Local Guide for an Eventful Summer Break
By Krystal Ruiz
Looking for some fresh and free (or inexpensive) things to do over summer break? DIG Mag has got you covered! Whether you’re a Los Angeles native, OC foodie, or Long Beach local, there’s something bound to catch your interest. Grab a cold refreshment by the pool and plan your weekend right with this fun and affordable summer event guide that will keep you occupied and entertained.
Street Food Cinema Outdoor Movies
Outdoor movies are the best way to get a group of friends together in the summertime. Thanks to Street Food Cinema, SoCal locals have the opportunity to see a number of movies (both new and old) all summer long. Starting in May, the popular outdoor movie experience will be selling tickets to outdoor movies being shown every weekend. Each movie experience takes place at a different LA location and includes vendors that sell food and other goods. Some locations even allow movie-goers to bring their own food! So grab your picnic basket and a cozy blanket and head out to LA for a movie experience under the stars.
Echo Park’s 39th Annual Lotus Festival
Check out the famous Echo Park Lake from 12 p.m to 9 p.m. on July 13 & 14 for the Lotus Festival this summer. The festival celebrates the contributions of Asian-Americans to LA and takes place during the bloom of the lotus flowers. Expect to see beautiful blooms, food trucks, vendors, origami workshops, decorations, and dragonboat races on the lake. This year, the event will honor the Thai community. Bring your friends and an appetite because this event is free and worthy of some great photos.
Downtown LA Art Walk
Every second Thursday of the month, the streets of downtown LA are littered with people looking to see new art at funky galleries. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., blocks of galleries open their doors to people to check out new and exciting work, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Some street artists can be seen working on murals or small projects on the sidewalk during the art walk as well. It not all paint and pastels either; some artists go all out and create giant gummy bears or whimsical tunnels. The restaurants and bars in the area take full advantage of the crowds and offer great deals for happy hour. Some even have a special menu just for the Art Walk! Parking can be difficult to come by so take the train in or call an Uber.
Urban Hive Market at The Pike Outlets
Do you enjoy local artisan food, handmade goods and food trucks? If the answer is yes, consider visiting the Pike Outlets in Long Beach at 4 p.m. on June 29. The market will host more than 50 food and small business vendors from Southern California for locals to shop, eat and be merry. Show your support by shopping local and enjoy some delicious food from all over the globe.
Taste of Brews
Long Beach will host the ninth annual Taste of Brews LB at Shoreline Aquatic Park from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m on August 24. The event is not only affordable (tickets from $24 - $34), but it’s a great opportunity to try out new beers and take some great photos at the oceanfront venue. On top of the dozens of featured breweries, event-goers will get unlimited tastes of excellent craft beers! The event will also include live entertainment, gourmet food vendors and secret beers that aren’t usually offered in breweries. Stay updated by following Taste of Brews on Instagram.
Bixby Knolls: First Fridays
First Fridays occur on the first Friday of every month. It is a block party style event that brings the Bixby Knolls community and visitors of Long Beach together for a festive night of art, culture, and entertainment. Local artists come out to present and sell their work, and local businesses and restaurants offer later hours for those interested in some light shopping or eating.
Huntington Beach 4th of July Fireworks
Looking for a fun new way to celebrate America on the July 4th? Go out with a bang at Huntington Beach’s annual Fourth of July parade and firework show. The parade takes place in downtown Huntington Beach on Main Street at 10 a.m. and is totally free to spectators. The parade will include bands, floats, and much more! The Independence Day festivities will continue at the pier until the firework show begins at 9 p.m. Nothing says summer like 4th of July on the beach!