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9 ways to soak up the SoCal sun this weekend

A hot day with people on the beach in Santa Monica.
A hot day with people on the beach in Santa Monica.
Photograph by Peter C (aka pchiu) via Flickr Creative Commons

It's Friday already?

Whether your four-day work week dragged on or zoomed by, the weekend is here and it's heating up. We've got nine ways for you to soak up this SoCal weekend.


1. Summerfest 

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A weekend of free concerts? No wonder Summerfest in has been a Brea tradition for years. This year's lineup includes tribute bands singing the hits of No Doubt, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin, among others. Between the free live music, check out the carnival rides and nosh on some fair food. Pro tip: Want to ride the Ferris wheel, the merry-go-round and the Starship 3000? You'll need a ride wristband. Buy them in advance advance here

When: Friday, June 3 - Sunday, June 5 | Event Schedule 

Where: St. Angela Merici Parish School, Brea. | MAP

Price: Free 


2. Grand Central Market Summer Nights Kickoff 

Grand Central Market in DTLA.
Grand Central Market in DTLA.
Nathan Solis

During the summer, the constantly evolving downtown market is staying open until 10 p.m. To kick off the Summer Nights music series, The California Feetwarmers will perform ragtime tunes at the Market. Throughout the summer, enjoy happy hour from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday at vendors throughout the market. Other events include weekly Trivia Tuesdays, outdoor movie screenings on Wednesdays, Drag Queen Bingo on Thursdays and live music and DJs every weekend. Click here to see the full schedule.  

When: Friday, June 3 | Market open until 10 p.m. nightly

Where: Grand Central Market, downtown L.A.

Price: Free 

Here are some highlights on what to expect from some of the food vendors:

La Tostaderia has been at Grand Central Market for 10 years and is still serving up innovative Mexican dishes with elevated flair. "Mexicans, we can do more than regular tacos," owner and chef Fernando Villagomez told KPCC.

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La Tostaderia at Grand Central Market serves seafood like these octopus, scallop, shrimp and vegetable skewers.
La Tostaderia at Grand Central Market serves seafood like these octopus, scallop, shrimp and vegetable skewers.
Jessica Hamlin
Grand Central Market's La Tostaderia has been serving seafood and Mexican dishes with flair, like these oysters with pico de gallo and Oaxaca cheese, since 2006.
Grand Central Market's La Tostaderia has been serving seafood and Mexican dishes with flair, like these oysters with pico de gallo and Oaxaca cheese, since 2006.
Jessica Hamlin

 

The Oyster Gourmet will take you out to sea, in a good way, with fresh Sol Azul oysters and seaweed salad with Bay scallops.

The Oyster Gourmet at Grand Central Market serves fresh oysters and ocean cuisine including seaweed salad with bay scallops marinated in citrus broth.
The Oyster Gourmet at Grand Central Market serves fresh oysters and ocean cuisine including seaweed salad with bay scallops marinated in citrus broth.
Jessica Hamlin

 

Continue your culinary journey at Berlin Currywurst with paprika sausage in a tomato-based sauce that has been a traditional German street food for decades. The owner is a Berlin native and the organic tomato-based sauce is a family recipe. They even have tofu for the veg inclined.

Berlin Currywurst at Grand Central Market was started by a Berlin native who uses family recipes.
Berlin Currywurst at Grand Central Market was started by a Berlin native who uses family recipes.
Jessica Hamlin

 

Bombo Foods, created by renowned chef Mark Peel, takes fast, fresh comfort food to the next level. They even teased one of their Summer Nights offerings. 

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At Belcampo Meat Co. you can be confident about exactly where their local, organic, grass-fed meat is sourced and every step along the way from farm to plate. No mystery meat allowed—and you can taste the difference.  

Belcampo Meat Co. serves local, organic, grass fed meat they process themselves. Peppercorn steak with crispy french fries and pork with a hearty side of mushroom are some of their Grand Central Market offerings.
Belcampo Meat Co. serves local, organic, grass fed meat they process themselves. Peppercorn steak with crispy french fries and pork with a hearty side of mushroom are some of their Grand Central Market offerings.
Jessica Hamlin

Spanish spot Bar Moruno is opening its newest location at Grand Central Market, serving marinated meat skewers and sandwiches, flavorful plant-based options and playful bites like anchovy “lollipops” with pickled vegetables.

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You may start speaking Italian after taking a bite of Knead & Co.’s handmade roasted pepper rigatoni with Bolognese sauce. Trust us—it’s worth the carbs.

Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market, helmed by star chef Bruce Kalman, serves handmade from-scratch dishes with local ingredients, like roasted red pepper rigatoni with bolognese sauce.
Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market, helmed by star chef Bruce Kalman, serves handmade from-scratch dishes with local ingredients, like roasted red pepper rigatoni with bolognese sauce.
Jessica Hamlin

Though not open late for summer nights, Press Brothers Juicery’s lavender lemonade or watermelon mint “Refresh”—like pure, refreshing slushies sweetened only with fruit juice—are worth the trip and will definitely help you chill this summer.

Press Brothers Juicery also serves refreshing slushies like lavender lemonade and watermelon mint, sweetened only with fruit juice.
Press Brothers Juicery also serves refreshing slushies like lavender lemonade and watermelon mint, sweetened only with fruit juice.
Jessica Hamlin

 


3. Dance Downtown: Bollywood

When in doubt, dance it out. That's the philosophy behind this series of summer dance parties held every other Friday. The fun starts with an evening devoted to Bollywood. Beginners can take a free dance lesson before hopping on the open dance floor and shimmying to tunes spun by a live DJ. Pro tips: The event is free but parking is $9. Tables and chairs will be available so leave yours at home. 

When: Friday, June 3, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Where: Music Center Plaza, downtown L.A. | MAP

Price: Free 


4. 'Top Gun,' Treats and Trivia

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As a part of a series of cult classic screenings at historic theaters around L.A., "Top Gun" hits the big screen at one of L.A.'s most gorgeous vintage movie palaces. Put on your aviator sunglasses and take pictures with "Top Gun" props, dance to '80s jams and snack on old-school candies before the show. After, head to Clifton's Cafeteria with your movie ticket for free trivia and a drink discount. 

When: Saturday, June 4, 8:00 p.m.

Where: Los Angeles Theatre, downtown L.A. | MAP

Price: Tickets are $22 | Get Tickets


5. L.A. Bread Festival

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Follow the smell of freshly baked bread to downtown L.A. for the 2nd annual L.A. Bread Festival. The two-day carbo-load offers an array of free workshops where you can learn to make pita bread or no-knead bread. Plus, you can sample the offerings from tons of vendors including Clark Street Bread and Horse Thief BBQ. If you're not convinced, DTLA Cheese will offer "butter flights" to pair with your breads. 

When: Saturday, June 4 - Sunday, June 5, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: Grand Central Market, downtown L.A. | MAP

Price: Free | Register for classes 


6. Hot Wheels Garage Event

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Both toy-sized and life-sized Hot Wheels will be on display so you can unleash your inner child and play with without judgement. You can even take a test drive. As if that isn't enough to induce childhood nostalgia, a face painter and balloon artists will be on site, as will special Hot Wheels ice cream sundaes. 

When: Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Where: Automobile Driving Museum, El Segundo. | MAP 

Price: Adults $10, kids 10-15 $5, kids under 10 are free


7. NKLA/Best Friends Super Adoption Weekend

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Find your new furry friend among thousands at this huge pet adoption event. More than 50 LA-area rescues and shelters will band together so you can take home a dog or cat for as low as $10. If you need more of an incentive, the adoption kits include pet food, leashes, collars and more.

When: Saturday, June 4 - Sunday, June 5, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Where: The Autry in Griffith Park, northeast L.A. | MAP

Price: Free


8. Pacific Islander Festival

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If you can't afford to take a tropical vacation, this may be the next best thing. Celebrate the many cultures of the Pacific Islands. See live Samoan dancing, learn how to make Maori poi balls, string your own lei and more. Marshallese weavers will also be there so you can get a first hand look at their traditional craftwork. For the full itinerary, click here. 

When: Saturday, June 4 - Sunday, June 5, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach. | MAP

Price: Included with admission to the aquarium, $30 | Get Tickets


9. Coast, Santa Monica Open Streets Festival

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If you haven't yet taken a ride on the new Expo Line, here's an excuse. About two miles of streets around the downtown Santa Monica station will be closed off to cars for pedestrians and bikers. This CicLAvia-esque event will give Angelenos a chance to discover local arts and culture, learn about sustainability and more. Various hubs will be spread along the route on Main Street, Ocean Avenue and Colorado with activities produced by local businesses and organizations. For a full list of street closures, click here. Pro tip: Stay hydrated. This weekend's heat wave will be brutal. 

When: Sunday, June 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Where: Various streets in Santa Monica by the pier | MAP

Price: Free


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