ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 23: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two-run double during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on July 23, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. ( Scott Kane/Getty Images)

( Scott Kane/Getty Images)


The light at the end of the tunnel is no longer in the distance. The weekend is here and while everyone is telling you how incredible Stranger Things is on Netflix, you can catch up on that later. You only got about two and a half days to get some quality time in before the darkness of Monday sets in. Los Angeles is bursting with art and culture of every kind and because of that, it’s impossible to be bored here. We have listed a few of the options worth your time and money. Let’s plan your weekend properly.

Friday, July 29
(credit: Ramon Gonzales)

(credit: Ramon Gonzales)


Throw Back A Few Beers
Ballast Point Brewing + Kitchen
110 N Marina Dr.
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 296-4470
www.ballastpoint.com

Regarded as one of California’s most iconic craft breweries, San Diego’s Ballast Point has been at it for years developing premium quality suds. Recently, the brand was acquired by a big time distributor. That kind of windfall was celebrated with the build out of a beautiful tasting room and kitchen located right within the Long Beach Marina. With a small, but effective menu of sharables, seating for 670 people, an upstairs bar with stunning views of the water, and some 30 different beers on tap, you could easily spend an entire day here and not realize it.

Saturday, July 30
(credit: shalunts/shutterstock)

(credit: shalunts/shutterstock)


Summer Happenings
The Broad
221 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 232-6200
www.thebroad.org

Developing a series to mark the Broad’s first summer in Los Angeles, the cultural destination ran with thematic inspiration from the likes of photographer Cindy Sherman and the Pop Art of the 1980’s to curate Summer Happenings. Functioning as the live translation of the influential visual art house at the Broad, Bradford Nordeen and director of editorial operations at Pitchfork, Brandon Stosuy pooled an impressive roster of diverse performances from the likes of Sky Ferreira, Haxan Cloak, Mas Ysa, and Richard Hell to name a few. Scheduling one Saturday a month, the performances pair powerful instrumentation with provocative multimedia visuals. The evenings are the perfect pairing of art, music, and culture for a contemporary crowd in Los Angeles.
 

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)


Dodgers Vs. Diamondsbacks
Dodger Stadium
1000 Vin Scully Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(866) 363-4377
www.dodgers.com

Much like curling your toes in the sand, enjoying a ride on the Ferris wheel, or spending a lazy afternoon by the pool, A baseball game on a Saturday night at Chavez ravine is essential to a complete summer experience. There are a limited few places that have the kind of tradition and history that are almost tangible when walking to the gate at Dodger Stadium. While the team has struggled to perform in the postseason, the high drama of a dodger game pairs perfectly with a dodger dog a cold beer and Vin Scully in the broadcast booth. Today, the Dodgers square off against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and it will likely be a good game but even more so a memorable Saturday night at the ballpark. Baseball is always better under the lights and none shine brighter than those at Dodger Stadium.

Sunday, July 31
(Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific)

(Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific)


Discounted Late Nights
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 590-3100
www.aquariumofpacific.org

For selected nights throughout the summer, the 6-acre sanctuary dedicated to the sea life of the Pacific is opening it’s doors into the evening hours so visitors can explore the animal exhibits after the sun goes down. The rare vantage point allows for a unique glimpse into attractions like the Shark lagoon, the penguin habitat, and the tropical gallery long after the aquarium has typically closed up shop for the day. Housing some 11,000 different animals, the Aquarium located on the Rainbow Harbor is champion of conversation efforts and great in translating hat kind of education in a way that is engaging for visitors. Here is a chance to see the aquarium like you have never seen before and for a fraction of the price.
 

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)


Hard Summer Music Festival
Auto Club Speedway
9300 Cherry Ave.
Fontana, CA, 92335
www.hardfest.com

Cementing their legacy as a brand that helps shape the scene among Southern California tastemakers, Hard Summer is a 500-acre, 80 plus artists, two day bender that has become a tradition. Introducing a camping component like a another familiar mega festival we all know about, concertgoers will have a much closer place to sack out before going right back to the dance floor for day two. Anchored by the likes of Ice Cube, Major Lazer, Travis Scott, Dillon Francis, DJ Khaled, and Porter Robinson to name a few, these shows are as much about the spectacle as they are the energy. Expect to see state of the art visual displays set to larger than life audio dynamics that are literally designed to shake the ground.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.

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