75 things to do in the summer

From a day at the beach to a night at a street festival, plan ahead with these things to do in the summer in Los Angeles

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
This is Santa Monica Beach. It looks like this in August, December, March—oh, and all those other months too.

Looking for things to do in the summer? Thankfully, in Los Angeles we have no shortage of outdoor activities and festivals to suggest. We've got you covered with a list—75 to be exact—of things to do this season, from rediscovering Hollywood to heading down PCH for a day at the beach or even splashing around at a summertime pool party. Read on to dispel your couch potato habits and make the most of an LA summer.

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1–10

Watch a move amongst Hollywood's departed

It isn't summer in LA until the first cemetery screening brings hoards of movie-lovers to Hollywood Forever, toting folding chairs, picnic blankets, snack spreads and lots of booze. Each year, Cinespia brings classic cult favorites (SevenAlmost FamousRear Window, etc.) to the hallowed resting place of such Hollywood greats as Rudolph Valentino and Bugsy Siegel. It's an LA rite of passage, a quintessential summer experience and one of the best film venues in the city.

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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.

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Listen to free jazz at LACMA

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.

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Free

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.

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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.

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Feast on sushi by the sea

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.

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Malibu

Picnic at the Hollywood Bowl

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.

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Hollywood

Get fit with a free oceanside run and yoga class

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.

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Free

See a still life come to life

Life imitates art, literally: Classic paintings, statues and murals take on a new dimension as real people dress and pose to recreate original masterpieces—a trick popularized by vaudeville artiste Lolita Perine at the first festival in 1932. A professional orchestra, a narrator, intricate sets and theatrical lighting help bring the works to life at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach.

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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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11–20

Indulge in the best ice cream in LA

Endless summers in Los Angeles mean non-stop cravings for the best ice cream. When temperatures climb and the Santa Ana winds roll in, treat yourself to the city's tastiest frozen treats. 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?

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Discover the best hikes in LA with waterfalls

Looking for hiking trails in LA? Head outdoors after a rainy day and experience these five hikes with waterfalls. Here are five hiking trails in LA that’ll keep you cool by journey’s end with some of the area’s most impressive waterfalls.

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Sit back, relax and watch a drive-in movie

Electric Dusk Drive-In hosts monthly (sometimes bi-monthly) movies in the heart of Downtown, as well as private screenings and special events. You can park and enjoy the movie from your car, or grab an astroturf ticket to sit on the "grass". As if this didn't sound cool enough already, the drive-in is also pet-friendly, so bring your pups!

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Spend an afternoon in the 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. Roll out a blanket or take a stroll through our favorite (and free) parks in Los Angeles.

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Party it up poolside

Los Angeles provides a pretty much endless summer, but when the actual season rolls around, you'll find the best of LA's nightlife at the pool. The season officially kicks off with a splash of pool parties thrown at shindig-friendly hotels around town. If you’re looking to lounge (or dance) by the pool, music in ear and cocktail in hand, be prepared to arrive early or grab a hotel room the night before, as most parties cap out at 500 people.

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Catch a must-see concert

Check out our critics' picks for must-see summer concerts in Los Angeles, from big name headliners at stadiums to local favorites at artsy institutions.

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Enjoy open-air dining at Grand Central Market

Buried in the heart of Downtown LA is this European-style food hall, which has been operating on the ground floor of the iconic Homer Laughlin Building since 1917. Some food vendors merit more praise than others, though Mexican- and South American-themed stalls offering treats like pupusas, carnitas tacos and aguas frescas remain some of the most popular. On the other hand, newcomers like Eggslut and Sticky Rice have turned this into one of the trendiest spots in town.

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Downtown

Hang out at Echo Park Lake

After a two-year makeover, the Eastside's historic Echo Park Lake has finally become a family-friendly destination worthy of its Downtown skyline backdrop amid the lotus flower bloom and the spray of the fountains. The lake has been around since 1860—it was once used as a drinking water reservoir, and later as a recreational park with canoes, fishing and a floating lotus garden. Today, you can walk the track around the lake or push your way through it in a pedal boat; either way, make sure to stop at the revived boathouse (and its breakfast pit stop Square One) and the Lady of the Lake statue.

