Fall may be creeping in, but there’s still a ton of summer fun to be had.
While the days begin to oscillate between mild and boiling, outdoor pursuits still reign this month—even if that involves your car. September is the perfect time to make the most of the California summer and there’s no better way to do that than soaking up the sunshine with patios, drive-in events, rooftop classes, and invigorating open-air activities. Get inspired by this list of things to do in September.
If you have an appetite for good food and love exploring the city, then this self-guided food adventure is the perfect way to see LA’s best neighborhoods and skip 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. Each clue you solve will lead you closer to your next picnic food pickup and even closer to your final stunning secret picnic spot. Book your spot here.
2-4. Roll Straight Into The Action With These Live Drive-In Events
Drive-ins are having a moment, and it’s turning into a full-blown culture. There’s nothing like a good outdoor concert and the absence of them has left a huge, stage-stage shaped hole in our summer. Luckily, drive-ins have provided an exciting alternative that has made us consider installing a hydraulic lift kit so no headbanging goes unnoticed. Until then, here are some of the live acts you can catch from the safety of a normal car:
5-8. Plan Your Halloween
Along with the rise of drive-ins, there’s an array of elaborate drive-throughs taking over outdoor spaces across L.A. for Halloween this year. While some have already begun to some extent, the major events require reservations and with limited capacity, you’ll want to make sure you’ve signed up for ticket releases (if you haven’t already).
- Drive-Into The Upside Down With This Stranger Things Experience Coming To L.A.
- Freeform’s Halloween Road Returns As A Free Drive-Through This Fall
- A Drive-Through Haunted House Is Heading To O.C. This Halloween
- ‘Haunt’Oween LA’ Drive-Thru Features A Pumpkin Patch And Trick-Or-Treating
Botanical gardens never cease to be an inviting respite from the smoke and smog of city life. The blooms are ever-changing and L.A. is lucky to be the home of truly remarkable plant species. So take a day to wander through the tranquil, manicured landscapes and inhale the fresh floral aromas of Mother Nature. Here are 4 gardens that are open for reservations right now.
Get everything you need to create your own candles delivered straight to your doorstep. This traditional art is the perfect way to unwind and inhale the beautiful aromas of lavender, santal and more or you can design your own custom scent using 100% natural oils. You’ll get VIP access to a live Instagram class where you’ll be shown how to mold your way to the flickering magic of candlelight. Book your place here.
Wine pairs perfectly with outdoor activities and when those activities happen with the incredible Santa Monica mountains as a backdrop, you know you’re in for a real treat. Here are a couple of local wine escapes where you can sip on amazing reds and whites while exploring the land that produces them.
- Take A Wine And Bike Tour Through A Vineyard In The Mountains Of Malibu
- Walk Above The Clouds And Sip On Award-Winning Wine At This Private Malibu Estate
Go from beach bum to board pro with this 2-hour surfing lesson that will take you through all the techniques on shore before heading into the ocean to catch some waves. Bring your swimsuit, sunscreen and smile. All the equipment and good vibes are supplied for you. Book your spot here.
17-19. Visit These Local Gems
Leaving the city can be daunting during these uncertain times, luckily there are plenty of local gems that are worth checking out at least once. If you’ve been to any of these spots already, then this may be the perfect time to become a tourist in your own city and rediscover these quirky little gems.
- This Quaint Little Lane Is A Taste Of Europe Hidden In The Heart Of DTLA
- This Mosaicked Venice Gem Is Open To Explore Every Saturday
- Take A Trip Back In Time To The Retro Replica Of The Original In-N-Out In Baldwin Park
Sip on wine as you learn how to craft beautiful wood signs for your home or special events. Turn every occasion into an opportunity to flex your creative muscles (and biceps) with this Wine & Wood Sign Workshop. You’ll gain a new appreciation for different wood types and the unique beauty they produce in each piece. Every birthday, Christmas or holiday will soon be featuring a stunning piece of decor done completely by you!Book your spot here.
Waterfalls hold a certain kind of magic, a kind of magic that makes the grueling hike all worthwhile. While spring may be the optimum time to visit these spots, some of them flow throughout the year and after a healthy bit of rain, the rest of these cascading gems come to life any time of the year. In any case, you’re always promised incredible scenery, fresh air, and a decent workout.
