What's Happening This Week: May 18, 2021

Los Angeles Greater Area

Weekend escapes under 3 hours away

Around the world, people dream of flying to vacation spots you can easily motor to in a morning. Go ahead—take advantage of your SoCal cred and zip off to beaches, vineyards, and other destinations the rest of the world would love to see. That’s what living here is for.

Get a bonus by registering now for summer’s LA River Cleanup

It’s not happening until June and July—but if you sign up early for a spot along the river, you’ll get a free Cleanup Starter Kit with a FoLAR neck gaiter, trash bags, gloves, maps and a limited edition LA River postcard. Some sites are already waitlisted, so claim your spot now!

Courtesy of Folar

Your latest farmers market guide

One of the greatest delights of living here is knowing fresh, locally grown produce is always just around the corner. Since finding it is all about knowing where (and when) to look, here’s the most current rundown of Southern California’s bountiful farmers’ markets.

Malibu’s 16 essential seaside eateries

When it comes to outdoor dining paradise, nothing beats the Malibu coast. Whether you’re in the mood for simple grilled fish and fries or an upscale dining experience designed by famous chefs, this sparkling stretch of coastline has it all. With a sun-drenched ambience to match.

Courtesy of Malibu Farm

San Francisco Bay Area

Veggie delight

Great news for Bay Area vegetarians. Kyle and Katina Connaughton, the couple behind the three-Michelin starred Healdsburg restaurant SingleThread, are launching a meatless eatery this summer. Little Saint is a more casual concept that will be located in the former SHED space, also in Healdsburg. 

Courtesy of SingleThread

Read local

Looking for a good summer (or late spring) read? Here’s a handy list of 20 books either by or about Bay Areans, including new releases by Berkeleyites Alice Waters and Michael Lewis. Why not take it as an opportunity to support your local bookstore, as well?   

Courtesy of @ohemareads on Instagram

Valencia Street explored 

You could make a compelling argument that Valencia Street is currently San Francisco’s most culturally relevant thoroughfare. Here’s a guide to the best restaurants, bars, and boutiques along this iconic 10-block stretch. Pro Tip: The street is completely car-free on Saturdays. 

Courtesy of @wildhawk_sf on Instagram

Celebrating Asian culture in the Bay

It’s always great to acknowledge the impact and cultural influence of Asian Americans in the Bay Area. Given the recent increase in violence against this vibrant segment of the community, it’s all the more reason to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Check out this list of events happening across the region through the rest of May.