TCL Chinese Theatre
Ready for the ultimate Hollywood history lesson? Visit the most iconic movie palace In the world, the TCL Chinese Theatre, where you’ll experience a total vintage day in LA. Take a trip down memory lane by checking out the Forecourt of the Stars, where the handprints and footprints of your favorite movie stars live. Buy tickets to watch a movie on their big IMAX screen, or maybe stick around for a movie premiere (they happen almost every week at this theater). Our editor in chief, Erika De La Cruz, got the chance to visit the Theatre with TCL USA for the premiere of John Wick: Chapter 4. Yup, she even saw Keanu…swoon. The best part of the TCL Chinese Theatre? They are located in the heart of Hollywood Boulevard where there are tons of things to do. We suggest, walking over to the Roosevelt Hotel to get a true taste of A-list luxury. You’ll be impressed with the hotels stunning decor and attention to detail. You can also get in some shopping all around the theatre. Adjacent to the movie palace, there is Ovation Hollywood, that houses favorite brands like Sephora and Quay. More details about TCL Chinese Theatre here.
Open 7 days a Week, times vary.
Westfield Century City Live Music
Calling all of our music lovers! If you love music as much as we do, you’ll love the live music series happening at Westfield Century City. They have live music lined up for every single weekend throughout October. Sets usually are played between 3 PM – 5 PM PST, which gives you the perfect time to grab a tasty dinner afterward. This fabulous location has tons of space for you and a friend to set out a blanket on the grass and enjoy some lovely tunes. For a casual outing and unique shopping experience, visit Westfield Century City.
Weekends, 3 PM to 5 PM PST
In the mood for some shopping? Smorgasburg LA is one of the largest open air food markets in the country. It brings together hundreds of small businesses including delicious food, handmade crafts, and lifestyle products. There is a family friendly beer garden so you can bring the whole crew to enjoy a day indulging in treats and community culture. Pro tip: RSVP ahead of time to get $5 off onsite!
Every Sunday 10am-4pm
Melrose Trading Post
The perfect vibe awaits you at the Melrose Trading Post. Live music to dance to, dozens of amazing vendors offering food, unique clothing, and art, and shall we mention more? This event has everything you can imagine for an entertaining and busy day out in Los Angeles. Afterward, head to the infamous Melrose Street shopping strip and visit local thrift stores and eateries to truly set into the LA vibe. Enjoy and get your shopping on!
Every Sunday, 9 AM to 5 PM PST
Shakira Shakira: The GRAMMY Museum Experience
To showcase Shakira’s enduring creative legacy, the GRAMMY Museum proudly presents Shakira, Shakira: The GRAMMY Museum Experience. See the first Shakira exhibit that explores the global superstar’s decades long career that broke major barriers for Latin & LatinX artists. The exhibit will include artifacts from her life, outfits and costumes from some of her most epic performances (Superbowl 2020 anyone?), songwriting notebooks that hold some of her famous hits, and much more. Your hips will be moving after getting a glimpse of Shakira’s favorite things.
Opens March 4th
2nd & PCH
Right on the beach, 2nd & PCH is a perfect place to hang out, go shopping, have a delicious meal, or catch one of their fun events. There’s always something happening here – whether it be a family movie night, live music, seasonal celebrations, outdoor markets, and so much more! There’s also a roller rink with private lessons, fitness classes, and public sessions.
Monday-Saturday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
In need of a good laugh? The Hollywood Improv is one of our favorite places to catch some of the best rising and seasoned comedians like Craig Robinson, Lindsey Loon, and Bobby Lee. If you stay after the last show you can even get a chance to talk to some of the comics. Make sure to bring your ID because it’s 21+ for entry.
Open Daily 5 PM – 12 AM
A Real Boy: The Many Lives of Pinocchio
The IAMLA, known as The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, is excited to announce a new exhibition at their museum. A Real Boy: The Many Lives of Pinocchio is open to the public starting on November 5th, and the best part is, it is FREE (with donations encouraged). Located in Downtown Los Angeles, immerse yourself in exploring the culture and fascinating appeal that this special character has to so many people.
November 5, 2022 – October 15, 2023
Cirque du Soleil Presents Corteo
Cirque du Soleil brings a stunning show to LA titled Corteo, that you won’t want to miss! The show contrasts the grand with the intimate, the silly with the tragic, and the beauty of perfection with the appeal of imperfection. Get your tickets for a performance perfect for a family day or date night.
March 23rd-April 30th
What could be better than Saturday morning yoga on a rooftop overlooking the city? Umm… not much! Join Love Yoga every Saturday at 10:30 AM on Thompson Hollywood‘s rooftop for a little self-care and panoramic views of Hollywood Hills. Reserve your spot now, as space is limited to 15 people per session, and enjoy complimentary mimosas or fresh fruit juice! See ya there!
Saturdays at 10:30 AM
Warner Bros Tour
If you are a big fan of ‘Friends’, ‘Big Bang Theory’, ‘Two and a Half Man’, or other major movies such as Harry Potter, then we have a tour for you. Pick a day when your day is cleared because you don’t want to miss your opportunity for a Warner Bros Tour. Each admission guarantees a 3-hour tour (1-hour guided tour + 1.5-hour self-guided tour) where you get to visit the backlot exterior sets, sound stages, archives, the Batcave and Batmobile Collection, the Prop Department, the DC Universe Exhibit, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, and more. You will also get to visit original sets, including the living room from ‘Two and a Half Men’, and Central Perk Café from ‘Friends’, design your own Batmobile and movie costumes, and test green screen technology.
