

First Friday Pop-Up Party: Hotel Thomasville (Venice): House of Good is hosting their First Friday pop-up party. The free pop-up hotel lounge to immerse yourself in timeless design, get an oracle reading, and enjoy complimentary bites, wine, and sips for the first 100 guests — all during Abbot Kinney's bustling First Friday event. Guests will be entered to win their own classic Thomasville piece of furniture. RSVP here!
When: Friday, May 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: House of Good, 1212 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Unit C, L.A., 90291

Jazz at LACMA (Wilshire): The 33rd season of Jazz at LACMA is back! Don't miss the event's debut with a performance by the Bob Minzter Big Band. Find out more here!
When: Friday, May 3 at 6 p.m.
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 90036

Saturday, May 4

Rise & Flow Yoga and Wellness (WeHo): In partnership with Fit Girl Club, attendees can start their day right every Saturday with a flowing yoga practice that will awaken the senses and energize the spirit. Experienced instructors will guide guests and attendees through a series of invigorating poses, helping them to find balance and inner peace. Tickets are $25 per person or special offer 2 for 1 admission for $29.50. Free for hotel guests.
When: Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Skybar at Mondrian, 8440 Sunset Blvd., WeHo, 90069

Yaamava' at the Races (Highland): Put on your favorite hat and get ready for the Kentucky Derby. The Yaamava' resort is hosting "Yaamava' At The Races" – the ultimate Derby watch party at the pool deck with delicious food, refreshing drinks, photo opps, prizes, and of course – a hat contest! Winner of the hat contest will receive $1,000 in Free Play at the casino. Tickets are $50 per person; purchase them here.
When: Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Yaamavá, 777 San Manuel Blvd S, Highland, CA 92346

Kentucky Derby Watch Party at Videre L.A. (Mid-Wilshire): Videre L.A. is throwing a fun watch party for the Kentucky Derby. Watch the game and enjoy specialty cocktails like Mint Juleps, a Triple Crown Margarita, and a Kentucky Mule at the rooftop.
When: Saturday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Videre L.A., 6317 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 90048

Spring Soirée – A Conscious Community Wellness Day (West Adams): Ad Anima will join Zula Den's immersive and invigorating Spring Soirée. Hosted by the vibrant Zula Den community, the event promises a jam-packed day of diverse and hands-on experiences to enhance well-being and holistic health. There will be special offerings, handcrafted goods and more. RSVP here!
When: Saturday, May 4 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Zula Den, 4011 West Jefferson Blvd., L.A., 90016

Sunday, May 5

Melrose Trading Post (Melrose): Start the new year in style at Melrose Trading Post. The market will host over 50 local artists & makers where Angelenos can shop from. There will also be a delicious selection of food trucks on site. General Admission is $6; purchase them here.
When: Sunday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Fairfax High School, 7850 Melrose Ave., L.A., 90046

Cinco de Mayo at Tatel (Beverly Hills): The Spanish restaurant, Tatel is serving up a special offering for Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy $23 bottomless sangria 11-3pm, $12 cocktail hour til 7pm, and salsa dancing with a live Jazz singer at night.
When: Sunday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Tatel Beverly Hills, 453 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 90210

Cinco de Mayo Unidos Vendor Market (Long Beach): Celebrate the vibrant culture at our Cinco de Mayo event hosted by Unidos Community Event. Enjoy Folklorico dancers and Mariachi bands along with 20+ vendors along Seaport Way.Dine at one of our restaurants or enjoy a Beer at Beachwood Brewing while enjoying the performances. RSVP for a chance to win raffle prizes during the event. Winners will be selected from the RSVP list.
When: Sunday, May 5 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 2nd & PCH, 6400 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, 90803

Cinco De Mayo & Mon Ami's One Year Anniversary (Santa Monica): Mon Ami is celebrating their 1 year anniversary with a day party. There will be happy hour food & drink specials 3-7pm, Don Londres making margaritas, a photobooth, and a live DJ.
When: Sunday, May 5 at 3 p.m.
Where: Mon Ami, 1541 Ocean Ave., Suite 150, Santa Monica, 90401

Topanga Social's Cinco de Mayo Celebration (Canoga Park): celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Topanga Social! Get ready for a fiesta full of delicious food, refreshing drinks, and great music. Guests can expect a Dos Equis Beer Tent, Margarita Garden and more. Reserve your spot for free here!
When: Sunday, May 5 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Topanga Social, 6600 California 27, #9038, L.A., 91303

Cinco de Mayo (Santa Monica): Downtown Santa Monica (DTSM, Inc.) is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Cinco de Mayo On The Promenade. The community is invited to enjoy performances by UCLA's Mariachi de Uclatlán, Academia de Danza BFFM and recording artist Danny Muñoz. Attendees will also experience outdoor dining from local favorites including Casa Martin, Cabo Cantina, 1212 and Ugo Trattoria.
When: Sunday, May 5 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: 1200 Block of Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 90401

Catalina Museum for Art & History (Catalina): Join art and culture enthusiasts for the biggest celebration of Mexican heritage and pride on Catalina Island, as Catalina Museum presents its annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration on Sunday, May 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.! Enjoy live music by island favorites Sin Frontera, captivating traditional dance performances by Ballet Folklorico Quetzal, and savor popular Mexican dishes from local food vendors. Engage in an exciting art project and raise a toast with margaritas, wine, beer and more. Come together with the community to honor the spirit of Cinco de Mayo.
When: Sunday, May 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Catalina Museum for Art & History, 217 Metropole Ave., Avalon, 90704

Monday, May 6

"Battle of the Blancs" (Inglewood): May 6th is International Sauvignon Blanc Day, and to celebrate, Inglewood's first and only wine bar, 1010 Wine and Events, is hosting "Battle of the Blancs." This intimate event is a "friendly little competition" with a blind tasting of 8 exquisite Sauvignon Blancs from around the world – South Africa, New Zealand, California and more. Event attendees cast a vote for their favorite, and the region with the highest ranked wines will win! The event also includes passed apps, games and prizes, and a live DJ keeping the vibes all night. Tickets are $45; purchase them here.
When: Sunday, May 6 at 7 p.m.
Where: 1010 Wine and Events, 1010 North La Brea Ave., Inglewood, 90302

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