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Things To Do

Things to Do This Weekend in L.A. [6-24-2022 to 6-26-2022]

June 23, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
At the Santa Monica Pier. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Thunderbolts and lightning anyone? Ok, now that the *loud boom* portion of your week in Los Angles is over (what was up with that?), let’s commence with your weekend to-dos.

This June 24-26 there are plenty of options, including the start of Shakespeare By the Sea, the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival, the Venice Summer Fest, Pier 360, Delicious Little Tokyo, World Naked Bike Ride Day, Art Beyond The Glass, a Caribbean Heritage Festival, a Pride Picnic, and more. Your weekend plan starts below. Make it a good one!

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Free Movie Screenings -> Have you seen our cheatsheet of free summer movie screenings in Los Angeles? Here’s a list of what’s coming up this weekend:

Shakespeare By the Sea -> Shakespeare By the Sea is celebrating its 25th season with productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo & Juliet, to be held at over a dozen locations throughout the SoCal area from June 23 through August 6. Opening weekend is this Thursday through Saturday at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. More info here.

Summertime at Union Station -> This Friday, Metro Art is putting together a live activation in support of the indie film Summertime, which follows the lives of 27 young Angelenos as their lives intersect over the course of a single day. The event will feature a poetry bus pop-up and live music, followed by a screening of the film. Free to attend. More info here.

Night Dive at The Aquarium -> This Friday, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s adults-only evening series returns with after-hours access to galleries, DJ’d music, food trucks, specialty cocktails, live painting, and more. Runs 7:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $24.95 for non-members. More info here.

Red Bull Culture Clash -> Red Bull’s live music competition event comes to the Shrine Auditorium this Friday for a battle between four party crews – Gasolina, The Do-Over, Subsuelo and Recreo – each highlighting Latinx music through myriad styles including reggaeton, global bass and hip-hop. GA tickets start at $20 plus fees. Get more info here.

Shakespeare on the Bluff -> Loyola Marymount University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts and Theatre Arts Department will offer free outdoor Shakespeare performances over two weekends in June and July. The series open with a production of Julius Caesar this Friday and Saturday. Family friendly. Picnics encouraged. An RSVP is required to get a free parking code. More info here.

Levitt Pavilion Concerts -> This Friday to Sunday, the free public concert at Levitt Pavilion continues. Friday features the 39th Annual Radiotron, Saturday is headlined by Boogaloo Assassins, and Sunday includes Inca The Peruvian Ensemble and Taikoproject. More info here.

Dance DTLA -> The Music Center is hosting a special bonus edition of Dance DTLA this Friday to Sunday, featuring live music and dancing from SWING OUT and choreographer Caleb Teicher. Starts at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 6 p.m. on Sunday. More info here.

Movies On The Roof -> My Valley Pass and Westfield Fashion Square have teamed up a new outdoor movie series hosted on the rooftop parking deck of Westfield’s Sherman Oaks shopping destination. Tickets are just $5, and the series opens this weekend with Ocean’s 11 on Friday and The Wedding Singer on Saturday. Get more info here.

Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival -> The Bowl’s annual Jazz Festival returns this Saturday and Sunday. The Roots headline day one, while Gregory Porter and Tower of Power both perform on day two. Grab tickets starting as low as $23. More info here.

World Naked Bike Ride -> The annual nude-but-not-lewd parade on two wheels is back this Saturday in Los Angeles. There will be two courses this year, both originating in Little Tokyo. A morning ride heads and up and back along the L.A. River Trail, while the afternoon will feature a cruise through DTLA. Get the latest course and registration info via the WNBRLA Facebook page.

Grand Performances -> The signature free summer music series at California Plaza continues this Saturday with Boleros De Noche: A Tribute to Agustín Lara. Event starts at 6 p.m. Free to attend, no ticket required. More info here.

Getty 25 Community Festivals -> This summer, The Getty celebrates its 25th anniversary via a series of free pop-up community festivals held throughout Los Angeles County. Each event highlights curated experiences reflective of the host community, including interactive workshops, live music and performances, an artisan marketplace, food trucks, giveaways, photo booths, and more. This Saturday and Sunday, the series lands in Pacoima. More info here.

Self Help Graphics Print Fair -> After a week of free public workshops, Self Help Graphics’ Printmaking Week culminates in their annual print fair and shopping experience this Saturday. The event offers guests a chance to browse (and purchase) new works from a curated selection of local artists who have participated in SHG’s Professional Printmaking Program. Runs noon to 5 p.m. Entry to the fair is free. More info here.

Children’s Institute Community Celebration -> This Saturday, the Children’s Institute will hold a community celebration to mark the grand opening of the new Frank Gehry-designed campus in Watts. Expect kid-friendly activities, a performance by Watts Willowbrook Music Conservatory, food vendors, and special tours of the new campus. The free event runs from 12:30 to 4 p.m. More info here.

Venice Summer Fest -> A massive public festival hits the streets of Mar Vista this Saturday that features feature over 150 local brands and artisans, 20 performing artists, food trucks, and DJ’d music. Runs noon to 8 p.m. on Venice Blvd between Centinela and Grand View. Free to attend. More info here.

