If you make an effort, you can turn any weekend into a holiday. From disco parties and craft fairs to beer and anthropomorphic trains, here's how to live your best Southern California weekend ever.
Corgi Beach Day
WHEN: Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE: Huntington Dog Beach — 100 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
Those cheerful, stubby-legged dogs favored by the queen of England take center stage at a day packed with cuteness and contests. Watch corgis do the limbo, eat coconut cream pies, wear cardigans and compete to see who has the cutest little canine wiggle butt.
LIVE STORIES PICK
Unheard LA – live in Baldwin Park (ep.6)
WHEN: Saturday, April 7, 5:30–7 p.m.
WHERE: Performing Arts Center of Baldwin Park — 4640 Maine Ave., Baldwin Park
COST: FREE but RSVP required; MORE INFO
KPCC In Person delivers the sixth episode of "Unheard L.A.," a live series that amplifies the experiences, moments and memories of real people in Southern California. Come listen to the tales of community members of different ages, neighborhoods and levels of performing experience. After the participants and the host share their stories with you, you're invited to share refreshments and reflections with them at a post-show mixer.
BOOTY SHAKING PICK
Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours
WHEN: Friday, April 6 - Saturday, April 7, 11 p.m. - 3 a.m.
WHERE: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion — 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
COST: $20; MORE INFO
Disco lives! For two nights, flash back to an era of pulsating beats and glittery jumpsuits as the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion transforms into a 1970s nightclub. Experience the evolution of disco from its underground club roots to its long-lasting influence on music and fashion.
YE OLDE TYMEY PICKE
The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire
WHEN: Saturday, April 7 - Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
WHERE: Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area — 15501 Arrow Highway, Irwindale
COST: $30 adult single day, $15 children (5-12) single day; MORE INFO
Prefer the 1570s to the 1970s? Grab your doublet and a flagon of brandy wine for a day spent in Elizabethan times — hopefully without catching the Black Death or being burned as a heretic. This living history experience includes archery, axe throwing, hair braiding, jousting, tea with the queen, a maypole carousel and other merrie olde rides and carnival booths. Experience the whimsy of the 16th century without sacrificing the benefits of modern dentistry.
WHEN: Saturday, April 7
WHERE: Wilshire Ebell Theatre — 4401 W. 8th St., Koreatown
COST: $32.50; MORE INFO
Maybe you know Hari Kondabolu from the documentary "The Problem With Apu," an exploration of his love-hate (or would that be hate-hate?) relationship with Apu, the Kwik-E-Mart owner on "The Simpsons." But the comedian has been making audiences laugh with his smart, culturally savvy stand-up for years.
Los Angeles Plein Air Festival
WHEN: Wednesday, April 4 - Sunday, April 8
WHERE: Raw Materials Art Supplies — 436 S. Main St., downtown Los Angeles
COST: FREE to view or participate; MORE INFO
"Plein air" is a fancy French way of saying "in the open air" and it's what exhibitionist painters like to do. At the largest urban plein air festival in the country, you'll get to watch artists put brush to canvas (or pen to sketchpad) on the streets of Los Angeles. All skill levels are welcome and anyone who registers to participate can exhibit and sell their finished artwork.
Barnsdall Art and Craft Fair
WHEN: Sunday, April 8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
WHERE: Barnsdall Art Center — 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
Shop ceramics, cards, jewelry, prints, paintings and art while doing a little good at the same time. Proceeds from this craft fair go toward arts and education programming at Barnsdall, site of Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Hollyhock House.
SPOKEN WORD PICK
L.A. Get Down Festival
WHEN: Saturday, April 7 - Saturday, April 28
WHERE: Greenway Court Theatre — 544 N. Fairfax Ave. and Melrose Trading Post — 7850 Melrose Ave.
COST: $10, most events; MORE INFO
What is poetry? What should it be? Wordsmiths from around the world will lead performances and workshops during this month-long celebration of hip-hop and spoken word. The festival will also host the 10th InkSlam championship, a competition between 12 well-known poets.
Day Out with Thomas
WHEN: Saturday, April 7 - Sunday, April 8
WHERE: Orange Empire Railway Museum — 201 S. A St., Perris
COST: $17-25; MORE INFO
The world's most popular tank engine comes all the way from the Island of Sodor to visit Southern California. He's bringing his BFF, Percy the Small Steam Engine, and Sir Topham Hatt, who managed to take a few days off from his busy job as railway controller. Train enthusiasts of all ages can hop aboard the storybook engine for a ride.
WHEN: Friday, April 6, 5-10 p.m.
WHERE: Natural History Museum— 900 W. Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles
COST: $20-26; MORE INFO
Chelsea Jade and Jamila Woods headline the musical portion of the evening. Before that, at the discussion "From Basket Sealant to Black Gold," you'll learn about the history of oil drilling and how it helped make L.A. the car capital of the world. Anthony Valadez and Novena Carmel will provide beats to go with the museum's exquisite dioramas.
Uptown Whittier Art and Antique Street Faire
WHEN: Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE: Philadelphia St. & Bright Ave. — Whittier
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
More than 150 vendors selling housewares, art, crafted goods and antiques turn out for this annual festival that also includes live bands, dance performances and raffles.
LA Beer Fest
WHEN: Saturday, April 7, noon - 3 p.m. and 5 - 8 p.m.
WHERE: LA Center Studios — 450 S. Bixel St., downtown L.A.
COST: $45-80; MORE INFO
Hopheads can sample 200 domestic and international beers from 80 breweries at this suds fest. Plenty of food trucks will be on hand so you'll be able to buy snacks to soak up all that booze. Live bands, a deejay and a dueling piano bar round out the festivities.
Dwell on Design
WHEN: Thursday, April 5 - Sunday, April 7
WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center — 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown L.A.
COST: $40, public 1-day pass; $125 for home tours of the east side or Santa Monica and Venice; MORE INFO
Are you a design and architecture professional, or do you just want to look like one? Wear your funkiest eyeglasses and most expensive sneakers as you peruse fire pits, wine glasses, environmentally friendly patio furniture and laser-printed bar carts. OK, we made that last one up — but now that we've dreamed it, someone should get to work creating it.
Correction: This story misstated a date for the "Unheard L.A." event. It has since been updated.