School lets out early these days, which means all the weekends of June count as summer—and LA has the festivals to fill them. Summer movie series are already lighting up the Southland night; the beaches are hopping, and the water parks and splash pads are open. If you're ready to kick off summer with the biggest, most once-a-year-ish events happening in June, then read on. We'll continue to send our weekly picks, of course, and we'll keep adding to our Event Calendar daily; but consider yourself on notice for these June favorites—many of which are free!
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The Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle Tour - Anaheim
June 2, 2018
The Wiggles hit Orange County on their first American tour in five years. Fans of the TV show can get their wiggles out with Emma, Lachy, Simon, and Anthony live on stage.
Balboa Island Parade - Newport Beach
June 3, 2018
If there are two things that just scream summer, surely those two things are islands and parades. Now try a parade on an island that you don't even need a boat to reach, and you have the perfect way to kick off the season. If the island steals your heart, you could return the following weekend for the free Wooden Boat Festival at the Balboa Yacht Club.
Playhouse Block Party - Pasadena
June 9, 2018
Pasadena Playhouse celebrates its centennial with a free block party along El Molino. Activities specifically for kids are planned in a Kids' Zone in the theater's courtyard.
Palos Verdes Street Fair & Music Festival - Palos Verdes
June 9-10, 2018
The Ferris wheel is 65-feet tall and the pony rides are free at the South Bay's largest street fair and carnival.
At this year's Pasadena Chalk Festival, kids can show off their creative talents in the Children’s Chalkland making Fathers Day cards. Photo courtesy of Paseo Colorado
Pasadena Chalk Festival - Pasadena
June 16- 17, 2018
Artists paint the town with hundreds of temporary masterpieces. Families can get inspired and contribute their own chalky decor in Kids' Chalkland.
Queen Mary Observation Wheel - Long Beach
Through June 17, 2018
The largest traveling observation wheel in the West (that's a fancy name for a huge Ferris wheel) has set up next to the Queen Mary through Fathers Day.
Music of the Grateful Dead for Kids - a Father's Day Celebration - Echo Park
June 17, 2018
Rock and Roll Playhouse brings the music of the Grateful Dead to the Echoplex for a Fathers Day bash, with fun and activities to keep little kids happy while the oldies play.
Concours d'Elegance - Beverly Hills
June 17, 2018
Beverly Hills' biggest public event of the year takes place on Fathers Day, when Rodeo Drive hosts some of the world's most expensive cars, lined up on one of the world's most expensive streets.
Bayou Festival - Long Beach
June 23-24, 2018
A mix of authentic Cajun and Zydeco bands, creole food, and craft vendors take over Rainbow Lagoon Park for a weekend of non-stop music, dancing, and fun.
Get up close with a Pacific Harbor Seal at Seal Day. Photo courtesy of Marine Mammal Care Center
Seal Day - San Pedro
June 24, 2018
The wonderful and unpretentious Marine Mammal Rescue Center toots its own horn but once a year, inviting the public to come see the good work it's been doing for more than 25 years, saving stranded seals and sea lions and nursing them back to health. The festival includes, food, games, educational booths, and visits with the sea mammals.
Big Bounce America - Pomona
June 22-24, 2018
The much anticipated touring village of bouncers known as Big Bounce America hits SoCal for three days only. Advance reservations are definitely a must for this ultimate bounce experience.
West LA Sanitation Yard Open House - West LA
June 30, 2018
One family's garbage is another family's.... favorite annual event. It may sound crazy, but the open house at West LA's sanitation yard is one of the most popular kid-friendly happenings on the Westside, with tours, prizes, and garbage trucks galore.
Garbage trucks never looked so appealing. Photo courtesy of LA Sanitation
Griffith Park Free Shakespeare - Griffith Park
Opens Saturday, June 30, 2018
LA's version of Shakespeare in the Park kicks off another summer season with Midsummer Night’s Dream, playing for picnicking crowds every Wednesday through Sunday evening through July 22.
Celebrate America - Santa Monica
June 30, 2018
Santa Monica always gets in before the 4th of July rush with its free community Independence Day fireworks celebration and concert.