It is often said that life imitates art. For many of us it can be a struggle to find fresh new things to do in LA, even surrounded by an endless list of activities. Whether you are an aspiring artist, are looking to bring intrigue to your next date night, or are curious to dip your toe into the LA art scene, we’ve looked into a number of art-based activities that even the starving artist could enjoy.
Summary: Enjoy fresh sushi and an assortment of whiskeys surrounded by a variety of art carefully selected and imported from Tokyo. Benefit from happy hour prices Tuesday through Friday from 5 to 6:30 PM. Live music and DJs can be enjoyed on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays as you dine under a 5,500 gallon fish tank. Don’t forget to make your reservation for date night!
Location: Arts District
Summary: Amusement park and art exhibition rolled into one! Luna Luna combines the work of artists such Jean-Michel Basquiat and Salvador Dalí with the whimsy of an old-school carnival.These rides, games, and attractions have been inspired by the 1987 Hamburg, Germany experience. Come one, come all, tickets are on sale now.
Location: Westwood Village
Summary: Enjoy a free day of art exhibitions at the Hammer Museum with no reservation required. Open every day except for Monday, the Hammer offers a number of collections to be viewed at any given time. Feeling hungry? Not to worry. Dine at Lulu. This inventive bar and restaurant is located on-site. Take advantage of the bar’s open-seating policy during operating hours. Reservations are encouraged.
Location: Miracle Mile
Summary: Add LACMA to your LA to-do list. Whether you are simply enjoying the museum or interested in taking a class, LACMA is accessible and affordable. Drop-in painting and fiber-making classes are available on Saturdays and Sundays for free with admission. Don’t forget, LA residents get discounted tickets with a valid ID during normal business hours and free admission after 3 PM Monday through Friday
Summary: Interested in a truly immersive yoga experience? Breathe in Van Gogh and allow yourself to become fully entranced as you practice yoga surrounded by his work. This experience is perfect for those looking to change up their normal fitness practices. Led by a professional yoga instructor, this hour-long class is sure to ignite your creative side.
Summary: Enjoy your Saturday afternoon roaming around the Mosaic Tile House. LA natives Pann and Gonzalo have created a colorful oasis out of their Venice home. Explore the beautiful twists and turns their live-in art takes you on while you tour their property and personal collection of art. Reservations required.
Location: Highland Park
Summary: This happy hour will leave you feeling inspired. From 5-6 join The Creative Café for their Journal + Draw Happy Hour. Bring your sketch pad or notebook and look forward to a creative environment surrounded by like minded people. A drink is included with your reservation.
Summary: Bring culture to your Thursday nights. Join us for the DTLA Art Walk the first Thursday of every month. You’ll experience emerging artists, night markets, and performance arts at the very least. Appreciate the fresh air and unique pieces you are bound to see.
Location: Mar Vista
Summary: Get the art show experience with the cocktail bar vibes. This bar is constantly showing new artists and offering live music and dance classes. With a unique CBD infused drink menu, you are sure to have an out of body, art-based experience.
Location: Santa Monica
Summary: Enjoy all the art community has to offer at the Bergamot Station Arts Center. With more than 15 exhibits, writing boot camps, live entertainment, and food and drink vendors there is little left to be desired. Enjoy the Arts Center Tuesday to Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM and appreciate the free parking. What more could you ask for?