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22 Cool L.A. Events in June Every Angeleno Should Have on Their Radar (2016)

May 28, 2016 by Brian Champlin

Need stuff to do this June in Los Angeles? Got you covered.

We looked ahead on our calendar to spotlight some of the best events happening in June 2016 around Los Angeles that you should probably have on your radar. After all, better to get your tickets now than wait till the last minute and find out your favorite event is sold out.

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June 2016 event highlights include Tacolandia, LA PRIDE, LA Beer Week, CatConLA, Time Out’s Donut Party, Norton Simon’s Garden Party, a 4-day Hip-Hop takeover of DTLA, and LOTS more fun to-dos to choose from.

Complete rundown starts after the jump.

Enjoy!

[ALSO: Here’s a list of all the free museum days in June you can take advantage of!]

Rose Bowl Entrance

Entering a food fest at the Rose Bowl. Photo credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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1. Downtown Dark Nights (June 3)

Downtown Dark Nights returns on the first Friday of June with a free soirée at L.A. LIVE that includes loads of live performances, street performers, graffiti artists, craft vendors, art installations and food/drink specials.

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2. The Long Beach Vegan Food and Music Festival (June 4)

The Long Beach Vegan Food & Music Festival promises a day-long event full of live tunes, vegan fare, vegan food trucks, live performances, a vegan chili cook-off, and even a rock climbing wall.

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3. ShipKicker Country Music Festival at The Queen Mary (June 4)

Line dancing, saloons, and country tunes will take over the Queen Mary on June 4 for the 2nd annual ShipKicker Country Music Festival.

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4. Los Angeles Taste of the Nation (June 5)

Over 50 restaurants and beverage providers (including Union, Bellwether, Plan Check, and Terrine, among others) will come together for a foodie bonanza at the Los Angeles Taste taking place on Sunday, June 5 from 1- 4 p.m. at Media Park in Culver City.

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5. Urban Air Market (June 5)

Urban Air Market will come to life in the Historic Core of Downtown on June 5 with over 75 unique vendors offering everything from home goods to body products, all produced by an array of independent artists, artisans and designers committed to sustainability. 

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6. Giant Bunny Sculptures in DTLA (June 5-11)

Intrude is an acclaimed public installation created by Australian artist Amanda Parer featuring “monumental sculptural rabbits, each sewn in white nylon, inflated and internally lit.” The installations will be coming to Los Angeles starting on June 5 as part of a four-city U.S. tour that kicks off in New York starting this April.

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7. LA PRIDE Music Festival and Parade (June 10-12)

The 46th annual LA PRIDE Music Festival & Parade returns to West Hollywood starting on June 12 for a three-day weekend featuring the largest largest LGBTQ ticketed event in the United States and of course Sunday’s public morning parade.

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8. Time Out LA’s Donut Party (June 11)

Time Out Los Angeles is putting together a shindig featuring some of the best donuts in L.A. at the Avalon in Hollywood on June 11. Guests will be able to enjoy sprinkle and frosted treats from an array of restaurants, bakeries and donut shops including ICDC, DK’s Donuts, The Church Key, Donut Farm, Spudnuts Donuts and more.

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9. LA Weekly’s Tacolandia (June 11)

LA Weekly’s fourth annual Tacolandia will take place on Saturday, June 11 (3:00pm-7:00pm) at El Pueblo de Los Angeles. This year the event will feature over 100 top taco vendors curated by the World’s First Tacorazzo, Bill Esparza. Guest will feast on unlimited gourmet tacos, enjoy a live mariachi band and grab a drink at the cash bar.

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10. Playboy Jazz Festival (June 11-12)

Presented by the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl, the 38th annual Playboy Jazz Festival will feature an internationally acclaimed all-star lineup of accomplished jazz musicians, along with up and coming artists.

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11. Santa Monica Hippodrome 100th Anniversary (June 12)

In honor of the Hippodrome’s 100th birthday there will be a public celebration at the Santa Monica Pier on June 12 featuring 5-cent carousel rides, apartment tours, and special ice cream treats.

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12. 4-Days of Hip-Hop Dance in DTLA (Jun 16-19)

This June The Music Center aims to put hip-hop on full blast through a special series showcasing the art of hip-hop dance through live performances, international dance competitions, discussions, demonstrations, and one heck of a late-night dance party.

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13. KTown Night Market (June 17-18)

The foodie and k-pop takeover of Koreatown returns for the weekend of June 17-18 with impressive list of participating restaurants, entertainment options and other special vendors (and even an expected appearance by Mayor Garcetti)

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14. LA Vegan Beer and Food Festival (June 18)

The Vegan Beer and Food Festival heads back to the Rose Bowl for a massive day of craft beer, ciders, kombucha, cold brews, plus delicious bites from the 50+ vegan vendors that will be on hand.

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15. Smorgasburg LA (June 19)

The masterminds behind Smorgasburg in Brooklyn are bringing their popular food hall concept to Downtown Los Angeles on June 19 and their’s a massive roster of L.A. heavy hitters involved.

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16. Moonlight Movies on the Beach Kicks Off (June 21)

The Moonlight Movies on the Beach series is back for 2016 with a full summer of free screenings taking place at Granada Beach in n Belmont Shore (Long Beach), starting on June 21 and continuing every Tuesday at dusk until August 30

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17. The Silver Lake Picture Show is Back (June 23)

Back now for its fifth year, The Silver Lake Picture Show is a free, summer-long community series that screens popular films in a picnic-like setting at Sunset Triangle Plaza. The series begins on June 23 with a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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18. Norton Simon Museum’s Third Annual Garden (June 25)

Celebrate the start of summer with the Norton Simon Museum’s Third Annual Garden Party, held in its lovely sculpture garden on Saturday evening, June 25 from 5 to 8 p.m Designed to bring the Museum experience out of the galleries and into the great outdoors, event-goers will enjoy live music, sketching, tea, and more. 

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19. Harry Potter Night at the Last Bookstore (June 25)

On Saturday, June 25 The Last Bookstore will play host to a Harry Potter themed night of performance, costumes, butterbeer and books. The event is being organized by The Show That Shall Not Be Named, a group of LA-based improvs who create and perform on-the-spot stories based on the world of Harry Potter and audience suggestions

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20. Nonobject(ive): Summer Happening at the Broad (June 25)

The Broad is starting a new ticketed live event series featuring late-night music, performance and spoken word showcases throughout the museum, including the outdoor plaza. On Saturday, June 25, Nonobject(ive): Summer Happening at the Broad will feature music by Perfume Genius with choreography by Narcissister. Pop-up salon by Mutant Salon, and DJ sets by Lotic and Cindytalk.

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21. CatConLA is Back in DTLA (June 25-26)

CatCon returns to LA for a feline-filled weekend of everything kitty lovers could ask for, including free manicures and cat eye makeup, Purr-ditation Station (where cat purrs are meant to encourage meditation), speed dating (humans only) and more than 150 vendor booths

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22. The LAWineFest (June 25-26)

The 11th annual LAWineFest is back on June 25-26 for two days of delicious wine, artisan beer, and gourmet foods.

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What events are you looking forward to this June in Los Angeles? Let us know in the comments below!

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