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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

Photograph: Benny Haddad
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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

Summer music festivals in and near L.A.
Music

Summer music festivals in and near L.A.

Not all summer music festivals require a road trip to the desert.

75 things to do in the summer
Things to do

75 things to do in the summer

We've got you covered with a list—75 to be exact—of ways to make the most of an LA summer.

The best free things to do in L.A. this summer
Things to do

The best free things to do in L.A. this summer

"Free" and "summer" go together like coffee and donuts, or ice cream and another scoop of ice cream.

All of L.A.'s outdoor movies in one calendar
Movies

All of L.A.'s outdoor movies in one calendar

Your guide to the best spots to watch outdoor screenings of classics and new releases under the stars, for all ages.

Summer concerts in L.A.
Music

Summer concerts in L.A.

Get out your calendars: Your guide to the best summer concerts of 2017 has arrived.

The best hot dogs in Los Angeles
Restaurants

The best hot dogs in Los Angeles

Check out our guide to the best hot dogs in LA—it's basically your civic duty.

The best summer activities for kids in Los Angeles
Things to do

The best summer activities for kids in Los Angeles

Fill up your kiddos' summer with these great warm-weather activities faster than you can say "I'm bored!"

The best swimming pools for kids in L.A.
Kids

The best swimming pools for kids in L.A.

Los Angeles has plenty of beautiful beaches to cool off at on hot summer days, but sometimes it can be a bigger headache than you want to deal with—loading your car, traffic, crowds and those pesky sharks you always fear once you're in the water. Thankfully there are also great swimming pools for kids throughout the area. And no, you won't find raging pool parties at these spots; these pools will allow your kids to have some good ol' fashion fun this summer. So when you're looking for some summer acitivities for kids, consider these swimming pools. 

Relax on the beach
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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.

The best ice cream in Los Angeles
Restaurants

The best ice cream in Los Angeles

When temperatures climb and the Santa Ana winds roll in, treat yourself to the city's tastiest frozen treats.

Eat and drink outside

The best outdoor dining in L.A.
Restaurants

The best outdoor dining in L.A.

The best restaurant patios and outdoor dining spots.

Best rooftop bars in L.A.
Bars

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.

The best picnic ideas in Los Angeles
Things to do

The best picnic ideas in Los Angeles

From where to buy picnic food to the best spots to roll out the blanket, we've got you covered.

Best summer cocktails
Bars

Best summer cocktails

Enjoy the season with these summer cocktails in Los Angeles

Things to do outdoors

The 18 best parks in Los Angeles
Things to do

The 18 best parks in Los Angeles

Roll out a blanket or take a stroll through 18 of the best (and free) parks in Los Angeles.

Best hikes with city views
Things to do

Best hikes with city views

In a city where open space is sparse and the sprawl can feel endless, climb up to escape from it all.

Guide to Shakespeare by the Sea 2016
Theater

Guide to Shakespeare by the Sea 2016

Shakespeare by the Sea produces free Shakespearean plays in parks throughout LA

Best botanical gardens and hidden oases
Things to do

Best botanical gardens and hidden oases

We've rounded up some of our favorites, from botanical gardens in the San Gabriel Valley to hidden oases in the Hollywood Hills.

5 summer camps for adults in California
Things to do

5 summer camps for adults in California

These five summer camps will let you step away from your iPhone and pick up a tennis racket, canoe paddle or marshmallow instead.

The 9 best public pools
Things to do

The 9 best public pools

Dive into these public pools when you need a break from the summer beach crowds.

5 great places to have a bonfire
Blog

5 great places to have a bonfire

There isn't a much more quintessential California experience than having a bonfire on the beach while watching the sunset.

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More things to do in the summer

Free things to do in LA
Things to do

Free things to do in LA

Use this guide to find free things to do in LA when you need a budget-friendly day out.

The 50 best summer songs ever made
Music

The 50 best summer songs ever made

Whether you're hitting LA's best beaches and pool parties, or cruising PCH with the top down, turn it up and let’s make this the best summer ever.

The 15 most epic surf movies
Movies

The 15 most epic surf movies

Whether you're a Downtown-dweller who's never been on a board or a beach bum who rides waves every morning, there's no denying the pull of the surf.

84 Los Angeles attractions for tourists and natives alike
Things to do

84 Los Angeles attractions for tourists and natives alike

Discover ways to fall in love with the city all over again in our extensive list of Los Angeles attractions.

101 things to do in Los Angeles
Things to do

101 things to do in Los Angeles

Looking for things to do in Los Angeles? We've got you covered with tons of options—101, to be exact.

Summer trips

Santa Barbara
Things to do

Santa Barbara

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

Catalina Island
Things to do

Catalina Island

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

Ojai
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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
Things to do

Staycation guide

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

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