Stocks decline for third straight week – Global markets declined again this week as fears of a global trade war weighed on investors. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 24,271.41, down from 24,580.49 last week. It is down 1.8% year-to-date. The S&P 500 closed the week at 2,718.37, down from 2,764.88. It’s up 1.7% year-to-date. The NASDAQ closed the week at 7,510.30, down from 7,692.82 last week. It’s up 8.8% year-to-date.
Treasury Bond Yields lower this week – The 10 year treasury bond closed the week yielding 2.85%, down from 2.90% last week. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the week at 2.89%, down from 3.04% last week. We watch bond rates because mortgage rates follow bond rates.
Mortgage Rates stable this week – The June 28, 2018 Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that the 30-year fixed mortgage rate average was 4.55%, down from 4.57% last week. The 15-year fixed was 4.04%, unchanged from 4.04% last week. The 5-year ARM was 3.87%, up from 3.83% last week.
Nationwide home sales fall 0.4% in May as prices continue to increase – Extremely low inventories of homes for sale were blamed by The National Association of Realtors for a 0.4% month-over-month decrease in the number of existing homes sold in May. The number of existing home sales in 2018 up to the end of May are 3% below the first five months of 2017. Prices have continued to rise. The median price paid for a home in May increased 4.9% from May 2017. Its 75th consecutively month of year-over-year increases.
Stocks down sharply for a second consecutive week –
Stocks dropped across the board this week. The Dow, now in negative territory for the year, dropped more than 500 points. Continued tensions on trade and tariffs caused investors to fear that a looming trade war could cause a global slow down and higher inflation. For example, two weeks ago, the Trump Administration announced $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods, and China quickly followed by announcing a similar amount of tariffs on U.S. products. This week, Trump announced tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese goods, which was quickly followed by China targeting another $200 billion in U.S. goods. Even Canada announced tariffs on U.S. imports this week, in retaliation on tariffs we placed on them in late May. It should be noted that almost none of these tariffs have actually been placed in effect. It may be posturing in order to cut a deal, as negotiations are ongoing. Many of these tariffs are scheduled to go into effect on July 6. We shall wait and see.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 24,580.49, down from 25,090.48 last week. It is down 0.6% year-to-date. The S&P 500 closed the week at 2,764,88, down from 2,779.66. It’s up 3% year-to-date. The NASDAQ closed the week at 7,692.82, down from 7,746.38 last week. It’s up 11.4% year-to-date.
Treasury Bond Yields down slightly this week – The 10-year treasury bond closed the week yielding 2.90%, down slightly from 2.93% last week. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the week at 3.04%, almost unchanged from 3.05% last week. We watch bond rates because mortgage rates follow bond rates.
Mortgage Rates lower this week – The June 21, 2018 Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that the 30-year fixed mortgage rate average was 4.57%, down from 4.62% last week. The 15-year fixed was 4.04%, down slightly from 4.07% last week. The 5-year ARM was 3.83%, unchanged from 3.83% last week.
California adds fewer jobs, but the unemployment rate remained at an all time low in May – The California Employment Development Department reported that California employers added 5,500 new jobs in May. This was down from a robust April, where 25,600 jobs were added. While this suggests that job growth slowed in May, experts were quick to point out that the state has had many months where job growth has fluctuated similar to April and May, so nobody should assume that job growth is stalling. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.2%, the lowest reading since the state began its current system of its unemployment reading in the 1970’s.
Fewer California existing homes sold in May, as price increases accelerated – The California Association of Realtors reported that existing home sales totaled 409,270 in May on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate. That was down 1.8% from April, and down 4.6% from May 2017’s sales pace. The state-wide median price in May was $600,860, up 2.8% from April and 9.2% higher than last May. On a more local level, the median price increased 9.1% year-over-year in Los Angeles County, 5.4% in Orange County, and 5.3% in Ventura County. The unsold inventory index in May stood at a 3 month supply of housing for sale, up from 2.9 months in May 2017.
Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).
This weekend, from Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24, features Dance DTLA, Concha Con, The LA Taco & Beer Festival, The Arroyo Seco, Off The 405 at the Getty, Annenberg PetSpace ‘AnnniFURsary’ Celebration, KCRW’s World Festival and MUCH more.
Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!
Friday June 22nd, 20181. The Music Center’s annual Dance DTLA series is back for 2018 with a series of Friday-night events at Grand Park. Kicking off the series is Dance Downtown. Learn some new movies via free dance instructions with a different focus on dance styles every event. This week features the art of Samba. FREE
2. Shakespeare By The Sea will once again offer a ten-week program of admission-free performances with two featured productions: The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Winter’s Tale at a variety of venues across the Los Angeles. The series continues with performances of The Winter’s Tale at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p. Thursday through Saturday. FREE
3. FIGat7th Downtown Festival is back for another festive summer filled with live performances by leading artists in a variety of genres. The series concludes with performances by WAVVES and Thumpasaurus. FREE
4. The Chocolate And Art Show Los Angeles returns to the Vortex in DTLA June 22-23 for a peek at some of L.A.’s best up-and-coming artists, photographers and creators, all converging in one delicious space. Highlights of the night include live body painting, vendors, live music, face-painting, and of course… free chocolate treats.
5. Cat Art Show 3: The Sequel Returns Again is on view from June 14-24 at Think Tank Gallery in Downtown. Admission is free on weekdays and $5 on weekends with several special ticketed events throughout the show dates.
6. Every year local breweries, bars and restaurants celebrate LA Beer Week (June 16-24) through events highlighting craft beer culture. Check their schedule for all the free and ticketed events happening this week.
7. Beyond the Streets is a fully immersive exhibition of street and graffiti art comprised of over 30 artist in a massive 40,000+ square feet exhibits. Artist are an eclectic mix of street and beyond including Retna, Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf Dennis Hopper and Jenny Holzer. Open Tuesday through Sunday this week. Open Tuesday through Sunday this week. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. On view now until July 6, 2018. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
8. Free Family Movie Nights at Redondo Beach Pier will screen Peter Rabbit this Friday. FREE
9. The BET Experience is back with show stopping performances all week from Ferg, Teyana Taylor, SZA, Lil Pump and more.
10. Grand Park will host Big L.A. Portrait Gallery from June 7 to July 4, transforming itself into a nighttime art gallery featuring photos by Los Angeles-based artists. Photography will be projected onto the 100 square-foot wall of the historic L.A. County Hall of Records right in front of Grand Park. Art will be on display nightly from sundown to midnight and is free to the public. FREE
11. Are you a Chase bank customer? Got a freebie you might want to know about. Coolhaus is teaming with the Forum and Chase to hand out free ice cream sandwiches to Chase customers on Fridays all summer long. Locations will change every Friday, and the offer is ice cream sandwich per cardholder. Get more info here.
12. The Sorting Room nightclub housed within the Wallis Center’s Lovelace Studio Center presents a new season of unpredictable performances from poets, composers, jazz singers, cabaret veterans and more in a variety of genres alongside happy hour drink specials. This week R&B soul artist Kandace Lindsey will take the stage.
13. For over 30 years, Grand Performances has offered a variety of performance events at California Plaza, for free. Their 2018 summer series runs June 1 through August 18. This Friday French pianist Christophe Chassel will perform his “ultrascore” project, Indiamore. On Saturday music, comedy, stories, and short films from digital series The Secret Lives of Muslims will be screened. FREE
14. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include Pretty Woman, The Greatest Showman, Baby Driver and more.
15. Venues such as 2nd Stage, Hudson Theatres, The Broadwater and the Underground Annex Theater will host comedy, ensemble theatre, dance and many more performances during the annual Hollywood Fringe Festival from June 7-24.
16. Barnsdall Fridays returns to Barnsdall Art Park for the tenth year in a row, with evening tastings of boutique wines and music from KCRW DJs perched atop a hill with incredible city views.
17. Summer Movies in the Park is a family-friendly movie night in the city of Monterey Park with free popcorn. Kicking off the series is Beauty & the Beast at George Elder Park. FREE
18. This Friday Caltech’s Stargazing and Lecture series returns to Pasadena for a night of outer worldly discussions and some stargazing. FREE
19. June is California Avocado Month and Grand Central Market in DTLA is the place to be for all things avocado. A select group of chefs have rolled out avocado inspired offerings on their menu just for the month.
