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Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

The weekend is looking sunny and warm, so throw your sunglasses on and thaw out! Choose from a whale festival, cherry blossom festival, or an open streets event for a much-needed outdoor excursion.


Wine n' Pie 

Is there anything more indulgent than a pairing of wine and pie? Probably not. Treat yourself to three combinations of wine flights and personal pies from The Pie Hole — the Mexican chocolate one sounds especially enticing — and then go home and take a nap for a solid Saturday. 

WHEN: Saturday, March 4, 2 - 6 p.m. 
WHERE: The Blending Lab | MAP  
COST: Advance tickets are $30, $40 at the door | Get tickets 


March Forth: A Spoken Word Celebration of Female Empowerment

In honor of Women's History Month, the Skirball will showcase performances from a group of female spoken word artists and musicians from California. The lineup includes Alyesha Wise, local poetry slam champion, and Chingona Fire, a Latina feminist poetry collective featuring Yesika Salgado and Angela Aguirre. 

WHEN: Friday, March 3, 8 p.m. 
WHERE: Skirball Cultural Center | MAP
COST: Tickets are $15 | Get tickets 


A promotional shot of the Nintendo Switch, a video game console capable of literally being picked up and taken on the move without sacrificing the playing experience.
A promotional shot of the Nintendo Switch, a video game console capable of literally being picked up and taken on the move without sacrificing the playing experience.

Nintendo Switch Preview Tour

If you've been on the fence about purchasing Nintendo's new console, attending this shindig might help solidify your choice. Hands-on time with the Switch will be available for fans, avid gamers or curious skeptics, which might be better than hovering around Best Buy's display console. 

WHEN: Sunday, March 5, 10 a.m. 
WHERE: Raleigh Studios, Hollywood | MAP
COST: Free


Cherry Blossom Festival 

Instead of heading over to the nearest park, consider hitting up this festival for a mellow stroll through a cherry blossom wonderland. As you're surrounded by blooming blush-toned petals, try your hand at the art of origami, learn about the elegant trees and even take a budding stalk home — perfect for ushering in spring. Pro tip: Book your tickets in advance, many others will want photos of cherry blossoms. 

WHEN: Saturday - Sunday, March 4-5 and March 11-12, times vary 
WHERE: Descanso Gardens | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $9 | Get tickets 


626 Golden Streets 

At last, the first major open streets event of the year is here and it's set to go down across seven communities in the 626, including Arcadia, Monrovia and San Marino. You have the choice to walk, run, bike ... or ride the train for this carless day — rain or shine. 

WHEN: Sunday, March 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
WHERE: Various communities in the 626 | Event route
COST: Free 


Dana Point Festival of Whales 

You wont be able to walk through this area without running into some sort of whale-themed activity or tribute. For the 46th year running, appreciators of nature can attend marine lectures, book a whale watching tour, or bask in grass at an outdoor concert, complete with BBQ, and so much more. The two-weekend festival will be kicked off with a parade, showcasing plenty of giant inflatable whales. For a full schedule, visit the website

WHEN: Saturday-Sunday, March 4-5, 11-12
WHERE: Dana Point Harbor | MAP
COST: Free 


All Space Considered 

Though this is a recurring public program at the Griffith Observatory, it might be particularly worthwhile to attend this session.  You'll have the chance to pick the brains of curatorial staff and astronomy professionals about the latest headlines in the space news like the discovery of seven new Earth-like planets and maybe even the plans to send two private citizens to the moon next year. 

WHEN: Friday, March 3, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Griffith Observatory | MAP 
COST: Free 

How are you spending your weekend? Let us know on Twitter @lizmoonyoz and @LeoHasACat.