Pier 360 -> This two-day (Saturday and Sunday), all-ages, free festival hosted at the Santa Monica Pier features ocean sports competitions, interactive games, a beer garden, a “museum of beach life,” and plenty of live music on both days. More info here.

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Hotel June’s 2-Year Anniversary Party -> On Saturday June 25, Hotel June celebrates their two-year anniversary and the official first weekend of summer with an afternoon pool party. Festivities kick-off poolside at 4 p.m. and include Casa del Sol cocktails, music by DJ William Reed and Baja-inspired bites from Caravan Swim Club. The event is open to the public and free to attend with cocktails and food available for purchase. Register to attend via Eventbrite and reserve an optional lounge chair or daybed on ResortPass.

Delicious Little Tokyo -> Delicious Little Tokyo returns for a two-day (Saturday and Sunday) culinary journey through the historic neighborhood. Activities include a History of Little Tokyo Food Tour, pop-up shopping, workshops, live art demos as well as a number of other tours focused on matcha, snacks and cocktails. More info here.

Caribbean Heritage Festival -> This Sunday at the Baldwin Crenshaw Mall, the The Los Angeles Culture Festival in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles, District 8 and Hollywood Carnival are hosting a Caribbean Heritage Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Expect live performances, costumes, dance, arts and crafts, and more. Free to attend. More info here.

Art Beyond The Glass -> After a two-year hiatus, annual cocktail festival Art Beyond The Glass returns this Sunday at Catch One from 3 to 7 p.m. 100+ bartender-artists will showcase their cocktail skills and artistic talents during the afternoon affair where guests can expect live performances, music, plus an art gallery and marketplace. Tickets are $55 pre-sale or $65 at the door. Proceeds from this year’s event go to Street Symphony. More info here.

Topanga Vintage Market (June 26) -> Happening on the fourth Sunday of every month, the Topanga Vintage Market is packed with close to 200 sellers from antiques to vintage clothing and local artisan goods.

Pride Picnic -> Join the Los Angeles LGBT Center this Sunday for a Pride Picnic at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The day-long event includes drag performances, a live DJ, giveaways and cocktails by Tito’s Handmade Vodka in the VIP lounge. GA tickets start at $25. More info here.

Pride Paddle -> The Southbay LGBTQ Center has partnered with The Portofino Hotel & Marina for the second-annual Pride Paddle taking place in the King Harbor Marina on Sunday (10 a.m. to noon.) The Pride Paddle will traverse through the harbor to the King Harbor Yacht Club with a few fun stops along the way. Support and instruction will be available to folks new to paddle boarding during the event. Post-paddle, The Portofino Hotel & Marina will be hosting a brunch and gathering for the paddlers at BALEEN Kitchen. The event is free to attend, paddle board rentals cost $35 and a portion of the proceeds will go toward the South Bay LGBTQ Center (by texting “Pride Paddle” to (424) 262-1699). A portion of the proceeds (10%) from cocktail sales at the BALEEN (14$) post-paddle will also go toward the Southbay LGBTQ center.

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Tam O Shanter
Tam O Shanter. Photo from Tam O Shanter Instagram.

The Return of Tam O’Shanter’s Speakeasy -> Tam O’Shanter reopens their speakeasy on Friday, June 24. A lucky few who make it on the list will enter through a secret entrance and travel back in time to the 1920s with expertly crafted cocktails, small bites and live music. The one-night speakeasy takes place on the third Friday of each month. To secure a spot on the list, reach out to JLarowe@lawrysonline.com. Subject line should say: “Bon Vivant.” Final confirmation of the reservation as well as instructions and a secret password will be sent out Friday at noon. Good luck! 

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Hailey Bieber’s Strawberry Glaze Skin Smoothie -> Stop by an Erewhon tonic bar this weekend to try Hailey Bieber’s Strawberry Glaze Skin Smoothie. Available now until July 15 for $17, the beauty smoothie is made up of Almond MALK, strawberries from Harry’s Berries, vanilla collagen, hyaluronic acid⁠, coconut cream⁠, sea moss gel, avocado, maple syrup and dates. A portion of the proceeds from the smoothie sales will benefit Robb School Memorial Fund to provide assistance to families impacted by the Uvalde tragedy. 

Future Gin x U Street Pizza -> On Saturday, June 25, Future Gin and U Street Pizza will host a Doing Good During Pride event to benefit the Downtown Women’s Center. Tickets are $20 per person and include one Future Gin cocktail, a slice of U Street Pizza, and the opportunity to help make kits for DWC. Tickets can be purchased via Resy and will also be available at the door.

CHICKIES Hot Chicken -> CHICKIES Hot Chicken is popping up at Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles all summer. Guests can order poolside from the CHICKIES menu, which includes items such as: Chickies Original Sandwich, chicken tenders, grilled cheese, Birria tacos, loaded fries, and more. Available exclusively at Skybar every Friday to Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m.


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