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Echo Park Free

Break a sweat to stay cool

It's summer in Los Angeles, which means Angelenos are finding ways to chill out and cool down as temperatures rise. 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.

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Enjoy art and an ocean view

In 1974, oil magnate J Paul Getty opened this museum of his holdings in a faux villa in Malibu, based on the remains of the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum. (Click here to read more.)

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Pacific Palisades Free

21–30

Hike up to the Hollywood Sign

What may be one of the biggest LA mysteries is how to get as close as possible to the iconic Hollywood Sign. Originally created in 1923, the then "Hollywoodland" sign was supposed to be up for only a year and a half, yet it will be celebrating its 90th birthday this year.

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Hollywood Free

Rock out at FYFest

Each summer music-loving Angelenos from all over the city make a pilgrimage for one of SoCal's best festivals. At FYF, emerging artists take the stage along with established acts in every genre from rock to funk and dance, while fans turn out for two days of musical bliss in the California sun. Get to know the lineup and check back often for updated coverage leading up to and during the festival.

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Visit El Matador State Beach during sunset

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.

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Malibu

See butterflies take flight

Nature lovers rejoice! Spend a day at the NHM's Butterfly Pavilion with more than 53 butterfly and moth species and an assortment of California plants. The seasonal outdoor exhibit allows for adults and children alike to witness nature up close—we're talking having bufferlies take flight and land on your arms or shoulders.

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Go wine tasting at Barnsdall Art Park

Barnsdall Park’s wine tastings regularly attract sell-out crowds. Perched on top of Olive Hill in the west lawn of historic Hollyhock House, Barnsdall Fridays includes four selections of boutique wines provided by Silverlake Wine every week with a spectacular sunset and 360 degree views of the city.

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Fly a kite overlooking the ocean

Perched over the Pacific in San Pedro sits one of the most idyllic spots in all of LA: the Korean Bell of Friendship. The mighty metallic bell's rusty green finish complements the ornately painted hipped roof—its paint job has seen better days, but that doesn't detract from the beauty of the 1976 goodwill gift from South Korea. The exposed, grassy bluff is an ideal spot to fly a kite or just lounge in the grass of Angel's Gate Park. If you've resisted romance with the South Bay, let this be your first date.

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San Pedro Free

Master the art of archery

Instead of spending away the summer being a couch potato, why not get a little active and be a badass while doing so? That’s right, we’re talking archery lessons, and free ones at that. You can make like Katniss and Robin Hood and learn how to hit the bullseye for free all around the city.

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Free

Work out with an outdoor stair climb

The nearly 200 steps at the twin Santa Monica stairs are a mecca for hard bodies and weekend fitness warriors who also jump rope, stretch, jog and power through pull-ups, push-ups and sit-ups in between climbing.

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Santa Monica Free

31–40

Sip on a summer cocktail

We checked out the best cocktail bars and best restaurants in the city to bring you LA's best tequila and mescal cocktails. Whether you prefer your libation smoky or savory or your glass salt-rimmed or muddled with fruit, try these 20 cocktails that say "fiesta!"

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Groove to Summer Nights in Chinatown

This all-ages monthly Saturday event in Chinatown is definitely among the most lively of the bunch of summer concerts in LA. Show off your moves on the dance floor to DJ sets and live bands, browse local art at the LA Craft Experience market, sample some food-truck grub or authentic Chinese cuisine from surrounding restaurants and party ‘til midnight in the heart of this historic neighborhood.

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Free

Flaunt your skills at SaMo's swings, rings and ropes

The original Muscle Beach (located on Ocean Front Walk, off Appian Way between Pacific Terrace and Arcadia Terrace) has plenty of regulars, gawking tourists and a healthy crowd of amateurs. On weekends, you’ll see some amazing beach gymnasts and the vibe is friendly—be courteous and don’t hog the ropes, and they’ll offer tips or share handfuls of chalk (you can also usually find chalk left in the sand near the ropes swings).

