Sober SoCal Weekend Aug 19-21

Sober SoCal Weekend Aug 19-21

T.G.I.F.!  The time has come for another beautiful summer SoCal weekend and, as per usual, we’ve got a long list of activity ideas you and friends can enjoy without the influence of substances. Here are a few top suggestions that embrace sunshine and sobriety.



Music is a perfect way to soothe the soul before the weekend begins and the LACMA Museum is offering a jazz show this Friday on its premises. With piano setups, soulful singers, guitarists and more, this substance-free outing is a great way to spend an outdoor weekend evening. Plus, you never know which legends may show up. Famed maestros Arturo Sandoval and John Clayton have sat in for these lively FREE performances.



Art is a fantastic way to shift one’s focus away from using. In fact, art therapy is one of our most successful treatment classes. That being said, we are huge fans of the recent London Calling exhibit that opened at the Getty. Here, famed British painters from the late 20th century are displaying their most personal works. Themes of abstraction and conceptualism are vividly portrayed in these pieces, making them a “must see” for creative SoCal minds.



Adding a little culture into your weekend can do wonders for your spirit. This weekend marks the final portion of the ongoing Japanese Festival Celebration in Downtown Los Angeles. Its “Nsei” title refers to the first generation of Japanese to be born into America and the events reflect a bit of both cultures. There are martial arts displays, tea tastings, flower arranging and a parade finale full of amazing sights and sounds. This one is family-friendly too, which makes it a great outing for anyone with kids.



Burning calories is a great way to get your mind off of addiction. This weekend, LA’s famed Runyon Canyon is back open after a spring renovation. This amazing hike features gorgeous views of the Southland and selfie photo opps near the Hollywood sign. There are levels for beginners, intermediates and experts depending on your fitness routine and pets are welcome! The trails open from dawn to dusk and parking (though hard to find) is free.



Great food can certainly heal the soul and this Sunday, Smorgasboard LA is hosting an amazing BBQ food fair at Alameda & Bay near downtown. Featuring rich smoked meats, the all-day event will house everything from ribs, to chimichurri, to oysters, all from top chefs across the city. It’s certainly a great way spend a beautiful sunny day and it’s economical too. Free admission and parking!



It’s hard to believe, but the fall television season is just about here. And one nice small screen excursion is happening this Sunday at the Rooftop Cinema Club atop The Montalban in Hollywood.  The FOX network is previewing two of its most anticipated new shows, Lethal Weapon and Pitch, in their entirety. This event also happens to be free and is a great way to enjoy entertainment under the stars without the aid of substances. Doors open at 7pm on August 22!



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