When visiting, or living in Los Angeles, there are so many different and unique events and activities going on that it can be overwhelming. One thing I always appreciated were recommendations from friends and colleagues about different activities, and I hope this list can help you navigate what to do in Los Angeles. Here are five of my favorite activities to do in Los Angeles:
-LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
LACMA is in Mid-City and has a lot of unique and engaging art exhibits. My favorite exhibit that is now permanent is the Rain Room. The Rain Room is an interactive exhibit where you get to walk through the rain. Another popular exhibit is the Urban Lights, which are outdoor street lamps that are organized in a particular order and look super cool at night. LACMA is probably the only art museum I’ve been to more than once.
-Night on Broadway
Night on Broadway is a free event in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). It is a one day art and music festival, and it has some of the coolest exhibits and performances that I have ever seen. My favorite performance was Flambé; they have people eating fire and a fire dunk tank. I had never seen anything like it, and it probably had the largest crowd. The was also a ferris wheel and food trucks up and down Broadway. The crowd is large, but it is spread out enough that it is manageable.
In my opinion, one of the coolest events in Los Angeles is Paley Fest. The festival goes on for a few weeks, and holds different panels and screenings of your favorite shows. A few years ago, I went to the Scandal Panel, and this year I am going to the Grey’s Anatomy one. They have different passes that you can buy depending on how many panels/screenings you want to attend. I typically pick one show that I LOVE and just buy a ticket to that.
One of the coolest things to do in Los Angeles is going to a taping of a TV or talk show. This way you get to see the behind the scenes of how a show is recorded, and you usually get to see the episode a day early! One perk of going to a taping is that they’re FREE- yes, you read that correctly. Going to see Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel, and TV shows is free, and sometimes they give you incentives to go or even prizes.
My final favorite thing to do in Los Angeles is going to a sporting event. Even though, I’m not from Los Angeles and I don’t root for Los Angeles teams, I still love attending a good game (especially if one of my Chicago teams is playing them). There are so many different sports and levels of sports (professional vs. collegiate) that you can pick from- USC, UCLA, Dodgers, Clippers, Lakers, Kings, etc. Depending on what sport and who they’re playing prices can vary for tickets, but usually they’re fairly cheap.
I hope my suggestions of things to do in Los Angeles helps you, and feel free to comment below if you want other types of activities!