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.
There’s a lot to do this week – May 23rd through Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th! Enjoy a tasting tour of Santa Monica, a movie by the pool, and outdoor music at the Original Farmers Market. Plus, Fleet Week, the LA County Fair and Topanga Days are also happening!
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
Summer is around the corner, which means free summer concerts are popping up around town. This Thursday, May 26 until August 25th, enjoy free live music at the Original Farmers Market from 6 pm to 8 pm.
On Sunday, May 29, Santa Monica Main Street becomes “MAINopoly” for a Taste of Main Street. From 12 noon to 5 pm, ticket holders can exchange their MAINopoly money for a tasting ticket at one of 12 restaurants, bars, coffee shops and ice cream shops. Go to all of them and enter for a chance to win a prize. Check website for pricing and a list of participating businesses.
Watch a movie in a fabulous location this weekend and all summer long at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica. Movie starts at Sunset and tickets include a ticket and a food and beverage credit.
A bit of a drive
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Los Angeles County Fair this weekend. See ZZ Top or Juanes, enjoy a Kool-aid fried chicken sandwich to vegan tacos or ride one of the carnival rides. The fair ends on Memorial Day. See website for ticket prices and schedule of events.
Topanga Days is back for its 47th year this Sunday and Monday, May 29th-30th with live music, food trucks and shopping. See website for ticket prices and schedule.
And it’s also Fleet Week in San Pedro May 27th through Memorial Day! “LA Fleet Week® is an annual, multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services held on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles.” Activities include active duty ship tours, aircraft flyovers and military band performances across Los Angeles.
Ongoing events in West Los Angeles
If you love theatre and haven’t seen this revival yet, you’ll want to head to the Geffen Playhouse’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf starring Calista Flockhart and Zachary Quinto. It’s received rave reviews and the show’s run has been extended through May 29. See website for times and ticket prices.
Do you love jazz? Then you’ll want to head to LACMA on Friday evenings for the 31st season of Jazz at LACMA – a free outdoor event on Friday evenings from April to November in LACMA’s Smidt Welcome Plaza. See the website for more details.
Get outside for a community exercise class by the sea on Sunday mornings. Sign up and bring your mat for Yoga in Burton Chase Park in Marina del Rey. Check the website for pricing and to reserve a spot.
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.
Also at The Hammer, Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation, a new exhibit that is the first major retrospective of the performance artist, muralist, photographer and video producer. Check website for more information.
Now that football is on a break, experience SoFi Stadium in a new way and visit The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection that features more than 100,000 square feet of paintings, photographs, sculptures, books and letters. “Curated by Khalil Kinsey and historian Larry Earl, the exhibition focuses on the lives, accomplishments, and brilliance of African Americans from the 16th century through the years of slavery and emancipation to the civil rights movement through modern day.” See website for times and ticket prices.
Did you know that Westfield Century City has live music in its Atrium every Saturday from 3 to 5 pm? Get a snack, have a seat and enjoy the lovely spring weather. See website for more details.
Are you training for anything or just want to get outside with people to go for a run? Join adidas Runners for free group runs led by a coach. Runners meet at the Platform in Culver City on Wednesdays and Sundays. Check website to sign up and get more information.
Looking for more outdoor workouts? Check out UncoverLA’s The Best Outdoor Workouts in L.A. for Angelenos Missing the Gym.
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 to confirm it’s still happening.
Years in the making, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is 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.
Drive-in movies, outdoor movies and discount movies in West Los Angeles
Get outside and see a movie under the stars. Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina del Rey presents a free movie series on Sundays evenings. You can purchase warm drinks, snacks and. Bring low chairs, blankets and pillows. See website for more details and to confirm that it’s still happening.
Have you been out to the movies since theaters reopened? The AMC Century City has incentives for you to go to the movies on Tuesdays. 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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