Spending the Day at Universal Studios | Out & About

With the arrival of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios, there is no better time to visit the SoCal park. Visiting Universal Studios Hollywood is an incredible experience. Likewise, with a bit of extra preparation, you’ll be navigating the park like a pro! Check out our tips now to ensure that nothing slows down your fun-filled day at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Planning Your Visit

Tickets for Universal Studios start at $109 for General Admission and go up to $349 for a VIP Experience. For those hoping to beat the lines in the Mushroom Kingdom, Universal Studios is offering Early Park Admission for Nintendo World. The pass gets you in one hour early before the park opens to the general public. Of course, the new addition to the park won’t officially open until February 17.  Children under the age of two receive free admission. Just make sure that little ones meet the required height for particular rides – it’s time for family fun at its best!

Once you have arrived at Universal Studios

Make sure to beat the crowd and maximize your fun at Universal Studios Hollywood! Get there early for a chance to experience all of its unique attractions. From exploring Harry Potter’s magical world, delving into Nintendo-themed adventures, or catching an unparalleled show – there’s something exciting waiting around every corner! Make planning even easier with their helpful app that provides ride wait times, restaurant locations, and so much more. Plus, you can stay connected while adventuring through the park; complimentary WiFi is available throughout!

Tips on Rides and Shows

Looking for a quick and easy way to ride without splitting up from your group? Single Riders Line is the solution! Plus, did you know that with their “child switch” program, adults can take turns waiting in line, so everyone gets to experience all the attractions?! But when it comes to Ollivanders Wand Shop – you won’t need an express pass because no one ever does. This line quickly builds early on as kids and parents alike pick out magical wands of their own, so they’re ready to cast spells throughout Wizarding World. If you visit Universal Studios, make sure to catch The Studio Tour! Guests will get to see some of the most iconic movies that have been filmed, like JAWS and Psycho. In addition to that, you’ll also get to experience King Kong 360-3D and a ride-along tour with the cast of Fast & The Furious, a hyper-realistic journey with a crazy car chase adventure.


Where to Dine in Universal Studios

Get a taste of Britain without having to cross the pond! Gather up your friends and experience a magical meal at The Three Broomsticks in Wizarding World, where you can enjoy Fish & Chips, Beef Sunday Roast, Shepherd’s Pie—and even “The Great Feast” for larger groups. Or head over to Springfield, U.S.A., full of restaurants from beloved TV show favorites that will have everyone grinning with delight! Looking for something Mario and Luigi approved? The highly anticipated Toadstool Cafe offers a range of dishes that you won’t want to miss.

Weekend Events | February 3 – February 5

The first week of February has arrived, and there are plenty of fun local things to do. From more lunar new year celebrations to free museum day and more, we have you covered. Read this week’s round-up of events in your neighborhood!

Los Angeles Weekend Events | February 3 – February 5 

Museums Free-For-All

When: February 5 

Where: Various locations

What: This Sunday, check off your cultural bucket list for free! Over 30 incredible museums around the city are dropping their admission fees. From exploring film history at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to learning about Japanese-American culture at the National Museum, there’s something captivating and educational waiting just for you – you’ll only need to pay extra if special exhibitions require a ticket or parking. Get ready to explore without breaking your bank account!

Listening by Moonrise

When: February 5 

Where: Chinatown

What: This February, be immersed in an unforgettable experience celebrating Black History Month. Head over to Clockshop’s quarterly sound series alongside the majestic L.A. River! Enjoy captivating readings from Mandy Harris Williams and Leah Thomas, as well as powerful performances by Tonina – all while soaking up nature’s beauty. Plus, there’ll also be delicious eats provided by Hugh’s Hot Bowls available for a perfect picnic atmosphere, so don’t miss out on this unique celebration of culture right here in Los Angeles!

Regeneration Summit: A Celebration of Black Cinema

When: February 3 – February 5

Where: Academy Museum

What: Attend three days of workshops, panels, screenings, and live entertainment tied to the Academy Museum’s excellent “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971.”

 

Westside and Beach Communities | February 3 – February 5 

Puppy Bowl Pup Rally

When: February 4

Where: Playa Vista

What: Who needs football when you can have an amazing pup rally? Enjoy your day with furry friends at L.A.’s Wallis Annenberg PetSpace! Get ready for a tail-wagging good time full of photo ops, snacks (yum!), and agility games that’ll keep everyone entertained. Plus, there will be you can grab a bite from Vurger Guyz food truck and some caffeine from Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co.

Ubu the King

When: Until February 5

Where: Culver City

What: Culver City’s the Actors’ Gang marks its 40th anniversary by reviving this absurd Alfred Jarry satire with new direction from artistic director Tim Robbins.

