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, March 7, 2020.
*** SPECIAL NOTE: On March 4, 2020 Los Angeles County declared a local health emergency in response to new Novel Coronavirus Activity (COVID-19). Per LA County’s press release, although individual risk of county residents contracting COVID-19 remains low, now is a good time to educate yourself on how the virus spreads and go over preparations you should make should the situation escalate, and more extreme measures (such as mandated social distancing) become a requirement. The County’s website has many excellent resources, including an F.A.Q. on COVID-19, and general steps you can take to stop the spread of illness, including a guide on proper hand washing. ***
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1. [9 a.m.] POPSUGAR’s Grounded is a day of curated wellness activities, self-care workshops and inspirational panels designed to reinvigorate guests. Special guests include “Tone It Up” duo Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott, Actor Madelaine Petsch, and some of your favorite leaders in fitness, podcast and lifestyle.
2. [10 a.m.] The Santa Monica Conservancy hosts a Downtown Walking Tour uncovering the history of the area and its architectural gems. Tickets cost $10 a person. We Like L.A. readers get 25% off tickets from March 1 through June 30 with the promo code WELIKELA.
3. [10 a.m.] The Ranch Garden at The Huntington hosts Saturday Open Houses, offering a wide range of programs for folks who are interested in gardening and plants. Visitors can enjoy a self-tour of the site (usually not open to public), talk to experts and sample freshly picked fruits and vegetables in season. The weekly Open House is free with general admission to The Huntington.
4. [11 a.m.] The Japanese American National Museum presents Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders a day of exploring the visible and invisible borders in our world through music, dance, art, speaker series, and interactive activities. New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen will deliver the keynote speech. FREE
5. [noon] Step into the immersive world of Gucci Beauty (March 6-7) as the global luxury brand celebrates the launch of the new Gucci Mascara L’Obscur. Dubbed ‘Gucci Beauty Network Studios,’ guests can experience a Gucci Guilty diner, a Gucci Mémoire d’une Odeur library and much more. FREE
6. [2 p.m.] Get a crash course in craft brewing with Ben Turkel, Master Brewer at Boomtown Brewery this Saturday at Yapa. Taste a selection of Boomtown’s menu of Old World-New World beers and enjoy refreshments courtesy of Melissa’s Produce and PacFAB Director Tracey Mitchell.
7. [5 p.m.] The Wizard’s Den is an immersive pop-up where aspiring spell casters can concoct their own magical potions (aka cocktails) donning wizard’s robes and using a variety of witchy props and ingredients. The pop-up opened Feb. 26 and runs on various dates through April 5.
8. [5:30 p.m.] Descanso Gardens presents Cultivate: Nature Sounds & Wildlife an evening of live music, pollinator crafts, nature talks and activities plus much more.
9. [7 p.m.] There’s an opening reception for award-winning artist/illustrator Eric Joyner latest exhibition Machine Man Memories, at Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery from 7 to 11 p.m. The show promises “To fulfill the viewer’s need for robots, donuts and yes, cats.” FREE
10. [9 p.m.] Jonathan Wilson performs live at the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery March 6-7.
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