20. Rogue Artists Ensemble’s ‘Hyper-Theater’ style show Wood Boy Dog Fish combines puppetry and tech to produce a visually stunning show. A dark re-telling of the classic Pinocchio story, this show is strictly for adults. Wood Boy Dog Fish runs Friday through Sundays now till June 24 at the Garry Marshall Theater. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
Saturday June 23rd, 201821. The Mass Meditation Initiative is a free festival that features mindful yoga, live performances, sound domes, vegan products, art and more at Los Angeles State Historic Park. FREE
22. Concha Con at Plaza de la Raza will feature over 60 Latinx vendors (with sweet treats!), interactive installations, live food demonstrations, a fashion show, a Lucha Libre art exhibit and kid-friendly activities.
23. The LA Taco & Beer Festival at Raleigh Studios (June 23-24) is back at at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood with unlimited taco and beer tastings from local and national taco venders and breweries.
24. The Arroyo Seco Weekend music festival features an impressive lineup for both days including Neil Young, Kings of Leon, Jack White, Pretenders, Alanis Morissette and Third Eye Blind. Happening Saturday and Sunday.
25. Drunken Devil presents Sin-A-Rama an evening of madness and mayhem. Be transported to a 70’s style movie premiere at a seedy theatre where drinks flow and concession stand eats are endless. There will be tantalizing burlesque, heavy blues and dirty disco tunes.
26. LACMA will host a night of Korean Art & Exploration of the museums Korean art collection, one of the largest collections of Korean works in the United States. The evening includes gallery viewing, discussions, art making, Korean tea tastings, and a mini-fashion show. FREE
27. Street Food Cinema returns this weekend with a screening of Goonies in Glendale Central Park, I, Tonya at Poinsettia Rec Park and Back to the Future at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. Select screenings are discounted via Goldstar.
28. Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival in South Los Angeles will spotlight the diversity of our city through 60+ artists and 20″ artisans, along with live music and other performances, local food for sale, a makers bazaar, and workshops. FREE
29. Eat|See|Hear returns for 2018 with a screening of Clerks at The Autry Museum. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
Off the 405, free concerts at the Getty will host performances by Peaking Lights Family Band and Onochie Chukwurah with a DJ set by Aquarium Drunkard. FREE
30. Get ready to paw-ty, because SoCal Corgi Beach Day returns with more than 1,000 Corgis expected to attend. Happening at Huntington Dog Beach, events include costume contests, Corgi limbo, Corgi watermelon eating contest and more. FREE
31. Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation presents The South Bay Festival of the Arts a free day of entertainment, art exhibitions, crafts and demonstrations. FREE
32. Riviera Village Summer Fest in Redondo Beach happening Satruday and Sunday features 200+ exhibitors, an international food court, carnival rides and free admission. FREE
33. Cinespia is back for its 17th summer season, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for screenings of films modern, cult, and classic. This Saturday they’ll screen Raiders of the Lost Ark.
34. Head to Downtown Long Beach for FKA 720 at the Promenade and Broadway on Saturday for a day of live music, skating, live mural art, a dance floor and more. FREE
35. One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival is a 40 day celebration through mostly free art events and exhibits between May 22 through June 30. This weekend Heroic Lives a musical based on the lives of and performed by LGBTQ seniors at City Council Chambers on Saturday and a Summer Sounds concert with Mariachi Arcoiris, the world’s only LGBTQ mariachi at Plumber Park on Sunday. FREE
36. Last Remaining Seats, the Los Angeles Conservancy’s annual event featuring classic film screenings in some of Los Angeles’ most beautiful vintage movie palaces. This week they’ll screen The Joy Luck Club at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.
37. Outdoor theater Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, located in Topanga Canyon summer 2018 season begins on June 2 with a performance of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus.
38. The 33rd Annual Long Beach Bayou Festival brings the Big Easy to the LBC at Queen Mary Events Park. NOLA is known for its food and music and this event always brings out the best of both. Happening Saturday and Sunday.
39. Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night led by director Sir Richard Eyre and starring Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons and Olivier winner Lesley Manville is now playing at The Wallis until July 1, 2018.
Sunday June 24th, 201840. Annenberg PetSpace is hosting a free ‘AnnniFURsary’ Celebration This Sunday featuring meet-and-greets with adoptable pets, behind-the-scenes tours of PetSpace, complimentary food trucks, and a few other family-friendly surprises. Family pets are welcome (one visiting pet per family), provided they meet a few requirements, including being up to date on vaccinations. FREE
41. Art Beyond the Glass will host it’s annual event at Los Globos in Silver Lake featuring bartenders mixing cocktails and showcasing their art as well as music, photography and much more, all while raising funds for non-profit Women’s Center for Creative Work.
42. Visit the Skirball for Late Night with Leonard Bernstein an evening inspired by the inimitable artist’s habit of creating masterworks and entertaining friends into all hours of the night. Hosted by the composer’s daughter Jamie Bernstein the night will feature live performances, enchanting renditions of Bernstein’s compositions and much more.
43. Father John Misty and Gillian Welch will take the stage of the Hollywood Bowl when KCRW’s World Festival returns for a 20th year at the popular outdoor concert venue.
44. The 18th annual Summer Soulstice celebration returns to Santa Monica’s Main Street for a day of live music, local vendors and various interactive attractions. FREE
45. Head to DTLA for a tour of one of the most iconic spots in our city during the Clifton’s Living History Tour. This Sunday the tour will be joined by 100 Things to Do in L.A. Before You Die authors Danny Jensen and Carrie Kim with a book signing after the tour.
46. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with a screening this week of Ladybird.
47. Shakespeare’s most magical play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon for 12 performances throughout the summer, from June 3-September 3.
48. Concerts on the Green presents The Highwaymen a tribute to three musical luminaries: Willie Nelson, Jonny Cash and Waylon Jennings comes to the Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Park on Sunday for their crowd-gathering renditions of On The Road Again, Get Rhythm, Always On My Mind, I Walk The Line and more. FREE
49. Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden will host a family-friendly summer festival featuring live music, performances, a rice ball making demo, crafts and more.
Schedule provided by We Like LA.
Stock markets end the week mixed – The Dow dropped about 1% this week, as the S&P held steady, and the NASDAQ rose. The Trump administration announced $50 billion in tariffs against China yesterday, which caused markets to drop both here and overseas. The Federal Reserve increased their benchmark interest rate by 1/4% this week. That was the second increase this year and the seventh since they began increasing rates at the end of 2015. The federal funds rate now stands at 1.75% – 2%, which is still near a historical low. It was lowered to 0 – .25% during the great recess, which had never happened before to encourage borrowing and stimulate growth. The Fed announced that the economic outlook was strong, citing unemployment near historic lows and inflation picking up in 2018, yet still near their target levels. They estimated that there would be one or two more increases in 2018, and three in 2019. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 25,090.48, down from 25,316.53 last week. It is up 1.5% year-to-date. The S&P 500 closed the week at 2,779.66, unchanged from 2,779. 03. It’s up 4% year-to-date. The NASDAQ closed the week at 7,746.38, up from 7,645.51 last week. It’s up 12.2% year-to-date.
Treasury Bond Yields unchanged this week – The 10-year treasury bond closed the week yielding 2.93%, unchanged from 2.93% last week. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the week at 3.05%, down slightly from 3.08% last week. We watch bond rates because mortgage rates follow bond rates.
Mortgage Rates higher this week – The June 14, 2018 Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that the 30-year fixed mortgage rate average was 4.62%, up from 4.54% last week. The 15-year fixed was 4.07%, up from 4.01% last week. The 5-year ARM was 3.83%, up from 3.74% last week.
May housing figures should be out next week. We expect to see California housing prices increase year-over-year about 8% with LA County prices increasing around 10%. The exact numbers will be in next week’s update.
“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date,” Shakespeare wrote in his 18th sonnet. Make sure your summer doesn’t pass by too quickly by indulging in one of the many free Shakespeare in the Park performances around Los Angeles.
