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Angeles National Forest
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Things to do in L.A. this weekend

We pick out the best things to do in L.A. this weekend, including our favorite concerts, culture and cuisine

By Michael Juliano

We don’t know about you, but our mind is always focused on the weekend. It can never come soon enough—which is why we’re already thinking about where we can order brunch to-go. Whether you’re looking to stream a concert or recreate a Disney recipe, you’ll find plenty of things to do in L.A. this weekend.

We curate an L.A. weekend itinerary of the city’s best concerts, culture and cuisine, every week, just for you.

While all in-person events have been canceled and major venues closed, we’re recommending what Angelenos can do from home (or a couple of things outside—safely). Find more suggestions in our Time In guide.

More of the best things to do in L.A. this weekend

Krispy Rice sushi delivery
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Order takeout from one of your favorite local restaurants


You’ve eaten through two bags of beans and six cans of chickpeas. Now what? You leave it to some of the city’s top restaurants and bars, who are making your social distancing as painless as possible. We’re keeping a running list of our favorite pickup and delivery menus that are popping up at L.A. restaurants.

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And make sure to add in a booze order, too


Some of L.A.’s best restaurants and bars have your back when you need a stiff drink at home. Restaurants and bars can now deliver alcohol to your door—whether it’s craft beer, wine or house-made cocktails—as long as they’re offering food, which means we can finally sip from some of our favorite spots in town from the comfort of our own couches.

Drive-in movie theater
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Go to the drive-in


Cinephiles, rejoice! You can watch a movie from somewhere other than your couch as L.A.’s given the green light to reopen drive-ins within the county.

Palos Verdes
Photograph: Courtesy Kaity O’Keefe

Take a scenic drive around L.A.

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Finally, our automobile-addicted culture has an upside: You can see some of L.A.’s most stunning scenery safely from your car window. With traffic at an unprecedented low, you may be inclined to drive as far as you can, but we’d stick to whichever scenic drive in our guide is closest to your area. Drive safe!

Los Angeles skyline
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Dillon Shook

Go for a walk or hike—but maybe not at your usual spots

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Runyon’s open again… yay? Going for a hike is great and all (assuming you’re following proper social distancing guidelines and wearing a face covering). But if you’re looking to avoid crowds, maybe stick to a walk in your own neighborhood or a lesser-known hike. Consider our list of the best hikes, linked here, exactly the spots you don’t want to go to right now.

Mt. Wilson Observatory webcam
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Get a glimpse of L.A. from above the clouds

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The Mount Wilson Observatory webcam is the easiest way to get a glimpse of Los Angeles from up above the clouds without even leaving your couch. There are actually two sets of webcams, one of which assembles amazing time-lapse animations of the sunset over the ocean and the sunrise over the mountains.


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