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100 days of summer

May 23, 2012|By Jason La, Dianne de Guzman, Jenn Harris, Soo Oh, Michael Robinson and Alice Short
  • After a concert or basketball game at the Staples Center, enjoy drinks by the pool at this ornate, Moroccan-themed hotel dating back to the 1920s.  Cost: Price of a drink  Contact info: Hotel Figueroa, 939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles;  —J.L.
After a concert or basketball game at the Staples Center, enjoy drinks by… (Hotel Figueroa )

Looking for something to do this summer? Whether you're looking for relaxation, a good meal, respite from the heat or adventure, there are a wide range of activities to help make the most of your summer. Here are 100 from which to choose:


Silver Lake Jubilee

Set for Memorial Day weekend, the two-day Silver Lake Jubilee promises a bevy of local bands, as well as a free block party, comedy shows and literary talks.

Cost: $20 for one-day general admission; block party free

Dates: May 26-27

Contact info: 4000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles;

Categories: Entertainment

— S.O.

Golden Gate Bridge 75th anniversary

Head to San Francisco to celebrate the iconic bridge's milestone with fireworks, live music, exhibitions and a parade of classic boats. If you miss the celebration, events will be held throughout the year.

Dates: May 27

Cost: Free

Contact information: San Francisco waterfront;

Categories: Travel, Entertainment, Kids

— J.L.


Sit under the stars for a night of entertainment, live music and food trucks. Watch a 52-foot-wide projection screen and enjoy food from the Coolhaus truck, the Lime truck and more. Some of the live bands scheduled to play include So Many Wizards, Max & the Moon and Act As If.

Cost: $10

Dates: Saturdays, from May 26 to Sept. 15

Contact info:

Categories: Entertainment, Eating


Summer beer garden and whole animal roasts at Tender Greens Hollywood

Summer barbecue fans will want to definitely check out this whole animal roast at the Tender Greens in Hollywood. Get recipes and tips from participating chefs. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat-and-drink feast of the roast, sides and beer pairings.

Cost: $40 per person

Dates: 4th Sunday of the month from May 27 to Oct. 28

Contact info: 6290 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood;

Categories: Eating

— J.H.

L.A. Times Battle of the Burgers

Get together with friends and have a burger cook-off, then send the best recipes to the Los Angeles Times and enter the Battle of the Burgers. Winners will be invited to the Los Angeles Times test kitchen, have their recipes appear in the paper and also be invited to demo their recipes at the Taste event over Labor Day weekend.

Cost: Free to enter

Dates: Entries accepted through May 30; voting May 31 to June 11

Contact info:

Categories: Eating

— J.H.

Yoga at the Los Angeles County Arboretum

Take a stroll through the garden at the Arboretum before an hour-long traditional Indian hatha yoga class.

Price: $30 per month for Arboretum members, $35 per month for non-members

Dates: Thursday mornings until June 28

Contact info: Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia;

— M.R.

Categories: Fitness

Pick strawberries

If you think strawberries are those sour white fruits you buy at the supermarket, then you haven't had them fresh from the vines. At the Carlsbad Strawberry Co., you can handpick your strawberries right in the fields. Just buy a bucket and then start filling it to the brim with the sweetest berries you can find.

Cost: $8.75 for a small bucket, $18 for a large

Dates: Until mid-July

Contact: Cannon Road and Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad;

Categories: Kids, Eating

— J.L.

South Bay Art Walk

Over 30 local artists will be showcasing their paintings, drawings, sculptures, jewelry and more at Miramar Park. The park is located on a grassy hill, offering views of the Pacific Ocean and the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Cost: Free

Dates: First Sunday of the month through September

Contact info: Miramar Park, 201 Paseo de la Playa, Torrance;

Categories: Kids, Arts & Culture

— J.H.



A laid-back town nestled high in the San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild is a place to "get away from it all." But it's even more charming when local artists set up shop to paint outside during the Plein Air Festival.

Cost: Plein Air Festival free to watch

Dates: Plein Air Festival, June 8-10

Contact info: Idyllwild;

Category: Travel, Kids, Arts & Culture

— S.O.

Free National Parks day

Celebrate Get Outdoors Day by visiting any of the National Parks for free.

Price: Free

Date: June 9

Contact info:

Categories: Travel, Kids, Fitness

— M.R.

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