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7 ways to have fun in the heat this SoCal weekend

For two days, Long Beach will be home to the culture, cuisine and music of the south's bayou country.
For two days, Long Beach will be home to the culture, cuisine and music of the south's bayou country.
Long Beach Bayou Festival

It'll be hot — real hot — but with an impressive list of festivals to choose from and a whole slew of places to eat the weekend away, there's really no excuse for you to stay home.

KTown Night Market

KTown Night Market


This after hours bazaar is your one-stop shop for a perfect weekend. A heavenly combination of music, fashion and food, more than 100 L.A. vendors will participate with everything from sushi to tacos — to be consumed after you shop your heart out from any of these local boutiques. As if that isn't enough to jam in two days, live music from an extensive roster of K-pop artists will play late into the night. Pro tip: Ample parking is available — if you know where to look. A few nearby lots are offering a $6 flat rate with this coupon.

When: Friday, June 17, 4-11 p.m.-Saturday, June 18, 2-11 p.m

Where: RFK Community Schools, Koreatown | MAP 

Price: Presale tickets $2, $5 at the door | Get tickets 

Saturdays Off the 405

It might be one of the most congested highways in Los Angeles County, but it leads to some awesome destinations. Exit on Sepulveda Boulevard and you've arrived at your outdoor stop for the museum's summer exhibitions along with a live performance from local artist Moses Sumney, sandwiched between DJ sets. Plus, it'll be held on the museum courtyard, which flaunts some killer views. 

When: Saturday, June 18, 6-9 p.m. 

Where: The Getty Center | MAP 

Price: Free 

Vegan Beer and Food Fest

Get ready to #EatDrinkVegan with tons of different vendors at the Vegan Beer and Food Fest. For kombucha alone there are 14 different vendors, plus other tasty favorites like Donut Friend will be there to satisfy your sweet tooth. Fill up on the brewskies — more than 80 breweries will be pouring at the fest, and your general admission ticket includes unlimited pours with your very own four-ounce tasting glass. Food not included.

When: Saturday, June 18, 1-6 p.m.

Where: Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena | MAP

Price: General admission is $50 | Buy Tickets 

Sunstock Solar Festival

This late night fest boasts all kinds of fun, but the best thing is that it's 100 percent solar-powered. Sip on some brew and munch on bites from food trucks while dancing to live music from artists like the Allah-las, the Big Pink and others. 

When: Saturday, June 18, 4 p.m-1 a.m. 

Where: Autry Museum of the American West | MAP 

Price: Tickets are $20 | Get tickets

Pasadena Chalk Festival

Pasadena Chalk Festival

Artists from across the city will converge once again for this longstanding tradition. Art critics and admirers alike can stroll through this quartered-off section of the city, as established and emerging artists spend the day in the sun creating masterpieces with chalk. Pro tip: Free face painting and an area for kids to make Father's Day cards make for a perfect last-minute celebration idea. Plus, there are tons of shops and restaurants within walking distance

When: Saturday, June 18-Sunday, June 19, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Where: Paseo Colorado, Pasadena | MAP

Price: Free  

30th Annual Long Beach Bayou Festival

It's time to break out those multi-colored beads that you've been saving for your trip to New Orleans. For two days, Long Beach will transform into the south's bayou country with music, dance and specialty creole cuisine. Strap on that bib as you chow down at the crawfish eating contest, or don a jazzy mask to march in the Mardi Gras parade with the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band. A kids' corner will also be on site with everything from face painting to a reptile show. 

When: Saturday, June 18-Sunday, June 19, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Where: Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach | MAP

Price: Tickets are $25 |Buy Tickets

Smorgasburg LA

Sundays will never be the same again — this weekly combination of food, craft, style and wellness is something that can only be described with its given name. Smorgasburg will transform a five-acre section of downtown Los Angeles with something for everyone. While there will be dozens of regular vendors, pop-ups and surprise events will give you an excuse to go more than once. Pro tip: Parking in DTLA is sometimes less than ideal. A new garage was just built for the market that offers two hours of free parking. 

When: Sunday, June 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Where: Alameda Produce Market, DTLA | MAP 

Price: Free 

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