Start stockpilling goo summer Karma at the 22nd Santa Monica Festival, an all-day event that’s high-minded and low-waste (June 1).
Face June gloom head-on by indulging in the dour musings of comedian Marc Maron at the Ice House in Pasadena (June 2).
Know where your next ice cream sandwich is coming from: Start following @Coolhaus truck on Twitter.
The Jubilee Music & Arts Festival downtown has 3 music stages, more than 40 bands and “booze gardens” that flow as late as possible (June 7).
Whee! The Griffith Park merry-go-round just set out the open sign from weekends only to seven days a week.
Throw your routine a curveball at the Japanese American National Museum’s Target Free Family Saturdays.
Samba, rumba, salsa, tango get the spotlight at the Museum of Latin American Art during Cabaret Latino (June 8).
Tee up with a few rounds of putt-putt at Golf N’ Stuff in Ventura, then cool off on the bumper boats nearby.
It’s a foot-stomping good time at the Pacific Asia Museum with a Maori haka warrior dance performance (June 21).
If the only thing you’ve ever surfed is the Web, catch Storm Surfers 3D, a splashy documentary that opens in L.A. at the end of June.
Better than the Discovery Channel, the Kidspace Children’s Museum features a bug fair for hands-on insect interaction (June 29).
The Santa Monica Lawn Bowls Club meets four times a week, with a single month membership for $20.
Backyard gatherings need “good flow.” Assess your patio feng shui before you send out those Evites. (Houzz.com is a good place to start.)
Kid art goes way beyond finger painting at the Pasadena Museum of California Art’s Family Day (June 22).
Light a fire under your outdoor cooking when Los Angeles magazine’s Digest blog kicks off Grilling Week at LAmag.com (June 24).
L.A.’s No. 1 female Roller Derby team, the Derby Dolls, will be cruising for a bruising all summer long.
Wednesday nights at the Academy Theater in Pasadena: Two admissions, two popcorns, two sodas = $10.
It’s 8 a.m.—be the first to get the freshest gills at the San Pedro Fish Market.
In June and July, the Getty Center hosts During Friday Flights which features screenings, DJs, and dance lessons.
Distract yourself from the heat by viewing far-off ice giants in the cool, dark planetarium at Santa Monica College.
For Independence Day fireworks stick with the standbys: Rose Bowl, Hollywood Bowl, and the Burton W Chace Park.
‘Tis the season for watermelon tours at Tanaka Farms in Irvine—no reservations needed on weekends.
Bastille Day is an excuse to drink wine and watch Pétanque tournaments—happening at the Kenneth Hahn State Recreational Area (July 14).
Looking for a good book? The librarians at the L.A. County public librarypost their fresh lit-picks online.
Follow in the staggering footsteps of Charles Bukowski with Esotouric’s skid row to East Hollywood tour.
Comic-Con happens in San Diego, but Hollywood’s geek-elite can be found at Union Station as they catch the Amtrak train (July 18-21).
Like a brick-and-mortar Etsy, the Renegade Craft Fair is a DIY marketplace at the Los Angeles State Historic Park (July 20-21).
You know what sounds cool right about now? A book titled The Age of Ice. Author J.M. Sidorova will be reading from her novel at Vroman’s (July 30).
If you can’t go on an actual cruise, take a comedic one every other month at Booze Cruise, Nerdmelt’s variety show.
Take a tram ride around the lake and tropical jungles of the Arboretum.
They’re going to need a bigger boat: Giant sea creatures are taking over the world in Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro’s new fantasy-horror flick.
Fresh strawberry doughnuts at the Donut Man in Glendora—get ’em while they last.
There’s nothing like (fake) snow on the roof to convince you it’s not hot outside. Order a Shirley Temple at Clearman’s North Woods Inn in San Gabriel.
Time for a staycation: The 626 Night Market is a monthly Asian food lovers’ fest held at the Santa Anita Race Track.
Take a plein air evening stroll along Spring and Main every second Thursday of the month during the Downtown Art Walk.
Pagans unite during the happy hour at Third Wednesday, a block party that takes over downtown Culver City.
Free pipe organ concerts and an ice-cold pew at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles is a gift from you-know-who.
You think not having A.C. is hard, try being one of the sun-beaten folks featured in The Autry’s “Art of the West,” a contemporary and historical celebration of the frontier as muse.
Dancing Santas and topless aliens—nobody does outdoor concerts like the Flaming Lips, at the Pacific Amphitheatre (July 31).
Each first and third Sunday of August, find music, pulled pork sandwiches, cold beer and kick-ass mules at Adams’ Pack Station in Sierra Madre.
Wake up and smell the coffee, then the roses, at the Los Angeles Flower Mart, when it opens at 6 a.m on Saturdays.
The only thing better than an evening ballgame is one with fireworks—a summer tradition at Dodger Stadium.
All ice-creamed out? Try the Baked Alaska at Wolfgang Puck’s Cut.
Ride summer off into the sunset with an early Hollywood western and catered BBQ at the William S. Hart Museum’s annual Silents Under the Stars (August 17).
Like a Love Boat to San Pedro, Spirit Cruises offers dinner, dancing, and, if you’re lucky, romancing.
A wall of North Pole permafrost awaits at Ecosystems, the California Science Center exhibition.
Have a blast (truly) by indoor skydiving above iFly’s massive fan at Universal CityWalk.
Hear the impromptu jamming at SoundShoppe, a wild concert series at Eagle Rock’s Center for the Arts (August 11).
It’s real-life March of the Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach with black-and-white birds on full display.
Kiss the scorching weather good-bye with the deep-fried goodies at the L.A. County Fair in Pomona, which begins August 30 and continues through September.
This feature originally appeared in the June 2013 issue of Los Angeles magazine