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Best Of Summer

It's summertime! The sun is out and the weather is warm and gorgeous. There are so many ways to savor these lazy days (and nights). Enjoy the summer season with unique and fun activities, outdoor concerts and movies, art exhibits and fun festivals.


Art

Art offers the scenery of talent and is a great way to explore and learn.


The Pasadena Chalk Festival is the largest street painting festival, welcoming more than 600 artists using over 25,000 sticks of chalk and drawing a crowd of more than 100,000 visitors in one weekend. Previous festivals have attracted artists and design teams from many regions of the country, across Southern California, and virtually every Los Angeles-area community. Leading art schools, museums, and cultural centers are also represented at the festival. The Paseo, 300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. June 15, 16. http://pasadenachalkfestival.com


Come join the fun at the SCV Summer Art Fair. This is a fun, free, Insta-worthy event! Invest in your local Santa Clarita Valley artists and crafters. There will be amazing original art and crafts, Instagram art walls, art installations, face painting, henna tattoos, caricatures, live painting, games, family fun and more! Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita. June 29. tinyurl.com/scvsummerartfair


The Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival is an outdoor event featuring fine art and crafts, and street painters from around Southern California creating vibrant works of art on the pavement at the Harbor. Ventura Harbor. Sept. 7, 8. www.venturaartfestival.com


Food

Delicious cuisine will entertain your taste buds.


Join the 2019 California Watermelon Festival for a day full of watermelon fun! This year will be the best ever, with over 60,000 pounds of fresh-off-the-farm California watermelons, chilled, sliced and served fresh to you. Hansen Dam. June 29, 30. www.watermelonfest.org


The 2019 Conejo Food & Wine Fest celebrates the best food and wine in our community, with live entertainment and prizes, all while raising funds for our community charity partners. 2019 charity partners are Ventura Food Share and Many Mansions. 155 E Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks. June 23. www.ConejoFoodandWine.com


Tasty Food Market is an outdoor food/beverage tasting festival happening in various parts of LA County that run Mondays through Sundays. This Outdoor Food Market features culinary creators making delicious street food. Come try all the delicious foods and taste the passion-driven creations of various chefs. Various Locations. July 19. www.eventbrite.com/e/tasty-food-market-la-tickets-27606937092?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Competitive Fun

Get in the spirit of gaming and enjoyment.


Virtual Reality gaming is here! Parallel Universe VR allows you to enter into a brand new world and play. Just pick your universe. There are over 100 games to choose from and kids as young as six can play when accompanied by an adult. Shooting games, sci-fi games, fantasy games, rhythm games, simulation games, cooperative games, puzzle games, drawing games, painting games, sculpting games, creation games – you name it, Parallel Universe VR has it. 14006 Riverside Dr., Suite 114, Sherman Oaks. www.paralleluniversevr.com


MB2 Raceway offers state-of-the-art indoor go-karting. There are high-speed race simulations with challenging and unique indoor road courses that are fun for all skill levels and ages. The high-performance electric go-karts are designed for safety, speed, and fun! In addition, VR Video Games are coming to the track! When you put on the VR headset, you are immediately transported to a new world. You could be battling robots and dragons, having a snowball fight with your friends, fighting off a horde of oncoming zombies, or busting a move in an epic dance-off. 1475 Lawrence Dr., Thousand Oaks. www.mb2raceway.com


Have you ever wanted to reach for the stars? The Southern California Rocket Association is your ticket. There are two local model rocket launches per month, located at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale. Model rockets are typically constructed of materials like cardboard, plastic, and balsa wood and can be purchased in almost every hobby shop and toy store. www.nar.org/local_club/southern-california-rocket-association-scra-430/


Animal Attractions

Spend some time with our furry friends.


At the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, you will find heaven for horse lovers. This equestrian spot offers boarding, training, horse shows, shopping, banquet facilities, riding lessons, and trail rides. Shows coming up this summer are the LA Chapter Dressage Show, Gold Coast Series July Horse Show, and Camelot Summer Horse Show. 480 Riverside Dr, Burbank. www.la-equestriancenter.com


The L.A. Zoo's Roaring Nights summer series is back and wilder than ever – offering fun, fascinating explorations at the intersection of music, culture, and nature. These adults-only (21+) adventures feature live bands, DJs, pop-up Zoo Talks, animal close-ups, L.A.'s best food trucks, full bars, and more. Ongoing. 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles. www.lazoo.org/roaringnights


Animal Adventure is a wonderful way to get up close and personal with animals! First, monkey around with Marley, Maci, Luke, and Chrissy with a paws-on monkey experience, then take a two-hour tour of the sanctuary and meet our fennec fox, serval, wallaby, kangaroos, armadillo, and more! Ongoing. 10234 Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce. www.eventbrite.com/o/animal-tracks-inc-8224982656


Music

Cool tunes light up the night this summer.


