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Everything You Need to Do in LA This Summer

Updated On 06/29/2018 at 04:21PM EST Updated On 06/29/2018 at 04:21PM EST
Hard Fest
Hard Fest | Hard Events
Thursday - Sunday
Jun 14-Jul 15
Various locations
The World Cup only comes around once every four years, and it’s hard not to get swept up in the rest of the world’s footie mania; so what if team USA isn’t competing this time? Pick another country, and start rooting for ‘em at one of the city’s best bars showing the World Cup -- Joxer Daly’s, Hangar Inn, and Wirtshaus are all solid options.
Cost: However much a beer costs
Friday - Sunday
Jun 1-Sep 2
The Skirball
You like The Muppets, don’t you? Of course you do, because you’ve got a heart. All things Henson are coming to Skirball, so if you’re a fan, you can’t miss this. Where my Dark Crystal kids at?
Cost: Included with $12 museum admission
Rooftop Cinema Club
Rooftop Cinema Club
Tuesday - Tuesday
Jun 26-Jul 31
Ricardo Montalbán Theater
The Big Lebowski, Mean Girls, The Notebook, and more await you on top of the Ricardo Montalbán Theater for this year’s edition of Rooftop Cinema Club. Tickets tend to go quick, so don’t leave this one til the last minute.
Cost: $18
Saturday - Thursday
Jun 30-Sep 6
All Over LA
KCRW is throwing a huge concert series again, with tons of DJs, live music, food, and drinks. This year you can catch acts like Aaron Byrd, Garth Trinidad, and a whole lot more. How much does this wonderful event cost, you ask? Congrats, it’s free!
Cost: Free!
Saturday - Saturday
Jun 30-Sep 15
All over LA
You’ve been dying for a way to use a bunch of your senses all at once, huh? Well besides just going about your day like you normally would, here’s an idea: check out Eat | See | Hear, a traveling movie, music, and food fest that consistently crushes it in LA. They’ll be rocking classics like Back to the Future, fresh-off-the-grill movies like Ladybird, a ton of live music (lineup TBA), and a remarkable number of excellent food trucks.
Cost: $8-21
Wednesday
Jul 4
All over LA
Unlike some other, less-fortunate cities, LA’s lucky enough to have multiple fireworks displays going on around town -- which means that no matter where you live, there’ll probably a skyful of explosions nearby. You’re even luckier than most, though, because we’ve put together a guide with everything you need to know about LA’s fireworks displays, and it’s right at your fingertips.
Cost: Varies by location
Saturday
Jul 7
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
A one-day hip hop fest on the Queen Mary. Snoop’s headlining. Ice Cube and Ja Rule are there too. Any other questions? Granted, it’s sold out, but there are authorized fan sales portals!
Cost: $85-150
Saturday - Sunday
Jul 14-15
Redondo Beach
Music, dancing, art, and great food are waiting for you at the South Bay Greek Festival -- but you knew that just by reading “South Bay Greek Festival,” didn’t you? Two dollars gets you in, with a ton of food available for purchase inside.
Cost: $2
Friday - Friday
Jul 13-27
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is going all out for the outdoor experience this summer with its Summer Nights event. Grab a cocktail, hang out in the gardens, pack a picnic, or listen to some music -- all you’ve gotta do is RSVP.
Cost: Free
Mi Corazon
Mi Corazon
Friday - Saturday
Jul 13-28
All over LA
The summer edition of Restaurant Week is finally here, which means the time to eat a prix fixe meal at every great restaurant in town is here as well. Participating this time are heavy hitters like Providence (eating at Providence for $100 is a steal, unfortunately) and Jean-Georges, as well as local faves like Mi Corazon and HiHo Cheeseburger.
Cost: Varies by restaurant
Friday - Sunday
Jul 13-Aug 12
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
You know the drill when it comes to fairs: there’ll be games, rides, weird shows, probably some live animals, and more deep-fried things than you’ve ever seen. When are you ever gonna get the chance to try deep-fried Coca-Cola again?
Cost: $12-14
Tuesday
Jul 24
The Farmers Market
The 10th annual Taste of the Farmers Market is back at, you guessed it, The Farmers Market. Enjoy a full evening of all 50+ vendors slinging bites, tastes, and samples, and feel good about yourself -- the whole thing benefits the First in Fire Foundation as well as Stations 61 and 58. You’re such a good person!
Cost: $35
Thursday
Jul 26
The Mayan Theater
It’s sort of a comedy show, and sort of a wrestling match, and sort of a circus, and a whole lot like Medieval Times. Sounds excellent, right?
Cost: $40-$55
Lucky Rice LA
Lucky Rice LA
Thursday
Jul 26
Vibania, DTLA
Master drinks and master bites will be in full swing at this year’s Lucky Rice food fest, this year with vendors like Hinoki & The Bird, Little Sister, and Bone Kettle. If you like Asian food even the smallest bit, this is where you need to be.
