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10 Bucket List Experiences for Angelenos to Check Off in 2019

By / January 2, 2019
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Shhh — don’t tell everyone, but we’ve got 10 secrets to making this year your best year yet. From catching live shows during the Red Bull Music Festival to volunteering at the annual Skid Row Carnival of Love, think of these bucket list Los Angeles items as a sure-fire way to have more fun and rack up more experiences in 2019.

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See Robyn (and others) live during the Red Bull Music Festival.

After popping up in Chicago, New York, and Toronto in 2018, the Red Bull Music Festival is coming to Los Angeles this February for a three-week-long blockbuster 2019 event. The festival will consist of a series of live shows, lectures, and experiences held at venues across the city, including a Valentine’s Day show by Rae Sremmurd, a DJ set by hip-hop photographer Gunner Stahl, featuring surprise performances by artists he’s photographed, and the two-night opening of Robyn’s North American tour at the Hollywood Palladium.

Catch an LAFC, Rams, and/or Chargers game.

Since 2016, Los Angeles has gained not one but three professional teams: the Rams and Chargers (football) and the LAFC (soccer). Hit at least one — if not all three teams — with home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Rams), StubHub Center (Chargers), and the Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park (LAFC). From club level to bleachers, there’s a ticket price and experience for every type of fan.

Tough Mudder

Tackle the 2019 Los Angeles Tough Mudder.

This April 6 and 7, the Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino will transform into the Los Angeles 2019 Tough Mudder, an obstacle course race that will challenge participants’ endurance, resourcefulness, and perseverance. Flex those muscles as you crawl under barbed wire and over fences during the race featuring 25 obstacles over eight to 10 miles.

Keep on breathin’ at Ariana Grande.

Sing your heart out to hits like “Breathin” and “thank u, next” at the Los Angeles stops along Ariana Grande’s Sweetener world tour. Ariana and her iconic high ponytail will take the stage May 6 and 7 at the Staples Center. Can’t make it either night? Just a few days later on May 10, the tour continues at The Forum in Inglewood.

Volunteer at the Skid Row Carnival of Love.

Open your heart and mind by volunteering at the 2019 Skid Row Carnival of Love, an annual festival that offers resources, connections, and community to those experiencing homelessness in the Skid Row area. Each volunteer will get paired with an individual guest and will help guide them through exploring health care, career, education, legal, and housing services, as well as haircuts, feet washing, fun and games, donations, and food.

Watch Blade Runner at an outdoor screening.

Fans of 1982 neo-noir science fiction flick Blade Runner may recall the film’s setting as none other than Los Angeles 2019. Though we don’t quite have the Replicants and colonies brought to the big screen by Ridley Scott, the future is upon us — and 2019 is the only excuse you need to channel your inner Rick Deckard (or Rachael). Though next season’s outdoor movie lineups haven’t been released yet, we expect to see the year of Blade Runner be embraced by the likes of Rooftop Cinema Club, Eat|See|Hear, Street Food Cinema, and Cinespia.

Attend Los Angeles Pride 2019.

Whether you identify as LGBT+ or are an ally, attending 2019 Los Angeles Pride means standing up for love, acceptance, and diversity and to the prejudice, discrimination, and hate faced by this community. From June 1 to 9, the festival will host events in West Hollywood and beyond, including a Trans Brunch, Youth Pride Dance, and LGBT Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and the LA Dodgers. But the most popular event — the LA Pride Festival itself — will be held June 8 and 9 along San Vicente, where attendees can dance the day (and night) away to music played live on three separate stages.

Get your grub on at a pop-up dinner.

Sure, Los Angeles might be home to some of the best restaurants in the country — but more and more, the city’s top chefs are looking for something more than the traditional career path. Instead, local culinary minds are putting their skills to work at pop-up dinners, which offer a more flexible experience, more creative control, and often less risk and financial investment to both up-and-coming chefs looking to make their mark on the competitive industry and established pioneers hoping to challenge themselves in a new venue. While we can’t all snag an invite to a Wolvesmouth dinner party, Hand Made Events and Food Connection LA offer their own takes on the pop-up trend.

Find your new favorite artists at music showcases.

Make 2019 the year you make some music discoveries of your own, including artists for whom you’ll be able to say you “knew them back when.” Impress your friends, co-workers, and anyone else subjected to your aux cord playlists with a lineup of up-and-coming local talent to be enjoyed long before they become popular enough to be overplayed on the radio. Find the next big thing at events like Breaking Sound, held at The Study Hollywood, and the Writer’s Block LA Tuesday night showcases at Black Rabbit Rose, hosted by In Flight Music Group.

Try out virtual reality.

From Instagram-driven pop-up museums to live podcast events, app-driven experiences, and teleconferenced lectures, we’ve already seen the effects that new technologies have had on the event landscape in Los Angeles. But one of the biggest trends that still has yet to reach its full potential is virtual reality — and 2019 could be the year that this once futuristic-seeming technology starts to go mainstream. But don’t take our word for it — try out a VR event for yourself at entertainment centers like Virtual Reality Hollywood games in Hollywood and Survios Virtual Reality Arcade in Torrance.

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Nile Cappello is obsessed with: words, cotton candy, Southern California and eating her way across the world. She’s an online and offline over-sharer, screenwriter, only child and total klutz. She’s an expert in LA coffee shops, iced tea varieties and uncovering compelling and unique true stories.

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