"Summertime is practically synonymous with bursting-from-the-seams fun. And sure, concerts and cookouts already pepper our iCals, but sometimes, that roll call of activities could use a little shake-up. Thankfully, L.A. really is a crazy-fun sprawl of a city — and all the more if you're clued in to all its must-hit happenings. So, that's where we come in. Ahead, we map out a whole season's fill of to-dos, so you keep bopping along like a happy camper all summer long."
Jubilee Music & Arts Festival
Musicians, authors, and comedians will be invading the downtown Arts District on June 7 and 8. The Drums and the Black Lips are headlining, with tons of smaller, local bands with serious chops playing, too. Gourmet food trucks and a bounty of art exhibitions are sure to keep you busy between acts. At $50 a pop, tickets for the two-day fest are a super reasonable, so book 'em now!
When: June 7 and 8
Where: 590 South Santa Fe Street (near East 6th Street); 800-514-3849.
Prices range, see more and purchase here
June 15 Re-Opening of the Echo Park Lake Redesign
After a nearly two-year makeover, the Echo Park Lake is looking downright sparkly once again. The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works deserves serious praise here, because the before and after photos are pretty inspiring: We spy a new boardwalk with seating area (outdoor concerts, anyone?), a boathouse ripe for a cafe opening, and new wetlands with soon-to-be bloomin' lotus flowers. Be there for the June 15 community opening, or simply take a leisurely after-work stroll around the lily pad-dotted lake. A mighty fine way to unwind, if you ask us. Learn more here
When: Opening Event, Saturday, June 15 at 10 a.m.
Where: Echo Park Lake
LA Street Food Fest - Fourth Annual Summer Tasting Event
This is one crazy-amazing event you'll want to get on your calendar immediately
– after all, if history bears repeating, it's a shoe-in to sell out. The L.A. Street Food Fest, now in its fourth year, is a Los Angeles event through and through, dreamed up by two best friend Angelenos and featuring the edible concoctions of over 85 participating
local food trucks, stands, and pop-ups. An "adventure park for foodies," once you pay your admission to this fest, you're set for all-you-can-eat (and drink, too! There will be beer gardens, cocktail bars, and a tequila tent. Nom)! You should most definitely plan to eat a light dinner on Friday, so that your stomach is rearing for the goods come Saturday morning. Food comas, we're comin' for you!
When: Saturday, June 29, general admission 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Rose Bowl Stadium, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive
$50 general admission, VIP early admission $75. Purchase here
Vineland Drive-In Movie Theater
The drive-in movie theater — as nostalgically American as apple pie. Perfect for a family outing, date night, or throwback shindig with friends, you'll want to catch at least one flick at Vineland this summer. It beats the sticky floors and little-to-no legroom at traditional theaters! Check out the Vineland website
for an updated screening schedule.
When: Daily, 7 p.m.
Where: Vineland Drive-In Movie Theater, 443 North Vineland Ave (near West Nielson Avenue); 626-961-9262.
Views and brews are the name of the game at The Standard's rooftop beer garden. Wash down your pretzels, weiners, and strudels with a cold one while enjoying sweeping vistas of DTLA. Picnic tables and greenery abound at this hot spot, just about perfect for an after-work gathering that reaches into some early morning hours — dirndls and lederhosen optional.
When: Daily, 12 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Where: The Standard, 550 South Flower Street (near West 6th Street); 213-892-8080.
Saturdays Off The 405
Much like PB&J and Brangelina, art and music is just one winning combo. And, Saturdays Off the 405 is bringing them together all season long for free. Jam to awesome artists like Robert DeLong and Geographer or peruse The Getty Center’s newest exhibitions while you take in awe-inspiring views of our beloved city from one of this city’s gems. You can also chow down on yummy fare and sip beer and wine throughout these culture-filled evenings. L.A. has pretty perfect summer nights—why not take full advantage?
When: Select Saturdays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive (near Beverly Park Drive); 310-440-7300
Beach Yoga With Brad
Come summertime’s warm rays, we start becoming a little unconvinced that hitting the gym is the best way to stay active. Why be inside when you can get physical in the great outdoors? Man-of-all-trades Brad Keimach offers weekend yoga classes at the Pacific Ocean’s edge that have inspired a bevy of devoted followers, and we’re looking to get in on the seaside fun. For just ten bucks, you can perfect your downward dog on Santa Monica beach, so just don’t forget your mat and some SPF protection! We’re already anticipating all thoseoms in such a blissful setting.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Where: Santa Monica Beach, Lifeguard Station #29, Marine Street (at Barnard Way); 310-826-6958.
Jazz Fridays at LACMA
Why not spice things up this summer, with LACMA's jazz nights! It's a perfect, alternative date night, where music lovers can spread blankets (or take a seat in front of the stage) and sip BYO wine while taking in soothing sounds from local talent. Sound amazing? We thought so! The architecturally stunning museum and starry night sky serve as the backdrop every week for this Friday night event. And, we're saving the best bit for last: It's totally free.
When: Every Friday Through November, 6 p.m.
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard (near South Fairfax Avenue); 323-857-6000.