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Your guide to things to do in the summer in Los Angeles

Head outdoors, eat an ice cream cone, crash a pool party and discover more things to do in the summer

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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Los Angeles may have great weather throughout the year, but summer is arguably the best season in Los Angeles. Sure, we do Halloween parties and Christmas lights pretty good, but we do summer even better with longer days, cooler nights and an endless list of things to do in the city. So get excited for the season with our comprehensive roundup of fun events and things to do in the summer in Los Angeles, including the best beaches, sunniest spots for day drinking, seasonal things to do and more.

Things to do in the summer

Relax on the beach

Relax on the beach

From Venice and Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach and Playa Vista, here are the top spots to sunbathe, surf and play.

Eat and drink outside

Best rooftop bars in L.A.

Best rooftop bars in L.A.

Check out L.A.’s best bars with a view, from Venice’s beachside sunsets to rooftop bars with city views over the Strip.

Things to do outdoors

More things to do in the summer

Summer trips

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara

The wealthy resort town of Santa Barbara is almost too perfect to be true—and boy, does it know it.

Catalina Island

Catalina Island

If you’re looking for weekend getaways out of L.A., Santa Catalina Island is a close and beautiful bet.

Ojai

Ojai

The cozy, pastoral town of Ojai is a unique mix of old-school hippies and the new-school folks that are working to make that scene hip again.

Staycation guide

Staycation guide

We know that sometimes you just need a break from living in L.A.…without actually leaving.