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.
71. Take a walking tour
Take a walking tour of DTLA, led by docents from the Los Angeles Conservancy. Choose from eight different themed tours, including the popular "Historic Downtown," "Art Deco," and "Broadway: Historic Theatre and Commercial District" tours.
SoCal’s first large-scale permanent craft marketplace, Crafted is housed in—you guessed it—a warehouse at the Port of LA. One of the city's best craft fairs, Crafted is comprised of a patchwork of stalls housing local designers (such as Branch of Life, which makes planters out of natural and found objects; or Donut Snob, which bakes handmade gourmet donuts) who sign on to sell their goods every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the year. Also on offer are craft demonstrations, live music, food trucks and special events, such as an Etsy craft party—call up your knitting circle!
The slow, lumbering mission to turn Downtown LA into a vibrant cultural hub got a lift last year when a portion of Grand Park's 12 acres officially opened to the public in July 2012. Dotted with fountains, picnic lawns, bright pink benches and plenty of nooks from which to sit and people-watch, Grand Park is a bright urban oasis that proves the city has a sense of romance. Development continues with performance and event lawns that will stretch the entire park from the Music Center on Grand Avenue all the way to City Hall.
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74. Go to the farmer's market at night
Explore the food, drink and vendors at the Sunset Strip Market—Thursdays from 5pm to 9pm—one of the city's only evening farmer's markets. Tip: Want to do a little shopping or dining post-market? Drop your produce at the Veggie Valet for a suggested donation of $1.
75. Phone in your gallery visit
Dial 323-843-4652 and experience a gallery visit without ever leaving home. 323 Projects makes it easy to get your fill of audible art anytime, anywhere: The "gallery" is open all day and all night, every night of the week, and all you have to do is call. Instead of seeing art, you'll hear it—and you can listen for as long as you like. The audio "exhibits" change frequently, so check the website to see what's playing.
76. Visit a velodrome
So you're looking to get your sports fix, but basketball tickets are too expensive, Nascar is bad for the environment and you're ethically opposed to horse racing. Don't worry, you don't always have to resort to Derby Dolls. Watch cyclists race instead at the LA Velodrome Racing Association (or get in yourself!).
77. Ski at dawn, surf at dusk
Make your landlocked city friends jealous and do a legendary one-day surf-and-snow itinerary. Hit the slopes of Mountain High for some early morning runs, then head to Malibu Surf Shack (across from Malibu Pier) and rent a board or buy a lesson. If you're super ambitious, you could try to sandwich the desert in as well—the Mojave National Preserve is close and beautiful.
Saturday nights just got exciting at the Getty's contemporary performance series showcasing a multifaceted line-up of music, dance, theater and spoken word performances. This free weekend entertainment boasts acclaimed artists including American violinist and singer Petra Haden (January 26) and musical trio Armenian Public Radio (February 23) who are, in fact, not a radio station. Located at the Getty's Harold M. Williams Auditorium, reservations are required and $10 parking is available. Grab your friends and check out one of the several performances at this weekly cultural freebie.
80. Aerobicize with Richard Simmons
There is truly no better motivation to get your high kicks right than having Richard Simmons (quite possibly in drag... or a cat costume) screaming in your face. He'll cheer you on, give compliments that would make the most brazen flirt blush, and may even shed a tear or two while reminding the class to drink enough water and eat healthy foods. It's by far the best and most bizzare time you'll have working out. (And he'll pose for photos with you post-workout!)
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