It may not officially be summer but summer events are already well underway. From movies and concerts at local parks to festivals and outdoor markets, the list of events to attend seems neverending. And don’t forget to check out LA Pride among events for Pride Month.
Family Movie Fridays: “Encanto”
Memorial Park | 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024 | June 10 | cityofsierramadre.com
Pack some chairs or blankets, and don’t forget snacks, and spend some quality time with your family singing along to the Colombian tunes of Disney’s “Encanto.”
What the Float: The Pride Parade Floats
DTLA and WeHo | June 10-11 | whatthefloat.com
To celebrate Pride, What the Float has orchestrated two floating dance parties: We Are Family on June 11 in downtown LA, and Let Your Freak Flag Fly on June 10 in West Hollywood.
AscenDance Enchanted 2022
Wisdome LA | 1147 Palmetto St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 | June 10 | eventbrite.com
Presented by Grateful Generation, dance as if you’ve been enchanted by fairies at this mystical and enchanted night featuring live performances, DJs, vendors, lartists, healers, belly dancers, fairies, nymphs, organic desserts, drinks and visuals.
Descanso Gardens | 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 | June 10-12 | descansogardens.org
Experience Tonalis (in Space), a quadraphonic sound exploration with surround sound installations in different areas of the garden.
Downtown Upland | June 10-12 | uplandlemonfestival.com
Just a short drive from LA County’s eastern border you’ll find Upland’s annual Lemon Festival featuring carnival rides, live music stages, delicious food, contests and vendors. Admission is free.
An Evening Among the Roses: “Strike a Pose”
The Huntington Library | June 10 | huntington.org
Dress up in your royal best for an elegant garden party featuring music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing in the North Vista to celebrate the LGBTQ community’s contributions to The Huntington. This year’s festivities include a Vogue performance by REACH LA and a viewing of Kehinde Wiley’s “A Portrait of a Young Gentleman.”
LA Goth Pride
GenQ Studio | 4700 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016 | June 10-11 | eventbrite.com
Queer goths can look forward to withcy cocktails, a smokey dance floor, interactive BDSM and electronic house music.
Descanso Gardens | 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 | June 10-12 | descansogardens.org
Experience Tonalis (in Space), an exploration of sound with surround sound installations in different areas of the garden, at night. Nighttime music will be inspired by La Monte Young’s Dream House and works by Terry Riley, John Cage, and Yoko Ono.There will also be live DJ sets and visual elements in the nighttime gardens.
Pico Rivera Sports Arena | 11003 Rooks Road, Whittier, CA 90601 | June 11 | ticketon.com
The popular ‘70s band known for their ballads and tropical pop songs hit the stage alongside Los Mismos, El Tiempo, Sonora Tropicana and Sonora Santanera.
Hollywood Palladium | 6215 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 | June 11 | thehollywoodpalladium.com
Rappers Ski Mask the Slump Dog, $NOT, KA$HDAMI, and hip hop duo City Morgue are headlining.
Vino’s Back Alley Wine Bar | 10 N. 1st St., Alhambra, CA 91801 | June 11 | downtowndecades70s.eventbrite.com
Grab your bell bottoms to groove at this free summer party. DJ Fastrak will be spinning the best ‘70s music all night and don’t miss the after party at the bar. There will also be a costume contest and games.
Glamcocks Present: BeDazzled!
Catch One | 4067 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019 | June 11 | catch.one
Give ‘em the old razzle dazzle at this sparkling party featuring a dazzling lineup of DJs, spectacular interactive installations, performances and surprises all night. You’ll want to be in your most glam and glitzy party clothes to sparkle in all night long.
California Watermelon Festival
Hansen Dam Soccer Fields | 11480 Foothill Blvd., Lakeview Terrace, CA 91342 | June 11-12 | watermelonfest.org
What goes better with summer than watermelon? Nothing! And, with every ticket you’ll get to enjoy all-you-can-eat watermelon, specialty watermelon dishes, various foods ranging from BBQ to vegan options, a petting zoo, musical theater, live graffiti and brush art, live musical performances, a beer tent featuring a watermelon-rita, a crazy car show, photo ops for the gram and carnival rides.
United in Pride
West Hollywood | June 11-12 | masterbeat.com
Kick off your weekend at the Andaz’s rooftop SpLAsh pool party with views overlooking the heart of West Hollywood and music by Ralphi Rosario. In the evening head to the Avalon with music by Deanne and Tom Stephan. Wrap up your weekend at Academy LA for Tea Dance: Pride Tea with music by GSP and Oscar Velazquez.
