Summer in Los Angeles: Your guide to fun things to do in the sun

Summer in Los Angeles is upon us—finally! Discover the best festivals, outdoor happenings, free culture, parties and more things to do.

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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 summer in Los Angeles with our comprehensive roundup of fun events and things to do, including the best beaches, sunniest spots for day drinking, seasonal things to do and more.

Things to Do

75 things to do in the summer

Use this guide as your road map for things to do in the summer in Los Angeles.

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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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Outdoor movie screenings

Enjoy summer nights with this guide to the best places to watch films under the stars.

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Summer concert guide

All the best summer concerts of 2014, from free shows to festivals in LA.

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Things to do outdoors

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The 18 best parks in Los Angeles

These parks in Los Angeles offer the perfect place to spend an afternoon, whether you're taking in the views from Griffith Park or lounging on the lawn at Grand Park Among the lengthy list of picturesque attractions in this city—who can resist the temptation of a hike through Runyon or a trip to the beach?—there is a wealth of beautiful parks in Los Angeles. Whether you're an art aficionado or a devoted dog owner, there's a slice of nature that fits your lifestyle. For those days when you don't feel like climbing up all 282 steps at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, roll out a blanket or take a stroll through 18 of the best (and free) parks in Los Angeles. RECOMMENDED: 101 things to do in Los Angeles For urban wilderness Griffith Park It's easy to forget you're still in the city as you trek through the mix of native chaparral and landscaped paths that covers this rugged park. But take one look out from the iconic Griffith Observatory and you'll find yourself face-to-face with the LA Basin as it stretches out to the ocean. Griffith's myriad attractions and wilderness caters to all LA types: intrepid hikers can explore the Bronson Caves and visit Amir's Garden; easygoing weekenders can relax in the shaded, verdant passage through Fern Dell or the picnic tables at Crystal Springs; kid-toting visitors can board the steamers at Travel Town or explore the archaic cages at the Old Zoo; and pop culture lovers can catch a show at the Greek Theatre or visit Walt's Barn (a transp

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LA's best beaches

Looking for the best beaches in LA? Check out the city's top coastal retreats from family-friendly shores to a surfer's paradise. With 80-degree days year-round, Angelenos can enjoy the great outdoors from January to December with LA's best hikes (scenic views included) and even hikes with waterfalls to boot). And with miles of pictureque coastline from Malibu to the South Bay, the best beaches in LA are aplenty for outdoor enthusiasts, surfers, families, sun worshippers and beach bunnies. From Venice and Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach and Playa Vista, here are the top spots to sunbathe, surf and play. El Matador State Beach Small, beautiful and dominated by rocky outcrops, El Matador looks not unlike a European beach. Six miles north of Malibu and 25 miles from Santa Monica, it's past just past Leo Carrillo Beach, accessible via a steep gravelly path. Wear shoes and don't bring too much gear. There are no lifeguards or other facilities, so you should be able to find some privacy on the beach; spread your towel in the cupped hands of the rocks—watch out for high tide. Arriving early or staying late should reward you with a memorable dawn of sunset. El Matador and nearby El Pescador and La Piedra beaches collectively form the Rober H Meyer Memorial Beaches. All three are worth a visit. Pony up $8 in the self-pay parking lot or snag a spot on PCH. El Porto Beach The view of the Chevron refinery and the occasional plane coming in and out of the nearby LAX may not make

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Best public pools in LA

Dive into these public pools when you need a break from the summer beach crowds It might seem absurd to swim at a public pool when we share a border with the Pacific Ocean. But we aren't all lucky enough to blessed with pools in our backyard, and the beach can fall short on shade and parking. You can lounge at a swanky rooftop pool party if you're after a lively scene, but for those summer days when you're just looking for a cheap place to cool off, consider taking a dip in these public pools across the city. RECOMMENDED: Summer in Los Angeles Annenberg Community Beach House What started as an opulent beachfront estate is now a modern, community beach club open to the public, thanks to Wallis Annenberg of the Annenberg Foundation, who provided $27.5 million for the transformation. Completed in 2009, the five-acre beach house features a main house with a rec room for board games, ping pong, classes and events. Outside, you'll find a swimming pool and a splash pad, as well as beach volleyball and tennis courts, soccer fields and paddle board rentals. $10 adults, $4 kids 17 and under, $5 seniors 60+, free under age 1; $1 Mondays, excluding holidays Culver City Plunge You’ll find exercise addicts and triathlon trainees at this Westside lap pool most of the time. But during afternoon recreation periods, expect to encounter residents looking for a way to cool off without having to cross the 405. Shade seekers may come up short, but those in search of a bit of sun and a spla

