California in the summer months is a great place to have a vacation, especially as they have many great outdoor festivals. If you like experiencing the sunshine along with music, art, films, and food then plan your holiday to one or maybe more of these amazing festivals and outdoor events.
Outdoor Movies in Los Angeles
Make your way to a variety of Los Angeles locations to celebrate a love of film. You might end up on the beach, in a park, on a roof or even a cemetery. No matter where you choose to be the atmosphere will be electric. Remember to take a few drinks and nibbles to enjoy on your deck chair or blanket. Always book tickets in advance as screenings can be sold out!
Rooftop Cinemas: Guess where these take place? Yep, on the rooftops of LEVEL and NeueHouse. The movie is shown every day until July 31. For more details see the website.
Moonlight Movies on the Beach: These free movies start at 8 pm and include all your favorite childhood films like The Lion King and Weird Science. Showings take place every Tuesday until August 21. The screenings are held at various beaches throughout the LA area.
Cinespia Cemetery Screenings: At the Hollywood Forever Cemetery watch a classic movie like Footloose and The Lost Boys. Dates vary so always check the website. Films start at 9 pm and tickets cost $16.
Summer Music Festivals in Los Angeles
Enjoy the sunshine along with some great music during your stay in Los Angeles. It will be so much fun, you’ll probably want to relocate and live there forever.
Splash House: From Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12 experience well-known dance acts, and incredible DJ sets. Forget about queuing for stinky porto-potty toilets and food trucks, the $115-day tickets include access to air-conditioned rooms and a top-quality restaurant mere steps away from the buzzing party scene. To check out the lineup and set times, click here.
All My Friends Music Festival: For a music festival, you will not forget, head to Downtown LA, ROW DTLA, for the first ‘All My Friends’ music festival taking place over two days, August 18 – 19. Music will include bands and artists from the world of hip-hop, R&B and dance. Headliners are RL Grime, Gucci Mane and Jhene Aiko on Saturday and M.I.A., Jamie xx and Armand Van Helden finish the festival in style on Sunday.
You need to be 18 and over to attend and tickets are $119 for a two-day pass costs and $249 if you want to be a VIP.
Jazz Ash: The J. Paul Getty Museum will be holding a free Jazz concert on the weekend of August 4-5. Pack a picnic and comfy seating for you and family to enjoy an afternoon and evening on the garden’s lawn.
Tip: For free summer music events, check the local radio stations website.
Outdoor Theatre Events in Los Angeles
Celebrate a love of live dramatics at a summer festival of theatre. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum will be performing ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’, ‘The Crucible’, ‘The Chalk Garden’ and ‘Haiti’ throughout the summer. Also, check out the calendar for the John Anson Ford Theatre.
Beer Festivals in Los Angeles
Beer festivals are only for those who are 21 and older. Even if you look older always take your photo ID. Whenever you drink remember to drink responsibly. Here are some drinking tips to stay safe from preventionlane.com.
Get Wild: Are you a party animal? Head to the L.A. Zoo for the 8th annual Brew at the Zoo. On Aug. 3 the zoo will keep its gates open until 11 pm for you to have a unique experience. Take a night-time stroll around the 113-acre home to over 1000 animals. Enjoy the animals and the zookeeper talks, with a beer in hand. Sample the beer from local breweries. Prices begin at $55, a VIP ticket costs $165. Book your tickets in advance online for the cheapest options.
Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup: This beer festival, situated less than 70km from central L.A., returns for its 5th annual appearance at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, on July 14-15. The $55 ticket includes admission to the OC Fair, unlimited tastings, a souvenir glass and much more including music and games. There will be more than 80 craft beers available for tasting, including beer from Four Sons Brewing, Unsung Brewing Co., and Belching Beaver. There are three sessions available to enjoy the experience. They are Saturday 14 July 12 pm – 4 pm or 6 pm – 10 pm and Sunday 15 July 12 pm – 4 pm.
With plenty to do over the summer, its bound to be a memorable one!