If you are heading out to the GoldenState this summer, there certainly won’t be a shortage of things to do. There are spectacular happenings throughout California throughout the year, but the list of 2014 Los Angeles Summer Events is impressive all on its own.
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On June 21 and 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, some of the most lovable characters of all time will be putting on a live show designed to teach one of the most important skills in life in Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend. In the show, Big Bird, Elmo, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and the rest of the Sesame Street gang help Grover form a friendship with Chamki, a new buddy from India. A pre-show meet and greet with Elmo for your child (or you) is available for a fee.
About a week after that, the 25th Mariachi USA Festival will be held at the Hollywood Bowl on June 28. The first Mariachi Festival was held in 1990 and the event has been going strong ever since. The event showcases the best Mariachi bands from the U.S. and Mexico all on one stage. Featuring traditional dancing and fireworks display that is well-worth the price of admission, the Mariachi USA Festival is the only annual Latino-themed event at the Hollywood Bowl.
On July 19-20, the Watermelon Festival will be rolling into town at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. An annual fundraiser for local schools, youth groups and cultural programs, the Watermelon Festival is a quintessential Los Angeles event. In addition to free all-you-can-eat watermelon, the festival also will feature a number of other attractions including a headlining performance from Grammy-winning act Rosa Royce.
Other events at the Watermelon Festival include the Trompers of Eagle Rock Classic Car Show, an appearance from the Galaxy Star Squad, watermelon carving displays from local artists, seed-spitting contests, traditional booth games, an expansive marketplace and a raffle.