#TopPicks: June ’18 Outings

It’s June, which means it’s officially the start of summer! LAUSD schools end on June 7th, though I’m sure your Little has already reminded you a few times.

Here are some top picks for June outings to start the summer off right. Don’t forget to check our calendar for more ongoing opportunities, and BBBSLA’s official calendar for June!

Multiple Dates

  • Hollywood Fringe Festival: Running from June 7-24, you can watch emerging acts from comedy, ensemble theatre, and dance artists. Showcases take place throughout various venues in Hollywood.
  • Hola Mexico Film Festival: This festival features a variety of Mexican films from June 1-9. Note the age restrictions, per movie!
  • The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Take in a showing of the classic novel by Douglas Adams on the stage from June 14-17.
  • Coding with Minecraft: Each session in this 4-part workshop builds on the next, as kids learn to code with Minecraft. Registration is encouraged, and sessions run each Friday from June 8-29.
  • Beyond the Streets: Check out an exhibition of graffiti, street art, and more in an industrial and outdoor setting spanning 40k+ square feet. This showcase runs through July 6th. Tickets cost $25.
  • Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum: This summer, experience the theater outdoors with performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Crucible, and Coriolanus. Performances occur multiple times throughout the month, so check the schedule for a full list of dates!
  • Robotics Camp at La Crescenta Library: From June 12-16, design and build programmable robots.

Saturday, June 2

  • Grand Performances: Enjoy the sounds of The Secret Shine & Shimmer Show featuring Astrid Hadad, the Secret City House Band, the Secret City Chorus, and the Garfield High School Marching Band. Guests are encouraged to wear metallic silver and gold!
  • Discover Recyling: Check out an LA Sanitation district yard featuring trash trucks and equipment demos, plus recycling games, refreshments, and facility tours.
  • Spice World @ Street Food Cinema: Enjoy a cinematic throwback with food trucks galore in West Hollywood!
  • KCRW Summer Nights: Pinky Pinky headlines the first night of KCRW Summer Nights. These 3 teens are ready to get you on your feet! Also featuring DJ Dan Wilcox.
  • Gilmore Heritage Auto Show: Nearly 100 American classic cars will be on display throughout the Original Farmers’ Market, with a tribute to Lowriders.
  • Venice Pride Sign Lighting: Dance, eat, or celebrate who you are as the Westside rolls out the rainbow carpet for Pride. Thelma Houston will be ringing in the night with some disco hits.
  • Face Painting Workshop: Learn about the paints and techniques of body and face painting at the Bellflower library.
  • Peter Pan @ Street Food Cinema: Take in a Disney classic and delicious food trucks at Griffith Park.
  • Made in LA Opening Celebration: Be one of the first to see the Made in LA exhibit at the Hammer while enjoying bites from the Kogi food truck.
  • Lummis Days: This 3 day festival celebrates the culture of Northeast Los Angeles, complete with poetry, dance, music, art, film, and food.
  • Croissant Battle Los Angeles 2018: If you and your Little fancy yourselves croissant connoisseurs, look no further than this competition to find the ultimate croissant in LA.
  • Phame: Experience a day of makeup, hair, and skincare demos and workshops with the industry’s top influencers. General admission tickets are $55 each, so this one’s a bit of a splurge!
  • LA Bread Festival: Grand Central Market plays host to this two-day event showcasing local bread-makers, butter aerobics, food demos, and lots and lots of bread!

Sunday, June 3

  • 826LA @Hammer: Make your own map of LA and write your favorite memories of the city and your ideas for the future during this workshop led by Christian Yetter, a writer, educator, and game designer.
  • SoRoFest: The free South Robertson Community Festival features kid-friendly attractions like a rock-climbing wall, ferris wheel, arcade games, and free arts and crafts!
  • Balboa Island Parade: Wave and watch the floats at this annual family-friendly event on Balboa Island in Newport Beach.
  • Lummis Days: This 3 day festival celebrates the culture of Northeast Los Angeles, complete with poetry, dance, music, art, film, and food.
  • Phame: Experience a day of makeup, hair, and skincare demos and workshops with the industry’s top influencers. General admission tickets are $55 each, so this one’s a bit of a splurge!
  • LA Bread Festival: Grand Central Market plays host to this two-day event showcasing local bread-makers, butter aerobics, food demos, and lots and lots of bread!
  • Monrovia Music Fest: Dance the afternoon away to live bands, peruse vendor offerings, and feast on food truck fare!
  • Los Feliz Urban Air Market: More than 100 local curators of apparel, art, and jewelry take over Los Feliz Village for this free event. The day includes DIY activities, like macrame keychain making, tassel necklace creating, and tarot card readings.
  • Metro Art Presents The Floor Improv: If your Little loves live music and dancing, then this is the place to go! Union Station sets the stage for this immersive summer series including dance lessons and live bands.

Monday, June 4

  • Watercolor Painting: All materials provided for this session held at the Huntington Park library.

Tuesday, June 5

  • Anchorman @ Rooftop Cinema: (PG-13) Enjoy a screening of Anchorman the way it was meant to be seen- on a rooftop in the city.
  • Ukulele for Teens: Learn and play the ukulele at Graham Library. No experience required, and ukuleles are provided for the workshop.

