Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [6-9-2023 to 6-11-2023]

Norton Simon Garden Party. Photo via Norton Simon Museum.

The closer we get to summer, the longer these lists get. And you know what? That’s totally ok.

For June 9-11 in Los Angeles, you’ll find Music Under the Stars in Pasadena, the Levitt Pavilion concerts season opener, a summer kickoff party at Ivy Station, TARFEST at Pan Pacific Park, a Medieval Play family festival at The Getty, a garden party at Norton Simon, the LA Pride Parade in Hollywood, a concert in the dome at Mt. Wilson, and MUCH more. Have a gander below, and begin your weekend planning.


Free Ideas Taking Metro

You probably know that every Wednesday we collaborate with Metro Los Angeles to create a fun guide of 5 free things to do for the weekend that are also accessible through Metro’s rail and bus service. But this week, we took a longer view as we head into summer, piecing together a massive list of Free Things To Do for the Next 40 Days in L.A., almost all of which you can get to by Metro.

Check a couple top picks for this weekend below, and be sure to scope out the full guide linked above.

Music Under The Stars – > On Saturday, catch a free concert in front of Pasadena City Hall put on by the Pasadena Symphony and POPS, preceded by a performance from Bob Baker Marionette Theater and plenty of kid-friendly activities. No reservations required. Seating is first-come, first-served. More info here.

Go Metro: Take the L Line to Memorial Park Station.

Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles Concerts – > The Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles annual summer-long series of free concerts features acclaimed and emerging talent from a broad range of musical genres. All free to attend. No reservation required. This Saturday, the season opens with Nortec Bostich + Fussible, Nunca Jamas, and La Banda Elástica DJ’s. Then on Sunday, you can catch Boogaloo Assassins. Get more info here.

Go Metro: Take the B or D Lines to Westlake MacArthur Park station OR take Line 20/720 along Wilshire Blvd.

Things To Do This Weekend

M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission, TP = Top Pick

13th Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival -> Starting this Thursday, dozens of venues, including Zephyr Theatre, The Broadwater, and Three Clubs, host a huge slate of comedy, ensemble theatre, dance and immersive performances during the two and a half week run of the annual Hollywood Fringe Festival. More info here.

LA Pride in the ParkM > To celebrate Pride two huge icons will take the stage for epic performances at L.A. State Historic Park for a two-day concert event this Friday and Saturday. Megan thee Stallion headlines Friday, and Mariah Carey headlines Saturday. The line up also includes Fletcher, Gigi Goode, G Flip, The Scarlet Opera, Violet Chachki, Gottmik and more. Tickets start at $139. More info here.

Cultivate at Descanso Gardens -> On the second Friday of the month the public can enjoy extended hours at the garden where you can take a tour, dance to music while also enjoying food and drinks. Cultivate runs June 9, July 14 and August 27 from 4:30–7pm and is free with admission, no advance registration required. More info here.

Summer of SalsaM FA TP > The LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Summer of Salsa series runs one Friday each month through the end the summer, highlighting some of city’s best salsa and Cuban bands in the process. This Friday, catch a performance by Conjunto Oye!. Starts at 6 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Ivy Station Night Market Summer KickoffM FA TP > This Friday, Ivy Station in Culver City hosts a night market on the lawn with dozens of local artisans, food trucks, games, and music. The event is free to attend, family and pup friendly. More info here.

Water Lantern Festival -> Make a wish and send it away on a floating lantern along with thousands of others at the Water Lantern Festival, coming to Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in El Monte this Friday to Sunday. Expect local food trucks, vendors, and live music. Tickets start at $26.98. More info here.

Outdoor Movies at Skirball Cultural Center -> The Skirball’s outdoor movie programming returns this Friday with a screening of Roman Holiday (1953) and June 23 with High Noon (1952) Guests are also granted access to the museum’s latest exhibits including Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare. Tickets cost $20 per person. 

Palos Verdes Street Fair and Music FestivalFA > The Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is hosting a family friendly fair Friday through Sunday that includes a carnival, food vendors and live entertainment in the heart of the Rolling Hills Estate neighborhood. Admission and parking is free. More info here.

TARFESTFA TP > On Saturday, the 20th annual TARFEST music and arts festival held at Pan Pacific Park includes a day of interactive art by local artists, cultural musical performances, plus a biergarten and gourmet food trucks. Runs 2 to 7 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

June Jubilee: A Celebration of Black ExcellenceM FA > The Changing Tones Advisory Committee presents the inaugural June Jubilee this Saturday, celebrating the rich Black culture in Los Angeles. through a day of speakers, workshops, informative discussions, live entertainment and family-friendly activities. Takes place at Central Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Gay Men’s Chorus -> This Saturday, Century City’s Fairmont Century Plaza invites the public to celebrate Pride month with an extraordinary two-hour live concert performance by the iconic Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. The non-profit organization with a mission to change hearts and minds through the power of music will perform songs from Queen to Motown and Sondheim. VIP tickets cost $55 and include two drinks, general admission cost $10. More info here

PRIDE Movie in the Park in PasadenaM FA > On Saturday, the City of Pasadena hosts a PRIDE Movie in the Park screening of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar in Central Park. Free and open to the public. Festivities start at 6 p.m. More info here.


