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12 Best Things to Do in Calabasas, California

12 Best Things to Do in Calabasas, California

Calabasas, meaning “squash” in Spanish, is located in Los Angeles County. With views of the Santa Monica Mountains and a profusion of cultural amusement, this city is a sun-dappled destination for all. If you are planning a trip to this celebrity-studded metropolis, read on for a guide on the 12 best things to do in Calabasas!

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History

Before we dive into all the fun things to do in Calabasas, I think it’s important to take note of its history. While some believe that Calabasas was named for the Spanish word “squash”, others believe the word descended from the Chumash Indian word “calahoosa” and meant “where the wild geese fly”.

Indeed, the native Chumash people were the first settlers on the land now known as Calabasas and lived a peaceful life until Spanish explorers invaded in the mid-1700s and made the land into ranches.

In the 1800s, these ranches were divided into farms, and people struggled to grow food through drought and poverty. It wasn’t until the early 1900s that state parks began to emerge and Calabasas was reframed as a peaceful retreat from the city of Los Angeles. Fast forward to the present day and Calabasas is now home to the wealthy and well-known.

Yes, not just a gorgeous vista and magnificent architecture, Calabasas is now known for being home to a myriad of celebrities; most notably, the Kardashians.

Those reality stars filmed “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” in the good ol’ city of Calabasas, popularising it and making it a destination to visit. Besides the Kardashians; Selena Gomez, Drake, Justin Bieber, and Miley Cyrus have all called Calabasas home at some point.

The 12 Best Things to Do in Calabasas, California

1. The Commons at Calabasas

4799 Commons Way, Calabasas, CA 91302

The Commons at Calabasas
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Yes, this is a mall, but it’s a fancy mall, okay? The gorgeous Mediterranean architecture, fine dining, and boutique shops all make this beautiful open-air mall an experience not to be missed. After shopping at popular stores like LuLuLemon, Sephora, and Barnes and Noble, or more novelty shops such as Bonjour Fete and ElyseWalker; enjoy a decadent meal at one of the 13 eateries.

The Commons at Calabasas also features annual events and offers. Current events include “Easter at See’s Candies”, Easter brunch at Toscanova, Easter brunch at Marmalade Cafe, and Mother’s and Father’s Day deals at Feature.

The Commons is open every day of the year so make sure to stop by this gorgeous spot when you’re in Calabasas. Complimentary car and bicycle parking is available to shoppers.

2. Hindu Temple Society

1600 Las Virgenes Canyon Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

Hindu Temple Society
Image by Malibu Hindu Temple

The Malibu Hindu Temple, built-in 1981, is part of the Hindu Temple Society and is one of the largest Hindu temples in the Western world. The founder of the temple was Vasan Srinivasan who both raised funds for the construction of the temple, and also recruited priests from India. The priests live near the temple and preside over services.

There are several Pooja services (worship rituals) and temple services you can book including certain landmark birthdays, funerals, and weddings. If you plan to visit, the temple is currently closed for services during the week but is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM – 5 PM.

The Malibu Hindu Temple also offers live streaming of its services. Aside from being a sacred place to worship the Hindu god Venkateswara, it is also the hallowed site of Britney Spears’ son’s blessing and a scene from Beverly Hills Ninja.

3. Malibu Creek State Park

1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA 91302

Malibu Creek State Park
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If nature is your thing, Malibu Creek State Park, which was opened to the public in 1976, is not to be missed. With superb hiking trails from the mountains to the beach, nature-lovers will enjoy the peaceful beauty of their surroundings. Known as the “Yosemite of Southern California”, this 8,000-acre wilderness is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The most incredible aspect of this park is how little it has changed since the Chumash Indians lived here over 5,000 years ago. Enjoy myriad activities including hiking, rock-climbing, kayaking, horseback riding, and camping. The park is open from 8 AM – 6 PM daily.

If you do go, please remember to pick up any litter you might have to keep the trails pristine for other hikers and the animals that live there. Dogs are allowed on the paved roads and in the campsites, but not on the trails. 

4. Calabasas Community Center

27040 Malibu Hills Road, Calabasas, CA 91301

Calabasas Community Center
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While you probably have a community center in your town, does yours have a 35-foot rock climbing wall? Or a dance studio? How about pro-level basketball courts and a full-service fitness studio? If you have the energy to burn, this is the place to do it.

Calabasas Community Center also offers classes for kids through seniors including chess, exercise classes, art and cartooning, music, and many others. This 30,000 square-foot center also houses a banquet hall that can be rented for private events. 

5. Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park

5068 Old Scandia Ln, Calabasas, CA 91372

Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park
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You might think this is a strange concept, but yes, the rich and famous don’t seem to bury their animals in the backyard like the rest of us schmucks. Enter the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park, established in 1929.

This pet cemetery offers burial services, cremations, and “pre-need planning” so you already have a plan in place for when Rover passes on! Celebrities who have furry companions buried here include Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Jimmy Durante, Rudolph Valentino, and Mae West.

6. Leonis Adobe Museum

23537 Calabasas Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

Leonis Adobe Museum
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The private residence of the aforementioned wealthy rancher Miguel Leonis has been converted into a museum to preserve the ranch’s past.

Take a deep dive into the history of California ranching life in the 1800s in Leonis’ architecturally fascinating adobe house. The ranch that the museum resides on is home to longhorn cattle, horses, goats, sheep, and poultry.

Enjoy a group or private tour of the museum, ranch, and grounds and eat afterward at the Sagebrush Cantina. For those that aren’t able to see this historical land in person, the website offers virtual tours and a plethora of information about the ranch, Miguel Leonis, and his wife, Espiritu.

For the virtual tour, click here.

7. Calabasas Creek Park

Calabasas Road & Mulholland Drive/Valley Circle Old Town Calabasas Los Angeles, CA 91367

Calabasas Creek Park
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Located on the Leonis Adobe Museum Grounds, Calabasas Creek Park showcases a recreated Chumash Village, a replication of the original Calabasas jail, and the original 1880s-style park.

The Calabasas Creek joins Bell Creek in Canoga Park to become the Los Angeles River. Calabasas Creek Park is open from 10 AM – 4 PM Wednesday through Sunday. While you can take a virtual tour of the park on their website you will obviously have a much better experience if you go in person!

8. Calabasas Film Festival

Calabasas Film Festival
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The Calabasas Film Festival is located at The Edwards Grand Palace, The Commons at Calabasas, and Viewpoint School.

Founded by sisters Kelley and Nicole Fries, this non-profit film festival takes place over the course of a week every September and presents more than 40 films to the public as well as workshops and Q&As. A unique facet of this festival is that it screens not only professional films, but is open to student filmmakers as well.

But it is not the only representation of the youth that is important to the Fries sisters: in the 2019 film festival, over 60% of the movies shown were produced or directed by women. Girl Power!

9. Nights of the Jack

26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302

Nights of the Jack
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If you’re in Calabasas during the month of October, Nights of the Jack is a not-to-be-missed event. Taking place every night that month between 6 PM – 10 PM, guests can view the myriad hand-carved jack-o-lanterns along a 2/3 mile spooky trail in King Gillette Ranch. Afterward, grab a drink at the Spookeasy and a bite to eat at the food trucks.

This event is ticketed and is open to all ages. While the trail is not scary, it can be spooky at times, so that is worth keeping in mind if you’re bringing little with you. Aside from the trail and the delicious food and drink, Nights of the Jack has many family-friendly activities. Watch the light show while you’re sipping your favorite beverage and then observe Jack-o-Lantern experts at work (did you know there was such a thing?).

At the end of the night, stop by the souvenir shop for a token to commemorate this one-of-a-kind experience. Nights of the Jack is ADA accessible and will take place rain or shine. Pets are not allowed.

10. King Gillette Ranch

26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302

King Gillette Ranch
Image by National Park Service

Built-in 1926 by the man who created the Gillette razor, this mansion sits on almost 600 acres of land just opposite Malibu Creek Park. After Gillette died, the ranch passed to Hollywood directors and actors (including Bob Hope!), then became a seminary, a university, and finally was acquired by the National Park Service, Santa Monica Mountains Conservatory, California State Parks, and Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority.

Today the public can hike or bike the grounds and take in the birdwatching before popping into the visitor center for a detailed history of the lands. And yes, if it looks familiar to you, it’s because it was where TV’s The Biggest Loser is filmed.

11. New You Bodyworks

23586 Calabasas Rd #206, Calabasas, CA 91302

New You Bodyworks
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Rated five out of five stars on Yelp, Google, and Facebook, New You Bodyworks provides skin contouring and muscle relaxation through various types of massage. Treatments range from hands-off (reiki) to a full-on Swedish massage.

A popular treatment for a non-invasive facelift is their Cryo Anti-aging Facial. Infrared and body wrap treatments are also available. Massages range from $85 – $125 and cryo skin treatments from $150 – $350 per session. New You Bodyworks is open from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Monday through Saturday.

Customers rave about this spa and rate the customer service very highly! 

12. Healing by Taly

22030 Clarendon St #213, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Healing by Taly
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A popular place to seek spiritual and physical well-being, this spa of sorts was created by Taly, who knew from an early age that this would be her calling.

