Happy Father's Day: The gamut of great ways to honor your Pop on the third Sunday in June has grown over the years. There are the free ways, full of cool stuff, that have become longtime Southern California Father's Day traditions, from the Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance on Sunday, June 21 (2015 theme: "Highways to Heaven," a celebration of famous driving routes) to the 23rd annual Pasadena Chalk Festival, which features around 600 artists creating sidewalk stunners. And grown-up kids can take their dad to Angel City Brewery, which is throwing an afternoon-long tunes-and-beer fest.
Pups at the Park: No two tail wags about it: The play-with-your-dog-to-Dodger-Stadium day is one of the most anticipated events of the season. Why? Because you get to parade on the field with your barker, and your barker gets to dress up, and show off, in his or her Dodger Blue. There are a couple of to-knows, about vaccination requirements and such, so know now. The Dodgers play the Giants, and all of the doggie good times happen earlier in the afternoon, ahead of the game, on Saturday, June 20.
Hollywood Bowl Opening Night: For a sizable chunk of a century, It's been the big summer show of the middle section of our huge metropolis, and there are numerous reasons why. Those numerous reasons are made up by the top acts -- Journey opens the season, and lots of good stuff shall follow through September, including appearances by Smokey Robinson, Pink Martini and more -- and the fans who love to fill up the benches and boxes. Saturday, June 20 is the kick-off.
LA Beer Week: You don't even have to be all that into the craft and bespoke and fancy-pants brew scene to know that our region's handcrafty breweries are on the up, up, up. It's the seventh go-around for this long stretch of special tastings, food-and-drink pairings, meet-the-brewmaster happenings, and general ways to find your next favorite local foam. Three Weavers is doing a beer and bacon thing, just so you know. Brunches and parties are plentiful from June 20 through 28.
Mammoths Alive: You'll probably never seen an actual Ice Age mammoth trundling down Wilshire Boulevard, around LACMA, or at least let's hope not, because if you do something has gone amiss with the space-time continuum. But you can see these ancient former residents of the La Brea Tar Pits brought to life, or nearly, via a new 3D film set to run several times daily at The Page Museum. Big trunk, big tusks, big legend, and so many neato fossils left behind: cool beans. Opens June 20.