A Bespoke Guide to Los Angeles - Summer

From colourful street festivals to hushed night hikes, there’s no shortage of things to do in Los Angeles in the summertime. Serving up a menu that includes music, art, dance and film, the City of Angels offers plenty to keep visitors and locals entertained. To stay up to date, visit the city with our guide, which includes the top events and hottest openings in the summer calendar.

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Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage at LACMA


Depicting the musicians, actors and ballerinas that influenced Chagall during his career, this exhibition concentrates on four of the biggest productions he worked on, including the ballets Aleko, The Firebird and Daphnis & Chloe, as well as Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute. Many of the iconic costumes, set designs and murals have not been seen since they appeared on stage, ensuring the show has special significance for experts and enthusiasts alike.

31st July 2017 – 7th January 2018

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

Smorgasburg LA at DTLA


A spin-off of the giant Brooklyn Flea, Smorgasburg LA brings everything from doughnuts to ramen burgers, from raindrop cake to wellness smoothies, to the five-acre site of Alameda Produce Market every Sunday. Its New York sibling has attracted high praise from all sections of the media, and Angelenos (being a competitive lot) are making sure their LA version blows the east coast out of the water.

Open Every Sunday, 10am-4pm

Smorgasburg, Alameda Farmers’ Market, 746 Market Ct, Los Angeles

Jaguar’s Pursuit of Speed at The Petersen


The British luxury car manufacturer Jaguar has been turning heads ever since it released the E-type in 1961 – which Enzo Ferrari called “The most beautiful car ever made”. Tracing the company’s passion for high performance and gorgeous curves, this exhibition at The Peterson puts several models, from the 1937 SS-100 to the 1992 XJ220, on show to display the evolution of the beloved brand.

Until August 2017

The Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

Night Hikes


Unwind after a long day and drink in views of downtown Los Angeles on a breezy night hike. Best executed through a large park like Griffith (where Mt Hollywood is a popular option) or a forest reserve like Palos Verdes (where the views of the Pacific Ocean are stunning), ask around for options as different routes vary in difficulty and length.

Throughout Summer

David Hockney at the Getty Center


David Hockney, the British artist famous for deftly capturing Californian light, unusual landscapes and vibrant colours, celebrates his 80th birthday this year. To honour his career, the Getty Museum presents a selection of the self-portraits Hockney has made over the past 65 years, including rare photo collages that display his talent as a photographer.

27th June – 26th November 2017

The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles

Marciano museum


Set to shake up Los Angeles’ modern art scene is Marciano, a new museum from the Marciano Art Foundation. Located in a former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, the institution is dedicated to all forms of modern art, from painting and photography to performance and multimedia, with a 1,500-object collection juxtaposing the works of established and emerging artists. The museum is open Thursday to Sunday and admission is by appointment online. Time slots can be booked online.

Open now

Marciano museum, 4357 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 

Los Angeles Feast


This summer, Lucky Rice is once again bringing Los Angeles Feast to the epicentre of culinary innovation, DTLA. Feeding locals and visitors with as much Asian food as they can handle, the feast offers lots of popular mainstays including marinated short ribs and dim sum. Visit if you like the idea of countless pop-ups, up-and-coming chefs, food trucks and Asian cocktails all under one roof.

28th July 2017

ROW DTLA, 777 S. Alameda Street, Los Angeles

City Market South


City Market South is Los Angeles’ newest shopping district. Home to myriad boutiques and leisure outlets, the multi-use development is a breath of fresh air in the city’s retail scene. Shop at the many independent boutiques and refuel at new restaurants (opening in spring) such as Vietnamese eatery The Slanted Door and Rossoblu, an Italian eatery showcasing flavours from Italy’s mountain regions.

Open now

City Market South, 1057 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles

Mikkeller Bar


If you like beer, don’t miss Mikkeller Bar, a new opening from craft beer brewer and bar maven Mikkeller. The outlet, which opened in February 2017, serves an extensive menu of beers in an industrial setting. Beers are served at their ideal temperatures, from 40°F pilsners and 45°F IPAs to 55° cask ales, and more. Sample Mikkeller’s home-brewed beers or try brews from small breweries around the world.

Open now

Mikkeller Bar, 330 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles

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