Summer Festivals in & Around Los Angeles: A Top 10 List to Take You from June Through Labor Day
Where: Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
About: The L.A. WineFest graces the backlot of the historic Raleigh Studios. Oenophiles can take in the live music, with hundreds of wines, from dozens of wineries and wine distributors, from Napa to Temecula Valley.
Helpful Tips: Mix and match dishes from the dozen or so food trucks that will be present. Additional tequila tasting & wine & food pairing classes are available for $30. Non-drinker? Discounted designated driver tickets are available for $20.
Where: Claremont Village
Indian Hill & 2nd Street
Claremont, CA 91711
Tickets: $35 (advance) $40 (door)
About: Local merchants will feature food and beer from local restaurants & breweries. Musicians scattered about the downtown village, play the Blues.
Helpful Tips: Each merchant hosts different foods and beers, and you get 10 tickets for samples – use them wisely.
Where: West Hollywood Park
Santa Monica Blvd & San Vicente Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Tickets: $20 general admission
About: The 3 day festival features multiple stages of musical performances including Lil’ Kim, Belinda Carlisle and more.
Helpful Tips: The Pride Run kicks off the final day’s festivities, Sunday morning. This is followed by the LA Pride Parade; Molly Ringwald is the Grand Marshall.
Where: L.A. Live/ Downtown L.A.
9911 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035
Tickets: $13 (individual tickets) to $2500 (all access pass)
About: Nearly 200 features, documentaries and short films from over 3o countries will be screened. More than just movies, the festival offers coffee talks & poolside chats with featured filmmakers, exclusive parties as well as major Hollywood premieres.
Helpful Tips: On a budget? Free screenings of several films occur throughout the festival, highlighted by an outdoor screening/dance-along of Dirty Dancing, at the California Plaza.
Thurs thru Sat 6pm Fest/8pm music
Where: Levitt Pavillion (Memorial Park)
30 N. Raymond Ave.
Tickets: None – Concerts are FREE
About: The concert series features an all world variety of music – Afro-pop, mariachi, jazz, reggae, cumbia, gypsy, Brazilian Soul, etc., etc..
Helpful Tip: The park gets crowded, so arrive early to stake out a space. Got kids? Each Wednesday is a Children’s music night.
Where: Point Fermin Park
807 W. Paseo Del Mar
San Pedro, CA 90731
Tickets: Free, but donations are accepted.
About: This season’s festival features the bard’s plays, The Gentlemen of Verona and Romeo and Juliet, performed outdoors, in a park by the ocean. Bring a blanket or a sweat shirt – it can get chilly.
Helpful Tips: San Pedro too far for you? The festival has multiple venues throughout the Southland – go to the website to find the one nearest to you.
Where: Rainbow Lagoon Park
E Shoreline Dr, Long Beach, California
Tickets: $25 General, $10 children, $65 VIP, $20 Senior
About: Blues, Zydeco, Cajun (and the occasional hip-hop) artists perform on two stages; you might find jazz legend on the Blues Stage or the Zydeco band Same Ol’ 2-Step jamming with Lil’ Wayne on the Bayou Stage.
Helpful Tip: A New Orleans style “French Quarter" will be recreated for the Festival. Don’t miss the Mardi Gras Parade on Sunday.
Where: 777, 650 & 935 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Tickets: $21.50 for a pass to all 3 festivals.
About: This trio of arts festivals in Laguna Beach features the work of acclaimed local artists, hands on exhibits, food and live music.
Helpful Tips: Ever wanted to learn to paint like Vermeer? Then sign up for an adult artist workshop. Children’s Art Spot classes are offered for FREE.
Where: Sunset Blvd., between Doheny and San Vicente
Hollywood, CA 90069
About: Taking over Sunset Blvd., hard rock artists perform on two outdoor and/or in The House of Blues, The Roxy, The Key Club, Whisky A Go-Go and the Viper Room.
Helpful Tips: The 2012 artist lineup has yet to be announced, so check the festival website for updates.
Where: The Studios at Paramount
5555 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90038
About: Building on last year’s inaugural run, over 20,000 people are expected to attend The Taste, this September. Festival goers can partake in food & wine tastings from local restaurants and wineries. Celebrity chefs are also on hand, to lead cooking demonstrations & seminars.
Helpful Hint: Last year’s Signature Events were festival highlights. Although prices are still TBA, the past events, The Art of Mixing (a hands on cocktail mixing seminar) and Picnic in the Hills (with celebrity chef Giada DeLaurentis) cost $125 & $150 respectively.