The iconic floating swans are the perfect way to explore the park. You’ll get a thigh workout with views of the lush scenery all while practicing social distancing. Book yourself a fun day out here.
Gather your friends and go back to simpler times with 2 hours filled with laughs, strikes, spares, and a few dreaded gutter balls. The AMC lanes have professional industrial hygienists to ensure you savor your high scores with full peace of mind. Put on your bowling shoes and book yourself a few rounds of fun here.
After almost 6 months of closure, Angelenos can visit the 133-acre L.A. zoo and its 1,400 creatures once again. It closed its doors to the public in mid-March due to the COVID-related state orders and has remained shut for the longest period in the zoo’s history. You’ll have to follow the new health and safety measures in place and book in advance. Find out more here.
Wild waters are fresh on a hot summer’s day, so you might as well enjoy it while you can still bake on warm surrounding rocks after a dip. Here are 9 magical swimming holes around L.A you can hike to right now. If you’re not up for the hike you can always hire someone’s private pool or head to a local swim beach.
Plunge into one of these 10 frozen treats from L.A. ice cream shops. It’s the most delicious way to cool off this summer while support local businesses and it just isn’t quite as appealing in fall.
Do you love the 80s, the 90s, Music, and Bingo? Well, here’s your opportunity to have some fun playing this live Musical Bingo event (song clips instead of bingo balls). You will also get to socialize and make other friends from the Safety and Comfort of your home. Prizes will include an Amazon Gift card, free future events and maybe some other goodies. Book your seat at this virtual event here.
With international travel is on hold, California’s beautiful landscape beckons. The state has endless natural and manmade treasures to explore. From desert art to natural wonders, you’ll have the rest of the year packed with possibilities with these options below.
- 5 Funky Desert Towns You Need To Visit For The Ultimate Road Trip
- This Off-The-Grid Experience On The Edge Of Joshua Tree Is A Desert Paradise
- This Charismatic Dive Bar In Bombay Beach Is 223 Feet Below Sea Level
- Design Your Own Cliffside Dining Experience On An Island Off The Coast Of California
Let the team behind the Mooby’s and Saved by the Bell pop-up experiences treat you to a boozy feast! Make your way down Santa Monica Boulevard and check out WeHo’s newest brunch happening. The menu will feature new takes on classic brunch items like breakfast sando’s, pancakes, and avo toast… the works. Chefs Brandon Gray and Eric Williams are the genius’ responsible for bringing this to life. Get your tickets here and get your brunch on!
While there’s nothing better than cooling off in the ocean, melting amongst droves of people makes it a little less appealing. So, taking a little drive and seeking out less popular beaches will be the only way to survive the heat during a pandemic. Whether you’re looking to surf, sunbathe, play beach volleyball or explore rocky coves, there’ll be something for you here.
COVID may have taken a ton of our favorite activities away but it’s given us a newfound appreciation for dining outdoors. It’s also transforming our outdoor spaces and this new European-style al fresco life may just be here to stay for the rest of 2020 if we’re lucky. Here are some of our favorite ways to eat outdoors:
- Lush, Plant-Filled Rooftops That Are Open In L.A. Right Now
- 10 Amazing Outdoor Patios That Are Open In L.A. Right Now
- This Historic Alleyway In Pasadena Has Been Turned Into A Picturesque Dining Area
- This Cafe On A Private Beach In Malibu Is The R&R Destination You Need In Your Life
57-58. Enjoy The Fresh Air With An Outdoor Workout
Gyms are closed but there’s nothing stopping you from working up a sweat while taking in L.A.’s gorgeous views. Here are some ideas to inspire you.
- 6 Hidden Stairwells To Climb With Scenic Views In L.A.
- Take In A Sunset Or Sunrise Over The Hollywood Hills With These Rooftop Pilates Classes
The ‘All Black Lives Matter’ street art installation has become a permanent feature on Hollywood Boulevard to commemorate the historic march in June. Find out more here.
Looking for something groovy to do for Saturday brunch? Check out the brand new, boozy bottomless mimosa brunch with a disco twist on the El Cid patio. The already historic venue will be transformed from its idyllic hidden paradise patio to a daytime discotheque of vintage brunch vibes. This special themed brunch will celebrate the 70s and 80s. Dressing up is highly, highly encouraged with photo-op moments as you enter the venue. Book your magical gourmet adventure here.
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