Here’s how you can kickstart your summer in L.A.
Summer has arrived and so has the heat! That means it’s officially the season to head out and explore the incredible natural landscape that Los Angeles has to offer. While the lockdown status in L.A. is changing faster than we can blink, you can always count on socially-distanced outdoor activities and drive-ins to be a safe bet. From outdoor theatres, cheese-making in the Santa Monica mountains, to boozy virtual festivals, here are all the exciting ways to beat the heat and enjoy the summer sun.
1-6. Go On An Outdoor Adventure
Summer is always better when it’s spent by the refreshing, salty air of the ocean or in cool, lush gardens. Whether you’re looking for a less crowded place to take in an oceanview, a mini road trip, or you’re dying to get out and explore California’s natural wonders again, we’ve got you covered with these amazing outdoor options:
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- Grab a ticket and set off on an escape to the idyllic pastoral setting of the Santa Monica Mountains. Here, you’ll get some much-needed therapy with the charming farm creatures while enjoying a delicious selection of wines and cheese.
- Alternatively (or additionally), you can learn how to make your own farm-fresh cheese with the irresistible distraction of adorable four-legged residents in a cooking class that will change your life.
lways wanted to try homebrewing? Not sure where to start? Overwhelmed by which kit to buy? That’s all covered! Your guide will lead you through the process via live streaming with humor and history, just like on City Brew Tours, award-winning tours – the difference is, you can complete this whole experience from inside your own kitchen! They’ve curated the perfect kit for beginners with only the essential equipment to get the job done. Providing ease of use and safety, with minimum investment, shipped right to your door! Book your spot here.
Ride through oak forests, grassy fields filled with wildflowers, and over dry arroyos. A beautiful bottle of wine (one per couple) and some snacks will be waiting for you upon your return to the ranch to complete this unique 2-hour experience specially created for Fever members only! Beginners and experienced riders welcome.
Take your tastebuds on a tropical adventure with this virtual cocktail-making series. Every week, you can tune in to a new episode featuring a different mouthwatering cocktail to get you into the festive tiki spirit. Book your ticket and let the floors start swaying.
12-14. Enjoy A Film Under The Stars
Drive-in theatres have made a serious comeback during the pandemic and that doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon. Alfresco cinema experiences are always a summertime favorite and this month may be one of the best yet—although, you’ll need a car. Here are best drive-in cinemas happening this month.
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- Street Food Cinema Is Bringing Their Drive-In Series To L.A. In July
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This self-guided food adventure is the perfect way to explore LA’s best neighborhoods and avoid the crowds! Starting with a picnic basket, have fun solving personally-curated clues and riddles sent to your smartphone that’ll take you on a journey to collect your special gourmet picnic food bit by bit. Get your ticket to this tasty adventure here.
16-17. Head To A Rooftop For Music, Food And Cocktails
If you’re not enjoying the summer from a leafy rooftop, then what are you doing? L.A.’s rooftops have remained open even after the state bar closures, offering a place to enjoy the sun with refreshing drinks, tasty food often accompanied by good music. Find your sky-high scene here:
- Perch And Its Incredible Rooftop Setting Is Now Open For Dine-In Service
- Lush, Plant-Filled Rooftops That Are Open In L.A. Right Now
You can make song requests, sing along to the tunes and most importantly – guess the song! Tick off all of the songs you recognize on your bingo sheet and the winner gets $100 in prizes! Stock up on your favorite beers and book your spot here.
This is the only time driving under the influence is acceptable! Cycle your way around Hollywood on this mobile bar and allow your friendly tour guide to steer you to iconic landmarks while you sip on wine or beer and socialize. It’s the bar crawl without that combines a workout, sightseeing and an alfresco experience with tons of laughter. You’ll also discover a whole lot of hidden gems in one of the most exciting cities in the world—what more could you ask for? Book your spot at the bar on wheels here!
20-22. Plan International Trips
A few tropical locales are opening to international tourists in July & August!
This Isolation Bingo is set to be like a ‘night out’ on your sofa, with Charlie Hides herself hosting. Kiki with fellow fans, win prizes and take part in the sassiest game of bingo to exist, as Hides graces your screen with her hilarious quips and enviable wig collection. Grab your tickets here!
Fever Originals brought their stunning concert series into an exclusive live stream setting so you can enjoy them from home! Relive the greatest works of classical music, from Beethoven to Chopin to Vivaldi, bathed in the gentle glow of candlelight. Or, if you want to head outdoors, they are bringing the concerts to stunning L.A. rooftops starting in August.
Gooey, salty, flavorsome cheesy goodness! Join the chefs at Big Mozz for a step-by-step guide to making the world’s best mozzarella sticks. They’ll take you through the recipe that blows people away at Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Citi Field, and events all over the country – we’re talking about the best of the best when it comes to cheesy treats! Book your spot here.
Here are 4 incredible gardens that are open for you to explore right now. It’s worth noting that reservations are required and booking ahead is the best chance you have of seeing the incredible blooms.
This is a special drive-in concert experience featuring The Fab Four, the Ultimate Tribute to the Beatles at The OC Fair & Event Center. The Fab Four have performed an annual show at The Pacific Amphitheatre every summer for the last 10 years and their shows are not something to be missed! Book your tickets here.
