Woo-hoo! Memorial Day weekend is almost here—the unofficial start of the summer season. It’s time to relax, enjoy the sunshine, and spend as much time outdoors as possible! Here in Los Angeles, there are many fun and exciting activities to fill the three-day weekend and start your summer off right. You can choose from art, music and food festivals, block parties, sporting events, parades, and patriotic ceremonies, in addition to private functions like backyard barbecues.
With so many activities to choose from, you could be in for a very busy Memorial Day weekend. By Saturday evening, you may be ready for some chillin’ out time. What better way to wind down from the day’s activities than to come to an Eat|See|Hear movie showing? During the Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend, May 23, Eat|See|Hear will show the cult classic, Almost Famous, at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park. The film will start at 8:30 pm.
Almost Famous is the perfect movie to kick off the summer. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe, the film tells the story of William Miller (Patrick Fugit), an aspiring teenage music journalist, who is hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up-and-coming rock band. Set during the early 1970s, the film follows William as he falls face first, learning life-changing lessons about himself and love. With great characters and an all-star cast to fill those roles, including Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Almost Famous has got to be one of Crowe’s most endearing films.
In addition to showcasing a great flick, Eat|See|Hear will be bringing back the LA-based indie band, Dark Furs. They will take the stage at 7 pm. Leading the band is UK-raised vocalist, Suzanne May, and LA native, Chad Philipps, who will be performing their own style of “mood rock.” Featured on several “Bands to Watch” lists, their dreamy instrumentals and slow, bouncing vocals will put you in a super-chilled mood, even before the movie starts.
This event will be held at the 2 ½ acre South Lawn of the Autry National Center, located at 4700 Western Heritage Way in Griffith Park. Like all Eat|See|Hear events, doors open at 5:30 pm. Of course, you don’t have to get there right when the doors open, but it’s a good idea to arrive fairly early (at least by 6:30) if you want first dibs on where to sit, or if you’ve got a large group and several blankets to spread out. At this Eat|See|Hear event, there’s an added reason for arriving early. Movie goers will have the opportunity to visit select Autry museum galleries, which will have extended hours from 5:30 to 8 pm.
Upon arrival, you can park for free in the Los Angeles Zoo parking lot, which is across the street from the Autry. From there, it is just a short walk to the South Lawn, where the event will take place.
What to Bring
Before heading out the door, be sure to take a few essential items with you. You’re going to want to bring either low beach chairs to sit on (no more than 6 inches off the ground), or a large beach towel or picnic blanket to cover the ground. That way you’ll be more comfortable during the movie. And while you’re getting out blankets, you may want to grab an extra one so you can have something to wrap up in after the sun sets. You may also want to bring a sweater or light jacket. It may be Southern California, but night-time temperatures can be chilly!
Bring your appetite. Some of the city’s tastiest food trucks will be on hand, including favorites like B Sweet Mobile, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Brasil Kiss, Cambalaches, Coolhaus, Good Greek Grub, Rock and Lou’s Pizza, Steel City Sandwich, The Deli Doctor, Tokyo Doggie Style, and Tornado Potato. All of these vendors serve restaurant-quality food, and you’re not going to want to pass it up. The hard part is deciding which trucks to buy from!
If, for whatever reason, you’d rather bring in your own food to the event, you are still welcome to do so. However, picnic baskets and coolers that are brought into the event should be no larger than 12″x12″.
As is true for every Eat|See|Hear event, movie-goers are welcome to bring their canine companions with them, as long as they’re leashed. Every pooch is given a free doggie biscuit when entering. Of course no dog is content to eat just one biscuit. If Fido is accompanying you, be sure to bring extra dog treats to give to him, plus a small jug of water and a bowl for him to drink out of though we do spread some bowls for your canine’s convenience all around the venue. That will keep your pet happy during the show (and everyone else seated around you!). Be sure to pack some waste bags, so you can clean up your pet’s messes.
Purchasing Your Tickets
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance via Eventbrite. General admission tickets are $12 each for adults, $8 for children 6-12 years old, and free for children 5 and under. General admission seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s best to buy your tickets in advance, because shows often sell out—especially during holiday weekends. If you wait to buy your ticket at the door, it might be too late to get one.
In addition to general admission tickets, a limited number of “Fashionably Late” passes are available for purchase in advance at the Eventbrite website. At $20 each, these special VIP tickets allow you seating in a reserved area with a great view of the screen, regardless of arrival time. That means you can show up as late as 8:20 pm and still have your seating reserved.
Other Memorial Day Weekend Events in Griffith Park
If you’re going to Griffith Park to see Almost Famous on Saturday evening, you may also want to take in some of the other activities planned for the area during Memorial Day weekend. You could spend the entire day or even the whole weekend in Griffith Park!
You might want to check out the “Odd Market” bazaar, slated to take place on the Autry’s South Lawn on Friday, May 22, from 6 to 11 pm. Visitors can shop for crafts and sample foods from the 200 vendor booths that will be there.
The Autry Museum will host a “Pan for Gold” family activity from 11 am until 4 pm on May 23 and 24. Participants will be given the opportunity to pan for gold, just like the 49ers did.
How about checking out the exhibits at the Autry Museum? The Museum is open from 10 am until 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday during Memorial Day weekend, May 23 and 24. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3 years old.
Next door, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, is another great attraction. It is also open from 10 am until 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $19 for visitors age 13 and up, $16 for children ages 2-12, and free for children under 2.
No matter what you include in your Memorial Day weekend festivities, it’s sure to be a good start to summer—especially if you makeEat|See|Hear part of your fun. If you’ve got questions about the Almost Famous event, or about the Eat|See|Hear’s summer 2015 season, visit our movie schedule. We look forward to seeing you at the Autry on May 23!