Los Angeles Summer Things to Do

Los Angeles Summer Things to Do, Including the Areas of Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica


In just about a week when we hit the U.S. holiday of Memorial Day, summer officially starts in the minds of many.  Temperatures will start to rise, and everyone will seek the comfort of pools, dips in the ocean, outdoor restaurants with a cross-breeze, and air-conditioning.

Summer temps in Los Angeles usually hover around the 80’s or 90’s, but we typically get short term heatwaves in July, August and September that could hit about 105F (41C).  At least it’s normally a dry heat with very low humidity, unlike places such as Hawaii, Florida or New York, where you can dry off from a shower, and be soaking wet within 5 minutes after stepping outdoors.  If planning on traveling into the desert, be prepared.  Las Vegas is much hotter, and our Palm Springs area can hit temps of 120F (49C).

Stay cool. Here’s some great Los Angeles Summer Things to Do:

-Summer nights in L.A. are amazing, so enjoy an outdoor concert.  You can’t go wrong with our legendary Hollywood Bowl.  Look for Diana Ross, Paul Simon, and even the Go-Go’s on the 2018 calendar. The Go-Go’s will be performing over the 4thof July, with shows on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th.  Each night will have fireworks over the half dome of the Bowl to cap off a perfect night.

-Another favorite just a few canyons away, is the smaller sister to the Bowl, The Greek Theatre.  Another fantastic venue in the shadow of The Griffith Park Observatory with an amazing line-up of internationally known musicians and performers.

-Outdoor musical performances can also be found at LACMA’s Friday Jazz Nights, The Grove, and concerts at Beverly Canon Gardens in Beverly Hills.

-Take a dip in The Pacific Ocean at L.A. County beaches, like Santa Monica, Venice and Malibu. If at Will Rogers Beach, take on the locals in a volleyball game at one of the dozens of nets set up in the sand.

Santa Monica, Venice and Malibu

Santa Monica, Venice and Malibu

-If staying at a hotel with a fantastic pool (especially on a rooftop) stay put and enjoy the scenery.  Some of our favorite pools in the city include The London West Hollywood Hotel, Viceroy L’Ermitage, The Sixty, The W Hollywood, The Beverly Wilshire, The Montage Beverly Hills and The Waldorf Astoria.

London Rooftop Pool

London Rooftop Pool

-Take a private city tour in a comfortable closed-in air conditioned SUV with Glitterati Tours. Yes, there are dozens of open air vans and buses around the city, but probably not the most pleasant experience when exposed to the elements for 3+ hours.

-Ride Jurassic Park at Universal Studios.  The water levels rise in the summer time, so you’re sure to get a huge soaking splash during your T-Rex escape route.

Los Angeles Summer Things to Do

Universal Studios Hollywood

-Love the heat?  Take a hike in Griffith Park or Runyon Canyon.  Get your dose of vitamin D naturally and burn off calories from all the great food you’ll be eating in the city.  However, bring sunscreen, plenty of water, and don’t go off path through the brush.  This is a natural habitat for rattlesnakes.  Also, if traveling with a dog, leave them at the hotel or other cool place.  Dozens of dogs die annually from heat stroke in the hills, or from rattler bites.  Plus, the asphalt can be scorching on their pads. There’s great dog parks for them, like the recently opened dog runs for big and small dogs at The West Hollywood Park off San Vicente and Santa Monica Boulevard. Afterwards, humans can walk across the street and get some delicious ice cream at Salt & Straw, but only if you save a cool lick for the pooch.

Much more to come on additional activities for summer!