The longest day of the year is upon us. Let's rage on sun. With the summer solstice comes a World Cup BBQ, endless Asian cuisine and a 100th birthday party for Huntington Beach. Grab your sunblock and get out.
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Shop your way through the weekend at the Arts District Flea in downtown Los Angeles Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Find cool handcrafted jewelry, apparel and accessories before grabbing brunch at the Arts District's new spot, Zinc. Pro tip: Instagram tons of sweet street art along the way.
When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Arts District Flea | MAP
Price: Free admission
(Photo: Eric Lo/Getty Images/Flickr RF)
In 1914, railroad magnate Henry Huntington invited George Freeth to give his surfing demonstration as part of the grand opening of the city's first concrete pier. One hundred years later, the City of Huntington Beach is known as Surf City USA. Stop by the centennial celebration Saturday for surf paddle-outs, yoga, beach cleanups and live music. Willing to spend some cash? You can participate — seasoned surfers ride vintage boards from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a $20 entry fee.
Where: Huntington Beach Pier | MAP
Price: Free; $20 to participate in surf competition
(Photo: Flickr Creative Commons)
The sun will reach its northernmost point in the sky Saturday. Celebrate the summer solstice with a four-mile walk through Los Feliz. There will be plenty of scenic views along the way as you trek staircases and trails. Highlights include two Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and the original Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn. The evening stroll ends at Griffith Observatory just in time for its summer solstice event. More info here.
When: 5:45 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Meet at Vermont/Sunset Red Line Metro Station | MAP of route
Price: Advanced tickets are $8; $15 day of | Purchase tix here
Produced by 626 Night Market — the original and largest Asian-themed night market in the U.S. — DTLA Night Market is an outdoor food, merchandise, crafts, arts and music festival. Inspired by the night bazaars of Asia, the market infuses SoCal subcultures into an epic weekend event.
When: 4 p.m. to midnight Friday; 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday
Where: 1150 S. Figueroa Street | MAP
(Photo: Scott Beale / laughingsquid.com / Flickr)
Every summer in New York City, the Upright Citizens Brigade and improvisers from around the world celebrate the life of Del Close with a three-day nonstop improv marathon. The marathon features some of the most respected improv teams in existence — and some of the craziest. Come see the latter in a special Los Angeles preview.
When: 9:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: UCB Theatre | MAP
Price: $5 | Purchase tix here
Make it a Sunday Funday at Angel City Brewery this weekend. Drink beer and eat popsicles while enjoying a lineup of live music. Be sure to sample Lolo, the brewery's Loquat Summer Seasonal beer. See a schedule of music here.
When: Noon Sunday
Where: Angel City Brewery | MAP
Price: Free | $20 donation encouraged
You've still got time to visit the Hollywood Fringe Festival, L.A.'s annual community event celebrating freedom of expression. Performances cover everything from dance to dark humor. Check out Survivor's Guilt, a comedy about a struggling writer who can't seem to get his novel published. (The play features one of KPCC's very own, Becca Murray.) Or if you're looking for something a bit quirkier, LAist recommends these six shows. "Bronies: The Musical"? We're so in. To see a list of films, click here.
When: Various times through June 29 | See shows here
Where: Various venues around L.A.| See a list here
Price: Tickets start at $10
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Surround yourself with other soccer fans and watch the USA vs. Portugal game on the patio at 1739 Public House on Sunday. The Los Feliz bar is hosting an all-day outdoor BBQ. Swing by for booze, food and the World Cup playing on large projectors — oh, and don't forget to send us your best #WorldCupSelfie.
When: Doors open 9 a.m. Sunday; game starts at 3 p.m.
Where: 1739 Public House | MAP
Price: Admission is free
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