5 Ways to Fight the Festival Season FOMO

When everyone in LA runs away to the desert, THIS is what you should do.

Words by Jessica Wu

You know the drill, festival season arrives and LA turns into a ghost town. Fringe, sequins, mesh, and body jewelry are reigning supreme. The FOMO (“fear of missing out”) is real. When your Instagram feed blows up with *seemingly* everyone and their moms en route to the festival grounds, here’s exactly how you should enjoy your weekend sans dust, desert, and dehydration.

1. Unleash Your Inner Bibliophile

LA ART BOOK FAIR | THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY AT MOCA | FREE

4.13 | 4.14 | 4.15

If you remember the thrill of Scholastic Book Fairs as a child, this is like an adult playground for your inner bibliophile. Presented by Printed Matter, the LA Art Book Fair is a unique and free book fair featuring a vast range of artists, collectives, booksellers, publishers, galleries, and institutions. It’s not just books, this fair offers workshops, exhibitions, signings, new launches, and performances.

Not much of a reader? Whatever, go and snag that aesthetic coffee table book you’ve been meaning to get. Make plans now, or regret it while you wait for April 2020 to roll around.

2. Enjoy A (Mostly) Traffic-Less City

If you live in LA, you understand how bad traffic gets during rush hour (and honestly, all the time). Seize the opportunity and drive to all those places that are too far with traffic.

HIT THE BEACH | FREE

The days are longer and beach weather is slowly creeping up on us. Soak up some rays at Santa Monica Beach, Venice, or Malibu.

EATALY IN CENTURY CITY

Dubbed by EATER as L.A.’s colossal emporium of Italian cuisine, this is the only Eataly in California and a true oasis of pizza, fresh bread, charcuterie, wine, and gelato. *cue the collective drool*

Dine at La Pizza & La Pasta, seafood restaurant Il Pesce Cucina, or rooftop restaurant Terra, or take a casual route and explore the expansive marketplace lush with Italian speciality food products.

3. Hunt For Treasures

ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET | $9 – $20

4.17 | 5.12

The Rose Bowl Flea Market is every second Sunday of the month. A vintage haven, gold mine of unexpected treasures, and go-to for all sorts of oddities, this iconic flea market is a must-visit so why not do it when (almost) everyone in LA has left LA?

Pro tip: The earlier you go, the more you pay for your ticket BUT, early birds see all the good stuff before anyone else. Take it from me and set your alarms early. Lastly, wear sunblock and bring water and a granola bar.

4. A Different Kind of Music

AN ENCOUNTER WITH LUX PRIMA | FREE

4.18 to 4.21 | 10am, 1pm, & 4pm

“An Encounter with Lux Prima” is the multi-sensory art installation featuring Karen O and Danger Mouse’s collaborative album, Lux Prima. Premiering at the Los Angeles’ Marciano Art Foundation, this is an immersive, communal listening experience scored by the duo’s new album and accompanied by stunning visuals.

5. Get Involved

THE GREAT LA RIVER CLEAN UP | FREE

4.13 | 4.20 | 4.27

Do your part and clean up our city. If you live in Los Angeles, The Great LA River Cleanup is coming up! There is so much plastic waste in our oceans and waterways, and every little bit of help truly counts. Here’s a breakdown of what areas they’re cleaning up:

April 13th | Upper River

  • Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex
  • Haskell Creek
  • Bette Davis Picnic Area
  • Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

April 20th | Middle River

  • Los Feliz Blvd @ Bond Park
  • Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park
  • Bowtie Parcel @ Fletcher Dr
  • Arroyo Seco Confluence

April 27th | Lower River

  • Compton Creek @ Del Amo Station
  • Willow Street Estuary
  • Golden Shore Marine Reserve

So cheer up buttercup! FOMO never got anyone anywhere and your weekend is already looking pretty packed to us 😉

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