There’s plenty of ground to cover in Los Angeles and that kind of terrain means an ample amount of things to see, do, and experience every weekend. From the coast line to some culture, from science and aerospace to strutting your stuff on the dance floor, you have so much to look forward to this weekend. Here is a quick listing of the people, places, and faces worth your two days off of work.
Venice Pride Sign Lighting Ceremony
Pacific Ave. & Windward Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
The iconic Venice sign that welcomes visitors around Pacific and Windward Avenues will be transformed into a vibrant rainbow of the word Pride this Friday night. The ceremonial lighting of the sign marks the city’s first gay pride event, a no-brainer for a destination as diverse and eclectic as Venice is known to be. A nod to the first openly gay LA Councilmember, Bill Rosendahl, Venice was a favorite location for the city official who recently passed. Complete with a street dance party planned to go well into the night and all of the local businesses, bars, and restaurants ready to contribute to the celebration, Venice will especially energetic this weekend.
ShipKicker County Music Festival
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
Not that you ever need an excuse to strap on a good looking pair of cowboy boots, but rocking a pair on the water is something else. The Queen Mary is hosting their second annual, clever-named Shipkicker shindig and they have a full day and evening jam-packed with some nine different performances across two stages. Dylan Scott, Clare Dunn, and Easton Corbin handle the headlining duties, but beginning at 1pm, the sun and water will be nice as the doors open for a bit of cocktails and country music. Along with the Shipkicker Saloon offering a much more intimate setting for some particular cozy acoustic performances, this is a full day good tunes with a spectacular view of the Queen’s Harbor.
Redondo Beach Pier
Corner of 190th & Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
About as wholesome an experience as you can get, the Redondo Pier offers a bit of something for everyone. With attractions like their semi-submersible submarine that allows for underwater views, to the classic arcade complete with a tilt-a-whirl ride, it really is something out of a movie. The 70,000 square feet of path that sits 25 feet above the water is scenic sure, but there’s so much to do while out for a stroll. With restaurants, bars, and plenty of souvenir shops, a spectacular view isn’t the only thing you’ll get when hitting one of the California coats best piers.
Mt Rubidoux Park
4706 Mount Rubidoux Dr.
Riverside, CA 92501
Home to one of the biggest Easter celebrations anywhere as well as Riverside’s grand Fourth of July fireworks show, Mt. Rubidoux Park is a major part of Riverside, but important in the historical make up of Los Angeles. With ties to Father Junipero Serrra and the missionaries, the grounds are as storied as they are picturesque. The 3.5 square mile space is so important that the city residents themselves maintain a volunteer program that works with the city’s parks and recreation department to maintain and further enrich the park within the community. Stacked with great hiking and plenty to see atop the Santa Ana river, Mt. Rubidoux is a gorgeous place to visit over any weekend.
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Remember when the Space Shuttle Endeavor cruised those long 12 miles from LAX to Inglewood and all of Southern California went nuts for an afternoon? The shuttle now permanently on display at the California Science Center and will anchor the still being built Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center addition to the CSC facility. You have to make reservations but when you do, you get an intimate look at the incredible technology that has some very real roots to California scientists and engineers. Incredible in size alone, the intricacies of a working space shuttle are mind-blowing and a real treasure to have in SoCal. Make a reservation. You will not be disappointed.