We are in the dog days of summer and despite some serious heat, Los Angeles is the best place to be around this time of year. Every day there is another cool recreational adventure just waiting to devoured. Explore these activities for ways to spend your time away from work this weekend.

Friday, July 7
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Dance DTLA: Line Dancing and Two-Step
Grand Park
200 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-8080

Alternating with DJ nights, every Friday night throughout the summer, Grand Park becomes one gigantic open-to-the-public party. Dance DTLA is just as lively only there is an element of instruction that makes these nights specially worthwhile. Ranging from Salsa to Tango, Disco to Bollywood, this bi-monthly dance party gives participants the chance to learn new moves with a particular genre of music every other week. This Friday night it’s time to strap on some boots and that cowboy hat as line dancing and the timeless two-step will take over the sprawling greens of the Grand. These events are open to all ages and free for guests. Food and drink is available for purchase but more importantly, you can dance under the stars in the middle of Downtown Los Angeles. It doesn’t get cooler than that.

Saturday, July 8
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Go To A Crab Boil
Frankland’s Crab & Co.
16101 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 906-9609

This counter-service style destination is churning out tasty eats like lobster rolls, peel and eat shrimp, and the ultimate in communal dining with their signature weekend crab boil. With a balcony perched above Encino Place and Astroturf lining the ceiling, the stylish décor somehow makes an already delicious meal taste even better. At $45 bucks a person, guests get their hands on 1/4lb shrimp, king crab leg, lobster claw, lobster-buttered corn on the cob, a cup of chowda, house-made sourdough and bottomless beer, choice of the house of course. Come hungry and ready to get your hands messy.

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Renegade Craft Fair
Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Since 2003, the Renegade Craft Fair has developed a brand that has become synonymous with artisanal craftsmanship. Since their first event in Chicago, the gathering has grown to include 24 annual events in 12 cities touching various corners of the US and across the pond in the UK. From Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Miami, Boston, Detroit, and London, the constant is the commitment to cultivating the very best handcrafted marketplace that corrals both local wares and goods that have long-reaching popularity. Fashion, art, design, and décor are just a few of the elements that have helped make the Renegade an event hat now draws some 300,000 guests every year. Making it’s return to the Historic Park of Los Angeles, shoppers will not only be able to score unique goods, they will be able to enjoy creative culinary offerings, craft cocktails, and some retail therapy with an impressive view of the city as the backdrop.

Sunday, July 9
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Marvel Universe Live – Age of Heroes
Staples Center
1111 S Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

The comic book world went a little nuts when it was a announced that there was going to be a live production that brought together all of the Marvel characters in the same show. This highly ambitious production features a comprehensive cast that includes the likes of Iron Man, Spider Man, Captain America, Hulk, and the Guardians of the Galaxy as they take on infamous villains like Loki, Green Goblin, and Nebula in battle of good versus evil that unfolds in front of an arena-sized spectacle. The production itself is precision combination of video projection, live action, and state-of-the-art special effects that bring the drama of the films and comics to life. Among some of the more heart-pounding instances include aerial feats from the likes of Wasp and Spider Man as well as actual motorcycle stunts that showcase Captain America’s skill on two wheels. Guaranteed to be all the spectacle fans could hope for, Age of Heroes from Marvel will be the hottest ticket of the month of July.

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Attend The Latin Salsa Festival
Pershing Square
532 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 847-4970

It’s an essential accoutrement, but for this particular festival, salsa is the star. Showcasing various recipes from local vendors, the Latin Salsa Festival gives visitors the chance to sample a healthy variety of blends to find their favorite. While salsa can be a delicious punctuation, the festival will have plenty of dining options to better appreciate the nuances of the different entries. Offering live entertainment while guests explore, there will also be salsa lessons offered to work off some of that extra snacking. Between the music and the sampling, it’s all things salsa in Pershing Square this weekend.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.

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