June is officially here, Kidsguide families!
Whether you’ve already started summer break or are going to soon, it’s time to start planning your vacation. And no, you don’t have to book a trip to the Bahamas or empty your wallet to have fun. We’ve made sure of it! Here is our ultimate, mega, super-vital, 80+ list of free things to do this June! Whew, running out of adjectives there. 😉
10th Annual Big Bear Paddlefest
June 10: Paddle Big Bear is celebrating it’s 10th year! Test your stamina at 7,000 feet in a fun race for both first time racers and elite athletes. The event offers three distances plus a free kids’ race. Paddle your OC, Kayak, Surfski or SUP. Enjoy the races, demos and beach party!Saturday, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. $15-50, plus lake permit and Quagga mussel inspection; kids’ race, free. Veterans Park.
25th annual Pasadena Chalk Festival
June 17-18: Hundreds of artists of all ages will use over 25,000 sticks of pastel chalk to create murals on pavement, stretching two city blocks. Kids can create their own artwork and make Father’s Day cards in Kids’ Chalkland, and enjoy facepainting, live music, food and a Sunday car show. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Free. Paseo Colorado.
3D Ball Ornament in Lakewood
June 17: Learn how to make a 3D paper ball ornament. All materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Open to ages 13 to 17. Friday, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Free. George Nye Jr. Library.
826LA at the Hammer Museum
June 25: Explore offbeat museums and installations from around the world. Then create your own museum, detailing the treasures and exhibits within. Finally, present your creation to the group to celebrate the “opening“ of your museum. For kids (8+) and families. Sunday, 11 a.m. Free. Hammer Museum.
Amazing Animals at Kidspace
June 10: Animals come in all shapes and sizes, and they all have an incredible story to tell! Join Kidspace to explore the amazing world of our animal friends by meeting all the Kidspace Critters, from awesome arthropods to mighty mammals. Get a closer look at the kookiest animals, help feed native butterflies, and transform yourself into your favorite animal by making animal masks and finger puppets. Also, don’t miss a very special demonstration at 1 p.m.! Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free with admission.
Animal Magic Show in Lakewood
June 21: Kick off the summer with one of John Abram’s spectacular animal magic shows. Open to all ages. Wednesday, 3 p..m-3:45 p.m. Free. Angelo M. Iacoboni Library.
Annual Scout-O-Rama in Long Beach
June 3: Scout-O-Rama is the biggest local scouting event of the year. With over 2,000 in attendance, 52 unit booths, food trucks, and other community organizations, Scout-O-Rama features games, displays, activities and a whole lot of fun for the family. Open to the public. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free admission. Lakewood High School.
Around the World at Lakeshore Learning
June 10: Grab your passport and “travel” across the world! Take a journey of learning with crafts and activities at each stop. Explore animals and more from every corner of the earth, build replicas of world-famous structures, and make a plane, train, car or boat. Kids (3+). Free. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visit the website for store locations.
Art Without Walls at the Hammer Museum
June 10 and 11: Design wearable art with slogans and symbols to support a cause you believe in. Take inspiration from Andrea Bowers, an artist who merges art and activism. Wear your beliefs and your art on your sleeveor wherever you want! Saturday (off-site location), 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Visit site for locations.
Bayou Festival in Long Beach
June 24-25: Enjoy carnivale-style family fun, including a Mardi Gras parade, dance lessons, a crawfish eating contest and a kids’ corner with arts and crafts, balloons, face painting, a reptile show, dance lessons and more. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Kids under 12 are free. Adults, $26-31. Rainbow Lagoon Park.
Buena Park Community Chorus Concert
June 24-25: The Buena Park Community Chorus presents its annual concert. Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. Adults, $10; kids (12 and under), free. Ehlers Recreation Center.
Buster Balloon in Lakewood
June 16: Join the library for an eye-popping afternoon with Buster Balloon! Friday, 4 p.m. Free. George Nye Jr. Library.
California Joe Magic Show in Westminster
June 26: California Joe will bring lots of laughs and amazement at his magical adventure show! Monday, 3 p.m. Free.
Captain Underpants Book Party in Lakewood
June 28: Celebrate the 20th anniversary and the movie release of Captain Underpants with games, art activities, reading, prizes, and a book giveaway. Open to ages 4 to 12. Wednesday, 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Free. Angelo M. Iacoboni Library.
