June marks the first month of “summer in the city,” though of course this year it’s looking quite different from the past.
But you can still make a difference and have an impact while also enjoying yourself and everything the beautiful city has to offer. From continuing to support and amplify the Black community to getting outdoors to enjoy the first burst of summer weather, here are 66 excellent ways to spend the month of June.
Here are 10 effective ways to be a part of the change and support the powerful sweeping the country movement, that goes well beyond this month.
This list is a good place to start.
Here are over 200 black-owned restaurants you can dine at right now.
For the first time in its history, the Film Symphony Orchestra presents the best film music… right in your home! The spectacular online concert that will leave you speechless. With 70 musicians on stage, singers, unpublished comments from the director, a video production with 35 cameras, emotion, passion, and music, you are certainly in for an unforgettable show. This is the last chance to see one of the most impactful and moving shows of recent times.
Whether you’re visiting the city for the weekend or you’re a local, everyone can agree that the following list is essential to get a feel of Los Angeles. Make sure you tick all of these off before you leave—if you ever do.
Temperatures are soaring and the next best thing to cooling off in the ocean is having these delicious frozen treats delivered straight to your door—including a mouthwatering cannabis-infused option.
E.P & L.P. has reopened for walk-ins and limited alternate bookings daily, meaning you can take in the most breathtaking views in West Hollywood once again. They currently offer all of their delicious craft cocktails to give those sunsets an extra glow, and you’ll be able to pick at their tasty list of offerings from their snack menu.
The mezcal mavens of Madre! Oaxacan Restaurant & Mezcaleria have elevated this tasting into pure artistry, uncovering flavors that will render almost every palate (outside of Mexico) uninitiated. In this rare artisanal flight, you’ll get to explore four curated offerings that are almost impossible to find anywhere else—including Alma Mezcalera, which is considered a gem in this liquor category.
Hitting a dive bar these days for a 7&7 and trivia with friends may not be possible, but you can still bring game night home! Grab your whisky and your roommates and get ready for a virtual trivia night in which you’ll be able to chat and interact with participants as if you’re all gathered at your favorite local bar. ⭐️Sponsored⭐️
Get your blood pumping and body moving with this invigorating self-massage and stretching sequence. Licensed Massage Therapist Chris Minehan will guide you through a specialized sequence targeting issues that can arise from lack of mobility and muscle stagnation, including lower back tension, neck stiffness, sciatic pain and carpal tunnel pain.
Now that beaches are open, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the fresh, salty breeze and pick up a new skill. Eat Sleep Surf is a two day beginner surfing adventure from the ocean to the mountains. Spend the morning learning to surf in the Malibu waves, the afternoon hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains, and an evening on an exclusive campsite on a beautiful plot of land in Malibu.
Fever Originals (who are behind beloved LA events like the Mad Hatter’s Gin & Tea Party) and “swipe for your friends” app Chorus have joined forces to bring New Yorkers an epic speed-dating experience that’s made for the time of coronavirus. And this isn’t your average, random swipe-left-and-rights. This is a safe and fun curated experience by matchmaking specialists.
There’s still time to walk away from lockdown with a new skill, so why no make it one that will be useful for this summer or the next? With the Virtual Workshop, you’ll design your ideal model of Spanish-style espadrilles and watch a true artisan from Handmade Matters as they craft your shoes and explain the whole process in a live online video call with you. If you’d rather make your shoes with your own two hands, choose the DIY Kit and get a handy video demonstration plus all the materials you need to be delivered straight to your home! Get your tickets here.
The yoga collective offers recorded and live classes with L.A.’s most popular instructors. You’ll find classes that work for any level, any mood and any amount of time you have to fit it into. You’ll even find cooking classes and meditation classes for a well-rounded path to fitness and relaxation. Sign up and namaste all your worries away.
Learn how to make potent concoctions and bring the tiki spirit home with these festive virtual classes. You’ll get all the ingredients you need to get the floor swaying for you and a confinement companion.
34-35. Explore The Country
America has so much to explore and discover, why not start your planning with these two options below:
- 10 Breathtaking U.S. National Parks That You Need To Explore
- Travel America By Train With This Truly Epic Railway Journey
Transform your living room, bathroom, kitchen or even your garden into a thrilling escape game with this incredible Escape Kit.
