It’s summertime and sprawling Los Angeles is hopping with all kinds of outdoor opportunities to keep us entertained in an al fresco kind of way. From cultural gatherings to film festivals to musical happenings, these enticing offerings in The City of Angeles are as exciting as they are plentiful. Consider five of the best.
(credit: Twilight Concerts)

(credit: Twilight Concerts)

Twilight Concerts
Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-8901
Santa Monica Pier’s summer tradition of offering free Thursday night concerts under the stars begins on July 7th from 7 to 10 p.m. Depending on which act (or acts) piques your interest, you’ll be happy to learn that everyone from Borns to The Psychedelic Furs to Save Ferris and beyond are set to grace this year’s stage at this West side hot spot on the Pacific. One other note: If you take the Expo line to get to the concert or concerts of your choice, you won’t have to worry about parking in this popular place by the sea.
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(credit: eat see hear)

Eat See Hear
Various Venues
Every Friday night through September, Eat See Hear – which is considered the premiere outdoor movie event – pops up in a different prime Southland location each week to offer films, food and great music to the masses. Many of the films presented are contemporary classics, with “Purple Rain” and “Pretty in Pink” on this year’s roster. Meanwhile, great grub is provided at each venue by Los Angeles’ best food trucks and live music is featured to warm up the crowd before the film.
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(credit: istockphoto)

Silverlake Flea
Micheltorena St. Elementary School
1511 Micheltorena St.
(323) 467-0623
Looking for unique and antique finds? Wanting to unearth creative crafts made by inventive locals? How about a handsome jackpot of vintage items on the cheap? You’ll find all this and more (including refreshingly healthy food options) at the monthly Silverlake Flea market, held this summer on June 11, July 9, and August 13. This particular offering is small compared to others offered in the Los Angeles area, but since this is an independent flea market, there will be lots of great deals that you won’t find anywhere else. The best news of all is that this flea market offers free admission and parking.
(credit: Adam W./yelp)

(credit: Adam W./yelp)

Summer Sounds
Various West Hollywood Venues
(323) 671-1273
Scheduled from June 26 through August 21, West Hollywood’s community spirit shines through in this free concert series. Among the most cherished aspects of this gathering is a showcase featuring musical great Jennifer Leitham, a celebrated left-handed bass player who has studied with the best, including Woody Herman and k.d. Lang. Preceding these musical offerings at City Hall Community Plaza, the highly praised “I Stand Corrected,” noted as the 2012 Outfest audience award-winning documentary about Leitham’s transition from John to Jennifer, will be screened. Meanwhile, jazz and swing artist Mark Christian Miller is on tap at Kings Road Park on Aug. 21. Most shows start at 4pm.
(credit: Theron B./yelp)

(credit: Theron B./yelp)

Watts Summer Festival
Ted Watkins Park
1335 E. 103rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90002
(213) 361-8249
The Watts Summer Festival, which is scheduled for August 8th, will invade Ted Watkins Park to celebrate theevent’s 50th anniversary. Celebrating survival following the 1965 Watts Revolt, this particular gathering puts joy into the equation with a host of notable musical guests along with all kinds of food and other buying opportunities on the roster. Put this event on your calendar, and rejoice with a host of like minded others as you are reminded of more difficult times in this seminal area of Los Angeles.


Article by Jane Lasky.


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