Nail salons and boutiques might be shuttering, but if we're to come out of quarantine (somewhat) mentally and physically intact, the self-care show must go on. That's why we're rounding up the best outdoor and socially-distanced events happening in L.A. this weekend and beyond, from ceramic classes to cycling to wine tasting with goats. Because you know what they say—a self-care day keeps pandemic blues at bay.
Rooftop SoulCycle at Santa Monica Place
SoulCycle is taking its 45-minute indoor cycling classes to the rooftop deck of Santa Monica Place. Happening seven days a week, from August 11 until mid-October, SoulOutside features a full lineup of rides from L.A. SoulCycle instructors. Each class includes 40 bikes spaced six feet apart and face coverings must be worn while riding. SoulCycle will provide you with headphones to ensure the elements don't mess with sound quality.
Book your SoulOutside ride here.
Outdoor Gel Manis at Color Camp's Summer Camp
Can't bear to look at your neglected nails another day? You're in luck because L.A. salon Color Camp is popping up at Culver City's Platform Park this weekend, from August 14 to August 16. At the appointment-only event, Color Camp pros will be giving super gel manicures to 20 guests per day, nail art optional. After your nail beds get beautified, you can shop cuticle oils, hand sanitizers, hand lotions, and gel removal kits. If staying on the couch sounds more fun, treat yourself to a mani at home with Color Camp's customizable At-Home Super Gels.
Update: The event booked up within two hours, but you can sign up for the waitlist. Color Camp is hoping to host another Summer Camp soon. Fingers crossed.
Outdoor Ceramics Classes at Row DTLA
If ceramics is your idea of self-care, Still Life Studio's outdoor classes are sure to beat your pandemic blues. Going on from now through September on Row DTLA's M2 Deck, events range from one-hour basic wheel-throwing classes for $60, to month-long courses comprising two-hour classes for $195. Bring your mask, because, duh.
Sign up for classes here.
Jivamukti Yoga in the Arts District
Yoga art boutique LaLaLå! Jivamukti Yoga has temporarily closed its studios due to the pandemic, but that's not stopping founder Beatrice Buenaventura from giving the gift of om. This Saturday and Sunday, the veteran yogi is teaching an all-levels 75-minute class for $20 in the Arts District. Pre-registration plus your own mat and props are required. The class will be capped at 20 people. Can't make it? The event is being live-streamed so you can downward-dog from home.
Book your zen here.
Wine Tasting with Goats in the Santa Monica Mountains
An outdoor evening picnic that includes adorable goats and wine is self-care on steroids. Every Thursday to Sunday until the end of this (very long) year, Lynn and her son Wyatt are opening their organic "hobby farm," Twenty Nine Oaks Ranch, to the public from 4 to 6 p.m. for wine and cheese nights. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains for over 20 years, the ranch serves as a serene setting to indulge in goat cheese small plates paired with a tasting of five wines (Lynn studied wine production methods here and in Italy and France). But before you indulge the taste buds, you can play and take selfies with the well-behaved resident bucks and goats. Entry is $79 per person.
Learn more at 29 Oaks Ranch.
Medicinal Plant Walk Through Ascot Hills Park
Calling all plant lovers, seasoned naturalists, and hikers. Cici Cyr, herbalist, gardener and founder of Abundant LA, is hosting monthly "Plant Walks" this summer as part of her Plant Club, which explores plant medicine through an emotional and spiritual lens. The next one is happening on August 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., through Ascot Hills Park in East L.A., where you'll learn about the edible and medicinal flora growing within L.A.'s ecosystem. She'll also touch on regenerative care for the land, cooking, natural dyeing, and herbal first aid. Take SPF, but more importantly, take your mask. Suggested donation to attend is $20. Bonus: Your kids and pup are allowed to come along for the hike at no extra cost.
Register for plant walks and other workshops here.
HIIT It with Sanctuary Fitness at Row DTLA
Get your socially-distanced sweat fix this Saturday, August 15, at a high-intensity interval training outdoor class at Row DTLA, hosted by Sanctuary Fitness. The boutique fitness studio is taking extra COVID-19 precautions and completing temperature checks, health declarations, and hand sanitation for all attendees. A face mask, towel, water, and a $15 fee are required for entry. Though outdoors, the class will be fully shaded. Fret not about your car because there's free two-hour parking.
Sign up for the class here.