You can see all kinds of funny folks -- ranging from big-time acts to level-one improv students -- any night of the week in this city, which you absolutely should do. Hit any of the better-known comedy clubs, and there’s always a chance for a famous comedian might drop in to try out some material on you. If you want to make sure you see someone you recognize, though, book tickets ahead of time for The Main Room at The Comedy Store or The Hollywood Improv, where Kevin Nealon and Jeff Garlin have been making frequent summer appearances, or Jay Leno’s long-running Sunday show at The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach. And if you’re interested in a reasonably priced BYO comedy show at unorthodox venues like furniture stores and fitness studios (after business hours), the Don’t Tell Comedy series is probably your joke jam. Check out the site, buy tickets for a show in your neighborhood, and they’ll send you the location on the day-of -- the lineup, though, remains a mystery until the show starts.
You don’t have to be an auto enthusiast to be seriously impressed by the Petersen Automotive Museum, which is currently showing exhibits currently ranging from cars made famous in sci-fi and fantasy flicks to SoCal-constructed classic race cars. If anyone in your group does have a penchant for cars, though, you’re going to want to book a guided tour of the museum’s recently renovated and reopened vault. You’ll have to buy a GA ticket ($16) and then pay an extra $25 for the tour, but you'll get up-close access to 250 rare, historic, and iconic cars including a 1929 Bugatti, a 2015 McLaren P1, and a 2006 Ferrari 248 F1 race car.
There’s a reason the 50-year-old Rose Bowl Flea Market is one of the most famous in the country. The massive outdoor event -- set within the 90,000-seat Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on the second Sunday of every month -- draws 20,000 shoppers and 2,500 vendors, hawking everything from vintage clothing and antique furniture to retro records and brand-new goods. If you’re looking to do some bona fide picking, it might be worthwhile to pay a premium ($20) for an early admission ticket to get there when the serious buyers do: at 5am. Otherwise, 7am entry will run you $12 and GA starting at 9am is just $9.
Make day-drinking feel educational at a brewery tour
While we don’t have the craft beer scene of other West Coast cities, LA certainly has enough breweries to keep you busy for a day and several of them offer behind-the-scenes tours to indulge your inner hop head. Angel City Brewery in Downtown’s Arts District does early evening tours during the week with afternoon additions on weekends and while Smog City Brewing Co. in Torrance doesn’t have official tours on its roster, the crew over there should set you up with one if you call ahead and ask nicely. You can also pay this outfit to drive you around, take you to multiple breweries, and give you beer.