We’ve compiled a schedule of all of the free and donation-based Shakespeare to be found in the Los Angeles area during the summer of 2018.
While admission is free for any and all, why not leave a few dollars to help continue supporting free Shakespeare in the City of Angel?
Check out the listings below, and enjoy the show!
Shakespeare in the Park2018 marks the 15th year of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Ten weeks of free Shakespeare will launch on June 30 at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park with A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Titus Andronicus then begins on July 28, and both plays run through September 2 at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays-Sundays. Check this link for a detailed schedule. Arrive early to nab a good seat.
Shakespeare by the SeaShakespeare By The Sea will once again offer a ten-week program of admission-free performances with two featured productions: The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Winter’s Tale.
Shows will take place at a variety of venues across the Los Angeles area, including stops in Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Hermosa Beach, South Pasadena, Whittier, and an extended run at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.
The complete schedule is as follows:
June 14: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.
June 15: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.
June 16: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.
June 21: The Winter’s Tale – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.
June 22: The Winter’s Tale – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.
June 23: The Winter’s Tale – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.
June 28: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.
June 29: The Winter’s Tale – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.
June 30: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.
July 5: The Winter’s Tale – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.
July 6: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.
July 7: The Winter’s Tale – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.
July 8: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Hesse Park in Rancho Palos Verdes at 7 p.m.
July 11: The Winter’s Tale – Valley Park in Hermosa Beach at 7 p.m
July 12: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Valley Park in Hermosa Beach at 7 p.m.
July 13: The Winter’s Tale – Monte Verde Park in Lakewood at 7 p.m.
July 14: The Winter’s Tale – Rush Park in Los Alamitos at 7 p.m.
July 18: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Schabarum Regional Park in Rowland Heights at 7 p.m.
July 19: The Winter’s Tale – Garfield Park in South Pasadena at 7 p.m.
July 20: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro at 7 p.m.
July 21: The Winter’s Tale – Cesar Chavez Park in Long Beach at 7 p.m.
July 22: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Cesar Chavez Park in Long Beach at 7 p.m.
July 25: The Winter’s Tale – La Mirada Regional Park in La Mirada at 7 p.m.
July 26: The Winter’s Tale – Birch Park in Santa Ana at 7 p.m.
July 27: The Winter’s Tale – Wilson Park in Torrance at 7 p.m.
July 28: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Wilson Park in Torrance at 7 p.m.
July 29: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Terreana Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes at 7 p.m.
August 1: The Winter’s Tale – Adventure Park in Whitter at 7 p.m.
August 2: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Garfield Park in South Pasadena at 7 p.m.
August 3: The Winter’s Tale – Potocki Center for the Arts in Mission Viejo at 7 p.m.
August 4: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Los Encinos State Historic Park in Encino at 7 p.m.
August 5: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Eisenhower Park in Seal Beach at 7 p.m.
August 8: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Soka University in Aliso Viejo at 7 p.m.
August 9: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills at 7 p.m.
August 10: The Winter’s Tale – Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach at 7 p.m.
August 12: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Crown Valley Park in Laguna Niguel at 7 p.m.
August 15: The Winter’s Tale – CSU Dominguez Hills in Carons at 7 p.m.
August 16: The Merry Wives of Windsor – CSU Dominguez Hills in Carons at 7 p.m.
August 17: The Winter’s Tale – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.
August 18: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.
Visit the Shakespeare by the Sea calendar page for more details on each of the locations and any changes to the schedule.
Even More Free Summer ShakespeareAnother option for free Shakespeare is at The LA SummerFEST presented by the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival.
This year, Othello will be performed on July 21, 23, 28, 30 and August 11-13. Each show begins at 8 p.m. Though admission and parking are free, the group suggests a donation of $10.
Schedule provided by We Like LA.