Astra Lumina

When: Until January 15, 2023

Where: Rancho Palos Verdes

What: Stroll through a garden illuminated by celestial-inspired lights during this year-end event at South Coast Botanic Garden. Astra Lumina will set up about an hour-long nighttime trail through the Palos Verdes garden, with eight starry installations along the way.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | February 3 – February 5

Yoga in the Park

When: February 4 

Where: Verdugo Park | Glendale, CA

What: Enjoy a morning of yoga, inspiring music, fresh air, refreshments, and community. Part of the new “Go Heart” wellness program – this event is free to the public. The project is a partnership between Adventist Health, the American Heart Association, YMCA, local wellness studios, and many others to support healthy hearts and stronger communities.

Valentine’s Love & Paint

When: February 4 

Where: Belgium Waffle Haus | Studio City

What: Fall in love again this Valentine’s Season! Enjoy painting, champagne, and goodies with a live acoustic performance of beloved love songs. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience. 

Crafts and Beer

When: February 5 

Where: San Fernando Brewing Company | San Fernando

What: Do you have an interest in paper crafting? Have you ever wondered how to make beautiful paper flower art for your home? This Sunday, the San Fernando Brewing Company invites you to join them for an afternoon of beer and crafting. Likewise, an excellent duo.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | February 3 – February 5 

Moorpark Groundhog Day 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run

When: February 4 

Where: 4500 Tierra Rejada | Moorpark

What: This Saturday, round up the family for a day of fun and fitness at Moorpark High School’s Groundhog Day 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run! Everyone – from elite athletes to leisurely joggers to kids 11 and under – can find something exciting with live music, finisher medals, t-shirts… and even more surprises along the way. Plus, all proceeds go back into our school’s cross-country programs, so you know your presence will make an impact in our community. So get ready – it’ll be a race worth running!

Conejo Valley Cars & Coffee Meetup 

When: February 4

Where: 350 W Hillcrest Drive | Thousand Oaks

What: Conejo Valley Cars and Coffee meets every first and third Saturday of the month from 7am to 10am at the Firestone Auto Center, The Oaks Mall, 598 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The general public and car aficionados are welcome to enjoy classics, muscle cars, and exotics. 

Chinese New Year Celebration in Thousand Oaks

When: February 4

Where: Fred Kavli Theater | Thousand Oaks

What: The Chinese New Year Celebration returns to the Bank of America Performing Arts Center this Saturday. This is an annual event organized by the Conejo Chinese Cultural Association (CCCA) for more than 30 years. Each year, over 300 children and adults participate in stage performances, with about 200 volunteers helping organize, direct, and produce this event.

 

Exploring Long Beach | Out & About

Long Beach, California, is a vibrant and exciting city with a wide range of attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy. Whether you’re a local resident or just passing through, there’s always something to do in this bustling coastal community.

For a delightful bite to eat in Long Beach

 

One of the best ways to experience the city is to explore its vibrant food scene. Long Beach has a thriving restaurant culture, with a diverse range of cuisine options that will suit every taste and budget. Whether you’re in the mood for fresh seafood, gourmet burgers, or authentic Mexican cuisine, you’re sure to find something that you’ll love.

Ammatoli Mediterranean Bites

Ammatoli is a vibrant Downtown Long Beach restaurant owned by Dima and Sam Habibeh, serving up authentic Levant region cuisine. Enjoy exotic delicacies from Iraq to Israel on beautiful plates as if you were dining in the Mediterranean! Alongside your meal experience, tea service is like no other – an immersive journey awaits at Ammatoli.

Gusto Bread

Step into the world of Gusto and discover a magical bakery that has earned national recognition for its delicious pastries, boules, baguettes, cookies – and much more. Come take a look at their daily selection or order ahead online! Head Baker Arturo Enciso has been creating wonders in this Long Beach kitchen since they moved to a larger space earlier last year.

The Nest: A Breakfast Joint 

At the Nest, Antonio Appling serves up a unique blend of Southern hospitality and SoCal vibes. Not to be missed are his famous biscuits ‘n gravy – but for something totally unexpected, try the breakfast torta with roasted pork; you won’t regret it!

If you’re in the mood for some retail therapy, Long Beach is also home to a variety of great shopping destinations. From local boutiques and specialty stores to large department stores and shopping centers, there’s something for every shopping taste.

Places to shop in Long Beach

The Pike Outlets:

A large shopping and entertainment complex that features a variety of high-end and budget-friendly retailers, as well as a range of dining options and entertainment venues.

Retro Row:

A quirky and fun shopping district that is home to a variety of vintage clothing stores, retro furniture shops, and unique boutiques.

Shoreline Village:

A charming outdoor shopping and dining destination. Shoreline Village overlooks the picturesque Long Beach Harbor. This fun shopping area offers visitors a variety of shops, restaurants, and attractions to enjoy.

 

No matter how long you’re in Long Beach, there’s always something to do and explore in this dynamic coastal city.  Likewise, you can expect a great experience in one of California’s most popular destinations.

