8 Actually Fun Things to Do This Weekend in LA
Movie screenings, burlesque shows, and perhaps the craziest event of the entire year.
Yeah, it’s a weird time to be going out in LA: is it safe to be inside? Is the Roaring 20s summer over? Will we ever get back to actual normal? We don’t have the answers to these questions but here’s what we do know: the CDC just updated their guidelines and now recommend that unvaccinated and vaccinated folks keep masking up indoors to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, so whatever you decide to do, make sure you keep bringing a mask along for the ride. There’s a ton of great stuff to do this weekend, including an insane all-night road race, the return of one of last year’s best drive-in events, and an astrology-themed brunch.
Wednesday, July 28–Sunday, August 1
Intended to be an annual summer event that will make art more accessible and celebrate the return of in-person art viewings, this is the inaugural event for Gallery Weekend Los Angeles, featuring 70 local galleries and art spaces (including the Hammer Museum, LACMA, California African American Museum, and more) that are hosting exhibitions, artist conversations, book signings, and more. Check out the gallery map on their website and put together a self-guided tour of the best galleries and museums around the city.
Ongoing beginning Thursday, August 29
72 Windward Ave, Venice Rosé Garden
This zero-sugar canned wine that’s proudly “made by chicks” is opening the doors to their first outdoor tasting room that’s located right underneath the iconic Venice sign. You’ll find all six of Bev’s varietals on the menu, including rosé, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, pinot noir, sparkling white wine, and sparking rosé for $8–10 a can (and it’s worth noting that one can equals one-third bottle of wine). To cement their status as the unofficial canned wine of day drinking, Bev’s tasting room will be open Thursday and Friday from 2 pm to sunset and on Saturday and Sunday from noon to sunset. They’ll also be hosting morning yoga classes every weekend led by Studio Ginger, register in advance here.
Wednesday, July 28-Thursday, August 26
The Rose Bowl (Pasadena)
If you’d told us a year ago we’d still be talking about drive-in events in the midst of another COVID surge 12 months later, we’d have told you to shove it up your tailpipe, but *sigh* here we are. Thankfully the Tribeca Drive-In has a ton of classic movies slated for their second season, including Purple Rain (Friday, July 30), The Birdcage (Saturday, August 7), and the greatest action movie of all time, Mad Max: Fury Road (Wednesday, August 18).
Cost: $30 per car
Friday, July 30
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party is a 2005 documentary about, well, a block party Dave Chappelle threw in Brooklyn, New York, and, in true Chappelle form, he invited a ton of famous musician friends, from Kanye West to Erykah Badu. The movie’s a total blast, and this screening should be great: it’s got a virtual intro from director Michel Gondry, there’ll be a performance from the Compton Centennial High School Marching Band, and part of the proceeds go towards the charity My Friend’s Place.
Friday, July 30-Sunday, August 1
Location TBA with ticket purchase
The all-night, costumed, absolutely insane scavenger hunt known as Rental Car Rally returns after taking a COVID hiatus last year, bigger and more insane than ever: teams meet at midnight and are given a list of legally dubious photo ops (think: abandoned water parks, deep-desert caves, etc) and must make it to all of them with the lowest odometer reading while dodging sabotage pranks (and eggings) from other competitors. Of course, the whole thing ends in an afterparty so debaucherous that past teams have been banned for life from all Motel 6s. Seriously.
Saturday, July 31
The Roosevelt Hotel (Hollywood)
This recurring show from Tracy Phillips at the Roosevelt is billed as “a little bit Weimar, a little bit punk, a little bit burlesque and all attitude” —expect a slew of impressive dancers, with sass as much a selling point as sexiness.
Saturdays starting July 31
Terra at Eataly (Century City)
The upstairs terrace at Eataly is going cosmic every Saturday: fill out a card with your name, astrological sign, and spirit of choice and the bartenders there will make you your own custom cocktail based on your answers, with each drink coming with a bespoke astrological affirmation.
Sunday, August 1
740 N Fairfax (Mid-City)
There’s not a ton of NY-style Chinese food in LA, so if you’ve been missing sitting in-house for your giant egg rolls for the past year-and-a-half, here’s your chance to celebrate: Genghis Cohen’s re-opening their dining room on Sunday, as well as opening up a ton of patio seats for outdoor eating as well. Added bonus: if you’re a member of the Off The Menu app, head there a day earlier for a free order of their genius collab with Air Jordan and Yeastie Boys: shrimp-toast bagels.