Los Angeles’ Must-Attend Summer Festivals and Events

Summer is the time of the year when friends and family create some of the best memories of their lives. In Los Angeles, the season brings a vibrant array of festivals and events that reflect the community's spirit.

This blog will guide you through the diverse offerings that make summer in LA special. Whether you're seeking entertainment, cultural experiences, or simply a way to enjoy the warm weather, you'll find plenty of options to explore. Let’s delve into the events that make summer in the city a time to remember.

Friday Night Wine Tastings

When: Every Friday, May 31 – August 30th, 2024

Where: 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Barnsdall Park’s wine tastings are held on Fridays atop Olive Hill, featuring scenic city views and tastings of boutique wines from Silverlake Wine. You can bring a picnic basket or purchase food from visiting food trucks. The is now adults only, making it perfect for a date night. Moreover, ticket sales support the park’s art programs and historical renovations.

Grand Performances

When: June 1 – August 24, 2024

Where: 350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Experience a vibrant mix of music, dance, and theater under the LA sun at Grand Performances, the city’s longest-running free summer arts festival. Catch live performances by international artists, local bands, DJs, and dance groups at the recently renovated California Plaza stage. Mingle with a diverse crowd on the new event lawn and enjoy a cultural experience for free.

Summer of Salsa

When: June 14 – September 13, 2024

Where: 501 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Every second Friday from May to September, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes hosts a free Summer of Salsa concert series. Dance under the stars to the infectious rhythms of salsa bands like Gabrielito y La Verdad and Son Mayor. This lively event brings together families, music lovers, and the diverse communities of Los Angeles for a night of fun and cultural celebration. Don't miss this free summer staple!

Classic Movies Under The Stars

When: July 13 & August 3, 2024

Where: 1601 W Mountain St, Glendale, CA 91201

Glendale's Brand Park is hosting Classic Films Under the Stars for a second season. This free outdoor series takes place on the sprawling lawn of the Doctors House. Two classic films will be screened on Saturday evenings: Crime Wave (July 13th) and Bye Bye Birdie (August 3rd). Festivities begin at 5:30 pm, with the movie starting at 7:00 pm.

Pasadena Chalk Festival

When: June 23-24, 2024

Where: 300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101

Head to the Pasadena Chalk Festival at Pasadena Convention Center for a fun and free summer event. This unique festival features hundreds of skilled artists creating large and colorful chalk murals right on the ground. There's something for everyone, with murals ranging from funny cartoons to detailed portraits and classic masterpieces to original designs. It's a great chance to see amazing art and support local artists.

Riviera Village Summer Festival

When: June 28-30, 2024

Riviera Village Summer Festival kicks off June 28th for a fun-filled weekend in Southern California. This free event features over 300 vendors, showcasing high-end arts and crafts. Enjoy live music at the Beer & Wine Garden, grab a bite at the International Food Court, or take the kids to the inflatables and carnival games. Located just one block from the Pacific Ocean in Redondo Beach, it's a perfect way to spend a summer weekend.

4th of July Block Party

When: July 4, 2024

Where: 200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Gloria Molina Grand Park's Fourth of July Block Party throws a free summer bash for all ages. Live music, dance, art activities, and sports games fill the park. Dozens of LA's favorite food trucks offer everything from hip-hop to reggaeton, funk, and more. Enjoy the Ferris wheel, a dazzling drone show, and celebrate community spirit with this inclusive event.

626 Night Market

When: July 5 – September 1, 2024

Where: 285 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007

626 Night Market is a massive Asian food market located at Santa Anita Park’s front Paddock Gardens during the summer. Come hungry and explore a world of flavors, from savory to sweet from over 250 vendors serving up delicious street food from all over Asia. Live music, games, and more will keep the party going until midnight.

KCRW Summer Nights

When: June 1 – September 21, 2024

Where: 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

KCRW Summer Nights is a free, outdoor concert series happening across Los Angeles from June to September. Local bands and KCRW DJs perform at iconic venues like Union Station, museums, and gardens.

There are even late-night parties at Chinatown Central Plaza. Most nights include food trucks, beer gardens, and sometimes even extended museum hours. It's a great way to experience summer in LA with music, food, and culture.

Fiesta La Ballona

When: August 23-25, 2024

Where: 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

Fiesta La Ballona is a three-day free festival that celebrates Culver City’s heritage. This event offers carnival rides, live music, food trucks, and booths featuring local artisans and organizations. There's fun for everyone, from families with young children to adults seeking food and drinks.

As summer unfolds in LA, the variety of events and festivals ensures there's something for everyone to enjoy. Hopefully, this guide helps you make the most of the season and create lasting memories with your loved ones.

Embrace the opportunities, connect with the community, and savor every moment of this vibrant time of year. Here's to a memorable summer in Los Angeles!

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