L.A. Weekender: Rock out, channel your inner Yoda and celebrate all weekend long

May 2, 2013

There’s no way around it: this weekend is packed. The L.A. Weekender is looking at Star Wars, the Kentucky Derby, and Cinco de Mayo. Shall we elaborate?

The Rolling Stones: If you’re feeling spontaneous (and have some cash to blow), you can try to see The Rolling Stones, performing Friday night at the Staples Center. Perhaps it’s not the intimate performance the Echoplex saw last weekend, but for anyone who’s a fan, this is guaranteed to be a night to rock out and remember.

May the Fourth be with you: If you’re a Star Wars fan and tend to get a little geeked out when someone brings up the Death Star or Han Solo, you have a couple options:

1. Head out to Orange County and hit up Downtown Disney in the afternoon and meet Mike Kungl, Disney Fine Art painter as he reveals his latest Star Wars-inspired art collection. If you have a Disney pass, don’t forget to slip into Tomorrowland for a bit of fun.

2. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Entertainment Weekly is going all out for at the CapeTown Film Fest at the Egyptian Theater with all-day screenings of Return of the Jedi.

Kentucky Derby: If racing and mint juleps are to your liking, consider the Kentucky Derby, happening on Saturday. Sure you might not actually be at the races and you’ll be hard pressed to find anything resembling a friendly Southern drawl, but why not swing by Finish Line Sports Grill for one of their signature Mint Juleps?

Enjoy ticketless wagering and watch the races with your fellow SoCal horse enthusiasts.

Cinco de Mayo: All of Los Angeles is celebrating the Mexican army’s triumph at the Battle of Puebla 150 years ago, and while there are plenty of food and drink specials to be found, we recommend taking the family to the free Cinco de Mayo Festival down on Olvera Street. Check out the folk dancing, live performances from Ballet Folklorico, Mariachi Estampa de America and La Original Banda El Limon, and chow down on your favorite Mexican meal before calling it a day.

So many options, so little time…

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