Few places in the world rival summer in sunny LA. With pristine beaches, mountains for miles, world-class dining, outdoor concerts, and plenty of nightlife, you’ll need eight days a week to even scratch the surface of all that the City of Angels has to offer. Not to worry, we’ve narrowed down the 10 best things to do, to guarantee an excellent summer:
Move over Coachella, on August 27th and 28th the annual FYF Fest will take over Exposition Park for an epic two days of music. Headliners include everyone from Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Grace Jones, LCD Soundsystem, and many more.
Surfing in Malibu
Some of the globe’s best surf sessions can be had just a short drive up the coast. This quiet beach town offers plenty of world-class waves, plus a healthy dose of quintessential California beach culture.
This massive entertainment district includes a bowling alley, The Grammy Museum, nightclubs and music venues. There’s also the STAPLES Center for endless entertainment, which can be enjoyed in style at Hyde Lounge.
SLS Beverly Hills
Tell all your friends you went away for the weekend then hunker down at SLS Beverly Hills to relax, dine and spa to your heart’s content.
Doheny Room Cocktails
With floor-to-ceiling windows, an upscale, tropical vibe, and excellent cocktails on offer, Doheny Room is LA’s newest, and hottest place to both dine and drink right now.
Grand Central Market
Downtown LA’s Grand Central Market is a sprawling food lover’s paradise. Opened in 1917, here you can feast on everything from tacos to pastrami on rye to European espresso. This summer the market is open late until 10 pm, for special programming like live music and a massive happy hour. Come hungry!
The recently opened Broad Museum is the brainchild of mega-collectors Eli and Edythe Broad. An architectural feat in itself, the rotating exhibitions, like the current Cindy Sherman show, are well worth a visit.
Outdoor Movie Night at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
It doesn’t get much cooler (or creepier—it is in a cemetery) than this when it comes to outdoor movie experiences. There are pre-show DJs, themed photo booths, and a sold out July 2nd screening of Purple Rain.
KCRW Presents Summer Nights
Every Thursday in July for four weeks at the Hammer Museum, musicians and KCRW DJs will take over the museum’s courtyard. Acts like Peanut Butter Wolf and Mndsgn will perform, galleries will stay open until 9 pm, and a cash bar and food will be on hand.