Late-Summer Musts: What To See, Hear and Do.

30 Jul


Don’t freak out. Summer isn’t over and there’s still so much yet to do around our favorite cities, much of which is free, all of which is fun, engaging and enriching.

Whether it’s jazz in the park or an enormous surf expo, delving into the local culture of these three major cities is the perfect way to spend the rest of the season – dressed of course, in go- anywhere, do-anything, day-to-night denim.


Los Angeles

See: Made in L.A. until September 7th at The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.

– This free, must see art exhibit showcases some of the city’s biggest under-the-radar talent.

Hear: Beyonce and Jay Z August 2nd at Rose Bowl Stadium, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena.

– The dynamic duo’s epic show is a hard one to get into, but no doubt a memorable musical experience and well worth the work it takes to score a ticket.

Do: US Open of Surfing until August 3rd. Main Street, Huntington Beach.

– This packed outdoor event is the epitome of modern day Southern California surf culture and a perfect way to enjoy sunny weather while watching world-class surfers do their thing.


New York

See: SummerScreen until August 11th at McCarren Park Nassau Avenue between Leonard and N. 12th Streets, Brooklyn.

– It’s a hipster gathering with 80s and 90s nostalgic movies. Enjoy Zoolander and Heathers screenings while dining al fresco on the lawn.

Hear: St. Vincent August 17th at The Bowery Ballroom 6 Delancey Street.

– The hot indie ticket of the summer, St. Vincent is sure to put on an amazing show in this intimate venue.

Do: The Maids at New York City Center 131 West 55th St.

– Cate Blanchett takes the stage in this dramatic and intense production of Jean Genet’s play.



See: Millennium Park Summer Film Series until August 26th at 201 East Randolph Street.

– Classics like American Graffiti and The Wizard of Oz are shown on a large screen in the city’s iconic park.

Hear: Chicago Jazz Festival August 28th-31st at 201 East Randolph Street.

– There’s nothing like some cool jazz on a warm summer night, especially when music legends and talented newcomers line up to entertain the masses.

Do: Lollapalooza August 1st– August 3rd at Grant Park 337 East Randolph Street.

– One of the first and most dynamic music festivals, this year Lollapalozza’s line up includes Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon and Lorde.

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