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Santa Monica Free

Stock up on books for your summer reading list

Looking for lit? If you're book shopping in Los Angeles, look no further. We've found the best shops and independent retailers offering art books, travel guides political tomes and children's tales. Check out these top 20 Los Angeles booksellers for the best bargains, out-of-print titles, author readings and community events.

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Picnic at Silver Lake Reservoir

Silver Lake's Reservoir has two dog parks (one big one small), a basketball court, playground and field for the kiddies, and a 2.2 mile trail around its entirety. A great place to bring kids, dogs, a picnic, or a running club. The Reservoir is also home to The Meadow, a soft, grassy knoll overlooking the water where visitors can lounge, picnic, or play a game of frisbeeor bocce. Note: no pups allowed.

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Silver Lake Free

Listen to music under the stars

Every Thursday, head to the Santa Monica Pier for free bands on the beach during their Twilight Concert series. Pack a picnic (and arrive early to get a spot on the sand near the speakers) to enjoy as the local talent plays sunset sets with crashing waves in the distance—it's a quintessential LA music experience.

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Free

Grab a pint at a top LA biergarten

Sure, LA may not have grilled fish on sticks as they famously do in Munich, but the spirit of Oktoberfest is in effect year-round at these seven biergartens. Stop in for a beer and wurst. You may even momentarily forget the annual fall Bavarian revelry taking place 6,000 miles away.

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Relax in the shade of a Gehry building

It’s impossible to cruise along Grand Avenue and miss the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a twisted metallic explosion of Frank Gehry’s imagination. You may not realize, though, that the acoustically impressive hall harbors a lush garden in its shadows. Whether you're looking for a quiet place to sit on your lunch hour or a climb along the building's lustrous exterior, it's the perfect spot to both appreciate and escape the city.

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Downtown

Take your pup to the beach

Leo Carrillo has the best of both worlds—a well-equipped stretch of sand with seclusion and scenic beauty. Stretching one and a half miles across the north tip of Malibu, you'll find enough quite from the rift raft of Santa Monica beach warriors and crowds of Surfrider. Long boarders can paddle out for mellow waves—it gets no more than chest-high at this point break—while nature lovers can explore tide pools on the rock-dotted coastline and a nearby trail. Groups can make use of the on-site camping grounds, picnic area, RV lot and token-operated showers. And don't forget Fido: This is one of the rare beaches where dogs (leashed) are allowed to roam north of the lifeguard tower.

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Malibu

Splash around in an oceanfront pool

What started as an opulent beachfront estate built by William Randolph Hearst for Hollywood star Marion Davies in the 1920s 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 accommodates a main house with a rec room for board games, ping pong and classes and events, a swimming pool, a splash pad, beach volleyball and tennis courts, soccer fields, canopies, a cafe and rentals for paddle boards.

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Los Angeles

41–50

Detox with juices and smoothies

You've stuffed yourself at LA's finest restaurants and tippled at the city's best watering holes and now it's time for a detox. Ditch the fat (and solid food) and chew on this—juices are sprouting up faster than you can turn that kale into liquid green. From seaside smoothies in Malibu to raw juices in Hollywood, check out the best juice bars in LA.

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Go to a Dodger game and find cheap eats afterwards

There's no dearth of cheap eats in LA, especially on the Eastside. So if you're looking for somewhere to host a celebratory meal—or drown your sorrows—after a Dodgers game, check out our list of the twelve best budget places to eat and drink near Dodger Stadium, from dive bars and taco trucks to al fresco dining and fancy brews. No matter your budget or your palate, we've got the spot for you.... Unless you're rooting for the opposite team, in which case our advice is to get out of the 'hood as fast as you can.

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Get to know the Downtown Arts District

It may seem like a no man's land at first glance, but the Downtown Arts District is a whole 'nother beast when you take a closer look. Equal parts warehouse wasteland and burgeoning hub for LA's young, professional and creative, the enigmatic Downtown Arts District is the city's neighborhood to watch.

