20 Ways to Enjoy LA's Last 20 Days of Summer

Sep 2, 2015

Summer is officially over in only 20 days! Here are 20 ways to get the most out of these last few sunny moments:

Summer photo credit Lance Anderson Unsplash - Last 20 Days of Summer LA Hello, Handbag


1) Outdoor Movies
Here in LA, outdoor movies are almost much a part of our culture as palm trees and sand. I mean, The Princess Bride is coming next weekend. Bring some wine and a few snacks - how can you resist? Here are my recommendations for what to wear.

2) White nail polish
When else will you get the chance? Live a little! I'm currently rocking Sinful Colors Easy Going, only $3 at Target.

3) Go Back to School
For free events at your local university, that is. At UCLA, several olympic sports (like tennis and sand volleyball) are free! Check out the Bruins schedule here.

4) See An Elephant Training
Do you love elephants as much as I do? Head to the LA Zoo to meet Billy, Tina and Jewel, the resident Asian elephants. They find hidden carrots, lay down like my pup Katie, and even trumpet on command. And the best part - it's all included in the price of admission!

5) Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Our Dodgers are first in their division, let's cheer them on! Find tickets here, and what bag to take to the baseball game here.

6) Pub Crawl Bus Tour
For $22 you can take a double decker bus to four happy-hour filled bars, starting at The Tilted Kilt in Long Beach. Tickets available here.

7) Moonlight Hike
Hike through Coldwater Canyon with the good folks from TreePeople. $5, sign up here.

8) 626 Night Market
200+ "attractions" including artists, chefs, live musicians, and lots more. The shenanigans start at 4pm and wrap up at 1am. More here.

9) Take a Craft Beer Tour
You know Angel City and Golden Road, but do you know MacLeods or 3 Weavers? Get thee to LA Craft Beer Tours!

10) Free Concerts at the Old Zoo
Head to a free classical concert at Griffith Park - families welcome!

11) Star Parties at the Observatory
While you're at Griffith Park, head up to the Observatory for one of their free Star Parties, where you can try out those fancy telescopes for free.

12) Carne Asada Fries
Looking for the best burrito in LA? Look no further than Benitos, an unassuming chain of deliciousness. Order the carne asada fries extra crispy (thank me later).

13) Game Night at Grand Central Market
What do you get when you pair food truck greats like Currywurst with classic games like Jenga (or the not-so-classic but highly entertaining Cards Against Humanity)? Game night in downtown's Grand Central Market. Every Thursday until 9pm.

14) Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens
After the debauchery of carne asada fries and game night, maybe you need a little break. Take a breather at the Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens, surprisingly located near where the 10 and 110 connect.

15) Visit a Buddhist Temple
While you're enjoying that peace and quiet, why not visit the beautiful Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights? Yes, I know it's far. But it's worth it for the Arhat Garden, with 18 shining gold statues of Buddha's disciples.

16) Learn to Identify Fashion Trends at FIDM
Wonder what it's like to live and breathe fashion? Check out the free "Trend Watch" class at FIDM on September 12th!

17) Runyon Canyon Yoga
Unwind with an outdoor yoga class at Runyon Canyon. The hike from your parking will get you warmed up, and your instructor will take that practice to the next level. "Mighty up dog, arch!"

18) Head to the Beach
Can you check off all 10 of these amazing beaches before El NiƱo hits?

19) Head to the Beach - For a Good Cause
Need another reason to visit the waves? Help at one of Heal the Bay's beach cleanups, held on the third saturday of every month.

20) Surf Dog Competition
Ok you got me, this is technically just after the solstice. But it's so darn cool you'll want to go anyway! Head out to Huntington Beach for the annual Surf Dog Competition on the 27th, it's amazing in ways you won't believe.

What are you doing in these last days of summer? I'd love to hear, leave a note below or tweet me!

Photo Credit: The very talented Lance Anderson via Unsplash

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