Summer is in FULL FORCE and we are taking every. single. opportunity we have to hang out in the great outdoors! It seems like summer passes us by in the blink of an eye (yes! even in CA!) so we check off our Summer Bucket List to make sure we’re outside and getting our Vitamin D when we aren’t traveling all over the place meeting our incredible POUND Posse!
We’re really lucky to live in LA where there are a TON of public, summer activities — but most of our favorite activities happen in every city during the warm months! A lot of times, these kinds of events are posted in your local coffee shop, on a community bulletin board, or in the local newspaper. Do some research and find your city’s special events!
Summer Bucket List: Top 5 Outdoor Activities
1. Picnic in the Park:
You can have a picnic A-N-Y-W-H-E-R-E! We love cooking up a colorful lunch, putting it in a basket, grabbing a mexican blanket, and finding a new patch of green grass to just go chill! Packing a picnic is a great break during a long hike (preferably at the waterfall), at the beach, or just at your local park! Here are some easy recipes to pack up and share: Spring Salad in a jar, veggies and homemade hummus, and some cool fruit-cubes to jazz up your H20!
2. Free Music Festivals
Every Thursday night, Santa Monica puts on free show on the pier. We love checking out the new bands and listening to good music as we watch the sun set. Hop online to find free concerts in your city and go check them out! Bring some old friends and meet some new ones.
*Photo By Twilight Concerts
3. Movies In The Park
Summer in LA is incomplete without movies in the park! Whether they’re screened at a public park, a school, or the cemetery (it’s not as creepy as it sounds), time stops when you’re enjoying a movie outdoors with 400 of your friends and neighbors (our favorite is Christmas in July when they screen Elf in the park and everyone comes with Santa Hats!) Search for free movie screenings around town or hold one of your own! All you need is a big white wall, a projector, and a warm blanket!
*Photo by Cinespia
4. Farmer’s Markets
If you can’t already tell by how much we rave about them, Farmer’s Markets are one of our favorite activities year round. Spending a Saturday or Sunday morning waking up early, picking your fresh seasonal produce for the week, meeting and making friends with local farmers, and trying all the samples we leisurely stroll by each booth is (believe it or not) one of the most relaxing, chill parts of our week. At the Farmer’s Market, we aren’t rushed to get anywhere or overwhelmed by aisles and aisles stuffed with processed foods. We enjoy learning, seeing beautiful vegetables, and knowing exactly where (and who) our food is coming from. In case you aren’t familiar with your local Farmer’s Market – here’s our How-To Guide 🙂
5. Road Trip… Anywhere.
Explore beyond your surroundings. 9 times out of 10 when we have a free weekend, we just google the top 10 things to do in (fill in the city) and we take a day trip.. just to explore! This has landed us anywhere from 100-300 miles away exploring cities like Santa Barbara, Ojai, San Clemete, and Angelus Oaks. Is there a city near you that you’ve always wanted to explore? Get in the car and GO THERE.