Summer 2014 has not been boring. Here are some outdoor events that Emily and I have been going to that we recommend to all. All of these events are best enjoyed in the company of your favorite people and with a picnic basket filled with your favorite foods. Don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray. Photos by Emily after the break!
Starlight Bowl Summer Concert Series
- booze friendly (no hard liquor)
$15 and up for tickets. $8 parking. If you live in Los Angeles and haven’t been to the Starlight Bowl in Burbank, you’re missing out. It’s kinda like the Hollywood Bowl’s kid brother. You’re probably not going to see The Beatles here, but you will see a terrific Beatles tribute band. Emily and my family have come for a couple concerts over the past two summers and have always had a good time. Most recently we saw The Fab Four (the aforementioned Beatles tribute band) and they were great. Stadium seats are more expensive than lawn seats (still pretty cheap all things considered), but the lawn is where most people want to be anyway.
Latin Sounds @ LACMA on Saturdays
booze, bike, and dog friendly
FREE! Live bands, picnics, and salsa dancing. Found out about this last year when I didn’t know jack about latin jazz and I fell in love with all of it. The music, the dancing, and most of all the people. Even if you don’t do the dancing, you can lay out on the lawn and listen to some great music and just hang out. One of my favorite summer events in LA.
Eat. See. Hear.
- not generally booze friendly
- bike and dog friendly
$10-20. A must for movie lovers. Outdoor movies on a huge inflatable screen in various places around Los Angeles. Food trucks come in, but you can bring your own food (and sometimes booze depending on the venue). For better or worse, the show opens with a live band. Recently we’ve seen When Harry Met Sally at Santa Monica High School and Jaws at the Autry Museum.
We took our bikes for a trip around Venice Beach before we settled at Santa Monica High School to watch a movie. Of the three events I’ve listed, this is probably the most outspokenly bike friendly event, so try to plan a day of pedaling instead of driving. Parking at most of these events can be a bummer and all of the venues are in communities that are great for biking around.
More of Emily’s amazing photos…
Dinner at the drive-ins. Mission Tiki. Montclair, California. June 7, 2014.