LA State Historic Park | 1245 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | June 11-12 | lapride.org
Christina Aguilera headlines LA Pride in the Park lineup on June 11 alongside multi-Latin Grammy-nominated Brazilian superstar and the first Latin artist to top Spotify’s Global Top 50 Anitta, multi-genre singer-songwriter Syd, Grammy-nominated rapper CHIKA, award-winning trans actress and singer Michaela Jaé “MJ Rodriguez,” Rebecca Black, Bob The Drag Queen, Zolita, Alexander Stewart, Edward Frame, Grag Queen, Allison Ponthier, San Cha, Rossi, Drumaq, Mike Taveira, Boy Untitled, Gess, Malibu Babie, and a special 4-hour DJ set by iconic pansexual dance party, A Club Called Rhonda. The annual LA Pride Parade will take place on June 12 in Hollywood, starting from the intersection of Hollywood and Vine at 10:30 a.m. and ending at Sunset and Ivar.
626 Night Market Mini
Downtown Santa Monica | 1324 5th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401 | June 11-12 July 23-24 Aug. 13-14 | 626nightmarket.com
After spending the afternoon at the beach, head over to the 626 Night Market Mini and get some grub from over three dozen food, craft, and merchandise vendors.
“Grease: The Director’s Notebook” Book Signing
Academy Museum Store | 6067 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 | June 11 | academymuseum.org
Hop in your Greased Lightning and head to the Academy Museum where “Grease” director Randal Kleiser will be signing copies of “Grease: The Director’s Notebook,” a look back at the making of the legendary musical featuring exclusive interviews with cast and crew, original script pages with Kleiser’s annotations, call sheets, storyboards, production notes and more backstage details.
American Indian Arts Marketplace
Autry Museum Lawn | 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027 | June 11-12 | theautry.org
Whether you opt for a weekend pass (which includes a complimentary breakfast with the artists, admission to special events and more) or individual tickets, you’ll have the chance to shop at the marketplace, tour the museum, see Sundance Institute indigenous short film screenings, catch a wild horse singers and dancers performance, and readings from native voices.
Rose Bowl Flea Market
Rose Bowl Stadium | 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103 | June 12 | rgcshows.com
Pickup some antiques, collectibles, or vintage finds from over 2,500 vendors at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.
“The Wizard of Oz’
Hollywood Forever Cemetery | 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038 | June 12 | hollywoodforever.com
There’s no place like Hollywood Forever to watch this 1939 classic starring Judy Garland, who was laid to rest in a mausoleum at the cemetery.
Pride Resource Fair Brunch by the Bridge
La Puente Community Center Courtyard | 501 Glendora Ave., La Puente, CA 91744 | June 12 | eventbrite.com
The City of La Puente and the San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ+ Center are celebrating the first anniversary of the city’s Pride Resolution in an effort to actively create a welcoming city for queer and transgender people and families. There will be music, live entertainment, food, photo booths, workshops and resources to support and celebrate all gender identities and sexualities.
Hurricanes Bar & Grill | 200 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648 | June 13 | eventbrite.com
Get over those Monday blues with tacos and margaritas and King Trivia to win some prizes.
We Talk Funny
Part of the Comedy Chateau’s International Comedy Festival, We Talk Funny is an evening of comedy and voiceover actors such as Disney legend Bill Farmer (the official voice of Goofy), Brock Powell (the voice behind the Kool-Aid Man), Michael Carrington (writer and voice actor from “The Simpsons”), and Mark Hoffmeier (writer of “Spider-Man: The Animated Series) among others.
Chewi’s Kennel: Ice Cream Social
Bullet Bar | 10522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601 | June 14 | fb.me/e/3aiWQhmV4
Held at the Bullet Bar, a gay men’s bar in the San Fernando Valley, Chewi’s Kennel is a montly event dedicated towards human pets, pet play, handlers, admirers, and the curious. Build your own pet circle while enjoying ice cream, virgin drinks, a mosh pit, black lights and all things pets.
Hollywood Pantages Theatre | 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 | June 14-16 | broadwayinhollywood.com
This is your chance to see “Bob Dylan” on stage.during his “Rough and Rowdy Ways” world tour.
