Our Favorite Local Staycation Spots | Out & About

Refreshing without the lost time and hassle of traveling long distances, there are many benefits of a local staycation. Likewise, with so many amazing things to see and do in SoCal, local staycations are fun for everyone! People travel from all around the globe to experience Southern California … and, it’s waiting right on your doorstep! Here are our top picks for local staycations around the neighborhood.

The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills

Located on the famous Sunset Boulevard, the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel has been a local staycation spot and Hollywood go-to for over 100 years. Guests can revel in the star-studded treatment and finest luxuries right from the moment they step onto the bold red carpet. Combining old-time elegance and modern comfort, opulent rooms feature the finest furnishings and linens, while appealing on-site amenities include the rejuvenating spa, the shimmering pool, and the legendary Polo Lounge. Occupying the perfect spot between the city and the sea, there’s a wealth of exciting opportunities at your fingertips.

Nobu Ryokan Malibu, Malibu

Be transported overseas without leaving SoCal when you check into the unique sanctuary that is Nobu Ryokan Malibu. Perfect for a soothing local staycation with your significant other, the accommodation emulates traditional Japanese lodgings. Offering a relaxed retreat enjoy this staycation all while overlooking the sparkling Pacific Ocean. The property features striking minimalistic features. Likewise, this includes a relaxing garden, gorgeous artworks, blissful teak soaking tubs, and cozy fireplaces. Just steps from the sandy beach, guests of Nobu Ryokan Malibu can use the facilities of the exclusive Malibu Racquet Club. In addition, you can take advantage of priority bookings at Cure Spa. Just a stone’s throw away, Nobu Malibu restaurant continues the Asian theme, with delectable Japanese fusion cuisine.

Hotel Figueroa, Los Angeles

Situated right in the vibrant heart of DTLA, Hotel Figueroa provides the perfect retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle. Enjoy surrounding restaurants, museums, shops, art galleries, and performance venues before heading back to the gorgeous Spanish-colonial charms and top-class amenities. Handsome guest rooms blend classic comfort and contemporary edges, and visitors can cool down with a dip in the inviting outdoor pool and enjoy tasty meals at Café Fig, Sparrow, and La Casita, while Bar Magnolia is perfect for a nightcap.

The Portofino Hotel and Marina, Redondo Beach

Occupying a glorious position on a pretty peninsula, The Portofino Hotel and Marina is an ideal local staycation destination. Watch boats bobbing at the marina, soak up ocean vistas, visit nearby sandy beaches, and relax as a cooling sea breeze gently caresses your skin. Newly renovated rooms feature large windows and color palettes to match those of the sea, and hotel amenities include waterfront restaurants, a pool, and a fitness center. If you can’t totally disconnect, there’s also a 24-hour business center. Another plus point: the property is pet friendly.

Mt Ada, Catalina Island

Breakaway from the mainland (a little!) to feel like you’re truly on an exotic vacation and book a stay at Mt Ada on Catalina Island. Just a short ferry ride away, the island offers plenty of opportunities for relaxation and exploration on a local staycation. Once the island retreat of William Wrigley Jr., guests of Mt Ada can enjoy discounted deals on tours and activities. You’ll also have your own golf cart at your disposal throughout your stay. With just six stunning rooms, the grand mansion offers a truly exclusive vibe. Step back in time to a charming era, soak up incredible views and enjoy delectable cuisine. The cozy den, once Mr. Wrigley’s billiards room and the spectacular terrace are top places to unwind.

Weekend Events | April 5 – April 7

April is here and it’s time for some weekend fun! From Corgi Day to Malibu Comedy Night and more, we have you covered on what’s happening. Read on below for the top events happening April 5 through April 7.

Los Angeles Weekend Events | April 5 – April 7 

First Fridays at the Natural History Museum

When: Until June 7

Where: Natural History Museum | USC/Exposition Park

What: Escape the usual First Friday crowd for a unique experience at the Natural History Museum, where dinosaurs meet DJs. From February through June, on the first Friday of each month, enjoy a KCRW-sponsored night of music, museum tours, and scientist-led talks, suitable for all ages. Each event features a fresh lineup of musical acts and DJs, making for a memorable evening at the museum.

ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN

When: April 7 – October 6, 2024 

Where: Miracle Mile

What: This comprehensive retrospective of Ed Ruscha showcases his detailed photographs of Los Angeles streets alongside a recreated Chocolate Room. The unique installation is composed entirely of layered chocolate sheets.

LA Beer Fest

When: April 6

Where: DTLA

What: Don’t miss a full day of festivities dedicated to America’s beloved drink at the L.A. Beer Fest. This event features an array of brews from more than 80 breweries, complemented by food trucks and live entertainment. Your ticket grants access to a variety of beer tastings, with options for General Admission or the Connoisseur’s ticket, which offers perks like private restrooms, exclusive beers, and more.

