6 things to do in SoCal this weekend

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The heat wave is cooling off just in time for the weekend. Take advantage of the long summer days with some of these all-day events, including not one but two music festivals. Let the day partying begin.


Studio Ghibli Pop-Up Opening Party

WHEN: Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: JapanLA, 7320 Melrose Ave. MAP
COST: Free

The beloved characters of the Japanese animation powerhouse, Studio Ghibli, are coming to L.A. JapanLA is hosting an opening party for the pop-up shop complete with a Totoro photo booth, giveaways of exclusive products and a food truck serving shaved ice and boba drinks. Meet other fans of films like "Totoro," "Spirited Away" and "Howl's Moving Castle."


Rivera Village Summer Festival


WHEN: Saturday, June 24 - Sunday, June 25, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
WHERE: South Redondo Beach MAP
COST: Free

Celebrate summer at this huge festival just one block from the beach. There will be arts and crafts stalls, an international-themed food court, and carnival rides for the kids. The eclectic lineup of live performances at two stages includes hula dancing, Star Wars Stormtroopers and rock bands.


Sing-a-long Sound of Music


WHEN: Saturday, June 24, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hollywood Bowl MAP
COST: Tickets starting at $12 Get tickets

This hugely popular event is back. Join thousands of yodelers in singing some favorites from the classic movie musical "The Sound of Music." There's an hour-and-a-half pre-show of trivia and performances before the film begins at 8 p.m. Don't worry if you don't know all the words to the songs; there's subtitles!

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Gold Line Pub Crawl

WHEN: Saturday, June 22, 10:30 AM - 2:00 AM
WHERE: Various locations
COST: Free

In honor of L.A. Beer Week, grab your Metro card for a little day drinking. It's the fourth annual Gold Line Pub Crawl featuring eight local breweries, including the Arts District Brewing Co. and Iron Triangle Brewing Co. 


Arroyo Seco Weekend


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WHEN: Saturday, June 24 - Sunday, June 25
WHERE: Rose Bowl Stadium MAP
COST: $125 for one day passes, $225 for the entire weekend Get tickets

From the team that puts on Coachella, a new music festival is coming to Brookside Park outside of the Rose Bowl.  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers headline on Saturday and Mumford & Sons finish out the festival on Sunday night. Other artists playing at the three stages include Alabama Shakes, Weezer, and The Shins.


Uptown Jazz Festival


WHEN: Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Houghton Park, Long Beach MAP
COST: Free

If you're not looking to drop a couple hundred dollars on the Arroyo Seco Music Festival this weekend, check out this free alternative in Long Beach. Six jazz acts are playing at Houghton Park, including Elaine Gibbs, a finalist on Season 1 of the X Factor, and the SoCal-based bands DW3 and Ozomatli. If that's not enough to satisfy your music cravings, hop over to the Long Beach Bayou Festival for jazz and blues music, a crawfish eating contest, and a Mardi Gras parade.


How are you spending your weekend? Let us know on Twitter @inkwaves and @LeoHasACat.