The Best Los Angeles Things To Do In June 2016


Watch movies all summer long at Cinespia screenings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Photo by Kelly Lee Barrett.

From outdoor music and world class theater, to film festivals, opening night at the Hollywood Bowl and more; find the best Los Angeles things to do in our June 2016 events roundup.

Edited by Christina Xenos

L.A. Film Festival
June 1-9. Film Independent’s primary showcase offers a lineup of compelling new independent films, TV, emerging online content and filmmaker-driven studio titles. Check website for film schedule. Individual tickets $15-$25; film passes $350. Arclight Cinemas, 6360 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Arclight Cinemas, 9500 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 866.FILM.FEST.

Monkey Town LA
June 1-Oct. 1. Pair top eats with performances from artists, musicians and dancers in this unique dining experience. Following successful runs in Austin, Barcelona and Denver, Monkey Town founder Montgomery Knott brings the successful dinner, cinema and performance series to downtown LA. Once you grab a ticket, you’ll be one of up to 40 guests sitting inside of a giant, 27-foot cube, watching a video program from artists such as Takeshi Murata, Shana Moulton and Sarah Rara, with a live performance that changes weekly—including acts such as Noveller, Jeepneys, Mecca Andrews, White Magic and Opera on Tap. Chef Montgomery’s menu will be served in four or five courses throughout the two-hour program and paired with a selection of wines.  Dishes include raw hamachi with kohlrabi, dashi and thai basil as well as cavatelli with chicken confit, cauliflower and hazelnut. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available for all seatings. Two seatings per night at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., Tues.-Sun. $50/Tues. (four-course meal), $65/Weds. (five-course meal), $80/Thurs.-Sun. (five-course meal). 111 West 21st St, downtown.

Rooftop Film Club
June 1-30. The U.K.’s “Number One Outdoor Cinema Series” returns to the rooftop of the Montalbán Theatre for its second season in L.A. See website for schedule. $17 plus booking fees. 1615 Vine St., Hollywood.

Hotel Bel-Air 2016 Visiting Guest Chef Series
June 1. Wolfgang Puck and Executive Chef Hugo Bolanos welcome esteemed chefs Jose Meza from the St. Regis Punt Mita in Mexico, and Kenji Takeda, Chef and Owner of Tokyo’s Liberte a Table a TAKEDA as part of the 2016 visiting chef series at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air. Enjoy a multi-course menu with dishes prepared by each participating chef. Call for reservations. $135/pp. 701 Stone Canyon Rd., L.A., 310.909.1644.

Vinyasa to Vino
June 2. Join Grip The Mat, the pop-up yoga that brings one hour of fun and interactive flow yoga followed by an after-party filled with wine & swag, for one of their signature events. The evening will start with Vinyasa yoga led by the GTM LA team alongside a custom DJ mix and live musicians, and then flow into a tasting of four wines. $30/$2 mat rental. 7:30-9:30 p.m. C.A.V.E. Gallery, 1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck 10-Year Anniversary
June 3. Chef Wolfgang Puck will celebrate 10 years of his first steak restaurant, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, located in the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, in Beverly Hills with a a collaborative, one-night-only five-course dinner. In addition to Wolfgang and Head Chef Ari Rosenson, the lineup of chefs cooking that evening include: The LocoL Watts team with Daniel Patterson (partner in LocoL, Alta Ca, Aster, Coi, PB, Haven), Evan Funke (of the soon-to-debut Felix), David LeFevre (M.B. Post, Fishing with Dynamite, The Arthur J) and Della Gossett, executive pastry chef of Spago Beverly Hills. Proceeds benefit Chefs to End Hunger and Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition. $145/pp. Wine pairings also available. Call for reservations. 9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, 310.276.8500.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Concert
June 3-4. The concert celebrates the classic Disney movie and features performances by Sara Bareilles, Rebel Wilson, Tituss Burgess, John Stamos and more. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.

