NKLA Adoption Weekend: How's that empty space next to your bed looking? The one you've been meaning to buy a comfy dog bed to fill? Heck, how's your bed looking? Because that's where your new furry friend will want to be. You can find your next kitty or dog or puppy or cat among hundreds and hundreds of animals -- over 1000 in all -- at this truly out-sized pet-sweet happening. It's at the La Brea Tar Pits on May 2 and 3, and a host of volunteers are on-hand to help you find your ideal muzzle-y match.
Big Parade Los Angeles: We live in a city of stairways, outdoor stairways, lots of stairways that head from the top of hills to streets below (that probably did not require a spoiler alert, we'll guess). Explore 80 or so of them during this free-to-join ramble that covers downtown, Silver Lake, and Griffith Park. For sure, the Laurel & Hardy Music Box Stairs are part of the adventure, but getting to know the wilder nooks of our urban landscape is the centerpoint. Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3
Free Comic Book Day: You don't need to don a cape to walk -- er, fly -- down to your local pop culture purveyor, but you absolutely can, if you feel compelled. Superheroes and everyday people will queue up for their gratis book (a book chosen by the shop, do note) on Saturday, May 2. But the freebies aren't the only funtastic bits of this annual early-May celebration. Authors and artists show up and other special events are planned, store-by-store. Want to support your mom-and-pop comic shop? Turn out and wear your protecting-Gotham get-up.
Tea Lovers Festival: Whether you go bagged or loose isn't always the full story when it comes to tea-based affections. What you nibble on alongside your tea, what kind of cup you use, what time of day you'll sip caffeinated brews and so on and so forth fill a leaf lover's thoughts. Be among other people who are wild for tea and all of its accouterments, as this three-day festival lands in Pasadena (two days at the Armory Center for the Arts, one day at Stats). May 1 through 3
The Chardonnay Run: Saying that a major athletic happening that involves hoofing it, powerfully and over several miles, is all about the finish line is not the full story. But noting that finish line parties of size and spectacle are on the rise is on the money. See one of the most sippable, on Sunday, May 3, at Santa Monica Pier as participants in a morning 5K -- running or walking -- join a wine-and-cheese tasting party. Will you discuss what you'll drink and dine upon the whole run, though, while you jog alongside your pals? That's up to you, Chardonnayers.