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Stop and smell the roses (and trees)

The gorgeous grounds of the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia, very close to the Santa Anita racetrack, have been designed as an educational facility (the plants are mostly arranged by region, and tours are available), but many people simply come here for a little peace and quiet. You could wander the LA Arboretum and Gardens for hours; many do, taking in tropical forests and waterfalls, trees and fish.

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Arcadia

Take a day trip to Catalina

If you're looking for weekend getaways out of LA, Santa Catalina Island is a close and beautiful bet. The little strip of land—accessable by ferries from Long Beach or San Pedro—has all the makings of a well rounded vacation: Rich history, beach town relaxation and outdoorsy adventure. It's only 22 miles from the mainland, but whether you stay for a day or the whole weekend, you'll be on island time in no time.

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Set up an afternoon picnic at Watts Towers

When Italian-born tilesetter Simon Rodia moved to Watts, the neighborhood was ethnically mixed. Three decades later, when he left, it was predominantly black and Latino, widely seen as the heart of LA's African-American community. In the intervening years, though, Rodia had constructed its single iconic structure, an extraordinary piece of folk art that's one of only a handful of National Historic Landmarks in Los Angeles. Rodia started work on constructing what have become known as the Watts Towers shortly after purchasing a triangular lot in the area and moving on to the site in 1921. Using nothing but found objects (salvaged metal rods, cast-off pipe structures, broken bed frames)... (click to read more).

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South

Eat roadside seafood during your next beach day

Consistently good seafood (think fresh lobster, shrimp tacos, and New England clam chowder)—not to mention an unbeatable waterfront location—makes this iconic Malibu lunch and dinner spot, which first opened in 1956, a popular choice for families, beach bums, and regular old fried food lovers.

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Malibu

Visit the LA Zoo at night

See the zoo in a whole new light at this special after-hours exploration series. Those 18 and up can roam the zoo on their own or learn from pop-up zookeeper talks and live animal encounters. Unleash your own inner animal at live shows from local indie bands plus a dance party at the carousel. Or head to the petting zoo for—what else—some stand-up comedy. Local food truck faves will be on hand, along with a full bar for getting zoo-boozy.

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Take an architectural homes tour

Whether you’re interested in local history, celebrity digs or plain old house porn, we’ve got a spot for you. So get off the beaten museum track and check out these landmark architectural homes, all within a few mile radius and (mostly) open to the public.

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Beat the heat and head underground

As an Angeleno you know all the city's best places to see and be seen—from the hottest restaurants and bars to pool parties and popular hiking trails—there's bound to be a few celebrity sightings as well. Though sometimes escaping the bustling cityscape (without really leaving LA) is just what you need. Here, your list of the best places to take cover—literally—and be underground in LA.

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51–60

Make like a tourist and take a Hollywood tour

Hollywood tour options are in no short supply, from the open top vans that line the Hollywood Walk of Fame to intimate walking tours. Explore major tourist attractions and celebrity hangouts or take an offbeat look at Hollywood history. Finding that perfect one can be a challenge, especially when most Hollywood tours are, in fact, excursions through the Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills. So, we hopped aboard Tinseltown's top tour buses to find you the best tours through one of Los Angeles' most famous neighborhoods.

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Pack for a picnic at the best gourmet food stores

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.

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Try LA's spiciest dishes

We've incinerated our tongues on LA's spiciest dishes at the city's spots for the best tacos, best ramen and best Thai. Test your Scoville chops with Thai town's dynamite challenge or sink your teeth into a fire-bomb taco with our burn-your-butthole guide to the city's top spicy destinations that's guaranteed to melt your face off (and, yeah, pay the next day).

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Practice meditation at Lake Shrine

Just inland from the Pacific Coast Highway and easy to miss when you're rushing to catch the sunset, the mystical, mysterious Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine is run by a non-denominational order that welcomes visitors but doesn't proselytise to them. Set on a ten-acre site that was used as a film set during the silent era, the lovely gardens evoke old Hollywood: look out for the Dutch windmill chapel, the Mississippi houseboat and a number of gliding swans. The East, meanwhile, is represented by a gilded lotus gate enclosing a shrine that contains some of Gandhi's ashes.

