Your Ultimate Guide To June: 20 Cool Events Happening In Los Angeles
We found a number of notable happenings and events in June to help plan your social calendar. Read on for all our picks and details.
HOLLYWOOD BOWL (Music)
L.A.’s beloved summer staple, The Hollywood Bowl, opens unofficially with the 39th annual Playboy Jazz Festival on June 10-11. It opens officially on June 17 with the Moody Blues joining the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra to benefit the LA Phil and its education/community programs. Fireworks follow. Great acts play the rest of the summer, including Phoenix, Seu Jorge, Ziggy Marley and the Sound of Music Sing Along in June alone.
I3 ARTS FEST (Burning Man lite)
i3 Arts Fest is a new arts and culture festival that takes place in DTLA on June 2-3. The festival promises epic performances and installations (including William Close’s Earth Harp at Grand Performances) in three venues. The fest culminates in the Art Car Ball, which features the art cars from Burning Man, including Charlie the Unicorn. Friday night there's a performance by Gaslamp Killer in Grand Park. The festival is free, but admission to the Art Car Ball on June 3 is $40-$150.
June 3-July 30
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: THE STYLE OF SCARE (Art)
The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills presents American Horror Story: The Style of Scare, showcasing the costumes and designs of the American Horror Story anthology series. The exhibition provides insight into the minds of writer-director-producer Ryan Murphy and award-winning costume designer Lou Eyrich. Also on view are set pieces, props and multimedia presentations from every season (Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show, Hotel and Roanoke). The exhibition is free and open to the public from June 3 and through July 30.
LAST REMAINING SEATS (Film)
The LA Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats, the summer series of classic films in historic theatres in L.A., returns for its 31st season from June 3-24. The screenings kick off on June 3 at 8 pm with L.A. Confidential (1997) at the Orpheum Theatre. Other titles include Laura (1944), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea* (1954), On the Waterfront* (1954), La muerte de un burócrata (Cuba, 1966), Easter Parade (1948), Wings (1927), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Jaws (1975). *For the first time, two of the screenings take place at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. Tickets: $22 for the general public and $18 for Conservancy members.
RYAN ADAMS (Music):
Ryan Adams is a singer-songwriter extraordinaire. Go see him at the Greek Theatre on June 3 as he plays to support his latest release, Prisoner. Karen Elson opens. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $35-$75. All ages.
ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE IMPOSTERS (Music)
Musical chameleon Elvis Costello is also at the Greek Theatre on June 4. He’s playing with The Imposters, continuing on The Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers tour, which features selections from 1982’s Imperial Bedroom with new arrangements of other classic Costello cuts.
2017 LA DESIGN FESTIVAL (Design)
The 2017 LA Design Festival is a citywide series of events that celebrate L.A.’s design talent. The Opening Night Party + Fundraiser is at City Market South on June 8 from 7 to 10 pm. This event kicks off four days of design talks, tours and events including Adobe Creative Jam, Making LA Together, LAX >< DET Conversation, New California Craft, INTRO/LA and others. Prices vary.
HOLLYWOOD FRINGE (Theater fest)
The Hollywood Fringe—a celebration of theater in L.A.—runs from June 8-25 (though previews begin June 1) and offers more than 2,000 performances of 375 shows, in various theaters and spaces across the city. There’s comedy, drama, experimental theater, cabaret, dance, solo shows and more. The big opening night party is being held on June 7 at 7:30 pm at Fringe Central (6510 Santa Monica Blvd.). Party tickets: $3-5. Performance prices vary.
June 9-Sept. 22
BARNSDALL PARK’S FRIDAY NIGHT WINE TASTING (Wine + views)
Barnsdall Park's popular Friday Night Wine Tasting fundraising series, returns on June 9 and runs weekly from 5:30-8:30 pm through Sept. 22. Those 21+ are invited to sip wine (provided by Silverlake Wine) under the stars, listen to music by KCRW and buy food from some of the city’s best food trucks and pop-ups (including Jeni’s Ice Cream and The Cheese Store of Silverlake). New this year are discounted rides from Lyft. Tickets: $35 for a tasting and $50 for a tasting + tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s UNESCO-nominated Hollyhock House. Get your tickets now because the events always sell out.
MARINA DEL REY: ARTSEA (Community festival)
Marina del Rey debuts the first ARTsea Community Festivalon June 10. In addition to watersports and boating activities that happen at the Marina, the ARTsea community festival features art installations, mini galleries, workshops, live music, dance performances, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, and more. The festival takes place on Marina Beach and the adjacent County Lot #10 from noon to 10 pm.
LA Pride Festival weekend takes place from June 10-11 where thousands and thousands of revelers—gay, bi, trans, questioning and straight alike—take to the the streets of WeHo for one of the largest celebrations of the LGBTQ communities and their allies. The big change this year is that Sunday’s parade is being replaced by a #ResistMarch for this year only. The human rights march will start in Hollywood and end in West Hollywood and will be held in solidarity with the National Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, D.C., on the same day. The march is free and open to all, and tickets to the festival and entertainment are $25 for single day admission and $35 for both days.
