How to do Summer in Los Angeles
July 25, 2013
Blogger: Abby Chin-Martin
This summer began with my friend Miriam flying to Seattle all the way from Vermont. From there, we packed up an entire 16-foot Uhaul with furniture, kitchen stuff, a bike, a potted plant, and lots of road trip snacks. We left early in the morning, spent the night in Sacramento, and safely arrived in LA at our new house the early afternoon of the following day. It was such a fun adventure!
Now, I’ve spent one summer in LA before. It was overwhelming and new, I was subletting in a house with no furniture, I was borrowing someone’s car…it was a fun learning experience. This summer, I felt prepared. We were moving into our new place, I had my own car, I had an internship at Live Nation I was really looking forward to, and this was my second time. One of my favorite things about Los Angeles that I only discovered at the end of last summer was the abundance of cheap (if not free) festivals and events every weekend. We wasted no time delving into these events this summer. Here’s a list of my favorite things so far:
1. Pasadena Music Festival – One of our very first days in LA there was a free music festival put on by KCRW! Old Town Pasadena was bustling with people and the main stage was set up in the middle of Colorado Boulevard. We got to see Youngblood Hawke and walked around to look at all of the tents and stands put up by vendors. I couldn’t believe it was free!
2. Rose Bowl Flea Market – On the second Sunday of every month, the Rose Bowl and its surrounding parking lot becomes a massive flea market. It’s incredible. There is antique furniture, jewelry, art, and so many clothes. This is what one of the shoe stands looks like.
3. Vasquez Rocks – One weekend, a group of my friends and I drove to this “historic location”. This rock has apparently been in hundreds of movies and TV shows, but most notably Star Trek. Here’s a link to the most mind-blowingly epic fight scene in Star Trek filmed there (beware, it’s intense).
3. Upright Citizens Brigade – Seriously one of my favorites. For only $5 I saw two of my favorite comedians Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer do stand up for an hour and a half.
4. Ciclavia – The other weekend, Miriam and I biked all the way from Eagle Rock to MacArthur Park to participate! Ciclavia is an event where five miles of Wilshire Boulevard from MacArthur Park to LACMA is shut down and open to bicyclists. It was so incredibly fun. The street was packed with thousands of bicyclists and there were people lining the street cheering and handing out water bottles. Along the way, there were food trucks and other vendors. Here’s a super cool Instagram video I made there. I can’t wait for the next one.
I’ve been here almost two months, and done so many awesome things. I can’t wait for a few more weekends to come!