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Summer Entertainment Special


Summer is here! There are plenty of ways to have fun here in Los Angeles. With everything from festivals and music to food and amusement, you are guaranteed a great time.

Art Exhibitions


There is no better way to experience culture than through art.

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited The amazing puppet creator of Sesame Street and the Muppets, Jim Henson is an indispensable part of childhood. The Skirball Cultural Center is hosting an exhibition dedicated to Henson with more than 100 of his creations, including puppets and costumes. June 1 - Sept. 2. The Skirball will also be showing screenings of The Muppet Movie on June 29 and Labyrinth on July 13. www.skirball.org/exhibitions/jim-henson-exhibition-imagination-unlimited

Made in L.A. This is the fourth in a series of exhibitions that focuses on work created by new L.A. artists. Within the Hammer Museum, you'll find emerging displays across all mediums: Painting, installation, video, sculpture, photography and performance. June 3 - Sept. 2. https://hammer.ucla.edu/exhibitions/2018/made-in-la-2018

Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911 - 2011 The Getty looks at how photographers have influenced fashion and style through 200 photos, costumes, ads and magazine covers. June 26 – Oct. 21. http://getty.edu

Music Listen to these amazing tunes.

Agoura Hills Concerts in the Park Agoura Hills celebrates community through music with free concerts. June 17 - August 19. Chumash Park, 5550 Medea Valley Dr., Agoura Hills. www.ci.agourahills.ca.us/government/departments/community-services-parks-recreation/events-activities/concerts-in-the-park

2018 Sun Sets Concert Series at Calabasas Lake The concerts are free. Light snacks are sold, but you can also take your own food via a picnic basket. There is open seating on the grass so be sure to bring blankets and lawn chairs. June 3 - Aug. 26. Calabasas Lake, 23400 Park Sorrento, Calabasas. www.cityofcalabasas.com/sunsets.html

TGIF Westlake Village Summer evenings in Westlake Village provide the perfect backdrop for great entertainment. June 1: Jazz Night featuring the Lindero Canyon Middle and Agoura High School Jazz Bands. June 29: Tale as Old as Time: A Night of Disney music. August 10: A musical evening with “The Rat Pack.” Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 Oak Crest Dr., Westlake Village. www.wlv.org/228/TGIF-Saturdays-in-the-Park

Thousand Oaks Summer Concerts in the Park Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic food, then sit back and relax to the sounds of summer! May 28 - Sept. 3. All concerts are free and begin at 5 p.m. Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks. www.crpd.org/events/summer_concerts_in_the_park.asp

Food


Mmmm...this is delicious!

Taste of Israel

In honor of the 70th Anniversary of the State of Israel, a gourmet dinner prepared by the elite of Israel’s chefs is waiting for you. Proceeds help children battling cancer. Eat, drink, have fun and benefit an amazing cause! June 7. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. www.tasteofisraella.com

DTLA Donut Fest

Join a one-day edible exploration of LA’s favorite pastry at the first-ever DTLA Donut Festival at Union Station. The mouthwatering event will showcase the donut: plain, glazed, and filled as well as treats including churros, apple fritters, and donut holes. A “live fry” donut station makes hot donuts to order and a “Pimp Your Donut” experience allows visitors to customize their donuts. The DTLA Donut Festival will also include coffee vendors for dunking. June 16. www.eventbrite.com/e/dtla-donut-fest-tickets-44493141183

Best Croissant in Los Angeles

In front of a panel of professional chefs, the finest bakeries will compete to be the Best Croissant in Los Angeles. You’ll sample all the finest creations, with a selection of jam, coffee, and a glass of wine. Vote on which bakery receives the Fan Prize, and the judges will award the Grand Prix. June 2. Le Petit Paris, 418 S Spring St, Los Angeles. www.eventbrite.com/e/best-croissant-los-angeles-2018-the-finale-tickets-44214119622?aff=es2

Wine


Celebrate all things vino.

LAWineFest

LAWineFest brings wines, brews and spirits from all over the world to you. Taste samples with access to wines from dozens of wineries. Seminars, entertainment, boutiques, food trucks and more. You'll also get to keep your glass! June 2 – 3. www.lawinefest.com

STARS of Pinot 2018

Pinot Noir is a very important grape. To honor it, WineLA presents STARS of Pinot. Taste over 150 different wines, meet the makers and celebrate the best Pinots’ from the world's top producers. All guests are welcome to stay for the afterparty with DJ Richard Blade. $60. July 11. The Montage Beverly Hills. www.winela.com/stars-of-pinot-2018

Wine Camp

Wine Camp is the perfect introductory class to demystify this ancient beverage. You’ll learn how wine is made, improve your ability to describe wine, find out the best way to serve wine, and discuss food and wine pairing. June 3, 21 and July 1, 8, 20. www.winela.com/wine-classes

Film


Movies are the best way to watch a story.

Rooftop Cinema Club Rooftop Cinema Club offers an upscale outdoor movie screening experience with beautiful city views, as well as unique movie-going. They will set you up with your very own lawn chair, and blankets if you want them! You’ll also get a set of wireless headphones so you can catch all the dialogue. Locations in Downtown L.A. and Hollywood. Ongoing. http://rooftopcinemaclub.com/los-angeles

Last Remaining Seats

The L.A. Conservancy is screening classic films, including The Birds and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington alongside modern classics like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Joy Luck Club. Screenings include an introduction and post-film Q&A. Before seeing a film at Last Remaining Seats, go behind the scenes of a historic theatre! You’ll see the inner workings of a beautiful movie palace. June 2 – 23. Locations in Downtown L.A. www.laconservancy.org/last-remaining-seats

Drive-In Movie

Featuring the film “Trolls.” Bring your family to enjoy an evening Drive-In. Sit in your car or outside to watch this spectacular feature. Tune in to your car radio or watch and listen outside on a 30' screen. $5 per car or $1 walk-in fee. June 2. Oak Park High School Parking Lot, 899 Kanan Rd., Oak Park. www.rsrpd.org

Theatre


Enjoy everything from classic ballet to comedy.