Cost: $150
Saturday - Sunday
Jul 28-Aug 5
Huntington Beach
Does nine days of nothing but surfing sound good to you? Over 300 surfers will hit the beach at this classic Vans staple -- only thing you need to do is post up and watch ‘em.
Cost: Free!
Wednesday - Sunday
Aug 1-5
Redondo Beach
Vans isn’t the only one puttin on surf events this summer; just north of the Open is the International Surf Festival, back in its 58th year. Surfers from 8 to 80 years old will take to the ocean for another five days of pure water sports -- so if you are a surfer aged 8 to 80, you know where you need to be.
Cost: Free!
Thursday - Saturday
Aug 2-25
Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills is turning its nightlife up a notch during “BOLD” nights. Live art installations, children’s dancing, street entertainment, and more will paint the streets every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in August.
Cost: Free!
Friday - Saturday
Aug 3-4
West Hollywood
LIVE@Sunset Marquis will be continuing its run of acoustic shows at the spot that’s been home to musicians for over five decades. RSVP to catch one of these intimate poolside performances.
Cost: Free!
Hard Fest
Hard Fest
Saturday - Sunday
Aug 4-5
The Speedway in Fontana
Everybody’s favorite EDM fest is back for its 11th year, this time with Travis Scott and Marshmello topping the bill.
Cost: Tickets range from $129 all the way up to $2,000
Friday - Friday
Aug 10-31
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
One of our biggest and baddest food events hits Arcadia for two weekends in August. Whatever your favorite Asian cuisine is, they’ll have it waiting for you at Night Market -- they’ll have art and music too, so scurry over there quick.
Cost: Free entry, with food available for purchase inside
Saturday - Sunday
Aug 18-19
Row DTLA
This brand-new, two-day music fest in the heart of DTLA focuses on hip hop and dance, with RL Grime and MIA headlining the inaugural event.
Cost: $79-139
Sunday - Tuesday
Aug 19-21
The LINE, Koreatown
BevCon brings together mixologists, sommeliers, buyers, distributors, and pretty much every other person in the beverage industry for a truly epic & boozy convention. The hefty entrance fee will get you access to all panels, breakfast & lunch from the LINE, the opening party, a ton of booze, swag, and a whole lot more.
Cost: $400
The Taste
The Taste
Friday - Sunday
Aug 31-Sep 2
Paramount Studios
It’s always nice to save some of the best food fests for last, and that’s exactly what’s happening at The Taste. It’s always presented by LA Times, which means that J-Gold guy usually has a hand in curating list of vendors. They’re still TBA, but you can rest assured, you’ll experience some of the best flavors our city has to offer.
Cost: $95 - $165
Friday - Friday
Sep 7-21
West Hollywood
The run of poolside acoustic shows continues into September, with performances by Andy Allo, Outer Reef, Emily Warren, and Haddon Cord.
Cost: Free!
Tuesday
Sep 18
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
LAFF is heading east this year, and will be hosting the stuff-your-face festivities in Santa Anita Park. Vendors are still TBA, but if it’s anything like previous years, you’re gonna eat quite well.
Cost: $50-95
Friday - Saturday
Sep 14-15
Glen Helen Regional Park, San Bernardino
Raves of this magnitude are for a very specific type of person -- if that’s you, you need to be at Nocturnal Wonderland, brought to you by the group that does pretty much every major electronic music fest. With three stages and a ton of interactive installments, you should be right in your element.
Cost: $149-180
Water Lantern Festival
Water Lantern Festival
Saturday - Sunday
Sep 15-16
El Monte
We all know this, but it bears repeating: lanterns are breathtaking when they’re all lit up and floating across water. $30 gets you entry, a water lantern, a marker to design it, an LED flashlight, and a wristband.
Cost: $30
Saturday
Sep 22
LA State Historic Park, Chinatown
Not enough Asian hip hop events for you? The brand new Head in the Clouds is exactly that -- a showcase of fresh, up-and-coming Asian hip hop talent. Plus, the newly renovated park in Chinatown is huge, ready for you, and located right across the street from Highland Park Brewery’s newest outpost.
Cost: $59-129
Thursday - Sunday
Sep 27-30
Lake Hughes
We’ll stop talking about Camp No Counselors when it stops being so excellent. Sure to be the best weekend of your year (and probably your life), CNC takes over summer camps around the country before the kids arrive, and turns them into an all-inclusive, camp-based, adult party scene. Play all the games, sports, and activities you loved as a kid each day before gearing up for the huge open-bar parties at night. The penultimate LA event of the year will hit Canyon Creek Summer Camp on September 27 -- make sure you’re there.
Cost: $625