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5 ways to sweat and cool down in LA

It's summer in Los Angeles—beat the heat and stay cool with our top five ways to break a sweat in LA. TOLA Offers & Experiences It's summer in Los Angeles, which means Angelenos are finding ways to chill out and cool down as temperatures rise. Sure, you can head for the city's bars with a view and sip on the summer cocktails or staycation it on the best beaches in LA. But we're beating the heat by breaking a sweat. From the inferno challenge of LA's spiciest dishes to busting a move on the dance floor, here are five ways to sweat. RECOMMENDED: See more Summer in Los Angeles More Summer in LA Outdoor movies in LA Love outdoor movies? Enjoy summer nights with this guide to the best places to watch films under the stars. Outdoor movies combine two obvious things about LA and the people who live here: we're really into film and we love being outside, whether it's for working out, hitting the beach or dining rooftop. Makes sense, right? This summer, add outdoor movies to your list of budget-friendly things to do in LA. Here's your guide to the best spots to watch outdoor screenings of classics and new releases under the stars, for all ages. Be sure to check back for updates on the list—seems like at least one or two new outdoor movie series pops up every summer. Street Food Cinema For your one-stop-shop in LA summer entertainment, follow the food trucks. Saturday evenings throughout August, Street Food Cinema throws together an epic outdoor party, complete with live music, ta

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Best hikes in LA with city views

From secluded mountain treks in Altadena to unparalleled people-watching in Runyon Canyon, here are five of the best hikes in LA with great views of the city. Time Out Los Angeles on Spotify In a city where open space is sparse and the sprawl can feel endelss, climb up to escape from it all. These five hikes provide a great experience and unmatched views that really put Los Angeles in perspective. Whether you're more cityscape gawker or ocean gazer, we've got the trek for you, in this list of the best hikes in LA—with views.   Hollywood | Los Feliz | Malibu | Culver City | Altadena Runyon Canyon, Hollywood An exerciser’s paradise in the Hollywood Hills, Runyon’s the spot for views of the toned bodies and even tonier homes endemic to this part of LA. The packed dirt path leads hikers, runners, yoga enthusiasts and roving weightlifters on a loop around the canyon, guaranteeing countless moments to pause and utter “This is so LA”—particularly during the after-work rush hour, when people-watching reaches its frenzied peak. Look out for tatted-up porn-star bodies sprinting bare-chested through the hills. Make eyes with middle-aged gay couples, chiseled and waxed. And clear the path for at least one dog walker, clogging the trail with a pack of purebreds. You can catch the loop from either the east (Fuller Avenue) or West (North Vista Street) side of the canyon. Either way, it’s a mostly gradual ascent, except for a treacherously steep and narrow section near the top o

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Eat and drink outside

Bars

LA's best cocktails for summer

Beat the heat with the best summer cocktails in Los Angeles, from a rhubarb-infused martini to a fruity Aperol spritz There are a million reasons (OK, more like 31) why LA is the best city ever, but here's another one to add to the list: summer cocktails. True, a cold brewski while watching the Dodgers game at your favorite beer bar is a staple, but we've got a soft spot for throwing back fruit-filled libations on a rooftop lounge. To bring you this beautiful slideshow of cocktail porn (is that a thing?), we drank our way through seasonally savvy cocktail bars to find the most refreshing summer drinks in LA. You can buy us a drink as a thank you. RECOMMENDED: 75 things to do in the summer You might also like The best bottomless boozy brunch Drink your breakfast this weekend with bottomless mimosas, bellinis, champagne and more at our top boozy brunch spots Angelenos may not have invented heavy drinking at 10am with a side of bacon and eggs, but we've certainly perfected it. Throw a stone in Los Angeles and you'll likely hit a breakfast spot offering bottomless Bloody Marys with your pancakes (whole wheat, of course). But where should you go for the best boozing and brunching? These 10 LA restaurants serve the ultimate bottomless boozy brunch, from a rooftop perch with all-you-can-eat-and-drink to a charming French bistro with endless champagne and mimosas. Shake off last night's hangover, find yourself a designated driver and restart the party with these weekend hotspot

