Hear Los Angeles in a new way this week at the Death Valley Girls album release party. Then explore other worlds at Anime Expo, and witness SoCal corgi owners break a world record for most corgis in one spot. For the Fourth of July, escape to a relaxing weekend in Carmel, or stay in the city and take advantage of food and drink specials at The Abbey.
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June 30 | Music
Death Valley Girls Album Release Party
A punk rock band that specializes in occult glam and doom boogie doesn’t come around every day. The Death Valley Girls bring that and more to Los Angeles, cornering the market on girl gang dystopian tunes in the city. It’s hard not to enjoy their vibe—complete with black leather capes and plenty of special effects—whether in their music, their demeanors, or their live show. The release party for their latest album, Glow in the Dark, will feature a performance from the band as well as from Frankie and the Witch Fingers and Peach Kelli Pop.
8:30 p.m. | The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles | From $8 | website
July 1–4 | Anime
Anime Expo 2016
You don’t have to be a hardcore anime fan to be mesmerized by the sights and sounds at Anime Expo. Come for the cosplay alone; the insanely intricate costumes won’t disappoint. While you’re there, make a point to check out the Butler Café and the Maid Café, two interactive stages where performers will sing, dance, and otherwise entertain. Then, play a tabletop game like Pokémon, test your windpipes with some karaoke, or walk through Artist Alley and be inspired by fan art of all types.
Times vary | L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles | From $55 | website
July 2 | Festival
Corg of July
Corgi owners have come together for a massive celebration that ties together Independence Day and their love for a certain dog breed. Last year, over 850 corgis and their owners showed up for the shindig at Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach, just 30 minutes out of Los Angeles. This year, the event is hoping to break a world record by bringing in 1,000 corgis. If you have a corgi of your own, enter your pup into some of the day’s themed contests, such as the corgi limbo or the “pawtriotic” costume contest. You’re welcome even if you aren’t a corgi owner, of course—and the view couldn’t be cuter.
10 a.m.–3 p.m. | Rosie’s Dog Beach, 5000 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach | Free | website
Carmel is the perfect spot for the driving aficionados in your life. From L.A., it’s a five-hour road trip along the coast—easily doable in a long weekend. Once there, you can get off-road behind the wheel of a Land Rover at the brand’s mountain driving school, or take a spin around a traditional racetrack at Skip Barber Racing School. When you tire of the road, Carmel is known for its sandy (and dog-friendly) beaches, fine wine, and almost constant sunshine (over 300 days a year). Stay at the Bernardus Lodge, where you can rest your head overlooking the Bernardus vineyards.
Bernardus Lodge, 415 W. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley | website
July 4 | Special menu
The Fourth of July at The Abbey
Salute Independence Day with a good cold beer (or two). West Hollywood’s The Abbey Food and Bar will be celebrating the Fourth all weekend long with some seriously chill bucket deals (think Chandon for wine or Miller Lite for beer). Whatever you drink, pair it with specials like barbecue pulled pork sliders or chili cheese fries. There will even be an all-day breakfast menu for those who want brunch to last forever. So go ahead and start your family barbeque with a little help from your friends in WeHo. We won’t tell.
Times vary | The Abbey Food and Bar, 692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood | website
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.