This virtual painting class, which includes all the supplies you need, will add some much-needed color to your quarantine routine. And you don’t even have to leave your couch!
38-43. Plan A Future Vacation
So many countries are starting to open back up to tourists. Here’s where we have our eye on:
Go on a burger binge and try out the most delicious stacks in town! Or, taste the city’s famed vegan burger that might even convert you.
These incredible spots offer the perfect way to cool off and retreat from the city, but you’ll have to work for it first! Gather your housemates and go on a challenging hike that comes with a refreshing reward.
Catch this captivating 15-acre light display on across roll the ling hills at Sensorio in Paso Robles will reopen on June 12, after closing in March in response to the pandemic. The field filled with around 60,000 fiber-optic stemmed spheres, turns into a glowing technicolor blanket when the sun goes down. Spaces are limited, so be sure to book your spot to this superbloom soon.
Your Chicagoland+ Drafts & Laughs: Virtual Beer & Comedy Fest tickets get you a two-hour session[/trackLink] of guided beer tasting and live comedy from the likes of Tom Green, Ian Edwards, Jeff Richards, Ben Gleib and more. It’s also produced by a two-time Emmy winning team, but what makes this really special is that you get to interact with the comedians and share a virtual ‘cheers’ and chuckle with them.
It’s that time of year, where L.A. turns into a violet utopia with vivid clouds of blossoms line the streets. The Jacarandas are the cherry blossoms of Los Angeles with a sight and smell that is completely entrancing and have become one of the city’s most recognizable trees. Here’s a map of the areas with the highest density of the trees in L.A.
49-50. Check Out a Drive-In Movie Theater or Restaurant
- Vineland Drive-In Theatre Reopens, Here Are The Others That Are Open Right Now
- Mel’s Drive-In Carhop Is A Neon Dream Serving Of Up All The Nostalgia
This stunning wisteria tree has wandered straight out of a fairytale.
52. Attend A Gorgeous Concert By Candlelight (At Home)
Fever Originals brought their stunning concert series into an exclusive live stream setting. Allow the talented Armenian concert pianist Kariné Poghosyan to perform Chopin and Liszt masterpieces from her living room bathed in the gentle glow of candlelight.
Take your games night to the next level with this epic virtual games night! Think of it as an all-in-one platform that you can tailor to your level, preference, or even your mood. Whether you’re a Disney aficionado, a science specialist, history expert or just love random facts, there are more than 100 categories so the content will always be fresh.
54-55. Plan A Weekend Road Trip
Shake off the cabin fever and decompress with one of these great options:
- Joshua Tree National Park Has Reopened, Here’s What You Need To Know
- Take A Break From City Life In A Cute, Tiny Cabin Just Outside Of L.A.
While you’ve mostly been enjoying the sunset through a live stream, with L.A. County beaches open you can finally stroll along the beach paths or take a leisurely cycle and see the glorious Los Angeles sun do its thing.
The beloved bakery has released its secret recipe to one of its most delicious desserts, so now you can create an endless supply for yourself at home. You can find the recipe here, but be warned, it is highly addictive.
Art has become its own form of protest and the street art covering the boarded-up stores across L.A. has proven to be a powerful way of bringing a community together. Have a look at some of the impermanent works dedicated to the lives lost to police violence and dedicated to inspiring hope for a better future here.
Stonehenge will stream the summer solstice live for the first time in its 5,000-year history! Here’s how you can experience this once-in-a-lifetime event from home.
Catch the last of the spring bloom and escape the world at a lush oasis within the city. A number of beautiful gardens are open for you to wander through once again, but you’ll need to book a ticket in advance. Find out what some of the changes are and how to get a ticket here.
Get your partner and go on a couple’s connection adventure, completing a variety of interactive activities (over 25 available) that will inspire new insights about one another. The Museum of Love celebrates connection and togetherness and is set up around the different stages of a relationship such as loneliness, romance, intimacy, and yes, even the storms. This experience will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation for your partner and the bond you share.
Five National Parks from across the U.S. are now ripe for exploration on Google Arts & Culture, who’ve created 360-degree video tours of each park. It’s high-production stuff, too, with a swish video intro setting the scene, and a park ranger on hand to walk you through the most dramatic landscapes, historical landmarks, and beautiful bits of each park. Here’s where you can explore!
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