CatCon: Just when you thought your obsession with your kitty couldn't be more obsessive, along trots this two-day pow-packing meower of a convention. It's huge, it's full of cat pros and cat merch booths, and it boasts activities like PURRADISE CITY, a "catstravaganza" of a multi-sensory exhibition. Hundreds of cats will be up for adoption, too, at the June 29 and 30 event — Best Friends will be in the house — if/when you fall in love. And dressing up in your favorite feline fashion for the Pasadena party? Plenty of attendees will, so dig out that headband with the little light-up cat ears pronto.
"Stranger Things" Pop-up Carnival: Entering the world of Hawkins, Indiana may be high on a lot of lists, but most people can't find their way into the supernatural, super-phenom'd Netflix series. But sometimes? Television shows have a way of visiting us, and "Stranger Things" will do just that on June 29 and 30. A full-on carnival will crank up the calliope at Santa Monica Pier, just days ahead of the third season's debut. Will Scoops Ahoy be there, and other touchstones from the series? For sure. So pull up your tube socks, tell your D&D group, and bike (or drive) over to the pier faster than a Demogorgon strikes.
Second Home Pavilion opens: We expect to see wondrous sights when we call upon the La Brea Tar Pits, but a rainbow-hued structure you can enter? One that will include "public talks, film screenings," and other fascinating happenings? That's rather more unusual, even for one of our town's most notable locations. But that's just what the curious visitor will find, from June 28-Nov. 24, when the Second Home Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano calls upon the famous Ice Age fossil site. The free-to-enter pavilion called London's Hyde Park home for a spell in 2015, but this is its U.S. debut. How many photos will you snap inside, outside, everywhere? Prediction: bunches.
What to do, where to go and what to see
California Watermelon Festival: Ever had a sweet dish with watermelon in it? How about something savory? Have you ever skied with two watermelons on your feet? Are you, in short, fully signed for the watermelon-wonderful lifestyle? Then you'll want to roll for Hansen Dam Soccer Fields on June 29 and 30, for this long-runner of a refreshing fest is back with activities (yep, watermelon skiing), a costume contest, activities aplenty, and all of the free watermelon slices you can eat, all day long. It is ticketed, but once you are in, you can 'melon it up, munch, munch, munch, as much as you please.
Be Outside: So many events are basking in the sunbeams in the days ahead (or, yes, the lingering June Gloom). The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival opens at the Old Zoo, LA Food Fest gets appetizing at Santa Anita Park, CicLAvia rolls through Pico Union and Mid-City, and a Garden Party pops up at the Norton Simon Museum. Just be sure to check the dates and times, as some events are only on for a single day. And, indeed, ticket prices, too: Shakespeare and CicLAvia are free, but other events will have admission fees. Happy sunshine-ing, as June comes to its not-so-gloomy, heat's-ahead close.