Taly has studied “EMF balancing Technique, Deep tissue massage, Swedish Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Medical Biomagnetism, and Raindrop Technique.” Her services include Intuitive Healing Massage, Intuitive-Art Classes for Children and Adults, and Chair Massage. Throughout these services, she includes the different techniques listed above to realign your energy and gently ease the tension in your body.

Restaurants

There is no shortage of delicious food in Calabasas. Read on for the most popular places to dine in this Southern California city.

Shibuya

4774 Park Granada, Calabasas, CA 91302

A very highly rated and popular sushi and sashimi restaurant that is frequented by regulars. Although it can be hard to get in, it is well worth the rate as people rave about the quality of the fish is the best they’ve ever had.

Marmalade Cafe

4783 Commons Way, Calabasas, CA 91302

A cute neighborhood eatery that has delectable food and is known especially for its breakfast service. If you go, try the Smoked Salmon Scramble or one of the signature Benedicts for a delectable savory delight. Dogs are also welcome on the patio!

Fig and Sprig

4774 Park Granada Unit 4, Calabasas, CA 91302

Fig and Sprig are passionate about using seasonal and local produce to craft nutritious and delicious meals. Created by a husband and wife team, they focus on sustainable, farm-to-table meals. For customers who prefer not to eat out, Fig and Sprig offer their “Gourmet-to-Go” option, which is pre-made food that you can pick up and heat in your oven. The restaurant also offers a wide array of homemade baked goods including lemon bars, brownies, and other sweet treats.

Lovi’s Delicatessen

24005 Calabasas Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

Want what she’s having? Forget Katz and try Lovi’s. With classics like bagel and lox, and New York pastrami sandwiches, Lovi’s might have you transported from the West Coast to the East. Lovi’s is a popular spot amongst the locals with an extensive menu of high-quality foods. Worth noting is that they use cage-free eggs, so you can enjoy your omelet with a clear conscience. Don’t leave without trying one of their delectable homemade pastries!

La Paz

4505 Las Virgenes Rd #101, Calabasas, CA 91302

This Mexican restaurant specializes in seafood and has been a staple in Calabasas since its opening in 1989. Owner and chef, Oscar, has created such signature dishes as Octopus Yucatan Style, Lobster Enchiladas, and Seafood Molcajetes. Pair with one of the 140 specialty tequilas on offer. If you are a seafood lover, La Paz is definitely worth experiencing.

Saddle Peak Lodge

419 Cold Canyon Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

If you have a couple (or more) hundred to spare and are looking for a ritzy place to eat, look no further than Saddle Peak Lodge. With gorgeous views on a fairytale-like patio, this is the perfect place to dine with that special someone. Prices are not listed online, so it’s worth taking into consideration when reserving a table. This meal is an experience and the food is unparalleled so it will cost you a second mortgage. If you choose to dine here, look forward to such delicacies as Tartare of New Zealand Elk, Mushrooms and Bone Marrow Sandwich, and Faroe Island Salmon.

Places to Stay

Budget Hotels

Good Nite Inn Calabasas

Golden Nite Inn
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This no-frills hotel will serve you well if you are on a budget. Reviews tended to be favorable, rating this hotel well in terms of cleanliness, customer service, value for money, and comfort.

Price: Averages $110 per night.

Amenities: free parking, complimentary tea and coffee, outdoor pool, free wi-fi

Cleanliness: Reviewers ranked the cleanliness of Good Nite Inn Calabasas as 8.4/10 on Booking.com.

Restaurants/Bars: N/A

Location: 26557 Agoura Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

Hilton Garden Inn Calabasas

Hilton Garden Inn
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Just off the highway and 1 mile from the old town and the Leonis Adobe Museum, the Hilton Garden Inn has a prime location. With modern amenities, clean rooms, and food service available into the evening hours, this family-friendly hotel is a fantastic option for tourists on a budget. Hilton Garden Inn is also accessible for those using wheelchairs.

Price: Averages $72 per night.

Amenities: pet-friendly, room service, business center, meeting rooms, fitness center, free wifi, outdoor pool

Cleanliness: The Hilton pays exceptional attention to the cleanliness of its rooms.

Restaurants/Bars: The Garden Grille and Bar is open for both American and continental breakfasts, as well as offering a seasonal menu for dinner and room service. If you prefer to take away, the Pavilion Pantry offers snacks and frozen meals that you can microwave in your own room.