 

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | April 5 – April 7 

So Cal Corgi Beach Day

When: April 6

Where: Huntington Beach

What: Could it be their short legs, oversized ears, or fluffy tails that capture our hearts? Whatever the reason, corgis have won us over, along with the passionate members of So Cal Corgi Nation. This bi-annual gathering typically takes place at Huntington Dog Beach (100 Goldenwest St), near Tower 22 to the north of the southern entry. However, it’s always a good idea to verify the latest location details on the event’s website.

Bergamot Comedy Fest

When: Until April 6

Where: Santa Monica

What: The comedy festival at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica unites approximately 55 comedians for a series of shows and panels. Featuring both emerging talents and well-known figures, the festival is notable for its predominantly female-led performances. These events take place nightly at The Crow from April 1st to April 6th.

The Other Art Fair

When: April 4 – April 7

Where: Santa Monica

What: Explore emerging talent at this art fair, taking place at Barker Hangar, showcasing pieces from a diverse group of rising and independent artists. This event is thoughtfully curated to cater to collectors and enthusiasts across different budget ranges.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | April 5 – April 7 

Learn to Curl in Panorama City

When: Sunday April 7

Where: LA Kings Valley Ice Center

What: Have you ever watched curling in the Olympics, heard about it from a friend, and thought, “Could I try that?” Here’s your chance to discover! No prior experience is needed to explore the intriguing world of curling. Come and learn the basics, from delivering a stone to sweeping it across the ice. Understand the significance of terms like hog lines, hacks, buttons, and houses. It’s a great opportunity for families to engage in learning a new sport together.

Dream Mile Color Run 2024

When: April 6

Where: Woodley Park Section 1 (Victory Blvd & Woodley Ave)

What: Vibha Los Angeles is thrilled to announce the return of The Dream Mile event to Southern California this year, incorporating an extra layer of fun with a colorful celebration of the spring season. The Dream Mile serves as the flagship event in Vibha’s ongoing mission to raise awareness about the challenges faced by underprivileged children.

Kids Hands-On Vegetable Gardening Workshop

When: April 7

Where: Hand-Brewed Brewery | 9771 Variel Ave Chatsworth

What: Children are invited to dive into the world of edible gardening, getting their hands dirty and even interacting with worms! During this engaging workshop, participants will learn about the basics of growing their own food. Each child will also have the opportunity to plant a seedling and take it home, nurturing their connection to nature and the food they eat.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | April 5 – April 7 

Malibu Comedy Night

When: April 5

Where: Topanga 

What: The concept of drink minimums at comedy shows seems outdated. However, the idea of stand-up comedy at a wine bar is truly appealing. Located just across from the ocean, Malibu’s Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio offers stand-up comedy on its outdoor patio, complete with heat lamps for comfort. The show is hosted by Sean Leary.

24th Annual Chumash Day Powwow and Intertribal Gathering

When: April 7, 10am – 6pm

Where: 24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

What: The Chumash Day Powwow is a gathering that honors Native Americans from across the nation, bringing together individuals from hundreds of tribes at Malibu Bluffs Park. Distinguished as a non-competitive event, it features an array of activities including food trucks, craft vendors, tribal ceremonies, and dances throughout both days. The event is open to the public with free admission, running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Celebration of the Whales Festival at Channel Islands Harbor

When: April 7, 10am – 3pm

Where: 3350 Harbor Blvd, Oxnard

What: Scheduled for Sunday, March 2024, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the 25th Annual Celebration of the Whales Festival will take place at Channel Islands Harbor. This event promises a day filled with family-oriented activities, including chalk art, shopping, and a fun zone for kids. The festivities will span across the Channel Islands Maritime Museum and the Channel Islands Harbor Farmers Market, with a “Gray Whale Migration Trail” through Harbor View Park linking the two hubs of activity.

The Best California Spring Destinations | Out & About

As the golden state shakes off the last whispers of winter, California blooms into a tapestry of unparalleled natural beauty and vibrant energy, making spring an ideal season for exploring its lesser-known luxury destinations. Far from the crowded tourist spots, these hidden gems offer privacy, beauty, and exclusivity, inviting those in the know to a serene escape nestled in nature’s springtime revival.

Mendocino Coast: A Secluded Seaside Haven

Nestled along the Northern California coast, Mendocino offers a tranquil retreat. Enjoy rugged cliffs, hidden coves, and sweeping ocean views at this NorCal destination. In spring, the landscape is awash with the colors of wildflowers. Likewise, this makes it a perfect time for leisurely coastal walks or private picnics on secluded beaches. Luxury in Mendocino is defined by its charming bed-and-breakfast inns and boutique lodgings. For the discerning traveler, private wine tastings and chef-prepared, ocean-front dining experiences can be arranged. Of course, such setups provide a taste of the local bounty in a setting of unparalleled beauty.

