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Rooftop Cinema Club is Back for 2019 Starting This Month

March 8, 2019 by Brian Champlin
Image via Rooftop Cinema Club

Rooftop Cinema Club, now in its fifth season in Los Angeles, has become a staple of the local outdoor movie screening scene, and this year they’re back with a robust lineup of films and food options.

RCC first started in London’s Shoreditch back in 2011. Founder Gerry Cottle Jr. brought the series (then called Rooftop Film Club) to L.A. in 2015, and it has evolved into one of the signature outdoor events series in the city, expanding to multiple venues and increasing the number of total screenings.

Rather than use an outdoor speaker system, guests relax in lawn chairs, watching films via a state-of-the-art projector while enjoying the movie’s audio via provided headphones. The rooftop setting and lounge appeal is accompanied by (either) food trucks or venue-specific menu options.

The series has two L.A. locations for 2019: NeueHouse in Hollywood and LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles. This year’s season kicks off on March 20 with a showing of La La Land at NeueHouse, and the schedule from there features a mixture of classics and newly released films.

If you’re looking for something interactive for this spring, both rooftop locations will host sing-a-longs screenings of Bohemian Rhapsody and Grease. Also of note, some of the screenings will feature special events, including a themed-night for Bridesmaids and a special post-screening Q&A for the 65th anniversary screening of Creature From The Black Lagoon.

Tickets for RCC start at $17 (plus booking fee) for general lounge seating. It’s $20 for the seat plus unlimited popcorn, and special ‘Rooftop Love Seats’ are $24 per person. All attendees must be 18+.

Check out the complete listings of upcoming films below (through April). If you wish to purchase tickets to any of the screenings, visit rooftopcinemaclub.com.

** Note that we’ll update this post as the screenings for the rest of 2019 are announced **

LEVEL DTLA Schedule

  • March 21- The Greatest Showman
  • March 22– Bohemian Rhapsody: Sing-along
  • March 23- A Star Is Born
  • March 26- La La Land
  • March 27- Purple Rain
  • March 28- Love, Simon
  • March 29- Grease: Sing-along
  • March 30- Dirty Dancing
  • April 2- Crazy Rich Asians
  • April 3- E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
  • April 4- Interview with the Vampire
  • April 5- Pretty Woman
  • April 6-10 Things I Hate About You
  • April 9- She’s All That
  • April 10- Fight Club
  • April 11- Get Out
  • April 12- Top Gun
  • April 13- Bohemian Rhapsody: Sing-along
  • April 16- Pretty in Pink
  • April 17- Bridesmaids (Themed night)
  • April 18- Magic Mike
  • April 19- The Greatest Showman
  • April 20- The Big Lebowski
  • April 23- The Bodyguard
  • April 24- Mean Girls
  • April 25- Leon The Professional
  • April 26- A Star is Born
  • April 27- Love & Basketball
  • April 30- Dirty Dancing

NeueHouse Schedule

  • March 20- La La Land 
  • March 21- Bohemian Rhapsody: Sing-along
  • March 22- A Star Is Born
  • March 23- Creature From The Black Lagoon (Special event)
  • March 24- Moulin Rouge
  • March 25- Grease: Sing-along  
  • March 26- Enchanted
  • March 27- Dirty Dancing
  • March 28- The Hate U Give  (Special event)
  • March 29- Singin’ In The Rain
  • March 30- The Greatest Showman
  • March 31-The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • April 1- Get Out
  • April 2- Rebel Without a Cause
  • April 3- The Notebook
  • April 4- 10 Things I Hate About You
  • April 5- A Star Is Born
  • April 6- Bohemian Rhapsody: Sing-along
  • April 7- Pretty Woman
  • April 8- Pulp Fiction
  • April 9- Clueless
  • April 10- The Crow
  • April 11- In The Mood For Love
  • April 12- Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
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Food, Happenings

You Can Get Free Coffee Bean This Weekend as Part of Wescom’s Annual Daylight Savings Promo

March 8, 2019 by Brian Champlin
Coffee Bean Mexican Hot Chocolate
Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Daylight savings time kicks off this Sunday, meaning you’re going to lose a precious hour of sleep as we step into spring time. On the plus side, there’s a caffeinated promo you can take advantage of if you’re looking for a free morning pick-me-up.

As in years past, Wescom Credit Union will mark the time transition by picking up the tab at 23 SoCal locations of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® starting on the morning of Sunday, March 10.

Wescom will pay beverage tabs, up to $15 per transaction, beginning the moment the doors open (location hours may vary) until $2,000 worth of bills are paid at each of the 23 stores listed below.

No special promo code or offer mention is necessary. Based on personal experience (I can’t say no to free coffee) Coffee Bean employees will inform every customer who steps through the doors about the offer, so I’d expect the tab to run out pretty quick, especially as the regularly Sunday morning coffee crowds show up.

In any case, enjoy the freebies!

2019 #WescomKindness Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® locations

Brea
Imperial & Randolph — 1080 E Imperial Hwy.

Baldwin Park
Garvey & Francisquito — 13916 Garvey Ave.

