20 great things to do in Los Angeles
The list of things to do in Los Angeles is as long as the city is vast. Make the most of your time here, whether you live here or are just stopping by.
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Events & Festivals
May 2015 events calendar
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Friday Night Wine Tastings
Now one of LA's most treasured summer traditions, Barnsdall Park’s wine tastings regularly attract sell-out crowds. Perched atop Olive Hill in the west lawn of historic Hollyhock House (which you can tour during the evening for $12) Barnsdall Fridays includes fine selections of boutique wines provided by Silver Lake Wine with a spectacular sunset and 360 degree views of the city. Bring along a blanket and a picnic basket, or just nosh on the variety of food trucks parked up there. There tend to be lots of kids running around, so feel free to bring your own tots and join the fun or, for you singles, stake out a secluded spot to avoid the madness.
Listen up, winos! LAWineFest is in its 10th season and better than ever, bringing over 500 wines, brews and spirits from all over the world to thirsty Angelenos. Sip on samples at each station on May 30 and 31, when entry will give you access to wines from South Coast Winery, McPherson Cellars, Clayhouse Wines and more, plus seminars, live entertainment, boutiques and food trucks galore. There are a few ticket options available—standard, VIP, a boutique winery option, couples—but all will guarantee your fill of vino. Oh, and you'll get to keep your glass, so don't feel so smug about sneaking it into your purse.
Dwell on Design
Modern design enthusiasts, prepare to foam at the mouth. America's largest design event, which attracted more than 30,000 attendees last year, returns to the LACC for a three-day convention this June. Mammoth in both physical size and ideas to absorb, the event features hundreds of booths, tours, lectures, meet-and-greets, presentations and consultations, each showcasing the year's most innovative design ideas, products and services. A roster of world-class orators are slated to give talks, exhibitions and home tours. The event's impressive list of participating organizations includes the Getty Conservation Institute, MOCA, A+D Museum, Hammer Museum and Architecture for Humanity. Feeling overwhelmed? Scope out Dwell on Design's online schedule for details, before snagging your tickets here. Advanced (a.k.a, discounted) registration ends May 25.
The best of Los Angeles
84 Los Angeles attractions for tourists and natives alike
LA covers a staggeringly huge amount of land (and ocean), so it's no surprise that the list of Los Angeles attractions is equally impressive. If you're a tourist looking for things to do, you'll find plenty of vacation inspiration, from Hollywood tours to a day at the one the city's best beaches. And locals, you may discover ways to fall in love with the city all over again in our extensive list of Los Angeles attractions.
101 things to do in Los Angeles
Looking for things to do in Los Angeles? We've got you covered with tons of options—101, to be exact. Whether you're a culture vulture, outdoorsy type or simply a lover of our fine city, there's more than enough here to keep you busy. Even lifelong Angelenos will find something new to add to their to-do list, between the city's underground secrets and the ever-changing inventory of the best restaurants. How many will you try?
20 great things to do in Los Angeles for tourists
The list of things to do in Los Angeles is as long as the city is vast. If your time in town is limited, you could spend days in the museums alone and never even make your way to Hollywood. Expect to put in a few miles between hitting up Venice Beach and exploring a hip Eastside 'hood. But that's the great thing about this city: there are so many things to do and see, like the ones listed below, to get the most from your LA getaway.
The 25 best Disneyland rides
Tacos, driving shortcuts, burgers—Angelenos tend to pick favorites, and Disneyland rides certainly aren’t exempt. We’re counting down the best attractions—in order—at both Disneyland and California Adventure. Consider this your to-do list for the next time you venture down to Anaheim. Think your favorite ride should be ranked higher? Cast your vote and let us know. RECOMMENDED: The 8 essential Disneyland tips
Los Angeles Attractions
Spanning an impressive 4,210 acres, it's easy to get lost in LA's largest public green space, much of which remains unchanged from the days when Native Americans settled here. For more activity-minded folks, there are myriad attractions (Griffith merry-go-round, LA Zoo, the Observatory), plus hiking routes, horseback riding trails and three sets of tennis courts.
The longstanding Disneyland resort isn't just a set of theme parks: it's a spectacular piece of pop art that's as bright or as dark as you'd like it to be. Incorporating two parks—the 50-year-old, near-mythic Disneyland, plus the younger and less-celebrated Disney's California Adventure—the resort calls itself "The Happiest Place on Earth." And if you bring the right mood with you, it'll likely live up to its nickname.Certainly, Disney does all it can to get you in the right mood. Disneyland isn't so much a park as its own separate world; there are even three Disney-operated hotels in the resort, so you need not have the illusion shattered at the end of the day. The hotels, though, do bring to attention the main drawback to spending time here: the sheer expense. You can save hundreds of dollars staying at one of the non-Disney hotels just outside the property, and you may need to do so in order to afford the steep prices of food, drink and admission. It's worth noting, though, that ticket prices drop if you visit for multiple days, recommended if you want to get a real feel for the place and enjoy all the rides.Both parks boast dozens of dining spots, with cuisine ranging from burgers and pizza to pastas and seafood. Still, you may want to dine at Downtown Disney, a pedestrian-only avenue of nightclubs (including a House of Blues) and restaurants between the two parks. It's not that the food is that much better, but if you're going to be paying Disney's high prices, you might
In a town where most malls are housed inside bland, air-conditioned structures, this upscale open-air center has been a hit. There are only around 50 retailers, but the selection is strong (an Apple Store, Barneys New York Co-Op, Crate & Barrel, the West Coast's flagship Abercrombie & Fitch) and there's also a decent movie theater. Fears that it would kill the adjacent Farmers Market have, happily, proven groundless.
Los Angeles Museums
Natural History Museum
The NHM's original Beaux Arts structure was the first museum building in Los Angeles, opening with Exposition Park itself back in 1913. Its massive collection spans more than 35 million objects and specimens (not all of them are on display at any one time), making it second in size only to the Smithsonian's. It's an immense place, so it's well worth planning your visit. Those with only a little time to spare should head directly to the truly dazzling collections in the Gem & Mineral Hall, where the exhibits include a 4,644-carat topaz, a 2,200-carat opal sphere and a quartz crystal ball which, with a diameter of 10.9 in and a weight of 65lb, is one of the biggest on earth. A six-year, $135-million program of renovations wrapped up in 2013, including the addition of 108,000 square feet of indoor space. The Otis Booth Pavilion now welcomes visitors into the museum from the north with a six-story light-filled glass entrance, featuring a stunning, 63-foot-long fin whale skeleton. Twelve new galleries and five exhibits have opened, including "Becoming L.A.: Stories of Nature and Culture," which examines the Los Angeles region's history from Native Americans to the Catholic missions, the Industrial Revolution and the World Wars, to the present day. Outdoors, the Nature Gardens features 3.5-acre urban wilderness with a pond, dry creek bed, beautiful landscaping and other features that attract local critters. The Nature Lab features interactive multimedia and live animal habitats, t
MOCA Grand Ave
The main branch of LA's Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) houses thousands of artworks crafted from 1940 until now. Spend half an hour or an entire afternoon absorbing contemporary pieces from lesser known artists, punctuated by sightings of Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock works. For just $12 ($7 students and seniors), you can have your run of the place, including a free audio tour and access to outdoor installations. If you plan your visit for a Thursday night between 5pm and 8pm, admission to MOCA Grand Ave is on the house.