Ice Age Hair Ball 2016
June 4. Six hundred scientists, cultural leaders, and fashionistas will be in attendance at the biennial Ice Age Hair Ball. To celebrate the hairy Ice Age mammals synonymous with the iconic La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, party-goers are being encouraged to wear highly stylized hair and costumes to this fashion-science benefit, which will include a runway show and hair contest judged by celebrity stylist Kim Vo. Event includes a pre-event dinner and torch-lit dinner around the Tar Pits. The mean events features DJ Michelle Pesce and circulating hair models will liven up the festivities throughout the park while guests enjoy Ice Age-themed cocktails, dessert, tours and dancing before the runway show. $75+. The La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.

Dog Film Festival
June 4-5. This festival combines Angelenos’ love for film with their love for their four-legged friends. On June 4 (3-5 pm), enjoy a rooftop Afternoon Tea Pooch Party. The film festival on June 5 offers two 1.5-hour programs of short films (at 1:30 and 4 pm). Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own dogs at no extra cost. Tea party: $75; each film-festival program: $20. Tea party: VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, 1900 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. Film festival: Crest Westwood, 1262 Westwood Blvd., L.A.

Last Remaining Seats
June 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25. Each summer, the Los Angeles Conservancy presents its popular classic-film series, Last Remaining Seats. This year, to mark the event’s 30th season, all screenings will take place in Broadway’s iconic movie palaces, downtown. Highlights include Top Gun at the Los Angeles Theatre (pictured above) and Singin’ in the Rain at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. Don’t miss special backstage tours, panel discussions and post-show film trivia at nearby Clifton’s Cafeteria check website for details. $22. 213.623.2489.

June 4, 11, 18, 25. Watch cult films projected on a mausoleum wall during this popular film series at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Also on hand are pre-movie DJs and themed photo booths. This month, highlights include Mean Girls and Raising Arizona. See website for full schedule. Gates 7:15 pm; movie 9 pm. $16. Parking $12-$15. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, 877.435.9849.

L.A. Crawl
June 5. Take advantage of L.A.’s newly expanded light-rail system, the Expo Line, at this pub crawl from downtown to Culver City to Santa Monica. The event takes place during neighborhood block party Shopwalk DTLA and Santa Monica’s first open-streets festival (think a smaller-scale CicLAvia). Presented by the Tri-City Alliance, the crawl will see a portion of proceeds benefit the L.A. homeless population. See website for route details. Noon-7 pm. $22; VIP $30.

Taste of the Nation
June 5. Charity foodie event features offerings from more than 50 top L.A. restaurants, including Union, Broken Spanish, Terrine and Viviane. Also on offer are California wines and handcrafted cocktails. Proceeds go toward helping fight childhood hunger in California. 1-4 pm (VIP admission 12:30 pm). $110; VIP $160; kids 6-13 $25, under 6 free. Media Park, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 800.969.4767.

Big Sky
Opening June 7. This work by Pulitzer Prize-finalist playwright Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros has its world premiere here, helmed by Tony-winning director John Rando. The funny and poignant new play deals with family fallout and fragility. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.

Opening June 8. Ayad Akhtar’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play deftly and wittily tackles issues like identity, big-city aspiration, cultural assimilation and the American dream. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.

LA Feast & Fundraiser
June 11. The city’s hottest chefs come together for one night at the LA Feast and Fundraiser at Café Pinot. The event, which benefits, features a lineup that includes Josiah Citrin, Tim Hollingsworth, Bruce Kalman, Kris Morningstar, Josef Centeno, Andreas Roller, Gregg Wiele, Carlos Enriquez, Megan Logan, Sean Massey, and Monica May. 6-10 p.m. Cafe Pinot and Maguire Gardens, 700 W 5th St., downtown.

Great Horror Campout
June 10-11. Twelve-hour, overnight interactive horror-camping adventure from the producers of the popular Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. Opt for either a mild or extreme horror experience. 8 pm-8 am. Single person in four-person tent $99; single person in two-person tent $119. Under 18 not admitted. Elysian Park, 829 Academy Road, L.A., 310.993.8289.

L.A. Pride Music Festival & Parade
June 10-12. West Hollywood’s popular annual LGBTQ event consists of concerts by headliners Carly Rae Jepsen, Charli XCX, Big Freedia, Hailee Steinfeld and more, plus the Pride Parade, which brings hundreds of thousands to WeHo’s streets (June 12, 11 am). See website for complete weekend schedule. Single-day ticket $25-$30; three-day pass $55-$60; VIP $125-$150. Parade free. West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.969.8302.

