1. LA Phil Rehearsals
2. After 5 Series
Pro Tip: Later this summer, check out Manuela, the gallery’s restaurant (projected to open late August/early September), where it’s all about seasonal soul food, with ingredients drawn from their onsite herb and veggie garden. Street parking is doable; there are also a number of pay lots close by.
3. Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series
Pro tip: Complete your experience by getting to Burton Chace Park via the Marina del Rey WaterBus. You can park your car near any of eight stops around the Marina, and for only $1 each way, cruise up to the show in your very own (well, not exactly your very own) boat. The WaterBus runs until midnight on show days. Remember a blanket and light jacket, and feel free to bring a picnic and drinks. Street parking is possible, though difficult. Most city parking lots near the marina range from $7 - $10.
4. Cambodia Town Night Market
Pro Tip: The night market is open 4 - 8 p.m. every Sunday from July 10 - November 20. Ample street parking is available. Also, it’s located less than a mile from the Anaheim St. metro station, just in case you’re up for a Blue Line adventure.
5. Shakespeare by the Sea
Pro Tip: Othello and Cymbeline are the featured plays for the 2016 summer season. Start times vary based on location. Remember a blanket or lawn chairs, and pack a picnic—almost every location allows food and drinks. Ample free parking around Point Fermin Park; varies at other locations.
6. Grand Performances
Pro Tip: At the Plaza’s Grand Performances Stage there’s seating for around 1000, but there is space for way more, so feel free to bring a blanket or low chair. Also, picnic food and adult beverages are welcome. Go Metro if you can—take the Red or Purple lines to Pershing Square, which is one block away; otherwise $8 flat rate for parking onsite on Friday and Saturday nights (opens 90 minutes before show).
7. Polo Club Matches
Image courtesy of @gafferandchild
Pro Tip: Parking up the hill leading into Will Rogers State Park is free, or you can pay $12 to park in the lot. If you make reservations with the club directly, there is seating at tables with umbrellas (prices vary to reserve) and plenty of shade provided both by the umbrellas and the abundant eucalyptus trees—otherwise, for the free option, bring your hats and sunscreen.
8. A Night at the Movies
Pro Tips: Silver Lake Picture Show – Every other Thursday from June 23 – September 15 at Sunset Triangle Plaza; most shows start at 7 p.m. with an opening local band; it’s in a plaza, not a park, so bring a chair to sit on instead of a blanket. No food trucks or anything, so bring your own snacks. Public consumption laws apply for this one, so careful with the alcohol.
9. Dance Downtown
Pro Tip: You’re welcome to bring your own drinks and food to make a night of it, though bars and food kiosks are also set up on site. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and the earlier you arrive, the better your chance at snagging space at the provided tables and chairs. It’s a $9 flat rate (after 4:30 p.m.) for parking at the Music Center. Or meet some friends on the metro (Red/Purple lines to Civic Center/Grand Park).
10. Made in L.A. 2016
Images courtesy of @hammer_museum
Pro Tip: The series runs through August 28, and features artist talks throughout the summer. Parking is $6 for the first three hours with validation.
You can find Brian picnicking and guzzling too much wine at unique events around LA all summer long. If you miss him, then he's probably sweating it out on the dodgeball court or customizing first dates every time he swipes right. He 'grams and tweets @brianjayroth.