Pacific Festival Ballet Presents “The Sleeping Beauty” This classic fairytale comes to life as a ballet. Princess Aurora is protected from evil Carabosse's spell by fairies who put the Princess into a deep sleep. The awakening kiss of a handsome Prince is certain to cast a spell on Aurora's heart. May 19. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. www.civicartsplaza.com

ComedySportz Played like a sport, the show is complete with referee, Astroturf, a ballpark organ and the national anthem. The audience helps pick the games, yells suggestions and decides the winners. Friday and Saturday at 8p.m. and 10 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. www.cszla.com

Beauty and the Beast "Be Our Guest" through the retelling of the tale as old as time. This production will transform your spirit, leaving you captivated by adventure, revenge, true friendship and love. July 20 - 29. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. www.civicartsplaza.com

Unique Appearances From Celebrities


Stars are out in Los Angeles in full force.

Kevin Hart Kevin Hart is everywhere: One of the world’s highest-paid comedians with starring roles in films and over 100 stops on his latest tour. Hart’s consistent positivity and high-energy comedy make him irresistible to most audiences. June 7, Hollywood Bowl. http://kevinhartnation.com

William Shatner and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Prepare to be beamed up for an unforgettable night with William Shatner. Enjoy a screening of the film “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” on the big screen. Following the movie, William Shatner, will take to the stage to share behind the scenes stories and fans can ask questions. June 24. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. www.civicartsplaza.com

New Venues


Here are couple of amazing new restaurants.

E.D.B. In April, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport opened E.D.B., a casual outdoor bar adjacent to the lobby and pool area. E.D.B.—which stands for Eat, Drink, Be— offers handcrafted cocktails, craft brews on tap, and California wines, and there is a menu of shareable appetizers and bento boxes. www.marriottburbankairport.com/dining/edb.shtml

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville The only California location of Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville opened in March at Universal CityWalk. The casual palm tree- and island music-filled restaurant features hand-crafted cocktails, live music, and signature dishes, including Jimmy’s Jammin’ Jambalaya and Cheeseburger in Paradise. www.margaritavillehollywoodca.com

Festivals


It's a day of food, music and fun. It's a festival!

Lummis Day Festival

Celebrate the history and ethnic diversity of Los Angeles at this annual music, dance and art festival. The three-day affair honors the late Charles Lummis, the journalist who defended Native American rights and culture. June 1 - 3. www.lummisday.org

AlienCon 2018

AlienCon 2018 brings together all those seeking the truth about extraterrestrial existence. AlienCon features thought-provoking original programming, celebrity appearances, exhibits, exclusive merchandise, fan competitions, and more. Celebrity appearances include David Duchovny of the X-Files, Gates McFadden of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Robert Picardo of Star Trek: Voyager. June 15 - 17. Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green St, Pasadena. www.thealiencon.com

LA Pride

LA Pride attracts a half of a million people during its two-day festival at West Hollywood Park, including its signature Sunday parade. The atmosphere is good-natured and raucous; local color is provided by divas, drag queens and Djs. June 9 - 10. www.lapride.org

Pirates Day 2018

Pirates Day is back at Ventura Arrrgggbor on June 10! Voyage through various courtyards and shops for pirates, mermaids, Tinkerbell, treasure, exotic talking birds, live entertainment, Thieves Market Place, pirate merchandise, pirate snacks and more. www.venturaharborvillage.com/event/pirates-day-2018

Dragon Boat Music Festival

The third annual Dragon Boat Festival features musicians and dancers including the Yangsheng Choir, Thousand Oaks Chinese Folk Ensemble, Thousand Oaks Dance Ensemble and In-Harmony Chorus. May 19. Samuelson Chapel, Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks. www.callutheran.edu/calendar/event/4176#event

35th Annual California Strawberry Festival

If you like strawberries, the 35th California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard has it all – from chocolate dipped strawberries to strawberry shortcake to even strawberry pizza. Live bands, cooking demonstrations, vendors and kids' rides and entertainment. May 19 - 20. https://castrawberryfestival.org

Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival Southern California's favorite old-time, bluegrass, folk song, folk dancing and crafts festival. Over 100 instrumental and singing contestants, plus performances by Hot October, Conjunto Jardin, Skillet Licorice and more! May 20. www.topangabanjofiddle.org/2018_info.html

ResortPass


Dreaming about spending a sunny afternoon by the pool with an umbrella drink? Meet ResortPass, an online booking platform that offers consumers the ability to access amenities of resorts and hotels without having to commit to an overnight stay.

W Hollywood Hotel Soak up the LA sunshine at Wet Deck, the W Hollywood's famous rooftop pool with expansive views of the Hollywood Hills and downtown Hollywood. Lounge poolside and enjoy specialty cocktails, refreshing drinks, and cuisine from the pool bar.

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa Relax and play at Orange County's beach front resort oasis! Featuring lush tropical grounds and ocean views, the resort offers multiple pools, beach access, two full service restaurants, pool side dining, grab ‘n go market and pizzeria, and activities for the whole family.

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa The spectacular Omni Rancho Las Palmas features incredible resort amenities in the heart of the desert. The renowned Splashtopia water park is packed with fun activities for the whole family.

Prices vary. For more information visit www.resortpass.com

It's warm and the sun is shining! Enjoy all the amazing amenities and activities summer has to offer!

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