Hooray for the weekend, and some much needed downtime and relaxation! If you have a difficult time just relaxing, here are some things to do in the Los Angeles area:
- 2015 LA Beach Cities Modern Home Tour, put on by Modern Home Tours, will take you through some beautiful modern examples of homes in the Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Venice and Santa Monica areas of Los Angeles. The weather is gorgeous, so this is a great weekend to get out there and play looky-loo for a few hours. Tickets can be purchased at any of the homes on the tour, and this is a self-guided, self-driving, self-paced tour. Even if you can’t make the tour, check out the website, the homes are spectacular.
- If you keep heading south, down the coast, you can hit up the Long Beach Lobster Festival in Rainbow Lagoon. Besides lobster, there is a wine & beer garden, arts & crafts booths and live music. The festival runs 12 pm – 11 pm on Saturday, September 12 and 12 pm – 10 pm on Sunday, September 13.
- One of my favorite things to do in LA is wander Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. The shops, the restaurants – there’s always something new and offbeat, and the people watching is to-die-for. Today (Saturday) there is also the Abbot Kinney Marketplace, which takes place at Westminster Avenue Elementary School. It’s a free event, with vendors selling handcrafted goods, clothing, art and a delicious selection of food trucks. The hours are 11 am – 5 pm, and I suggest getting there early, as parking is always limited and difficult in this area.
- How about a rooftop movie night in Pasadena? Tonights screening is Avatar, and if you are interested, visit the website, RSVP and print a ticket. It’s free, but you do need the ticket! Doors open at 6 pm.
- Okay, it’s scorching in LA. However, if you don’t mind the heat (or you’re an early bird who doesn’t mind getting out and about early), there’s the Rose Bowl Flea Market this Sunday. I haven’t been in years, and would love to return and wander. This might not be the weekend for me to do so though!
- Finally, tugging at my heartstrings, LACMA is honoring Frank Gehry with a retrospective on his career, focusing on digital design and fabrication, and urbanism. The exhibit runs through March 20, 2016.