The L.A. Zoo houses 1,400 animals across 270 species, and those critters rely on all facets of the zoo’s support system. Through these behind-the-scenes tours (each one tackles two locations in 90 minutes), the Griffith Park institution shines a light on those programs, including its medical facilities, food storage systems, habitat design and conservation efforts. Offered on Saturdays and Sundays, this revolving selection of tours is a good fit for any visitor seeking to experience to view the zoo from the other side of the fences. While you won’t find hands-on animal encounters aboard these, you will get pretty close to some critters.
The newest flea market on the block, the Venice outpost of this artisan/craft-focused flea market mini-empire is bringing records, vintage and vintage-inspired clothing, cosmetics, jewelry and more to the Westminster Avenue Elementary School. A handful of small batch confectioners provide sweet treats to snack on or take home, while food trucks and nearby restaurants provide heartier bites. Though relatively small in size, owing perhaps to its prime location bookending the neighborhood’s famed Abbot Kinney stretch, vendors hawk a diverse range of hand-made and expertly curated wares that seems to simultaneously fit in and stand out in one of the nation’s most unusual neighborhoods.
This fun neighborhood stroll highlights the numerous artists, musicians, shops and galleries of Mar Vista, where huge vivid murals brighten exterior walls everywhere you look. Since launching in 2015, the quarterly event has dramatically expanded, now featuring several clusters of activity along Venice Boulevard. Catch local musicians and performers throughout the evening, artists selling their works as well as creating new ones on the spot, grab food from trucks, and browse galleries and shops that stay open late. The walk takes place the first Thursday of March, June, September and November, each time featuring a different theme and the artists are curated by Monique Boileau and Mitchelito Orquiola.
Celebrate the photographers responsible for helping to define hip-hop’s visual identity with this display of unedited contact sheets for photo shoots with the likes of the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Salt-N-Pepa, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West and more. Author and curator Vikki Tobak has assembled over 120 works from more than 60 photographers alongside rare videos, memorabilia and music.