Weekend Fun: Events to Guide Your Free Time

As we all start to look towards the weekend, its important to gameplan early. The L.A. Beer Week festivities continue through Sunday, with lots of drinking and hop-headed beer discussions taking place all over Southern California. If you're looking for something a bit more high-brow, Social Media Week is also wrapping up, with lectures, Q & A's and great talks on the changing nature of social media in the world around us. Whatever you might be looking for this weekend, Los Angeles has got you covered.

First up is the Los Angeles County Fair, which wraps up this weekend. If you're able to get out before the Saturday crush, consider their yearly Battle of the Bands, which finalizes on Thursday night. The music starts up at the Coca-Cola Stage at 6pm. If you can't make it all the way out to the fair but still want some Thursday night music, Conor Oberst is playing UCLA's Royce Hall at 8pm. The Bright Eyes frontman and acclaimed acoustic musician will be going it alone for the evening, with a solo show featuring some of his best work.

Holding out for the weekend? You're in luck. Chinatown's Moon Festival is back for the 74th time, bringing with it the rich cultural history that has long shaped this slice of downtown Los Angeles. The evening event runs from 5pm to 11pm, with artists, cooking demonstrations, food trucks and - of course - a moon viewing, complete with provided telescopes. Elsewhere, the El Rey Theatre on Wilshire is playing host to longtime hip-hop legend GZA, of Wu-Tang Clan fame. He'll be playing his amazing solo album Liquid Swords from cover to cover, with help from Killer Mike, Sweet Valley and Bear Hands.

Those concerning themselves with food and drink should also have plenty to look forward to this weekend. While not exactly the sort of thing that will fill your stomach, Nick Offerman's American Ham show at UCLA's Royce Hall on Saturday will certainly split your sides with laughter. The multi-talented comedic actor best known for his role as Parks & Rec's bacon-infused Ron Swanson, Offerman's traveling show provides music, storytelling, stand up and much more. Or, you can just wait until Sunday to get your fill at the L.A. Beer Week closing festival, taking place at Union Station. From noon to 4pm, expect dozens of craft breweries, food trucks, and plenty of easy conversation with brewers, bartenders and the affable hosts of the event. No matter what you choose to do this weekend, it's practically guaranteed to be a good time.

About the Author

Farley Elliott is a freelance food writer and comedian. He currently writes for KCET.org, SeriousEats.com, LAist.com, and L.A. Weekly. You can catch Farley doing comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Hollywood.
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