Moon 52 Things to Do in Los Angeles

Moon 52 Things to Do in Los Angeles

Local Spots, Outdoor Recreation, Getaways

Teena Apeles


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From the market you haven’t hit yet to the desert getaway you keep meaning to plan, experience something new right here at home with Moon 52 Things to Do in Los Angeles.

  • Cool things to do in and around the city: Check out the art galleries in West Adams, hop on a Jeepney in Historic Filipinotown, and learn a craft from local artisans. Sample street tacos on Sunset, enjoy a platter of Ethiopian food, or experience a drag-show brunch. Bike or skate along the LA River, search for sea life in the tide pools of San Pedro, or hike to the Griffith or Mount Wilson observatories
  • Day trips and weekend getaways: Take the Pacific Surfliner Train from Union Station to Solana Beach, kayak on Lake San Marcos, or wander Ojai’s nature preserves. Rent a golf cart on Catalina Island, shop and dine along Santa Barbara’s State Street , or immerse yourself in desert artwork in the Coachella Valley
  • Experiences broken down by category: Find to do lists for each season, activities for kids, outdoor adventures, arts and culture, food and drinks, live entertainment, and more
  • A local's advice: Longtime Angeleno author Teena Apeles knows the city's ins and outs, from unexpected street art to hidden local history
  • Inspirational full-color photos throughout
  • Easy-to-scan planning tips: Addresses, nearby attractions, and tips for avoiding the crowds if you're heading to a popular spot
What are you doing this weekend? Try something new with Moon 52 Things to Do in Los Angeles.

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Teena Apeles:
Teena Apeles is a native Angeleno who has spent two decades writing and editing for print and digital media, tackling youth activism, urban archaeology, Filipino cuisine, overseas adoption, and much more. Teena has written for numerous outlets, including KCET, PBS SoCal, PBS Canvas, LAistWHERE Traveler, BUST, Giant Robot, Pasadena Weekly, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Downtown News, and Hunker. Along the way she has interviewed hundreds of people, including music icon Linda Ronstadt, Broadway star Lea Salonga, art disruptor Jeffrey Deitch, and basketball legend Magic Johnson.

Teena has authored and edited numerous books covering a wide range of topics, from comic book culture and L.A.’s public parks to women’s history and creature design. Her works have included Women Warriors: Adventures from History's Greatest Female Fighters, as well as contributions to the anthologies Mothers Before, Bare Your Soul: The Thinking Girl's Guide to Enlightenment, Father Poems, DIRT: The Quirks, Habits, and Passion of Keeping House, Geography of Rage: Remembering the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, and the forthcoming The Auntie Sewing Squad Guide to Mask-Making, Radical Care, and Racial Justice During COVID-19.

In 2016, Teena founded the Los Angeles–based creative collective Narrated Objects, which produces books and experiences to showcase the diverse voices of the city of Los Angeles. For her work with Narrated Objects, she has received an Awesome Grant, a Creative Economic Development Fund Grant, and a Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature Assembly.