Celebrate the Earth this weekend by volunteering to help clean up our beautiful beaches, parks, trails and more. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, make a plan to grab some limited-edition food from the LA Food Pop Up at Platform, and then drive around town to check out the L.A. Billboard Project—a unique, free, open-air art exhibit on view from the comfort of your own car. For the full list of weekend picks, scroll below!

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Los Angeles

Wee Jammin’ with Little Play Society
The beloved kids gym now offers socially distanced, outdoor classes. Little Play’s Wee Jammin’ 2 (for ages 2-5) launched on Sept. 2 at Little Play Park (aka Los Angeles High Memorial Park). The classes are held every Wed. and Sat. at 9:45 a.m., right after the original Wee Jammin’ class (for kids under 2), which now starts at 9 a.m. There will be sanitized instruments and props for kids to jam with. Sat. Event details.

Nothing but B.L.K. Flea
Join NBB Flea at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Outdoor Promenade, next to the Farmers Market for a chance to interact with local Black-owned businesses and vendors. Sat. Event details.

Walk for the Wild
Walk with us on a virtual international tour to discover the Zoo’s conservation impact and meet the people who are defending and protecting the world’s precious biodiversity for the benefit of all. It’s your chance to be part of an extraordinary journey, connect with fellow wildlife lovers, and get fit – all in support of the Zoo’s mission. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

The Great LA River Cleanup Returns
Each year, FoLAR organizes the Great LA River CleanUp, one of the most significant environmental stewardship events in the region and officially the largest urban river cleanup in the country. Every year, the CleanUp brings thousands of Angelenos down to the River to work together to remove several tons of trash – trash that would otherwise pollute the River and harm wildlife before dumping into the Pacific Ocean. This year, volunteers will be able to join us at small, in-person cleanups or conduct a self-guided effort in their communities. Registration will launch on April 22, 2021 – join our email list to stay up-to-date with more information and registration details! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Earth Day with Wildflowers
To celebrate Earth Day and the beauty of California native blooms, California Garden Horticulturist Layla Valenzuela will create a display featuring both real wildflowers and hand-crafted paper flowers. This special installation will be on view in El Portal in the California Garden. Included in membership or the cost of admission. Members can enter without an advance ticket, but visitors who are not members and guests not covered under a membership will need advance tickets with timed entry. No tickets will be sold at the gardens. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Drive-In Movies in Culver City
Drive-In At The Park returns for its second season in LA County Parks. Lake, Mountain, and Park locations create a magical experience in the most gorgeous settings. New features this season include curated cuisines & beverages from your favorite food trucks, themed nights for the family, SoCal’s largest screen and state-of-the-art laser projection. Spring and Summer evenings out, are back. See ya at the drive-in! Fri.-Sat. Event details.

2021 L.A. Billboard Project
The non-profit arts organization The Billboard Creative opens its Seventh exhibition, bringing large-format art from emerging and established artists to 30 billboards across Los Angeles. Hop in the car and drive to experience this unique open-air art exhibition. An online interactive map shows billboard locations and artist information. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

LA Food Pop-up Renaissance: A Series
Highlighting a new crop of LA culinary talents reshaping the food scene with creative, homegrown formats. Every Saturday in the Patio behind Blue Bottle. While you’re there, don’t forget to grab Olly’s Soft Pretzels—once a week on Saturday you can pick up Olly’s fresh-baked soft pretzels at the kiosk across from Blue Bottle. Pre-order or swing by Saturday morning, while supplies last! From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Up this week? Central Texas-style meats from the smoker, sandwiches and sides from chef Danny Gordon. Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Outdoor Adventure Hunt
The Outdoor Adventure Hunt is an active and family-friendly activity that exercises the mind and body. Using GPS and QR code technology, players will navigate their way to designated marker points hidden in Orange County. The activity runs for seven days, from Apr. 19 through Apr. 25, 2021, and can be played at any time throughout this period. Fun for ages young and old, with family or alone, the Outdoor Adventure Hunt encourages players to step outside and explore local surroundings such as parks, libraries, trails, and historical landmarks. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Outdoor Volunteer Day
Come plant with us to restore habitat and remove invasive grasses to protect habitat. Sign up at Volunteer Hub. Sat. Event details.

Enjoy a Starlite Outdoor Movie Night
Enjoy the onscreen action on southern California’s largest outdoor inflatable screen and professional-grade FM transmitter! More info on movies and times on Facebook. Sun. Event details.

Native Plant Garden Tour
Do you enjoy the natural wonders the coast of Southern California has to offer? Have you ever wanted to know more about the beautiful plants around you? Then join in on this California Native Plant tour! Come learn how to identify certain iconic native plants and hear about how native animals and people use them. You’ll also take a look at special adaptations that native plants have for survival. You’ll even have the opportunity to practice your naturalist art skills. Sun. Event details.

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—Andie Huber


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