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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 What is it that they say about smog? Oh yeah, beautiful sunsets. Make LA's haze work for you at these top bars and beachside spots, where the views rightfully rival the booze. From Sunset Strip's rooftop bars to Malibu's seaside cabanas, here are the city's best bars with a view. RECOMMENDED: See more Los Angeles bars Standard Downtown Even if you don’t hop in the pool, you can still plunge into the fun on one of the bright red waterbed pods scattered across the roof at the Downtown outpost of Andre Balaz’s hip hotel. Take the elevator up to the top, where mod furnishings give a slightly space-age vibe—the perfect backdrop for a crowd ranging from folks waiting for next year’s Burning Man to hotel guests checking out the scene. Weekend afternoons call for cocktail lounging—try the sweet and sour Hennessy Lemonade—but beware the $20 cover after 7pm, which doesn’t deter the lines that can stretch out into the parking lot. Petite Ermitage Tucked in a residential neighborhood in West Hollywood, just off the bustle of the Strip, this eclectic, charming gem is half your parents' version of European sophistication, half retreat for actual Europeans. With 360° views and virtually no scene, the boho-chic hotel's rooftop club has plenty of fireside cabanas to sip on love potions—from French 75 to Infante, a rose water and nutmeg–spiked elixir—for a romantic hide

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Best ice cream in LA

When LA gets hot, reach for local remedies: an ocean breeze, shady trees and, of course, the best ice cream in LA. Time Out Offers & Experiences Mother's Day package from Tate's Bake Shop Spa Package at Blossom Spa Hollywood Endless summers in Los Angeles mean non-stop cravings for the best ice cream in LA. When temperatures climb and the Santa Ana winds roll in, treat yourself to the city's tastiest frozen treats—and there are a lot of choices. As Angelenos, we appreciate a quality scoop of ice cream as much as a quality workout—after a hike or even after a sweaty yoga practice. After all, what's the point of a great workout sesh if you don't indulge? Sweet Rose Creamery Zoe Nathan (Huckleberry, Milo + Olive) expands her Westside empire with an ice cream shop in Brentwood Country Mart. The tiny storefront offers a variety of seasonal ice cream flavors scooped into homemade waffles. There's also milkshakes, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches and pints to-go, all made with Clover organic milk and farmers market ingredients. Blockhead's Shavery Company Teenagers, families and sugar hounds alike flock to this perpetually packed emporium for "snow cream"—Hawaiian shaved ice meets ice cream in layers of icy ribbons. Start with a base flavor from original and black sesame to seasonal mango and avocado, then choose your own adventure with toppings from boba to brownie bites and "drizzles” such as condensed milk and chocolate sauce. The blackboard menu guides you through the thr

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Best gourmet markets for picnics

Stock up on fancy pantry items and confections, and fill up on the best baked goods and sandwiches at the best gourmet food stores in LA. It's summer in LA and that means beach escapes and the great outdoors. Before hitting the sand or heading to the Hollywood Bowl or catching an outdoor movie, stop by the city's best gourmet food stores for a DIY picnic or pre-made box to-go. And for every other season of the year, stock up on gourmet food items from artisan condiments and fancy confections to local cheeses and homemade baked goods. RECOMMENDED: Best Restaurants in Los Angeles Cookbook Marta Teegan brings her green thumb (the master gardener is the author of Homegrown: A Growing Guide for Creating a Cook's Garden) and kitchen experience (she also owns the nearby Cortez) to this Echo Park storefront. While the name suggests a collection of titles for foodies—yes, there are cookbooks for sale—the main draw is the impeccably stocked local produce at the peak of its season and ready-to-eat ripe. There are also dry gourmet goods: breads from Downtown's Bread Lounge and housemade sandwiches and pastries from elegant—we prefer the canelés—to rustic. The killer Meyer lemon cake is not to be missed. The Oaks Gourmet Market This Franklin Village retail store/cafe is where locals drop in for an early morning caffeine fix, late-night cravings and everything in between. Salads, sandwiches, pizzas (a gluten-free crust can be subbed for $2 extra) and baked goods are served alongsid

