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Things to Do in Los Angeles in June
June in Los Angeles purple, the color for the blooming jacaranda trees — and it's June Gloom gray when the fog rolls in at the beach.
You'll have about 14 hours of daylight per day to explore Los Angeles in June.
June's Big Holiday
In the United States, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. To find some fun ideas for good ol' Dad that are a lot more fun than buying him a tie, use our California Father's Day Guide.
Los Angeles' Best June Events: Recommendations
This is the short list of things I have done myself and recommended to my friends when they go to LA in June.
Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl: The lineup of jazz greats at this jazz fest is outstanding — and a night at the Bowl is always fun.
Things That Look Like Fun to Do in June
I'm sharing my LA bucket list here, a selection of events and things to do that look like fun.
Gay Pride Celebrations: The biggest celebrations of the event happen in West Hollywood and include a parade.
Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance: One of the country's poshest collector car shows, it's held on Father's Day.
Hollywood Fringe Festival: It's an artistic free-for-all whose mission is to be a platform for artists without any barriers to participation. You can see all kinds of cutting-edge performing arts, including theater, comedy, and music.
Pasadena Chalk Festival: Unbelievable art right at your feet. Creations from talented artists of beautiful art made from chalk will stun you, and you'll never look at a box of chalk the same again.
Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic: Held at Will Rogers State Park, this fancy-schmancy event includes champagne and that classic sport: polo.
Last Remaining Seats: The L.A. Conservancy's annual series of classic films screens in the historic theaters of downtown Los Angeles. Some of these old movie houses are not open to the public, and the film festival may be the only way you'll get to see those elegant interiors from the golden age of movie-going.Continue to 2 of 4 below.
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Things That Are Especially Fun in the Month of June
Summer's warm days and balmy nights bring out a bunch of fun evening activities. You can go to a movie outdoors, see a play, go to a concert - or opt for some of LA's more unusual summer night activities.
March through August is time for something uniquely Southern California, the annual grunion run. Thousands of tiny, silver-colored fish spawn on the sand during the full moon (or the new one). See the schedule. At some Los Angeles beaches, "Grunion Greeters" are on hand to explain and help you get the most out of being there.
In LA, you can see whales nearly year round: gray whales in winter and blue whales during the summer months. Find the best places to see them and when in the guides to Los Angeles whale watching and Orange County whale watching.Continue to 3 of 4 below.
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More About Los Angeles in June
What to Expect from Los Angeles Weather in June
Early summer brings the least clear skies during the year because of coastal fog, but you'll still get the sun more than half the time. With the rainy season over, there's little chance of precipitation. Evening fog comes in suddenly and can feel especially cold.
It happens less often than it did a couple of decades ago, but on bad days, the moisture in the air can mix with pollutants and turn into smog.
- Average High Temperature: 77°F/25°C
- Average Low Temperature: 60°F/16°C
- Rain & Clouds Index: 0.08 inches (0.2 cm) rain, 80% sunshine
Use the weather averages to get an idea of what things may be like, but it might be different when you visit. A winter day could even be so warm you'll wish you packed your shorts. And - of course - check the forecast, too.Continue to 4 of 4 below.
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What to Pack, What to Wear in June
In June, Los Angeles beach areas are prone to lingering fog caused when the ocean's natural moist air stays inland. Called "June Gloom" for a reason, it can keep the sun at bay all day long. It keeps things chilly and damp, too - and you'll be glad you brought that extra layer if you're out in it. Don't think you can skip the sunscreen though: the burn causes UV rays make it through all those clouds just fine. It can start as early as "May Gray", sometimes lingering into "No Sky July", or even extend to "Fogust". To find out more and what causes June Gloom, check out this guide.
Even if the gloom is gone, pack a jacket for the evening near the water. Short-sleeved shirts and lightweight pants are fine most of the time and shorts are comfortable, especially away from the coast.
More Things to Do in Los Angeles by Month
If you're trying to figure out the best month for your LA vacation, any time will be fine. You can use our monthly guides to find out more about events and what to expect all year long.
Spring season starts in March and extends through April and May. Signs of spring are subtle, but the weather is usually great — and except for spring break, attractions are still less crowded, up to the big holiday weekend at the end of May.
Summer busy season starts in June. So does the dreaded "June gloom" which can keep the beach areas foggy all day long. It can extend into July, too. By August it will be hot —sometimes very hot and mostly clear.
Beaches in Los Angeles are susceptible to so-called "red tides" when red-colored algae grow so fast that they "bloom," coloring the water in the process. It's unsightly for sure, and it's safer to avoid swimming while they're happening. Find out everything you need to know about red tides here.
After the big September holiday, things quiet down. Weather will still be good into October and the outdoor concert season extends into the middle of the month. November is variable. Sometimes it's more like fall and sometimes more like winter.