Wednesday, June 6

  • Grand Performances: (7:30 pm) In association with Corporation for Supportive Housing, this storytelling showcases Angelenos sharing their true, personal stories of struggling through homelessness and finding stability through supportive housing.
  • PAWS to Read: Practice reading aloud with a therapy dog at the Hawaiian Gardens Library!
  • MakMo Programs: The Compton library provides an opportunity to build models of simple machines using K’Nex.
  • Grand Performances: (9 pm) Celebrate LA’s vibrant dance scene with L.A. Dance Party USA, featuring DJs, dance activations, and an interactive 3-D shadow-dance generator.
  • Ghostbusters @ Rooftop Cinema: (PG-13) Enjoy a screening of Ghostbusters the way it was meant to be seen- on a rooftop in the city.

Thursday, June 7

Friday, June 8

  • FIGFest: This free summer music series happens every Friday at FIGat7th! Check out Lion Babe with Dave B for the sounds of New York R&B.
  • Summer of Salsa: 10-piece salsa and Afro-Cuban band Latin Sol brings the energy to LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.
  • E-Textiles with LA Makerspace: Create your own E-textiles in this interactive workshop.
  • Youth Pride Dance: Kick off LA Pride weekend for the younger set at this outdoor, glow-themed party with food, non-alcoholic drinks, and giveaways.

Saturday, June 9

  • Grand Performances:  Experience the power of Southern California Indigenous poetry, storytelling, and music.
  • Etiquette class: The Rosemead Library presents a workshop to help improve your Little’s manners.
  • Discover Recyling: Check out an LA Sanitation district yard featuring trash trucks and equipment demos, plus recycling games, refreshments, and facility tours.
  • Palos Verdes Street Fair & Music Festival: Enjoy carnival rides, live entertainment, and local artisans at this community street fest.
  • Children’s Acting Workshop: Learn theatrical approaches at the Malibu Library, hosted by instructor David Prather.
  • Playhouse Block Party: Celebrate arts and culture with dance, music, games, and crafts at this free Pasadena party.
  • Dream Colleges: The Princeton Review visits the Rosemead Library to guide your Little through the college admissions process!
  • Eat|See|Hear: Take in a showing of The Princess Bride at North Hollywood Recreation Center, along with music by Ruby Force and multiple food trucks.

Sunday, June 10

  • 2018 LA Pride Parade: Celebrate unity and togetherness with allies and the LGBTQ community at this annual celebration along Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood.
  • Metro Art Presents The Floor Improv: If your Little loves live music and dancing, then this is the place to go! Union Station sets the stage for this immersive summer series including dance lessons and live bands.
  • Palos Verdes Street Fair & Music Festival: Enjoy carnival rides, live entertainment, and local artisans at this community street fest.

Monday, June 11

Wednesday, June 13

  • PAWS to Read: Practice reading with a therapy dog at the Norwalk Library.
  • Anime Your Way: Learn the basics of creating your own comic book through this anime workshop at Lancaster Library.

Thursday, June 14

  • DIY Synthesizers: Open up your world to STEM and create your own synthesizer.
  • Teen Anime Workshop: Draw anime characters from scratch with artist Carlos Nieto at the West Covina Library.

Friday, June 15

  • FIGFest: This free summer music series happens every Friday at FIGat7th! Check out Gabriel Garzon-Montano with Jarina De Marco for some smooth soul, funk, and R&B notes.
  • Grand Performances:  This night honors the creative artists of the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Individual Artist Fellowships- d. Sabela grimes, Peter J. Harris, and Kristina Wong
  • KTOWN Night Market: This all ages event features food, shopping, and music!
  • Holes Screening: Beat the heat with a screening of Holes at the Castaic Library.

Saturday, June 16

  • KCRW Summer Nights: shey baba is an LA native singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. Also featuring DJ Chris Douridas.
  • Teen Manga Club: If your Little is an anime fanatic, introduce them to the manga club at Pico Rivera Library.
  • The Greatest Showman @ Street Food Cinema: Experience this musical film at Will Rogers State Historic Park while enjoying food trucks.
  • KTOWN Night Market: This all ages event features food, shopping, and music!
  • DTLA Donut Fest: If you and your Little go nuts for donuts, this event featuring 13 different donut vendors at Union Station is a must! Check out the “live fry” donut station, and filling and topping bar to complete your donut experience.
  • Mrs. Doubtfire @ Street Food Cinema: Enjoy a cinematic classic along with delicious food trucks in Griffith Park.
  • Pasadena Chalk Festival: Featuring works of chalk art, free face painting, and an animators’ alley.

Sunday, June 17

  • Molcajete Dominguero: Experience the largest Latinx vendor pop-up in the US, including crafts, art, music, and food!
  • Concours D’Elegance: Check out this free Beverly Hills festival featuring some of the world’s most expensive cars.
  • Pasadena Chalk Festival: Featuring works of chalk art, free face painting, and an animators’ alley.