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Summer concerts guide

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Summer style

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Summer BBQ essentials

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Events and festivals

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May events

Plan your month with our May 2014 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite concerts. You can almost hear the antsy teenagers tapping their toes as the school year wraps up. That's right, May is the last month to enjoy your favorite LA attractions before summer vacation (and crowds) arrives—parents, time to start brushing up on some kids activities. So make the most of that sweet, pre-summer stretch between Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day with our May 2014 events calendar. Lucha Vavoom Lucha VaVOOM brings its unique mix of “sexo y violencia” to the Mayan (plus occasional one-off shows elsewhere) with exuberant spectacles throughout the year, most notably with its popular Cinco de Mayo performance. See good vs. evil played out in a sinful circus of masked Mexican wrestling, burlesque stripteasing and comedic commentating—Fred Armisen and Patton Oswalt are among those who have lent their opinion to past matches. Fill up on tequila and tamales while you watch Aztec dancers and luchadores like Li'l Cholo and Crazy Chickens. Tokyo Police Club The four young guys in Tokyo Police Club—which hail from exotic Canada, not Japan—play peppy little songs with a punk undertone. Now four albums into their career, they'll be playing songs from the latest, Forcefield—which, from what we've heard so far, sounds as joyous and full-pelt as ever—at this LA stop on their spring tour. Advance tickets are sold out, but you may be able to snag

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June events

Plan your month with our June 2014 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite concerts. 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.   Most popular 20 great things to do in Los Angeles for tourists 50 films that best capture LA The 50 most romantic movies of all time Best hikes in LA: Get outdoors and view the city from the hills 101 things to do in Los Angeles 25 weird and fun ways to explore LA The 50 best documentaries of all time LA Pride 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 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

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July events

Plan your month with our July 2014 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite summer concerts July kicks off the wild, infectious summertime spirit around LA and there's no shortage of things to do. Take advantage of warm summer nights and catch an outdoor movie screening, escape the heat and head for the beach or take an imprompu weekend getaway. Follow our guide to some of the best events and festivals in LA this month—including 4th of July events and parades. And of course, make sure to catch one of LA's excellent fireworks displays.   Big Bite Bacon Fest Still can't get over bacon and all its smoky, irresistible notes? Well, neither can we. The second annual Big Bite Bacon Fest will be satisfying many a Southern Californian bacon lover come this summer. Feast on a variety of bacon-inspired creations that run the gamut from classic savory dishes to fusion-style sweet treats such as the bacon donut. Home cooks and professionals will be pitting their culinary skills against one another in a competition with the porky star ingredient—all for a $3,000 prize fund and the title of "Best Big Bite Bacon Dish." The festival promises a carnival atmosphere with bacon-themed attractions: Pig Pong, Pork Ladder Toss, Bacon Hole and much more. The festival will first hit the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar Fairgrounds on July 5, then make its way to The Queen Mary in Long Beach on August 2. Twilight Concerts 2014 marks the 30th a

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August events

Plan your month with our August 2014 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite summer concerts August may signal summer's home stretch, but that doesn't mean the fun needs to end. Grab an ice cream cone or dive into a pool party while it's still warm—ah, who are we kidding, it's always perfectly pleasant in Los Angeles. Keep sipping those summer cocktails, head to one of the county's best beaches and follow our August 2014 events calendar for the best festivals and activities in LA this month. Beyonce + Jay Z After smashing it in 2013 during The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, the one and only Beyoncé Knowles is back in LA with Mr. Carter in tow. After the world-shattering surprise-release of her self-titled new album, Bey’ll have plenty of brand new songs to bust out at this Rose Bowl extravaganza, not to mention some of the definitive pop and R&B tracks of the last 20 years. All in all, it should be a typically Yoncéan hurricane of full-throttle tuneage, combined with stuff-strutting moves to leave the audience breathless, let alone her backing dancers. Would anyone argue that Jay Z isn't the undercard here? In recent years, he's been graciously sharing the spotlight with Kanye, JT, his wife... the latter of which is particularly fine by us. Festival of the Chariots Hosted by the Hare Krishnas, this Indian tradition attracts 50,000 people who chant and cheer for three honored deities, representations of whom are parade

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Concerts

Music

May concert calendar

Check out our concert calendar to find out which of your favorite artists are performing in Los Angeles this month. Notable acts hitting the LA music scene include Mastodon, The Glitch Mob and Chet Faker. The Horrors The formerly fright-wigged, black-clad Horrors gang surprised (and impressed) everyone with their terrific experimental electronica/psychedelic pop LP of 2009, "Primary Colours." What followed were two more albums that showed off the Brits' widescreen, dramatically glittering synth-pop sound. Supporting their fourth album Luminous, The Horrors teams up with east London drone/psychedelic krautrock quintet, Toy, to perform an all-ages show at the First Unitarian Church for Britweek Music Sessions. Tokyo Police Club The four young guys in Tokyo Police Club—which hails from exotic Canada, not Japan—play peppy little songs with a punk undertone. Now four albums into their career, they'll be playing songs from the latest, Forcefield—which, from what we've heard so far, sounds as joyous and full-pelt as ever—at this LA stop on their spring tour. Advance tickets are sold out, but you may be able to snag some at the door. Mastodon One of the biggest names in modern metal, Atlanta's hardcore quartet grinds out impressively convoluted, amped-up prog/metal noise more than a decade after its inception, here playing from its latest complex concept album—2011's The Hunter. Hear their epic, groove-oriented riff-fests—which are edging ever closer to straight-up rock & roll t

