If you are visiting Los Angeles this weekend you are probably wondering what there is to do in town. LA is a city that never slows down when it comes to parties, festivals and events. On any given weekend you will find farmers markets in almost every neighborhood and a thriving restaurant and bar scene. The beach is a popular place to visit in the summer and you can find surfing lessons and paddleboards for rent at almost every beach. There are bike paths leading from one end of the city to another, and taking a long ride on the beach can be a relaxing way to spend a weekend afternoon.
There are a few things going on that you can only catch for a limited time. Be sure to plan ahead and find yourself a good car rental in Los Angeles, so you can do all the things your heart desires.
Second Home Serpentine Pavilion
This art exhibit by architect SelgasCano features a series of colorful tunnels to walk through. The exhibit will grace the Le Brea Tar Pits and museum until November 24th.
Fly to the Moon
If you or your kids have ever wondered what it must be like to be an astronaut, you can go to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena where you will find the Lunar Dome. The dome plays host to the immersive film experience, “Apollo 11.” The experience allows you to blast off from Kennedy Space Center and fly to the moon with Houston on the radio the whole time. Be sure to get tickets in advance. The popular experience is only around until August 11.
South Bay Greek Festival
The weekend of July 12th to 14th you can attend this fun festival at Redondo Beach. The event takes place at St. Katherine’s Greek Church. And features traditional dancing, food and games. While you are there you can take a walk along the beach and walk up the popular sand dunes.
Old Fort MacArthur Days
If you visit San Pedro on July 13 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, you can head over to the Fort MacArthur Museum, where you can see the stars of tomorrow dressed up as soldiers. They will be demonstrating how to use various pieces of military equipment used from 1917 to 1975. It’s a fun history lesson for the kids. There will also be a few local militias tabling at the event which should provide an interesting civics lesson for you.
Griffith Park Shakespeare Festival
The Griffith Park area is arguably the cultural center of Los Angeles, and every year they present a festival of the Bard’s most popular plays. The festival runs from July 5th to September 1st. The current feature is the gender bending comedy, “Twelfth Night” which tells the story of a set of twins and their troubles with unrequited love and mistaken identity. The shows are performed on the stage of the Old Zoo at the park.
LA holds adventure and excitement all year long, but July is a particularly popular month to visit the city. Make your hotel and car rental reservations in advance and you will have plenty of time to enjoy the festivities.