fun (and Instagramable) things to do in LA this summer

Summertime in L.A. is so much fun. Whether you want to head to a concert under the stars, laze around on a beach or find a cool restaurant to dine at, here's our guide of fun things we'll be doing in the city this summer. Photo crew: Tyler Nix

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Brunch at Malibu Farms

All Angelinos have a soft spot for this place. Serving the type of cuisine that has inspired countless Malibu-inspired cookbooks the world over, Malibu Farms- located on Malibu's iconic pier- offers both a casual counter cafe and a full service restaurant. Perfect for a post-hike refuel. Photo cred: @carajourdan

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picnic on El Matador State Beach

Six miles north of Malibu, it's hard to think of a more beautiful beach to perch upon then El Matador's stunning cliff-foot shores. Note: wear flat shoes, there is a steep staircase from the parking lot to the sand that was not made for high heels. Photo cred: @crstnjay

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Browse The Rose Bowl Flea Market

Make like Angelina Jolie and head to this Pasadena-based flea market, hosted on the second Sunday of every month, for vintage decor and fashion galore. Our tip? Get there early to avoid the heat. Photo cred: @resortrocksugar

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Check out the food & decor in Mansur Gavriel

The cool New York–based brand Mansur Gavriel opened on LA's Melrose Place in February and the sugar-pink courtyard and avocado toast is sublime. Girl Heaven. Photo credit: @arianalauren

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Catalina Island

This resort town (and former home to the young Marilyn Monroe) is just 20 miles from LA and a passenger ferry from Newport Beach, Dana Point Long Beach or San Pedro. Cool fact: they give you a free ride if you are traveling on your birthday. Go for the day or night with one purpose only: to summer vacation. Photo Cred: @visualeyesaerial

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watch a show at the Hollywood Bowl

Since its opening in 1922, a night under the stars, listening to music and eating a gourmet picnic at the Hollywood Bowl is practically everyone's favorite summer time activity in LA. This year's highlights include the annual John Williams concert and Florence and The Machine. Photo cred: @winc

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Grab your girlfriends and go to Disneyland Park

Yes there will be lines. Yes it will be busy. But yes it will be worth it. Photo credit: @songdani

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See live jazz at LACMA

Every Friday night at Lacma's Grand Entrance you'll find live jazz being performed on the terrace for free. Don't forget to get the iconic summer Instagram under the "Urban Lights." Photo Cred: @mademoisellemaroon

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Try snag a reservation at Bavel

The new 'it' restaurant in LA by the husband and wife duo behind the perennially fully-booked Bestia. This time the food is Middle Eastern- think exceptional hummus, gourmet flatbreads and baba ghanoush like no other. Photo Cred: @amechen730

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10 Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series

see a concert on Santa Monical pier

Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series is one of the most loved events in Santa Monica. Ever. So much so that this year's has been pushed back to late summer in an attempt to reduce the crowd size. Performances will be taking place on Wednesdays, September 5, 12, 19, 26 + October 3. Photo cred: @tannerjamess

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