The Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun in Los Angeles

Venice Beach at sunset | Photo courtesy of Eric Demarcq, Discover Los Angeles Flickr Pool
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Thanks to its gorgeous year-round weather, Los Angeles is the epitome of the Southern California lifestyle. As the days grow longer and the nights heat up in the summer, L.A. offers even more things to do under the sun and stars. From outdoor movies and concerts to red-hot hotel pools and world-famous beaches, read our guide to the best ways to have summer fun in L.A.

OUTDOOR MOVIES

"Purple Rain" at Cinespia
"Purple Rain" courtesy of Kelly Lee Barrett/Cinespia

SUMMER CONCERTS

Twilight Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier
Photo courtesy of the Santa Monica Pier, Facebook

Four Spectacular Events at the L.A. Convention Center

dineL.A. Summer (July 13–27, 2018)

Wagyu tomahawk and sides at The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse
Wagyu tomahawk and sides | Photo courtesy of The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse

Presented by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, dineL.A. is a 15-day event that showcases Los Angeles as a premier dining destination while highlighting the diversity of culinary experiences L.A. has to offer. More than 300 restaurants are offering special lunch and dinner menus, with select participants like The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse featuring the dineL.A. Exclusive Series. Book Now →

HIKING IN L.A.

Runyon Canyon at sunset
Runyon Canyon at sunset | Photo courtesy of artem.aleksenko, Flickr

EIGHT GREAT BEACHES

El Matador State Beach at sunset
El Matador State Beach | Photo courtesy of Shawn Park, Flickr

L.A.’S HOTTEST HOTEL POOLS

TOP 10 OUTDOOR FILM LOCATIONS

Malibu Creek State Park
Malibu Creek State Park | Photo courtesy of 45SURF, Flickr

Beat the Heat with the Family

Splash Pad at Annenberg Community Beach House
Splash Pad | Photo courtesy of Annenberg Community Beach House, Facebook

Los Angeles Beaches by Bike

The Strand in Redondo Beach
The Strand | Photo courtesy of Visit Redondo Beach, Facebook

BEST PLACES FOR A PICNIC

Picnic at Pan Pacific Park
Picnic at Pan Pacific Park | Instagram by starsandshoes