By Meaghan Sands
As the academic year comes to a close, students and faculty begin preparations for a summer filled with fun, friends and family.
With warm weather already on the horizon, Californians are shedding the layers and beckoning summer with open arms.
Blessed with an abundance of UVA and UVB rays during the summer months ” and often all year for that matter ” SoCal residents are pros at staying cool and tanning up.
For those of you tired of heading to the beach every other weekend”yes, there are some””Los Angeles Magazine” is packing some ways to chill with friends, with or without the burn, all throughout June and into September.
Art fanatics can check out the Getty Research Institute’s Experience 11: Scratch exhibit (June 8 – Sep. 21) and enjoy the AC as you marvel at the walls and floor covered in famous graffiti and tattoo artists’ work.
Parents, soon to realize summer may be a few weeks too long, can take rambunctious children to see Sesame Street Live: Make a Friend at the Dolby Theatre (June 21 -22) or take a walk down memory lane at Gumby Fest hosted by the Glendora Public Library (June 14).
Foodies can get sweaty and cool down at Chichen Itza’s habanero eating contest (June 17) and get lost in bazaars filled with culturally centered crafts and food popping up at the Staples Center (June 20-21) and Santa Anita Park (July 18-19, Aug. 15-16 and Sep. 12-13).
Carnivores, herbivores and “nomnivores” will unite at the fifth annual LA Street Food Fest held at the Rose Bowl (June 28). Attendees can dine on food trucks, kick back at the beer garden and sample food from a wide variety of vendors.
Beach lovers can enjoy the sand and catch flicks such as “Monsters University” (June 21) at Moonlight Movies on the Beach, hosted by Alfredo’s Beach Club.
College students seeking summer educational experiences can head to UCLA for Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host (June 28), which takes a look at how live radio can be transformed into a stage performance.
No matter what you do this summer, whether you spend every day by the beach or take a much needed road trip with friends, make it something you’ll remember.
More importantly, try something new, meet new people and continue to explore LA.
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