Your perfect LA weekend: July 3-5
We curate an LA weekend itinerary of the city's best concerts, culture and cuisine, every week, just for you.
29 amazing things happening in LA this July
The Dalai Lama, 4th of July and more.
75 things to do in the summer
We've got you covered with a list—75 to be exact—of things to do this season, from rediscovering Hollywood to heading down PCH for a day at the beach.
Hour to Kill: In-N-Out and plane spotting by LAX
The In-N-Out near LAX and the park across the street are amazing places to suck down a milkshake as jumbo jets thunder overhead.
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.
Events & Festivals
July 2015 events calendar
July kicks off the wild, infectious summertime spirit around LA and there's no shortage of things to do.
Just weeks after E3, the Anime Expo takes over the Los Angeles Convention Center for four days of panels, special events and plenty of cosplay. Thousands of fans come to celebrate the quirky art and culture of anime as figureheads and stars of the industry visit to speak and sign autographs. Plus, a massive wing of the convention is set aside specifically for gaming—both electronic and card-based. RECOMMENDED: Anime Expo 2014 (slide show)
iam8bit 10th Anniversary Art Show
Celebrate 10 years of the Echo Park art gallery with retro video game-inspired works from over 100 international artists.
Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday and Global Compassion Summit
Turning 80 is a pretty big deal. And if you're the Dalai Lama? Well, pretty much anything you do is a big deal, which is why we feel honored that His Holiness has chosen to celebrate the occasion here in SoCal. He'll be leading the three-day Global Compassion Summit, including a birthday celebration on July 5 at the Honda Center. Following that, on July 6 and 7, the Dalai Lama will tackle climate change, discuss wisdom with Nobel laureates and stress the importance of education during three panels at the Bren Events Center at UC Irvine.
Radio Picture Show
Radio Picture Show shakes up the Moth-like storytelling mold by requesting guests to seamlessly integrate a song or an image directly into the stories. For example, Laura Krafft played "She's Crafty" during a story about embarrassing herself in front of a Beastie Boy. Pretty clever. Local performers and writers Lauren Cook and Shauna McGarry host a hilarious, eclectic mix of comedians, writers and actors at this monthly storytelling showcase at the Virgil. Stick around after each show for Radio Disco Show, a themed, post-show dance party helmed by KCRW DJ Marion Hodges. The main series takes place on the second Wednesday of every month, but also look out for occasionally occurring productions at LACMA, where the stories will all be inspired by pictures—specifically, those hanging in the museum. RECOMMENDED: Time Out with the hosts of Radio Picture Show
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
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.