Things to do

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


By Michael Juliano

Posted: Monday May 14 2018


Photograph: Benny Haddad
Runyon Canyon

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.

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

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 L.A. summer.

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

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.

Get out your calendars: Your guide to the best summer concerts of 2018 has arrived.

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 burgers in Los Angeles

There’s a little rumor going around that Los Angeles subsists on kale and juice cleanses. In a word: Nope.

The best hot dogs in Los Angeles

Check out our guide to the best hot dogs in L.A.—it’s basically your civic duty.

The best swimming pools for kids in L.A.

When you’re looking for some summer acitivities for kids, consider these swimming pools. 

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

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

Swimming holes near Los Angeles

Reward yourself with a dip in one of these swimming holes this summer.

The best outdoor adventures in Los Angeles

For those times when you’re craving an adrenaline rush, here are the top outdoor adventures Los Angeles has to offer.

14 tasty summer cocktails

We drank our way through seasonally savvy cocktail bars to find the most refreshing summer drinks in L.A.

The best pool parties in Los Angeles

Lounge (or dance) by the pool, music in ear and cocktail in hand, at these rooftop pool parties.

Your guide to L.A.’s canyons

Fill up your gas tank and head for the hills.

Eat and drink outside

The best outdoor dining in L.A.

The best restaurant patios and outdoor dining spots.

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

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

Best summer cocktails

Enjoy the season with these summer cocktails in Los Angeles.