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June concert calendar

Check out our concert calendar to find out which of your favorite artists are performing in Los Angeles this month. Notable acts hitting the LA music scene include Eels, Chelsea Wolfe and Sharon Van Etten. Hugh Laurie with the Copper Bottom Band The celebrated scruffy-faced English comedian and actor is best known in the USA for his portrayal of the irascible title character of House (and for his impossibly perfect American accent). However, those are the only the beginning of Hugh Laurie's talents, and he hits the Fonda Theatre with the Copper Bottom Band to show us the rest. Expect righteously rootsy jazz and blues balladry, as heard on Laurie's most recent LP, Didn't It Rain. MØ Copenhagen’s breakout musical prodigy of last year is Karen Marie Ørsted, who goes by the (copy-and-paste necessary) name of MØ. She brings her seductive sound—a string of shimmering synths and erratic beats that might just rival those of Grimes—to the Troubadour for your pleasure. We're looking forward to the live renditions from her new debut LP, No Mythologies to Follow. Tickets are sold out on the venue's site, but you know where to find them elsewhere. tUnE-yArDs Merrill Garbus and her crew roll into town for a night of extraordinary looping, innovative instrumentation and primal, hair-raising vocals. tUnE-yArDs's nuanced folk-pop calls upon Micachu and The Shapes-esque riffs mixed with Afrobeats, psych-folk and more. Tricky to quantify, it all makes sense live. Catch the tambourine-tappi

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July concert calendar

Check out our concert calendar to find out which of your favorite artists are performing in Los Angeles this month. Notable acts hitting the LA music scene include Death, Jimmy Cliff and the Neighbourhood. Death A black metal trio way ahead of its time when it sprang up in Detroit during the early ’70s, Death rose to rock icon status in the following decade. The band split over ten years ago, and even in their time, they went through a variety different members. But Death has returned in recent years to achieve widespread renown for its vintage work—and, impressively, has forged ahead with fresh material meant for a forthcoming album. They're headed to the Roxy this summer, where you can expect an array of pickings from their seven-album-strong back catalogue. Cher Well, this ought to be something... The omnitalented bombshell—a star for nearly five decades—returns to the arenas for her "Dressed to Kill" tour, supporting last year's auto-tune–drenched dance-pop beltfest, Closer to the Truth. The album hasn't yet spawned a "Believe," but lead track "Woman's World" did burn up the dance charts. On the strength of over-the-top razzle-dazzle, not to mention stylistic breadth and sheer megastar wattage, these gigs could be the pop spectacle of the year. Jurassic 5 Jurassic 5 was part of the last wave of conscious rap to make it on major labels. The movement began with De La Soul in the late '80s and pretty much died in 2006, with J5's album Feedback. Now, Cut Chemist, Chali 2

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August concert calendar

Check out our concert calendar to find out which of your favorite artists are performing in Los Angeles this month. Notable acts hitting the LA music scene include Arcade Fire, Rihanna and Foxygen. Arcade Fire The Canadians bring a carnival to the Forum in Inglewood with their newfound disco groove, cover songs and costumes. Fourth studio album Reflektor found the indie rockers finally sounding like they were enjoying themselves—even if the listener's pleasure was a little harder to come by. Still, there are enough curveballs, mirrored surfaces and glitter particles to make this show the party of the month. Lately, the band's been requesting their attendees to come dressed up, so get thee to a craft store. Might we suggest dressing up like Talking Heads? Seems appropriate. Beyonce + Jay Z After smashing it in 2013 during The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, the one and only Beyoncé Knowles is back in LA with Mr. Carter in tow. After the world-shattering surprise-release of her self-titled new album, Bey’ll have plenty of brand new songs to bust out at this Rose Bowl extravaganza, not to mention some of the definitive pop and R&B tracks of the last 20 years. All in all, it should be a typically Yoncéan hurricane of full-throttle tuneage, combined with stuff-strutting moves to leave the audience breathless, let alone her backing dancers. Would anyone argue that Jay Z isn't the undercard here? In recent years, he's been graciously sharing the spotlight with Kanye, JT, his wife.

