Things to Do (Inside and Outside) in L.A. This Weekend

A virtual Japanese American cultural fest, a hip-hop summit, and more

This summer is a weird one. Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are getting worse, not better, and any early-pandemic hopes that we might be celebrating with friends and family by now have long ago been dashed. Nonetheless, it’s the weekend, and it’s best spent in the company of household-sharing loved ones, distancing out in nature, or enjoying some great entertainment at home. Here are our picks for things to do this weekend. Have fun, but be safe.

Los Angeles Happy Hour at Home

Thursday, August 13

Los Angeles magazine invites you to Happy Hour at Home presented by Mountain Valley Spring Water. Join us for our first ever live virtual Happy Hour hosted by Los Angeles magazine’s Dine Editor Hailey Eber with Chef Michael Reed of Poppy + Rose. The evening will showcase a cooking and mixology demonstration using peaches to create a summer dish paired with a refreshing cocktail. The dish: Peach Glazed Grilled Heritage Berkshire Pork Chop + Shelling Bean with Bitter Greens Salad, Summer Peaches, Fennel, Red Onion, Humboldt Fog. The cocktail: Peach Mint Mezcal Spritzer. Register here.

B-Boy Summit 2020: Hip-Hop for Social Change

Friday-Sunday, August 14-16

Grand Park presents this three-day digital summit featuring artists who focus on social change, along with Hip-Hop based nonprofits. The summit features classes on health and financial wealth, plus Breaking, Rocking, Funky Robot, MCing, turntable demos, break battles, graffiti, and performances by LA Boppin Crew, No Easy Props, and more.

Nisei Week 2020 Virtual Kick-Off

Saturday-Sunday, August 15-16

L.A.’s annual celebration of Japanese American culture is going online this year, and it all kicks off with two days of programming watchable via Facebook or YouTube. The two days of programming includes culinary and cultural demos, dance, comedy, and more. Saturday highlights include sketch comedy with the troupe Cold Tofu and a calligraphy demo with Kuniharu Yoshida; Sunday, check out Onda dancing, a Sanrio spotlight, and a cooking demo with Chef Akira Hirose.

Pop-Up Drive-Ins and Outdoor Movies


We just updated our guide to summertime movies with a fresh batch of drive-in and rooftop screenings. This weekend’s offerings include La Bamba in the Valley, Mean Girls in Malibu, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in Hollywood.

Vineland, Paramount, and Mission Tiki Drive-Ins


Movie theaters are still closed and all of those 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 during the era of social distancing.

Martín Nuñez – Lost Paradise at the Landing Gallery

Through August 29 

Professional skateboarder Martín Nuñez’s anthropomorphic animals and colorful, fantastic settings are an ideal escape from our depressing present. “I use my painting to escape from all the madness and chaos around me, to peek into another dimensional reality, because our reality is often much madder and more chaotic,” he says of his work. Landing Gallery’s current installation—which also includes art by Leslie Kerr—is viewable in the gallery’s virtual viewing room, or in person

The ODDyssey at Getty Villa

Sundays through August 26

Live theater won’t be back for a while (too many droplets!), but in the meantime, the Getty Villa presents this retelling of Homer’s 24 books in digestible weekly installments presented on YouTube. The Troubadour Theater Company’s artistic director calls it “a family-friendly, seat-of-our pants, stay-at-home ordered-up mix of wacky and whimsical storytelling by a cast of kooky, colorful characters.”

“The Sky Beneath Our Feet” at Descanso Gardens

Through September 3

Descanso Gardens is offering a special experience for those who stop by for a stroll. Five times each day, Pete Wyer’s musical composition “The Sky Beneath Our Feet” will play from 72 speakers sited among the garden’s coast live oak tree grove which inspired the work.

Digital Dance DTLA

Fridays through September 4

The Music Center’s series of weekly dance lessons will look a little different this year, but it’s sure to be just as much fun. No more braving DTLA traffic on a Friday evening to shake your buns—this year you can party right in your living room via the Music Center’s YouTube account. This week, catch a lesson in salsa dancing; the series wraps up with Samba on September 4.

Stream away …


It feels like we’re living through one interminable Monday under this global house arrest, but it technically is the weekend. So why not take a break from the news and the glitchy Zoom meetings and watch something fun? 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.

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