LA FILM FESTIVAL (Film)
The Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, returns to the ArcLight Culver City, with additional screenings at the ArcLight’s Hollywood and Santa Monica theaters. Running from June 14-22, the programming slate includes 48 feature films, 51 short films and 10 short episodic works representing 32 countries, as well as free special screenings and events, coffee talks and master classes. The Opening Night Film is the World Premiere of Colin Trevorrow’s The Book of Henry, and the closing night film is Ingrid Goes West, directed by Matt Spicer and starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen. Individual tickets: $14-$16; passes start at $260-$350.
2017 GOOD FOOD GALA (Food)
The Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s 2017 Good Food Gala takes place on June 15 at Vibiana in DTLA from 6-9 pm. The Council’s fundraiser brings together local farmers and LA’s finest chefs for an unforgettable tasting menu, served alongside craft beverages. Participating chefs include Neal Fraser of Redbird, Ray Garcia of Broken Spanish, Jimmy Shaw of Loteria Grill, Diana Stavaridis of Manhattan House, Matt Molina of Everson Royce Bar, Josiah Citrin of Melisse, Pawan, Nakul and Arjun Mahendro of Badmaash, Nyesha Arrington of Leona and others. The Council works to create a more just and sustainable food system in Southern California, especially in “food desert” communities. Adult tickets: $150-$250. Student/nonprofit tickets: $75.
June 17L.A. DESSERT FESTIVAL (Sweets)
NYC's popular Dessert Goals festival arrives in L.A.on June 17 at the Cooper Design Space. General admission tickets are sold out, so the only way to get in is to buy tix for workshops ($50), which come with general admission (1.5 hour tasting slots). There are approximately 30 dessert vendors with an approximately $5 price point for each dessert. You do get a few things with the entrance fee, including free candy from Dylan's Candy Bar, Boxed water, almond milk and juices from Califia Farms, a can of Hi Brew coffee and more.
LA BEER WEEK (Drink + food)
LA Beer Week takes place from June 17-25 with a number of great events happening throughout the city, including the LA Beer Week Kickoff Festival which takes place on June 17 at the Los Angeles Center Studios and the Eagle Walk: Sip & Savor progressive dining event on June 21. Check the website for all the events throughout the week.
The BET Experience at L.A. Live returns on June 22-25 for a four-day music and entertainment festival, featuring number of ticketed and free performances and talks. The lineup includes Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Migos, A$AP Rocky, ScHoolboy Q, Bryson Tiller, Kid Cudi, Gucci Mane, Jhené Aiko, Rae Sremmurd, Jidenna, Young Thug, Desiigner, Lil Yatchy, Pusha T, THEY., H.E.R., Playboi Carti and Khalid. In addition to music, there’s interactive entertainment and a celebrity basketball game at the BET Experience Fan Fest (free admission) on Saturday and Sunday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Saturday also features a series of free Genius Talks with Tracee Ellis Ross, Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae, Pusha T, Nick Cannon, New Edition and others. The weekend culminates with the BET Awards on June 25 at the Microsoft Theatre.
DWELL ON DESIGN (Design exhibition and conference)
Dwell on Design, the country’s largest design conference and expo, runs from June 23-25 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Expect more than 200 exhibiting brands, 2,000+ modern furnishings and products and dozens of onstage presentations and seminars. General admission one-day passes start at $40.
ARROYO SECO WEEKEND FESTIVAL (Music fest)
The first Arroyo Seco Festival takes over the shady park area of Brookside next to the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on June 24-25, with headliners Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, Weezer, The Meters, The Shins and many others (most recent additions are Magic Giant and Rachel Platten). In addition to the music, there a chef-curated picnic basket program (a full three-course meal for two, beverage vouchers and snacks) from local restaurants like Crossroads Kitchen, République, Barrel & Ashes, Rose Cafe and Redbird. Tickets: Single-day general admission tickets are $125 + fees; weekend GA is $225 + fees; and weekend preferred parking is $50. Picnic options: Chef-curated basket (available for purchase in advance only) $100-$120; festival basket (available for purchase in advance and on site) $80.
BEYOND THE WATERFRONT (Opera + dance)
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre teams up with L.A. Opera, Los Angeles Maritime Institute and marine research incubator AltaSea for a one-night only, site-specific performance Beyond the Waterfront. A tale of sirens and sailors told through dance opera, which takes place on the wharf and on the Maritime Institute’s twin tall ships in San Pedro. 8 pm. Tickets: $50 general admission and $35 for groups of 10 or more.
CLIMATE DAY L.A. (Climate conference + music)
The second annual Climate Day LA takes place at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in DTLA on June 27. The event brings together leaders, advocates and concerned citizens who’ll celebrate local solutions to climate change while strategizing new ones. A benefit gala follows that features an exclusive performance by Moby. The day is capped off by an evening concert in the Theatre with Neon Indian, Weyes Blood and others. The daytime conference from 12-5 pm is free with RSVP. Tickets for the evening concert from 7-10:30 pm are $35. Tickets to the benefit gala in Segovia Hall from 5-7 pm are $150 for single admission; $185.00 for gala + concert.