Although Los Angeles has the particularly attractive benefit of being a temperate city year round, it’s probably at its most delightful in the summer. With tons of festivals, events, musical performances, theme parks, and top-notch museums, there’s no shortage of fun things for visitors and locals alike to enjoy this summer.
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Festivals & Free Events
Los Angeles Bread Festival – Grand Central Market
June 6 & 7, 2015
We know it sounds a bit specific, but trust us, you’ll love this free festival if you’ve got any love for carbs. It’s designed to celebrate all things bread and bread-related in Southern California, so you’ll be able to participate in everything from butter-churning aerobics to tortilla making to bread kneading. And of course, there’s the tasting element, too!
Lummis Day Festival – Northeast L.A.
June 5 – 7, 2015
Another free event in June, this festival is in its tenth year. It’s primarily a cultural festival, featuring everything from arts and crafts to poetry, music, dance, theater, and opera. You’ll also find a diverse variety of food tents, musical performances, and even robots! The festival is held at five different locations, so consult the event website for more information.
Mariachi USA Festival – Hollywood Bowl
June 27, 2015
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.
Watermelon Festival – Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA
2015 dates TBA
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 a seed-spitting contest, watermelon carving, and more.
Six Flags Magic Mountain
This classic installation of a popular chain is a great destination for the whole family. Located conveniently in Valencia, Six Flags Magic Mountain is a 260-acre park featuring 19 roller coasters and over 100 other rides, slides, and attractions.
Be sure to check out the newest 2015 addition to their coaster lineup, the Twisted Colossus.
Knott’s Berry Farm
A local favorite and longtime legend in the theme park business, Knott’s Berry Farm takes its name from the original, small-scale operation that was America’s first theme park.
This park is a great choice if you have kids of several different ages, as you’ll be able to find family rides, rides for little kids, and rides for older kids all in the same park. Don’t miss their famous water slides, either! Visit their sister park Knott’s Soak City for a water-specific afternoon.
Located in charming Santa Monica, Pacific Park is the perfect classic fairground-style theme park for the whole family. Feel like a kid again as you enjoy classic rides like a Ferris wheel, roller coasters, tower rides, and more. Reserve a little time for their impressive variety of arcade games, too!
Every kid’s dream park, LEGOLAND® California is where the best toys in the world come to life. Enjoy the intimacy of playing with LEGOs and making your own LEGO creations, as well as the excitement of enjoying LEGO rides, slides, and other attractions.
Visit the brand new Heartlake City, scope out Miniland USA, and visit all the Star Wars-themed models and rides.
Museums, Zoos, & Aquariums
California Science Center
If you’re looking for educational fun for the scientifically-inclined kids, this is the place for you. This free attraction provides quality, hands-on exhibits, interactive demonstrations, and more.
You can also enjoy an IMAX movie at the California Science Center, or stop into the new temporary exhibit, “Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition.”
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
For those of you who love all things marine, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is the perfect destination. Meet specimens from over 100 species, from sea stars to swell sharks. If you happen to be in the area on a Sunday, be sure to stop by for their special shark events, including a feeding and a live presentation at their open tank exhibit.
LA Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Conveniently located in Griffith Park near a number of Hollywood attractions, this charming little zoo is filled with animals exotic and domestic from around the world.
In fact, there are more than 1,000 different species of critter, including several rare or endangered species. The Botanical Gardens themselves contain well over 7,000 plants – quite the sight!
Huntington Library & Gardens
This multi-faceted attraction is among our favorite almost-hidden gems in the area. Enjoy lush, cultivated gardens, a world-renowned research library, an impressive art gallery, and a series of textual exhibits featuring a Gutenberg Bible, an original folio of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and more. The Huntington Library is a must see!
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