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Things to do in Los Angeles on Saturday

Let the brunching commence with our guide to the best things to do this Saturday

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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Who has a hangover-fueled appetite and loves brunch? We do. But we also love greeting the morning with a hike or shopping the afternoon away at a sample sale. As far as events, Saturdays in L.A. tend to be the most packed day of the week, with screenings, festivals and all sorts of one-off affairs worth your time. However you choose to spend your Saturday, you’ll find plenty of things to do in L.A.

Things to do in L.A. this Saturday

  • Art
  • Installation
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  • Boyle Heights

For one summer in 1987, a carnival popped up in Germany with traditional rides adorned with artwork by Salvador Dalí, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Sonia Delaunay and a couple dozen others. And then… it kind of just vanished, sent off into storage for decades. But now, thanks to a couple of art world partners and Drake, Luna Luna has been revived in L.A., restored and reassembled in a soundstage in Boyle Heights through May 2024. Though you can’t climb aboard the rides here, the atmosphere is magical and—for contemporary art fans for sure—worth the relatively steep price of admission. On the other hand, as alluring as that reflective Dalídome is though, we’d say that splurging on a VIP pass (which comes with a couple of other perks) isn’t worth it just to snap a photo inside of it. You can read more here about our experience at Luna Luna.

  • Movies
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  • Downtown

The masters of alfresco rooftop movie viewing have returned for another season of screenings in Downtown L.A. Known for excellent film choices and a steady supply of snacks and booze, Rooftop Cinema Club is your snazzy, comfortable and less stressful alternative to other outdoor movie screenings. You don’t even need to bring your own camping chair—Rooftop Cinema Club provides you with your very own comfy lawn chair (with optional blankets for purchase to up the coziness). And instead of listening to the movie over loudspeakers, you’ll get a set of wireless headphones so you never have to miss a word. Find the full schedule on their site, or in our outdoor movie calendar.

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  • Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates

There’s nothing Christmassy nor even wintry about this hour-long Palos Verdes trail, yet its nine stellar installations are the most cosmically mesmerizing of the budding after-dark botanical garden shows that’ve come to blanket L.A. toward the end of the year. After its 2022 debut, Astra Lumina returns to South Coast Botanic Garden with the same array of celestial-inspired displays. This year’s show is basically identical; if you feel like you got your fill last year, there’s nothing new to explore. But if you loved last year’s version or haven’t been at all, we still think this is a worthwhile (albeit expensive) event—perhaps better suited for a date night than a large-family affair. While some other year-end light shows seem less focused on moment-to-moment encounters and more on the photogenic snaps you’ll walk away with, Astra Lumina feels truly experiential. You’ll venture through scenes that interpret the arrival and departure of stars in an earthly garden: archways pulsate with light and mist, perforated lanterns spell out a stargazing journey, shooting stars chase up and down a cylindrical frame, shimmery bulbs blanket a forest floor and tranquil lanterns float among the trees. There’s plenty of wonderfully atmospheric fog along much of the trail, including in a shower of lasers so thick that you’ll swear you can touch them. (It’s also worth mentioning how lovely it is to experience a celebration of the night sky from one of the few locations in L.A. where it’s actua

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  • Fairfax District

Far less deadly than the fictional competition it’s based on, this real-life adaptation of Squid Game lets you compete in six challenges inspired by the Netflix series. Over the course of 70 minutes, you’ll rack up points in a series of games presented to you by the Front Man himself. They’re largely inspired by familiar childhood games (think twists on marbles, Battleship and Operation), with some pulled straight from the series like Red Light, Green Light. If you “die” (not for real, of course) you can still experience all of the games, though the top scorers will face off in one final trial. Both before and after, you can grab a bite at a night market curated by chef Katianna Hong of the Arts District’s excellent Korean American deli, Yangban. Of course, there’ll be Squid Game merch for purchase, too, alongside plenty of photos. The event debuts at Television City on December 6 for a limited run. You’ll need a timed ticket, which starts at $39.

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  • Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates

Watch lion dancers, drummers and folk dancers perform at South Coast Botanic Garden every weekend this February (Sat, Sun at 11am, 3pm) to celebrate Lunar New Year. The half-hour Year of the Dragon performances complement all-day acitivity stations in the Palos Verdes garden’s lower meadow (10am–4pm), plus red lantern decorations and optional classes (including puppetry and tea ceremonies) for purchase.  

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Expect to hear plenty of people shouting “you can’t sit with us!” during this Mean Girls-inspired experience in Santa Monica. Each ticket comes with an entree and side (think “Stab” Ceasar salad and cheese fries) in a cafeteria-style setting, plus access to the Cool Mom Bar and plenty of photo ops (like Regina’s bedroom mirror, the Burn Book and the talent show). Find it at 2020 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica.  

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  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
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  • Hollywood

Brush up on a half-century of hip-hop history at this projection-filled show, which includes a mix of footage and collectibles from the likes of Death Row, Snoop Dogg, Nipsey Hussle, Delicious Vinyl, KDAY and more. The show, which was created in partnership with the Hip Hop Museum and debuted in New York last year, takes up residence at the former Amoeba space on Sunset.

  • Art
  • Sculpture
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  • San Marino

You might’ve noticed Johnson’s beautifully carved and gilded redwood organ screen on recent visits to the Huntington. Now, for the first time in four decades, you can see it paired with other pieces he created for the California School for the Blind in Berkeley, California—with 41 works in total on display.

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