As we step into the official start of summer, here’s what your week looks like in Los Angeles:
From June 19-23 in L.A., you’ll find the Leimert Park Juneteenth Festival on Monday, Moonlight Movies on the Beach in Long Beach, a Tina Turner Celebration at The Thompson, a Surf’s Up Block Party in San Gabriel, a Summer Solstice Salutation at CAAM, Dance DTLA at The Music Center, a Scooby-Doo screening at Petersen, and more.
Things To Do This Week
M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission, TP = Top Pick
Leimert Park Juneteenth Festival – M FA TP > On Monday, The Leimert Park Juneteenth Festival brings 300 Black-owned businesses, plus multiple stages of live music, DJ’s and spoken word performance to Leimert Park Plaza. Runs noon to 9 p.m. Admission is free. More info here.
Ovation Hollywood’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration – M FA > Head to Ovation (formerly Hollywood & Highland) on Monday for an afternoon of live music from BOFIYA, vendors, photo moments, a photo booth, games, educational resources and more, all in celebration of the Juneteenth Holiday. Free and open to the public. Runs noon to 4 p.m. More info here.
UCB Juneteenth Show -> In celebration of Juneteenth, UCB brings a roster of black comedians and performers to the stage for an evening of improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy, with all proceeds benefiting South Central non-profit, Reach LA. Tickets are $10. Ronnie Adrian and Corin Wells host. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. More info here.
13th Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival -> Dozens of venues, including Zephyr Theatre, The Broadwater, and Three Clubs, host a huge slate of comedy, ensemble theatre, dance and immersive performances which come to a close this Sunday, June 25. More info here.
Moonlight Movies on the Beach – FA > Long Beach’s signature free summer outdoor movie series kicks off their 2023 season this Tuesday at Granada Beach with a screening of Goonies. Screening starts around sunset. Free parking (limited) available after 6 p.m. More info here.
Free Garden Days – FA > The South Coast Botanic Garden, L.A. Arboretum, and Descanso Gardens all offer free admission on the third Tuesday of every month. Note that all three required advance reservations, and space is limited.
Tina Turner Celebration -> Bar Lis located on the rooftop of the Hollywood Thompson will host a Tina Turner Celebration on Tuesday in collaboration with Jazz Eclectic LA. The celebration will transport guests back to the era of soulful rock ‘n’ roll and powerful ballads with the help of singer Myra Washington. More info here.
Summer Solstice Salutation at CAAM – M FA > Celebrate the Summer Solstice this Wednesday at California African American Museum a lecture/performance by conceptual artist Chloë Bass, followed by a followed by an outdoor sound bath provided by Sol & Sound. Free to attend. Runs 3 to 4:30 p.m. More info here.
LA Design Festival -> Los Angeles Design Festival (LADF) returns this Thursday through Sunday with a slate of events – open to the public and mostly free unless noted. The public can participate in studio tours, listen in on panel discussions, view experiential installations and enjoy a block party. This year’s theme, “Design for the People,” will highlight the voices of creatives and designers from all backgrounds and practices. More info here.
Shakespeare By the Sea – FA TP > The 26th anniversary season of Shakespeare By the Sea kicks off with performances of Twelfth Night at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro this Thursday to Sunday. All shows are free to attend, but donations are gladly accepted. SBTS performances continue at locations throughout L.A. and Orange County through August 5. More info here.
Surf’s Up Block Party in San Gabriel – FA > The City of San Gabriel kicks off summer this Thursday with an evening of live entertainment, an inflatable rock wall, food trucks, games, community booths and family-friendly fun activities all throughout the Mission District. Free to attend. Runs 6 to 9:30 p.m. More info here.
The Music Center’s Dance DTLA – M FA TP > Free evening dance parties return to The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza every week throughout the summer, staring this Friday with Hip-Hop instruction led Brandon “BeastBoi” Juezan. For each event, dance instructors will be on hand to teach guests easy-to-follow steps, allowing everyone to get into the groove right from the jump. Runs 7 to 11 p.m. More info here.
Jazz at LACMA – FA > This Friday at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts the Highland Park House Band at Smidt Welcome Plaza as part of the ongoing Jazz at LACMA series, which continues every Friday evening through November. Admission is free, however seating is limited and first come, first served. More info here.
Scooby-Doo at Petersen – FA > On Friday, Petersen Automotive Museum hosts a free screening of Scooby-Doo (2002) with special pre-screening activities, including a costume contest with prizes. Event gets going around 7 p.m. More info here.
Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles Concerts – M FA > The Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles annual summer-long series of free concerts features acclaimed and emerging talent from a broad range of musical genres. Events continue this Friday to Sunday, including Boleros de Noches, 40 Years of Radiotron celebrating 50 years of Hip-Hop, and Banda Las Angelinas. All free to attend. No reservation required. Get more info here.
Dining & Drinking
(picks by Christina Champlin)
Lagers & Falafels at Tabula Rasa -> III Mas BBQ and Big Noise are popping up at Tabula Rasa from 5 to 10 p.m. on Monday with $3 Big Noise beers paired with a special falafel menu. Inspired by Armenian, Mesopotamian, and Egyptian cuisine, III Mas BBQ will be featuring a Crispy Sphinx Sandwich with grandma’s falafel in Aish Baladi (pita) with pickled eggplant, tahina and cilantro ($15) and a six piece Grandma’s Falafel, a third generation old recipe ($12). More info here.
Iced Vanilla Twink Latte -> For Pride month, Venice Beach neighborhood coffee shop Little Lunch Coffee has added a tasty Iced Vanilla Twink Latte to their menu. Inspired by queer-led and local cannabis company Stone Road’s limited edition Pride strain by the same name, the latte is made with housemade vanilla bean syrup, espresso, oat mylk, vanilla whip cream, topped with glitter sprinkles. Every customer who purchases the Iced Vanilla Twink Latte at Little Lunch will be entered into a weekly raffle to win a Stone Road goodie bag. This month a percentage of all profits from Little Lunch and Stone Road sales will go to My Friend’s Place, a drop in shelter for homeless youth.
Queer Ladies Night at Big Bar -> This Tuesday is Queer Ladies Night at Big Bar in Los Feliz. Stop by between 6 to 9 p.m. when Big Bar hosts guest bartender Sophia Oolie of Mirate/Ice & Alchemy behind the bar. The night will feature themed menus, playlists, and queer-owned spirits Future Gin and Lalo Tequila. Sophia will also highlight a special Future Gin cocktail she created, the Sagittarius Rising. For every cocktail sold that evening, $1 will be donated to The Trevor Project. Future Gin and Lalo Tequila will also match these donations.
Queer All Year -> On Friday, East Hollywood queer bar Honey’s at Star Love will host Queer All Year, a fun night with Lex, and Future Gin. Expect cocktails, fun tunes provided by Saturn Risin9 and IdealBlackFemale and more in support of Trans Lifeline, a nonprofit serving transgender people through phone support and microgrants. Happening from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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