Living in a culture-hub like Los Angeles, we residents and locals are used to a myriad of activities to choose from on any given day or night. This summer though, there are some you most certainly won’t want to miss.
Street Food Cinema
Dates: April, 2017 – October, 2017
Throughout the Summer months, Street Food Cinema offers Angelenos a chance to get outside, take in a popular movie, listen to live music from some of the top bands and dine on offerings from some of the city’s best food trucks. The weekly event, which goes until the end of October and alternates venues, features well known movies along with delectable eats making it one of the city’s best kept secrets. Aside from some of today’s most current movies, food trucks are on hand from some of the city’s best eateries. This year, watch films like “Dirty Dancing,” “Purple Rain,” “500 Days Of Summer” and many others. Visit our Guide To 2017 Street Food Cinema for scheduling information and to buy tickets.
Related: Guide to Street Food Cinema
Sizzling Summer Nights At The Autry
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Dates: Thursday Nights, July 6, 2017 – August 17, 2017 from 5:30 p.m – 9 p.m.
The Autry National Center of the American West presents their 2017 Sizzling Summer Nights series with a lineup of renowned bands of the salsa and Latin fusion music scene. Held Thursday evenings from July 6, 2017 – August 17, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., this is all-ages outdoor dance party. There’s even a separate children’s dance floor. Suffering from two left feet? Don’t worry as there is a salsa instructor to help! Food and drink, including tacos is available for purchase as well The event is free for Autry members, $12 for non-members, $8 for students and seniors and just $6 for children aged 3-12.
Downtown Art Walk
Spring and Main streets, between 2nd and 9th Streets
Dates: Monthly – Every Other Thursday Through December, 2017
Art lovers, community friends, architecture and history buffs, and anyone looking for something fun to do, join together on the 2nd Thursday of every month, in Downtown Los Angeles for LA’s Downtown Art Walk. Many of The Downtown Art Walk activities – including local shopping, dining and entertainment, in addition to the gallery showings – happen in and around the galleries predominantly on Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th streets. Hours vary by gallery, but can typically range from noon – 10pm. Four tours are available too: Art Walk Gallery Tour, Kinder Walk, Collectors’ Tour, and the Historic Core Mural Tour. Tours are self-guided and free. Times and locales vary.
L.A. Food Fest
Los Angeles Coliseum
3911 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Dates: June 10, 2017
Held at the L.A. Coliseum in Exposition Park, L.A.’s Food Fest offers attendees a chance to sample the offerings of award-winning chefs and restaurants, the best gourmet trucks, street stands and carts, pop-ups, craft beer, cold brew coffee, and more. Calling themselves an “adventure park for foodies,” any food person worth their salt will want to ride this ride. Pay once to access bites from a curated selection of nearly 100 vendors (yes, one hundred!). Find out more information by visiting our Guide To The L.A. Food Festival.
East LA Meets Napa & Bordeaux
800 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Date: July 28, 2017 from 6pm to 7pm
AltaMed’s premier fundraiser, East LA Meets Napa, is celebrating 10 years! Spend your evening with celebrities Gabriela Dias, Eddie Olmos and Cheech Marin, snacking on incredible food and sipping amazing wine from Latino producers, chefs, and representatives from 30 restaurants and 30 wineries. This event includes a VIP pre-event reception, live entertainment, dancing, all the food you can eat, all the wine you can drink, and even a surprise or two. East LA Meets Napa is AltaMed’s highest attended annual fundraising event. This year’s event, East LA Meets Napa & Bordeaux, will feature libations from the famed Napa Valley, through various California wine regions, all the way back to Bordeaux, France. It’s an exploration of California wines showcasing and honoring the roots of so many Latino vintners and families. Tickets can be found here.
Moonlight Movies on the Beach
Moonlight Movies on the Beach
Alfredo’s Beach Club
5101 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803
Dates: June 15, 2017 – August 22, 2017
Free movies. On the beach. All summer long. From beloved classics like “The Breakfast Club,” “Napolean Dynamite,” and “The Princess Bridge” to recent box office hits including “Rogue One Star Wars”, Moonlight Movies on the Beach is one of the best ways to enjoy our glorious SoCal summer nights. Popcorn, drinks and food are available for purchase, or – even better – bring a picnic! More than anything, bring your loved ones and sense of summer fun.
Dog Day Afternoon
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
555 W Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Date: July 12, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm
After 10 successful years, they’re back again to celebrate our favorite four-legged friends for an eleventh time! Downtown LA’s dogs are invited to bring their people to a day of mingling, music, pet product discovery and the opportunity to welcome new fur babies into the family through on-site pet adoptions. Your dogs get to celebrate the day by making new friends, and so will you. Please make sure all pups are on leash and are social animals. Downtown dogs only. Free admission and $8 for parking.
