(Credit: Kris Holbrook)

(Credit: Kris Holbrook)


If you’re like most people, the holidays have left you wondering what to do. So, what now? You might think that there’s nothing left to do, but the City of Angels is always loaded with great weekend activities. There is an infinite list of things to check out this weekend. So much in fact that we’ve sifted through the bulk of activities to find the good ones just for you.

Friday, January 8
(Credit: Matthew Imaging)

(Credit: Matthew Imaging)


LA Philharmonic
The Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.laphil.com

Among the architectural treasures that dot the city, the Walt Disney Concert Hall remains a world-class destination in both sight and sound as the West Coast’s answer to the New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. This Friday night, under the direction of conductor Daniel Harding, the world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax will perform classic works from Schumann along with the LA Philharmonic. A powerful evening of melodic mastery, there really is nothing like a night with the Phil in LA. Give yourself a reason to dress up and soak in some culture.

Saturday, January 9
(Credit: Benjamin Jet)

(Credit: Benjamin Jet)


Escape Room LA
120 E 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 689-3229
www.escaperoomla.com

If you are looking to make your social experience a bit more stimulating and interactive, Escape Room LA has four reasons to give them a shot. An intellectual workout in a social setting, you along with 10-12 people are dropped into different theme rooms and locked in. Working with others, you have to solve clues that will ultimately allow you to escape the room. Scary? Not really. Challenging? Absolutely. With themes like, The Cavern and The Alchemist, the atmosphere is authentic and the urgency is real. If your weekends have grown stale, here is your escape.

(credit: istockphoto)

(credit: istockphoto)


Window Shopping on Retro Row
4th Street of Long Beach
Between Temple and Cherry
www.4thstreetlongbeach.com

Leading the charge among some of the Southland’s more progressive and creative corners, Long Beach continues to be a destination for the artistically inclined. From music, style, cuisine, and art, the suburban sprawl has a small town charm with a very modern approach. A prime example of that is known as Retro Row, a small stretch of 4th Street between Temple and Cherry. Home to The Art Theatre, a plethora of boutiques, and fine crafted casual faire like Lola’s, The Pike, and The Social List, a stroll down 4th means plenty to eat, see, and potentially take home.

Sunday, January 10
(Credit: Josh McNair, CaliforniaThroughMyLens.com)

(Credit: Josh McNair, CaliforniaThroughMyLens.com)


Shipwreck Hike
Rocky Shore
Paseo Del Mar and Flat Rock Point
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

In 1961, a ship destined for Los Angeles from Vancouver never made it. Though the Coast Guard worked to salvage the ship, the SS Dominator ultimately had to be abandoned. The remains are still on the shore of Palos Verdes today. The trail to get to the shipwreck, although very rocky, culminates in one of the most breathtaking views Southern California has to offer. The rusted ship is surrounded by tide pools and picturesque costal views well worth the trek over the tough terrain.

(Credit: Kris Holbrook)

(Credit: Kris Holbrook)


Malibu Wine Safari
32111 Mulholland Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(818) 497-2206
www.lasafaris.com

The last place you’d picture when mentioning a safari would be Malibu, but yes, it does exist. Combining local wine, a four-wheel drive trek through the vineyards of Malibu, and plenty of wildlife that you actually get to feed, things can get pretty surreal. Zebras, alpacas, and giraffes, all cross your path while you explore the 1000-acre spread and sip on some vino. The incredible experience might lead you to believe the booze is winning, but the surroundings are all very real and equally spectacular.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.
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