June 2014 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our June 2014 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite concerts.

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LA Pride Festival 2013

LA Pride Festival 2013 Photograph: Riley Carithers


Looking for things to do in LA? Fill up your social life with festivals and activities from our June 2014 events calendar for Los Angeles. If you're an Angeleno, you like to have fun in the sun at the beach, hiking or even lounging rooftop. As the weather warms up, head outdoors for this month's big events and festivals.  


LA Pride

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

One of the biggest pride events in the US, LA Gay Pride attracts as many as 400,000 people during its three-day festival at West Hollywood Park (647 N San Vicente Blvd) and famous three-hour Sunday parade. The atmosphere is good-natured and raucous; local color is provided by divas, drag queens and DJs.

The Spark Run

  • Price band: 3/4

In a seeming attempt to trump every so-called ultimate running playlist, EDM juggernaut Kaskade has assembled this concert and 5k mash-up. The family-friendly fun run bolts through interactive sound and light installations before crossing the finish line into a giant after-party—Kaskade himself will be performing and running at the kickoff event in Denver. Each registrant will receive a T-shirt, LED bracelet and glow necklace because, well, of course they would. Maybe don't pop molly at this one, kids, lest you dehydrate.

  1. Fairplex 1101 W McKinley Ave
  2. Sat Jun 7
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Make Music Pasadena

  • Free

Think of Make Music as a mini FYF in Downtown Pasadena. A more-than-reasonable $5 donation is requested for this otherwise free music festival, which consists of more than 150 concerts from up-and-coming indie bands, spread across multiple local venues, shops and restaurants. This year's acts include Surfer Blood, Yuna, Tennis, and Max and the Moon, among others. Check the event website for a full schedule.

Modernica Factory Sale

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Modernist furniture brand Modernica is opening the doors of its warehouse showroom at 2901 Saco Street for its fabled huge factory sale. Find the perfect eclectic chair, lamp, couch or table—all from 20-70% off—to complete your living space. The inventory—a mix of new, open-box and vintage furniture—goes fast, so sale veterans recommend getting in line around 7:30am if there's a certain piece you're looking for. Bring a friend to help you peruse the items and flag down a salesperson so you don't miss out. Modernica offers an on-site delivery service if you don't have your own truck to bring the furnishings home. Take note: All items are final sale. This year, the modern furniture factory celebrates its 25th anniversary, complete with cake, contests, food trucks and factory tours—and, of course, those glorious blowout sales.

Eels + Chelsea Wolfe

  • Price band: 2/4
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The ever-mysterious, super-creative Mark Oliver Everett leads Eels, a Los Feliz-founded outfit that keeps one foot in experimental waters and the other in the mainstream. The band just released a new album (its eleventh!), The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, quick off the heels of 2013's Wonderful, Glorious. As anyone who's caught Eels live knows, they pull out all the stops onstage. Opening their show at the Orpheum is of-the-moment local Angeleno Chelsea Wolfe, who offers an improbable mix of scrappy outsider folk and black-metal atmosphere that works despite long odds. Check out her alluringly creepy Apokalypsis for proof, and expect to hear from her latest album, Pain Is Beauty.

  1. Orpheum Theatre 842 S Broadway, between 8th & 9th Streets
  2. Wed Jun 11
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Last Remaining Seats: West Side Story

  • Price band: 2/4
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The LA Conservancy offers a wonderful time-machine trip by screening classic films in Downtown's grand old movie palaces throughout the month of June. Tonight's feature is West Side Story. A classic reminder that the best rumbles tend to be highly choreographed, that if you want to join a gang, you'd better learn to snap and of how pretty being in love can make you feel, this Romeo and Juliet-inspired landmark musical won ten Oscars. 53 years old and still as fresh as ever, it's worth checking out Maria (Natalie Wood) and Tony's (Richard Beymer) romance on the big screen—even if you've seen it more times than you can count. In addition, hear actor George Chakiris—he played Bernardo—in conversation with dance critic Debra Levine. The fest's shows are known to sell out before the series opens, so get your tickets online ahead of time.

  1. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 135 N Grand Avenue
  2. Sat Jun 14
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Low End Theory Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

LA's now legendary DJ night is expanding into a festival spanning a full weekend of spinning sets, live performances and workshops. Expect more of the experimental hip hop and beat-driven electronic music that has attracted such a following since Low End Theory's conception. The purveyors of the city's underground club culture have arranged quite the lineup of the finest beat makers around: Invisbl Skratch Piklz, the Internet (OFWGKTA), Nosaj Thing, Daedelus, Baths, Teebs, Dntel and Mony/Poly are just some of the artists who'll grace the stages of the Echo and Echoplex at the inaugural fest. Advance tickets sold out quickly, but there may be a few available at the door if you're lucky.

  1. Echoplex 1154 Glendale Blvd
  2. Until Sun Jun 15
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Last Remaining Seats: Back to the Future

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The LA Conservancy offers a wonderful time-machine trip by screening classic films in Downtown's grand old movie palaces throughout the month of June. Tonight's feature is Back to the Future. Grab the keys to the DeLorean and travel back in time with Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc (Christopher Lloyd) to quaint 1950s suburbia in this flawless classic first installment of the Steven Spielberg-produced trilogy. The theater at LA's Ace Hotel will play host to two screenings; the evening show will be hosted by film critic Leonard Maltin and the film's Lea Thompson will also make an appearance. The fest's shows are known to sell out before the series opens, so get your tickets online ahead of time.

  1. Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles 929 South Broadway
  2. Until Sat Jun 21
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Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend

  • Price band: 2/4

Let's face it, making friends is hard. Of course, this Sesame Street Live show is for children, but couldn't we all use a bit of help from Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and the rest of the Sesame Street gang? The show finds the human-sized characters greeting Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, with original compositions and song parodies from the aughts. Shell out for the Sunny Seats package for a pre-show meet and greet with Elmo for your toddler.

  1. Dolby Theatre 6801 Hollywood Blvd
  2. Until Sun Jun 22
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Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Dancing and everyone's favorite public radio spirit animal/nerd: Ira Glass—need we say more? Dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass of Monica Bill Barnes & Company join Glass on stage at Royce Hall for two performances in one night. Ira will tell you captivating stories (per usual) about love and loss of love, and two dancers will perform on stage with him. Glass says these are two mediums "that have no business being together -- dance and radio," but we know better. This is a classic Ira Glass humble-brag: you know it's going to be awesome. Check out the very Ira trailer here. P.S. KCRW was the first NPR station outside of WBEZ in Chicago to broadcast This American Life, and according to KCRW lore, it was station manager Ruth Seymour who got Glass to change the name of the show from "Your Radio Playhouse" to "This American Life." It's a much better fit for all that TAL pledge drive swag, right?

  1. Royce Hall 340 Royce Dr, at UCLA
  2. Until Sat Jun 28
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