June is the first official month of Summer.  As we buckle down and prepare for the heat, let us take a few moments to get into the spirit with a few fun happenings in the area.  Festivals of food and cultural activities abound in this edition of Upcoming Events!

Fri. June 3rd

Various LA Locations – Head out to a Krispy Kreme near you this Friday to celebrate National Doughnut Day!  Choose any variety and no purchase is necessary. Check their store locator to find the branch nearest to you.

Northridge – Grab the family and head out to the Northridge Family Festival of The Arts at Northridge Park.  Parents and kids of all ages can enjoy fun activities, demonstrations, food and live entertainment.  This festival runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Hollywood – Check out the ever popular LA Film Festival at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood.  See local, international and aspiring movie moguls showcase their work.

Sat. June 4th

Calabasas – King Gillette Ranch – Spend the morning catching a glimpse of some of Southern California’s most beautiful Raptor species.  Be sure to bring your camera to catch them nesting or in flight.

Burbank – The LA Equestrian Center will be hosting the William Shatner’s 26th Annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show.  This horse show is not only filled with beautiful animals and live entertainment, but all proceeds from the show benefits children in need! Don’t miss a special performance by Neal McCoy.

Glassell Park/Silverlake Adjacent – Looking for an activity this weekend that will make a difference?  Check out the FIRST EVER LA Kayak River Clean Up.  The US Green Building Council-LA chapter along with other community speakers will be hosting this informative and powerful cleanup initiative.  With tunes powered by 93.1 Jack FM and with food and drinks provided, you and the fam can take a float down the LA River while helping to keep the environment clean!

Griffith Park– Autry Muesum –  Head out to the Autry for the 18th Annual Native Voices Festival of New Plays. See three new plays written by and featuring Native actors. Presented as staged readings, each is followed by an audience discussion

Hollywood –  Calling all Golden Girls fans!  Joint H. Alan Scott and Kerri Doherty as they host a live edition of their Golden Girls-themed podcast, Out on the Lanai.  They will be joined by artist, Mike Denison who will be featuring his new book: Cuter than an Intrauterine: The #BeaADay Coloring Book.  A Bea Arthur themed coloring book.  Sure to be an evening of fun….but it is BYOC..bring your own cheesecake!

Hollywood – Melrose Ave. – Now is the time for all you improv junkies to introduce your children to the magic!  The Groundlings is hosting a special kids show this Saturday!  See alumni and up-and-comers strut their comic stuff with fun interactive kids games with props to get your kids improv skills on point!

North Hollywood –  NoHo is the place to be for this weekend’s The Eat-See-Hear Outdoor Movie Event with the movie being Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!  Relive all the great moments of this ‘80s classic.  Enjoy music from local band Jaime Wyatt & the Bang Bangs before the movie!

North Hollywood –  The North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library is hosting the ALAP Members 10 minute play reading festival.  Enjoy a series of short plays by local playwrights being performed by local theatre professionals.

Pasadena – Calling all you space lovers!  Come check out JPL’s Open House this weekend!  A full 2 days of learning what NASA is currently working on.  Visit jpl.nasa.gov for ticket information!

Van Nuys –  Come out to support the artistic talents of middle and high school San Fernando Valley artists at the 2nd Annual Art Walk held in Van Nuys. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) provide complimentary NextGen memberships to students and their parents.  Enjoy live art demos, food and music.

Sun. June 5th

Canoga Park – Canoga Lanes will be hosting the Bowling Bash to Strike-Away Cancer.  Please come out to donate or support this cause by making a donation to the American Cancer Society.   Bowl some games, enjoy the day and unify to help a cause that has affected us all in one way or another!  Let’s Strike Away Cancer, Together!

DWTN – Check out Lummis Day in Downtown LA.  This multi-site festival showcases music, dance and poetry from a diverse group of cultures.  On Saturday, families can visit the Southwest Museum and York Park for performances, demos and exhibits.  On Sunday, Sycamore Grove Park features 5 stages with continuous entertainment, including the kid-friendly Puppets & Players/Bugs & Balloons stage.
The event website has the complete schedule of festival activities.

DWTN – This month, Shopwalk DTLA is working with Urban Air Market and LA Crawl to bring you the Spring Street Shopping Block Party and Pub Crawl!  Spend a day perusing the wares of local vendors and artisans, enjoy amazing food and libations to get your summer started off right!

Santa Monica – Plan to enjoy the coastal sun at COAST – City of Santa Monica’s Street Event this weekend.  Discover local shops and food while enjoying music and other cultural events.  This event is free and family friendly.  It’s not a race or a sporting event and there’s no start or finish, and no right way to do it. Visitors can come for an hour, walk a block and sit down at a cafe, or ride bikes from end to end.

Woodland Hills –  The Valley Cultural Center is proud to present their 2nd Annual VCC World Music and Cultural Arts Festival.  Join local and international performer and Artisans sharing their various works from around the world.

Fri. June 10th

DWTN – The LA Design Festival is a collaborative collective of diverse individuals and organizations across all design disciplines that make up the creative economy of California, LA Design Festival is truly a citywide creative celebration.

HollywoodGruesome Playground Injuries is a dark comic tale about love, pain and friendship from writer/director Rajiv Joseph.  What is the path we take to find love in a harsh world? Sara Rae Foster (Showtime’s Masters of Sex, TNT’s Mob City) and Jeff Ward (title role in Lifetime’s Manson’s Lost Girls) star in this hilarious and heartbreaking love story about the intimacy between two people who allow their defenses to drop and their wounds to show.

Sat. June 11th

Downtown –  Get your taco fix at LA Weekly’s Tacolandia 2016!  With over 100 taco vendors, this event is sure to satisfy any and all cravings! Enjoy unlimited tasty gourmet Tacos, beverages and Mariachi!Encino – Head out to Encino to the Drought Tolerant Plant Festival.  With workshops focusing on Propogating and landscaping succulents, this event was designed to help Southern California Residents learn what they can do to conserve water and energy while making their home and yards beautiful.
Workshops start at 10:00am and the event will also feature give-aways, silent auctions, crafts and demonstrations.

Hollywood – The Hollywood Bowl is the place to be this weekend for the 38th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival.

Shadow Hills – All you horse lovers should head out to the Ahead With Horses’ 35th Annual Children’s Demonstration and Fan Day.  Enjoy delicious BBQ, silent auctions, activities for kids and tons of fun!

Pasadena – 1 day. 30 Venues. 150 Performances…how can you go wrong?  Check out Pasadena’s Make Music Pasadena free event this Saturday in downtown Pass!

West Hollywood LA PRIDE Music Festival & Parade is set to celebrate their 46th anniversary in West Hollywood, CA this June. This year the unrivaled festival experience will feature a killer lineup of today’s hottest performers alongside emerging artists and positive LGBTQ supportive vendors and artisans.
LA PRIDE’s iconic, free-to-the-public parade, will take place on Sunday, June 12th. The parade will bring together a collection of community, celebrity, and corporate supporters to march down the streets of West Hollywood, past hundreds-of-thousands, celebrating the LGBTQ community’s past, present, and future struggles and triumphs.

Sun. June 12th

Westwood – Check out the 3rd exhibition of Art Made in LA at the Hammer Museum.  This show focuses on the work of 26 emerging and under recognized artists in Los Angeles.  All mediums are present, including photography and video installations.

Woodland Hills –  Woodland Hills is the place to be to check out the Warner Park Concerts in the Park Series .  This Sunday is Don’t Stop Believin’: a tribute band to Journey. It’s a pot luck and you can even bring your pet’s.

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