What to Do in NY and LA This Weekend

Even for the most social person, sometimes making weekend plans can be overwhelming. Our simple guide helps you narrow down the options in your city, so the only real question is, which road do you want to take?

If You're in New York...
Good news, fellow city-dwellers, your Cinco de Mayo has been saved. Though the forecast calls for rain on Friday night, by Saturday things should clear up.

The Intellectual Route: After work, check out the opening night celebration of 25 Years of the Columbia Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall, or catch the Tony-nominated Other Desert Cities at the Lincoln Center Theater. You can also spend the weekend celebrating Queens culture without leaving Manhattan at the Guggenheim's Storytelling Tours of Queens from 11am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. To add some artistic elements to your weekend, make sure to check out the Frieze Art Fair taking place on Randall's island from Friday until Monday. Frieze will host over 180 of the most exciting contemporary galleries in the world, while serving up food from vendors like Roberta's, The Standard Biergarten's truck, and The Fat Radish.

The Social Route: Get your early Cinco de Mayo fix tonight at Dos Caminos, which has a special weekend menu in honor of the holiday featuring Lobster Guacamole and Crepas de Chocolate. Saturday, head down to the South Street Seaport for Mex Fest, happening from 12pm to 7pm. The event boasts food truck favorites like Luke's Lobsters, Gorilla Cheese, and Wafels & Dinges, all of which will be adding some Mexican flair to their menus. On Saturday night, skip the Cinco de Mayo bar crawls and go see Andrew Bird display his soulful crooning at The Beacon Theater. If you do want to get in on the festive drinking scene, hit up Mexican Radio in SoHo for assorted Herradura specials. If you're still ready to rage on Sunday, head over to Union Pool in Williamsburg, for Fred Armisen's Playlist Live, where the comedian-musician will cover everything from the Clash to Devo.


If You're in LA...
The Golden State should live up to its nickname this weekend, so get out there and enjoy the beautiful sunny weather while you're cruising through our list of hot spots.

The Intellectual Route: Tequila shots are so low-brow—why not celebrate Mexican culture in a more enlightened way this Cinco de Mayo. Saturday and Sunday there will be a re-enactment of the Battle of Puebla and traditional Mexican entertainment on Olvera Street. Or, head over to the Museum of Latin American Art, which is offering free admission to Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders on May 5th and 6th.

The Social Route: Friday Night, indie heroes Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (pictured above) take over The Greek Theatre. Tickets are still available for those of you looking for your last-minute concert fix. On Cinco, you can't mess with the best—so visit the Pink Taco for $5 house margaritas and live entertainment. If you planned ahead this Cinco, hopefully you got your tickets to Lucha VaVOOM, the authentic masked Mexican wrestling event featuring true Lucadores. There will also be food, drinks, comedy, and even some stripteases. While ticket sales have sold out online, according to the venue there will still be some available at the door—to us, it sounds like this is where the fiesta's at this weekend.

Don't see your city? Let us know and we'll do our best to include it next time.

—Jordan Rubin is a regular contributor to You can follow her on Twitter at @JayHillary.

Photo: Courtesy of Lucha VaVOOM
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