Tuesday, June 19

  • Make Candy Sushi: The San Gabriel Library introduces your Little to making sushi out of candy!

Wednesday, June 20

Thursday, June 21

Friday, June 22

  • FIGFest: This free summer music series happens every Friday at FIGat7th! Check out Wavves with Thumpasaurus to groove to some indie-pop-punk beats.
  • Grand Performances:  Christophe Chassol (a pianist, composer, and arranger/musical director for Phoenix and Sebastien Tellier) performs music inspired by his travels in India.
  • Glow In the Dark Jars: Create a light-up jar with your teenage Little at the Rosemead Library.

Saturday, June 23

  • Grand Performances:  Experience a variety show of live music, comedy, and short films from the second season of The Secret Life of Muslims.
  • Pier 360: Take in amazing feats of athleticism and a celebration of the beach at the Santa Monica Pier, including live music, Polynesian dancing, food, and a Museum of Beach Culture.
  • Discover Recyling: Check out an LA Sanitation district yard featuring trash trucks and equipment demos, plus recycling games, refreshments, and facility tours.
  • Teen Manga Club: If your Little is an anime fanatic, introduce them to the manga club at Pico Rivera Library.
  • Back to the Future @ Street Food Cinema: Bring your Little back to the future with this outdoor showing in Malibu.
  • The Mass Meditation Initiative: This free event highlights yoga, healing arts, and veganism for a day of mindfulness at LA State Historic Park.
  • SAT Practice Test: Your Little can take a free SAT practice test at the Sorenson Library. Pre-register by June 15.
  • The South Bay Festival of the Arts: This free fest celebrates local artisans and organizations, and features live music, crafts, and art exhibitions. Food tickets are only $3!
  • Origami Animals: Learn how to create origami animals at the Westlake Village Library.
  • CSUF TitanCon: Attend an anime convention for less money than your typical conventions!
  • Long Beach Bayou Festival: Experience all the trappings of a true Creole experience in Southern California, complete with jazz music, Mardi Gras parade, and delicious food. Tickets are $30 in advance.
  • The Goonies @ Street Food Cinema: Don’t miss out on this classic outdoor screening at Glendale Central Park.
  • Concha Con: Plaza de la Raza sets the scene for this 2nd annual celebration of Mexican sweet breads, including a live food demo, fashion show, and art exhibits.

Sunday, June 24

  • Pier 360: Take in amazing feats of athleticism and a celebration of the beach at the Santa Monica Pier, including live music, Polynesian dancing, food, and a Museum of Beach Culture.
  • Seal Day: View rehabilitated and healing seals and sea lions at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro. The day includes a comic/anime pavilion, live music, educational outreach booths, and arts & crafts.
  • Summer Sounds: The first and only LGBTQ mariachi group in the world fills Plummer Park in WeHo with the sounds of summer.
  • Metro Art Presents The Floor Improv: If your Little loves live music and dancing, then this is the place to go! Union Station sets the stage for this immersive summer series including dance lessons and live bands.

Monday, June 25

  • Jumanji Marathon: Watch both the 1995 and 2017 films at the Agoura Hills Library.

Tuesday, June 26

  • Rockets & Robots: Check out these space and robotics demos with an aerospace specialist at the Diamond Bar Library.
  • Pokemon Go! Club: If you and your Little bond over Pokemon Go!, check out this community of like-minded followers at the Lennox Library.
  • Sun Prints: Create a sun print as your Little learns about the Sun and UV light at Sunkist Library.

Wednesday, June 27

  • Teen Paper Lanterns: Create a watercolor paper lantern at the Malibu Library at this free event.
  • Fairy Lights: Make fairy lights at the Agoura Hills Library.
  • Button Mania: Create buttons at the San Gabriel Valley.

Thursday, June 28

Friday, June 29

  • Grand Performances:  Enjoy the sounds of jazz, reggae, Latin, ska, funk, and soul from the likes of Dave Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 and The Delirians.
  • Teen Map Collage: Learn how to navigate using a map, and make collage art at the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Library.

Saturday, June 30

  • Grand Performances:  The Love Uninhibited Orchestra lights up the night with a 17-piece love orchestra, performing favorites from the ’60s and ’70s. Lyrics provided!
  • Discover Recyling: Check out an LA Sanitation district yard featuring trash trucks and equipment demos, plus recycling games, refreshments, and facility tours.
  • SAT Practice Test: Your Little can take an SAT practice test and learn how to improve their score at the Rosemead Library.
  • Teen Manga Club: If your Little is an anime fanatic, introduce them to the manga club at Pico Rivera Library.
  • Celebrate America: Enjoy some early fireworks while picnicking at Santa Monica College.
  • The Sandlot @ Street Food Cinema: Introduce your Little to a childhood favorite at Victory Park in Pasadena.
  • KCRW Summer Nights: Chinatown sets the scene for an exciting night of confetti cannons, outdoor video projections, Chinese cultural activity workshops, and delicious food trucks! Don’t miss DJs Liza Richardson and Garth Trinidad.
  • Top Gun @ Street Food Cinema: Pay homage to a Tom Cruise classic at Veterans Memorial Park.

 

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