Costa Mesa
Newport & Harbor — 1835 Newport Blvd.

Culver City
Washington & Overland — 10705 Washington Blvd.

Encino 
Ventura & Woodley — 16101 Ventura Blvd.

Irvine
Irvine Spectrum Center — 628 Spectrum Center

Long Beach
Circle Center — 1996 Ximeno Ave.

Manhattan Beach
Rosecrans & Redondo — 1590 Rosecrans Ave.

Mission Viejo
Avery & Marguerite — 26281 Avery Pkwy.

Oxnard 
Rose & Lockwood — 2180 N. Rose Ave.

Palmdale 
10th St. & Rancho Vista — 39605 10th Street West

Pasadena 
Lake & Del Mar — 415 S Lake Ave.

Rancho Cucamonga 
Haven & Foothill — 8140 Haven Ave.

Redlands 
Orange Street Plaza — 528 Orange St.

Riverside 
Central & Riverside — Riverside Plaza — 3545 Central Ave.

Santa Ana 
Main & Memory — 2783 N. Main St.

Santa Ana 
17th Street & Tustin — 2264 17th St.

Simi Valley 
Tapo Canyon & Alamo — 2944-G Tapo Canyon Rd.

Torrance 
Hawthorne & Del Amo — 20301 Hawthorne Blvd.

Valencia
Westfield Valencia Center — 24201 Valencia Blvd.

Westwood 
Westwood & Weyburn — 950 Westwood Blvd.

Yorba Linda
Yorba Linda & Lakeview — 18503 Yorba Linda Blvd.

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Awesome Things to do in the Mountains of San Bernardino County (Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead and Wrightwood)

February 25, 2019 by Christina Champlin and Brian Champlin

The following is a sponsored collaboration between San Bernardino County and We Like L.A.

Alpine Pedal Path Big Bear Lake California
Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

As Southern Californians we sometimes hear phrases like ‘from the sand to the snow’ meant to suggest extraordinary days spent surfing in the morning and skiing in the afternoon. But who among us has actually lived that experience? How many take advantage of the marvelous geographic diversity that surrounds us? Who even just gets in their car and takes a drive to the mountains?

One of us (Brian) can probably count the number of times he’s been in snow on one hand. The other (Christina) has been on a skiing/snowboarding trip exactly once in her life. But when we were offered the opportunity a few weeks back to work with San Bernardino County to create content guides that specifically touched on the mountainous regions of the area, we jumped at the chance.

Our experience both informed and inspired us. Really it was just a lot of fun. We took a skiing lesson, rode horses, learned the history of two massive man-made lakes, walked a natural arboretum, and even hiked to a sacred site of the native Serrano people. And of course there was lots of time in between to find some delicious places to eat!

We visited three destinations in all: Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear, and Wrightwood. Belowe we’ve created a detailed rundown of our itinerary as a list of things to do, and then supplemented that list with some additional ideas that you may want to add to your own trip.

The notion is that you’ll take a look at the myriad activities, see a few that really speak to you, and then decide to plan your own trip. Or maybe you’re already in the stages of planning, and this just gives you an added layer of insight into what you might like to do.

With this year’s snow fall packing the mountains more than any time in recent memory, now is the time to plan an awesome adventure just a short drive away.

So let’s get planning!

On the water of Lake Arrowhead
Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

Getting to Lake Arrowhead

It’s about a 90-minute drive to Lake Arrowhead from Los Angeles proper, with the most direct route being a straight shot on the 210 to highway 18. If you’re like us, you’re going to lose phone service at some points along the 18, so either printing directions or saving them to your phone is always a good idea.

Upon arriving in Lake Arrowhead we checked into Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins, a charming resort known for their festive themed-cabins. There are 20 cabins to choose from each with their own unique decor and names. Large parties can consider the lodge option which fits up to 21 people. All cabins have a kitchen, bbq, fireplace and private outdoor space. There’s even a little creek located on the property where you might just catch a glimpse of some early morning deer.

We had about a day and a half to explore after checking in, so there was no time to waste!

Things to do in Lake Arrowhead

Belgian Waffle Works: Breakfast is always a good place to start, and Belgian Waffle Works (open since 1982) located in Lake Arrowhead Village is a wonderful option. They have 17 specialty waffles that range from savory like the Benedict Belgian to sweet like the popular Strawberry-Banana Royal. -> More information

SkyPark at Santa’s Village
Photo Credit: Brian Champlin

SkyPark at Santa’s Village: If you’re traveling with kids, this is a must. The whimsical Santa’s Village first opened in 1955, just 45 days head of Disneyland. Today it has been updated as an adventure park featuring year round fun including a bike park, simulated ice climbing, zip-line, archery, bungee jumping and more. The park is suitable for all fun loving adults and kids. Of course at the heart of the park is a love for all things Christmas. Food-wise, your day might include sipping coffee at Kringle’s coffee shop, enjoying homemade cookies at The Gingerbread House (housed inside an actual gingerbread house) and enjoying handcrafted burgers over at St. Nick’s Patio and Grille. –> More information

