Southern California

Weekend: Celebrate LA Pride

West Hollywood's mondo party honors community, family, and history.

Happy 46th, LA Pride!: One of the nation's largest gatherings — "the world's first gay pride parade" — is set to spotlight LGBT community, family, history, and good times at several locations around West Hollywood. The concerts? Look for Carly Rae Jepsen, Charli XCX, and Hailee Steinfeld, among other artists, to be on the big stages. The famous and festive parade? That's on Sunday, June 12 along Santa Monica Boulevard, but the revelry revs up on Friday, June 10.

For a list of street closures, click here.

Make Music Pasadena: It's called the biggest free music festival on this coast, and that's no exaggeration: Some 50,000 people are expected in Pasadena on Saturday, June 11. Where will they be headed? To 30+ stages, from intimate to Colorado Boulevard, to hear The Mowgli's, The Dead Ships, James Supercave, and a caboodle of other rock/indie/alt acts turn it up. Hours? 11 to 11. Parking/getting there? Metro is a solid bet, or arrive early.

Looff Hippodrome Centennial: The carousel at Santa Monica Pier is a beloved landmark, as is the striking structure that houses it. History buffs and pier enthusiasts will gather to ride the ponies, tour the rarely seen upstairs apartments, and love upon the Looff, one of the coast's most notable buildings. One bonus? Old-fashioned Brass Ring Potato Chip Sundaes'll be for sale at the Sunday, June 12 jamboree, mmm. 

Tacos 'n Doughnuts: They're two of the incredible eatables that Southern California is rightly, brag-worthily known for, and they're getting two festivals on the very same day, courtesy of LA Weekly and Time Out LA. The Time Out Donut Party layers on the frosting at Avalon in Hollywood on Saturday, June 11 while Tacolandia indulges in another squeeze of lime at El Pueblo on the very same date. Two delectable icons, one day, two parts of town, too easy, so do both.

Los Angeles River Ride: You've crossed it hundreds of times, by car, by bus, and on foot. But have you ever shined the spokes, buckled your helmet, and toodle along its beautiful, and growing ever more so, banks? This annual fundraiser for LA County Bicycle Coalition includes rides of varying lengths, if you simply want a short roll. Longer rolls? There's a 100-miler at the June 12 event, if you're up for it, river-enamored cyclists. 

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