Have you run out of ideas for the upcoming summer months, or need new and exciting activites to occupy yourself with this summer? Well, you're in luck because we've compiled a list of some of the best things Los Angeles has to offer as summer activities. We hope your bathing suit body is in tip-top condition, because these events are coming up quickly!
As one of SoCal's favorite festivals, Lightning in a Bottle has been bringing the good people of LA quality music, amazing art, environmentally friendly fun and more for over a decade. In 2012, the Do Lab is making the event even bigger, with headlining acts like Bassnectar and Shpongle. Grab your camping gear, don your burner/hippy attire and buy your tickets to LIB for one of LA's finest Memorial Day Weekend Parties.
Where: Oak Canyon Ranch
When: May 25th - 27th
The UCLA Jazz and Reggae Festival brings together some of the hottest name in jazz, reggae and popular musicians. Held at one of the most beautiful campuses in the world, this two day event will get you dancing to some of the best names out today. This year's headliners include Thundercats and The Roots!
When: May 28th & 29th
Summer wouldn't be complete without a pool party (amirite?) and that is where Sundays at Drai's comes in. Forget the crowds at The Standard, or anywhere that may try to make a Sunday Funday pool party work -- Drai's is where you want to be. Reserve a celebrated cabana by the pool and get your celebrity watching on.
Where: Drai's pool, The W Hotel, Hollywood
When: Sundays in the Summer - Exact Dates TBA
If you haven't seen a performance at the Hollywood Bowl you're missing out. If you haven't seen a performance coupled with fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl, then you're really missing out. See the Hollywood Bowl orchestra perform on Fourth of July and patriotically drink, eat, and be in awe of the fireworks show during.
Where: Hollywood Bowl
When: July 4th
KCRW hosts an annual concert series in the courtyard of the Hammer Museum in Westwood, giving Angelenos a taste of bands both local and outside of SoCal. Usually, these are acts that are on their way to the top -- past performers include locals Fitz and the Tantrums and Grouplove. Beer and wine is always flowing, so don't worry about getting bored at a museum. You'll be dancing. Guaranteed.
Where: The Hammer Museum
Tacos. Pretzels. Ice Cream. Burgers. Smoothies. Fruit. Burritos. Hot Dogs. Veggie Delights. Beer. Gourmet bites. Popcorn. Bacon wrapped hot dogs. Cookies. French Fries. Cupcakes. The LA Street Food Fest celebrates the local foodie and events scene with a delicious good time in the Rose Bowl. The best part? It's all supporting independent business owners and charities around LA.
Where: Rose Bowl
When: Mid July
The culmination of Art District’s maturity and the celebration of the life of local Joel Bloom, is BloomfestLA -- a festival of music, street art, crafts, and food. The 2012 edition of BloomfestLA is being sponsored by local radio station KCRW, who will be bringing in some stellar bands to perform. Previous years' line-ups read as a who’s who of indie bands including local LA favorite (and now national favorite) Grouplove. Not only will you be serenaded for free, but you’ll also have an opportunity to check out all of the nearby street art and local galleries during Bloomfest. As always, a host of LA food trucks will be on standby so you can quench your thirst with booze and stuff your faces with treats.
Where: Downtown LA
When: Mid July
LA's favorite co-ed and not co-ed volleyball tournament is held in Manhattan Beach at the apex of summer, offering everyone involved the opportunity to party in the sand, admire the physiques of men and women playing, and get a sight of the beauty that is Manhattan Beach. This is an all-weekend endeavor, so make sure physically up to the challenge.
Where: Manhattan Beach
When: July 29th - 31st
The annual Eat, Drink, Play Block Party (brought to you by the same people behind LA Beer Fest) will offer attendees an opportunity to try various food trucks, sample hundreds of beers and check out bands. It'll be your standard block party sans crazy neighbors and bad pot luck food. Just pay the entrance fee and enjoy as much beer and food as you can handle.
Where: Downtown LA
When: End of July
If you're looking to dance, rave and go wild this summer, look no further than the annual HARD Summer music festival. With two days of earth-pounding bass music, including performances from Skrillex, Boys Noize, Bloc Party, Miike Snow and NERO, this is sure to be the loudest summer party in LA.
Where: Los Angeles State Historic Park
When: August 3rd & 4th
The Sunset Strip Music Festival is the pinnacle of Hollywood's music scene, held in the heart of Tinsel Town, and at some of the cities storied venues -- the House of Blues, The Roxy, The Viper Room and others. The line-up is varied and usually spans multiple popular genres, hearkening back to bygone eras of rock (for example, Motley Crue has played the role of headliners).
Where: Sunset Blvd (between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard) in West Hollywood
When: August 16th - 18th
Check out what else is on LA's event calendar with our Los Angeles Festivals Guide.
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