The weekend kicks off with the Summer Solstice which means more sunshine.  What will you do with the sunniest weekend of the year?  Perhaps take a trip (trike, jog, stroll or scooter) down Wilshire Blvd. for CicLAvia?  Visit a bit of the bayou or see some spectacular bubbles?  You can also dance your patootie off, celebrate Catalina, get up close and personal to some wildlife or even meet Mike and Sulley!  And rest assured that whatever you don’t do this weekend, you’ve got a whole summer now to get to it.

Ciclavia Day

Across Town

CicLAvia: Iconic Wilshire Boulevard
Bike through a snapshot of the city’s architectural evolution from Victorian vision to modernist experimentation; massive towers of business to intimate houses of worship; world class museums to working class mercados as the big block party hits Wilshire Blvd. Sun., 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Wilshire Corridor. Free. All ages. Event details.

Downtown

Baby Loves Disco
Rocking a new club, for the last party of the season Baby Loves Disco is back featuring DJs, MCs, dancers, music, crafts, food, unlimited drink boxes, cash bar for mamas & papas, and of course lots of dancing. Sat., 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Downtown. $15. Ages 2-7. Event details.

Eastside

Summer Solstice Celebration
Drum in the beginning of summer at the Autry in a multicultural, interactive event where families will make their own drumming instrument and participate in the community drum circle as the sun sets and summer solstice settles over Griffith Park. Fri., 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Griffith Park. $4-$10. All ages. Event details.

Hollywood

Monsters University at the El Capitan
Mike, Sully and the gang are back… back in time that is.  See how Mike and Sully met in college.  Disney’s  El Capitan Theatre is the perfect (really, only) place to see the film, since you can see the monsters live on stage with the Spirit Squad in the MU Pep Rally before each show.  Fri., Various times. Hollywood. $13-$26. Ages 4+. Event details.

Beverly Hills

Mom’s Day of Pampering
Usually, we’re all about “together”-time, but today we want to urge Moms to take some “me”-time.  Come get pampered at Assembly Salon in Beverly Hills in a relaxing afternoon with food, music, and free beauty services: you deserve it!  Sun., 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Beverly Hills. Free. Moms only. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Family Day at Pasadena Museum of California Art
Participate in fun art projects for the whole family based on PMCA’s current exhibitions which feature watercolors, oil paintings, sculpture, paper mache, photography and more. Sat., 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Pasadena. $7 adults, kids free. All ages. Event details.

Westside

The Amazing Bubble Man
Kids love bubbles.  Spit bubbles, soap bubbles, gum bubbles… so they’ll be delighted in a show that combines comedy, artistry and audience in creating square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, bubble volcanoes, and even people inside bubbles. Sat., 11:00 am, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm. Santa Monica. $10-$20. All ages. Event details.

Beach Cities

Catalina: Above and Below
It’s an all-day hands-on trip to Catalina Island where everyone is on the lookout for marine birds, dolphins, whales, sea lions and seals. Help pull in traps and get up-close looks at animals, and explore the less-populated parts of the island. Sat., 6:00 am – 6:00 pm. San Pedro. $95. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Bayou Festival
We just can’t resist anything Cajun, Creole – frankly all things New Orleans, because it’s always a party.  And with music all day, dancing, food and a costume parade, this festival promises to be non-stop fun.  Sat. & Sun., 11:00 am – 8:30 pm. Long Beach. $25 adults, kids free. All ages. Event details.

How do you celebrate the longest day of the year? 

–Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Gary Leonard via CicLAvia.org and Mike Baird via Creative Commons