What’s Happening This Week: July 20, 2020

Los Angeles Greater Area

Yes, new restaurants are still a thing

Some pretty intriguing eateries are slipping in without a lot of fanfare all over LA. From Kanzawa style curry to Southern style brisket, here’s a guide to check the next time you’re bored with your usual takeout spots.

The Dodgers just released their 2020 schedule

Needless to say, there are quite a few rule changes, and yes, initial games will be played to empty stadiums. Here’s a rundown of how this unprecedented season will play out.

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All LA drive-ins and what they’re screening

Car-centric movie venues have been popping up all over the place. Now there’s one handy online calendar that shows you where they are and what they’re showing next. Grab the keys and popcorn.

Two words: brewery hikes.

These days, nothing feels better than an open trail. Except maybe one with a great craft beer at the end. Here are ten easy day trips that deliver a refreshing experience, start to foamy finish.


San Francisco Bay Area

Beach chic in Santa Cruz

It’s not just a scruffy beach town anymore. Santa Cruz has been cleaning up its act recently and is now home to boutique hotels, artisan eats, chic shopping, craft breweries, and more. And don’t worry: The city’s wonderful surfer free spirit is alive and well. Check out everything that the new modern Santa Cruz has to offer.

National wonder in-state

California is a BIG state and it’s a great time to get outdoors. From the towering trees of Redwood to the majestic waterfalls of Yosemite to the otherworldly geography of Death Valley to the water wonderland of Channel Island, learn the wonders of the state’s nine national parks.  

Cooling off in Sonoma

As evidenced by the sunbaked golden-brown rolling hills, the summer weather is heating up in Wine Country. Which means one thing for anyone under 18: Pool time. The good news is that outdoor public and hotel pools have been allowed to open in Sonoma County provided social distancing is maintained. Here’s a handy list of which ones are open and what you should know before you go. 

Fair fun on the run

Alas, most of the Bay Area’s wonderful annual county fairs have been cancelled. But you can still get into the deep-fried, high flying, kid smiling spirit of things—just at a safe distance. From drive-in movies and drive-through fair food, to virtual junior livestock auctions and digital horse racing, here’s how to get in on the fun.   

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