Tired of hitting up the same bar every Friday night? Seeing the same people? Doing the same thing? Switch it up by trying out these two First Friday events, which take place monthly and are a great excuse to try something new.

First Fridays at the Natural History Museum of L.A.

Whether you want to stimulate your mind, hear some new jams or just mingle with intellectual types, head to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County for their monthly First Friday. Named L.A.’s “Best Intellectual Event in Disguise” by L.A. Downtown News and “Best Museum Party Night” by Los Angeles magazine, First Friday is a chance to hear lectures from top scientists, tour the exhibits after-hours, and hear music from live bands and KCRW DJs.

The next First Friday will take place on March 30, and includes a tour, “The Dinosaur Hall: The Language of Exhibit Design,” a discussion, “Is it Good or Bad that the World Has So Many Languages” with Dr. Jared Diamond, as well as live musical performances by Matthew Dear and Songodsuns.

Tickets are $5-18, and are available online here. To find out more about First Fridays at the Natural History Museum, visit http://www.nhm.org/site/activities-programs/first-fridays.

First Fridays on Abbot Kinney

The first Friday of every month, the streets of Venice are flooded with lovers of art, fashion and food. Art galleries and boutiques are open after hours to the public, so you can peruse and shop late into the night. Many of the venues along the famed Venice strip offer live music and refreshments as well. Enjoy jazz at Joe’s Restaurant, pick up one-of-a-kind jewelry on sale at the Altered Spaces Gallery, and just enjoy the people and culture of this unique beach community during the monthly event.

First Fridays on Abbot Kinney is a free event. The next First Friday is taking place on April 6. For more information, visit http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/.