The Best Events This Weekend in Los Angeles | June 23-25

Welcome to the first weekend of summer in Los Angeles, where an array of special events awaits! Some highlights this weekend include: KCRW’s Summer Nights 2023 will kick-start the season with an outdoor dance party in Chinatown’s Central Plaza on Saturday, June 24. Join the celebration of New Chinatown’s 85th anniversary, savor the neighborhood’s culinary delights, and dance the night away to the beats of KCRW DJs. Or head over to the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall where the Disney Pride in Concert takes place on June 24-25. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles will enchant the audience with beloved Disney melodies, accompanied by a 25-piece orchestra and mesmerizing video projections. But don’t miss the Imagined Wests Exhibition Preview Day at The Autry Museum during the day on Saturday. Delve into the stories of the American West through various media and interactive activities, followed by a lively concert featuring Gaby Moreno. But one event I’m most excited about is happening at the Santa Monica Pier all weekend. The Santa Monica Pier 360 Beach Festival where you can watch beachside sports, listen to live music, and enjoy family-friendly activities under the sun.

Now that the sun is finally out and the skies are blue, I hope you all make the most of this exciting weekend in Los Angeles as you usher in the summer season!

Dance DTLA
Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center
Friday, June 23; 7 – 11 p.m.
The Music Center’s popular outdoor dance series returns this summer, beginning this Friday with hip-hop. Learn a few moves from instructor Brandon Juezan then dance the night away with tunes from DJ Oiam. All ages are welcome to participate in free arts activities and experiences set up on the plaza. Food and beverages are available for purchase, but no outside alcohol is permitted.

The Friends Experience: The One Near Long Beach
Lakewood Center
Friday, June 23 – Sunday, Sept. 17
Originally created for Friends’ 25th anniversary, this touring experience invites fans to celebrate and revisit some of the TV show’s most iconic moments. The interactive experience features rooms and activations including Monica’s kitchen and the iconic fountain, Rachel and Monica’s purple door, the opportunity to relax in Chandler and Joey’s recliner, and a re-created Central Perk with the orange couch.

Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge
Huntington Beach State Park
Friday, June 23 – Sunday, June 24
Purina holds its 26th Annual Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge (IDC) Western Regional Competition where canine competitors from all over the country come to show off their talents in events like the surf dog competition, freestyle flying disc, agility and the dock diving event.

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KCRW’s Summer Nights 2023
Chinatown’s Central & West Plazas
Saturday, June 24; 8 p.m.
Our friends at KCRW are jump-starting summer with its Summer Night series. The outdoor dance party takes over Chinatown to celebrate New Chinatown’s 85th anniversary with its legacy merchants. Get there early to taste the culinary offerings of the neighborhood and vendors and dance the night away in Central Plaza with KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Jason Bentley.

Disney Pride in Concert
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Saturday, June 24 – Sunday, June 25
For the first time in its 44-year history, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) performs from the Disney canon in a Pride celebration that features 200 singers, a 25-piece orchestra and video projections. Listen to tunes from The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Coco, Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph and the rest of the Disney-verse. Guests are welcome to dress in Disney gear and costumes.

Imagined Wests Exhibition Preview Day and Gaby Moreno Concert
The Autry Museum in Griffith Park
Saturday, June 24; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The museum celebrates its largest exhibition opening of the year, exploring stories about the American West through pop culture, clothing, toys, art and other media. The exhibition features more than 250 objects from the Autry collections, as well as multimedia and hands-on activities, including the museum’s popular “green screen.” A preview event of the exhibition takes place on Saturday, followed by a concert on the plaza at 3 p.m. with Gaby Moreno.

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Dum Dum Fest
The Echo
Saturday, June 24; 7 p.m.
The festival, presented by Dum Dum Zine and its new music imprint Dum Dum Records, is L.A.‘s first dark, queer, DIY music festival where attendees can listen to tunes, make zines and meet a community of creatives. The live music lineup features headliners Patriarchy, with Nightjacket, Lauren Lakis, Iress and Dum Dum founder Taleen Kali. All ages.

40 Years of Radiotron celebrating 50 years of Hip-Hop 
Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles at MacArthur Park
Saturday, June 24; 6 – 10 p.m.
Levitt L.A. continues its 16th season of summer performances with Stage of the Arts presenting a hip-hop lineup that includes King Tee, Kid Frost, Toddy Tee, Tha Union Station MC’s, Bgirl Deya Deyas, Beatboxing by Boxy Dee, DJ Rude One, Tha Air Force Crew, Homeland Crew, DJ Juan G, DJ Krye, DJ Gargamel, Big Silenca & Daniel French and Mix Master Dee. Other concerts this weekend include Boleros de Noches – A Tribute to Mexican Composer Agustín Lara on Friday and Banda Las Angelinas, Los Rock Angels on Sunday.

Back to the Future: Live Read with Ben Schwartz 
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, June 24; 7:30 p.m.
Film Independent is going Back to the Future with comedian and actor Ben Schwartz, who directs and stars as Marty McFly in a live script reading of writer Bob Gale and writer-director Robert Zemeckis’ beloved film. The audience is encouraged to show up in costume, either as a 1950s resident of Hill Valley or a 1980s time traveler like McFly himself. The winner of the costume contest will receive a poster signed by the live-read cast.

Luciana Souza & Trio Corrente
Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center
Saturday, June 24; 8 p.m.
The Music Center’s Summer SoundWaves concert series returns for the third year, offering family-friendly music from around the world at low-cost prices. The first concert takes place on Saturday with Brazilian sounds from Luciana Souza, one of jazz’s leading singers and interpreters, and Trio Corrente (Fabio Torres, Paulo Paulelli and Edu Ribeiro).

The Rocky Horror Picture Show 
Los Angeles State Historic Park
Saturday, June 24; 9 p.m.
Cinespia holds a Pride screening of the “drag-num opus” The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Watch newly engaged couple Brad and Janet (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) seek shelter at the bizarro home of Dr. Frank-n-Furter (Tim Curry). General admission tickets include lawn seating, a free photo booth, and DJ, plus picnicking before the film. No outside alcohol as there’s a full bar, popcorn and concessions available. All ages.

The Game Awards 10-Year Concert 
Hollywood Bowl
Sunday, June 25; 8 p.m.
The video game industry’s biggest annual year-end celebration hits the Hollywood Bowl, featuring music from video games and series performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by composer Lorne Balfe. The scores will be played alongside immersive video game footage and include special musical guests — including Tenacious D. Stick around for the fireworks.

Brains On! 10th Birthday Extravaganza
Crawford Family Forum
Sunday, June 25; 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The popular science podcast for kids — Brains On! — is turning 10, and hosts Molly Bloom, Marc Sanchez and Sanden Totten are throwing a birthday party in person. Bring the kids to join in games, songs and goodie bags. The 3 p.m. party is sold out, but tickets remain for the noon show.

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Santa Monica Pier 360 Beach Festival
Saturday, June 24 & Sunday, June 25
Santa Monica Pier
Now that summer has officially started, head to Santa Monica on Saturday and Sunday to take part in a beach festival and ocean sports festival. The family-friendly weekend offers paddle board races, running, ocean swims, beach volleyball, the TANDM Surf bodyboarding contest, sandcastle competitions and children’s activities. In addition to sports, listen to live music and play interactive games. The festival is free to attend and watch, but registration is required for the various competitions, which run $10 – $60.

Enjoy the sunny first weekend of summer!

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