31 Amazing Ways To Kick Off Summer In L.A.

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Summer has a way of dragging even the most devout couch potatoes out of their houses. Too tired? Too much work? Forget it — the usual excuses you use for getting out of things the rest of the year just don't cut it when so much is happening during the summer season. In fact, once you take a gander at our list of L.A. events, you won't even be tempted to make a can't-go-this-time excuse. Promise.

This month, L.A. has truly outdone itself with its offerings of things to do. Cinephiles are going to freak out over the film festivals and movie screenings happening in June, while comedy fans will flip over seeing Amy Schumer live. Oh, and cat lovers: We've got you covered with an insane cat convention (yes, really). Click through to peek all 31 events that made our list and start filling up that iCal, stat.

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Letterpress Workshop
This two-part workshop in Echo Park will teach you how to create custom business cards and greeting cards. The first session will go over designing them on Adobe Illustrator, while the second session will cover the printing process. Reserve your spot here.

When: Thursday, June 4, and Thursday, June 18
Where: Otherwild, 1932 Echo Park Avenue (near Avalon Street); 323-546-8437.
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Christian Marclay Exhibit
Who knew clocks could even be remotely interesting? This montage at LACMA is a series of thousands of different TV and film moments depicting the passage of time.

When: Friday, June 5 through Monday, September 7
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Fairfax Avenue); 323-857-6000.
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Glossier Pop-Up At Nasty Gal Santa Monica
One of our favorite NY beauty brands is hitting the West Coast. For three days, you'll be able to shop Glossier products at Nasty Gal's Santa Monica outpost, plus get the chance to meet Glossier founder and CEO (and Into the Gloss editrix) Emily Weiss, who will be on hand all day on Friday, June 5.

When: Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, June 7, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Nasty Gal, 1254 Third Street Promenade (near Wilshire Boulevard); 310-566-1700.
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Contemporary Crafts Market
The antithesis of mass-produced fast fashion, this crafts market will feature jewelry, ceramics, art, and more from an impressive mix of talented artisans.

Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7
Where: Pasadena Convention Center Exhibit Hall, 300 East Green Street (near South Euclid Avenue); 626-449-7360.
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The Annenberg Space for Photography's newest exhibit highlights the work of over 80 up-and-coming photographers from around the globe. This is where to find the next big thing in photography.

When: Saturday, June 6 through Sunday, September 20
Where: Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars (near Constellation Boulevard); 213-403-3000.
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Tongues Untied
This exhibit shines a much-deserved spotlight on the work of Marion Riggs, who explores black gay identity through his poems and art.
Works by John Boskovich, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and others also accompany MOCA's thought-provoking exhibit.

When: Saturday, June 6 through Sunday, September 13
Where: Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue (near North San Vicente Drive); 310-657-0800.
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Make Music Pasadena
This all-day outdoor festival will feature 150 different performances — yep, you read that correctly! The massive event will cover 20 blocks of downtown Pasadena and is completely free, to boot.

When: Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Various venues
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Jurassic Park Outdoor Screening
Get ready for the upcoming reboot by watching the OG Jurassic Park in Pasadena as part of Street Food Cinema's summer movie series.

When: Saturday, July 18, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Victory Park, 2575 Paloma Street (near North Altadena Drive); 626-744-7500.
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Tommy Bahama Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival
The all-day activities at this Santa Monica festival are almost too many to name, but here's a synopsis: Expect paddleboard races, a beer garden and rum bar, live bands and hula dancers, a pop-up surf history museum, a one-mile ocean swim, appearances by surf legends, a volleyball tournament, and lots more cool things to do.

When: Saturday, June 6
Where: Santa Monica Pier, Ocean Avenue (at Colorado Avenue); 310-458-8901.
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Parachute Market
The bi-annual design fair is back and better than ever. Head to the Arts District to shop for furniture, decor, clothes, and more from scores of different artists, designers, and collectors.

When: Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7
Where: One Santa Fe, 300 South Santa Fe Avenue (near East 3rd Street); 855-207-1872.
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Joseph Holtzman Exhibit At Hammer Museum
New York-based artist Joseph Holtzman's abtract, pop culture-inspired paintings will be on display at Westwood's Hammer Museum all summer long beginning this weekend. Did we mention admission is always free?

When: Saturday, June 6 through Sunday, September 20
Where: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard (near Westwood Boulevard); 310-443-7000.
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L.A. has brought you DragCon, Hello Kitty Con, and now — drumroll, please — CatCon. What to expect: innovative feline furniture, art, toys, and clothes, plus chats with cat experts, and much more. What are you waiting for? Buy your tickets right meow.

When: Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: The Reef L.A., 1933 S. Broadway (near West Washington Boulevard); 800-586-8124.
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Embroidery Workshop
Ready to get your DIY on? The Craft and Folk Art Museum is hosting an embroidery workshop where you can bring in something you already own and transform it with your new skills.

When: Sunday, June 7, 1 p.m.
Where: The Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Boulevard (near South Curson Avenue); 323-937-4230.
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Taste Of The Nation
L.A.'s best chefs, mixologists, and more will be on-hand at this tasting event in Culver City. Participants include chefs from The Church Key, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, Terrine, and more. Click here to purchase tickets — and, rest easy knowing that a portion of the proceeds go to the charity No Kid Hungry.

When: Sunday, June 7
Where: Media Park, 9091 Culver Boulevard (near Venice Boulevard); 213-738-2995.
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Seinabo Sey Concert
Watch the 24-year-old Swedish electro-pop sensation kill it at her concert at the El Rey Theatre. We're calling it: This girl's about to make it big time.