Ojai: A Luxurious Oasis of Serenity

Tucked away in Ventura County’s enchanting valley, Ojai is a sanctuary for those seeking a serene getaway. Ojai is renowned for its boutique spas, organic wellness practices, and art galleries. The town embodies a laid-back luxury that is both rejuvenating and inspiring. In spring, the valley is alive with the scent of orange blossoms from the surrounding orchards. Indulge in a customized spa retreat or partake in a private olive oil tasting. In Ojai, you’ll enjoy a sensory journey that captivates both the palate and the spirit.

Lake Arrowhead: A Mountain Retreat

Perched in the San Bernardino National Forest, Lake Arrowhead offers an alpine escape unparalleled in Southern California. This private lake community is known for its stunning mountain vistas, crystal-clear waters, and exclusive amenities. Spring visitors can enjoy the blooming wildflowers during mountain hikes, private boat tours on the lake, or simply relaxing in a luxury cabin with views of the snow-capped peaks. Lake Arrowhead’s secluded setting makes it a perfect luxury retreat for those looking to immerse themselves in nature without forgoing comfort.

Paso Robles: A Vineyard Paradise

For the wine aficionados, Paso Robles is a hidden gem that rivals the more crowded Napa and Sonoma valleys. This Central Coast wine region blossoms in spring, with mustard flowers painting the vineyards in vibrant yellows and greens. Luxury accommodations here range from vineyard estates to private villas, each offering a unique view of the rolling hills. Exclusive wine tours and tastings, often not available to the general public, provide an intimate glimpse into the winemaking process, complemented by gourmet dining experiences that showcase the region’s fresh, local ingredients.

California’s secret spring destinations offer an escape into luxury that transcends the ordinary. From the serene beaches of Mendocino to the lush vineyards of Paso Robles, each location presents a unique opportunity to experience the beauty and exclusivity of California in spring. These hidden gems remind us that true luxury lies not just in opulence, but in the privacy, beauty, and tranquility of nature’s most enchanting seasons.

Weekend Events | March 29 – March 31

It’s Easter weekend and there are plenty of hoppenings all around town! From eggstravagant art shows to egg hunts and more, we have you covered. Check out what’s happening in your neck of the woods March 29 through March 31. 

Los Angeles Weekend Events | March 29 – March 31 

Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy

When: Through Spring 2024

Where: Boyle Heights

What: In the summer of 1987, Germany hosted a unique carnival where traditional rides were embellished with art from Salvador Dalí, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Sonia Delaunay, and many others. After that summer, this distinctive carnival disappeared, tucked away in storage for years. Recently, however, Luna Luna has been resurrected in Los Angeles. Thanks to the efforts of several art world collaborators and Drake, the carnival has been meticulously restored and reassembled. It is now open for visitors in a Boyle Heights soundstage until the spring of 2024.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Made on Market Street

When: March 7 – June 1, 2024 

Where: Beverly Hills

What: Were you captivated by last year’s Basquiat exhibition in Downtown Los Angeles and left craving for more? Make your way to Beverly Hills, where Gagosian is set to showcase 50 seldom-seen pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat. These works, created in Los Angeles, hail from the artist’s prolific period at his Venice studio from 1982 to 1984.

John Williams Spotlight

When: Until May 19, 2024

Where: DTLA

What: In the ongoing multi-year tribute to John Williams by the LA Phil, attendees can experience “A Century of Film” from February 2 to 4. This event, conducted by David Newman, will feature a selection of pieces from several of Williams’ scores, including Indiana Jones and Close Encounters, alongside music from Batman, The Godfather, Back to the Future, Lawrence of Arabia, and other iconic films.

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | March 29 – March 31 

Stand Up for Pups

When: March 29 

Where: Playa Vista

What: Bring your dog along to a pet-friendly comedy night at Annenberg PetSpace featuring performances by Greg Fitzsimmons, Craig Conant, Ahmed Al-kadri, Andrea Vicunia, Martin Morrow, and Ashwin Jacob. Hosted by Caitlin Benson and with DJ VFRESH providing music, the event offers attendees two complimentary drinks. A part of the proceeds will go to the PetSpace Extraordinary Care Fund.

WonderCon

When: March 29 – March 31 

Where: Anaheim

What: Comic-Con International takes its distinctive celebration of super-fandom to Orange County with its yearly event. Fans of comics, anime, gaming, movies, and TV are invited to the Anaheim Convention Center for three action-packed days featuring exclusive sneak peeks, Q&A sessions, premiere screenings, and appearances by special guests.

The Mean Girls Experience L.A.

When: Until April 21, 2024 

Where: Santa Monica

What: Get ready to immerse yourself in a Mean Girls-inspired adventure in Santa Monica where you might just hear some “you can’t sit with us!” exclamations. With each ticket, you’ll enjoy a meal consisting of an entree and side (such as the “Stab” Caesar salad and cheese fries) in a cafeteria-style atmosphere. Additionally, you’ll have access to the Cool Mom Bar and numerous photo opportunities, including Regina’s bedroom mirror, the Burn Book, and the talent show stage.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | March 29 – March 31 

Nature Walk

When: March 29 

Where: Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve

What: Embark on a journey of tranquil discovery with FoLAR at this month’s guided Nature Walk through the lush landscapes of the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve!