California State Parks Week
California State Parks | June 14-18 | visitcalifornia.com
Enjoy the great outdoors during this five-day celebration featuring more than 100 activities at California’s 279 state parks. Each day’s activities will follow a theme. California residents with a library card can participate for free by checking out a California State Library Parks Pass from their local library.
Lola Boutée Presents TRiPTease Burlesque
Lower your inhibitions and see what’s hot at LA’s longest running weekly burlesque and variety show. Every Wednesday features a fresh new lineup of talent hosted by the original dame herself, Lola Boutée.
LA’s Best Baguette Contest
Candela La Brea | 831 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036 | June 15 | eventbrite.com
Sample the finest baguettes, made by finalists as they compete in front of a panel of professionals, with a selection of cheeses and charcuterie. A roundtrip ticket to Paris will be given away to two attendees!
Surf’s Up Block Party
San Gabriel Mission District | 320 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776 | June 16 | sangabrielcity.com
Kick off the “Summer in San Gabriel Series” in the Mission District with a live concert by Woody & The Longboards, food, and drinks.
Parks After Dark
LA County Parks | June 16-Aug. 6 | parks.lacounty.gov
Parks After Dark has returned for the summer with free activities like concerts and movie nights at 34 LA County parks.
Trans Pride L.A.
1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038 | June 16-18 | transpride.lalgbtcenter.org
Hosted by the Trans* Lounge program, Trans Pride returns virtually and in-person with events over three days including a job fair, dance party, gallery opening, free food trucks, happy hour, varieTy show, and panel discussions and conversations on topics like intersex experiences.
“Come From Away”
The Ahmanson Theatre | 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Through June 12 | centertheatregroup.org
A tale of culture clash and distrust turning into friendship, this new musical chronicles the true story of 7,000 stranded passengers in a small Newfoundland town.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion | 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Through June 12 | laopera.org
Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida” epic love story recounts the tale of two secret lovers from warring kingdoms. “Aida has long been one of the most popular of all operas because it combines sheer theatrical splendor with an enormously touching human drama,” said Christopher Koelsch, LA Opera’s president and CEO. “The visual world that [stage director] Francesca Zambello and [LA-based artist] RETNA have created for this production is completely spectacular, and the incredible cast, under the baton of Verdi master James Conlon, will bring this masterpiece to vivid life.”
Santa Monica | Through June 30 | smpride.com
Throughout the month of June, the City of Santa Monica is hosting various family-friendly events and displays including “Miles of Pride,” a light installation spanning the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place; Made with Pride Marketplace, a pop-up showcasing LGBTQIA+ business owners every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June; Drag Queen Story Hour; and many other events you’ll want to check out.
Street Art Live
Magic Box LA | 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007 | Through July 3 | thelume.com
Embark on a multi-sensory trip through the world of street. With 360-degree moving visuals and a curated musical score, you will be immersed in the era and location in which the piece was created like New York, London, São Paulo, Melbourne and Berlin.
Mark Taper Forum | 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Through July 3 | centertheatregroup.org
Written by Rajiv Joseph (“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”) and directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon (“A Raisin in the Sun”), “King James” chronicles the story of two LeBron James fans from Cleveland build a bond over 12 years.
Y Para Siempre…Marco Antonio Solís
Grammy Museum | Through Aug. 14 | grammymuseum.org
The Grammy Museum is honoring the multi-Latin Grammy-winning Mexican singer Marco Antonio Solís, who is currently touring with Los Bukis, with an exhibit exploring five major chapters of the artist’s career and life, including his childhood in Michoacán, the evolution of Los Bukis and his solo career.
This Is Not America’s Flag
The Broad | 221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Through Sept. 25 | thebroad.org
Over 20 artists explore the complex, and often contradictory, meanings engendered by the flag of the United States of America. Conceptualized in 2020 during Black Lives Matter protests nationwide, the exhibit conceptualizes both the nation’s ideals and shortcomings.
Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse
LACMA | 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 | Through Oct. 9 | lacma.org
Highlighting fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen’s tailoring and dressmaking skills, the exhibition examines the different disciplines, imagination, innovation and artistic process that defined McQueen’s career. The exhibition will display McQueen garments from the Collection of Regina J. Drucker alongside artworks from LACMA’s permanent collection.
New Babies Exhibit Opening
Aquarium of the Pacific | 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 | Through April 2023 | aquariumofpacific.org
Who doesn’t like baby animals? Meet baby sea otter pups, miniature sea jellies, baby cuttlefish and more baby animals to make you awww. You’ll also learn how they are cared for and about their ocean habitats.