Whether you’re a tourist in for the weekend or local resident looking to explore, there’s certainly a lot to see and do in Los Angeles. For starters, the Hollywood attractions are a lot of fun—a visit to Universal Studios to see how movies are created, a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard to Grauman’s Chinese Theater to look at the celebrity handprints and footprints, or a hike along the Mt. Hollywood Trail to see the “Hollywood” sign up close.
Others can’t wait to get to the beach. A top attraction for out-of-towners and Angelinos alike is to stroll Venice Beach’s eclectic and bohemian boardwalk. Santa Monica Pier is another top oceanside venue, home of the largest Ferris wheel on the West Coast. If you just want swim and sunbathe, Hermosa and Manhattan Beaches are both great choices. Long Beach is also a popular destination, not just to enjoy the beach, but to see the Queen Mary ocean liner that is anchored there.
If museums are your thing, you may want to visit the J. Paul Getty Museum, located in the Santa Monica Mountains, to see the contemporary art exhibits and collections of Green and Roman antiquities. The Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are both exceptional museums as well, as is the Huntington Library in San Marino (about 10 miles north of downtown LA), which has an extensive art gallery as well as 120 acres of gardens to stroll. In Hancock Park, check out the La Brea Tar Pits and the adjacent Page Museum to see reconstructed fossils of prehistoric animals found in the giant tar craters.
There are so many other tourist attractions in LA that could be mentioned—like Griffith Park, the largest state park in California and home to the Los Angeles Zoo, the Greek Theatre, the Griffith Observatory and the Autry National Center; Chinatown and Little Tokyo, where you can not only get fabulous food, but also soak up the far-eastern cultures; and theme parks like Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knott’s Berry Farm.
Follow up your touring with Eat|See|Hear
It’s exciting to think about all you can do in the LA area! But after you’ve spent a whole day touring, hiking trails and strolling boardwalks, and even just lying in the hot sun on the beach, you’re going to need some chillin’ out time.
A great way to relax after a fun-but-busy day is to go to an Eat|See|Hear outdoor movie event, complete with food trucks and live music. Every Saturday during the summer months, Eat|See|Hear showcases a different classic or contemporary film at rotating Los Angeles area venues. The films are projected onto a three-story high, 52-foot wide inflatable movie screen—the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi.
This coming Saturday night, June 20, Eat|See|Hear will be showing Tim Burton’s haunting yet whimsical modern fairly tale, Edward Scissorhands. This event will be held at Santa Monica High School’s Memorial Greek Amphitheatre, located at 601 Pico Blvd in Santa Monica. Showtime is 8:30 p.m.
This 1990 film stars Johnny Depp who plays Edward, a gentle, naïve young man, the creation of an inventor whose sudden death left him unfinished, with sharp metal shears for hands. Edward lived alone in darkness, in a castle high on top of a hill, until a kind Avon lady discovers him and takes him home. At first, everyone welcomes Edward into the community, but soon things begin to take a change for the worse. The all-star supporting cast includes Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price and Alan Arkin.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Even though the film doesn’t start until 8:30, it’s good to get there early so that you find your seats and get settled before the show starts. This venue is an amphitheater with concrete seating, so you’ll want to bring seat cushions, pillows or blankets so you can be more comfortable.
Plenty of food trucks will be on hand. They’ll be open for business starting at 5:30 p.m. The lineup includes Brasil Kiss, Coolhaus, Crepe de Ville, Let’s Roll It, LuckDish Curry, Mexican Kitchen, No Toros, Peaches Smokehouse BBQ, Postcards CAS, Seoul Sausage, the Schmuck Truck and more.
At 7:30 p.m., the indie alternative band, OYLS, will take the stage. Fans of Alt-J and Disclosure will enjoy the band’s seamless blends of rock, soul and Motown with a rhythmic backbone. The band is comprised of two LA natives, David Kirshenbaum and Michael Lipp, who are both ready to make their mark on the 21st century electronic landscape.
Parking is available at the Civic Center Parking Structure, for a flat fee of $5. This parking structure is located at 333 Civic Center Drive, which is across the street from Santa Monica High School. Movie goers are asked to enter the amphitheater through the walkway on 4th Street, between the track and the DoubleTree Hotel.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance on this website. Buying your tickets in advance is the way to go, because you will automatically be entered to win a R/T flight to Auckland, courtesy of Air New Zealand shows sometimes sell out. If you wait to buy your ticket at the door, it might be too late to get one.
In addition to general admission tickets, a limited number of “Air New Zealand Fashionably Late” passes are available for purchase in advance at the Eventbrite website, granting seating in a reserved area, regardless of arrival time.
Neighborhoods around Santa Monica
If everything goes as scheduled, and it usually does, Edward Scissorhands will be finished by 10:30 pm and Eat|See|Hear’s June 20 event will be over. Of course it’s a Saturday night. After the movie, the night will still be young, right?!!
For you night-owls reading this, there are some really cool late-night eateries, clubs and lounges in Santa Monica where you can go to after the movie for drinks, dessert or a midnight snack. You’ll find a good selection of establishments in downtown and mid-town Santa Monica, and in the neighborhoods of Ocean Park, Pico, Sunset Park and Wilshire-Montana, and north of Montana.
Just minutes away from Santa Monica are the communities of Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and Sawtelle to the north, Mar Vista to the east, and Venice to the south. You’ll find plenty of late night food and drink establishments in these neighborhoods too.
Of course, a Saturday night stroll in any of these neighborhoods is also a nice way to end an evening. Or, you could take a walk in the moonlight along Venice beach or the boardwalk, or Santa Monica Pier, and just spend some time listening to the crashing waves. Whether you’re a long-time LA resident or a first-time visitor, that’s a really pleasant finale to a super-fun day!