Who says no to free events? We don’t, and neither should you. These June festivals on the Westside promise free entertainment including live music, kids activities, interactive exhibits, and delightful treats. Make the most of the summer without breaking the bank. Save this budget-friendly guide for your next fun outing with friends or family!

Tarfest, Mid-Wilshire

Tarfest is an annual free festival featuring a day of music, art, and family fun. The festival, which is in its  21st year, aims to bring the public into direct contact with local art and artists. This year, attendees can expect live music performances by artists such as Mariachi Quinto Sol, KCRW DJ Novena Carmel, and BLVK H3RO. The Korean Cultural Center, Japan Foundation, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Holocaust Museum L.A., and Gloria Molina Grand Park will be hosting free art-making and cultural activities. In addition, there will be booths by local artists and food trucks. This year’s Tarfest, which is typically at La Brea Tar Pits, will be held at Pan Pacific Park. 

When: June 15, 2024

Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, Beverly Hills

The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance is an annual car show held on the iconic street. Held on Father’s Day, the event boasts a curated selection of more than 100 rare and iconic cars, ranging from vintage classics and supercars to one-of-a-kind ones. The event also hosts live entertainment and activities for all ages. This year’s show will exhibit hypercars and supercars alongside displays from O’Gara Coach, the upcoming Netflix Film “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F,” and the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix. The cars showcased will be provided by private collections, passionate car enthusiasts, and even some of the world’s more renowned car manufacturers.

Moreover, Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose, and famous car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show.” Attendees can also indulge in several food trucks and carts, including Baby’s Badass Burgers, The Deli Doctor, Doc Lobsta, The Tropic Truck, Ginger’s Divine Ice Cream, and King Kone Ice Cream.

When: June 16, 2024

SaMo PRIDE, Santa Monica

SaMo Pride is a month-long celebration in Santa Monica that honors the LGBTQ+ community. It includes numerous events, exhibitions, and activities throughout the city, ending in a block party on the Third Street Promenade. SaMo Pride is inclusive and apt for people of all ages. Furthermore, this fest hosts child-friendly events and activities throughout the month, making it a perfect way to celebrate diversity with your whole family. 

When: The Block Party is June 22, 2024. Monthly Calendar here: https://www.smpride.com/events 

The Venice Fest, Mar Vista 

The Venice Fest is a vibrant street festival held three times a year in Mar Vista. It’s essentially a street party featuring stalls by local businesses, retailing art, food, and clothes. The festival takes place on Venice Blvd, which is closed to traffic for the event. At the Venice Fest, you can expect hundreds of vendors retailing everything from arts and crafts to delicious food and drinks. Additionally, the fest also hosts live musical performances, art demonstrations, and interactive workshops for all ages. 

When: June 22, 2024

Santa Monica Pier 360 Beach Festival, Santa Monica

If you enjoy surfing, music, dance, good food, or skating, make your way to this distinctive fest. The Santa Monica Pier 360 Beach Festival is a family-friendly event celebrating beach life. Hosted by the Santa Monica Pier, the two-day festival includes ocean sports competitions, live Polynesian bands and hula dancers, fun obstacle courses, a roller rink, and a beer garden serving samples by some of your favorite local restaurants and brands. This unique festival is an excellent way to soak up Southern California’s iconic beach culture! 

When: ​​​​June 29 – June 30, 2024

Photo arranged by the author (center) at last year’s Venice Fest with her husband and a friend.

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