Heaps Peak Arboretum: Just minutes away from SkyPark at Santa’s Village is Heaps Peak Arboretum. Open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year, the roughly 1-mile Sequoia trail is an easy loop that takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete. You’ll see six types of pine trees, local birds, forrest animals, oak trees, towering sequoias and wildflowers (when in season around the month of May.) Please note that while it is free to explore, the U.S Forest Service requires all parked cars to have an Adventure Pass while at the Arboretum. Passes can be purchased Tuesday through Sunday at the information booth and at a number of local stores nearby. -> More information

LouEddie’s Pizza
Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

LouEddie’s Pizza: LouEddie’s hand tossed fire-roasted pizzas are some of the most sought after pies in SoCal. There are over a dozen pizza combinations and ingredients are all locally sourced. When available, order the hand braided garlic knots. Watch out for long lines and wait times during peak hours like the weekends. To avoid lines, we suggest going on a weekday during off times, or maybe opt for lunch instead of dinner, otherwise be prepared to wait (we think it’s worth it!). If the weather permits, opt to enjoy your pizza at Willow Woods Park just steps away from LouEddie’s. The pizza shop has expanded with a microbrew program as well, and there is a bar located right under the restaurant. -> More information

Lake Arrowhead Village: This is pretty much the town center, so if you’re in Lake Arrowhead, you’re bound to end up at the village at some point. Get your shopping done, enjoy a meal with a view and feed the happy ducks that reside on the private lake. Children will also get a kick out of Lollipop Park located on the peninsula. -> More information

Lake Arrowhead Village
Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

Lake Arrowhead Queen Boat Tour: Maybe the best way to see the sights and learn about Lake Arrowheads storied past is to climb aboard the Lake Arrowhead Queen for a one-hour narrated boat tour. You’ll hear some history about the area, get a glimpse of the lakefront homes of the rich and famous and if you’re lucky you might spot the elusive bald eagle resting on a secluded island. The Queen sets sail daily on the hour year-round. It is also the only way the public can get on the lake since it is deemed private. -> More information

The Lakefront Tap Room Bar & Kitchen: A boat adventure will work up an appetite, head back into Lake Arrowhead Village for dinner at The Lakefront Tap Room Bar & Kitchen. Pastrami Reuben with champagne sauerkraut, stacked burgers and lots of fried delights like pickle fries and elote street corn tots are just a few things on the menu. Pair your meal with a wide selection of over 20 beers on tap and even more brews rotating, bottled and canned. -> More information

Additional Lake Arrowhead Ideas

Strawberry Peak Fire Lookout Tower: Get a spectacular view of the San Bernardino National Forest while standing on a historic fire lookout. -> More information

Heart Rock Trail: A short and moderate hike with plenty to see before spotting the natural wonder that is a heart carved into a solid rock cliff. –> More information

Wildhaven Ranch: A wildlife sanctuary for endangered and indigenous wild animals. You have to make reservations to visit. –> More information

Tour The Tudor House: A building with a sordid history of underground gambling, brothel and moonshine, The Tudor House host live music, plays, yoga and a Sunday Champagne Brunch. -> More information

Rosalva’s Skyforest: Enjoy Mexican cuisine at Rosalva’s and save room for dessert because they have something called “ice cream nachos” and some killer sopapillas- a fried dough dessert drizzled in honey. -> More information

Cedar Glen Malt Shop: An old fashioned joint with over the top burgers and delicious milkshakes. -> More information

View of the drive from Lake Arrowhead to Big Bear
Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

Getting to Big Bear

If you’re driving to Big Bear from Lake Arrowhead (this was us) you can continue on Highway 18 through Running Springs and past the Snow Valley Resort. It’s a beautiful, scenic drive with plenty of turnout opportunities if you’d like to take a picture or two. If you’re coming from L.A. directly, it’s going to be a minimum of a two and half hour drive, and you’ll either end up taking the 15 to the 18 around the north side of the mountains, or approach from the south via I-10 and Highway 38.

***NOTE: Due to the heavy rains over the past few weeks some routes are closed and under repairs. The current access points to Big Bear Lake are highway 18 through Lucerne and via highway 38. Before you always check current road conditions before you depart!***

Our home away from home in Big Bear was the Big Bear Chateau, a great choice for those who want to maximize their time while up on the mountain (it’s literally just down the street from Snow Summit Resort). Complimentary breakfast with waffles, bacon, omelets and a strong wifi is a definite plus.

Overall, we spent about two and a half days and two nights in Big Bear. As you’ll see, we did a lot!