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Santa Monica Free

Hear free jazz at the Original Farmers Market

The Original Farmers market doles out lots of live music during the summer season, and our favorite is probably their free jazz Thursdays. Head to the West Patio from 7 to 9pm to hear tons of new and local jazz; sit outside and order food from anywhere in the Market or the Grove to enjoy while you listen.

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Free

Make a splash at the US Open of Surfing

America’s largest pro surfing competition attracts the world’s elite, who compete for big money while wowing 200,000 beach boys and girls in Huntington Beach. Heating up the festivities are live bands, a sports expo and after-parties with the friendly locals.

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Free

Stock up on produce (and beer) at a night market

Rebranded as the new Sunset Strip Craft Beer Market, this seasonal summer market for the Hollywood set has upped its cool factor. There is still a line of fresh produce stalls from local organic farmers (new vendors are announced each year, though past participants have included Valley Center Growers, enFuso and Denny's Organic Farms). There is still a cavalcade of food trucks and entertainment, but what's new: craft breweries and wineries sampling and selling their beverages to attendees. It's the perfect way to combine grocery shopping and happy hour in one.

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Hollywood

Sweat it out at a Korean spa

Treat yourself to a few hours of relaxation in this bamboo-colored Koreatown spa. Olympic Spa offers a variety of soaking pools, spa treatments and massage services ($1/minute) for your pampering pleasure. Appointments are recommended, but bringing the hubby and kids is not. No admittance for men or under 14s. How do you say "freedom" in Korean?

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Koreatown

Get romantic at the Camera Obscura in Santa Monica

Head to the Santa Monica Senior Center (of all places), trade your photo ID for a key, then ascend a narrow staircase leading to a tiny room containing a camera obscura apparatus that’s more than 100 years old. Passersby outside are reflected in miniature on a large white disk, which you can steer for different views. Sneak a kiss in the dark as tiny strangers stroll across the disk, oblivious to your PDA.

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Santa Monica Free

Explore the city for free

Explore the many free attractions in LA—from museums to iconic landmarks and lesser-known sites, we’ve listed the best places to visit on a budget. Whether you’re looking to get outdoors, spot celebs or explore a new neighborhood, read on for must-see LA attractions. Plus, you can even get some post-eating and drinking ideas for your next wallet-friendly date night.

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61–70

Bust a move at Dance Downtown

The Music Center offers a free, joyous mashup of music and dancing all summer long, with different themes ('90s, line dancing, cumbia, etc.) and free dance lessons, plus live bands and DJs. Head to the Music Center Plaza and join in the fun—no dance experience required.

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Free

Score a deal during DineLA Restaurant Week

Twice a year, the city's eateries ramp up for a week-plus stretch of prix-fixe menus where diners can check out some of the best restaurants and best dishes in Los Angeles. During DineLA Restaurant Week, tasty meal deals can be had, and cheap eats scored. Here are our picks for the best DineLA lunch and dinner menus from our favorite participating LA restaurants.

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Take in the views from atop City Hall

The grand, white concrete tower has stood tall as a city icon since 1928, and today it's the easiest way to take in an elevated view of Downtown and beyond. If you’re ever passing through the Civic Center during public hours—weekdays 9am-5pm, enter on Main Street—then you owe yourself a visit to the 27th floor observation deck. While you're there, walk around the surrounding park and look for the 1984 Olympic torch near the Spring Street exit.

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Downtown Free

Spend a warm summer night at 626 Night Market

The midnight snacker's greatest fantasy is just a car ride away. This summer, America's largest Asian food market spans the course of Santa Anita Park's front Paddock Gardens (285 W. Huntington Drive). Come hungry, and come caffeinated—this lively market, complete with over 150 Asian street food and booze peddlers, live music, artists, films, games, and beyond, won't put itself to bed until 1am. Check out the site for more event and vendor deats.

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Dive into the best seafood restaurants

As a city by the Pacific, LA doesn't have as many seafood restaurants as one might think it would. But if you're intent on diving in to a raw bar or various seafood classics, there are plenty of good options. Whether you're looking for a special-occasion splurge or a family-style grill, LA's best seafood restaurants fit the bill.