Vegan Easter Hunt at Love Always Sanctuary

When: March 31 

Where: Sun Valley

What: Join us for a fun-filled day at Love Always Sanctuary, a beautiful Farmed Animal Sanctuary in California! Our Vegan Easter Hunt is the perfect event for all ages. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a day of excitement, laughter, and of course, delicious vegan treats!

All-Age Skate Night

When: March 30

Where: Moonlight Rollerways Glendale

What: Join Moonlight Rollerway for All-Age Skate Night on Saturday night, 8 PM to 11 PM. Entry is ticket-only, with skate rentals available at the door for $7.00.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | March 29 – March 31 

Vegetable Garden Tips – Get Ready for Spring

When: March 30 

Where: Topanga Nursery

What: One can kickstart their spring vegetable garden with insights and techniques from the resident garden specialist. This session will cover soil preparation, planting methods, companion planting, fertilizer use, pest control, and more. After the lecture, the knowledgeable staff will be available to answer questions and assist attendees in cultivating a thriving vegetable garden, setting the stage for a bountiful harvest. The class also includes one 4-inch vegetable seedling of the attendee’s choice.

Egg Scramble Event at Rancho Santa Susana Park

When: March 30, 9am – 10am

Where: 5005 E Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley

What: Celebrate the eggcitement of the coming of spring at the Egg Scramble for ages 10 and under on Saturday, March 30, 2024 at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley starting at 9 a.m. Bring your cameras for Easter Bunny photos between 8:15-9 and 9:15-9:45 Call 805.584.4456 for more information. www.rsrpd.org

Easter Eggstravaganza Event in Camarillo

When: March 30 

Where: 1605 Burnley St, Camarillo, CA 93010, USA

What: Join the Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, March 30, 2024, from 10am to 1pm at Community Center Park, Camarillo, for a free celebration with crafts, the Easter Bunny, food trucks, live music, and more. Don’t miss this festive day of fun for the whole family!

Local Bookstores Around Town | Out & About

Finding the perfect book to read is about more than just grabbing the first thing off the shelf at your local location of a chain bookstore. Rather, you want to find a book that really speaks to you, something that fits your idea of a perfect day, something unique, something special. That’s why finding local bookstores is so important because they can provide you all of that and more.

The Last Bookstore

Location: DTLA

One of LA’s most famed local bookstores, the Last Bookstore has a collection of the latest books by the top authors. In addition, they also have a collection of over 500,000 used and collectible books. If you’re looking for a particular book, whether new, used, or collectible, chances are you’ll be able to find it here. After all, it is almost an entire block in size.

Book Monster

Location: Santa Monica

For local bookstores on the wetside, visit Book Monster. The shop offers old and new books with the added convenience close to the beach. You can pop in and find a great read before a relaxing seaside day. Open every day of the week, you’ll never run out of new things to check out, including CDS and DVDs.

The Illiad

Location: San Fernando Valley

As far as epic names and cool local bookstores, The Illiad has it all. At this small shop, you get the experience of going to the library, except you get to keep the books, and there are cats. You’ll find this cute shop with its beautiful murals and giant books outside to be more than ready for a few photos. And you may even get the opportunity to cuddle up with a cat or two while you’re selecting your next read of the packed shelves.

Skylight Books

Location: Los Angeles,

As far as local bookstores in LA Skylight Books offers a selection of great reads related to the arts and literary fiction. In addition, they have a fantastic primary focus on LA history. You’ll also find plenty to do in this shop if you’re looking for a place to hang out because they offer special artist and author events frequently.

Village Well Books & Coffee

Location: Culver City

A freshly brewed coffee and a great book? Yes, please! For local bookstores in Culver City, you’ll love Village Well Books & Coffee. They offer plenty of great book options and a place to meet fellow book lovers. In fact, they have a book club available for those who are interested in reading something new with some new friends.

Once Upon a Time

Location: Montrose

If the name doesn’t say it all, Once Upon Time is perfect for a family bookstore visit. This little shop is focused on children’s books so it’s a great place to take the little ones to foster a love of reading and get something new to read together.

If you’re looking for your next great read you can’t go wrong with any of these local bookstores, and while you’re there, you just might find a new favorite.

What Your Bedroom Paint Says About You | Home Tips

Nothing speaks more profoundly of your personality than the paint colors that you choose for your home. Likewise, the color scheme you choose for your personal haven, i.e. your bedroom, says volumes about who you really are.