Cars and Stripes Forever in San Pedro
June 30: This annual event features a free car show, live music, fountain shows, food trucks and after-dark fireworks. Friday, 5-10 p.m. Free admission.
Children’s Sculpting Workshop in Pasadena
June 24: Inspired by the museum’s exhibit Interstitial, create a sculpture using objects and materials from everyday life. Bring an object from home to incorporate into your artwork. This workshop begins with a family-friendly spotlight tour of Interstitial. Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Free with admission; kids (12 and under) are always free. Pasadena Museum of California Art.
CicLAvia – Glendale Meets Atwater Village
June 11: Glendale and Atwater Village will host the country’s largest open street event! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space. It’s not a race and you don’t need a bike to participate! You can walk or skate to your heart’s content. Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free.
Customer Launch Party at Storymakery
June 17: Storymakery is launching hard cover books and want to invite everyone for a fun day of specials, treat, games, and fun! Friday, all day. Free to attend.
Dew Tour Skateboard Competition in Long Beach
June 15-18: Dew Tour is an innovative contest series that brings together the world’s best skateboarders, snowboarders, skiers, artists, brands and fans in a celebration of creativity and style. This four-day all-ages event features skateboard competitions, skate lessons by Skatedogs, a craft beer and food festival and evening concerts. Thursday-Sunday; check the web for schedule. Free admission; concert and VIP tickets excluded. Rainbow Lagoon.
Discover Sailing with OCC Sailing
June 24: Join an afternoon of fun, food and sailing on Newport Harbor. Saturday, noon – 4 p.m. Free admission; registration required, opens on June 1.
Drop in and Draw Saturdays in Costa Mesa
Saturdays: Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a great place for kids to express themselves creatively. Good for children of all ages (must be accompanied by an adult). Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free, but a nominal donation is suggested to help cover the costs of materials.
Family Art Night at the Norton Simon
June 30: Kids (6-10) explore how Claude Monet captured the feeling of summer in The Artist’s Garden at Vtheuil. Afterward, go into the Sculpture Garden and watch as the sky begins to change color and the garden settles into evening. Capture your impressions of the Sculpture Garden using oil pastels on canvas. Friday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free with admission.
Family Bird Walk at the Arboretum
June 10: Join Julia Ray from the Pasadena Audubon Society for a fun morning of finding and watching our fine-feathered friends. The walks are open to all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult) and all levels of birding knowledge. Bring your binoculars and wear comfortable walking shoes. Saturday, 8-10 a.m. Free. Los Angeles County Arboretum rotunda.
Family Craft and Play at OC Great Park
June 10: Learn more about the Great Park through new, family-friendly games and crafts! Explore fun, creative projects the entire family will enjoy. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free. Balloon Park.
Family Day at the Norton Simon
June 24: Emotions and expressions are captured in the character studies of Pietro Rotari and in the faces painted by Peter Paul Rubens and Alexei Jawlensky. Kids (4-10) and their families talk about the various emotions you see and feel, and then design your very own emoji button. Saturday, 1-3 p.m. Free with admission.
Family Festival at the Getty
June 3: Enjoy a day of celebration and discovery for the whole family inspired by magnificent historical scenes on view in the exhibition Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe, featuring performances, storytelling and art-making workshops. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free.
Family Flicks at the Hammer Museum
June 18: Kids (5+) can sit back, relax, and enjoy “An American Tail.” In this animated musical, Fievel Mousekewitz and his family of Russian-Jewish mice flee the Czarist rule of cats in the 1800s, boarding a boat to America where “there are no cats and the streets are paved with cheese.” This sweet, tender immigrant tale is a poignant reminder of the importance of family and inclusion, perfect for Father’s Day. Sunday, 11 a.m. Free. Hammer Museum.
Family Fun and Wellness Fair at Pretend City
June 3: Pretend City’s provides its annual free health fair for families all over Southern California. Guests can receive free health screenings and checkups while enjoying good food, live music, and informative offerings from the exhibitors. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. Find more details on their website.
Father’s Day at California African American Museum
June 18: This Father’s Day put your heads and hands together to make a fun toy out of stuff you usually throw away in the Gizmo Lab! CAAM will provide most of the supplies, but if you have a small box, corks, bamboo skewers, or other fun materials please bring them. Later, learn how to assemble a basic kite and make it your own with colorful decorations. You can test it out in the park for a fun Father’s Day memory! Sunday, Gizmo Lab, 1-2:30 p.m.; kite workshop, 2:30-4 p.m. Free with admission.