When: Tuesday, June 9, 9 p.m.
Where: El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Boulevard (near South Cochran Avenue); 323-936-6400.
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L.A. Film Fest
It may not rival the opulence of the Cannes Film Festival, but the L.A. Film Fest has no shortage of standout entries. Newbies should add the world premieres of Requiem for the Dead and American DREAMers to their shortlist. You have the option of buying festival passes or swiping up individual screening tickets, here.

When: Wednesday, June 10 through Thursday, June 17
Where: Various venues
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Hollywood Fringe Festival
A celebration of all things performing arts, the Hollywood Fringe Festival is a two-week extravaganza with tons of events in various theaters, clubs, bars, and more. Check out the full schedule, here.

When: Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 28
Where: Various locations
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Thrillist's Pop-Up Culinary Road Trip
Thrillist is bringing the best bites from around the U.S. right to L.A., including Chicago deep dish pizza, New York bagels, New England lobster rolls, Philly cheesesteaks, and more. All the perks of a road trip and none of the "Are we there yet?" restlessness? Count us in. Click here to purchase tickets.

When: Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14
Where: Siren Orange Studios 1 and 2, 1050 North Orange Drive (near Highland Avenue); 323-467-3559.
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Palm Springs International ShortFest
Over 300 short films from over 50 countries worldwide will be screened at this festival in Palm Springs. Don't miss the Indian flick We Are Fire and the Peruvian short The Deadman, and be sure to get your tickets in advance.

When: Tuesday, June 16 through Monday, June 22
Where: Various venues
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Splash House
Splash House by the numbers: Two days, three Palm Springs pools, and over 70 acts. Convinced yet? Mosey on over here for tickets.

When: Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14
Where: Various venues
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The Lonesome Trio Concert
Yes, Ed Helms is in a bluegrass band. Witness him sing and play guitar (and banjo) at West Hollywood's cool, intimate venue The Largo.

When: Tuesday, June 16, 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Largo at the Coronet, 366 North La Cienega Boulevard (near Oakwood Avenue); 310-855-0350.
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ASID OC Wine & Design
Interior design lovers, this one's for you. Sip and swirl your way through participating showrooms while soaking in all the Pinterest-worthy home inspiration you can handle. Click here to reserve your spot.

When: Wednesday, June 17,
Where: SoCo Collection, 3321 Hyland Avenue (near South Coast Drive); 949-760-9150.
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Unique Vintage Pop-Up
This Huntington Beach pop-up comes complete with swimwear, dresses, and accessories from Unique Vintage, as well as hair and makeup consultations from Hey Saylor & Style, making it a one-stop shop for getting summer-ready.

When: Saturday, June 20, 12 to 6 p.m.
Where: Hey Saylor & Style, 201 Main Street (near Walnut Avenue); 714-916-0040.
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L.A. Beer Week
A fun kick-off festival will get the ball rolling for L.A. Beer Week, which includes over 200 events scattered around the city at different bars, breweries, and restaurants. Check out the extensive list of goings-on here.

When: Saturday, June 20 through Sunday, June 28
Where: Various venues
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KCRW Summer Nights With Cuyacas
Set in the courtyard of historic One Colorado in Pasadena, KCRW's Summer Nights kickoff concert will feature SoCal born-and-bred band Cuyacas.

When: Saturday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.
Where: One Colorado, West Colorado Boulevard (at East Union Street); 626-564-1066.
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La Nuit En Rosé
Dubbed "The world's first food and wine festival dedicated to rosé wine," La Nuit en Rosé will offer tastings of more than 40 variations of the pink stuff, plus a DJ, photo booth, and plenty of food to go around. Be sure to get your tickets in advance.

When: Sunday, June 21, 2 to 8 p.m.
Where: Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles, 8440 Sunset Boulevard (near North Olive Drive); 323-848-6025.
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Amy Schumer Trainwreck Comedy Tour
The buzziest name in comedy right now is none other than Amy Schumer, and this is your chance to see her live — don't blow it.

When: Sunday, June 21, 8 p.m.
Where: The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Boulevard (at Western Avenue); 213-388-1400.
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L.A. Zoo Roaring Nights
The L.A. Zoo's summer series is baaaaack! Live music, DJs, and food trucks bring the zoo to life after dark. Nab tickets here.

When: Friday, June 26, 7 to 11 p.m.
Where: Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive (near Crystal Springs Drive); 323-644-4200.
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Cinespia Screening Of Showgirls
Relive the 1995 flick in all its over-the-top, campy glory at Cinespia's screening under the stars at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Super fans even dress up for cult films like this one! Our suggestion: Versace.

When: Saturday, June 27, 9 p.m.
Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Van Ness Avenue); 323-469-1181.
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Annie Hall Outdoor Screening By Eat See Hear
Oh, Annie Hall, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. The fashion, the funnies, and, of course, the inimitable Diane Keaton all make for a truly timeless flick.

When: Saturday, June 27, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Boulevard (near Lincoln Boulevard); 310-395-3204.
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Raiders Of The Lost Ark Screening
This isn't your average movie screening — it's held at Ace Hotel's beautiful, historic theater. You'll never look at a garden-variety AMC theater the same way again.

When: Saturday, June 27, 8 p.m.
Where: Ace Hotel, 929 South Broadway (near West 9th Street); 213-623-3233.