A Colorful Personality

Architects have long known that paint colors can affect your mood. For example, orange and yellow tones will make you feel hungry, making them a good choice for dining areas. On the other hand, blue invokes feelings of calmness like still water. This is partially why, when choosing a bedroom paint color, you must think of the mood you are looking to create.

What to Consider in Choosing a Bedroom Paint Color…

Keep in mind that you want your personal space to be soothing and relaxing, a place that allows you to take a comfortable break from your day-to-day activities and not an area that will make you feel desperately hungry, no matter how much you like the combination of orange and yellow paint colors. So, let’s take a look at bedroom paint colors that stand out and will help you make the statement you want.

Green as Bedroom Paint Color

    • With a very wide range of green shades available today, green will always be one of the most relaxing bedroom paint colors on the market. It is reminiscent of nature and the tranquility it inspires. But, as with anything, it’s best to stay away from the brighter shades, unless you really love pistachio, in order to achieve a sense of calm elegance in your personal oasis. On the darker part of the scale, a toned-down olive color can blend well with very light gray accents and white ceilings, which will not only provide a restful and comfortable environment but also one that embellishes the elegance of your character.
Browns as a Bedroom Paint Color

    • Earthen tones, when used as main bedroom colors in combination with creamy neutrals, can lend a sense of well-being and warmth to any area. Keep in mind that these colors can make your bedroom seem less luminous so make sure your ceilings are done in lighter paint colors, preferably cream color or off-white.
Lilacs as a Bedroom Paint Color

    • Washed lilac tones can add a touch of luminous relaxation to your bedroom paint. When used in combination with light green accents and pale grey, you will wake up every morning to a refreshing sensation filled with light and fresh air.
Neutrals as a Bedroom Paint Color  

    • These classic colors never seem to go out of style and go well with almost any type of bright accent, giving you a sense of restfulness when you need it the most.
Blues as a Bedroom Paint Color

    • Just as with the green palette, blues are a way to add a touch of nature to your personal space, except in this case, instead of getting the sensation of relaxing in the midst of a silent forest, you will create the feeling of being in a breezy ocean paradise. Blues are available in a myriad of tones, so choose the one you like best and let your imagination fly as you combine it with almost any other color you like, although your best effect will certainly be achieved with gray, white, cream, or pale violet accents.

Choosing bedroom paint colors doesn’t have to follow any fixed set of rules. It is your personal paradise and, as such, it should reflect your tastes and style. The only thing you should make sure of when you are looking for a new bedroom paint scheme is that you fall in love with it.

Out & About: Springtime in Big Bear

Located in San Bernadino, Southern California, Big Bear is a terrific place for fans of the great outdoors. Boasting the glistening snow-fed Big Bear Lake, which is the biggest recreational lake in Southern California, mountains and easy access to the wildlife-rich San Bernadino National Forest, a springtime staycation in Big Bear promises plenty of adventures. Here’s the lowdown on where to stay, eat, and drink, as well as cool things to see and do.

Big Bear: Where to Stay

There are many lovely lodges and cute cabins during springtime in Big Bear, perfect for an intimate romantic break or a lively getaway with family or friends.

The quaint family-run Grey Squirrel Resort has 19 comfortable cabins set among 3 scenic acres. An ideal place for a peaceful break in nature, the resort features a tranquil pond and a refreshing heated outdoor swimming pool. There’s no need to go without modern luxuries — there’s free Wi-Fi throughout the site and guests have access to laundry facilities. Each cabin boasts rustic features mixed with modern amenities. Some cabins have fireplaces, some have bathtubs, and some have a full kitchen … all are adorable! Cabins are available for between two and 14 people and some are pet friendly.

All of the 40-plus rooms at Marina Riviera provide beautiful lake views. Rooms have soothing colors inspired by nature and all have a mini-fridge, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms feature cozy fireplaces. Rooms are available for between two and four guests. Based on a Viking lodge, the rustic resort offers easy access to the area’s abundant activities, while on-site amenities include a heated pool and hot tub, fire pits, a sauna, and relaxing deck seating.

Big Bear: Where to Eat

Big Bear has plentiful places to eat, most with relaxed vibes and menus loaded with comforting favorites.

Peppercorn Grille has indoor and heated outdoor seating and offers a touch of elegance with top-class service. Savor appetizers like calamari, Maui crab cakes and shrimp sauté before sinking your teeth into pizza, pasta, pistachio-crusted chicken, lobster tail, and steak. It’s a popular spot in Big Bear and reservations are recommended.

The Pines Lakefront offers upscale dining right at the water’s edge. Take a seat on the patio to marvel at the lake and mountains or enjoy the luxury appeal of the indoor dining room. Wooden floors, plush carpets, nostalgic décor, and lilting piano music enhance the ambiance. Known for its seafood and steak dishes, tempting dinner items include St. Louis smoked ribs, fillet mignon, Alaskan king crab legs, chicken teriyaki, and linguine with clams. Veggie-friendly options are available and the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Big Bear: Where to Sip

For many people, enjoying a few relaxing drinks is part of the appeal of a springtime in Big Bear staycation. The area has several bars and pubs where you can unwind after a day of activities.

