8 Actually Fun Things to Do This Weekend in LA
Pride celebrations, primo pop-ups, and goat yoga!
We’ve got a positive outlook this weekend in Los Angeles. Sure, we just found out the Queen Mary is in danger of sinking (save us Bluth family!), but we’re dialed in on summer fun and focused on the itinerary ahead. That entails hitting every amazing restaurant pop-up on the Westside, celebrating Pride at every opportunity, and, of course, getting a goat yoga session in.
Friday, June 11-Saturday, June 12
Rustic Canyon (Santa Monica)
Check out one of the most hyped summer openings when Bar Le Côte pops up at Santa Monica’s Rustic Canyon this weekend only. Chef Brad Mathews and owners Greg and Daisy Ryan—the award-winning team behind Bell’s in Los Alamos—are behind this forthcoming European-inspired, seafood tavern celebrating Santa Ynez Valley’s incredible community of farmers and fishermen that will land in Los Olivos this summer. Dive into delectable menu items like Santa Barbara halibut tartare, Spanish octopus, and honeycomb ice cream.
Friday, June 11
Imari is a new restaurant concept from acclaimed restaurateur, Philip Camino (The Hudson, Fellow, Earthbar) with culinary direction from executive chef David Schlosser (Shibumi) and chef de cuisine Derek Wilcox (formerly Shoji). For their signature sashimi bento boxes, Imari imports fresh seasonal seafood from Japan, flown into LAX and delivered straight to the restaurant so you can sit down and savor salmon, albacore, New Zealand tai sea bream, tilefish, uni, and more.
We’re still not quite at the spot where things are all the way open, but you can feel the energy in the air—and while we’re still waiting, there’s plenty to do this weekend, including ordering from a classic LA chef, hitting an open-air fair, and getting the bejeezus scared out of you.
Friday, June 11-Sunday June 13
The Henry (West Hollywood)
Gatsby-inspired West Hollywood hotspot, The Henry, has opened its doors back up with an updated menu and revived atmosphere. Not to be missed are appetizers like the spicy tuna and crispy rice and short rib potstickers and mains like the prime New York strip, braised short rib with bourbon caramel, and the grilled lamb chops to pair with an extensive wine and cocktail menu.
Friday, June 11-Wednesday, June 30
Of the Night, deliverers of amazing thematic party packages, has their latest up for order—an ode to 1995 cinematic masterpiece To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar. Embodying all the bliss of the film, the June package embraces everything there is to love about drag—theatricality, music, fierce fashion, and fruit. Ten percent of all proceeds will go to wayOUT, advancing programs supporting LGBTQ+ youth.
Friday, June 11
Dodger Stadium (Elysian Park)
The Dodgers have again teamed up nonprofit partner LA Pride to host their annual LGBTQ+ Pride Night this Friday. This celebration will include drink specials in the pavilion bars, a special recognition of frontline workers and additional surprise guests featured during pregame ceremonies.You can also expect post-game fireworks, set to music mixed by DJ Bowie Jane and exclusive Dodgers LGBTQ-themed t-shirts.
Friday, June 11-Sunday June 13
Citizen Public Market (Culver City)
This weekend only at Citizen Public Market, Hinoki and the Bird’s executive chef, Brandon Kida, is doing a pop-up with his fast-casual brands, Go-Go Gyoza and Go-Go Bird. The menu will feature Japanese-inspired fried chicken options such as their spicy chicken wings with a Japanese cheddar biscuit, fried chicken sandwich with pickled slaw and a tasty Japanese ranch, and last but not least, their famous chicken gyoza, topped with chili oil and an aromatic soy sauce. Be sure to pick up a gluten-free, sugar-free snickerdoodle from Zooies Cookies on the way out.
Saturday, June 12-Sunday, June 13
Gamble House (Pasadena)
A tried and true LA tradition, goat yoga is happening on the rear lawn of Pasadena’s Gamble House with a light-hearted session taught by certified instructor, Tina Lenert. Connect with your inner kid while moving through yoga postures suitable for all levels; from first timers who are clearly just there for the goats to experienced yogis looking to up the challenge of their practice.
Friday, June 11-Saturday, June 26
Thinkspace Projects (West Adams)
Revered art gallery Thinkspace has marched out a pair of energetic, fun, and personal new solo shows for the month. In Gallery One: Jack Shure’s debut solo show with the gallery ‘Soul Sanitizer’ is an intentionally cryptic narrative of Shure’s own personal journey from childhood to parenthood. In Gallery Two: Reen Barrera’s ‘Cluster Fudge’ takes the idiom “it’s written all over your face” to heart and beyond with works crafted around a character created early in his artist career.