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What to Do on Every Summer Friday in LA in 2015

Published On 06/04/2015 Published On 06/04/2015
Flickr/Victoria Bernal

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Jun 5 Fri

First Fridays at the Natural History Museum This final-for-the-season edition of the beloved event in and around the Mammal Hall has an insane music lineup, with Coachella vets Hanni El Khatib and Chicano Batman headlining, as well as nerd-tastic lectures about "The Magic of Math" and "How Bird Watchers Can Save the World." Added bonus: T-Rex skeletons!!

Natural History Museum

First Fridays at the Natural History Museum Natural History Museum This final-for-the-season edition of the beloved event in and around the Mammal Hall has an insane music lineup, with Coachella vets Hanni El Khatib and Chicano Batman headlining, as well as nerd-tastic lectures about "The Magic of Math" and "How Bird Watchers Can Save the World." Added bonus: T-Rex skeletons!!

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Jun 12 Fri

Thrillist Culinary Road Trip pop-up  Shameless self-promo alert but it's worth it, we promise: the second day of our insanely-great food fest will feature legit NE lobster rolls, lardo sandwiches from Portland, and deep-dish pizza from Chicago. (See? Worth it right?)

Siren Studios

Thrillist Culinary Road Trip pop-up  Siren Studios Shameless self-promo alert but it's worth it, we promise: the second day of our insanely-great food fest will feature legit NE lobster rolls, lardo sandwiches from Portland, and deep-dish pizza from Chicago. (See? Worth it right?)

Flickr/Gastron Hinostroza

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Jun 19 Fri

Dodgers vs. Giants Okay, the last series was, uh, disastrous, which's why it's even more important that you show love for Blue at this, the first game in the series. And if it's a blowout, you can always spend some time looking for Dodger Stadium's hidden garden.

Dodger Stadium

Dodgers vs. Giants Dodger Stadium Okay, the last series was, uh, disastrous, which's why it's even more important that you show love for Blue at this, the first game in the series. And if it's a blowout, you can always spend some time looking for Dodger Stadium's hidden garden.

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Jun 26 Fri

Drink all the drinks in Santa Barbara You've probably been to SB before and been like: "This is ultra mellow and now I really want a drink and where do I go???" Well, we've got you covered: click above, and start planning now (especially for the taproom behind the Goleta CHP... wait wuuuut??).

Santa Barbara

Drink all the drinks in Santa Barbara Santa Barbara You've probably been to SB before and been like: "This is ultra mellow and now I really want a drink and where do I go???" Well, we've got you covered: click above, and start planning now (especially for the taproom behind the Goleta CHP... wait wuuuut??).

Flickr/Margaret Napier

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Jul 3 Fri

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular with Smokey Robinson What the what? Yep: the Fourth comes early to the bowl, and with it 1) massive fireworks, and 2) the dude who sings "Tracks of My Tears" and "Cruisin'."

Hollywood Bowl

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular with Smokey Robinson Hollywood Bowl What the what? Yep: the Fourth comes early to the bowl, and with it 1) massive fireworks, and 2) the dude who sings "Tracks of My Tears" and "Cruisin'."

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Jul 10 Fri

Take an ice cream tour of the city Chances are, it's gonna be hot... which means you can spend the day getting some of the best artisan ice cream in the city, or some of the best soft serve in the city, or, uh, both. Probably both.

All over the city

Take an ice cream tour of the city All over the city Chances are, it's gonna be hot... which means you can spend the day getting some of the best artisan ice cream in the city, or some of the best soft serve in the city, or, uh, both. Probably both.

Rental Car Rally

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Jul 17 Fri

Rental Car Rally Friday marks the start of this absurd, costumed, yearly road race, which finds sexually suggestive teams going to oddball checkpoints (abandoned amusement parks! weird-o art installations! NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS!!!!) all in the name of... winning a golden gas pump? Trust us: we've been, and it's insanely fun.

Location TBA

Rental Car Rally Location TBA Friday marks the start of this absurd, costumed, yearly road race, which finds sexually suggestive teams going to oddball checkpoints (abandoned amusement parks! weird-o art installations! NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS!!!!) all in the name of... winning a golden gas pump? Trust us: we've been, and it's insanely fun.

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Jul 24 Fri

Take a trip to Catalina You may be under the very mistaken idea that Catalina is a boring, quiet town that had its heyday in the '50s. Nope: Catalina is a TOTALLY WONDERFUL town that had its heyday in the '50s. And we've got your ultimate guide to making the most of a weekend there. So do it. 

Avalon

Take a trip to Catalina Avalon You may be under the very mistaken idea that Catalina is a boring, quiet town that had its heyday in the '50s. Nope: Catalina is a TOTALLY WONDERFUL town that had its heyday in the '50s. And we've got your ultimate guide to making the most of a weekend there. So do it. 

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Jul 31 Fri

Shakespeare in the Park Culture? Yep. And better yet? FREE CULTURE. Bring it.

Griffith Park

Shakespeare in the Park Griffith Park Culture? Yep. And better yet? FREE CULTURE. Bring it.

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Aug 7 Fri

Brew at the Zoo $50 gets you all you can drink, great bands, and, uh, LIONS. DUDE LIONS.

LA Zoo

Brew at the Zoo LA Zoo $50 gets you all you can drink, great bands, and, uh, LIONS. DUDE LIONS.

Flickr/Eugene Kim

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Aug 14 Fri

Go on a secret hike Not Runyon: it's gonna be SLAMMED. Instead, take a walk up to the wisdom tree... or the Nazi ruins... or...

All over the city

Go on a secret hike All over the city Not Runyon: it's gonna be SLAMMED. Instead, take a walk up to the wisdom tree... or the Nazi ruins... or...

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Aug 21 Fri

Have a drink on the beach Chances are, you've been putting off hitting the beach all summer by this point: too crowded, too far, too far and crowded. But now? It's August, it's hot, and beer by the sand sounds great. Even if it's crowded. And far.

The coast

Have a drink on the beach The coast Chances are, you've been putting off hitting the beach all summer by this point: too crowded, too far, too far and crowded. But now? It's August, it's hot, and beer by the sand sounds great. Even if it's crowded. And far.

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Aug 28 Fri

LA Food and Wine Events and participants are still TBA, but if the last few years are any indication, literally every chef you've ever heard of ever of all time will be here, serving up next-level food... and wine!

All over the city

LA Food and Wine All over the city Events and participants are still TBA, but if the last few years are any indication, literally every chef you've ever heard of ever of all time will be here, serving up next-level food... and wine!

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Sep 4 Fri

LA County Fair Reward yourself for making it through the summer with fried food. And carnival games. And more fried food. You deserve it.

Fairplex, Pomona

LA County Fair Fairplex, Pomona Reward yourself for making it through the summer with fried food. And carnival games. And more fried food. You deserve it.

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