Things to do in Big Bear

The Village: At the heart of Big Bear Lake is The Village, a destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. Grab some Big Bear souvenirs, have a meal and be sure to stop by the visitors center. Open daily the visitors center is a helpful place where you can grab brochures, maps of hiking trails and get your questions answered. -> More information

The Village Big Bear Lake
Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

Peppercorn Grille: Located in The Village, Peppercorn Grille is a popular restaurant serving American faire, thick crust pizzas, steak, seafood and more. -> More information

Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain: Nearby The Village, Alpine Slide is the perfect place to let loose snow tubing, tobogganing and taking a ride on The Soaring Eagle. Great place for children and adults. -> More information

Baldwin Lakes Stables
Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

Baldwin Lakes Stables: Head to the east end of Big Bear Valley and visit Baldwin Lakes Stables. The only place in the area that you can take a tour of the surrounding National Forest on horseback. Beginners are welcome and the guides are extremely helpful (and friendly!). Rides come in one or two hour options. Be sure to bring a little cash to tip the guides for their hard work. -> More information

Gaby’s Latin Flavors: Delicious Bolivian food in Big Bear Lake can be found at Gaby’s Latin Flavors. Popular items include the avocado salad, housemade chips and cheese dip plus a unique Picante baked chicken with a peanut sauce pasta. Order one of the many soups available daily to warm up on a cold day. -> More information

An Ran Ju Gelato & Teahouse: Hot chocolate is the ultimate partner for chilly weather. An Ran Ju makes theirs with lots marshmallows and whipped cream. -> More information

Snow Summit
Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

Snow Summit Ski Resort: Snow Summit Ski Resort boasts 240 acres of snowy terrain and 27 trails to suit all levels of skiing and snowboarding. If you’re a newbie to snow sports consider taking lessons, it will save you some frustration and possible injury. Snow Summit also has everything you need in the rentals department which is a total plus. The best advice is to arrive early. Less people will be there meaning shorter lines, better parking and fresh snow. -> More information

Nottinghams Tavern: Part of the Robinhood Resort located conveniently in Big Bear Village, Nottinghams Tavern offers casual American faire. On the menu you’ll find steaks, burgers, pasta, sandwiches and a full bar. Take a peek around the different dining rooms and you’ll spot lots of lively Robinhood references. -> More information

Gems of the West: Right across the street from Nottinghams, and just a few steps outside of The Village, is Gems of the West a wonderland for geology enthusiasts. The employees are full of knowledge and they’re happy to share some of the most unique items from the store. We touched a meteor explored different types of crystals and even held petrified dinosaur poop. -> More information

The Eye of God Big Bear
Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

The Eye of God: After striking up a conversation with a couple employees at Gems of the West, we got a tip to visit a hillside dome made up of milky quartz. The site, called ‘The Eye of God’, is a sacred tribal landmark for the Serrano people who use to live in the region. The Serrano believed the site was the literal eye of their creator Kruktat watching over them. The rocky quartz megalith was once a complete dome, but in the 1940’s gold prospectors dynamited the structure (sadly) hoping to strike it rich. Today the public can access the trailhead on Burns Canyon Road. You can hike up to (1.8 mile round trip) or if you have a capable off-road vehicle with four-wheel drive you can skip the hike and make it to a spot within about 300 yards of the site. We opted to go off trail with a Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss, and it worked out well! -> More information

Alpine Pedal Path: At the end of a full day, unwind with a sunset walk down Alpine Pedal Path along the north shore of Big Bear Lake. It’s a beautiful place to take photos and often you’ll catch a colorful sky moment right before the sun finishes setting. -> More information

Alpine Pedal Path
Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

Captain’s Anchorage: Celebrate a perfect day of exploring with prime rib, steaks and fine wine. Captain’s Anchorage is Big Bear’s historic dinner house that dates back to 1946. Known for delicious prime rib the restaurant also has a resident ghost named George. Don’t worry though, he’s friendly and usually upstairs doing his own thing. -> More information

Additional Big Bear To-Dos

Springtime activities: kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding on Big Bear Lake. -> More information

Summer activities: wakeboarding (lessons are available), parasailing and jet-ski on Big Bear Lake. -> More information

Big Bear Pirate Ship: A lake cruise aboard a funky pirate ship with live entertainment and pirates. -> More information

Big Bear Coffee Roasting Company: The local coffee shop is a great place for some cold brew and fun lattes like the Almond Joy. -> More information

Big Bear Solar Observatory: Free public tours inside a cozy observatory located right on the lake. Only open on the second Thursday of the month during fall and winter and additionally on the fourth Thursday during summers. Reservations are required. -> More information

Mountain Witch Tea Company: If you’re looking for thoughtful gifts, check out Mountain Witch Tea Company. The county store carries locally made items like handcrafted tea, fruit butters, old fashioned candy, knick knacks and other handmade goods. They also bake pies and cobblers for those looking for a sweet treat. -> More information

Castle Rock Hike: A two-mile round trip hike surrounded by granite stones that you can climb up to for a view of the vista. The hike is steep and an Adventure Pass is required. -> More information

Big Bear Lake Brewing Company: Enjoy dozens of craft beer plus an all day menu from breakfast, snacks to dinner. The Original “Avocado Bomb” is their signature dish. It’s a honey ale battered avocado stuffed with spicy ahi and crab shrimp cake. -> More information

Big Bear Alpine Zoo: A rehabilitation center for injured, orphaned and in-need animals. 90% of the animals are successfully rehabilitated and released back into their environment. In the zoo it is possible to get a glimpse of an Arctic Fox, American Badger, Black Bear, Flying Squirrels, Screech Owl and much more. -> More information

Lumber Jack Cafe: Grab some sourdough pancakes or waffles plus large breakfast plates over at Lumber Jack Cafe located in Big Bear City. They also have family style breakfast and biscuits & gravy, perfect for large parties. -> -> More information

We found a snowman friend in Wrightwood
Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

Getting to Wrightwood

Wrightwood ended up being a separate trip for us, in part because it resides in a different part of San Bernardino County. The town is located on the western edge of the county line, nestled in the San Gabriel Mountains. The quickest route is a drive along the 15 to the Cajon Pass where you can hook up with Highway 138. It takes about 70 minutes or so if you’re not fighting traffic.