Father’s Day Brews and BBQ in San Pedro
June 18: This Fathers Day, dads will be treated to Brews and BBQ at Battleship IOWA. The historic ship will have live music, beer and spirits, barbecue food, vintage vehicles and re-enactors and more. Free. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free Concerts on the Green in Cypress
Saturdays, June 10 – August 12: Gather family and friends and bring blankets, chairs and a picnic dinner for a free community concert. Kids’ arts and crafts, 5:30 p.m.; concert, 6 p.m. No set-up allowed before 2 p.m. Friday. Free; refreshments available for purchase. Civic Center Green.
June 10: Neon Nation
June 17: The Answer
July 1: The Boys of Summer
July 8: Raymond Michael’s “Elivs Presley Tribute”
July 15: West Coast Pops Orchestra
July 29: Nitro Express
August 5: Kulayd
August 12: Dean Colley’s “Neil Diamond Tribute”
Free Fishing Derby in Cerritos
June 3: Kids (2-15) have an opportunity to enjoy fishing while competing for prizes and trophies. Saturday, 7-11 a.m. Free. Cerritos Regional Park.
Free Music Under the Stars in Pasadena
June 3: Bank of America presents a free Pasadena POPS concert under the stars on the steps of Pasadena City Hall, with food trucks and family fun before the show. This year’s concert will feature the fabulous vocal stylings of soloists Kiki Ebsen, Valerie Perri and Christina Saffran as well as the JPL Chorus. Bring low-backed chairs, or rent one for $3. Saturday, gates open at 6 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m. Free. Pasadena City Hall.
Free Shakespeare Festival at Griffith Park
June 25 – September 3: Get your picnics, blankets, and friends ready for a summer of great theater in Griffith Park. “Measure for Measure” runs June 24 – July 23 and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” runs July 29 – September 3. Plus, family workshops, special events and pre-show performances. Some Wednesday perfromances, check their website. Thursdays – Sundays, 7 p.m. Free.
Gilmore Heritage Car Show at Farmers Market
June 3: See nearly 100 breathtaking American classics on display throughout LA’s Original Farmers Market, including customs, hot rods, trucks and more. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free.
Go Skateboarding Day in Lake Forest
June 21: Come celebrate national Go Skateboarding Day at the skatepark, with free tacos for participants, various events, and giveaways throughout the day. Wednesday, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. Etnies Skatepark.
Hounds on the Hill in Signal Hill
June 3: Bring your four legged friends and family for a day of fun at the 7th annual Hounds on the Hill event at Signal Hill Park. This pet friendly event features contests, live music, demonstrations, children activities, pet adoptions, and vendors of pet supplies and accessories, as well as a low cost pet vaccination and microchip clinic. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free.
Irvine Greek Fest
June 23-25: Opa! Bring the family for Greek food and pastries, cooking demonstrations, folk dancing lessons, church tours, drawings, a gift boutique and full-scale carnival. Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon – 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 9 p.m. Adults, $3; kids (under 10), free. St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church.
JAM Session in Newhall
June 1: JAM Sessions are free interactive events centered on movement and music that invite participants of all ages and skill levels to dance, play and experience something new and unexpected. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Today, celebrate the rythyms of West Africa with Yeko Ladzekpo-Cole. Thursday, 7 p.m. Free. Old Town Newhall Library.
Juggling Show in Lakewood
June 23: Join the library for an afternoon with Juggler David Cousin! Friday, 4 p.m. Free. George Nye Jr. Library.
Kid Craft and Game Day in Yorba Linda
June 19: Stop by the library to enjoy fun crafts and play board games and video games. Monday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free.
Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops
June 10: Grab your passport and “travel” across the world! Take a journey of learning with crafts & activities at each stop. Explore animals & more from every corner of the earth, and build replicas of world-famous structure! Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. No reservations necessary. Check site for location near you.
Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops
June 24: Craft your very own fishbowl and give your sea creatures a home! Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free. No reservations necessary. Visit site for location near you.
Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops
June 17: Kids (3+) make Dad’s Day Craft-Stick Cards! Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. No reservations necessary. Check site for location near you.
Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops
June 10: My Pet Parrot! Create your very own colorful winged friend! Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. No reservations necessary. Check site for location near you.
Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops
June 3: A frog made out of paper? Have a hoppy time at this event! Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. No reservations necessary. Check site for location near you.
