LA city guide: 75 things to do in the summer

Use this LA city guide as your road map for things to do in the summer and ways to explore the City of Angels.



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Go to a local festival

Plan your month with our August 2013 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite summer outings.


Sip oceanside drinks at the best rooftop bars

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.


Listen to free jazz at LACMA

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  • Free

One of LA's best free live music offerings, Jazz at LACMA has featured such legends as Wayne Shorter, John Clayton, Kenny Burrell, Les McCann, Billy Childs, Arturo Sandoval, Cannonball-Coltrane Project and Ernie Watts.

  1. 5905 Wilshire Blvd
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Take a roadtrip to Santa Barbara

Looking for easy weekend getaways? Check out our top tips for where to eat, drink, play and stay in sunny Santa Barbara. You don't come here for urban thrills, but for history, top-end eating, an old-world aesthetic and—of course—the beaches.


Get a free outdoor workout

Forget your trainer—get in shape with free workouts at the best circuit training parks across the city. Plus, hear the inside scoop from top LA trainers on where they go for free, outdoor circuit training workouts.


Feast on sushi by the sea

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Formerly housed in the Malibu Country Mart, chef Nobu Matsuhisa's relocated restaurant—overlooking Surfrider beach and the Malibu Pier—is so close to the beach, you can see the footprints in the sand.


Picnic at the Hollywood Bowl

  • Price band: 2/4
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This gorgeous outdoor amphitheatre has been hosting concerts since the LA Philharmonic first played here in 1922. It's the summer home of the LA Philharmonic, but it's hosted everyone from the Beatles to Big Bird, and today mixes classical concerts with all manner of rock and pop.


Get fit with a free oceanside run and yoga class

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  • Free

Get fit with this free workout class held every Saturday morning. Meet at 8am under the Santa Monica Pier sign at the top of the ramp on Colorado and Ocean for a 2-5 mile run around the beach and pier. (Not a runner? Don't fret—walkers are welcome, too.) At 9am, pick up your yoga mat and meet at the far west end of the pier. Enjoy sweeping ocean views as local yoga instructors help perfect your Downward Dog and Warrior pose. All experience levels are welcome.

  1. 200 Santa Monica Pier
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Celebrate Pride

During this year's LA Gay Pride, a strip of West Hollywood exploded in a rainbow of colors, costumes and characters, drawing more than 500,000 people. We cruised the streets (no pun intended) and the bars to find the most outrageous attendees, including drag queen nuns, flamboyantly pampered pups and an, ahem, anatomically correct homage to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Here, see our best of LA Gay Pride 2013.


Host a stylish barbecue

These stylish BBQ accessories will add personality to your next grilling party and outdoor entertaining—and many items double for indoor use.

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