Arts & Entertainment

Free weekend? World Cup, summer solstice and DTLA Night Market

Photo by Tyler Merbler via Flickr Creative Commons

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. 

Here's everything you need to know: 



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


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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.  

When: Events all weekend | International Aurfing Day 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; Commemoration 11 a.m. Sunday

Where: Huntington Beach Pier | MAP

Price: Free; $20 to participate in surf competition


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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 

4. DTLA Night Market

@626nightmarket in Insta

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

Price: $7 in advance, $10 at the door; children 6 and under are free | Purchase tix here


(Photo: Scott Beale / / 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


The Maybe Somedays play at 4 p.m.

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


FringeTV: Fringe Central

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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