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Check out a free show at Grand Performances

This epic (and free) outdoor concert series features live performances by artists from around the world at the gorgeous water-encompassed California Plaza stage in DTLA. Don’t miss a diverse and highly intriguing mix of musical performances, live scores, films, poetry and theater.

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Free

Lounge alfresco at LA's stylish outdoor spots

In-the-know Angelenos head to these hip open-air spots, where fashion and style take a breezy cue from LA's always-perfect weather. Whether your dream of a perfect day involves alfresco wine tastings, moonlit hikes, or dancing barefoot in the park, LA has a surfeit of stylish outdoor spots to satisfy your whims. Here are our favorite outdoor places that draw fashion and style mavens.

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Dance your pants off at underground LGBT parties

Have you had it up to here with the mainstream gay scene in Los Angeles? Never fear, because percolating just under the surface of the usual gay cruising spots and gay nightclubs is a vast reserve of unpublicized nightlife opportunities. Fueled by quality talent and promoted with discretion, these weekly, monthly and off-the-cuff events showcase the brightest and most influential new faces on the scene. Get a leg up on the competition and check out the fashions, music and artists that everyone else will be rocking six months from now at the best underground LGBT parties.

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Take a stroll through the Descanso Gardens

This delightful tribute to the horticultural magic of Southern California includes more than 600 varieties of camellia (these are best seen between the middle of February and early May, when there are around 34,000 of the plants in bloom) and some five acres of roses. There are also lilac, orchid, fern and California native plant areas, as well as a tea house donated by the Japanese-American community. The gardens host yoga classes amid the greenery.

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La Cañada Flintridge

Eat clean at LA's best vegan restaurants

The word "vegan" no longer raises eyebrows and prompts jokes about nut loaf the way it might have even a decade ago. Today, there's a smörgasbord of meat-and-dairy-free restaurants in Los Angeles: from seitan burgers by Madonna’s former personal chef to heaping platters of soul food. There are plenty of spots considered among LA's best vegan restaurants. Here, the ten best—all 100 percent vegan.

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71–75

Can't score a transatlantic ticket? Go global over brunch

In a city where the cuisine is as varied as the neighborhoods, choices are plenty. From crispy donuts dipped in condensed milk in Thai Town to lamb brain stew in the Valley—we bring you a world-tour of the morning plate at ten of the city’s tastiest international brunch restaurants.

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Discover secret street art hidden across the city

You don't need a Getty Center museum guide or a tour of LACMA to find some of the best art in LA: The city has its fair share of secret art adorning buildings, billboards and subway tunnels—all you have to do keep your eyes peeled (and check out our list below) to see undeground art in unexpected, secret places in LA.

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Stargaze for free at a Public Star Party

Want to admire the moon and constellations up close, but don’t have your own powerful telescope at home? Not to worry, Griffith Observatory has you covered with their popular (and free) monthly Public Star Parties. Head out to the Observatory’s expansive lawn among hundreds of other star enthusiasts and check out the views through a wide variety of telescopes, with savvy amateur astronomers happy to discuss what you see through their equipment. The views of celestial objects above and LA’s majestic city lights below make this a special evening for the whole family.

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Saturday December 27 2014 Free

Uncork a bottle of summer wine

Summer in LA calls for cool wines. Swap heavy reds and expensive bubblies for these refreshing—and affordable—quaffs. Whether you’re hosting a backyard BBQ or packing for a beach day, here are 12 wines for every summer shindig that are sure to be in stock at the best wine stores in LA.

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Check out summer jazz at the Bowl

Enjoy top quality jazz under the stars as part of Hollywood Bowl’s stellar Jazz at the Bowl summer lineup. Every Wednesday, attendees at the legendary venue will listen to concerts that span the genre, including the iconic, regional, unexpected and everything in between; you can count on everything from Herbie Hancock to John Legend. Do the classy night right by bringing along some picnic food and wine.

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Jack 10

"85 to be exact" ...well