Point Dume beach, photo from flickr
Happy June everyone! I haven't blogged in a while because I've been really busy, but I got a recent inquiry from a reader (Thanks John!) about things to do in L.A. this summer, and it inspired me to share with you my summer list. Click on the titles to be directed to their websites.
Grand Performances, photo by downtownLA
Grand Performances offers free musical performances and films in Downtown throughout the summer.
Photo from MadeUpDisease
All summer long, Cinespia hosts weekend movie screenings on the lawn of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. You can bring a picnic and blankets too, but no tall lawn chairs. It's a $10 donation at the gate. They just showed Purple Rain (ah, I really wanted to go to that one!) and Beetlejuice. Coming up is Blow Up, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Midnight Cowboy. Get on their mailing list to learn about the upcoming screenings.
Photo from GreatOC
The Orange County Great Park offers free hot air balloon rides Thursday to Sunday. It's first come first served, and it flies up to 400 feet up in the air. The balloon doesn't go anywhere (it's tethered to the ground).
Photo from LAstheplace
Ever wondered what it's like to sky dive? Universal Studios lets you experience the sensation of free falling without the risk. You take a safety course and then get a few minutes in the see-through wind tunnel.
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One of my friends told me about this (thanks Jason!). They have locations in Anaheim and Torrance. For $20, you can experience a 14 lap race in an electric go kart. No experience necessary--just drive and go! They also host birthday parties.
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Mexican wrestling, ring girls, little people, burlesque dancers and drag queens come together for one crazy theatrical night... Or so I hear... They have upcoming shows on June 23rd and 24th. Get ring side seats ($55) for the most fun.
Photo from L.A. Times
Bob Baker has created an amazing institution here. Admission is $20, and children under 2 are free. The current show is "Musical World" and shows are offered Tuesday-Sunday.
Photo from Laist
On the second Thursday of every month, art galleries throughout downtown open their doors to the public. The event is free. This is one of those things you must do if you live in L.A... and I can't believe I haven't done it yet!
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I hear this place gets really busy and noisy with youngsters, but if you have time in an off-hour (maybe really early in the morning?) then take advantage of this beautiful free beach house in Santa Monica. They also offer yoga, concerts, beach volleyball and other "beach culture" events.
Featuring multi-disciplinary artists in downtown's Little Tokyo, the Tuesday Night Project is held on the first and third Tuesday of the month for free.
Photo from nswest
The Old Town Music Hall offers silent movies accompanied by the Mighty WurliTzer. Shows are Friday-Sunday, $8.
Other Things To Do:
The M*A*S*H Hike in Malibu Creek State Park: Where they filmed the popular t.v. show
El Matador State Beach in Malibu: Lots of wildlife here
Glendale Community College Planetarium: Ah, I'm a sucker for planetariums. This is supposed to rival the one at Griffith Observatory.
Geffen Playhouse: Lots of plays here featuring famous actors and actresses.
Point Dume, Malibu: Tide pools!