Wednesday, June 01, 2016 12:01 AM
HERE COMES THE SUN
Widely considered the start of summer, the Summer Solstice is celebrated across the globe with a series of extraordinary events on the 20th. Soak in the sunshine with a standard summertime soirée, such as a rooftop gathering, a barbeque amongst friends, or relaxing beachside bon fire. L.A. locals can also enjoy the longer day of daylight with the sweet sounds of Make Music LA, a sunset-appropriate visit to Griffith Observatory, and outdoor screenings at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
TASTE OF ORANGE COUNTY
Orange County hosts an epicurean extravaganza with Taste of Orange County, a culinary festival where over 50 top OC restaurants showcase a savory array of delicious dishes. During Father’s Day weekend, food lovers are also treated to wine pairings, live music, and an exclusive seven-course culinary feast at the Farm to Table dinner.
The American Film Institute will shine a light on John Williams for its 44th Annual Life Achievement Award, where Hollywood’s most respected artists honor the composer, conductor, and pianist with film’s highest honor during the Gala tribute on June 9. Williams will join the company of past honorees, which include Jack Nicholson, Elizabeth Taylor, Gene Kelly, Barbra Streisand and Martin Scorsese.
City streets light up for the annual L.A. PRIDE event June 10-12 as Los Angeles celebrates equal rights with decorated floats with costumed dancers and headliners set to be announced April 26th. The three-day festival’s associated events plan to celebrate their 46th anniversary. Guests attending the ticketed party in West Hollywood over the weekend will enjoy multi-stage musical performances, restaurants lining the streets and a celebrity Grand Marshall. As one of the largest LGBT events, L.A. Pride attracted over 50,000 visitors last year.
Calling all car lovers and collectors to the Concours d’Elegance in Beverly Hills on June 19. Named “one of the 300 unmissable events in the world” by Frommer’s Travel Guide, the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance continues to be one of Southern California’s top destinations each and every Father’s Day. Attendees will witness never-before-seen product launches and announcements, and walk amongst the most classic and luxurious automobiles ever made.
Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl kicks off The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s summer season June 18, with much fanfare at one of the premier outdoor music venues. Sit back and relax at the VIP pre-concert reception, gourmet dinner and a spectacular evening concert under the stars. This year’s opening night features trend-setting jazz-rock band Steely Dan with founders Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, as well as a breathtaking fireworks display.
TASTE THE NATION
Calling all food lovers and benefit regulars! Help bring an end to childhood hunger in America with No Kid Hungry’s Taste the Nation, the nation’s premier culinary event, where well-renowned chefs and mixologists unite to devote their talent, time and expertise to benefit a variety of L.A. based beneficiaries. Hosted by the culinary master behind Pasadena’s highly acclaimed restaurant The Union, Bruce Kalman will introduce attendees to over 50 of SoCal’s top restaurants, breweries, wineries, and mixologists for a one-of-a-kind local event.