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Cinespia drive-in
Photograph: Courtesy Cinespia/Kelly Lee Barrett

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
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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 spend some time outside or watch a classic L.A. movie, 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.

Looking for more plans? Keep up with the latest info about what’s open in L.A.

The best virtual and in-person events in L.A. this weekend

Rooftop Cinema Club
Photograph: Courtesy Rooftop Cinema Club

Rooftop Cinema Club

Movies Multiple venues

The masters of alfresco rooftop movie viewing have returned, with both a Santa Monica drive-in and a new rooftop in El Segundo.

Installation view of Ai Weiwei: Trace at Skirball Cultural Center.
Photograph: Courtesy Robert Wedemeyer

Ai Weiwei: Trace

Art Installation Skirball Cultural Center, Westside

Originally displayed at San Fransisco’s Alcatraz penitentiary, “Trace” displays portraits of activists and prisoners of conscience made from millions of LEGO bricks. The L.A. edition of artist Ai Weiwei’s installation includes 83 of the original 176 portraits, as well as a gold-colored wallpaper composition, entitled The Animal That Looks Like a Llama But Is Really an Alpaca.

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Party Mantras
Rendering courtesy the artist

Grand Park’s Celebration Spectrum

Things to do Multiple venues

Make up for a year of missed celebrations with this joyous installation in Grand Park. The free, month-long display from web radio collective dublab, artist Tanya Aguiñiga and curator Mark “Frosty” McNeill is blanketing the Downtown L.A. park in a series of five visual and audio pieces.

Cinespia drive-in
Photograph: Courtesy Cinespia/Kelly Lee Barrett

Cinespia Drive-In Screenings

Movies Greek Theatre, Griffith Park

L.A.’s favorite cemetery screening series has left gravestones behind for now, but it’s been resurrected as a drive-in just outside of the Greek Theatre. Expect some familiar Cinespia fixtures at each screening, including DJs, a concession stand and meals that you can pre-order.

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Ty Segall
Photograph: Courtesy Kyle Thomas

Ty Segall

Music Rock and indie Online, Los Angeles

The prolific singer-songwriter finds room for lo-fi garage-rock riffs and acoustic strums at his shows, sometimes performed solo and at other times with the backing of his many associated bands.

For this streaming show, Segall and his band perform from Occidental College’s Remsen Bird Hillside Theater, an amphitheater in the hills of Eagle Rock.

Still Standing

Comedy Stand-up NeueHouse Hollywood, Hollywood

NeueHouse Hollywood flips its third-floor terrace into an alfresco comedy club during this Friday night series. The 21-plus show on May 14 includes sets from Scotty Cav, Doug Benson, Eleanor Kerrigan, Caroline Rhea, Orny Adams, James Davis and Kennelia. Like a proper comedy club, there’s a two-drink minimum—which we suggest pairing with some tacos and margs from the Broken Spanish pop-up while you’re there.

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Devan Gregori
Photograph: Courtesy Devan Gregori

Makers Market LA

Shopping Markets and fairs Jewel, Silver Lake

Silver Lake’s Jewel plays host to this pop-up marketplace, with handmade, sustainable wares from over 20 vendors, as well as a DJ set from Matcab and, of course, food from the vegan-friendly cafe.

Street Food Cinema
Photograph: Courtesy Street Food Cinema

Street Food Cinema

Movie theaters Outdoor Multiple venues

The series presents one of its last drive-in screenings before flipping back to outdoor movies with a showing of Jurassic Park at King Gillette Ranch.

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Judson Studios: Stained Glass from Gothic to Street Style
Photograph: Courtesy Forest Lawn Museum

Judson Studios: Stained Glass from Gothic to Street Style

Art Glasswork Forest Lawn Glendale, Glendale

See more than 100 works pulled from the archives of Judson Studios, L.A.’s celebrated 123-year-old glass studio, in this examination of its collaborations with contemporary artists pushing the boundaries of art glass.

Cylinder Seal of the Royal Scribe Ibni-Sharrum
Musée du Louvre, Département des Antiquités orientales Image © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY. Photo: Franck Raux

Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins

Art Sculpture Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades

Travel a few millennia back in time to see jewelry, sculptures and cuneiform writing from the ancient Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians. The objects on loan from the Louvre are broken up into three galleries, each themed to a different “first”—cities, writings and kings—and filled with items that date from the initial Mesopotamian cities in about 3200 B.C. to Alexander the Great’s conquest of Babylon in 331 B.C. Timed reservations are currently required to visit the Getty Villa (and do note that you may have a brief wait when moving between the exhibition’s limited-capacity galleries).

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Salazar
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Dine outdoors

Restaurants

Not quite ready to eat inside of a restaurant? Here are some of our favorite spots for alfresco eats in L.A.

Krispy Rice sushi delivery
Photograph: Courtesy Krispy Rice

Or order takeout

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.

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cocktails
Photograph: Shutterstock

And make sure to add in a booze order, too

Bars

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.

Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre
Photograph: Stephanie Breijo

Go to the drive-in

Movies

Cinephiles, rejoice! You can watch a movie from somewhere other than your couch at L.A.’s half-dozen or so old-school drive-ins.

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Street Food Cinema
Photograph: Courtesy Street Food Cinema

Or head to one of these pop-up drive-ins

Movies

Alfresco screenings usually pop up across the city well past the summer season. But this year, with most screenings pivoting to drive in formats, it seems like we still have months of movies to look forward to.

Palos Verdes
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Kaity O’Keefe

Take a scenic drive around L.A.

Things to do

Finally, our automobile-addicted culture has an upside: You can see some of L.A.’s most stunning scenery safely from your car window.

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Runyon Canyon
Photograph: Benny Haddad

Go for a walk or hike

Things to do

We’re so thankful that we have access to some many incredible trails in L.A. (assuming you’re following proper social distancing guidelines and wearing a face covering).

Huntington Library
Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano

Find some peace at a botanical garden

Things to do

If your neighborhood isn’t conducive to walking and you’re looking for a wide-open outdoor space, most major gardens are open again. Do note that tickets are limited and must be purchased online. And remember to keep a safe distance from other visitors.

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