Norton Simon Garden Party -> Norton Simon Museum eases into the summer season this Saturday with an afternoon Garden Party, offering guests the chance to explore the sights and sounds of the Sculpture Garden (inspired by Monet’s garden at Giverny), pick up drawing supplies and sketch en plein air, arrange floral ornaments using herbs, flowers and citrus. There will be live jazz music, plus bites and drinks for purchase from the Museum Cafe. Entry to the Garden Party is free with admission to the museum, which starts at $15 for adults, and is free for students and kids ages 18 and under. The event runs 4 to 6:30 p.m. More info here.

Grand PerformancesM FA > This Saturday, Grand Performances summer concert series continues with live showcases by 2023 COLA Artist Fellows Daniel Corral, David Ulin, and Jasmine Orpilla. Free to attend. Starts at 6 p.m. More info here.

Pickwick Vintage Show -> The Pickwick Vintage Show is back at ROW DTLA this Saturday with over 50 vendors showcasing an incredible assortment of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Tickets range from $10-$20 depending on time of entry. More info here.

CAMP Los Angeles Grand Opening -> CAMP Los Angeles, a new community-centered fitness studio is slated to open in Santa Monica this weekend with a jam-packed schedule of workouts hosted by some of the biggest names in wellness. Inspired by the nostalgia of summer campgrounds CAMP features four studios on one campus centered around circuit, sculpt, stations and yoga. Saturday and Sunday registration for classes are now live. Guests will receive sponsored goodie bags and enjoy local vendors, food, beverages, giveaways and special activations. Use promo code “WELIKELA” for a free week of unlimited classes at Camp Los Angeles.

Family Festival: Medieval PlayFA > Head to The Getty Center this Sunday for a fun-filled festival inspired by medieval play and pastimes. Guests (costumed encouraged!) can immerse themselves in a medieval village offering courtly dance sessions, traditional live music, storytelling, boardgames, and a medieval battle with Academy of Arms. You can even storm the castle with foam swords and shields on the Getty’s expansive garden lawns. Runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free to attend, but mind the parking fees. More info here.

Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the DomeTP > This Sunday, Mount Wilson Observatory continues its 2023 season of classical concerts hosted inside the historic 100-inch telescope dome, where the acoustics are said to be some of the finest in the world. This month’s program features a Brass Quintet and there will be two musical performances, one at 3 p.m. and the other at 5 p.m. Tickets are $55 -Get more info here.

53rd Annual LA Pride ParadeM FA > On Sunday, the free annual event will include over a hundred floats and nearby fun from a Pride Village, to a street fair featuring food and activities as well as live performances. More info here.

Poolside Cinema -> Every Sunday the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica hosts screenings of family-friendly films poolside. Tickets cost $45 a person and includes popcorn, and a choice of food item or drink  served by FIG. This week they’ll screen Sonic The Hedgehog 2. More info here

Manhattan Village Presents The Summer Health & Wellness Event FA > This Sunday, Manhattan Village invites the public to spend the afternoon participating in free outdoor classes from Corepower Yoga, Coreology and Cyclebar. Restaurants and retailers such as Sweetgreen and Kiehl’s will also be on hand offering samples. Alo will host a drink and shop too. The first 100 to check in will receive a Manhattan Village tote bag. Registration for the event is required.


Sunday Funday at The Wallis – FA > The season-ending edition of Sunday Funday comes to The Wallis with a kid-friendly performance by Nathalia, plus a dance session with the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. The event starts at 11 a.m. on the Promenade Terrace. Free to attend. No RSPV necessary. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Flamin’ Hot Ice Cream Taco from Sad Girl Creamery. Photo courtesy of Sad Girl Creamery Instagram.

Flamin’ Hot Day at Benny Boy ->  In honor of Searchlight Pictures’ new film Flamin’ Hot, this Friday Benny Boy Brewing will host a Flamin’ Hot pop-up food event in its Lincoln Heights beer and cider garden. Vendors participating include Sad Girl Creamery, River Street BBQ and Quarantine Pizza Co. creating eats like ice cream tacos to Micheladas dusted with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Friday is also Live Band Karaoke Night which starts at 7 p.m. 

Bubbles and Jazz Brunch at Shutters -> Shutters on the Beach turns 30 this month and to celebrate they’re partnering with Perrier-Jouët to launch a Bubbles and Jazz Brunch series. Beginning this Saturday in the Shutters’ Courtyard, guests can dine on a number of classic morning dishes like Lobster Benedicts, waffles and skillet hash browns with cheddar, bacon and eggs. The Seaside Jazz Trio will provide live music and a champagne cart will be roaming ready to pour vintage and non-vintage champagnes from Perrier-Jouët. The Bubbles and Jazz Brunch series will take place every Saturday all summer long. More info here.

Rainbow Cakes & Cupcakes at Sweet Lady Jane -> For the month of June, Sweet Lady Jane is offering a rainbow themed version of their iconic Triple Berry Cake priced at $72 for 6” and $102 for 9”. A chocolate cupcake with rainbow swirled icing is also available for $5.50 each or $33 for a six pack and $66 for a dozen. 10% of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the LA LGBT Center.

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