Weekend Events | January 27 – January 29

And just like that, it’s the final weekend in January. With 2023 in full swing, there is plenty of fun to be had around town. Enjoy all the happenings in your neighborhood this January 27 through January 29. 

LOS ANGELES WEEKEND EVENTS | January 27 – January 29 

Uncorked Wine Festival

When: January 28

Where: DTLA
What: Spend the perfect Saturday exploring Union Station’s Uncorked Wine Fest, featuring more than 150 different varieties of wine! From 5-9 pm (or 6-10 pm for VIPs!), attendees can sample a variety of delicious drinks while also enjoying good food from local trucks and live music. Grab your ticket today to experience an evening filled with great company and tasty beverages…and perhaps discover some new favorite wines along the way.

Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival

When: January 28

Where: Chinatown

What: Experience the vibrant sights, sounds, and tastes of one of Los Angeles’ oldest traditions – the 124th Chinese New Year celebration! Don’t miss out on Saturday’s Golden Dragon Parade as it snakes through Chinatown from Hill and Ord Streets to Broadway and Cesar Chavez. Revelers can expect a truly captivating spectacle along with delightful culinary delights outside during its 1 to 3 pm time frame.

Judd Apatow

When: January 27

Where: La Cienega

What: From humble beginnings as a small-town Long Island kid to the pinnacle of comedy directing, Judd Apatow’s story is one of incredible hard work and success. You can catch him along with some famous friends at his “Judd Apatow & Friends” shows or surprise visits to The Comedy Store!

 

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS | January 27 – January 29 

Stand Up for Pups

When: January 27

Where: Annenberg PetSpace | Playa Vista

What: Get ready to laugh and have a paw-some time at the Annenberg PetSpace Comedy Show! Take your furry friend along for some good old-fashioned canine fun. Enjoy jokes from top talent like Ian Edwards, Dana Moon, Callahan Welsh, Darran Davis, and Justin Klose – all hosted by Caitlin Benson with music from DJ VFRESH. Tickets come complete with two drinks so you can raise your glass (or bowl) in support of the Extraordinary Care Fund – now that’s truly something to bark about!

Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place

When: January 28

Where: Santa Monica

What: Santa Monica Place is celebrating the Lunar New Year with an array of festivities, including ethereal lion dances, whimsical balloon and dough artworks, and enchanting cherry blossom wishing trees! Make sure to take part in all these magical experiences before they’re gone.

Astra Lumina

When: Until February 15

Where: Rolling Hills

What: Take your winter night to new heights with Astra Lumina – an illuminating event at the South Coast Botanic Garden. You will be guided along a magical hour-long nighttime trail featuring eight breathtaking celestial installations that are sure to sparkle among the stars!

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | January 27 – January 29 

Pup Without Borders Howliday Party!

When: January 29

Where: 6628 Van Nuys Blvd

What: Put on your party hats; it’s time to celebrate! Pups Without Borders is proud to present its first-ever (belated) Howliday Party – a magical night of delicious food and drinks combined with fun pup activities. Plus, enjoy the expertise of globally acclaimed wedding planner Stef Cove and Company, who have pulled out all the stops for this special holiday event. Get ready for an unforgettable evening that you won’t soon forget!

Home Composting & Urban Gardening Workshop

When: Every 4th Saturday of the Month

Where: Lopez Canyon Environmental Center | Sylmar

What: Learn how to transform your kitchen and yard scraps into valuable fertilizer! A team of ten green waste specialists from LA Sanitation & Environment are here to provide essential advice on composting. In the second part of our workshop, we’ll cover monthly urban gardening topics alongside friends from LADWP, who will be sharing water-saving tips and rebate information – get ready for some real growth in sustainability!

Bob Baker Marionette Theater Presents ‘The Circus’

When: Until March 26 

Where: Highland Park

What: Celebrate the Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s diamond jubilee with a spectacular show featuring over one hundred handcrafted marionettes! Enjoy an array of clowns and elephants — inspired by the big top circus. Founded in 1940s Los Angeles by the late great puppeteer Bob Baker, this classic performance predates both its current Highland Park location as well as previous sites where it was first staged for local department store window displays.

 

CONEJO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | January 27 – January 29 

Emergency Preparedness Fair

When: January 28 

Where: 1600 Erbes Rd, Thousand Oaks

What: From presentations on topics like Evacuation 101, Water Storage, Alternative Energy, CPR/First Aid, and The Well-Stocked Pantry to hands-on activities with the Fire Department’s Touch-A-Truck event – there is something for everyone. Kids will love their special Puppet Show about water safety, as well as having chances to win preparedness items in our raffle drawings. Join and make sure you are prepared in case of an emergency!

Sombrero Half Marathon, 5K and 10K in Simi Valley

When: January 29

Where: 1765 Royal Ave, Simi Valley

What: Come join the fun at this year’s Sombrero Half Marathon, 5K and 10K! Enjoy a mostly flat course with post-race tacos to celebrate your success on Sunday, January 29th. Starting off bright and early in 2023 – don’t miss it!

