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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Try some local DIY

Join the new Portlandia-ish crowd of young artisans and DIY-ers at Altadena's Wednesday farmer's market from 3pm to 7pm. Stop by Sqirl for homemade jams, Brassica & Brine for sauerkraut and the tastiest kombucha, as well as Plow & Gun for fizzy coffee soda.

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Take your tot to tea

Reserve an afternoon tea for you and your lady-in-training at the kid-friendly Huntington Library Rose Garden—kids aged 2 to 3 nosh for $7.50, kids 4 to 7 for $14.99. The spread includes a buffet of scones, tea cakes and sandwiches. Those looking for a day's itinerary can begin with a guided tour of the rose garden and finish with a mid-day stop in the tea room.


Get some dim sum

Anyone worth their weight in delicious dumplings knows the San Gabriel Valley is where it's at for traditional dim sum. And if you're looking for the very best dim sum brunches, we've got you covered.


Learn to weld

Molten Metal Works is a community metal workshop that hosts welding and other industrial arts classes all week long, many at night (when the sparks look prettiest!). Learn MIG welding, TIG welding, sculpture + furniture making and more.


Get a sneak peak

See Hollywood's upcoming features at UCLA Extension's Sneak Preview. The $200+ class gets you screenings in the comfy Director's Guild theater, plus rare movie previews and smart Q&As with the filmmakers and actors.


Bet on a racing turtle

Horse racing is so passe—the new animal to watch is the turtle. Every Thursday evening at Brennan's, turtles are gathered outside (in seven size divisions, from Midgets to Monsters) for two rounds of racing. You can rent a Brennan's turtle or bring your own, though he must adhere to the bar's strict racing rules: For example, any turtle caught using performance-enhancing drugs will be disqualified and prohibited from further racing. Let the (incredibly slow) games begin!


Hike the 'Bu

Start at the bottom of PCH and hike alongside the shady sycamore-lined Santa Monica mountains of Malibu. If you need to cool off, take a dip in the natural pools and stake out a spot on the rocks nearby to dry off in the sun.

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Hunt for Road Show antiques

Peruse rows of old furniture, albums and vintage clothes and accessories the second Sunday of each month at Pasadena's gigantic Rose Bowl Flea Market.

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Seek out the Produce Project

This pop-up farm stand offers each season's best bounty from local farms at Downtown's Handsome Coffee Roasters (Wednesdays, 5-8pm) and Paper or Plastik (Thursdays, 4-8pm).


Give back

Plant a garden, work in a soup kitchen, save a dog. Volunteer Los Angeles directs you to more than 800 organizations that run the gamut from food services to animal shelters and assisted living to tree planting.

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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?