If you want something more scenic, you could also drive Highway 2 through the Angeles National Forest, but that’ll add time to your drive, and could be a bit more treacherous depending on the weather conditions (more on that in our notes below). We have heard this is an absolutely stunning drive during the spring.

Because of the close proximity, Wrightwood and the neighboring Mountain High Resort make for a perfect day trip, which is exactly how we planned it!

View of Mountain High
Photo Credit: Brian Champlin

Things to do in Wrightwood

Coffee at The Village Grind: If you arrive in Wrightwood in the morning grab a quick brew at The Village Grind. They serve espresso, coffee, hot chocolate, smoothies and a casual food menu. They also have a wine bar that host tastings and serve microbrews should you find yourself stopping by later in the day. -> More information

Ziplines at Pacific Crest: Now that you’re caffeinated, get ready for an adrenaline rush through the San Gabriel Mountains. Ziplines at Pacific Crest will have you soaring heights of up to 300 feet above the forest from tree to tree. -> More information

Mountain High Ski Resort
Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

Mountain High Ski Resort: Considered to be SoCal’s most visited and closest winter resort Mountain High has deep roots in California skiing history. Known as one of the oldest ski resorts in the country today, they have three locations each offering different winter activities. Take your pick of snowboarding, skiing, snow tubing, snow play, disc golf, night skiing and if you are serious about acing the slopes you can even attend ski school. -> More information

Grizzly Cafe: By the end of the day you’ve probably built up an appetite. Head over to the Grizzly Cafe for traditional American grub. You’ll find several burgers, salads and hot sandwiches on the menu. We enjoyed The Grizzly Bear burger topped with applewood smoked bacon and the straightforward Beef Dip sandwich. -> More information

Additional Wrightwood To-Dos

Applewood Court: An old school sweets shop offering candy, fudge, ice cream and small gifts. -> More information

Wrightwood Vintage Antiques & Oddities: A barn style antique store where you can spend the day searching for unique keepsakes of the past. -> More information

Cinnamons Bakery: A casual spot where you can grab baked goods, sandwiches and breakfast. -> More information

Helpful Reminders

  • Be extra vigilant about checking the weather before you depart, so you’re aware of warnings or alerts. A quick Google search for the National Weather Service forecast for San Bernardino will pay big dividends.
  • Bring tire chains or cables for your vehicle. Caltrans has a detailed post about requirements for chains and associated driving conditions. If you’ve never driven in the mountains, it’s worth a read. Whenever you’re driving in unfamiliar or possibly dangerous conditions, just remember to take it slow.
  • For your drive… keep your phone fully charged, bring bottled water, snacks and blankets in case you get stuck in traffic or due to weather conditions.
  • If you’re doing a weekend trip into Big Bear (maybe an Airbnb with friends or something) during peak snow season, we suggest loading up on any supplies before you get to town. After speaking to a few locals, it sounds like grocery stores tend to run pretty bare after the first wave of visitors hits to kickoff a busy weekend, so stock up before you arrive!
  • The snowy season tends to wrap up by the end of March, so if you’re thinking you still want to make it for that this year, plan accordingly.
  • Speaking of crowds, remember that the influx of tourists for snow play or weekends can also affect things like wait times at restaurants, so either plan ahead by making reservations, or prep your group for a little longer wait.
  • Take your time, have fun!

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This Year’s SoCal Museum Free-For-All is in February

January 11, 2019 by Brian Champlin

Urban Light at LACMA

Urban Light at LACMA. Photo Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Free museum day hunters in Los Angeles are thoroughly familiar with the annual Museum Free-For-All Day put on by by SoCal Museums. Now in its 14th year, the event bands together dozens of Southern California cultural institutions to offer free admission over the course of one weekend. In years past the event has taken place over the final weekend of January, but for 2019 it’s getting pushed back a week, until first Saturday and Sunday of February.

Over 40 institutions will take part in this year’s event. Some, like the Getty, Hammer Museum, and The Broad, are already free year-round. Others, like Natural History Museum, Kidspace Museum, or the La Brea Tar Pits Museum, offer only monthly free admission, meaning the upcoming February weekend is a bonus for visitors.

Based on reader feedback from previous years, you can expect major crowds if you choose to go to the more famous of the museums on the list, so I’d definitely recommend going earlier in the day and doing a little planning if you plan to check out more than one location. On the plus side, this is one of the the rare dates on the calendar when you can hit up multiple top notch attractions for little to no cost (other than time!).

