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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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.


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.


Stargaze for free at a Public Star Party

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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.

  1. 2800 E Observatory Road
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Get your mind blown at James Turrell: A Retrospective

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Visionary artist and Pasadena native James Turrell started his career looking to transform light into the subject of art, rather than just a way to illuminate other things. The results have proven a unique perceptual experience for viewers that challenges the essence of how they see. In this retrospective of his work—the first in nearly 30 years—see 50 of his pieces. Get lost in the collection of early light projections, holograms and immersive light installations, as well as a peek at his current project, the Roden Crater, to be set in Flagstaff.

  1. 5905 Wilshire Blvd
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Make like a true Angeleno and check out summer Jazz at the Bowl

  • Price band: 2/4

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 (Herbie Hancock), regional (Dr. John’s New Orleans cool), unexpected (Queen Latifah singing, Steve Martin playing the banjo!) and everything in between, with fantastic instrumentation and lovely vocals. Do the classy night right by bringing along some picnic food and wine.

  1. 2301 N Highland Avenue
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