5 things to do in LA this Summer/Autumn
1. Hollywood Bowl
The Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the United States and one of the most famous venues in the world. It's hosted everyone from Bob Dylan and Barbra Streisand to Prince and Lady Gaga.
Hollywood Bowl is the perfect place to spend an evening under the stars with good friends and loved ones. You can bring a picnic basket with your own food and drinks, including alcohol - unless it's a Lease Event (be sure to check that beforehand).
There is also several options to buy food and drinks at the venue.
The season runs from June through September, and is an awesome place to enjoy the best in pop, rock, jazz, classical, Broadway, and world music presented by the LA Phil.
Check out the different concerts and events at Hollywood Bowl's Calendar here!
Ticket price: Varies after what kind of seats you want.
2. Pool parties
A lot of the hotels in Los Angeles arrange pool parties with DJ's, dancing and colorful cocktails during the hot summer months. If you don't want to spend hundres of dollars on bottle service for a cabana or a table, be sure to arrive early in the morning to grab a spot.
The Mondrian hotel offers one of the best views over LA and is home to the popular Skybar. When I moved to LA years ago, my friends and I spent a lot of time here during the weekends, and I still go occasionally when I have visitors in town to have some fun in the sun.
The pool parties are arranged every Saturday from 1 pm to 6 pm, from the beginning of July to the end of August. These months the place is packed with happy party people dancing the day away while sipping bubbles and colorful drinks.
Roosevelt Hotel is another place I've spent a fair amount of time chilling with a cocktail by the big legendary pool. The Tropicana offers a picture-perfect Hollywood setting for poolside partying and late-night escapades, and attracts everything from eccentric Hollywood hipsters, to famous actors, musicians and wannabes trendsetters. It's a fun scene - even just to do some people watching.
Roosevelt Hotel also arrange night swim with pop-up shows, Djs and underwater photo booths. So during the weekends you can basically party by the pool for 14 hours - as they open at 10 am and close at 2 am.
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Ace Hotel might not have the largest pool, it's more like the size of a big jacuzzi, but this hotel's rooftop has a beautiful view of Downtown LA's skyline. It's the perfect place to escape the city and relax with tasty cocktails while soaking in the California sunshine.
The hotel is constantly bringing in some of LA's best DJs and live bands, and the atmosphere is always fun with a good crowd.
Check the hotel calendar for the list of events and DJs playing at the rooftop this summer.
You can also check out Eventbrite for more free pool parties.
3. Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Hollywood Forever Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles and the final resting place to many of the greatest filmlegends.
Every summer from the beginning of June to the end of August Cinespia arrange movie nights under the stars at the cemetery.
I love to go to the screenings with a group of friends and try to make it at least once a year. You can bring food and drinks, also alcohol, picnic-blankets and pillows, and enjoy a classic cult favorite together with hundres of other movie-lovers.
DJs spin music as the sun sets, and again after the movie, so people hang out on the grass in the warm summer nights snacking on food and wine.
Sometimes actors and directors do a guest appearance and talk to the audience before showtime.
Be sure to get your tickets early as they often disappear fast!
Ticket price: $16
4. The Twilights Concerts
For years The Twilights Concerts have drawn thousands of music-lovers to the beach every Thursday for eight weeks during the summer, starting in June or July.
This year a few changes has been made for the free concert series.
The location will still be at Santa Monica Pier from 7 - 10 pm, but the concerts will be held on Wednesdays instead of Thursdays, and starting a few months later than usual.
Here are the dates: September 5th, September 12th, September 19th, September 26th, October 3rd, and with the final concert on Sunday, October 7th.
Bring food and warm clothes, as it can get chilly by the ocean at night, and get ready to enjoy one of LA's favorite summer traditions.
5. Rooftop Cinema Club
If you want another nice outdoor movie experience, I would also recommend checking out the Rooftop Cinema Club. They have two locations in Los Angeles - one at NeueHouse in Hollywood and one at Level Downtown LA. Both with awesome panoramic views.
The Cinema Club is open every day throughout summer and all screenings (everything from cult classics to new releases) starts at sunset (8 pm). So get ready to cozy up under the stars. You get wireless headphones and blankets on request.
Rooftop Love Seats are also available for people who wants to snuggle up together.
Prices: Regular tickets: $17, with bottomless popcorn: $20 and shared double deckchair: $24