Make Music Pasadena
June 11. Free, all-day, all-ages music festival features 150 performances at 30 venues across downtown Pasadena by seasoned performers and emerging local talent. Atlas Genius, Bear Hands and the Mowgli’s lead this year’s lineup. Check website for detailed schedule. 11 am-11 pm. Free.

Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse Whole Animal Dinner
June 15. German Master Chef Andreas Roller hosts another one of his popular Whole Animal Dinners. The June edition of the series features a cocktail reception and five courses of Naturally-Farmed Durham Ranch Rabbit. Courses include Summer Salad with Confit Rabbit Legs; Rabbit Galantine with Pickled Weisser Farms Carrots; Braised Rabbit Ravioli with Parmesan Sabayon and Crispy Guanciale; Crepinette and Rack with artichoke au barigoule, pannise, and olive jus; and a Weisser Farms Organic Carrot Cake with crème fraiche chantilly and Harry’s berries. 330 S Hope St., downtown, 213.680.0330. Tickets.

Hollywood Bowl Opening Night with Steely Dan
June 18. Head to the Hollywood Bowl to enjoy Opening Night at the Bowl With Steely Dan, complete with fireworks. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.

Music on the Meadows
June 18. Celebrate Father’s Day weekend with an afternoon filled with musical artists including Colin Hay (of Men at Work), Kate Voegele, The Walcotts, Barley, and more. Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Opens June 19. The Brooklyn Flea food market arrives in Los Angeles to host food vendors like Little Spoon Frozen Pudding and Guerrilla Tacos alongside indie nonfood vendors, pop-ups and cultural events every Sunday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 746 Market Court, downtown.

Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance
June 19. Each Father’s Day, the legendary Rodeo Drive fills with a combination of rare automobiles and motorcycles, constituting Beverly Hills’ largest public annual event. Check website for details. 10 am-4 pm. Free. 200, 300 and 400 blocks of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 323.503.4113.

Beautiful—The Carole King Musical
Opening June 22. Beautiful, the Tony-winning Broadway play about the early life and career of Carole King, heads to L.A. Hear classic songs from King’s catalog, including “You’ve Got a Friend.” 7:30 p.m. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.

June 23. The “one-of-a-kind event” from musicians Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs, graces the Greek Theatre stage. Special guesst Andy Shauf opens the show. The Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A., 844.524.7335. Tickets.

Dwell on Design
June 24-26. This modern-design-minded event, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, offers speakers, product demonstrations, an outdoor showcase curated by TV host Jamie Durie, four full-scale prefab homes and more. Friday is a designated trade day. Check website for details on home tours. F 10 am-7 pm; Sa 10 am-6 pm; Su 10 am-4 pm. One-day pass $35-$40; two-day pass $45-$50; all-access pass $425-$450; VIP pass $695; student three-day pass $20; under 13 free. Home tours $100-$110. South Hall, Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 800.451.1196.

L.A. Winefest
June 25-26. Now in its 11th year, this outdoor celebration of all things wine offers fine wine and artisan beer (with unlimited sampling), food trucks, music and shopping in the heart of Hollywood. Event is 21+. Sa 3-7 pm; Su 2-6 pm. One-day general admission $65-$90; designated drivers $20. 5901 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood.

June. 25-26. Part expo, part symposium, CatConLA showcases some of the world’s top cat-centric merchandise including furniture, art, toys and clothing for those of us who possess a great love of the feline, as well as conversations with some of the top cat experts in the world. The event also features a CatVideoFest and meet-and-greet with Lil Bub, Pudge the cat and more feline instagram stars. View schedule and locations on website.

42nd Street
Through June 19. See this classic musical, set on Broadway at the height of the Great Depression, and hear songs including “We’re in the Money” and “I Only Have Eyes for You.” Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.

In & Of Itself
Through June 26. Performance artist Derek DelGaudio wrote and stars in this metaphorical labyrinth of a play, directed by Frank Oz. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.

The City of Conversation
Through June 4. A timely entry for campaign season, this play follows a well-known liberal who must adapt to her son’s new girlfriend—and newfound conservative worldview. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.