400+ VINTAGE AUTOS: There are large-scale cars shows, there are vintage-focused car shows, and then there's the Glendale Cruise, an auto extravaganza that pretty much deserves its own section in the annals of Golden State fender-riffic confabs. Why? Hundreds of pre-1979 vehicles roll down and park around Brand Boulevard, with about 45,000 fans showing up to join one of cardom's biggest hoop-di-doos. The vroom-y evening is Saturday, July 20. And what will those car fans pay in admission? Zilch. Nada. Nothing. Yep, people love the Cruise. Love.
WORLD'S GREATEST SKI RACE: Not on our weekend calendar? "Waterski to Catalina Island and back." But we can certainly watch a cadre of adventurous athletes take to the open water -- 62 miles of ocean, round trip -- as they compete in the Catalina Ski Race. Well, "watch" isn't quite right: You can catch the beginning and the end from the Queen Mary, which has a special admission going for viewers of the Saturday, July 20 competition. It's 65 this year and it gets going early. Meaning? You can buy and eat your breakfast on the big ship.
CHINATOWN SUMMER NIGHTS: A party, we think, should have several different diversions throughout the evening, just to keep the feel fizzy and fun. This free celebration in Chinatown's historic heart fully embraces this idea, so much so we wish all other festivals everywhere would take note. A indie-sweet craft fair, Kung Fu demonstrations, calligraphy workshops, DJs, dancing, food trucks, cooking competitions, and bunches more round out the full, neon-lit nights. There are only three a summer, one was in June, so be at the next bash on Saturday, July 20.
COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: San Diego is experiencing an influx of pop culture-loving people at the moment, many of them in costume, many of them ready to applaud their favorite comic book artists, television stars, and novelists. About 130,000 people attend, give or take, meaning one or two residents from the Los Angeles area make their way down to the huge everything-in-entertainment convention (practically everything). Wait, more Angelenos head for Comic-Con than that, right? Probably. For the full rundown on panels, signings, and other outlandish opportunities, read on, SoCal superheroes.
GETTY, THE FUTURE, AND LA: "Overdrive: LA Constructs the Future" -- an exhibit all about our city's incredible and sometimes surreal architectural character -- makes its big wrap-up at the museum up the hill, but not without a memorable party to send it off. "Blade Runner" is set to screen, it is free (parking is ten bucks), and the Getty Center asks that people come dressed New-Wave-y. That's your usual look, though, right? Hair gel and shoulder pads? Awesome. Wear that on Friday, July 19.