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Your Ultimate Guide To June: 20 Cool Events Happening In Los Angeles

First Fridays ends for the season on June 5 with live music by Chicano Batman, Avid Dancer and Hanni El Khatib. (Image: Courtesy of the Natural History Museum)
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We found a number of notable happenings in June to help plan your social calendar. Read on for all our event picks and details. Did we miss something? Add your event in our comments section.

All Month

BOWL SEASON: It’s almost time to avoid driving Highland at all costs: The Hollywood Bowl officially opens on June 20 when Journey plays a full-length set with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra to benefit the LA Phil and its education/community programs. Fireworks follow. But another Bowl tradition happens the weekend before, when the Playboy Jazz Festival on June 13-14 with traditional and not-so-traditional jazz acts (Ozomatli, Aloe Blacc are on the bill). Check out the full lineup for the wide range of music genres.

June 1-7

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EATS: Now in its fifth year, The Oinkster’s annual Burger Week returns to the Eagle Rock (and the Hollywood location for the first time) with seven new creations, each served for one-day only. If you're stomach and cholesterol counts can handle eating all seven burgers during the week, you’ll get a Burgerlord t-shirt and bragging rights. For the first time this year, too, the Oinkster is offering one-day drink specials to accompany the new creations, as well as a brew created by Highland Park Brewing for the week.


Kids in the Hall returns to L.A. this week. (Image: Courtesy of KITH and Ace Hotel)
June 2

COMEDY: The Canadian sketch comedy troupe, The Kids in the Hall, returns to L.A. with a live gig at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on June 2. The Rusty and Ready tour features the comedy talents of Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson. Tickets: $49.50.

June 4-28

THEATER: The sixth annual Hollywood Fringe Festival begins Thursday, June 4 and runs through June 28 with more than 1,400 performances of nearly 300 arts productions at dozens of venues in Hollywood. The big opening night party is being held on June 10 at 7 pm at Fringe Central (6510 Santa Monica Blvd.) Party tickets: $5, performance prices vary.

June 5

MUSIC + SCIENCE: The Natural History Museum’s First Fridays series closes for the season on June 5 from 5-11 pm, and they’re taking the party outside for the finale. The night begins with tours/lectures including "Mathemagician" Arthur Benjamin on “The Magic of Math” and "How Bird Watchers Can Save the World" by Rick Bonney of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Live music by Hanni El Khatib, Chicano Batman, Avid Dancer. Spinning tunes is resident KCRW DJ Raul Campos featuring Captain Planet. Tickets: $20, free for Museum members.

June 5-6

ART + MUSIC: The Well and Goldenvoice present the Santa Fe festival running June 5 and 6 at The Well and Fonda Theatre. The two-day fest is an intersection of cultures, with artists from Germany, Mexico, Central and South America. June 5 takes place at The Well, headlined by electronic downtempo musician LittlePeople. Also on the bill are Ninja Tune's Yppah, Nicola Cruz (ZZK Records) from Ecuador, and DJ and producer Teen Flirt from Monterrey, Mexico. The evening's art is presented by Hannah Stouffer, former editor of Juxtapoz Magazine. On June 6, the Fonda Theater hosts Bomba Estéro, Little Jesus and Santé Les Amis. Tickets: $20, $27.50 (each day).

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June 5-7

MUSIC + ARTS FESTIVAL: The 10th annual Lummis Day Festival—a three-day Northeast LA community celebration—takes place at five Northeast L.A. sites from June 5-7. The festival features poetry, dance, art, theater and music, ranging from Italian opera to Mexican mariachi, Celtic to cumbia, country to jazz, middle eastern Ghawazi dancers, hip-hoppers and folkloric dancers and puppetry. Admission to all events is free.

June 6

MAKE MUSIC PASADENA: Make Music Pasadena is the largest free music festival on the west coast. Held on June 6 from 11 am to 11 pm, the festival brings together people for great music—150 acts performing on some 30 stages. The lineup features performances by How to Dress Well, Sir Sly, Kishi Bashi, Hundred Waters, Nick Waterhouse, Kaleo, Caroline Smith, Lydia Ainsworth, Avid Dancer, Avid Dancer, Kera & the Lesbians and so many more.

June 6-7

BREAD FEST: Grand Central Market hosts the first-ever Los Angeles Bread Festival on June 6-7. It’s a free celebration of the Southern Californian artisan bread renaissance, curated by Grand Central Market creative director Joseph Shuldiner, who’s also founder and director of the Institute of Domestic Technology. There’s an assortment of bread pop-ups, workshops, demonstrations and moderated panel discussions such as “Field to Table,” which explores the bread movement from the perspective of local farmers, millers, bakers and chefs.

June 6-7

CATS: CatConLA is being billed as a ComicCon—but with cats. Organizers are expecting 10,000 attendees to head to The Reef in DTLA on June 6 and 7 to celebrate cats in pop culture, art, design and products. Lil Bub and Pudge make special appearances, Best Friends Animal Society will bring adoptable cats from L.A. Animal Service shelters and speakers will include actor Jack McBrayer of Adult Swim’s The Jack and Triumph Show, cat meme creator site Cheezburger founder Ben Huh, “Simon’s Cat” creator Simon Tofield and Will Braden of "Henri Le Chat Noir.” Tickets/passes: $25-$40 for adults, $15-$25 for children.