Snow Line Orchard – Apple Picking
Ever been apple-picking? Well, we got the perfect place for you. Bring the friends or fam and spend the whole day at the family-owned apple farm, winery, and cidery in Oak Glen. Family activities include apple picking, raspberry picking, winery and cider for the adults, and amazing mini cider donuts.
Monday – Sunday 9 am – 5 pm PST
Santa Monica Place
Love shopping and good eats? Then this coastal outdoor mall is your spot. Shop at stores like Coach, Louis Vuitton, and Tori Burch, and be sure to stop at the rooftop restaurant and lounge Lou Lou. There are events to look forward to all the time, so be on the lookout for live music, celebrations, artist events, and more.
Monday-Saturday: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Academy Museum of Motion Arts
Still haven’t been to the biggest museum in LA? Reserve your tickets for August to secure a spot to attend and learn about the past, present, and future of film. Experience all the fabulous exhibitions, and don’t miss the opportunity to reserve tickets to enjoy the feeling of receiving an Oscar. Spend the night feeling like the star you are!
Sunday-Thursday 10 AM to 6 PM PST
Friday-Saturday 10 AM to 8 PM PST
Valley Salt Cave
Wellness journey anyone? The Valley Salt Cave is controlled environment made to simulate the naturally occurring Himalayan salt caves to strengthening the immune system, decrease mental fatigue and reduce stress. You can book a session or join in on one of their wellness events happening weekly. With EFT tapping, sound baths, massages, breath work, and energy healing workshops, there is no lack of soothing options.
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM
We know everyone’s heard of this museum, but LACMA is truly an art museum that requires a visit when in LA. They’re always keeping things interesting with their revolving art collections and exhibitions. On display right now are new abstracts, Afro-Atlantic history pieces, artwork from the Transcendental Painting Group, and 20th Scandinavian Design exchanges between the United State dating all the way back to 1890.
Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday, 10 AM to 6 PM PST
Friday, 11 AM to 8 PM PST
Saturday & Sunday, 10 AM to 7 PM PST
The Escape Game LA at Westfield Century City
If you’re looking for an escape room in LA you have to check this place out! The LA Girl was invited to experience The Escape Game and we had a blast! We had 60 minutes to solve the clues and break out of prison. The design of the escape room was so detailed, which made it an experience where we got to escape the reality of everyday life and exercise our team skills to escape. The Escape Game is located at Westfield Century City mall so be sure to get your shopping on afterward!
Open Monday- Sunday from 8 AM to 11:59 PM.
Relax at The Den Meditation
Spend your wellness Wednesdays at The Den Meditation. They offer an abundance of classes from Reiki Healing, Kundalini, and Mindfulness Meditations. Their classes come in various formats like live-stream, or demand, as well as in person! The best part is, the first month is only $22! Don’t miss this epic opportunity to connect with their community and soak in all the good vibes. Check out their in-person classes here.
Santa Monica Airport Antique Market
If you love vintage pieces and a good treasure hunt you have to check out the Santa Monica Airport Antique Market. The Antique Market has various vendors whose vintage pieces span all decades! Whether you love vintage clothing, furniture, art, or jewelry, The Antique Market is our favorite place to find one-of-a-kind items. Admission is $5.00 (kids go free & friendly pets are welcome!) Make sure you head to their temporary location if you plan on going on February 26th, or March 5th! 3050 Airport Ave. Santa Monica, 90405.
Open: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM on the 1st & 4th Sunday of Every Month Rain or Shine
Regular Location: 3223 Donald Douglas Loop S Santa Monica, CA 90405
Beverly Hills Happy Trails
Wandering through Beverly Hills searching for hidden gems? Well, you’re in luck. The city has just launched Happy Trails which offers 8 iconic trails for you to explore the city and immerse yourself like a true local. Of their 8 self-guided tours, you will have an array of options from Caviar & Bubbly, Sweets & Treats, A Step Back in History, and even Red Carpet Ready. What better way to spend the day than having a glass of champagne and delicious caviar from Wally’s?
Botanical Gardens in Pasadena in Bloom
The great thing about all the rain So-Cal has been hit with is the gorgeous bloom of flowers we can expect to see this spring. The botanical gardens in Pasadena are a must-do on your list. Pasadena is truly a magical place to immerse yourself in all of the nature and botany it has to offer.
What’s in bloom:
- See the Camellias now at Descanso Gardens and The Huntington Gardens.
- Go bird watching at Arlington Gardens
- 30,000 tulips will bloom at Descanso Gardens in March, and cherry blossoms in the Japanese Gardens in April. Be sure to check out their gift shop on March 12, as they will be celebrating a refreshed gift shop featuring a new curation of products from local artisans and makers.
- See the cherry blossoms at the Japanese Garden in The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, this spring.
- Explore The Huntington Gardens’ 16 Botanical Gardens
Rose Bowl Stadium Tour
Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with the famous Rose Bowl? Here’s your chance on March 31st, there will be a stadium tour. The public tours include taking a peek at the original 1922 Locker Room, an up-close look at the iconic field, and more. Don’t worry if you miss this one, they offer tours every last Friday of the month from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.
Location: 1001 Rose Bowl Drive
For more places to adventure around LA, check out the 12 Best Places to Explore with Friends!