What's Up LA

What’s Up in August

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So grateful to swim with this amazing guy! Hope you got some R and R this summer.
All the best,
Julie


Architecture

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How architects are using virtual reality to walk through buildings that don’t yet exist

For centuries, architects have employed drawings and models to display and explain design plans. Virtual reality has turned things up a notch — some architects use the technology because it not only allows them to see a proposed building, it lets them get a sense of what it might feel like. Learn more here.


Local Happenings

Embrace Summer with Free Outdoor Movies

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Enjoy a summer night out and watch a movie at Echo Park Lake or Silver Lake’s Sunset Triangle Plaza this month. August’s free screenings will feature fan favorites including “Remember the Titans” and “Wonder Woman.” Click here for more information.


Explore the Los Angeles Zoo After Dark

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The LA Zoo’s summer music series, Roaring Nights, is back this month with live music, animal encounters, food trucks, bars, and a game zone. The August 17th event will feature country band Highway Starr performing country music hits, two DJs, and a silent disco. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Click here to buy tickets and for more information.

Need a last minute summer getaway?

Summer is quickly concluding, but there’s still time for an easy getaway. From baseball to date shakes, these four California road trips are a must-do this summer! Learn more here.

Carlsbad and San Diego

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Whether you’re roaming Legoland, Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, or the USS Midway Museum, heading south to San Diego offers an assortment of activities for any interest.

For the sports lover, finish the day with a game at Petco Park, then head down to the water and check out newly renovated marine front Kona Kai Resort.

Sacramento, Gold Country, and the American River

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Drive north to this next spot and check out the California State Capitol Museum or Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. Next, head east to the South Fork of the American River—“the best place in California to try whitewater rafting for the first time.”

For the history buff, make your way to Columbia State Historic Park, a whole Gold Rush town populated by re-enactors.

Hearst Castle and the San Luis Obispo Coast

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Peek at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and browse around Higuera Street at this next destination.

Spend a night at the Apple Farm or quirky Madonna Inn.

You have to check out Hearst Castle at San Simeon and after, enjoy a wine tasting. Though most of the 200 or so wineries in these hills are adult-oriented destinations, a dozen or more have things for kids to do, including bocce ball, corn hole, grape-juice tasting, and ping pong.

Palm Springs and Coachella Valley

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Head east on Interstate 10, keeping an eye out for desert windmills, then bear south on California 111 where you’ll find the road to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Continue your explorations on foot and proceed to the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens.

For pools and games, rent a house or stay at a big hotel. On your way back to LA, stop for date shakes at Hadley’s in Cabazon, which dates to the 1930s.


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