Los Angeles is definitely blessed with perfect picnic weather, not too hot and not too cold, but just right. The basics for any solid picnic is a no brainer: finger friendly foods, a large blanket, lots of napkins and the quintessential summer cocktails! If you want to get extra fancy, you can always add in plates, utensils and cups (All recyclable and biodegradable, of course). As for ‘what to wear’, you can throw on your favorite comfy maxi dress, a pair of relaxed chinos, woven sandals and a floppy sun hat…oh and don’t forget the shades!
Since location is everything in LA, here are some prime locations to get your picnic on:
Griffith Park: Located in Los Feliz and can pretty much accommodate any sized picnic party. This vast oasis is home to the LA zoo, horse trails and the observatory (hello, best view in town). With such amenities, your picnic is just the beginning of an amazing all-day, action-packed adventure.
Elysian Park: Yes, home of the legendary “Love in LA” peace celebration in the 1960’s. Elysian Park is filled with not only history, but awesome hiking trails and beautifully arranged plants. A great setting for any picnic addict – you might even get a view of Dodger Stadium if you venture far enough!
The Beach: From Venice to Manhattan to Malibu, the beach is always a good option. For non-grass lovers and for those that prefer a cool breeze and front row ocean views, this is perfect! You can literally plop down your blanket anywhere, but the best option for sure is the fire pits! Can’t go wrong with a sunset and s’mores…YUM!
Cinespia: Operated only in the summer time, this picnic + movie deal is something everyone in LA should try at least once! Hosted in the iconic Hollywood Forever cemetery, this event screens some of the best classic films such as “Young Frankenstein” and “Airplane”. The major bonus is that it’s BYOB, so while the lines may be long, it’s absolutely worth the wait!