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June 2022 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our June 2022 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite concerts

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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Looking for things to do in L.A.? You’ll find plenty in our June events calendar. We’re talking outdoor movie screenings, museum exhibitions, live theater and plenty of Pride events. That’s, of course, in addition to fun-in-the-sun staples like going to the beach, hiking or even lounging on a rooftop. As the weather warms up, head outdoors for this month’s big events and festivals.  

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2022

  • Art
  • Film and video
  • price 2 of 4
  • Little Tokyo

At some point, you should probably read the materials lists for each one of Pipilotti Rist’s installations. Because that’s the only way you’d know that the garments in the entrance’s 29 Palms Chandelier are specifically used underpants, or that, yes, those lampshades in the glowing strands of Pixel Forest are indeed labia-shaped. But save all that reading for after your visit, because “Pipilotti Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor” crafts such a surreal, fully-realized world using projections and furniture that it’s best to just completely give in to its colorful, curious city and mull it all over later (as you undoubtedly will). Everything seems so purposefully fit for the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA that you might not even realize the works here span more than three decades: Rist’s retrospective has wrapped everything up in a layout that uses alleyways and house exteriors to link together psychedelically-decorated living rooms and curving hallways of curtains. Everything feels alive. There’s something waiting around every corner, whether a warehouse-wall–sized video projection or a top-down diorama of a bedroom that’s been been ripped open by the moon, and the pieces are always accompanied by sounds to pull you forward: birds chirping, water dripping, leaves rustling, a spectral cover of “Wicked Game.” The focus is on visuals, though, and the oddly hypnotic draw of a screen. Rist’s often female-form–inspired projections play out across every canvas size: tucked into books

  • Art
  • Film and video
  • price 2 of 4
  • Miracle Mile

“Hayao Miyazaki,” which opens with the Academy Museum’s debut on September 30, features over 300 storyboards, concept images and backgrounds, many of them on display outside of Studio Ghibli’s Tokyo headquarters for the first time. It pulls from the director’s 11 feature films, with a particularly strong tilt toward My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away as well as his lush, enchanted forest settings. Find out more in our full preview of the exhibit.

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  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • price 2 of 4
  • Miracle Mile

Play “Q” for the day at this assembly of some of the most famous gadget-adorned vehicles to appear in 007 films. The Petersen has put together a collection of 30 cars, motorcycles, boats, submarines, helicopters and scale filming models of aircraft from six decades of James Bond movies. Highlights include the 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 Submarine from The Spy Who Loved Me, a 1999 BMW Z8 from The World Is Not Enough and the 2019 Aston Martin DB10 from Spectre.

  • Things to do
  • Festivals
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  • Griffith Park

Art, athletics, music, food, dance, performances and shopping merge at the American Indian Arts Marketplace, a weekend-long event that is the largest of its kind in Southern California. The festival brings together more than 200 Native American artists (representing more than 40 tribes) for the annual showcase. Highlights of the weekend will include a variety of authentic contemporary and traditional arts and crafts sold directly by the artists as well as artist demonstrations.

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  • Theater
  • Musicals
  • price 3 of 4
  • Downtown

In this captivating original musical, high school student Evan Hansen is thrust into social relevance after a classmate's suicide. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s score combines well-crafted lyrics with an exciting pop sound, and Steven Levenson’s book gives all the characters shaded motives. Read the review of its run on Broadway.

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