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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

Photograph: Courtesy Best Friends Animal Society

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 to go for brunch. Whether you’re looking to spend the night at a concert or getting away completely, 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.

The best things to do in L.A. this weekend

Best Friends Animal Society
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Things to do

Best Friends Kitten Shower

Help Best Friends Animal Society take care of 3,100 kittens over the course of the year with a bit of support during their Kitten Shower. The shelter’s Mission Hills adoption center usually hosts in-person tours of its kitten nursery, but in light of coronavirus, this year they’ll be streaming a feline-filled afternoon of ways you can help. Start brainstorming some cute kitten names—and donate to the shelter’s wishlist if you can.

Atsuko Okatsuka
Photograph: Mandee Johnson Photography
Comedy, Stand-up

Comedy Quarantine

If there’s one cathartic release we could use right now, it’s a bit of levity from L.A.’s top-notch stand-ups. Thankfully, some of L.A.’s best comedians are coming together for a live show over Instagram. Each night, you’ll see five or so comedians deliver stand-up sets from the homes. Just head over to @comedyquarantine on weeknights at 7pm to watch the show, and consider tipping each comedian as well via Venmo (@ComedyQuarantine).

Mrs. Fish bento box sushi DTLA
Photograph: Courtesy Mrs. Fish

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.

Photograph: Shutterstock

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, thanks to a new order from Mayor Garcetti. 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.

Los Angeles skyline
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Dillon Shook
Things to do

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

Going for a walk or a hike is still allowed, and even encouraged, as long as you’re following proper social distancing guidelines. But under L.A.’s “safer at home” order, you should really just be sticking to your own neighborhood right now. Consider our list of the best hikes, linked here, exactly the spots you don’t want to go to right now—and with most trails in the county closed now, you couldn’t even try if you insisted.

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Dave Reichert
Things to do

Find some peace at a botanical garden

If your neighborhood isn’t conducive to walking and you’re looking for a wide-open outdoor space, two major gardens remain open: South Coast Botanic Garden and the Los Angeles County Arboretum. Do note that tickets are limited and must be purchased online. And remember to keep a safe distance from other visitors.

Palos Verdes
Photograph: Courtesy Kaity O’Keefe
Things to do

Take a scenic drive around L.A.

Contrary to some rumors, the LAPD is not ticketing people for being outside of their homes. And while staying home is the best strategy, we understand the itch to get out. So 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; more miles means more unccessary gas station visits. And please drive safe: You don’t want to add to the burden at our already overwhelmed hospitals.

Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/JD Mason
Things to do

Mindful Awareness Meditation

Online, Los Angeles

In the name of keeping Angelenos sane—and who couldn’t use some sanity right now?—the Hammer Museum holds free weekly drop-in sessions on mindful awareness, now hosted online via Zoom.

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