How to Find Things to Do in LA for New Angelenos

Are you new to Los Angeles? If so, you're in the right place, my friend! I, too, was once new to the vast (and sometimes scary overwhelming) La-La-Land. But, stick with me and you'll be exploring in no time. This post if for anyone wondering how to find things to do in LA.  I know what you're thinking. There's SO MUCH to do and see in Los Angeles, where do you even begin?! I've gathered some of the best resources available (other than my blog, of course) to help other new Angelenos find Los Angeles activities worth experiencing. Use this guide to discover great art, amazing places to eat, awesome hikes, and more. Be sure to share with anyone you know looking for ways to find things to do in LA on the cheap!













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Where to Even Begin?

One thing is certain, Los Angeles has it all: great food, architectural treasures, famous works of art, and cultural treasures. But, if you're like me, you can feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of things to do in Los Angeles.

So, how do you sort through your options to find something you are interested in doing? Luckily, there are some great resources out there to help you find things to do in LA that won't break the bank.

My Los Angeles Story

When we first arrived in Los Angeles, I remember feeling hungry to know more about the city. So, I started searching for affordable things to do (I had NO job), especially cultural events and sights.

Using the Web, I found tons of information on things to do in LA. Slowly, I began to build an arsenal of go-to resources that suited our interests (cheap, fun, culturally-centered, historic, interesting).

Here are a few suggestions to get you started on your search for things to do in LA. Keep in mind, these suggestions are purely my own. I either subscribe to or follow the online media sources, and I own the print resources listed. If something isn't listed here, it just means I haven't gotten around to it yet.

Social Media

Below is a list of the local LA resources which offer email and social media updates on things to do in LA. This list is in no particular order nor is it comprehensive. Be warned, though: you will get A LOT of very helpful emails.

Print Media

LA Times subscribers can receive a daily paper delivered straight to your door. Or they can get unlimited access to online articles full of things to do in LA.

LA Weekly publishes a weekly paper and has an extensive online catalog of things to do in LA. The comprehensive resource is the best way to stay up-to-date on a variety of cultural events, shows, exhibits, etc. Best of all, it's FREE!

LA Magazine publishes a beautiful magazine each and every month with culturally significant events, persons, and things to do in LA.

Secret Stairs by Charles Fleming offers readers a step-by-step guide for an active way to experience LA history. Although the guide isn't free, the walks sure are.

L.A. Bizarro by Anthony Lovett is a unique, fun-filled book that showcases the unusual side of LA.

An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles by Robert Winter is a comprehensive resource sure to please any architecture-lover.

Sights and Attractions

Because there are too many to list here, I've dedicated a whole page on my blog to feature some of my best Los Angeles suggestions. In addition, I also suggest checking out WeLikeLA's Cool Stuff to Do in Los Angeles, a comprehensive A-Z list of things to do in LA. Print and refer to the list if all else fails.

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  1. Sanura on November 16, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Great post! Although I was born and raised in LA, I very frequently still draw a blank when thinking of things to get into so I definitely have to tap into these resources. And I’ve never heard of the Secret Stairs guide so I may have to invest! Thank you for sharing!

    • on November 16, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Secret Stairs was one of the very first things I bought after moving here and am always glad I did!!! It is a steal ???? at that price too! I have meet several LA-natives who have said the same thing about what to do here. I truly have a love affair with the city which I think helps. Hope some of the links lead you to a local adventure. Keep me posted!

  2. Jennifer on May 18, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    I usually put the word out on Twitter, but I love your idea of print magazines and printed guides. This is a great idea!

    • on May 21, 2016 at 8:55 am

      Thanks! The Secret Stairs is such a fun guide that’s brought us hours of fun. So glad we bought it.

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