Malibu Wine Tasting Experience

When: January 28

Where: 3835 Cross Creek Rd | Malibu

What: Make the afternoon magical with a unique Malibu Wine Tour – sip delicious wines, soak up gorgeous views and enjoy some time at idyllic beaches. Whether you’re visiting or flying solo, make memories to last a lifetime!

 

Weekend Events | January 20 – January 22

The weekend has arrived, and so has our round-up of fun local things to do. This January 20 through January 22, step out into your neighborhood and explore. From Lunar New Year celebrations to art exhibits and more, there is plenty of fun to be had!

LOS ANGELES WEEKEND EVENTS | January 20 – January 22

Sounds of L.A.

When: January 21 – March 19 

Where: Westside

What: Enjoy the sounds of a vibrant music scene at this free series, presented by the Getty. Discover up-and-coming talent from January’s REBOLÚ and February’s Los Cenzontles & Los Originarios del Plan, with an exciting third act yet to be announced for March!

Lunar New Year Festival in Monterey Park

When: January 21-January 22

Where: Monterey Park

What: Celebrate the Lunar New Year in style at this two-day extravaganza taking over five blocks in Downtown Monterey Park! Be dazzled by folk art and delicious eats, bask in a carnival zone atmosphere, and marvel as firecrackers light up the sky, accompanied by dragon and lion dances. This vibrant street fair has attracted more than 100,000 people, so make sure to plan ahead!

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

When: January 20 

Where: La Cienega 

What: From Elizabethan dialogue to British accents, this Chicago-based improv show uses a variety of Shakespearian devices in unexpectedly delightful ways. Enthusiastically received by audiences across the city, its success speaks volumes for how good improvisers can truly shine when given free rein!

 

WESTSIDE & BEACH COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS | January 20 – January 22 

Dog Walking Hours at South Coast Botanic Garden

When: January 22 

Where: South Coast Botanical Garden

What: Calling all animal-loving adventurers! Now is the perfect time to explore 87 acres of lush greenery with your furry sidekick. Palos Verdes South Coast Botanical Gardens; their dog-friendly series welcomes you and your pup every third Sunday, so don’t forget to make a human reservation in advance—and keep those leashes securely fastened at all times for an unforgettable day out together!

Astra Lumina

When: Until January 15

Where: Rolling Hills

What: Take your winter night to new heights with Astra Lumina – an illuminating event at the South Coast Botanic Garden. You will be guided along a magical hour-long nighttime trail featuring eight breathtaking celestial installations that are sure to sparkle among the stars!

Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories

When: Until March 12

Where: Skirball Cultural Center

What: Explore the longstanding legacy of American quilt makers and their powerful stories at Skirball’s celebration. In an immersive exhibition featuring 40 celebrated artists plus a complementary showcase in response to COVID-19, “Together for Good: Caron Tabb and The Quilting Corner”, visitors will also experience the outdoor sculpture by Chloë Bass as part of this pioneering commemorative event.

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | January 20 – January 22 

Goat Yoga Hike

When: January 22

Where: Burbank Foothills

What: Unwind and reconnect with nature during an all-levels yoga experience led by Rae Scharfman. Embark on a journey to the canyon trailhead, where you’ll strengthen your core, open up your heart, and smile as you deepen stretches along the way!

Under the Pine

When: January 22 

Where: Burbank

What: Spend a magical evening listening to talented local artists perform under the stars, surrounded by gorgeous pine trees in Burbank! Come hear amazing music and create unforgettable memories.

VALLEY RELICS MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

When: Every Saturday and Sunday

Where: 16781 Stagg Street Hangar C3 & C4 | Van Nuys

What: Visit the Valley’s beloved museum of Pop Culture this weekend! The Valley Relics Museum invites you to join them for a day full of nostalgia and fun. Their one-of-a-kind museum.

 

CONEJO VALLEY COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS | January 20 – January 22 

Bridal Premiere Wedding Expo 

When: January 22, 2023

Where: Hyatt Regency | Westlake 

What: Plan your Dream Wedding at the 40th Anniversary of the Bridal Premiere Wedding Expo! The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Westlake, 880 S. Westlake Blvd. in Westlake Village, on Sunday, January 22nd, from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. 

Ventura County Astronomical Society Presentation “Comet Observing”

When: January 20

Where: Moorpark

What: Charles S. Morris has been witness to a spectacular celestial show — over 300 comets! Inviting an audience along for the journey, he’ll provide insight into visualizing these wondrous objects of our night sky and offer tips on digital photography alongside them. Immerse yourself in some of his breathtaking images as Charles shares what contributions everyday stargazers can make to science before culminating by highlighting significant comet appearances coming up in 2023.