The legendary Last Bookstore has reopened, giving you a magical world of book tunnels to wander through and tons of literary treasures to uncover and take home with you for your summer reading. As the lockdown has begun to roll back (and fourth) we have been highlighting small, independent businesses to their story and share it with the world. If you’re a small business or know of one that you would like us to cover, you can get in touch with here.
Enjoy a private 3-hour sailing adventure from Marina del Rey to the Malibu coastline and back while enjoying specially prepared hors d’oeuvres made by the chef and captain himself. Have up-close encounters with wildlife of the Pacific, while relaxing in a pristine marine environment. Experience the self-healing that can happen when you slow down enough to catch up with yourself! Book yourself a seat in pure luxury!
The cheerful purple and yellow fast-food chain with a cow mascot that played a significant role in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Dogma, and Clerks II has relaunched in WeHo. And it all benefits No Us Without You, a fundraiser that helps feed families of undocumented restaurant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. After crashing Postmates (twice) with the insanely popular Brodie Bruce chocolate-covered pretzels and Cock Smoker chicken sandwich in its first run, Kevin Smith has relaunched the Mooby’s pop-up for an exciting pick-up experience.
34. Delve Into Rich Stories Told Through 16 Fine Wines By People Of Color On The Annual Diversity Wine Route
Take your taste buds on a journey through 16 different wines and the captivating stories of those who lovingly crafted them. The Diversity Wine Route: 8th Annual Zuri Wine Festival will be an exciting showcase of brands that are made by African Americans, Native Americans and women. And you can explore it all from the comfort of your home. Book your divine wine experience here!
35-37. Cool Off With Some Frosty Treats
Sometimes you can’t head out to the beach or a pool, so the next best thing is to dive straight into a frozen dessert or make yourself one. Here are some recommendations:
- Here’s The Official Recipe To Disney’s Iconic Dole Whip
- 7 Glorious Frozen Treats You Can Have Delivered In L.A. Right Now
- This Black-Owned Rainbow Treat Truck Has Opened Its First Store On Melrose Avenue
Think you can devour an entire pound of calamari? Why blow money on a vacation when you can just drive along the California coast to a cafe on a private beach in Malibu? This cafe on a private beach in Malibu is the R&R destination you need in your life.
39-40. Explore The Country
America has so much to explore and discover, why not start your planning with these two options below:
- 10 Breathtaking U.S. National Parks That You Need To Explore
- Travel America By Train With This Truly Epic Railway Journey
If it was hard for people to meet before…it’s even harder while we’re quarantined. This unique virtual dating event will help you meet new people and make real human connections from your home with Fever Originals & Chorus. They’ll curate small groups of people to rotate throughout the evening to chat on topics that align to your interests, and then rotate the groups throughout the event to facilitate a safe and easy environment for folks to feel comfortable, and of course, have fun! Check it out here.
Candlelight is paying homage to some of the best black composers of the classical music world! This celebratory journey features the evolution of music by black composers from 1773 to today. You don’t need to know all things classical music to enjoy the evening, simply sit back and savor the stunning atmosphere and pieces you’ll hear from the comfort of your own home. Let Chevalier de Saint George, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Jessie Montgomery take you into the clouds and brighten up your days of social distancing. Get tickets here.
43-44. Catch A Fascinating Online Talk
Summer is not just about keeping your body active but your mind too. Deep dive into subjects with these truly fascinating online talks with top industry professionals:
Learn to set up your own DIY mushroom grow at home. With insight from experienced cultivators, you can use this methodology for a variety of medicinal fungi. Growing your own mushrooms only takes about 9 weeks, from prep to harvest, and this course will be holding your hand the whole way through. Follow along with these easy-to-digest tutorial videos, and written companions, and you’ll be sprouting spores in no time.
There are restaurants… and then there are vibrant experiences that awaken all the senses. Nestled in the heart of downtown LA, Le Grand Restaurant is such a gem. Join Le Grand Restaurant for happy hour! This ticket includes entry and two signature cocktails between 3 pm and 6 pm, plus you can get any pizza for $19. In addition, Le Grand Wine Market is offering a wide range of wine at retail prices! If you’d like to enjoy a bottle of wine during happy hour, the corkage fee will be waived. From the carefully curated bar program and wine cellar stocked with old and new world wines to an assortment of custom-crafted dishes that excite one’s palette, Le Grand is a place you rush to visit and delay leaving. Get involved!
47-48. Enjoy Your Wine With A View On One Of These Escapes
Nothing makes a good view even better than a glass of fine wine. Here are to incredible escapes withing reach of L.A. that offer just that:
- Sip On Wine In One Of These Adorable Vintage Trailers At This Vineyard In California
- Walk Above The Clouds And Sip On Award-Winning Wine At This Private Malibu Estate
Don’t miss this spectacular super bloom—since we were all indoors for the actual one. The captivating 15-acre light display across rolling hills at Sensorio in Paso Robles will reopen on June 12, after closing in March in response to the pandemic. The field filled with around 60,000 fiber-optic stemmed spheres, turns into a glowing technicolor blanket when the sun goes down. Find out more.
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