7 Actually Fun Things to Do in LA This Weekend

Restaurant Week deals, in-person art shows, and a Palm Springs getaway.

Les Cactus
Photo courtesy of Les Cactus

Whoever would have thought that seeing an insanely long line of cars leading to Dodger Stadium would be a welcoming sign? But here we are, with hope on the horizon as vaccinations move forward at a hastening pace. Remember to keep up your socially distanced best practices as you spend your weekend here in LA. To keep you busy, we’ve got plenty of art shows, limited time Restaurant Week deals, and even some extremely fancy bongs worth browsing.

Escape to a Palm Springs oasis at Les Cactus

Friday, March 5-Sunday, March 7
Palm Springs
Take a break from your LA routine and head out to the low desert to chic boutique hotel Les Cactus. Just off of Palm Canyon Drive, Les Cactus is now open for room reservations after a premature grand opening in November that collided with a COVID surge and statewide shutdown. It makes for an idyllic spot to soak in a hot tub and sip from a carefully-curated selection of local beer, wine, and kombucha. The eclectic pink-clad grounds are also pet-friendly and there’s breakfast pastries on offer along with hammocks for lounging. While you’re in the area, there’s plenty to do, like antique shopping and outdoor art exhibits. 
Cost: $219 and up, per night.

Sample a new spot for dineL.A. Restaurant Week

Friday, March 5-Sunday, March 14
Around LA
This season’s Restaurant Week returns with the aim of supporting LA’s hard-hit restaurant community and encouraging Angelenos to delve into the city’s diverse cuisines and eating options. With distanced al fresco reservations available on OpenTable and delivery options from GrubHub, now is prime time to try out new eats and return to old favorites. Having trouble deciding on where to eat? We’ve done the delicious work for you and rounded up our favorite dineLA deals
Cost: Varies

Have a decidedly non-Kosher experience at this Summer Social Club pop-up

Friday, March 5-Wednesday, March 31
West Hollywood
Rebecca King, known as The Bad Jew for her fondness of pork, has launched a month-long dinner series at Summer Social Club in WeHo. Expect an array of California-inspired dishes, with highlights including charred romanesco with tahini, smashed potatoes with harissa aioli, and the Porkstrami Chop, a Pork and Flowers bone-in chop, smoked, seared, and topped with herbs, Wilder mustard, and cara cara oranges. Make reservations to eat on their patio or order takeout
Cost: Varies

Ponder worldly art exhibits at Thinkspace

Saturday, March 6-Saturday, March 27
West Adams
This month, Thinkspace Projects presents two brand new solo exhibitions at their West Adams gallery, open to the public on Saturdays or by private appointment. In Gallery One, Nigerian-born artist Ken Nwadiogbu brings his first U.S. solo exhibition., ‘UBUNTU, I Am Because We Are,’ exploring issues of police brutality, racism, xenophobia, and cultural conflict, emphasizing that we are more alike than different. In Gallery Two, Fumi Nakamura’s ‘Look Towards the Future, But Not So Far As To Miss Today’ is a new body of work representing elements of life, memory, body, and soul. 
Cost: Free

Pop into Santa Monica’s new corner cafe, Cult

Friday, March 5-Sunday, March 7
Santa Monica
Cult, a new corner cafe, has set up shop on the Third Street Promenade, on a mission to become the easy dining option that the area has been craving, with its experiential social spaces, a third wave coffee program, and playful, seasonal cocktails. The restaurant comes by way of the team involved in The Craftsman Bar and Lanea. The space features an inviting and intimate dining room, a take-out window, and spacious patio to enjoy breakfast sandwiches and brunch standards along with salads, burgers, and bowls for lunch and dinner.
Cost: Varies

Admire high-end cannabis accessories at Higher Standards Malibu

Friday, March 5-Sunday, March 7
Luxe smoking lifestyle brand, Higher Standards, is showcasing the best glass they’ve got with an art exhibition titled “Blown Away.” Look for work from artists like Tristan Hodges to Blitzkriega, alongside glass inspired by iconic artist Keith Haring, legendary Marley Natural, and Higher Standards’ in-house collection of chic accessories. 
Cost: Varies

Get your coffee and cardio in for a good cause with Bluestone Lane

Saturday, March 6
Wherever you like to run
LA’s Australian cafe Bluestone Lane is hosting Coffee & Cardio for a Cause, a virtual charity event in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8. While the actual event is online, participants will get coffee credits to use at Bluestone Lane, as well as an outdoor class with Training Mate to use at a later date. The event benefits Girls on the Run, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a world where every pre-teen girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams through the program’s dynamic, interactive lessons.
Cost: $25 suggested donation.

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Sean Cooley is still amazed that RBI Baseball 3 gave Dennis Eckersley his own special throwing animation. Follow his half-baked food festivities on Instagram @SeanCoolish.
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