Underwater Parks Day Festival at Sea Center in Santa Barbara

When: January 21

Where: 211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara

What: The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center located on Stearns Wharf is offering free admission to its Underwater Parks Day Festival on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 10:00 AM–3:00 PM, thanks to support from the Moeller Lab at UC Santa Barbara.

 

Exploring Pasadena | Out & About

Southern California has much to offer, and Pasadena stands out as a wonderful destination for those seeking the perfect place to settle down. Before taking this important step in your life, plan a visit – you’ll be able to explore everything from exciting sites and delectable dining options to shopping areas and recreational activities, differentiating each area of interest. Immerse yourself in all that Pasadena offers – one glimpse may convince you that it’s exactly where home should be!

What to See

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

Immerse yourself in beauty and culture located within a magnificent library! From viewing masterpieces of art to taking calming, peaceful strolls through the botanical gardens, this magical destination has something for everyone.

The Craftsman Style Homes

After a day of exploring the city’s fascinating attractions, you won’t want to miss checking out Pasadena’s charming Craftsman-style houses? These lovely bungalows are renowned for their attention to detail and aesthetic charm – perfect for making that dream move come true.

Where to Dine

Bistro 45

Enjoy a sophisticated evening experience at Bistro 45. Indulge in exquisite French cuisine and explore an expansive menu with something to satisfy any craving – from succulent seafood, classic pizza dishes, or hearty pasta plates. Enjoy intimate dinner service as well as exclusive events for even more unforgettable memories!

Sushi Roku

For a truly special experience, treat yourself and your loved ones to exquisite Japanese dishes in the luxurious atmosphere of this exclusive dining establishment. From succulent steak courses to sushi platters that look almost too perfect for consumption, you’ll be dazzled by both the taste and presentation of every delectable bite.

Places to Shop

Colorado Boulevard is a bustling street in Pasadena, California that offers something to enjoy for everyone – from solo outlets providing relaxation and respite, to vibrant shopping experiences with your closest friends.

The Paseo

The Paseo is the perfect one-stop spot for your shopping and dining needs. Discover a variety of beloved retailers, as well as scrumptious food court options ready to satisfy any craving.

Old Town Pasadena

Old Town is a great place to shop locally! Explore the unique offerings of local small businesses like All Love Collections, Blick Art Materials, and C’est La Vie Clothing. It’s an unexpected adventure in every corner you turn!

Places for Fun

Regency Theatres

Enjoy a timeless experience at the cinema, just off Pasadena’s Main street! Tuesday nights offer a special selection of classic films, and after the movie ends, you can take your kids to play in our nearby game room.

The Rose Bowl

Come to enjoy the best of both worlds – sports and performances! From cheering on your team at the latest events to indulging in a music and arts festival. There is something for everyone here year-round.

As your exploration of Pasadena continues, the city starts to feel less like a destination and more like home. From its exciting activities to tantalizing cuisine, you can envision yourself making this vibrant place part of your future!

Weekend Events | January 13 -January 15, 2023

Another holiday weekend is underway, and it’s an ideal time to step out and explore the neighborhood. Check out local events happening for MLK weekend, this January 13 through January 16! 

Los Angeles Weekend Events | January 13 – January 15 

Simone Forti

When: January 14 – January 15

Where: DTLA

What: From her mesmerizing lo-fi Dance Constructions to decades of drawings, videos and holograms – delve into the diverse artistry of Simone Forti during this comprehensive MOCA exhibition. Experience firsthand how she explores movement through sculpture together with contemporary dance in a captivating dialogue between visual arts and choreography.

iHeartRadio ALTer Ego

When: January 14

Where: The Forum | Inglewood 

What: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, Muse, Fall Out Boy, Phoenix, CHVRCHES, Beach Weather, and Rosa Linn top this radio-friendly rock fest at the Forum.

Mean Girls

When: Until January 29

Where: The Pantages | Hollywood

What: Tina Fey’s Broadway debut is a hit, blending elements of the dark comedy Heathers with the ’90s classic Hairspray. It has received rave reviews from Time Out New York in a four-star rating, describing it as “tart but sweet”. Don’t miss out on this must-see production!

 

Westside & Beach Communities Weekend Events | January 13 – January 15 

Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America

When: Until May 15

Where: Peter and Susan Barrett Art Gallery | Santa Monica

What: Join us at the Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery in Santa Monica College to celebrate Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America, created by Matika Wilbur from Tulalip & Swinomish Tribes. Meet Matika herself on Oct 11th (6-8 pm) as you explore this unique exhibition that will be visible until May 15, 2023. Admission is free!

Astra Lumina

When: Until January 15, 2023

Where: Rancho Palos Verdes

What: Stroll through a garden illuminated by celestial-inspired lights during this year-end event at South Coast Botanic Garden. Astra Lumina will set up about an hour-long nighttime trail through the Palos Verdes garden, with eight starry installations along the way.

