Recover from traffic trauma
De-stress after battling the freeways with libations courtesy of Silverlake Wine at a Barnsdall Art Park Wine Tasting. Mill about the picturesque West Lawn of the historic Hollyhock House guilt-free; all proceeds benefit the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation. Tickets are $25 for a selection of four globally sourced boutique wines and a limited edition wine glass.
The Hollywood Farmers Market has long been an L.A. staple, but The Autry Farmers Market is brand new. Take in the gorgeous Griffith Park scenery while you support the local food movement with a fresh and tasty breakfast. Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon at The Autry National Center in Griffith Park. lacityfarm.org
While you’re in Griffith Park, lace up your sneaks and join the locals for a little hike. In summertime, make the most of a starry night with an astronomy lesson at the Griffith Observatory. Public Star Parties are free, and held monthly between 2 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Experts from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society and the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers are on hand to help identify planets and stars.
Get your culture on… L.A. style
The Getty Center is currently hosting the works of legendary fashion photog Herb Ritts (1952–2002). View his stunning portraits, nudes, and fashion photography in Herb Ritts: L.A. Style, through August 26.
Stretch your legs
Tired of being in the car? Put the brakes on in funky Los Feliz Village and stroll through this charming strip packed with sweet little shops and eateries. From quaint Skylight Books to French resto Figaro Bistrot (go for great Happy Hour deals), this area is a refreshing respite from the traffic.
Watch a movie (al fresco)
Take in a flick at your pick of L.A.’s myriad of movie theaters—from the tiny Los Feliz 3 to the Egyptian majesty of the Vista Theatre, to the swanky Hollywood ArcLight (they serve booze!)—but for a unique movie-going experience, bring a blanket and bottle of vino to the famous Hollywood Forever Cemetery for an outdoor summer screening. Cinespia Cemetery Screenings kick off May 12 and go through the summer.
Foodies will relish The Pikey, a new Hollywood cafe and bar featuring upscale, eclectic pub fare. Executive chef Ralph Johnson hails from NYC’s famed eatery The Spotted Pig, lending this kitchen some serious cred. Luxuriate amongst the leather and wood while sipping a craft brew or specialty cocktail and an order of Welsh Rarebit. Newly opened L&E Oyster Bar is a chic little space in Silver Lake with amazing eats on the half shell. If you’re craving something more down-home, drive out to Eagle Rock (Wed.–Sun.) for soul food goodness: Larkin’s serves a wicked meatloaf.
Check in downtown
When your night winds down, head to the Millennium Biltmore Hotel for classic Hollywood glamour. This historic downtown hotel boasts dazzling details like frescoed mural ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and 24-carat gold-painted ceilings. Opened in 1923, the Beaux-Arts beauty was an early Academy Awards location. Since then, movies from Chinatown to Wedding Crashers have been filmed at the hotel, which is officially a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.