Lemon Lily Festival and Bluegrass in Idyllwild
June 24-25: Enjoy a wide array of art and nature-oriented activities including nature hikes, live music, pony rides, crafts, food, artisans and more for Lemon Lily lovers of all ages. Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free.
Long Beach Towne Center Summer Concert Series
Saturdays, June 3-24: Take a break from shopping and enjoy some great local artists performing on the Long Beach Towne Center promenade stage, with a splash pad, kids’ play area, eateries and fireplace lounge nearby. Saturday, 6 and 8 p.m. Free.
June 3: Renown Band (R&B and Contemporary)
June 10: 3 Strange Daze (Pop and Rock)
June 17: Person2Person (Pop and Rock)
June 24: The New Coast Trio (Contemporary and Classic Rock)
Magic Show in Yorba Linda
June 22: You won’t believe your eyes at this incredible Magic Show performed by Magician Naathan Phan. Thursday, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Free. Yorba Linda Library.
Make Music Day at The Skirball
June 21: Dance, sing, and jam along at the Skirball’s celebration of Make Music Day, a free festival of music held every June 21 in more than 700 cities in 120 countries around the world. Open to all ages and levels of musical experience. Make Music Day at the Skirball is part of the citywide festival Make Music Los Angeles (MMLA), now in its sixth year. Wednesday, noon – 5 p.m. Included with museum admission.
Make Your Own Harry Potter Wand in Fullerton
June 3: Make your own magical Harry Potter style wand! Select a wand core, and then hot glue and paint your way to flicking and swishing success! This is a ticketed event, children must be accompanied by an adult and tickets will be handed out starting at 12:30 p.m. in the Conference Center lobby. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Free. Main Library.
MākMō Monday in Lakewood
June 26: Join the library to experience the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities delivered by Maker Mobile (MkM)! Learn about electricity with Snap Circuits, have fun with ozobots, and build with Keva Planks and Makedos. Open to ages 5 to 12. Monday, 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Free. Angelo M. Iacoboni Library.
Movie in the Park in Costa Mesa
June 28, July 19, and August 16: Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy a free showing of three children’s movies. See movies and locations below. Wednesday, food trucks and games at 6 p.m.; movie at dusk. Free.
June 28: Lego Batman Movie, TeWinkle Park.
July 19: Finding Dory, Balearic Park.
August 16: Moana, TeWinkle Park.
Music on the Main at Descanso Gardens
Thursdays, June 15 – August 3: Enjoy eight evenings of live music presented by some of the coolest jazz artists in the Southland, including both bright newcomers and fan favorites from seasons past. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner, and enjoy a wonderful evening under the Descanso oaks. 6-7:30 p.m. Main Lawn. Free with garden admission.
June 15: Yuko Mabuchi
June 22: Dr. Bobby Rodriguez
June 29: Kathleen Grace
July 6: Gina Saputo
July 13: Lolly Allen
July 20: Lado B Brazilian Project
July 27: Spencer Day
August 3: John Altman
National Day of Play at Gymboree Play and Music in Long Beach
June 24: In honor of Gymboree Play & Music’s 41st anniversary, Gymboree Play & Music of Long Beach will open its doors for all to join (members and non-members) in the play event of the year. This event for children (0-5) welcomes families to drop-in for spectacular play activities, flying parachutes, blasts of bubbles, art, music, refreshments and more. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free.
Nature Walk at South Coast Botanic Garden
June 11: Pop over to the Garden for a spring Nature Walk at this month’s Kids Club program. Visit the mission stations to gather leaf litter and fallen blossoms to make your own nature walk bracelet, learn about animal tracks with a folded paper quiz game, discover the density of natural objects in our “sink or float” challenge, and help decorate the pavement with chalk leaf tracings. Sunday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Free with admission.
OC Parks Summer Concert Series
June 22 – August 24: Families and friends enjoy great local live music, food trucks and good times. See bands and locations below. Thursday, 6-8 p.m. Free admission and parking.