Justin Roiland: Debut

When: Until January 21, 2023

Where: Beverly Hills

What: Rick and Morty co-creator (and titular voice actor) Justin Roiland debuts his stellar work for all to see. View stunning acrylic-on-canvas paintings of his colorful, familiar characters during this UTA Artist Space exhibition.

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | January 13 – January 15 

Rembrandt Perfected, A World Premiere

When: January 13 – January 22 

Where: The Main | 24266 Main Street Santa Clarita

What: An 1839 meeting between Louis Daguerre and Samuel Morse turns into a wild scheme to identify the first human ever depicted in a photograph.

VALLEY RELICS MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

When: Every Saturday and Sunday

Where: 16781 Stagg Street Hangar C3 & C4 | Van Nuys

What: Visit the Valley’s beloved museum of Pop Culture this weekend! The Valley Relics Museum invites you to join them for a day full of nostalgia and fun. Their one-of-a-kind museum.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater: 60 Years of Joy & Wonder

When: Until March 19 

Where: Glendale

What: Celebrating 60 years of captivating entertainment, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s Museum at Forest Lawn Glendale proudly displays an array of historical pieces, including puppets, concept art, archival photos, and even an animatronic musical ensemble. Come join us as we commemorate this iconic theater!

 

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | January 13 – January 15 

Malibu Wine Tasting Experience

When: January 14

Where: Malibu Country Mart

What: What could be better than an afternoon of beaches, great views, and WINE? All that and more is waiting for you on this Malibu Wine Tour!

Ventura County’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Program Celebration

When: January 16, 10am – 11am

Where: 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard

What: The 37th Annual Ventura County Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is Monday, January 16, 2023, and will start at 8 a.m. with a gathering at Plaza Park, 500 South C Street in Downtown Oxnard, followed by a “Freedom March” to the Oxnard Performing Arts Center (OPAC), 800 Hobson Way.

CSUCI Presents Free Webinar on Ancient Nubian Jewels

When: January 16, 10am – 11am

Where: Via Zoom

What: Join CSUCI’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for an exclusive virtual tour of ancient Nubian jewels, as narrated by Getty Villa docent Scott Jones! This free Zoom webinar will provide a unique opportunity to explore the captivating history behind these precious artifacts – some dating back to 2500 B.C. Be sure to mark your calendars on Monday, Jan 16, from 10 – 11 a.m., and take advantage of this one-time online experience featuring rare pieces loaned exclusively from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston!

Visiting Your Local Museums | Out and About

Los Angeles has plenty to offer on a rainy day, and what better way is there than to fill it with culture at one of the many museums in town? From LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) to MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), the city’s vast selection of famed art can be experienced without leaving your doorstep. Check out our list for more information about current exhibitions and museum details so you have no excuse not to indulge yourself in some dazzling artwork!

LACMA | Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LACMA’s collections are impressive and provide visitors the chance to explore works from across centuries, regions, and cultures. Discover stunning masterpieces of modernism, large-scale contemporary pieces, and traditional Japanese screens at one of the top local museums. At LACMA, you’ll find some of Los Angeles’s most superb special exhibitions.

Current Exhibits: Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group, 1938–1945 [December 18, 2022 – June 19, 2023]; The Five Directions: Lacquer Through East Asia [December 18, 2022 – April 16, 2023]; Afro-Atlantic Histories [December 11, 2022 – September 10, 2023]; Marley Freeman, ones former other one, 2021, New Abstracts: Recent Acquisitions [November 12, 2022 – May 29, 2023], 1947 Pressing Politics: Revolutionary Graphics from Mexico and Germany [October 29, 2022 – July 22, 2023]; Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890–1980 [October 9, 2022 – February 5, 2023]; Robert Budzinski’s Faces of Humanity, Reexamining the Grotesque: Selections from the Robert Gore Rifkind Collection [September 24, 2022 – March 5, 2023]

Hours:

Monday 11 am–6 pm
Tuesday 11 am–6 pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 11 am–6 pm
Friday 11 am–8 pm
Saturday 10 am–7 pm
Sunday 10 am–7 pm

Closed on Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

More info.

Getty Center

When it comes to local museums, The Getty is a must. Perched atop its hillside residence, the J. Paul Getty Trust boasts an impressive collection of art and artifacts in both its original Villa home as well as newer center pavilions – all open to explore with free admission. Offering a unique perspective on L.A.’s landscape from Downtown vistas to Westward views of hillsides and oceans, visitors have the opportunity to experience Impressionist pieces, ornate French furniture displays, and rotating exhibitions over this remarkable site.

