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Grand Park Downtown Día de los Muertos
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The best things to do in Los Angeles this week

Find concerts, screenings, performances and more of our critics’ picks with the best events and things to do in Los Angeles this week

By Time Out Los Angeles editors

If we could write the rules of living in Los Angeles this would be our No. 1, always at the top of our list: When you live in this city, there’s no excuse for boredom just because it’s a weeknight. There are hundreds of things to do in Los Angeles each week, whether you hit the beach at sunset or go for a morning bike ride, or catch a drive-in concert or see a virtual comedy show—and that’s really only scratching the surface. Well, we don’t make the rules, but we will provide you with plenty of ideas for your next free weeknight right here. Now go out (or, you know, stay in) and tackle these things to do in L.A. this week.

While many traditional in-person events have been canceled and major venues closed, we’re recommending what Angelenos can do safely outside or from home.

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Guerrilla Cafecito
Photograph: Stephanie Breijo

Dine out (safely)


L.A. County restaurants are open again, though for the time being, you’ll need to sit outside. We’re keeping a running list of some of the best restaurants available for dine-in service outdoors.

Krispy Rice sushi delivery
Photograph: Courtesy Krispy Rice

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.

Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre
Photograph: Stephanie Breijo

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.

Street Food Cinema
Photograph: Courtesy Street Food Cinema

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


Alfresco screenings usually start to pop up across the city in the late spring, be it atop rooftop bars, at L.A.’s best parks or even at a Hollywood cemetery. But this year is all about the drive-in.

Palos Verdes
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/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.

Huntington Library
Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano

Find some peace at a botanical garden

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If your neighborhood isn’t conducive to walking and you’re looking for a wide-open outdoor space, a few major gardens remain open. 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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