June 6-Sept. 20

PHOTOGRAPHY: On view from June 6 to Sept. 20, the Annenberg Space for Photography and Photo District News, present Emerging. The exhibition features the works of more than 90 emerging photographers from around the world. The next generation of photographers examines topics such as youth culture, family, the environment, civil unrest, economy and more. In addition to nearly 100 prints, the exhibition includes videos, multimedia pieces, self-published books, zines and more. Admission is free.

June 8-12

SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK: Social Media Week returns to L.A. from June 8-12 to Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. The conference offers a slew of workshops, panel discussions, interviews, info sessions and a chance to network (party) with some of the best and brightest communications / social media minds working today. Executives and talent from 180LA, 72andSunny, Big Spaceship, Cannabis Consulting Group, Cyber Dust, Enplug, Forbes, Full Bottle, indiegogo, Indiewire, M&C Saatchi, Synthesio, Machinima, Mashable, MiTu, Tumblr, Twitter, Viacom and many more. Passes: $199-$359.

June 10-18

FILM FESTIVAL: The Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, returns to Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 from June 10-18. The diverse slate includes 74 feature films, 60 short films and more than 50 new media works representing 35 countries. New sections this year are the U.S. Fiction and World Fiction Competitions and Launch, as well as the Buzz, Nightfall and Zeitgeist programs. The festival also presents a number of free screenings, too. Festival passes: $315-$2,250. Individual tickets: $16.

June 11-15

OPERA: The LA Opera presents the west coast premiere of Dog Days from June 11-15 at REDCAT. The “shocking work” by composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek incorporates elements of opera, musical theater and rock. The production is based on a powerful short story by Judy Budnitz and is set in the aftermath of a catastrophe as a family struggles to survive. The family’s teenage daughter is unwilling to accept their dire situation, until a disturbing stranger shows up at the doorstep. Dog Days is presented under LA Opera's Off Grand umbrella, which presents experimental works that complement the LA Opera’s usual mainstage programming. Tickets: $69.

June 12-14

PRIDE: LA Pride weekend takes place from June 12-14 where thousands and thousands of revelers—both gay, bi and straight alike—take to the the streets of WeHo for one of the biggest (and funnest!) TLGB pride celebrations in the country. The weekend will feature performances by Wilson Phillips, Ty Herndon, Tinashe, Eden xo, Kesha, Fifth Harmony, Tamar Braxton and Ana Barbara. General admission single-day/weekend passes: $20-$40. (Friday night is free).

June 12-14

HELLO KITTY FESTIVAL: The Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festivalis at the Forum on June 12-14. The weekend will include live performances, interactive exhibits, art, fashion, dancing, photo opportunities, event-exclusive collectibles and more. VIP packages are going fast, but general admission tickets start at $40.

June 13-Nov. 13


Cocoanut Grove menu (LAPL Archives)

DINING HISTORY: The Library Foundation of Los Angeles examines L.A. foodie culture through its new exhibition To Live and Dine in L.A. The Library showcases its vast menu collection to tell the city’s history through its restaurants and food. The exhibition explores “rare first edition menus from the Library’s collection, in addition to menu templates and menu printing materials donated to the Library by The Lord Menu Company, a business that designed, printed, and delivered menus daily to landmark Los Angeles restaurants—including Bob's Big Boy, The Brown Derby, and Perino's—for most of the last century.”June 14-Nov. 1

ART: The Pasadena Museum of California of California Art (PMCA) presents Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent, the first full-scale survey of the American artist and activist Corita Kent’s work. The exhibition covers the former nun’s more than 30-year career—as a designer, teacher, feminist, and civil-rights and anti-war activist. “Her thousands of posters, murals, and signature serigraphs reflect a combined passion for faith and politics. Kent became one of the most popular graphic artists of the 1960s and 1970s, and her images remain iconic symbols that address the larger questions and concerns of that turbulent time.”

June 20

BEER: Tickets are going fast for the LA Beer Week Kickoff Festival on June 20. Presented by the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild, the opening event takes place in Exposition Park from noon to 5 pm, featuring more than 75 breweries. There’s also live music and entertainment, food trucks, educational panel discussions, a VIP private area and more. General admission: $45.

June 20-21

BAYOU FEST: The Long Beach Bayou Festival is a Zydeco, Blues Creole and Cajun festival that takes place at Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach on June 20-21. Enjoy Cajun and Creole cuisine, dancing, lessons, watermelon and crawfish eating contests, and activities for families. Live music/performances by Zac Harmon, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie, Corney Mims & the Knowitallz featuring. Barbara Morrison & Rodz Kids, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Stony B Blues Band and others. Tickets: $25-$30; students and seniors $20-$30 and children 12 and younger are free.

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