The best of what to do in and around Los Angeles this month
Get a taste of L.A.’s beer scene at venues across the city during L.A. Beer Week, nine days dedicated to learning about, celebrating, and, of course, drinking beer. Then rejoice at the return of an outdoor summer music series that brings well-known musicians for intimate performances at Santa Monica Pier.
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June 2 - 4 | Art, food & drink
L.A. Pancakes and Booze Art Show
With a heavy focus on original art from local creators, the Pancakes and Booze Art Show is exactly what you’d want from an underground gallery. Though they’ve taken the concept nationwide to more than 30 cities, each event still feels deeply personal to its city. Held in the edgy warehouse space Lot 613, the L.A. iteration will feature purchasable works from more than 150 emerging local artists, body painting, live music from local DJs, and, yes, a free pancake bar.
8:00 PM - 2:00 AM | Lot 613, 613 Imperial, Los Angeles | From $10 | website
June 11 | Activism
In lieu of the usual parade, the organizers behind L.A. Pride are hosting a peaceful human rights protest beginning at the site of L.A.’s very first Pride parade in 1970. This march is an attempt by the organizers to take Pride back to its roots and to respond to the current political climate. The march will be followed by a smaller festival than we’ve seen in the past few years, held in West Hollywood Park.
8:00 AM | Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave., Los Angeles | Free | website
June 14 - 22 | Film
L.A. Film Festival
The annual L.A. Film Festival showcases feature, documentary, short, and independent films, as well as music videos, at the ArcLight Cinemas Culver City and other venues across L.A. There will also be competitions and panels, including a conversation with director and screenwriter Ava DuVernay, best known for her film Selma. Make sure to catch at least one of the premieres, which range in topic from a look at the racing thoughts in a woman’s head (The Female Brain) to a comedy about a son reconnecting with his father (Humor Me).
Times & locations vary | From $16 | website
June 16 - 17 | Food & fashion
KTown Night Market x Silk Show 2017
Arguably one of the best eating neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Koreatown is well-known for its cheap, authentic Asian restaurants. The KTown Night Market brings the Asian marketplace concept to L.A. with over 100 local food and merchandise vendors across many types of cuisine. While you munch on local snacks, check out the Silk Show, a direct-to-consumer fashion marketplace focusing on streetwear and current style trends.
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, 701 S. Catalina St., Los Angeles | $5 | website
June 17 | Fundraiser
Music and Comedy Benefit for Planned Parenthood L.A.
If Planned Parenthood has played a role in your life or the life of someone you know, then you understand firsthand just how important it is to support the organization. Planned Parenthood L.A. makes it easy by combining a fundraiser with a music and comedy night in Santa Monica. The Revies, We Govern We, and the Girl and the Glory will provide the tunes, while the lineup of comedians will include Felicia Folkes and Mario Mabe.
7:30 PM - 11:30 PM | Trip Santa Monica, 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica | $15 | website
June 17 - 25 | Drink
L.A. Beer Week
Started by a group of beer lovers back in 2009, L.A. Beer Week taps into some of the city’s best breweries for a week of events ranging from beer trivia to beer-tasting classes. The kickoff event on June 17 is by far the highest ticket event at $50 a head, but if you’re into hops, it’s worth it for the commemorative cup and unlimited tastings from over 80 craft breweries.
Times & locations vary | $0 and up | website
June 22 - August 17 | Music
Twilight Concerts on Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica’s annual free Twilight Concerts on the pier launch for the summer with an R&B performance by singer-songwriter Khalid on June 22. The Thursday night outdoor shows are locally famous for bringing in high-quality acts all summer. This season, names include indie pop rockers LeMaitre and alt rock group Warpaint. The concerts are very popular, so make sure to RSVP in advance to secure entrance.
7:00 PM | Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica | Free with RSVP | website
June 24 | Food
Eat Your Way Through L.A.: Shacks and Stands
L.A. is full of hole-in-the-wall eateries with massive lines and five-star Yelp reviews, but sometimes it’s hard to know which are worth the wait and which you’re better off skipping. The Eat Your Way Through L.A.: Shacks and Stands food tour is here to guide you. The four-hour tour will bring you to L.A.’s best hidden spots for unbelievable food. (Take notes and impress your friends by bringing them back later for some life-changing dumplings or a mind-altering slice of pizza.)
10:00 AM - 2:15 PM | Glendale Park & Ride, 1553 E. Wilson Ave., Glendale | $71 | website
June 24 - 25 | Music
Arroyo Seco Weekend
Goldenvoice’s newest festival, the inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend, will feature performances by Mumford and Sons, Weezer, the Shins, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Alabama Shakes, and many more. The two-day festival is perfect for picnicking, and the organizers are elevating your plain old bread-and-cheese basket with chef-made options for purchase, including a Mediterranean basket from Crossroads chef Tal Ronnen and an Angeleno Picnic Basket from Redbird’s Neal Fraser. Other food vendors on site will be serving up classic L.A. dishes.
12:00 PM | Brookside at the Rose Bowl, 1133 Rosemont Ave., Pasadena | From $125 | website
July 14 - 16 | Book ahead: Entertainment expo
It’s three days of all things Disney at the annual D23 Expo, where Disney superfans congregate to get the lowdown on upcoming films and television shows, hear what’s new at Disney theme parks, and get insight from Disney’s Imagineers and other luminaries. Grab tickets before they sell out (single-day Saturday GA tickets are already gone), and start planning your best Disney character costume.
Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim | From $57 | website
Sarah Purkrabek is a writer and editor based in the heart of Los Angeles.