101 things to do in Los Angeles

Your essential guide to the best things to do in LA this season, from stair hikes to welding workshops and more.



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Sip tea by the sea

Enjoy afternoon tea and nibble on Mediterranean-inspired tea sandwiches, scones, fruits and cheeses at the Getty Villa, while enjoying sweeping ocean views that justify the $36 price tag.


Try a bacon-wrapped hot dog

Otherwise known as "danger dogs," these heart attacks waiting to happen are LA's official late-night snack. Street vendors abound outside bars and music venues, enticing the tipsy masses with aromas of sizzling pig, peppers and onions. Follow your nose 'til you find one. (Tip: They're always outside Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers games.)


Meander at Silver Lake Meadow

Go for an early morning or evening jog, play a game of bocce or laze away on the soft, grassy lawn. Silver Lake Meadow may be modeled after Central Park's Sheep Meadow, but LA Eastsiders have an outdoor playground year-round. Note: No pups allowed.

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Check out Chinatown

Take a walk through LA's bustling Chinatown, the first established Chinatown in America. Explore the area's herbal shops, art galleries, antique stores and courtyards. Then stop in at one of the neighborhood's best bars, Hop Louie, for a tasty beverage.

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Stroll the remodeled Malibu Pier

Soak up the sun, spy on surfers and bring your fishing gear to catch dinner, or let the experts handle all that messy fish-cleaning and indulge in the best sushi in Malibu at the expanded Nobu next door.


Tour Temescal Canyon

With a variety of terrain, flora and views of the Pacific and city, Pacific Palisades' Temescal Canyon Park is great for trail runners, hikers, and dog walkers—while it's technically illegal, dogs roam off-leash here. You'll experience vast, breathtaking views that span from Catalina to Downtown and enough varied terrain to keep you and your furry friend going—all the way to the Valley, should you dare.

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Hear jazz at the W

The W Hotel in Hollywood doesn't improvise when it comes to swank. On Sunday nights, blond bombshell Brenna Whitaker and Her Little Big Band bring down the house with their vintage jazz and blues in the sleek Living Room lounge. You won't be charged a cover, but a formal dress code is strictly enforced. It gets a little crowded, so for table reservations, contact Jin Yu at 818-209-9021 or jin@jinandquinn.com.

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Flex your green thumb

Go for a docent-led tour at the LA County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, or take in one of the many regularly scheduled events including Ikebana, a self-directed art workshop, storytelling and Thursday Garden Talks that cover topics from pruning to desert landscaping.


End the weekend with wine

Domaine LA hosts one of the city's best wine tastings on Sundays, bringing in local talent (Night + Market's Kris Yenbamroong, Fox Pizza BusSotto) to pair nibbles with lesser known wines. Store owner Jill Bernheimer curates a great selection of small-production and natural wines and is also eager to help customers find the perfect bottle and discover new wines.

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Joe B.

Be sure to visit where the sewer meets the sea in San Pedro.


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this is great! reminded me of so many things I want to do! how can I get a hard copy of this list?