Your guide to things to do in the summer in Los Angeles

Get outdoors, eat some ice cream, crash a pool party and discover more things to do in the summer

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Summer in Los Angeles means longer days, cooler nights and an endless season of things to do in the city. Get excited for the season with our comprehensive roundup of fun events and things to do in the summer in Los Angeles, including the best beaches, sunniest spots for day drinking, seasonal things to do and more.

Things to do in the summer

Things to do

75 things to do in the summer

We've got you covered with a list—75 to be exact—of ways to make the most of an LA summer.

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The best free things to do in LA this summer

"Free" and "summer" go together like coffee and donuts, or ice cream and another scoop of ice cream.

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Movies

All of LA's outdoor movies in one calendar

Your guide to the best spots to watch outdoor screenings of classics and new releases under the stars, for all ages.

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Music

Summer concerts in LA

Get out your calendars: Your guide to the best summer concerts of 2015 has arrived.

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Relax on the beach

From Venice and Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach and Playa Vista, here are the top spots to sunbathe, surf and play.

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Restaurants

The best ice cream in Los Angeles

When temperatures climb and the Santa Ana winds roll in, treat yourself to the city's tastiest frozen treats.

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Bars

19 tasty summer cocktails

Beat the heat with these summer-y libations, from a rhubarb-infused martini to a fruity Aperol spritz

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The best pool parties in Los Angeles

Lounge (or dance) by the pool, music in ear and cocktail in hand, at these rooftop pool parties.

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Eat and drink outside

Bars

Best rooftop bars in LA

Check out LA's best bars with a view, from Venice's beachside sunsets to rooftop bars with city views over the Strip.

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Restaurants

Best gourmet markets for picnics

Pack a picnic box with these fancy pantry items and confections.

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Things to do outdoors

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The 18 best parks in Los Angeles

Roll out a blanket or take a stroll through 18 of the best (and free) parks in Los Angeles.

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Best hikes with city views

In a city where open space is sparse and the sprawl can feel endless, climb up to escape from it all.

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Best botanical gardens and hidden oases

We've rounded up some of our favorites, from botanical gardens in the San Gabriel Valley to hidden oases in the Hollywood Hills.

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5 summer camps for adults in California

These five summer camps will let you step away from your iPhone and pick up a tennis racket, canoe paddle or marshmallow instead.

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The 9 best public pools

Dive into these public pools when you need a break from the summer beach crowds.

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Blog

5 great places to have a bonfire

There isn't a much more quintessential California experience than having a bonfire on the beach while watching the sunset.

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Events and festivals

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May 2015

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August 2015

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Summer concerts

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June 2015

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July 2015

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More things to do in the summer

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Free things to do in LA

Use this guide to find free things to do in LA when you need a budget-friendly day out.

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Music

The 50 best summer songs ever made

Whether you're hitting LA's best beaches and pool parties, or cruising PCH with the top down, turn it up and let’s make this the best summer ever.

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Movies

The 15 most epic surf movies

Whether you're a Downtown-dweller who's never been on a board or a beach bum who rides waves every morning, there's no denying the pull of the surf.

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84 Los Angeles attractions for tourists and natives alike

Discover ways to fall in love with the city all over again in our extensive list of Los Angeles attractions.

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101 things to do in Los Angeles

Looking for things to do in Los Angeles? We've got you covered with tons of options—101, to be exact.

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Summer trips

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Santa Barbara

The wealthy resort town of Santa Barbara is almost too perfect to be true—and boy, does it know it.

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Catalina Island

If you're looking for weekend getaways out of LA, Santa Catalina Island is a close and beautiful bet.

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Ojai

The cozy, pastoral town of Ojai is a unique mix of old-school hippies and the new-school folks that are working to make that scene hip again.

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Staycation guide

We know that sometimes you just need a break from living in LA...without actually leaving.

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