Roaring Nights At The Los Angeles Zoo
Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Dates: June 23, 2017 (All Ages), July 21 (Adults Only), and September 15, 2017 (Adults Only)
This summer, there’s something different to experience at the L.A. Zoo. At Roaring Nights At The L.A. Zoo, a different kind of wildlife takes over the property as the popular summer music series features indie bands, DJs, full bars, and L.A.’s favorite food trucks, as well as pop-up zookeeper talks and animal encounters. New this year! Guests are invited to visit more of the Zoo with an expanded route open from 6 – 8 p.m. On June 23, 2017, they will be featuring a 60’s Summer Safari night wit a groovy all ages surfing adventure in honor of the Zoo’s 50th Anniversary. On July 21, experience country night where you can boot-scoot and boogie throughout the zoo on a great summer evening. Finally, head to the Los Angeles Zoo on September 15th and experience an 80’s vs. 90’s evening where both decades go head to head. There will be plenty of 80’s and 90[s music, as well as fun costumes, and plenty of food trucks like Pico House, Peaches Smokehouse, The Grilled Cheese Truck and many others.
International Surf Festival
Manhattan Beach Pier
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Dates: August 3-6, 2017
Promoting the four South Bay beach cities, The City of Manhattan Beach is this year’s host for the annual International Surf Festival. Participants from 8 to 80 compete in an assortment of beachy events, including a lifeguard medley relay, the Dwight Crum pier to pier swim, and the Charley Saikley 6-man volleyball tournament. Other top events include a surfing contest a bodysurfing contest, a beach run, paddleboard races, and youth events.
Renegade Craft Fair
Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Dates: July 8 & 9, 2017 from 11am to 6pm
The finest independent artisans and crafters come together for two days at the Los Angeles State Historic Park for a free event. Back again for its 9th year, handmade goods, DIY workshops, and educational activities make this one of the most anticipated craft fairs around. Over 250+ makers with creative spirit will be fathering to show off their goods.
Downtown Culver City to Downtown Venice, Via Washington and Venice Boulevards
Date: June 11, 2017 from 9am to 4pm
This might be the only bike event you can do without a bike! CicLAvia was born in 2008, out of a belief that open streets events could address active transportation, urban land use and public health needs in Los Angeles. Inspired by the ciclovía events that started 40 years ago in Bogotá, Colombia, the first CicLAvia was held in October of 2010. Four years and ten CicLAvias later, hundreds of thousands of people have explored more than 100 miles of open streets in Los Angeles. This summer’s route will focus on Glendale meeting Atwater Village.
Echo Park Rising
Around Sunset Boulevard, Glendale Boulevard, Alvarado Avenue and Echo Park Avenue
Dates: August 17 – 20, 2017
Echo Park Rising, free for all pages, is, perhaps surprisingly, not a statement on rent prices in this hot Eastside neighborhood. It’s actually a 7-year-old music festival, showing off everything that makes this area great, including abundant spontaneity and creative energy, which is probably why the lineup hasn’t been released. Entrance is free.
FYF Music Fest
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA
Dates: July 21, 22, & 23, 2017
Now in its 14th year, FYF Fest is back with a musical vengeance. Shining with stars like Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, Bjork, Missy Elliot, A Tribe Called Quest, MGMT, Thundercat and many others at the top of year’s lineup. The festival is also featuring favorites like The Drums, Kehlani, Nicholas Jaar, Flying Lotus and many more. FYF Fest is for all ages. Weekend GA prices are $329, whereas VIP Passes are $549. The venue opens at 5pm on Friday, 2pm on Saturday and Sunday and will take place rain or shine.
Annual LA Food & Wine Festival
Dates: August 25 – 27, 2017
The LA Food & Wine Festival is a three-day epicurean event showcasing the finest in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles, and some of the most recognized personalities in eating and drinking from throughout the country. If you you’ve fallen behind on trying the hottest L.A. restaurants, and if the likes of top chefs get your heart pumping, you should make your reservations now for this hugely popular event.
Los Angeles County Fair
1101 West McKinley Avenue
Fairplex, CA 91768
Dates: September 1 – 24, 2017
The LA County Fair is back again this year and stronger than ever! Count on the LA County Fair to offer one-stop shopping for everything you need and everything you didn’t even know you need. This year, there’s so much to do that it can be kind of overwhelming! But, do not despair. There is plenty of things to do, including attending concerts (16 nights of the fair), jumping on some of the thrilling fair rides for some thrills, laughs and good fun, riding the Ferris Wheel, attending Jurassic Planet, where you can see more than 40 prehistoric creatures, and much more. The Fair also offers The Igloo where guests can lace up their skates and have a blast inside a full service ice skating rink. Are you hungry? The L.A. County Fair is known for their inventive foods like deep fried Oreo cookies, or eating the most delicious (and sometimes unhealthy) food. The event also features The Farm, an area where you can get up close and personal with goats, chickens, pigs and other animals! Learn more about their attractions and things to do by visiting www.lacf.com
Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival
4730 Crystal Springs Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Dates: Jun 24-25, 2017
Grab thine picnic and get thee hence anon! Or something. The important thing is, there are 100% FREE performances of some of Shakespeare’s classics in Griffith Park all summer long. All you need to bring is a blanket or low-backed chair to sit on, and maybe a sweater and some snacks, of course. All performances are at inside the famed Griffith Park, making for a spectacular setting to see a play at.
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
Dates: September 9, 2017 at 2pm
The Queen Mary invites Angelenos for The Shoreline Jam, returning again this year. With more all-star music and more fun, information is scarce, however knowing this annual festival, it will certainly be even bigger and better than last year!