Location: 24150 Park Sorrento, Calabasas, CA 91302

Middle Range Hotels

The Anza Hotel

The Anza Hotel
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The Anza is a boutique hotel located adjacent to the San Fernando Valley. This hotel differs from others in that while it is most certainly luxurious, it also has a cozy, neighborhood feel. While every hotel should make accessibility a priority, it is worth noting that The Anza Hotel is ADA wheelchair accessible.

Price: Averages $203 per night.

Amenities: dog-friendly, business center, and marketplace, heated pool and cabanas, complimentary wi-fi, fitness room, valet cleaning service, premium bath products

Cleanliness: With “enhanced cleaning standards”, The Anza gets a 5/5 rating for cleanliness.

Restaurants/Bars: Graze Bistro and Bar – reviews were favorable and stated that while the menu was limited, the food was well made and the service was tops.

Location: 23627 Calabasas Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

Cambria Hotel Calabasas

Cambria Hotel Calabasas
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This three-star hotel is an excellent option if you are traveling with your family. With several “family rooms”, a pool, a fitness center, a tennis court, and a fantastic location, there will always be something for you and your children to do.

Price: Averages $290 per night.

Amenities: tennis court, pool, fitness center, flat-screen TVs in all rooms,

Cleanliness: All rooms are fully sanitized during a turnover to ensure extra cleanliness.

Restaurants/Bars: Malibu Canyon Bar and Grill – enjoy craft beer by the fire pit or a delicious meal al fresco. (Kid menus are also provided.) This restaurant serves breakfast and dinner and includes vegetarian and gluten-free options. While the offerings are quite ordinary fare, they are made well.

Location: 26400 Rondell St, Calabasas, CA 91302

Luxury Hotels

In neighboring Marina Del Rey of Southern California, (a 30-40 minute drive away) there are several luxury hotel options for the tourist of means.

Marina Del Rey Hotel

Marina del Rey Hotel
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Marina Del Rey hotel is situated right on Venice Beach. Featuring 164 “boutique hotel rooms“, this tranquil retreat will serve as a haven for the road-weary traveler.

Price: Averages $442 per night.

Amenities: bike rental, pet-friendly, pool, and hot tub, room service, valet parking

Cleanliness: Impeccably clean.

Restaurants/Bars: SALT restaurant and bar won the “OpenTable Diner’s Choice for ‘Best Ambiance and Outdoor Dining’.” Over waterfront views, diners can enjoy such dishes as Togarashi Seared Tuna, Braised Beef Short Rib, and Japanese Miyazaki Wagyu A5.

Location: 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey

The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
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The Ritz-Carlton in Marina Del Rey is the epitome of luxury living. With newly renovated facilities, superb customer service, and gorgeous waterfront views, the Ritz-Carlton guarantees opulence. Enjoy a meal at the hotel restaurant, the Cast and Plough, which features farm-to-table dining, or get a relaxing massage at the state-of-the-art Sisley Spa.

Price: Averages $502 per night.

Amenities: Sisley Spa, pet-friendly, newly renovated rooms and suites, twice-daily housekeeping (including nightly turndown), waterfront heated saltwater pool, tennis courts and basketball court, poolside cabanas, state-of-the-art fitness center

Cleanliness: Impeccably clean.

Restaurants/Bars: Cast and Plough features farm-to-table dining and the best regional wines. This restaurant is transparent with its sourcing, listing on the menu where ingredients were grown. Wave Poolside Bar and Grill is a good option for those that desire more casual dining poolside. Available during the summer months, guests can enjoy delicious cuisine and cocktails in the sun.

Location: 4375 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Rentals

Airbnb

If you’re looking for your own space, check out Airbnb. This is a fantastic option if you’re traveling with kids and all their accouterments. Furthermore, it caters to a range of budgets. This beautiful, modern Calabasas townhouse is a steal.

VRBO

Short for Vacation Rentals by Owner, VRBO is much the same as Airbnb. This French Country style home with classic contemporary design is in a prime location and simply stunning.

Camping

If you’re down with roughing it, there are plenty of gorgeous state parks where you can pitch your tent. Enjoy the wilderness of Malibu Creek State Park as you soak in the stars while roasting marshmallows over the bonfire. Can you even think of anything as romantic as that?

Getting Around Calabasas

things to do in calabasas

Car

Traveling by car is the easiest option for getting around Calabasas. Visit Kayak.com to easily book a car for your visit.

Trolley

If you can’t get a hold of a car, the trolley runs on Saturdays from 10 AM to 10 PM and is a fun way to loop the city. 

Shuttle/Bus

Consisting of Lines 1, 2, 3, and 4, these shuttles (buses) are a great way to get around the city. A perk for public transportation users is that Line 1 is free of charge! For shuttle schedules, please visit their website.

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