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10 Best Things To Do In LA In June

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As the weather continues to warm up, there are more and more outdoor activities and events going on in Los Angeles this month. LA Pride (which features a bunch of separate events) definitely comes to mind here, but there are some great things happening indoors too! Every Summer the LA Conservancy throw open the historical theaters on downtown’s Broadway for classic movie screenings and it’s always one of the best things to do in LA in June. Rounding out the list are outdoor movie screenings, beach bike tours and close encounters with prehistoric dinosaurs.

Oh! And Pool Party Season is officially upon us. Enjoy!

Events & Activities in Los Angeles This Month

1. BIKE THE BEACH (ALL MONTH)

Join us on our Santa Monica & Venice Bike tour in June and you’ll have the lightest of workouts, as you cycle LA’s beach neighborhoods, learning some fascinating history and seeing some cool stuff. Tour stops for coffee, donuts or ice cream on what’s possibly LA’s bougiest boulevard, Abbot Kinney. It’s the best way to experience the lovely neighborhoods of Venice and Santa Monica.

Tour is usually lead by local expert Silvie and runs every day at 10 am.

More information here.

Santa Monica & Venice Bike Tour video

2. LAST REMAINING SEATS WITH THE LA CONSERVANCY (JUNE 1-15)

This has been one of the highlights of summer in Los Angeles since the 1980’s. It’s when the Los Angeles Conservancy opens up the historic movie palaces and theaters on Broadway to show old and beloved movies in different genres.

In recent years the Conservancy have spread the gospel by including movie theaters outside the Broadway Historic Theater District, such as the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, but this year the program, which includes classics like Dr Caligari, The Seven Year Itch and From Russia with Love, is only in downtown.

As always, Last Remaining Seats features everything audiences love about going to the movies: larger-than-life storytelling, a strong sense of community, and the energy of a revitalized historic theatre serving new generations of moviegoers.

We’ll have special guests, interactive in-person experiences, plenty of photo ops, and more than a few surprises to make this Last Remaining Seats experience one you’ll never forget.

We can’t wait to see you at the movies this June!

Los Angeles Conservancy

More information here.

3. JUNE FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM (JUNE 7)

What are First Fridays? As you might expect it’s an event on the first of Friday the month and it usually involves music and food trucks. At the Natural History Museum they’re all about the dino’s and DJ’s. The museum is open late and KCRW provide the sounds, so you can enjoy the guided tours and talks by researchers and scientists.

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Featuring Live Music from Wallice and Niia, DJ set from Gingee, Discussion with Dr. Aradhna Tripati of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability hosted by Dr. Yewande Pearse, Sensory Lounge featuring LAVA (Los Angeles Video Artist), Femme House, ChocoVivo, Herbalaria, and more!

Natural History Museum

Sounds like fun, right?

More information here.

4. LA! PRIDE (JUNE 8-9)

Amazingly, LA Pride began all the way back in 1970, over fifty years ago, but it does look amazing for its age though. Like a lot of us, as we get older it has put on weight though, as it’s not just a parade, but includes concerts at the State Historic Park near Chinatown (with Ricky Martin and Tokischa), as well as a parade and after-party in Hollywood. This is going to be one hell of a party!

More information here.

5. FAMILY WORKSHOPS @ THE GETTY (VARIOUS DATES)

Looking for something to do with the kids? I know I often am, especially at this time of year, with the Summer vacation starting this month. So, here’s one of the best things to do in LA in June that’s great for the little ones AND the big ones too.

Both the Getty Villa and the Getty Center run family workshops in ceramic making and sun printing (one in each, be sure to check). Workshops generally last for around four hours.and are free. Which is nice.

More information here.

6.  ROOFTOP CINEMA CLUB (ALL MONTH)

These guys are one of the biggest of the outdoor movie screening organizers in Los Angeles (it’s a thing here 🙂 ) these guys are all about movies, music and food trucks. It turns out that putting them all together creates a really fun night. Who’d a thought?  

This month they’re screening CluelessPulp Fiction and (500) Days of Summer. Definitely one of the best things to do in LA in June.

More information here.

7. JAZZ @ LACMA (VARIOUS DATES)

You never need an excuse to go to Los Angeles County Museum of Art, but they’ve gone ahead and given you a good one anyway here. One of the nicest things about these concerts is that they include some of the best LA Jazz musicians, celebrating the important role the city continues to play in Jazz development.

More information here.

8. ZOO BLOCK PARTY @ THE LA ZOO (EVERY WEEKEND)

Show off your best moves at the Zoo Block Party! Play games, draw nature-inspired chalk art, listen to the music, and join in on the fun before your journey home after a fun-filled day at the Zoo. Recommended for all ages.

Los Angeles Zoo

The event takes place every Saturday and Sunday, at the Front Entry Plaza, from 2 to 5 pm.

More information here.

If zoos are not your thing you could explore Griffith Park, within which the Los Angeles Zoo sits. There are more than enough things to do in the park to happily spend a day or three, including visiting LA’s most famous landmark, the Hollywood Sign.

9. VISIT A LOS ANGELES MUSEUM (ALL MONTH) 

We have a ton of world class museums in Los Angeles. Why not use June to get acquainted (or reacquainted) with one or two? This is not an exhaustive list, but it’s got more than enough institutions to keep you going for this month at least.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art AKA LACMA

Getty Center (free, pay for parking)

California Science Center (donation)

Natural History Museum

California African American Museum AKA CAAM (free)

Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles AKA CAM (donation)

The Broad (free)

Museum of Contemporary Art  AKA MOCA (free)

La Brea Tar Pits & Museum (free)

Academy Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum

Huntington Library

Norton Simon Museum

Holocaust Museum LA (free)

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (donation)

Griffith Observatory (free)

10. EXPLORE DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (ALL MONTH)

There are a ton of things to see and do in downtown, apart from the couple of things mentioned above. From Union Station, to Olvera Street, to City Hall, Grand Central Market and Chinatown, DTLA has it all. And we haven’t even mentioned Angels Flight, the Grand Avenue cultural corridor, The Last Bookstore, or Little Tokyo! Or shopping on 7th Street…

If you’re a resident of Southern California, and you haven’t been recently, or you’re visiting the area, you should definitely make some time to visit downtown over the month of June.

Have you been to DTLA recently?

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– By Damien Blackshaw (Twitter)

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