Stocks have best week in three months – Stock markets rose this week with the NASDAQ hitting an all time high. Big winners this week included financial stocks, which rallied after the new Acting Director of The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mick Mulvaney, told the 25 members of the Consumer Advisory Board that they will be replaced. It is widely believed that the new appointees will be much more friendly to financial institutions than the Obama era appointees. Just one week ago, Congress rolled back some of the regulations put in place after the financial crisis. Energy stocks continued to rise as oil prices topped $65 a barrel, up from $50 a barrel at the beginning of the year. Investors are also showing more optimism following last week’s robust jobs report, benefits of the corporate tax cuts, and strengthened economic conditions overseas. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the week at 25,316.53, up from its May 31, 2018 close of 24,415.84. It is up 2.4% year-to-date. The S&P 500 closed the week at 2,779.03, up from its May 31, 2018 close of 2,705.27. It’s up 3.9% year-to-date. The NASDAQ closed the week at 7,645.51, up from its May 31 close of 7,442.12. It’s up 10.8% year-to-date.
Treasury Bond Yields higher this week – The 10-year treasury bond closed the week yielding 2.93%, up from 2.83% on May 31. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the week at 3.08%, up from 3.00% on the last week. We watch bond rates because mortgage rates follow bond rates.
Mortgage Rates lower for second straight week – The June 7, 2018 Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported that the 30-year fixed mortgage rate average was 4.54%, down slightly from 4.56% last week. The 15-year fixed was 4.01%, down from 4.06% last week. The 5-year ARM was 3.74%, down from 3.80% last week.
Need stuff to do this month in Los Angeles? We looked ahead on our calendar to focus in on some of the best events happening in June around Los Angeles that you should probably have on your radar. After all, better to get your tickets now than wait till the last minute and find out your favorite event is sold out.
June 2018 event highlights includes KCRW Summer Nights, Venice Pride, FIGFest, Arroyo Seco Weekend, the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the DTLA Donut Festival, and much more.
Our complete rundown starts after the jump. Enjoy!
1. FIGFest (starting June 1)FIGat7th Downtown Festival is back for another festive summer filled with good tunes and good times. Free concerts will take place on four Fridays in June with performers including Poolside, Lion Babe, Gabriel Garzón-Montano and Thumper. -> More information
2. Grand Performances (starting June 1)For over 30 years, Grand Performances has offered a variety of performance events at California Plaza, for free. Their 2018 summer series kicks off on June 1, and continues through August 18. Higher! The Psychedelic Soul & Genius of Sly and the Family Stone will kick off the series. -> More information
3. KCRW Summer Nights (starting June 2)KCRW kicks off their summer of free outdoor concerts this month with two events at One Colorado and a June 30 edition of Chinatown Summer Nights. -> More information
4. 3rd Annual Venice Pride Sign Lighting & Block Party with Thelma Houston (June 2)The 3rd annual Venice Pride Sign Lighting & Block Party 2018 returns to Windward Avenue on June 2 for an inclusive celebration of the LGBTQ+ community with Thelma Houston, DJs, food trucks & more. -> More information
5. ‘Made in L.A. 2018’ Opening Celebration at The Hammer (June 2)Celebrate the glories of Los Angeles art when Made in L.A. opens at the Hammer in Westwood. The opening night party of the fourth incarnation of this art showcase takes place on Saturday, June 2 and is FREE and open to the public. -> More information
6. The 21st Annual South Robertson (SORO) Community Festival (June 3)SORO Festival is a free Westside event with fun activities for kids and adults alike. Highlights include live music, vendor booths, a Beer and Wine Garden, gourmet food truck stop, a car show and more. -> More information
7. Los Angeles’ Taste of the Nation 2018 in Culver City (June 3)Taste of the Nation is returning to Culver City on June 3 for another year of unlimited food samples and fundraising for No Kid Hungry. -> More information
8. Hollywood Fringe Festival (June 7-24)Venues such as 2nd Stage, Hudson Theatres, The Broadwater and the Underground Annex Theater will host comedy, ensemble theatre, dance and many more performances during the annual Hollywood Fringe Festival. Be sure to check out our preview guide for the best of this year’s Fringe Fest. -> More information
9. One Night Only: Taste Of Israel at the Skirball Cultural Center (June 7)For one night only, the best of Israel’s culinary creators gather at the Skirball Cultural Center on June 7 for a bottomless gourmet food and wine sampling. -> More information
