Summer Kicks off in LA...Here's What You Should be Doing.

Rooftop at the Irwin in Venice Beach Ca.

Rooftop at the Irwin in Venice Beach Ca.

1) Indulge in the best ice cream in LA

Endless summers in Los Angeles mean non-stop cravings for the best ice cream. When temperatures climb and the Santa Ana winds roll in, treat yourself to the city's tastiest frozen treats. As Angelenos, we appreciate a quality scoop of ice cream as much as a quality workout—after a hike or even after a sweaty yoga practice. After all, what's the point of a great workout sesh if you don't indulge?

2) Sit back, relax, and watch a drive in movie

Electric Dusk Drive-In hosts monthly (sometimes bi-monthly) movies in the heart of Downtown, as well as private screenings and special events. You can park and enjoy the movie from your car, or grab an astroturf ticket to sit on the "grass". As if this didn't sound cool enough already, the drive-in is also pet-friendly, so bring your pups!

3) Party it up pool side

Los Angeles provides a pretty much endless summer, but when the actual season rolls around, you'll find the best of LA's nightlife at the pool. The season officially kicks off with a splash of pool parties thrown at shindig-friendly hotels around town. If you’re looking to lounge (or dance) by the pool, music in ear and cocktail in hand, be prepared to arrive early or grab a hotel room the night before, as most parties cap out at 500 people.

4) Rock our at FYFest

Each summer music-loving Angelenos from all over the city make a pilgrimage for one of SoCal's best festivals. At FYF, emerging artists take the stage along with established acts in every genre from rock to funk and dance, while fans turn out for two days of musical bliss in the California sun. Get to know the lineup and check back often for updated coverage leading up to and during the festival.

5) Go Wine Tasting at Barnsdall Art Park

Barnsdall Park’s wine tastings regularly attract sell-out crowds. Perched on top of Olive Hill in the west lawn of historic Hollyhock House, Barnsdall Fridays includes four selections of boutique wines provided by Silverlake Wine every week with a spectacular sunset and 360 degree views of the city.

6) Watch a movie amongst Hollywood's departed

It isn't summer in LA until the first cemetery screening brings hoards of movie-lovers to Hollywood Forever, toting folding chairs, picnic blankets, snack spreads and lots of booze. Each year, Cinespia brings classic cult favorites (SevenAlmost FamousRear Window, etc.) to the hallowed resting place of such Hollywood greats as Rudolph Valentino and Bugsy Siegel. It's an LA rite of passage, a quintessential summer experience and one of the best

7) Groove to summer nights in Chinatown

This all-ages monthly Saturday event in Chinatown is definitely among the most lively of the bunch of summer concerts in LA. Show off your moves on the dance floor to DJ sets and live bands, browse local art at the LA Craft Experience market, sample some food-truck grub or authentic Chinese cuisine from surrounding restaurants and party ‘til midnight in the heart of this historic neighborhood.

8) Listen to music under the stars

Every Thursday, head to the Santa Monica Pier for free bands on the beach during their Twilight Concert series. Pack a picnic (and arrive early to get a spot on the sand near the speakers) to enjoy as the local talent plays sunset sets with crashing waves in the distance—it's a quintessential LA music experience.

9) Go to a Dodger game and find cheap eats

There's no dearth of cheap eats in LA, especially on the Eastside. So if you're looking for somewhere to host a celebratory meal—or drown your sorrows—after a Dodgers game, check out our list of the twelve best budget places to eat and drink near Dodger Stadium, from dive bars and taco trucks to al fresco dining and fancy brews. No matter your budget or your palate, we've got the spot for you.... Unless you're rooting for the opposite team, in which case our advice is to get out of the 'hood as fast as you can.

10) Take a day trip to Catalina

If you're looking for weekend getaways out of LA, Santa Catalina Island is a close and beautiful bet. The little strip of land—accessible by ferries from Long Beach or San Pedro—has all the makings of a well rounded vacation: Rich history, beach town relaxation and outdoorsy adventure. It's only 22 miles from the mainland, but whether you stay for a day or the whole weekend, you'll be on island time in no time.


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