Check below for the rundown of participating museums, plus which days (Saturday, Sunday or both days) they will be offering free admission.

Both Saturday (February 2) and Sunday (February 3)

  • Armory Center for the Arts
  • Automobile Driving Museum
  • The Broad (Free advance general admission tickets strongly recommended to avoid waiting in the standby line. Visitwww.thebroad.org to make a reservation.)
  • California African American Museum
  • California Science Center (General admission only. A timed reservation with a convenience fee is required for Space Shuttle Endeavour.)
    Craft and Folk Art Museum
  • Forest Lawn Museum
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA
  • Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art
  • The Getty Center
  • The Getty Villa (Timed tickets are required for the Getty Villa. Visit www.getty.eduto make a reservation.)
  • Hammer Museum
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Laguna Art Museum
  • La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
  • Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
  • Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Orange County Museum of Art
  • Pomona College Museum Art Museum
  • Sunnylands Center & Gardens
  • USC Pacific Asia Museum

Saturday (February 2) Only

  • Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (opening late 2019; Free-for-All pop-up accessible via Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
  • Autry Museum of the American West
  • Columbia Memorial Space Center
  • Descanso Gardens (Free tickets available at descansogardens.org/tickets.)
  • Japanese American National Museum (Free tickets available at janm.org/freeforall.)
  • Kidspace Museum
  • La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (General admission only; free tickets available at tarpits.org/freeforall.)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sea Center
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • USC Fisher Museum of Art
  • Wende Museum of the Cold War

Sunday (February 3) Only

  • Bowers Museum
  • Muckenthaler Cultural Center
  • Museum of Latin American Art
  • Museum of Tolerance
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (General admission only; free tickets available at nhm.org/freeforall.)
  • Palm Springs Art Museum
  • Skirball Cultural Center (Noah’s Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets are limited and distributed first-come, first-served.)
  • Valley Relics Museum
  • Zimmer Children’s Museum by Sharewell

For more information, visit socalmuseums.org.

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The Best Way to Find Fun Things To Do in Los Angeles 365 Days a Year

January 10, 2019 by Brian Champlin

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for November 28, 2018

November 28, 2018 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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Los Angeles at dawn

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1. [10 a.m.] It’s that time of the year to celebrate the holiday season, which is the main purpose of Fa La Land, a pop up museum at Row DTLA. Guests will enjoy a wide variety of installations like a Jingle Bell Toy Factory and a fluorescent “Fa La Forest.” Fa La Land runs Nov. 18 through Jan. 6, 2019. Happening Tuesdays through Sundays.

2. [4 p.m.] Join the Burrito Project L.A. for a night of preparing making burritos and passing out much-needed supplies for the folks living on the streets of Los Angeles.

3. [5 p.m.The Holiday Light Festival Train Ride at Griffith Park is a festive one mile ride on the tracks with tens of thousands of lights to get you in the Holiday spirit. Running daily Nov 23 through Dec. 23 and then again from December 26 to December 30.

4. [6 p.m.] One of L.A.’s most magical holiday traditions, L.A. Zoo Lights returns November 16, 2018 through January 6, 2019 with thousands upon thousands of LED lights illuminating the zoo. This seasonal event runs daily. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. [6 p.m.] Sherman Oaks resident Mike Ziemkowski’s elaborate Christmas themed animatronic characters will return once again with Lights on Display a dazzling light show with a playlist of holiday tunes. Free to the public, the 13-minute show runs nightly 6 to 10 p.m. from November 23 through January 1, 2018. FREE

6. [7:45 p.m.IFC Films presents The House That Jack Built, Director’s Cut at the Theatre at Ace Hotel.

7. [8 p.m.] It’s trivia night at Grand Central Market this Wednesday on the Broadway side of the food hall.

8. [9 p.m.Dub Club presents Skatalites/Charlie Organaire/Steady 45s at Echoplex.

9. [various L.A.’s pop-up museum catalogue is growing larger this fall with The Pizza Experience – a multi-sensory pizza themed walkthrough. Explore giant installations, an oversized cheese pool, a pizza hall of fame, pizza theme-flavored snacks throughout, actual pizza slices and more. The Pizza Experience runs through January. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. [various] Beautycon is offering a pop up experience titled Beautycon POP from Nov. 16 through Dec. 16 daily featuring immersive galleries, makeup brands, vendors, a salon and other beauty related activities.

DEAL OF THE DAY: $25 tix to Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for June 14, 2018

June 14, 2018 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy?

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Thursday, June 14, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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Shakespeare by the Sea in Point Fermin Park. Photo by Brian Champlin


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1. [5 p.m.Mike Shinoda at Amoeba Hollywood (you have to pre-purchase “Post Traumatic” CD in-store for guaranteed admission).

2. [6 p.m.Downtown Art Walk brings art enthusiasts and locals together every second Thursday of each month to take part in gallery tours, shop the art mart and sample nearby food trucks, and experience the overall flavor of the downtown Los Angeles Historic Core.

