7 Actually Fun Things to Do in LA This Weekend
What a week.
2021 began by throwing us back-to-back curveballs that had us double-checking our calendar because there’s no way all of that happened and we’re still only halfway through the first month of the year. But we’re clinging to whatever silver linings that we can, and this week it’s that single-term President Trump was impeached for a second time! We know we shouldn’t relish in schadenfreude, but can you blame us? That and we’ve got a three-day weekend now upon us.
Whether you’re celebrating small political victories or looking for a way to unplug from the 24-hour news cycle, this weekend’s events, which range from actual in-person concerts and comedy shows to at-home dinners from great new restaurants, provide plenty of opportunities to do either or both. Stay safe out there.
Oste, the just-opened restaurant on 3rd street, claims to be LA’s first spot serving pinsa—a Roman take on pizza that’s made from dough that’s a blend of wheat, rice, and soy flours, which gives it an extra rise that leads to light, crunchy dough. Options include a bleu cheese and caramelized onion Cipolla and a bianca-style pie with mortadella and pistachio, but they’ve also got a full menu complete with mussels, your Italian pasta favorites, and entrees like a Swiss chard-wrapped branzino. They’ve also got wines for 40% off during their opening.
Cost: Food purchase price. Pinsas $13-22.
For years, Downtown’s Michelin-starred, omakase-only Q sushi has been a wallet-busting go-to for special occasions or impressive dates thanks to incredible, direct-from-Japan fish and intense attention to detail from chef Hiroyuki Naruke. They’ve been closed throughout the pandemic but are finally doing take out—though the $400 price tag for two is nothing to scoff at, their boxes are packed with ultra-top-notch fish, which, just like a meal at the restaurant, will change constantly based on availability.
Cost: $400 for two people.
Of all the drive-thru experiences that have come to LA since the pandemic, this one may be the biggest: a slew of life-size animatronic dinosaurs are promised at this family-friendly event, which in the past has toured indoor arenas and stadiums but, surprise surprise, pivoted due to COVID. Add-ons include “dinosaur surprises,” as well as take-home arts and crafts.
Cost: $49 plus add-ons per car.
This ongoing comedy show has been one of the few to get both major headliners (Kevin Nealon, Iliza Shlesinger, Jay Pharoh, and more have come through) and make pandemic-safe shows fun for the audience with hilarious plastic clappers distributed to enable in-car fans to show their love to performers. After taking a break for the holidays, the show returns this weekend, with a still TBA list of comedians who no doubt will include some Comedy Store/Improv/Netflix faves.
Cost: $125-$150 plus fees.
Silverlake & West LA
Plant-based burger spot Honeybee just launched their new extended breakfast menu, featuring plant-based eggs from JUST Eggs. For the first month of the menu launch, buy one JUST Eggy Bee sandwich (with JUST eggs, plus cheese, hash browns, and roasted pepper sauce) and get one free to share with a friend or eat it yourself for a second breakfast—we’re not judging.
Like the culinary Avengers, a group of all-star LA restaurateurs has teamed up to defeat COVID-era food boredom with a one-stop take-out pop-up featuring everyone from Jitlada to LaSorted's pop-up pizzeria to Orso Pasta. Employees Only is hosting and also providing to-go cocktails, and there’ll be everything from entrees to sauces available for pre-order take-out.
The Canyon Montclair
While we’re waiting for the actual Foo Fighters to tour again, the next-best-thing is gonna be this drive-in show from tribute band Fooz Fighters, featuring frontman Nicky Rich, the pretender who really nails Dave Grohl’s onstage growls.
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