10. Downtown Dark Nights Birthday Edition at L.A. LIVE (June 8)Downtown Dark Nights Birthday Edition at L.A. Live is a one-night only birthday bash that will feature live bands, DJs, $5 food & drink menus, local artisans, street performers and more. Admission is free. -> More information
11. ‘Summer of Salsa’ Concert Series: 5 FREE Cuban/Salsa Shows in DTLAThis monthly free concert series kicks off at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes on June 8. -> More information
12. The L.A. Pride Festival Returns to West Hollywood (June 9-10)In honor of Pride Week 2018, the two-day festival Pride Festival will feature headliners Kehlani & Tove Lo at West Hollywood Park. Tickets start at $20. -> More information
13. GRoW @ The Wallis: ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ (June 14-17)Experience the theatrical version of Douglas Adams’ cult classic novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy when it comes to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts June 14-17. -> More information
14. The KTOWN Night Market (June 15-16)For the 4th year in a row, the KTOWN Night Market is returning to Koreatown for a weekend of live music performances, delicious food offerings and trendy Korean-beauty shopping. -> More information
15. DTLA Donut Festival at Union Station (June 16)Everyone’s favorite pastry now has a dedicated event! Highlights of the DTLA Donut Festival at Union Station include donuts tastings, live fry demonstrations, chef-led workshops, coffee tastings and much more. -> More information
16. The 2018 L.A. Beer Week Kickoff Festival (June 16)L.A. Beer Week marks its 2018 return with over 90 independent craft breweries, live music and tons of entertainment at Los Angeles Center Studios. -> More information
17. HUSHfest Silent Disco 2018 at the Santa Monica Pier (June 16)HUSHfest returns for 2018, with five different Silent Disco events taking place on Saturday nights throughout the summer (starting June 16) at the Santa Monica Pier. -> More information
18. The El Segundo Art Walk Returns for Three Nights During Summer 2018 (June 21)The El Segundo Art Walk will take place every third Thursday in June, July and August. The event is a self-guided featuring works from 40+ artists in 30+ venues in downtown El Segundo and Smoky Hollow. -> More information
19. Silver Lake Picture Show (starting June 21)Now in its seventh season, The Silver Lake Picture Show offers free outdoor film screenings on select Thursdays at Sunset Triangle Plaza. This year’s series starts on June 21 with a screening of Dirty Dancing. -> More information
20. The Mass Meditation Initiative at Los Angeles State Historic Park (June 23)The Mass Meditation Initiative is a FREE festival that features mindful yoga, live performances, sound domes, vegan products, art and more at Los Angeles State Historic Park. -> More information
21. The South Bay Festival of the Arts in Torrance (June 23)Taking place at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, the South Bay Festival of the Arts in Torrance will feature live entertainment, art exhibitions, crafts and more. -> More information
22. 2nd Annual Concha Con at Plaza de la Raza (June 23)Concha Con at Plaza de la Raza will feature over 60 Latinx vendors (with sweet treats!), interactive installations, live food demonstrations, a fashion show, a Lucha Libre art exhibit and kid-friendly activities. -> More information
23. The LA Taco & Beer Festival at Raleigh Studios (June 23-24)The L.A. Taco & Beer Festival is back at at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood with unlimited taco and beer tastings from local and national taco venders and breweries. -> More information
24. Arroyo Seco Weekend Returns June 23-24 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl (June 23-24)The Arroyo Seco Weekend music festival features an impressive lineup for both days including Neil Young, Kings of Leon, Jack White, Pretenders, Alanis Morissette and Third Eye Blind. -> More information
25. Summer Happenings at The Broad (starting June 30)Summer Happenings at The Broad is a series of late-night events featuring music, performance and art held on the last Saturday night from June through September. Now in its third year, Summer Happenings will take place on June 30, July 28, August 25 and September 29. -> More information
26. Chicas Tacos Baja Market L.A. 2018 (June 30)Chicas Tacos in DTLA will celebrate their anniversary on June 30 from 4 to 9:30 p.m. with Baja Market L.A. Taking place in the backlot of Chicas Tacos. The event will highlight Baja Mexico’s Valle De Guadalupe with an afternoon fiesta showcasing a roster of talent from the region. -> More information
Schedule courtesy of We Like LA.