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 start your summer with the dozen 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—most of which are free!
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Balboa Island Parade - Newport Beach
Sunday, June 3, 2018
If there are two things that just scream summer, surely those two things are islands and parades. Now try an island that you don't even need a boat to reach, and you have the perfect way to kick off the season. Of course, you could spend the whole weekend in the neighborhood, if you start off with Saturday's free Wooden Boat Festival at the Balboa Yacht Club.
Playhouse Block Party - Pasadena
June 9, 2018
Palos Verdes Street Fair & Music Festival - Palos Verdes
Saturday, 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 by making Father’s Day cards. Photo courtesy of Paseo Colorado
Pasadena Chalk Festival - Pasadena
Saturday - Sunday, 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.
Concours d'Elegance - Beverly Hills
June 17, 2018
Beverly Hills' biggest public event of the year takes place on Father's Day, when Rodeo Drive hosts some of the world's most expensive cars, lined up on one of the world's most expensive streets.
Garbage trucks never looked so appealing. Photo courtesy of LA Sanitation
West LA Sanitation Yard Open House - West LA
Saturday, 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.
Celebrate America - Santa Monica
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Santa Monica always gets in before the 4th of July rush with its free community Independence Day fireworks celebration and concert.
Bayou Festival - Long Beach
Saturday - Sunday, 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.
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.
Get up close with a Pacific Harbor Seal at the Marine Mammal Care Center's Seal Day. Photo courtesy of Marine Mammal Care Center
Seal Day - San Pedro
Sunday, 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 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.