13 Ways to Spend Your Weekend in L.A.: Rocky Horror in the Park, Urban Kayaking, Ventriloquists’ Dummies, and More

There’s plenty to do on the first weekend in June. You could always do some urban kayaking on the L.A. River or check out one of June’s many music residencies, most of which are free

There’s plenty to do on the first weekend in June. If none of the options listed below float your boat, you could always do some urban kayaking on the L.A. River or check out one of June’s many music residencies, most of which are free.

As the city gathers to celebrate, headliners such as Jennifer Hudson, Azealia Banks, the Bangles, Betty Who, and Mary Lambert perform to show their support. More information (June 6-8; West Hollywood)

GENERAL WEIRDNESS: Great Horror Campout
In an event designed for those who always thought the idea of being in a horror film would be fun, this campout is 12 hours of being chased and touched by monsters. The spooks will be scattered throughout mazes and scavenger hunts for the optimal horror buff experience. Those who are too weak to handle the whole time duration will have to say “I want my mommy” to be let out and to walk away in shame. More information (June 6–7; Griffith Park)

ART: Matthew Rolston: Talking Heads
Through a series of 100 portraits, Matthew Rolston turns his eye for portraiture to a new cast of characters, a rarely seen collection of unique ventriloquist dummies. More information (June 7-July 12; Diane Rosenstein Fine Art Gallery)

MOVIE: Street Food Cinema: Rocky Horror Picture Show
Gourmet food and men in lingerie make for an unforgettable night under the stars. With plenty of room to stand up and do the Time Warp, this movie screening is the perfect setting for the film’s devoted fans. More information (June 7; Exposition Park)

THEATER: Abbamemnon
Big hair and Greek gods collide in the Troubies’ musical interpretation of the classic Greek play. Watch as mythical characters take on each life tragedy (pun intended) to the tunes of ABBA. More information (June 6-13; Falcon Theatre) 

DANCE: Dance Media Film Festival
The multimedia blowout mashes up documentaries and live acts. L.A.-based dance troupe BodyTraffic features performers interacting with a giant sculpture. (Check out our must-see picks for the fest.) More information (June 6-8; various venues)

OUTDOORS: Santa Monica Pier Paddle Board Race and Ocean Festival
Hang ten and head to the beach for paddleboard races and ocean swim meets presented by Tommy Bahama. You don’t have to get wet to have fun; the festival features live music, hula dancing, a pop-up museum, and special appearances by surf culture legends. More information (June 7; Santa Monica Pier)

MUSIC: First Fridays – Unknown Mortal Orchestra, De Lux, Painted Palms
Take a tour, enjoy a speaker, hear some music, and have a cocktail as you explore the Natural History Museum after hours. The final event of this year’s “First Friday” series features a lecture about tracking and trapping L.A.’s wildlife as well as urban beekeeping! DJs Anthony Valadez and Garth Trinidad kick off the music, and the evening wraps up with a live concert featuring Unknown Mortal Orchestra, De Lux, and Painted Palms. More information (June 6; Natural History Museum)

DRINK: Friday Night Wine Tastings
Peer over the city at sunset while sipping vino, listening to beats by KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox, and snacking on food from trucks parked in the shadow of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House. More information (June 6; Barnsdall Art Park)

SPORTS: Color Me Rad 5K
After running in this race, you’ll definitely need a shower but not just to wash off sweat. At this family-friendly, non-competitive fitness event, bursts of colored corn starch are thrown into the air and on participants. If there’s one thing pictures from past Color Me Rad 5Ks tell us, it’s that running is much more fun when you’re drenched in color. More information (June 7; StubHub Center)

MUSIC & MORE: Ink N Iron Festival
This event was born from a 2003 tattoo convention and has grown into a three-day event held on the grounds of The Queen Mary in Long Beach. It’s a music festival, a tattoo convention, a cabaret, and a car show with plenty of hot rods and lowriders. The tickets are budget-friendly and really worth it for the music acts alone. This year the performers include Junior Brown, Merle Haggard, Wanda Jackson, the Skatalites, Detroit Cobras, Roddy Radiation of The Specials, Fear, the Buzzcocks, Nick Waterhouse, Suicidal Tendencies, and the Damned, among others. More information (June 7-8, The Queen Mary)

SHOP: Child-Run Flea Market
It’s a flea market that’s run by kids and for kids. Tots sell homemade goods and gently used items while adults peruse the wares and boost business for the mini entrepreneurs. More information (June 7-8; Kidspace Museum)

ART: Experience 11: Scratch
Last year the Getty Research Institute created the Getty Graffiti Black Book, an oversize catalog of the works of prominent L.A. graffiti artists. Some of the spray-can specialists have been invited to tag the El Segundo museum, which serves as an “art laboratory.” More information (June 8-September 21; ESMoA)