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



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Bust a move at Dance Downtown

  • Free

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.

  1. 210 W Temple St
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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.


Take in the views from atop City Hall

  • Free

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.


Spend a warm summer night at 626 Night Market

  • Price band: 1/4

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.


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.


Check out a free show at Grand Performances

  • Free

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.

  1. 350 S Grand Ave
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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.


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.


Take a stroll through the Descanso Gardens

  • Price band: 1/4

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.


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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