The Valley Cultural Center presents its 42nd Annual Free Concerts on the Green. Plan for a late afternoon picnic with the family while being entertained by headline performers. The schedule includes: Beatles vs Stones, Hollywood U2, The Young Dubliners, Led Zepagain, The McCartney Years, Queen Nation, Masters of Soul, Which One's Pink, and The Purple Xperience. Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Park in Woodland Hills June 9 – Aug. 18. www.valleycultural.org/concerts-events/concerts-on-the-green


MARIACHI USA – the premier mariachi music festival in the world and only annual Latino-themed event at the Hollywood Bowl – will celebrate 30 years with the top Mariachi bands from the USA and Mexico, traditional folkloric dance and the legendary fireworks finale display that have made the event a cultural icon in the USA. June 22. Hollywood Bowl. http://mariachiusa.com


Join the Hollywood Bowl in the Smooth Summer Jazz! Dave Koz & Friends, The Commodores, Hiroshima the 40th Anniversary, and Adam Hawley lead the way at the annual mini-festival dedicated to the smoothest jazz sounds around. Aug. 18. Hollywood Bowl. www.hollywoodbowl.com/events/performances/539/2019-08-18/smooth-summer-jazz


World Rhythms – Join Descanso Gardens for a summer series of world music and dance that

honors and celebrates the diversity of LA. Bring a picnic or purchase food from Patina's concession stand. Lawn chairs are allowed and lawn seating is on a first-come, first served basis. June 18 - July 23. Summer Songs – Relax in the beauty of the Rose Garden as The Flashdance DJs spin all-vinyl sets of tunes. Enjoy a cold beer and wander through Descanso as the sun sets. 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. June 19 - July 24. https://www.descansogardens.org/summer-at-descanso/


Wine

Delicious vino is the perfect way to uncork.


At the annual Summer Wine Down Westlake Village gets together to support Senior Concerns and National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. Enjoy a fabulous afternoon filled with music, wine tasting, and delicious food. Entertainment brought to you by Emile Borde Drums. Featured wineries include Sunland Vintage Winery Tasting Room, DeLiese Cellars, Jaffurs Wine Cellars, Hitching Post II Restaurant and Winery and Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery. June 23. www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-summer-wine-down-tickets-61602012277?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Wine, Craft Beer and Art Trail allow you to sample some of the Gold Coasts wine, craft beer and award-winning restaurants out of Oxnard. Heritage Square features beautifully landscaped, courtyards, gardens, and trails. Support Oxnard Downtown Lions Club! Westlake Yacht Club, 32123 Lindero Canyon Rd., Westlake Village. Aug. 17. https://www.facebook.com/OxnardDowntownLions


Festivals

A festival is a perfect way to celebrate summer!


Presented by Los Angeles Councilwoman Nury Martinez, Valley Pride celebrates family love and acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ community in the San Fernando Valley. Enjoy live music, food trucks, interactive art, and resources. Live screen printing by HIT+RUN and performances by San Cha, Irka Mateo and more. 14410 Sylvan St., Van Nuys. June 22. www.valleypride2019.com


Uncorked Wine festivals are coming back to LA's Union Station! This event features over 200 wines from across the globe, gourmet local food trucks, live music, a photo booth and more! Union Station, 800 North Alameda St., Los Angeles. June 29. https://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/uncorked-la-summer-wine-fest


The 3rd Annual Boots & Brews Country Music Festival is all about celebrating friends, cold beer and great country music! Grab your best dancing boots and get ready for an amazing Country lineup! Food from Local food vendors and ice cold beer will be available for purchase! Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita. June 15. San Buenaventura State Beach Park, Ventura. Sept. 21. www.bootsandbrews.com


The 19th Annual Summer Soulstice Music Festival will feature 7 stages and showcase Main Street businesses along with over 100 local vendors, activation sites for all ages including rock star pet party and kid's stage, 7 satellite bars and car-free streets spanning one mile long! Main St., Santa Monica. June 23. www.mainstreetsm.com


The Tequila And Taco Music Festival are coming back to beautiful Ventura. The Festival is a two-day celebration of Tequila, Tacos, Award Winning Margaritas, and great live music! A variety of Top Shelf Tequila and Mezcal Sampling, Live Music All Day, and of course, Gourmet Street Tacos! Award Winning Margaritas and Craft Beer will also be available for purchase. Plaza Park, Ventura. July 20, 21. www.tequilaandtacomusicfestival.com/ventura


Outdoor Movies

Lights, camera, action! The big screen is here!


Taking place on Saturday nights at rotating venues from Downtown L.A. to Santa Monica, Eat|See|Hear boasts the largest outdoor screen on the West Coast and state-of-the-art audio. Every screening features a curated line-up of food trucks and an opening performance by an up-and-coming band. DTLA screenings at Los Angeles State Historic Park include "The Greatest Showman" (June 29), and "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" (July 20). Screenings also take place at the Autry Museum of the American West, such as "Thelma and Louise" (June 15), "Fight Club" (June 22), "Casablanca" (July 13), "North by Northwest" (Aug. 3), "Fargo" (Aug. 10), and "The Shining" (Aug. 31). www.eatseehear.com


Summer Movie Nights are back in the San Fernando Valley! Bring your family, friends, and pack a picnic for a movie night under the stars. The screenings take place at various locations, including themed screenings like Aquaman and Shark Tale at Hansen Dam Aquatic Center. All movie screenings begin at 7:30 p.m. and popcorn will be provided. www.monicarodriguez.org/movienights.


Have a great summer!

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