Events are being cancelled left and right in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. I will do my best to keep track which ones in the listings are being nixed but I’m sure to miss some. So, PLEASE, before heading out the door, check for yourself to see if the event is still happening!
24 U.S. Cities
[Until 3/29] (** I wrote a thing about this tour! **) Pee-wee’s Big Adventure 35th Anniversary Tour with Paul Reubens — see a screening of the film followed by Paul Reubens himself — live, in person! — sharing never-before-heard stories about the making of the movie.
Coming to a city near you (?):
Beware the Brides of March, This Cacophony Society favorite began when Burning Man co-founder Danger Ranger discovered a thrift store rack full of wedding dresses. That was 1998. Some 22 years later, this “more street theater than bar hop” event still invites brides of all genders to participate. This year, six cities are in: Tucson (3/7), Las Vegas (3/14), Phoenix (3/14) San Francisco (CANCELLED!), Sacramento (3/15), and Reno (3/21).
[Until 10/4] Infinite Moment: Burning Man on the Horizon
at High Desert Museum Thanks, Brian!
Daly City, CA
[3/15] Daly City Rock & Roll Flea Market with Kepi Ghoulie and more! 9 AM to 5 PM
[7/10-7/12] Oregon Country Fair, a three-day art and music fair, described as “magical” and I believe it! Tickets go on sale 3/15
[Hurry! Only until 3/14] RED reader Robert Walker recommends Yucca Fountain at the University of Northern Colorado, an interactive art exhibit/Atomic Age soda fountain complete with a “lazily blinking neon sign.”
Las Vegas, NV
[Extended! Until 4/20] Tim Burton’s Lost Vegas art exhibit at the Neon Museum
[Opening this year] Meow Wolf’s Area 15 Thanks, Claudia!
Los Angeles, CA
Both locations of MOCA are now permanently free
[Now] Cages, as described by RED pal Kyle: “It’s truly the future of music show meets storytelling. Fully immersive, from rooms to performance that combines concert, live theater, projection mapping, stop motion animation, 3D and 2d cgi, dance, and more. It’s nuts.”
[Last Saturday of the month] almighty Opp, a streetside puppet show in Koreatown recommended by CTP who says, “It’s fantastic. And bizarre, and funny, and wonderous,” 9 PM
[3/15-3/20] Frozen Dead Guys Days, quirky “three day Frosty Fiesta features over 30 live bands in 3 heated super tents featuring local craft brews, specialty spirited drinks, 14 delicious craft food vendors, serving up Vegan to BBQ and everything in between” Thanks, Susan!
New York City
RED pal Oriana Leckert always highlights the best events in the Big Apple!
[3/18-4/12] The Plastic Bag Store is reminiscent of Lucy Sparrow’s all-felt markets, except that everything in Robin Frohardt’s shop is made with single-use plastic items. 20 Times Square, free and open to the public
[5/9 to 11/1] Yayoi Kusama’s Cosmic Nature exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden (pre-sale for members and patrons happens 2/19, public on 2/26)
[4/11] Journey to the End of the Night (yes, it’s in Oakland this year!), 5 PM to 11 PM, Tickets $0-$30
[4/11] ResurrEGGtion2020! an EGGS Bar Fundraiser at BRIX 581, 9 PM
[7/11-7/12] Burger Boogaloo headlines with Bikini Kill and Circle Jerks, Mosswood Park
[Ongoing] The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium Thanks, Brian!
[Ongoing] In a similar vein, The Zymoglyphic Museum Thanks, Mel!
[5/16-5/17] The creators of the popular Exploding Kittens card game series are hosting Burning Cat, a new two-day game convention that ends in the burning of a giant effigy. Huh… that last part seems oddly familiar! Tickets are $80 for a two-day pass, or $45 for a daily one.
San Diego, CA
[8/12-8/16] Tiki Oasis is celebrating its 20th anniversary this August at the Paradise Point Hotel! Two things: 1.) This is not to be confused with Arizona Tiki Oasis which happens April 23 to 26 in Scottsdale (same producers though!) AND 2.) tickets are NOW on sale!
San Francisco, CA
[3/14] Last Gasp Warehouse Sale, 11 AM to 4 PM
[3/15] Super Shangri-La Show presents Treasure of the Four Crowns at Balboa Theater, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
[3/19] Negativland is performing an audio/visuals show at Gray Area, 8 PM
[3/25-3/27] 3-Day Experience Design Training by KAOSPILOT
[4/1] Dancehall of Beautiful Radiant Things is back, a “social-mixer-disguised-as-a-slow-dance-club,” 7:30 PM at the Verdi Club, Tickets
[4/11] Last Gasp‘s 50th Anniversary Art Show at 111 Minna Gallery, 21+ (more details to come)
[4/12] Bring Your Own Big Wheel
[5/23] Weird Homes Tour (!!!!) ,10 AM to 5 PM, Tickets are $40-$60, 13 and younger free
San Luis Obispo, CA
[4/11] John Waters Easter at the Madonna Inn! Fred Schneider of The B-52’s to emcee!
[4/23-4/26] Arizona Tiki Oasis at the lovely, midcentury Valley Ho Hotel. If you go: Take a sidetrip to the UnderTow, an incredible immersive tiki bar house in a former Jiffy Lube (reservations required).
[Ongoing, 1st Sunday of the month] Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery “a love letter to the strangeness and talent that walks amongst us” at Annex Theatre, 7:30 PM, Tickets
[6/15-6/21] Camp Tipsy, “rotten boat building contest and camp-out held at East Park Reservoir,” Tickets
[6/12-6/22] Meltdown 2020, this is the 27th year of this artist-curated festival and it was Grace Jones’ turn to pick the acts (!), Southbank Centre Thanks, Yoms!
Various U.S. cities, and sometimes Canada
Atlas Obscura has an ongoing calendar of unique experiences.
Know about a cool, quirky, and/or indie event? Email me and I’ll share it with the class!