Current Exhibits: Uta Barth: Peripheral Vision [November 15, 2022–February 19, 2023], In Dialogue [October 25, 2022–March 5, 2023], Códice Maya de México [October 18, 2022–January 15, 2023], Dutch Drawings from a Collector’s Cabinet [October 11, 2022–January 15, 2023], Eighteenth-Century Pastels [August 30, 2022–February 26, 2023], J. Paul Getty Life and Legacy
[May 25, 2021–Ongoing]

Hours: Open 10 am–5:30 pm | Saturday 10 am–9 pm

Closed Mondays
Holiday closures: Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1

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Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

With the bequest of entrepreneur Henry E. Huntington, Los Angeles is home to one of the most enjoyable attractions in the region today. Offering a unique blend of art, library holdings, and vast outdoor spaces worthy of exploration for an entire day – from Gutenberg Bible to stunningly landscaped Japanese gardens, every corner exudes essentiality! Delightful leisure awaits visitors aiming for full appreciation rather than making it a mad rush experience.

Current Exhibits: Method and Material: Tempera Painting in Focus
[Feb. 26–March 13, 2023], Gee’s Bend: Shared Legacy [Sept. 17, 2022–Sept. 4, 2023], Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts [Dec. 10, 2022–March 27, 2023], Crafting a Garden: Inside the Creation of Liu Fang Yuan [Oct. 22, 2022–May 29, 2023]

Hours:

Monday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

 

The last ticketed entry time is 4 p.m.

The Huntington is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Independence Day.

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The Broad

As far as modern art museums go, The Broad stands out both inside and out. At this downtown museum, you’ll find a contemporary art experience like no other. Admirers of Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, and more can explore two Infinity Mirror Rooms as well as an extensive collection featuring 2,000 post-war pieces from some of our favorite artists. Venture out into the plaza for tranquility among olive trees before grabbing a scrumptious bite at Otium restaurant with its French Laundry influence from Timothy Hollingsworth himself!

Current Exhibits:  William Kentridge: In Praise of Shadows [Nov 12 – Apr 09, 2023]

Coming Soon:  Keith Haring: Art is for Everybody [May 27 – Oct 08, 2023]

Hours:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday  11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Closed: Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

The standby line closes 60-90 minutes before the museum closes and may close earlier on busy days.

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Weekend Events | January 6-8, 2023

The first weekend of January is here, and with it comes a few days of fun. Enjoy all that your neighborhood has to offer in weekend events. Check out our blog below for exciting happenings all around town!

Los Angeles Weekend Events | January 6-8, 2023

Oshogatsu Family Festival

When: January 8, 2023

Where: Little Tokyo

What: Join the Japanese American National Museum in celebrating the Year of the Rabbit! This free family day event has something for everyone, from rice-pounding rituals and calligraphy demonstrations to scavenger hunts and origami crafts. Delight young minds with exciting games while older generations can appreciate ancient traditions – all at this unique cultural experience.

Smorgasburg LA

When: Until December 17, 2023

Where: DTLA 

What: The Sunday market at ROW DTLA is the perfect opportunity to explore an eclectic selection of culinary delights. Discover delectable dishes from fan favorites alongside up-and-coming foodie stars, like The Golden Skewer, Shlap Muan, and Rad Na Silom’s Thai Town specialties!

Topgolf Live at Dodger Stadium

When: Until January 15 

Where: Dodger Stadium | Echo Park

What: Get the ultimate golf experience at Dodger Stadium this January! Swing a club from Topgolf on the concourse level and watch as your shots land on field targets. Whether you’re playing for yourself or just taking advantage of incredible sightseeing opportunities, prices range from $10 – $140, depending on the day. Don’t miss out – hit those home runs while they’re still in season!

Westside & Beach Communities Weekend Events | January 6-8, 2023

Astra Lumina

When: Until January 15

Where: Rolling Hills

What: Take your winter night to new heights with Astra Lumina – an illuminating event at the South Coast Botanic Garden. You will be guided along a magical hour-long nighttime trail, featuring eight breathtaking celestial installations that are sure to sparkle among the stars!

Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories

When: Until March 12

Where: Skirball Cultural Center

What: Explore the longstanding legacy of American quilt makers and their powerful stories at Skirball’s celebration. In an immersive exhibition featuring 40 celebrated artists plus a complementary showcase in response to COVID-19, “Together for Good: Caron Tabb and The Quilting Corner”, visitors will also experience the outdoor sculpture by Chloë Bass as part of this pioneering commemorative event.

Babies! at the Aquarium of the Pacific

When: Until April 30

Where: Aquarium of the Pacific | Long Beach

What: Dive into the vibrant world of sea babies at “Babies!”, a new exhibition from the Aquarium of the Pacific. Come admire miniature jellies and other tiny aquatic creatures, as well as learn their stories – which range from how they were born through to how they are cared for by institution staff. Don’t forget to check out some furry friends too in the otter habitat!

