Los Angeles

9 Actually Fun Things to Do This Weekend in LA

And just like that, LA is fully reopened.

It’s the weekend you’ve been waiting for: COVID restrictions are lifted, the city is reopened, the party is on the horizon. While you’re out there, it’s important to remember that everyone has their own personal comfort level: not everyone’s gonna be maskless, not everyone’s gonna be ready for hugs, and not everyone wants to be in a crowd, so make sure to respect those people if you don’t fall into those categories—and get psyched to get out there to festivals, new restaurants, and dance parties if you are comfortable doing so.

Take a trip to Greece at the just-opened Greekman’s

2619 Sunset Blvd (Silver Lake)
If Paris isn’t your cup of ouzo, head to the just-opened Greekman’s, a new outdoor-patio spot from the Freedman’s team, for a different take on some classic Aegean dishes. They’ll ply you with charcoal-grilled souvlaki, summer-inspired cocktails, and bottles of natural Greek wines. On the interior, you’ll find Freedman’s Bar, with additional boozy bevs and a few signature bar snacks.
Cost: Varies 

Drive into the Thelma & Louise 30th Anniversary Screening

Friday, June 18
The Greek (Los Feliz)
If you’ve never seen the classic women-on-the-run-and-thirst-trap-Brad Pitt movie Thelma and Louise (or if you have and love it), get thee to the Greek this weekend for its 30th anniversary drive-in screening, which also features a Q&A from Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, with proceeds going to charity.
Cost: $75

Celebrate freedom on Juneteenth

Saturday, June 19 
All over
Juneteenth is the oldest holiday that commemorates the end of chattel slavery in the United States. Last year, the pandemic put some Juneteenth celebrations on hold, but we’re happy to report that festivities are back on and bigger than ever this year. Save your appetite for The Wood Urban Kitchen and BBQ’s free barbecue giveaway that begins at 1 pm and lasts until they run out of food, then head to a marketplace to support Black-owned businesses. There’s plenty more to do including festivals, picnics, wellness events, and more, so check out our roundup of Juneteenth events if you’re in need of additional ideas. 
Cost: Free to celebrate

Grab a box of Cambodian food classics from a killer collab

Saturday, June 19
Gamboge (Lincoln Heights)
The Cambodian deli Gamboge is partnering with Instagram darling Khemla for a multi-course street-food dinner box, with dishes including charcoal beef skewers and stir-fried lort cha noodles. You can order ahead of time on their Tock or take your chances with walk in, but either way you’ll be sure to leave full. Select beer and natural wine will also be available for on-site purchase.
Cost: $80 per person.

Kick up some dirt at Boots in the Park

Saturday, June 19
Silverlakes (Norco)
If you’ve been itching for some good, old-fashioned line dancing and honky tonkin for the last 16 months, the time is now: Boots in the Park is a country fest in Norco, headlined by Chris Young and featuring Scotty McCreery and Dylan Scott, among others.
Cost: $125+



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.

Make up for lost time at the NYE 2021 Official Redo party

Saturday, June 19
The Peninsula Lounge (Newport Beach)
If you’ve spent the first half of this year pining over the fact that you didn’t get a New Year’s kiss, pine no more: the Peninsula is literally throwing a formal-attire-requested New Year’s party in June, with DJ Ravi Drums on the ones and twos and a ball drop at midnight.
Cost: $35+

Fill your closet (and more) at the Los Angeles Apparel Flea Market

Saturday, June 19–Sunday, June 20
1020 E 59th St (Downtown)
This blowout sale has it all: deep discounts on Los Angeles Apparel clothes, a tie dye station, a full lineup of DJs each day, food from vendors like Belly Bombz and Birria El Flaco, sponsors including Flying Embers, a tarot card reader, and a roller rink. Yep, a roller rink. The market runs from 10 am–6 pm both days.
Cost: Free

Get your dad some quality ‘Q at Hogs, Hops, and Pops

Sunday, June 20
Fig (Santa Monica)
There are all sorts of Father’s Day specials at LA restaurants, but this one from Fig seems like one of the best: $55 gets you (or your dad! Treat your dad! He deserves it!) a ton of food, including chipotle smoked brisket, a whole hog roast, honey glazed hot links, roasted potatoes, and a ton more; they’ve also got hops courtesy of Santa Monica Brewery.
Cost: $55

Stuff your face with tacos at Lanea’s all-you-can-eat brunch

Sunday, June 20
Lanea (Santa Monica)
In celebration of Father’s Day/reopening/’cause they can, Lanea is doing a $25-all-you-can-taco brunch on Sunday, with breakfast street tacos with bacon, sausage, veggies, cheese, and Beyond Meat all going down. They’ve also got a full menu of mezcals and cocktails to wash it all down with, plus canned cocktails to-go to take to the beach.
Cost: $25

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Jeff Miller loves his dad Steve very much and is sending him a huge father’s day hug. Jeff’s at @jeffmillerla on Insta.
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