Big Bear Mountain Brewery is housed in an old masonic lodge. Filled with vintage items and rustic touches, it’s a perfect place to chat with friends over a glass of craft beer. Desert Citrus, Habitual Haze, Hop-O-Matic, and Honey Buzz are just a few to tempt you. The bar also serves a selection of popular bottled beers, wines, and soft drinks, as well as hearty pub grub.

Join the action at Whiskey Dave’s sports bar, rumored to have its very own resident ghost! There’s live rock and roll every weekend and the 22 TVs mean there’s no fear of missing your favorite teams. Pool tables and foosball add to the fun, and there’s a full food menu if you start to feel hungry. The bar is stocked with an array of cool beers, strong spirits, and fruity alcopops.

Big Bear: What to See and Do

Diverse outdoor activities appeal to varied tastes in Big Bear. During Springtime you can fish, boat, jetski, and so much more! Although it’s probably still too cool to swim in the lake on a springtime staycation, take a plunge if you’re feeling brave! By spring the ski season has typically ended. Likewise, other outdoor activities include hiking, mountain biking, and horse riding to enjoy instead.

Travel back in time at Gold Rush Mountain Adventures, a unique gift shop and ghost town where you can learn about the area’s gold-mining past. Likewise, there are many family-friendly activities like panning for gold, exploring a magical cave, and more.

Get the adrenaline pumping at Magic Mountain Recreation Area, home to the famous Alpine Slide. Soak up the vistas from the chairlift before enjoying the only authentic bobsled in Southern California.

Weekend Events | St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Irish way, with a bevy of fun happenings around town. From parades to pub crawls and more, there is a clover field of local fun going on this weekend. Read on below for our round-up of the best weekend events!

Los Angeles Weekend Events | St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Street Food Cinema: Great Gatsby Night

When: March 16 

Where: DTLA

What: Experience the opulence of Jay Gatsby’s world with a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s captivating movie, complemented by live jazz that encapsulates the essence of the 1920s. Master the Charleston with expert instruction, and savor era-inspired gourmet treats and cocktails from food trucks and vendors.

L.A. Marathon

When: March 17  

Where: Los Angeles

What: Starting at Dodger Stadium, the yearly marathon showcases physical resilience and communal unity, traversing 26.2 miles through Los Angeles. This edition circles back to West L.A., ending near Century City instead of its traditional Santa Monica finish. With over 25,000 runners, the event promises excitement not just for participants but for spectators, offering an equally thrilling experience.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Original Farmers Market

When: March 17 

Where: Fairfax and 3rd

What: Visit the Original Farmers Market on St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy Magee’s Kitchen’s corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes, along with green beer and Guinness at E.B’s and Bar 326. Catch the sound of Celtic melodies from a wandering bagpiper (12:30–3:30pm) and traditional Irish folk music (4–6pm).

 

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Holi on the Beach

When: March 16 

Where: Redondo Beach

What: Celebrate the arrival of spring at the vibrant Indian festival of colors, given a unique L.A. flair. Revel in the tradition of tossing colored powder at each other against a backdrop of ocean waves and sandy beaches—just be prepared for your attire to become a canvas. Held at Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach, this event doubles as a fundraiser for the Association for India’s Development’s L.A. chapter, supporting grassroots initiatives in India.

Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: March 16 

Where: Hermosa Beach

What: While Hermosa Beach may not be a green-clad shore, it embraces the Irish spirit with its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Expect bagpipers, marching bands, green-adorned cars, and festive dogs from the Irish Setters Club of Southern California to parade down the seven-block route. Starting near City Hall on Valley Drive, the procession moves west on Pier Avenue, finishing at Hermosa Avenue and 10th Street, where live music awaits at Pier Plaza.

Santa Monica St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl

When: March 15

Where: Britannia Pub | 318 Santa Monica Blvd

What: Ring in St. Patrick’s Day the Santa Monica way! Take part in this Saturday’s bar crawl for a fun night out on the town. The evening kicks off at Britannia Pub and makes its way through local bars and pubs.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Swingin’ Soul Night – St. Paddy’s

When: March 15

Where: The Mayflower Club | North Hollywood

What: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a night of Swingin’ Soul! Enjoy Boilermaker drink specials, a spacious dance floor, complimentary dance lessons, and free parking. Dance the night away to the greatest soul and R&B hits from the ’50s and ’60s.

St Pawtrick’s Day Paws & Relax

When: March 17

Where: Liberate Yourself | 13323 Ventura Blvd

What: What better way to celebrate St Pawtrick’s Day then with some Sunday Self-Care Paws and Relax time with your furry best friend and mix and mingle with like-minded dog owners.

