Outside the Noah’s Ark galleries there's an interactive rainbow sculpture. Photo by John Elder
Outside the Noah’s Ark galleries there's an interactive rainbow sculpture. Photo by John Elder

28 Things To Do in LA this Weekend: The Skirball Reopens, Lavender Fields, and Virtual Bug Fair

Okay Moms, you had your day. Now it's back to business as usual, and we mean that in the best possible way. Life in Los Angeles is inching ever closer toward normalcy, as one by one all of our favorites return. This week the big news is the Skirball, which is once again opening its doors and welcoming visitors starting Saturday.

And it looks like it’s going to be one sizzling summer! ​Hot off the presses we have the 2021 schedule for the Hollywood Bowl. Get ready for what are sure to be some memorable nights, starting with a celebration for July 4th with Kool and the Gang—tickets go on sale this week.

Virtual options still abound for those taking a more cautious approach: The Natural History Museum’s Bug Fair is presented on Saturday as is the Musco’s Heartbeat of Mexico Mariachi Fest, and two series debut on streaming services. And for those who want to escape from LA (just for a quick day trip), a visit to these lavender fields looks enchanting.

It's business as usual, so keep reading for our usual list of (utterly amazing) picks for the weekend...

Editor's note: If you arrive at an event that feels too crowded (or the wait is too long for your kids!), try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do. And remember to plan outings in advance, as many venues require timed-entry tickets or reservations to limit crowd size.

Places featured in this article:


El Capitan Theatre
upcoming events
(Wed May 5, 2021 - Sun May 23, 2021) Disney Classics at the El Capitan

Dodger Stadium
upcoming events
(Tue May 11, 2021 - Wed Jun 2, 2021) Dodger Home Games

Angel Stadium of Anaheim
upcoming events
(Mon May 17, 2021 - Wed Jun 9, 2021) Angels Home Games

Norton Simon Museum
upcoming events
(Thu May 20, 2021 - Mon Jun 28, 2021) Open: Norton Simon

Ventura County Fairgrounds
upcoming events
(Thu May 20, 2021 - Sat Jun 19, 2021) Concerts in Your Car: Ventura County Fairgrounds
(Fri Apr 16, 2021 - Fri Jun 18, 2021) Movies in Your Car - Ventura

Knott's Berry Farm
upcoming events
(Fri May 21, 2021 - Mon Sep 6, 2021) Knott’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

GRAMMY Museum
upcoming events
(Fri May 21, 2021 - Sun Jun 27, 2021) Open: Grammy Museum

Various Locations, including Sears Parking Lot
upcoming events
(Thu Mar 4, 2021 - Sun May 30, 2021) Electric Dusk Drive-In 2021

The Roadium Open Air Market
upcoming events
(Fri Jan 8, 2021 - Fri Jun 11, 2021) Friday Night Flicks Drive-In at the Roadium

Greek Theatre
upcoming events
(Fri May 14, 2021 - Sat May 22, 2021) Cinespia Drive-In at the Greek Theatre

East Walker Ranch
upcoming events
(Fri Mar 19, 2021 - Sat Jun 19, 2021) City Cinema

Southern California Railway Musuem
upcoming events
(Sat May 22, 2021) BBQ, Boots, & Brew

Various locations in Orange County, including Marguerite Aquatics Center
upcoming events

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
upcoming events

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
upcoming events
(Sat May 1, 2021 - Sat May 29, 2021) Aquarium-on-the-Beach Outdoor Program

Music Center Plaza
upcoming events
(Mon May 24, 2021 - Sun May 30, 2021) The Super Villainz Tap Dance Park

Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
upcoming events
(Tue Mar 9, 2021 - Tue Jun 29, 2021) Tuesday Night Dance

Americana at Brand
upcoming events
(Fri May 7, 2021 - Fri May 28, 2021) Storytime on The Green with Barnes & Noble (Americana)

Parking Lot #11
upcoming events
(Thu May 13, 2021 - Thu Sep 30, 2021) Beach Eats To Go

Santa Monica Airport Interim Open Space
upcoming events
(Wed Apr 28, 2021 - Sat Jul 3, 2021) Rooftop Cinema Drive-In at Santa Monica

Numerous locations in Los Angeles, including: Grand Park LA
upcoming events
(Sat May 1, 2021 - Mon May 31, 2021) We Rise LA

Kidspace Chidren's Museum
upcoming events
(Thu May 6, 2021 - Mon Jun 28, 2021) Open: Kidspace

Disneyland Resort
upcoming events
(Fri Apr 30, 2021 - Wed Jun 30, 2021) Open: Disneyland & Disney California Adventure

Highland Springs Ranch & Inn
upcoming events
(Fri May 14, 2021 - Thu Jul 29, 2021) A Walk Through the Lavender Fields

Skirball Cultural Center
upcoming events
(Sat May 15, 2021 - Wed Jun 30, 2021) Open: The Skirball Cultural Center
Rooftop Cinema Drive-In at Santa Monica
Santa Monica Airport Interim Open Space - various times
SOAR: Tropical Butterflies at South Coast Botanic Garden
South Coast Botanic Garden - various times
Open: Aquarium of the Pacific
Aquarium of the Pacific - various times
Spring@Descanso: Signs of Spring
Descanso Gardens - various times
Open: LACMA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art - various times
Neighborhood Guides
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