Yes, it’s true, summer is almost over. But, before you cue up the sad face emoji, here’s some good news: there are several incredible events coming up these next few weeks that will help provide an easy transition into fall. Whether you’re a fan of food, music, sports, or are all the above there’s plenty of opportunities to make the most of season’s end.

Hollywood Bowl Shows

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Hollywood Bowl
2301 Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 850-2000
Dates: Now-September 24, 2017

There have been plenty of highlights so far during the current Hollywood Bowl season, but perhaps the best is yet to come. From a screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with live orchestral accompaniment, an incredible indie lineup of Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, and Kristin Kontrol, to the can’t miss one two-punch of jazz superstars Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington, there’s truly something for everyone.

Brew at the L.A. Zoo

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Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-4200
Date: August 4, 2017

A beer amongst friends is nice, but drinking one in the presence of an elephant is even better. The Brew at the L.A. Zoo offers the unique opportunity to sample beers from 50 different breweries while hanging with a variety of exotic wildlife. Lions, and tigers, and beers! Oh my!

HARD Summer

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Glen Helen Amphitheater
2575 Glen Helen Pkwy.
San Bernardino, CA 92407
(909) 880-6500
Dates: August 5-6, 2017

The famed EDM and hip-hop focused fest is back again in early August! The lineup is filled with heavyweights such as Justice, DJ Snake, and Migos, but the promise of Snoop Dogg performing his magnum opus “Doggy Style” puts this year’s HARD Summer into the legendary category. If you’re looking for a fully immersive weekend, consider the festival’s camping option.

See “Hamilton”

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Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 468-1770
Dates: August 11 – December 30, 2017

What else is there left to say about this Broadway juggernaut that continues to wow audiences and break records? If you’re having a tough time snagging a ticket, there’s still hope. Forty orchestra seats will be up for grabs in a lottery that will be held for every performance. Best of all, they’ll only cost you a Hamilton. Good luck!

Echo Park Rising

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Events take place throughout Echo Park
Dates: August 17-20, 2017

This free four-day event is the ultimate Echo Park party. Echo Park Rising puts a focus on one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods, highlighting its impressive collection of stores and restaurants. Add in an eclectic lineup of live music featured throughout venues across the neighborhood and you’ve got one of the most anticipated events of the summer.

Los Angeles County Fair

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Pomona Fairgrounds
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
(909) 623-3111
Dates: September 1-24, 2017

Each year the LA Country Fair steps up its game, offering more thrilling rides and more insane food concoctions. The 2017 edition should prove to be no exception. Then, of course there’s the Fair End of Summer Concert Series, which this year features an eclectic mix of classic and new featuring everyone from co-headliners Patti LaBelle and Queen Latifah, Colombian superstar Juanes, and country up-and-comer Hunter Hayes.

Fiesta Hermosa

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Downtown Hermosa Beach
Pier Plaza, Hermosa Ave., and Lower Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Dates: September 2-4, 2017

If you missed this expansive ocean-adjacent fest during Memorial Day weekend, here’s a chance to redeem yourself. Fiesta Hermosa has been a local favorite for over 40 years, offering an incredible variety of crafts, food, and live music spread across downtown Hermosa Beach. There’s also a petting zoo and carnival ride for the kids, plus a wine and beer garden for the adults.

Long Beach Greek Festival
Long Beach Greek Festival
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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
5761 E. Colorado St.
Long Beach, CA 90814
(562) 494-8929
Date: September 2-4, 2017

Celebrate Greek culture over Labor Day weekend at this long-running Long Beach fest. Now in its 68th year, the Long Beach Greek Festival offers attendees the opportunity to step into a Greek village setting. Dance to traditional Greek music, eat traditional Greek food (the freshly made donut-like loukamathes will satisfy any sweet tooth), and most of all, experience that signature Greek hospitality.

Los Angeles Chargers Football Game Home Opener

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Stubhub Center
18400 S. Avalon Blvd.
Carson, CA 90746
(310) 630-2000
Date: September 17, 2017

They’re back! After a 57-year absence the Chargers make their triumphant return to Los Angeles with Phillip Rivers and crew hoping to turn things around from last year’s disappointing 5-11 season. While the team’s future Inglewood home remains under construction until 2019, Charger fans have the good fortune of being able to see the Bolts in the relatively intimate confines of the Stubhub Center. The home of the L.A. Galaxy has capacity of only 27,000, which means no matter where you sit, you won’t have to worry about catching a nosebleed.

Article by Dave Klein.