It’s official: after 15 months, Los Angeles is open—and that means there’s fun stuff to do all across the city. Still not ready for in-person partying? That’s cool. We’ve sprinkled in some virtual events too.
Through Sept. 6
Japan House in Hollywood is back with an installation by artist Kengo Kito featuring 2,021 colorful plastic hula hoops. According to the venue, “the colorful structure will serve as a metaphor for the interconnectedness of all humanity.” [More info]
Friday, June 18
What We Do in the Shadows star Harvey Guillén hosts this edition of Your Late Night Show Tonight, which keeps things fresh by always having someone new at the helm. GLAAD award-winner Guillén will be grilling guest Doug Jones, who’s probably best known for his roles in a bunch of Guillermo Del Toro movies, and the band Glass Battles joins the fun as musical guest. The show starts at 7 p.m. [More info and tickets]
Friday, June 18
City council member Holly Mitchell hosts this pre-Juneteenth event at Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park (El Segundo Blvd. and Wadsworth Ave.), featuring food trucks, music, giveaways, plus on-site services like tenant protection, record expungement, and even free vaccines right there in the park. The event is free, but space is limited, so guests are asked to register in advance. [More info and registration]
Friday, June 18
After a long pandemic closure, L.A.’s original cat cafe is back. Starting with a soft opening on Friday, as many as 25 adoptable kittens—all previously at risk of euthanasia—will once again happily frolic with human, coffee-sipping guests. The cafe fully reopens to the public on June 26; see the site for reservation times. [More info and reservations]
Life! Beginnings at California Science Center
Opens Friday, June 18
A new permanent exhibit is opening at California Science Center in Exposition Park, and it’s all about how life makes more life. Highlights include an “immersive womb room” that lets visitors experience the human journey from conception to birth. [More info and tickets]
Opens Friday, June 18 (through Sept. 19)
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s Obie Award-winning play makes its Los Angeles debut on the new outdoor stage at Fountain Theatre this weekend. A riff on the 1859 play The Octoroon, An Octoroon was hailed by the New York Times as “a work based on a terminally dated play from more than 150 years ago may turn out to be this decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today.” [More info and tickets]
Saturday, June 19
Juneteenth—an annual celebration of the day enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, found out they’d been freed—is on its way to becoming a national holiday, but it’s already a big deal in L.A. Hundreds of cars will cruise through the streets from Manchester and La Brea in Inglewood to Leimert Park. A kickoff takes place at 11 a.m. at Inglewood High School. [More info]
Saturday & Sunday, June 19 & 20
Have a dad who loves carbs? Actor turned Philly-style soft pretzel entrepreneur Adam Shapiro is treating dads to a free order of Lil’ Albees with a regular order this weekend. Pre-order using the code “DAD” for pick up at the pop-up’s Tujunga and Palisades locations. [More info]
Fancy Father’s Day Brunches
Sunday, June 20
On Sunday, feed the guy who helped keep you fed. Dekkadance, the restaurant on the 69th floor of the InterContinental downtown, is hosting a Father’s Day Bourbon Brunch featuring (among other things) a bourbon-pickled flat iron steak. STK in Westwood is serving its usual brunch menu, plus a special Wagyu Beef Skirt Tostada. And at Mercato at the Beverly Hilton, dad gets a free IPA or mimosa with his meal.
June 18-20 and 25-27
If you need some time post-pandemic to stop and smell the flowers, the Huntington is hosting a series of Evening Strolls throughout the summer. Meander through the property’s gorgeous grounds and grab at bite at Cafe 1919, which will be staying open through 7 p.m. Check the calendar for future dates throughout the summer. [More info and tickets]
Through February 27, 2022
Debutante balls have existed since the 18th century, but there’s nuance to how they evolved in America. This exhibit at the California African American Museum takes a closer look at the role debutante balls have played in Black life, particularly in L.A., through photographs from the 1950s and ’60s culled from libraries and collections, in addition to gowns, souvenirs, oral interviews, and other objects. [More info]
Through June 30
A rainbow-illuminated art walk that spans the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Place, and the Santa Monica Pier and features visual art by more than a dozen LGBTQIA+ artists opens on Friday. The collection of murals, photo installations, and interactive and multimedia works is on display through the end of the month. [More info and installation map]
Through June 30
The City of West Hollywood’s annual One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival kicks
off on Harvey Milk Day, May 22, and runs through June 30. Events include virtual poetry readings, film screenings, and theater performances as well as an interactive sonic art exhibit at West Hollywood’s Plummer Park. There’s a full list of events here. [More info]
Through June 27
Kids can go on an adventure without even venturing outdoors with this interactive theater piece presented via Zoom. Ticket-holding kids get a suitcase full of goodies in the mail that they’ll use a city from a villain called “the Stench.” The show, recommended for kids aged six through nine, is staged Tuesdays through Sundays through June 27. [More info and tickets]
Composer and sound artist Ellen Reid has created a soundtrack for your next walk in Griffith Park. Download the SOUNDWALK app to experience a public work of audio art that’s determined by which way you decide to walk (using GPS). “We miss our communities, and we miss the very thing that makes our cities special: the people,” Reid says. “I hope SOUNDWALK will inspire us and make us feel connected to something larger than ourselves.” [More info]
Theaters are opening up again, but there’s still plenty of fun stuff to see at pop-up drive-ins throughout the region. This weekend’s offerings include Tenet, Mamma Mia, and more. [More info]
Pop-up screenings sell out fast, but the L.A. area’s stationary drive-ins don’t require advance tickets and have plenty of great movies to check out—and double features galore. It’s a throwback that’s become very welcome in the era of social distancing.
Check out what we have in this week’s roundup of streaming recommendations because sometimes the best things to do are the most low-effort of all.
Looking for even more things to watch, eat, and do during the COVID-19 outbreak? Check out our Inside Guide.