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | January 6-8, 2023

VALLEY RELICS MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

When: Every Saturday and Sunday

Where: 16781 Stagg Street Hangar C3 & C4 | Van Nuys

What: Visit the Valley’s beloved museum of Pop Culture this weekend! The Valley Relics Museum invites you to join them for a day full of nostalgia and fun. Their one-of-a-kind museum.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater: 60 Years of Joy & Wonder

When: Until March 19 

Where: Glendale 

What: The museum atop Forest Lawn’s Glendale cemetery is celebrating 60 years of the beloved Bob Baker Marionette Theater with a display of about 100 historical pieces, including puppets, concept art, archival photos, and an animatronic band.

All-Age Skate Night

When: January 7 

Where: Moonlight Rollerway | Glendale

What: Get your roll on this Saturday at Moonlight Rollerway’s All-age skate night. The Saturday night skate will be for all ages from 8 PM to 11 PM, with tickets required for entry.

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | January 6-8, 2023

Malibu Wine Tasting Experience

When: January 8

Where: 3835 Cross Creek Rd | Malibu

What: Make the afternoon magical with a unique Malibu Wine Tour – sip delicious wines, soak up gorgeous views and enjoy some time at idyllic beaches. Whether you’re visiting or flying solo, make memories to last a lifetime!

Beatles Tribute by Britain’s Finest

When: January 7 

Where: The Canyon | Agoura Hills

What: Gather your family and friends; we’ve got a show for you! Britain’s Finest offers an exciting evening filled with energy and singing. Feed the inner Beatles fan in you; this is as close to seeing them live as one can get without actually being there. With songs anyone of any age will enjoy, it’ll be guaranteed fun for all who attend.

Channel Islands Harbor Sunday Farmers Market

When: January 8 

Where: Channel Islands Harbor Farmers Market | Oxnard

What: Take a Sunday stroll along the waterfront and explore an array of delightful shopping options at our Farmer’s Market. From fresh-picked fruits and vegetables to baked goods, gardening supplies, and arts & crafts – there is something for everyone! What better way to spend your afternoon than with friends or family? Relax in a safe environment full of music & entertainment while you shop until your heart’s content!

Discover Westlake Village | Out & About

Nestled near the majestic Pacific Ocean, Westlake Village offers families a unique combination of vast outdoor spaces and tranquil amenities. From picturesque hiking trails to pampering spas and world-class golf courses – it’s no surprise that this charming city is now recognized as one of the premier places to raise a family in America!

Things to do in Westlake Village

Venture through the Santa Monica Mountains

The Santa Monica Mountains constitute a majestic, Mediterranean ecosystem that thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike can enjoy. The most popular attraction is the 67-mile (107-kilometer) Backbone trail, which has been designated a National Recreation Trail due to its beauty and variety of activities – from rock climbing to horseback riding, camping, or taking in stunning views. Whatever your passion may be, venturing into this picturesque environment will leave you feeling inspired!

Hit the green at Westlake Golf Course

Experience golfing like never before at the Westlake Golf Course! Constructed in 1967 by esteemed architect Ted Robinson, this course has plenty of offerings for every type of golfer – from a night-light driving range and pro shop to nine teaching professionals. Plus, enjoy dining options onsite with their friendly bar and snack bar. Step up your game amidst lakeside views and tree-lined fairways – make it an unforgettable day out today!

Wander through one of the city’s six parks

If you’re looking for a fun and safe place to bring your kids, Westlake Village’s parks are the perfect spots! With six wonderful playgrounds – Berniece Bennett, Canyon Oaks, Foxfield Russell Ranch, Three Springs Park, and Westlake Community Park – there is sure to be something that will excite every child. Hours vary, but most of these lovely locations can be enjoyed from dawn until dusk.

Where to Stay in Westlake Village

Staycation at the Westlake Village Inn

Enjoy a luxurious getaway at the Westlake Village Inn, where enchanting greenery and crystal-clear waters transport you to your own serene world. From Tuscan-inspired gardens to an idyllic lake that will take your breath away – plus premier amenities including a boutique bar & winery, spa, restaurant & lounge as well as Mediterranean style pool – it’s no wonder this is one of Southern California’s favorite spots for relaxation or celebration!

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

Escape the hustle and bustle of LA at the luxurious Four Seasons, Westlake Village. Relax with a round of golf or in-resort activities like wine tastings, an arcade room, a yoga class on grassy knolls, or just take a nap in one of many hammocks. Recharge your batteries even more with massage treatments followed by Champagne brunch to top off this perfect getaway!

Dine & Sip in Westlake Village

Coin & Condor

Let your taste buds travel to California with Coin & Candor’s forward-thinking menu found at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. Feast on locally sourced favorites like Chicken and Waffles for brunch. For any time of day, indulge in classic dishes such as Baja California red Snapper. You won’t be disappointed!

Spend the day touring a winery

There are several wine shops in Westlake that do tastings which are Nabu Winery and Wade’s Wines. However, if you don’t like viewing a vineyard, you can check out the Epona Estate. Both a ranch and vineyard, the Epona Estate contains 40 acres.