3. [6:30 p.m.]  Who What Wear brings back Street Style Cinema, their series of free outdoor movie screenings, to The Grove every Thursday evening in June. This week they’ll screen Moulin RougeFREE

4. [7 p.m.]  French-based music label Kitsuné is collaborating with the NoMad Hotel for Kitsuné Afterwork, musical evenings taking place on the rooftop of the elegant, recently opened hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Pat Lok, Allen French and Yacine will kick off the summer session. FREE

5. [8 p.m.] Experience the theatrical version of Douglas Adams’ cult classic novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy when it comes to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts June 14-17. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. [8 p.m.Shakespeare By The Sea will once again offer a ten-week program of admission-free performances with two featured productions: The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Winter’s Tale at a variety of venues across the Los Angeles. Kicking off the series is The Merry Wives of Windsor at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. FREE

7. [8:30 p.m.] There is an opening night event for the Cat Art Show at Think Tank Gallery in DTLA.

8. [various] June is California Avocado Month and Grand Central Market in DTLA is the place to be for all things avocado. A select group of chefs have rolled out avocado inspired offerings on their menu just for the month.

9. [various.] Grand Park will host Big L.A. Portrait Gallery from June 7 to July 4, transforming itself into a nighttime art gallery featuring photos by Los Angeles-based artists.  Photography will be projected onto the 100 square-foot wall of the historic L.A. County Hall of Records right in front of Grand Park. Art will be on display nightly from sundown to midnight and is free to the public. FREE

10. [various] Venues such as 2nd Stage, Hudson Theatres, The Broadwater and the Underground Annex Theater will host comedy, ensemble theatre, dance and many more performances during the annual Hollywood Fringe Festival from June 7-24.

DEAL OF THE DAY: Get $2.50 tix to Long Beach Crawfish Festival  (via Goldstar)

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June 13, 2018 by Brian Champlin

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for May 13, 2018

May 13, 2018 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy?

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Sunday, May 13, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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View of DTLA from Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area. Credit: Brian Champlin / We LIke L.A.


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1. [10 a.m.RuPaul’s DragCon is three days of art, pop culture and all things drag. Hosted at the Los Angeles Convention Center, visitors can check out vendors, panel discussions, screenings, photo ops with drag stars, lip sync contests, make-up and styling workshops for both men and women.

2. [10 a.m.Echo Park Craft Fair’s Spring Edition at Mack Sennett Studios (May 11-13) features over 120 artists with various ceramic, jewelry, clothing, woodworking and textile design booths.

3. [10 a.m.Speak Easy Yoga at Hotel Indigo in DTLA takes place on Sundays through the end of May where guests will flow through yoga with music from the 1920s.

4. [10 a.m.] The Unique LA Spring Market 2018 returns to the California Market Center on May 12-13 for two afternoons of shopping with over 250 independent designers, artists, and emerging brands.

5. [noon] Take free dance lessons with Debbie Allen, the famed actress/dancer/choreographer, the second Sunday of every month at at The Wallis in Beverly Hills. FREE

6. [noon]  A Tutta Pizza!, a festival dedicated to pizza will feature pizza makers, workshops, cooking demos, “deep dish” conversations, and a lively panel discussion

7. [noon] Mother’s Day Family Fest at Boomtown Brewery.

8. [7 p.m.] The Autry will host Latin Dance Sunday with music from Cal State LA’s award-winning Afro Latin Ensemble. There will be a bar and light refreshments served, select galleries will also remain open for the event.

9. [various]  Free admission dayMuseum of Latin American ArtUSC Pacific Asian Museum (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

10. [various17 Great Spots for Mother’s Day Brunch in Los Angeles.

DEAL OF THE DAY: $32.50 tix to see Paul Simon at the Hollywood Bowl (via Goldstar)

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for April 23, 2018

April 23, 2018 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy?

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Monday, April 23, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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Urban Lights at LACMA

Urban Lights. Photo Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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1. [7 p.m.] Bring a little meditation to your Monday at the Eastside/Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sitting Group.

2. [7:30 p.m.Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece (author talk and book signing) at LACMA. FREE

3. [8 p.m.] The Moth storytelling event returns to the Regent Theater in Downtown Los Angeles on April 23. The GrandSLAM Championship, featuring the winners of the past 10 Moth StorySLAMS, is a battle of wits and words.

4. [8 p.m.] The Wednesday Addams, Barrio Tiger and Pleasure Burn play at The Satellite. FREE

5. [8 p.m.]  The Unending Thread Residency Night 4 at The Hi Hat.

6. [10 p.m.] The Mint Jam (live soul + blues) at The Mint on West Pico.

7. [various] Take a stroll down the T.V. Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood. Dedicated to television pioneers, you’ll see a 27-foot Emmy Award, a life-sized statue of Johnny Carson and other legends of the small screen in the plaza. FREE

8. [variousCandytopia brings its immersive, oh-so-sweet Insta-friendly experience to Santa Monica, where it will remain till July 4.