A Toast To Tony

When: March 17

Where: Valley Relics Museum

What: Pipers and drummers will entertain, setting the stage for a night of music and dancing in honor of Tony McNulty. Guests can indulge in beer, wine, and spirits from the pub and savor a unique taco bar with an Irish twist. The evening will also feature shared memories of McNulty’s St. Paddy’s celebrations, arcade games, and beverages for all ages. 

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Moorpark College Theatre Arts Presents “Sweeney Todd”

When: March 15, 8pm – 10pm

Where: Moorpark College

What: Moorpark College Theatre Arts Department presents Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy, and stunning terror. Don’t miss these outstanding musical performances!

Bark in the Park at Conejo Creek Park North

When: March 16, 9am – 12pm

Where: 1379 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks

What: Join us for a tail-wagging good time at Bark in the Park! This pup-tacular event is happening on Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 9 AM to noon at Conejo Creek Park North, right behind the Thousand Oaks Library. Get ready for a dog costume contest, racetrack, entertainers, agility course, and plenty of vendors. Remember, friendly dogs only, and keep them leashed. It’s all free, with food for purchase. Don’t miss out on the furry fun!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ventura

When: March 16, 10am – 12pm

Where: 211 E. Main Street, Ventura

What: Get your green on and join the fun at the Ventura Elks Lodge #1430’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Ventura! Kicking off in front of the San Buenaventura Mission on East Main Street, this festive march will make its way up to the corner of North Chestnut and East Main. With room for up to 100 entrants, it’s a celebration not to be missed. Let’s paint the town green!

The Arts District | Out & About

The Arts District in Los Angeles is a vibrant and bustling neighborhood filled with art galleries, restaurants, and shops. If you’re looking to spend a day exploring this unique neighborhood, we’ve got you covered.

The Arts District | In the AM

Start Your Day with Coffee and Breakfast

To kickstart your day, head to Zinc Cafe & Market, located on Mateo Street. The cafe is known for its artisanal coffee and fresh pastries. You can enjoy your breakfast on the outdoor patio and take in the vibrant street art that decorates the walls of the surrounding buildings.

Explore the Art Galleries

After breakfast, take a stroll to the Hauser & Wirth art gallery, which features a range of contemporary art exhibitions from renowned artists. The gallery also hosts talks and events, so be sure to check their schedule beforehand. Other notable galleries in the area include the Corey Helford Gallery and the Nicodim Gallery.

Shop at the Unique Boutiques

If you’re in the mood for some shopping, the Arts District has plenty of unique boutiques to explore. Make a stop at Alchemy Works, a lifestyle boutique that features clothing, home decor, and handmade goods from local artists. Another great option is Apolis, which offers men’s clothing and accessories made with sustainable and ethical practices.

 

The Arts District | In the Afternoon

 

Grab Lunch at Wurstkuche

For lunch, make your way to Wurstkuche, a popular German-style sausage and beer hall on 3rd Street. The menu features a variety of unique sausage options, including rattlesnake and rabbit, as well as vegetarian options. Wash it down with a cold beer or cider from their extensive selection.

Visit the Arts District Brewing Company

After lunch, head to the Arts District Brewing Company for a beer tasting. The brewery features a large selection of craft beers, many of which are brewed on-site. You can also play a round of darts or shuffleboard while you sip your beer.

The Arts District | In the Evening

End the Day with Dinner at Bestia

For dinner, make a reservation at Bestia, a contemporary Italian restaurant that has earned a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. The menu features handmade pasta dishes, wood-fired pizzas, and an extensive wine list. Be sure to save room for dessert because Bestia’s house-made gelato is a must!

From coffee to art to beer, the Arts District in Los Angeles has something for everyone. Follow this guide to experience some of the best that the neighborhood has to offer. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, the Arts District is a must-see destination for anyone who loves art, food, and culture.

Weekend Events | March 8 – March 10

Enjoy all that the weekend has to offer with our round-up of events happening from March 8 through March 10. From art on display to kite festivals and more, we have you covered! See what’s happening in your neck of the woods below!

Los Angeles Weekend Events | March 8 – March 10 

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Made on Market Street

When: March 7 – June 1, 2024 

Where: Beverly Hills

What: Were you captivated by last year’s Basquiat exhibition in Downtown Los Angeles and left craving for more? Make your way to Beverly Hills, where Gagosian is set to showcase 50 seldom-seen pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat. These works, created in Los Angeles, hail from the artist’s prolific period at his Venice studio from 1982 to 1984.

John Williams Spotlight

When: Until May 19, 2024

Where: DTLA

What: In the ongoing multi-year tribute to John Williams by the LA Phil, attendees can experience “A Century of Film” from February 2 to 4. This event, conducted by David Newman, will feature a selection of pieces from several of Williams’ scores, including Indiana Jones and Close Encounters, alongside music from Batman, The Godfather, Back to the Future, Lawrence of Arabia, and other iconic films.

Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy

When: Through Spring 2024

Where: Boyle Heights

What: In the summer of 1987, Germany hosted a unique carnival where traditional rides were embellished with art from Salvador Dalí, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Sonia Delaunay, and many others. After that summer, this distinctive carnival disappeared, tucked away in storage for years. Recently, however, Luna Luna has been resurrected in Los Angeles. Thanks to the efforts of several art world collaborators and Drake, the carnival has been meticulously restored and reassembled. It is now open for visitors in a Boyle Heights soundstage until the spring of 2024.

 

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | March 8 – March 10 

Festival of the Kite

When: March 10

Where: Redondo Beach

What: This delightful and free festival pays homage to the rich history and playful spirit of kites. Witness hundreds of kites soaring high or participate by bringing your kite—contests include categories for the highest flying kite, best handmade kite, and youngest kite flyer. You’ll also have the chance to assist in launching a massive 25-foot wide kite. The pier buzzes with a variety of unexpected activities throughout the day, ranging from a hot dog eating contest to dance performances.

Nowruz Celebration

When: March 10 

Where: Westwood 

What: This delightful and free festival pays homage to the rich history and playful spirit of kites. Witness hundreds of kites soaring high or participate by bringing your kite—contests include categories for the highest flying kite, best handmade kite, and youngest kite flyer. You’ll also have the chance to assist in launching a massive 25-foot wide kite. The pier buzzes with a variety of unexpected activities throughout the day, ranging from a hot dog eating contest to dance performances.

The Mean Girls Experience L.A.

When: Until April 21, 2024 

Where: Santa Monica

What: Get ready to immerse yourself in a Mean Girls-inspired adventure in Santa Monica where you might just hear some “you can’t sit with us!” exclamations. With each ticket, you’ll enjoy a meal consisting of an entree and side (such as the “Stab” Caesar salad and cheese fries) in a cafeteria-style atmosphere. Additionally, you’ll have access to the Cool Mom Bar and numerous photo opportunities, including Regina’s bedroom mirror, the Burn Book, and the talent show stage.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | March 8 – March 10 

Empowered Voices: International Women’s Day Panel

When: March 8

Where: REI | 1900 Empire Avenue Burbank

What: Join Wondery Outdoors and REI in commemorating International Women’s Day at our exclusive panel discussion on Friday, March 8th, at REI Burbank. Dedicated to making the outdoors a safe space for femme and nonbinary individuals, this event will engage you in meaningful conversations with community leaders and organizers from Lagartijas, Black Girls Trekkin’, Sending in Color, and Brown Girls Climb. Hear them narrate their experiences and offer valuable perspectives on outdoor adventure and empowerment.

Irrigation Troubleshooting: a Maintenance Walk and Talk with Erik Blank

When: Until March 8 

Where: Theodore Payne Foundation – Pergola | 10459 Tuxford St. Sun Valley

What: Maintaining an irrigation system is as crucial as caring for the plants themselves! Join us for an informative session that covers various irrigation challenges and their maintenance strategies over time. Using real-life examples from the Theodore Payne Foundation gardens, you’ll discover different irrigation techniques, their role in garden management, and practical tips for troubleshooting to ensure they remain effective.

Foraging & Brewing with Wild Plants in the Forest

When: March 10 

Where: Reptacular Ranch | 8828 Gold Creek Road Sylmar

What: Participants will discover the art of foraging and creating their brews or herbal sodas with local ingredients in this engaging and unique class. It delves into the yeast fermentation process and explores the plants, barks, roots, and mushrooms traditionally used for crafting wild beers, medicinal herb brews, and similar concoctions for thousands of years. The class highlights how some ingredients were chosen for their flavors, while others were valued for their dream-enhancing or medicinal properties.

 

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | March 8 – March 10 

76th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

When: March 8 

Where: Earl Warren Show Grounds, Calle Real, Santa Barbara

What: The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show is set to bloom at Earl Warren Showgrounds. The show offers a day pass for $20 or a 3-day pass for $30, with children 12 and under entering free with a paying adult. This event is organized by a non-profit 501(c)(3) to spread the joy and knowledge of orchids through its annual showcase.

County Line Cars and Coffee Event 

When: March 9 

Where: The Promenade at Westlake

What: Rev up your engines and gather with your fellow car enthusiasts at The Promenade. County Line Cars and Coffee brings together a range of vehicle types for casual car comradery. Coffee and donuts will be provided by Barrett Automotive. 

A&S STEAM Carnival at CSU Channel Islands

When: March 9 

Where: California State University Channel Islands

What: The School of Arts and Sciences (A&S) STEAM Carnival is a FREE event for the public that will be held from 2 – 5 PM on Saturday, March 9, 2024, in the Central Mall of the CSU Channel Islands campus! Parking and attendance at the STEAM Carnival is FREE. We ask that you register to indicate your interest in attending this event.