June 22: Donavon Frankenreiter and Matt Baxter – Craig Regional Park
June 29: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Dallas & Doll – Craig Regional Park
July 6: Hollywood Stones and Jelly of the Month Club – Mason Regional Park
July 13: Open Arms and Flashback Heart Attack – Mason Regional Park
July 20: The Federal Empire and Kelly Rae Band – Irvine Regional Park
July 27: Matt Costa and David Rosales – Irvine Regional Park
August 3: The Fenians and Orion Walsh – Mile Square Regional Park
August 10: Common Sense and Wheeland Brothers – Mile Square Regional Park
August 17: Surprise guest to be announced in June – Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach
August 24: Family Style and Tijuana Dogs – Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach
Patchwork Indie and Crafts Festival in Long Beach
June 11: Fun shopping for the family with vendors displaying their handmade goods, plus kids’ arts and crafts, food and music. Sunday, 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Free admission. Marine Stadium.
Puppet Show in Lakewood
June 30: Head over to the library and enjoy this free puppet show with Franklin Hayes! Friday, 2 p.m. Free. George Nye Jr. Library.
Saturday Walks at Cypress Nature Park
Saturdays, June 10 – July 15, and July 29 – August 5: Enjoy the company of your friends and family with the added bonus of fresh air and exercise while touring the Cypress Nature Park. Saturdays, 8-11 a.m. Free.
Seal Day 2017 at Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles
June 25: MMCC celebrates 25 years of marine mammal rehabilitation by holding their annual Seal Day Festival. Join the annual educational open house where supporters, donors, and first time visitors are welcome to get acquainted with MMCCLA and their work, plus have fun at the same time! Featuring guest speakers, movie screenings, crafts and games, live music, educational booths, food, and merchandise from vendors and nonprofit organizations. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free admission and parking. Pack a picnic lunch or food trucks and booths will be on site.
Sensational Science Show in Yorba Linda
June 29: Be mesmerized at this Science Show as you learn, experience, and even taste the science all around us. Thursday, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Free. Yorba Linda Library.
Star Party at Griffith Observatory
June 3: Look at the sun, moon, visible planets, and other objects, try out a variety of telescopes and talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment. Saturday, 2-9:45 p.m. Free.
Stroller Tour at California African American Museum
June 6 and 20: Babies are welcome! In fact, you need a baby in tow if you want to join this group. Come for casual and lively discussions in the galleries led by museum educators just for parents/caregivers and their babies (18 months and younger). Expect a special kind of outing that allows for adult conversation, but where no one minds if a baby lends his or her opinion with a coo or a cry! No RSVP needed. Tuesday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Parking, $12.
Studio Arts Festival in Irvine
June 3: The Irvine Fine Arts Center will host the 23rd annual Studio Arts Festival showcasing more than 85 Southern California artists and their original works of art. The festival features ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, painting, photography, fiber, and glass. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.
Summer Discovery Program
June 12 – August 4: Sign up for the library’s Summer Discovery Program. Read books and complete activities throughout the summer to earn incentives. Open to all ages. Tuesdays. Free. George Nye Jr. Library.
Summer Discovery Program in Lakewood
June 19 – August 26: Sign up for our Summer Discovery Program. Read books and complete activities throughout the summer to earn incentives. Open to all ages. Free. Angelo M. Iacoboni Library.
Summer Festival and Car Show in Yorba Linda
June 3: Enjoy a car show, vendors, games, formals and jewelry displays. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission.
Summer Festival at Tanaka Farms
June 3-4: School is winding down, BBQ’s are coming out, and Tanaka’s summer crops are getting into full swing! Join them as they grill up a whole lot of enjoyment at their Summer Festival. There will be loads of samples, games, ATV rides, crafts, vendors and more! Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free.
Summer Festival in Redondo Beach
June 24-25: See over 200 arts and crafts booths, sample great food from the International Food Court and enjoy carnival rides and live bands. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Free admission.
Summer Kick Off
June 24: Join the city of Huntington Beach to celebrate the start of Summer! There will be games, activities, arts and crafts, and food while supplies last. You don’t want to miss this kick-off! Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Murdy Park.
Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnival at Huntington Beach Central Library
June 24: Kick off the Summer Reading Program with traditional carnival games, face painting, crafts, balloon creations, music, and food. Plus, an appearance by the clown duo Flappy and Buttons. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission.
Summer Reading Kick-off in Orange
June 17: All ages are welcome to join the 2017 Summer Reading Club kick-off event. Test your strength, coordination, and reflexes in a series of fun activities like basketball toss and archery. Then sign up for the Summer Reading Club for a chance to win prizes by reading books throughout the summer. Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Free.
