9 Things You Absolutely Must Do in L.A. Before Summer Ends
Like taking epic selfies and riding Metro bikes
Truth: Summer doesn’t last forever. But your memories do, and there’s still time to get out there and make some special ones. We teamed up with Moët Ice to bring you everything you need to do before summer ends. You’ve got about five weeks left to enjoy the hot weather, chill attitude and abundance of activities from the valleys to the beaches.
Host the Happiest Hour
Social gatherings seem to happen organically during the summer. But if you’re missing the juicy gossip because you’re playing mixologist all night long, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, play along with the organic flow of the evening and serve the cocktail of the season: Moët Ice Imperial over, you guessed it, ice. And if you’re feeling extra fancy, toss in some strawberries, blackberries or raspberries for added taste and flair.
Ride the New Metro Bikes
Over the past couple months, scores of bike stations have come to Santa Monica and DTLA. You’ll want to be the first among your friends to know how easy it is to explore a neighborhood without a pause to find parking.
Treat Yourself to Seasonal Ice Cream
Shhh, it’s one of the secrets of our health-conscious city: We love our sweet diet splurges. Especially when it’s hyper-local and super-seasonal, like Smitten Ice Cream’s Nectarines & Cream, the flavor that makes the most of that delicious stone fruit pouring out of Cali orchards right now.
Picnic at Echo Park Lake
Paddleboats for rent. Not-too-crowded green expanses to enjoy. A towering geyser-like fountain to admire. And Jack Nicholson shot Chinatown here. What more reason do you need to spread a blanket and loll in this urban oasis?
Indulge in Retail Therapy on Melrose Place
Don’t let the end-of-summer sale at chichi boutique The Line (where designer clothes are displayed in a dream-apartment setting) slip by without scoring yourself an uber-comfy pair of slide sandals, wide-leg cropped pants or other warm-weather essentials.
Try Yoga on the Water
You love your outdoor exercise, so take it to the next level at least once before summer is over with a Yogaqua class in Marina Del Rey. The calm harbor makes standing up easy—and falling off the standup paddleboard into the cool water is totally acceptable.
Watch an Outdoor Movie
Street Food Cinema, Rooftop Cinema Club and Cinespia project films in the oddest places: in parks, atop DTLA buildings and next to graves in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, respectively. From vintage fare like Clueless to this year’s Best Picture The Revenant, there’s something here for you at the beyond-fun 21st-century version of a drive-in.