9. [various] Visit Virtual Room in Hollywood for a group VR adventure in which you’ll go back in time to ensure a better future.

10. [various] Immerse yourself in eight days of French film, documentaries, and TV shows when the COLCOA French Film Festival takes over the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Hollywood from April 23-30.

DEAL OF THE DAY: Get $15 off tickets to Masters of Taste at The Rose Bowl using promo code WELIKELA18

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for April 20, 2018

April 20, 2018 by Brian Champlin

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Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Friday, April 20, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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Echo Park Lake at Dusk

Echo Park Lake at Dusk. Photo credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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1. [noon] Art duo Dosshaus transforms the Corey Helford Gallery into a flop-house hotel from the 60’s made entirely of recycled cardboard hand painted to look like black & white illustrations. The exhibit houses hundreds of individual pieces including a “Paper-Thin Hotel” with several life size rooms. FREE

2. [6 p.m.] The inaugural WhiskyX event will take place at the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport and will feature a live concert from the band Dawes.

3. [7 p.m.420 Fest at The Wiltern featuring a 10th anniversary screening of Pineapple Express

4. [7 p.m.] The Music Center presents StarDust, a celebration of the late great David Bowie through performances by Complexions Contemporary Ballet. The tribute show running April 20 – 22 is part of the 15th season Dance at The Music Center and will feature many of the icons unforgettable hits and glam rock-inspired costumes.

5. [7:30 p.m.] The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage present Dance Theatre of Harlem for two nights (April 20-21) for a thrilling and eclectic program of neo-classical and contemporary ballet.

6. [8 p.m.] This Friday Caltech’s Stargazing and Lecture series returns to Pasadena for a night of outer worldly discussions and some stargazing. FREE 

7. [8 p.m.]  Pacific Opera Project (POP) presents a truly unique an immersive production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, at The Vortex a large warehouse space in DTLA.

8. [variousThe Magic Bus Experience comes to the Reef DTLA April 20-22 for an experience outside the norm. Experience a 60,000- square foot psychedelic wonderland made up of several whimsical environments inspired by marijuana culture just in time for 420. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. [variousSpa Week returns to Los Angeles April 16-22 for its biannual celebration dedicated to improving personal health by simplifying wellness. Every April and October for one week only, hundreds of spas and wellness locations across North America will offer two or three full-service treatments for just $50 each.

10. [various]  See dark tales focused on murder, mayhem, and femme fatales at the 20th Noir City: Hollywood Film Noir Festival at Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood from April 13-22.

DEAL OF THE DAY: Get $15 off tickets to Masters of Taste at The Rose Bowl using promo code WELIKELA18

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for April 14, 2018

April 14, 2018 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy?

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Saturday, April 14, 2018.

May it lead you to adventure!

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Los Angeles River

The Los Angeles River, looking towards DTLA. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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1. [7 a.m.] The Toyota Grand Prix features live street racing, live music concerts, a lifestyle expo, kids kart racing, dancing contests, food trucks and more from April 13-15. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

2. [9 a.m.] The Great the L.A. River CleaUp kicks off this weekend for the first of three consecutive Saturdays.. Thousands of volunteers will scour different parts of the river, collecting trash and helping to improve the environment.This Saturday volunteers will focus on the Sepulveda Basin / Balboa Sports Complex and Glendale Narrows Riverwalk. FREE

3. [9 a.m.The March for Science returns to Los Angeles on April 14 in support of the environment, healthcare and scientific facts. This celebration will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and will begin at Pershing Square and end at City Hall. Last year’s event featured various speakers, activities and live entertainment during the expo. FREE

4. [10 a.m.Whale of a Day 2018 at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale. Catch a possible view of the whales’ on their journey, enjoy various free, fun-filled activities, like face painting, and games for kids, along with exhibits, food vendors and prizes. FREE

5. [10 a.m.The Earth Day 2018 Community Festival comes to the Joint Administration Office in Whittier on April 14 to celebrate the majestic planet we call home. FREE

6. [10 a.m.The Downtown Burbank Arts Festival returns for its 15th year April 14-15. This free two-day outdoor festival will feature 200 artists, famous Disney animators, interactive experiences, special appearances, and much more. FREE

7. [11 a.m.] Celebrate the art of monsters and movie magic during Monsterpalooza at The Pasadena Convention Center April 13-15. The monster fest will have over 250 exhibitors, screenings, panels and more.

8. [noon]  There’s a Mobile Cat Cafe bringing adoptable kitties to locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. This weekend they’ll be in Brea. No reservations are required but access to the cafe costs $12. The price includes one pastry; one reusable coaster; and either a bottled water, cup of hot coffee, or bottle of cold brew.

9. [6:30 p.m.To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier is a free, three-evening dance event taking place on the Santa Monica Pier from April 13-15.

10. [8 p.m.Picture This!, L.A.’s only live animated comedy show, is back with another free show at The Virgil in East Hollywood. During this show, see standup comics perform as talented animators, cartoonists and artists draw them live. FREE

DEAL OF THE DAY: Street Food Cinema at Expo Park (via Goldstar)

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