We love West Los Angeles and here at Heyler Realty people often ask us to share some of the fun things to do in West LA that we’ve discovered. So we compiled a list of the best things to do on the Westside of Los Angeles that we’ll update every week.
Many in-person events are being canceled due to the increase in COVD cases. So our special event list this week Jan. 17 – 23 is all online or outside. If you’re interested in going to an ongoing event, make sure and check to see if it’s still happening. As always, if we missed any fun activities, please let us know!
*Make sure and check websites before you go to confirm dates, times and social distancing/mask/vaccine requirements.
Special events in West LA and Beyond
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 17 with these in-person and virtual events including drive-through COVID testing, virtual service projects and a caravan for social justice.
LACMA (LA County Museum of Art) has a series of FREE online talks including one this Thursday, Jan. 20 at 12 noon. As part of its Black American Portraits exhibition, 5 Questions, 5 Artists: Representing Legacy, Rafa Esparza will be in conversation with LACMA curators and educators. Each artist in the series answers the same 5 questions about their art and the challenges they face. Use the link to RSVP.
The Hammer Museum presents online, drop-in Mindful Awareness Meditation led by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center on Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 1 pm. Open to people of all levels and experience. RSVP on the website.
It’s January, that time of year when many people start up a new fitness plan. SoulCycle’s SoulOutside outdoor pop-up at Westfield Century City allows riders to experience an epic ride while being outside. Check the website for the schedule, prices, and to find out COVID protocols.
Looking for more outdoor workouts? Check out UncoverLA’s The Best Outdoor Workouts in L.A. for Angelenos Missing the Gym.
Ongoing events in West Los Angeles
Did you know that Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica hosts Salsa Familia? It’s the Westside’s largest meet-up for salsa lovers and it happens every Sunday night at 6 PM. See website for details.
Can’t get enough of Princess Diana? Celebrate her life at The Princess Diana Accredited Access Exhibition at Santa Monica Place Wednesday through Sunday. “The first-ever walk-thru documentary tells the untold story of how a Princess changed the world. Enter a stunning visual journey paired with exclusive, never-heard-before stories that trace Diana’s emotional path as she modernizes Motherhood, revolutionizes Fashion, and shows the world how to be Human.” See website for location, times and more information.
Years in the making, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is finally open! It’s the largest movie museum in the U.S. and includes a simulation where you can pretend you’re getting your own Oscar. Located in the old May Company Building, it’s 7 floors with a cafe and gift shop. You need tickets to enter and some weekends are already sold out. For more details about all that you can do at the museum and ticket prices, visit the website.
No Time to Die is out and if you need more of a James Bond fix check out the Petersen Automotive Museum’s exhibit Bond in Motion, which features original cars from the James Bond franchise. See the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 used in 5 Bond films since 1995 and the 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 (aka “Wet Nellie”) that converted to a submarine in the Spy Who Loved Me. Tickets are required. See website for prices and times.
The Skirball is CLOSED through January 31st. Calling all Trekkies! Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds is open at the Skirball Cultural Center. “This fully immersive exhibition will showcase Star Trek’s significant impact on culture, art, and technology through more than one hundred rare artifacts, set pieces, and props, plus state-of-the-art photo and video interactives.” You’ll see set pieces from the original show, movie and tv scripts, and clothing including Lt. Uhuru and Spock’s uniforms. See the website for ticket information.
Drive-in movies, outdoor movies and discount movies in West Los Angeles
The drive-ins are closed for the winter, but check back for information in the spring.
Have you been out to the movies since theaters reopened? The AMC Century City and The Landmark on Pico have incentives for you to go on Tuesdays. As of this writing, the Landmark is $7 for all shows on Tuesdays and the AMC tickets are discounted on Tuesdays if you join their Stubs Club. Check The Landmark and AMC websites for times and ticket prices before you go.
Farmers’ Markets in West Los Angeles
Produce is one of Southern California’s claims to fame and West LA has great options for buying fresh fruits and vegetables at our local farmers’ markets. Here are links to Westside Farmers’ Markets with days and times.
Culver City Farmers’ Market on Main Street in Downtown Culver City operates from 2 pm to 7 pm on Tuesdays. “This market has been sponsored by the City of Culver for over two decades in an effort to provide the surrounding community with farm-fresh produce and locally-crafted artisan foods.”
Westwood Village Farmers’ Market at 1036 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, 90024 is open Thursdays: 12 pm to 5 pm. “Nestled in the heart of Westwood Village sits a farmers’ market serving a cross-section of nearby residents, local business people, UCLA students, and more. The market has a storied past and we look to bring it back to its traditional thriving days serving the wonderful Westwood community.”
Mar Vista Farmers’ Market at Grand View and Venice Blvd. is open Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm. “The Sunday markets are bustling, as Mar Vistans come out to shop, eat and visit with their neighbors. Kids are welcome and enjoy special activities, just for them. “
Santa Monica Farmers’ Market on Arizona between 4th and Ocean operates from 8 am to 1 pm Wednesday and Saturday. “Established in 1991, the Saturday Downtown Santa Monica Market opened ten years after the Wednesday Market in the same location, as customers were eager for another market for weekend shopping. While the Wednesday market centers on the hustle and bustle of chefs and restaurants doing their shopping (with some regular customers sprinkled in of course!), the Saturday Downtown Santa Monica market offers a more intimate experience for the casual market-goer.” See the website for times and locations of the city’s other farmers’ markets.
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