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September concert calendar

Check out our concert calendar to find out which of your favorite artists are performing in Los Angeles this month. Notable acts hitting the LA music scene include Atmosphere, Katy Perry and Devendra Banhart. Atmosphere This Minneapolis indie–hip-hop duo, which features rapper Slug and producer Ant, performs in support of a brand-new LP, Southsiders—the eighth album for Atmosphere. Seventeen years in, Slug remains a charismatic, vibrant performer who can charm a big room like this one. Tickets for their gig at the Roxy are listed as sold out, but we're willing to bet you'll be able to scrounge up a few by looking in the usual places. Slaughter & The Dogs Nearly forty years in the making, these Bowie-inspired 70s British punkers continue to bring down rock houses the world over. After a couple decades playing band member musical chairs, the foursome settled in '96 on Wayne Barrett, Mick Rossi, Noel Kay, Jean Pierre Thollet; and this has remained the longest running lineup in Slaughter & The Dogs history. They haven't released a new album in over ten years, but nostalgic glam punk fans catch them play the classics at The Observatory in Santa Ana this September. Katy Perry Six years on from "I Kissed a Girl," Katy Perry is still here, and then some. Far from the novelty starlet many initially pegged her to be, she's evolved into the signature cotton-candy-fied pop princess of our time, a Dr. Luke–abetted megahit factory unto herself. Turn up for her big gig at The Staples (

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LA parks and attractions

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The 18 best parks in Los Angeles

These parks in Los Angeles offer the perfect place to spend an afternoon, whether you're taking in the views from Griffith Park or lounging on the lawn at Grand Park Among the lengthy list of picturesque attractions in this city—who can resist the temptation of a hike through Runyon or a trip to the beach?—there is a wealth of beautiful parks in Los Angeles. Whether you're an art aficionado or a devoted dog owner, there's a slice of nature that fits your lifestyle. For those days when you don't feel like climbing up all 282 steps at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, roll out a blanket or take a stroll through 18 of the best (and free) parks in Los Angeles. RECOMMENDED: 101 things to do in Los Angeles For urban wilderness Griffith Park It's easy to forget you're still in the city as you trek through the mix of native chaparral and landscaped paths that covers this rugged park. But take one look out from the iconic Griffith Observatory and you'll find yourself face-to-face with the LA Basin as it stretches out to the ocean. Griffith's myriad attractions and wilderness caters to all LA types: intrepid hikers can explore the Bronson Caves and visit Amir's Garden; easygoing weekenders can relax in the shaded, verdant passage through Fern Dell or the picnic tables at Crystal Springs; kid-toting visitors can board the steamers at Travel Town or explore the archaic cages at the Old Zoo; and pop culture lovers can catch a show at the Greek Theatre or visit Walt's Barn (a transp

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84 Los Angeles must-see attractions

Most popular in Things to Do 20 great things to do in Los Angeles for tourists Best hikes in LA: Get outdoors and view the city from the hills 101 things to do in Los Angeles 25 weird and fun ways to explore LA Hiking trails in LA: The best hikes with waterfalls Get spooked at 13 real haunted spots in Los Angeles LA city guide: A walking tour of Silver Lake Best off-the-beaten path museums & attractions in LA Visit these essential Los Angeles attractions, whether you're a tourist in for the weekend or a native looking to explore LA covers a staggeringly huge amount of land (and ocean), so it's no surprise that the list of Los Angeles attractions is equally impressive. If you're a tourist looking for things to do, you'll find plenty of vacation inspiration, from Hollywood tours to a day at the one the city's best beaches. And locals, you may discover ways to fall in love with the city all over again in our extensive list of Los Angeles attractions. Hollywood Bowl This gorgeous outdoor amphitheatre has been hosting concerts since the LA Philharmonic first played here in 1922. Nestled in an aesthetically blessed fold in the Hollywood Hills, the 18,000-seat venue can bring out the romantic in the terminally cynical, and the glorious setting almost makes up for the somewhat dodgy acoustics. It's the summer home of the LA Phil, but it's hosted everyone from the Beatles to Big Bird, and today mixes classical concerts with all manner of rock and pop.RECOMMENDED: Things t

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Summer trips

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Weekend getaway: Santa Barbara

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Weekend getaway: Catalina Island

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