Summer Reading Programs
June 1 – August 15: Many libraries offer homework help, including academic workshops and story times. Plus, join the Summer Reading Program, June 1 – August 15. Young readers (kids and teens) at most Los Angeles County and Orange County libraries will enjoy a “Build a Better World” theme. Start and end dates as well as themes vary, check with your local library for details. Various community agencies offer incentives and prizes for program participants. In addition, free weekly entertainment is available at local branches and includes music, puppets, magic and storytelling. Check with your local library for enrollment details. Visit Kidsguide website for “Libraries” listed in under the Directory.
Summer Reading STEM Carnival in Westminster
June 19: To celebrate the beginning of Westminster Library’s summer reading program, “Reading by Design,” kids can explore a variety of hands-on science, math and engineering stations. Monday, 3 p.m. Free.
Summer Solstice Festival at Muckenthaler
June 25: Celebrate summer with an afternoon filled with live music, food and plenty of activities. Enjoy the free children’s art events and play area as well as an arts and crafts fair. Stroll through the galleries inside the Muckenthaler Villa and learn about the history of the Muckenthaler Family. Discover local craft breweries in the new Beer Garden and enjoy performances by award winning acts! Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. Free.
Summer Streetfest Concert in Bellflower
Thursdays, June 29, July 13, 27, and August 10: Come join your neighbors for a rockin’ good time on The Boulevard, with good food, great music and exciting family fun. The event features live music, food and craft vendors, free arts and crafts, and games with Bellflower Recreation in Motion (BRIM). Remember to bring your lawn chair! 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free.
June 29: Soto Band (Latin Rock)
July 13: C.J. Simons (Country)
July 27: The Answer (Classic Rock)
August 10: Stone Soul (Rockin’ 50s and 60s)
Summerfest in Fountain Valley
June 22-25: Celebrate Fountain Valley’s 60th Birthday! With carnival rides, games, music, dancing, entertainment and food vendors, you will not be disappointed. Thursday, 5-10 p.m. ($1 per ride); Friday, 5-11 p.m. Fireworks; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 60th Anniversery Parade at 9 a.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Annual car show will be held in conjunction with the carnival, Saturday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission. Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park.
Sunday Sessions at Grand Park LA
June 11, July 16, August 13 and September 17: Little kids, teens and grown-ups alike will find Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions a fun way to spend a summer afternoon. Dance to the soaring sounds and beats of a best-of-LA line-up of DJs, and purchase food from food trucks in a beautiful setting right in the middle of the city. Sunday, 2-7 p.m. Free. Grand Park LA.
Sunset at the Santa Ana Zoo
June 11, 25, July 9 and 23: Friends of Santa Ana Zoo host these after hour’s concert series and tasting events that feature live music, art by local artisans, Zoo animals, Train and Carrousel rides. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic dinner, blanket, family and friends, enjoy the concerts and wonder around the Zoo after it is closed to the public. Sunday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $16.95; kids (under 3), free.
Surfin’ Sundays Concert in Huntington Beach
Select Sundays, June 18 – September 17: The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum hosts an afternoon of free music featuring different surf bands back-to-back. Bring a picnic, water and drinks, and money for ice cream at the snack stand. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Free. Visit their website for band line-up.
Twilight Summer Concerts in Downey
Wednesdays, June 21 – July 19: Bring chairs and a picnic and enjoy food vendors and a concert in the park, with a different performer each week. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be on leashes. 7 p.m. Free. Furman Park.
June 21: PickleBack Shine (Country)
June 28: Suave The Band(Latin Dance)
July 12 : U.S. Marine Corps
July 19: The Wiseguys (Big Band)
July 26: Downey Symphony (Classical)
World Ocean Day In San Pedro
June 10: Visit the Aquarium and celebrate the ocean and share how important it is in our lives. Family-oriented activities like arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, animal stories, guided beach walk, a close-up look of baby animals and more. Saturday, call for times. Free.
World Rhythms at Descanso Gardens
Tuesdays, June 27 – August 1: This eight-week series of world music and dance performances celebrates humankind’s connection to nature and gardens. Bring a picnic or purchase Patina grill favorites for a family-friendly evening of fun! 6-7 p.m. Main Lawn. Free with garden admission.
June 27: Moira Smiley & VOCO
July 4: Aditya Prakash Ensemble
July 1: Cambalache
July 18: Ballet Folclorico do Brasil
July 25: Music of Bali
August 1: California Feetwarmers