Summer Sports to Watch in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is undoubtedly one of the best places on the planet for live entertainment. Perhaps this makes the bounty and variety of live sports available in LA expected, but the sheer volume of exciting live action here is still enough to surprise you. Whether you’re looking for pro baseball, college summer sports, soccer, racing or even football, Los Angeles is the right place to be.

Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball

After a great 2013 season that culminated in a National League Championship appearance, the Dodgers will spend this summer fighting for their rightful spot atop the MLB. Behind pitching phenomenon Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers seem poised for another deep postseason run, so don’t miss your chance to catch the action in person.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Baseball

Not to be outdone by their Dodgers neighbors are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. With a high-flying offense that boasts household baseball names like Albert Pujols and Mike Trout, the Angels provide an outstanding baseball viewing experience. The Halos blasted 77 home runs in 81 home games last season with a less powerful offense, so you can expect to see somebody go deep nearly every time you visit the Angels Stadium of Anaheim.

Minor League Baseball Affiliates

It’s probably no surprise that beautiful, warm LA is a baseball hotspot. Several Class A minor league teams are located less than an hour away from the city, including affiliates of the Dodgers, Angels, San Diego Padres and many other MLB teams.

Los Angeles Galaxy

This MLS soccer club has won its league’s championship twice in the last three seasons, and has won four championships total since 2002. With dominant play from a roster packed with all-star players, the Galaxy will battle other American soccer clubs throughout the summer in hopes of returning to their winning ways.

Chivas USA

Chivas USA is the relative newcomer, having joined the MLS in 2004. The Red and White now boast a competitive roster and a talented coaching staff. The MLS regular season runs from February to October, so catching a game in summer will put you right in the middle of an exciting season.

USC and UCLA Summer Sports

The rivalry between the University of Southern California and the University of Central Los Angeles is notoriously heated. A stop in LA affords sports fans the opportunity to witness this rivalry take place all summer long, through baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and other exciting summer sports. Don’t miss out on witnessing either of these elite athletic colleges exhibiting their proud summer programs this year.

LA Kiss Arena League Football

A live Arena League Football game is a truly unique experience, even when your city’s team isn’t sponsored by the eponymous legendary rock band. The AFL season runs from mid-March to late July, so check out this one-of-a-kind sports scene soon. Did we mention there are guitar solos and fiery explosions between plays?

Horse Racing

If pyrotechnics and hard-hitting team sports aren’t your style, try visiting LA’s fine horse racing tracks. Santa Anita is one of the finest and most popular parks for horse racing in the area, and it’s located less than 15 miles away from downtown LA. Fairplex Park, Hollywood Park and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club are all fine destinations for seasonal live races.

Auto Racing

Fans of NASCAR and other forms of high-powered automobile racing need look no further than the numerous noteworthy racing sites near LA. Both the AAA Auto Club Speedway and the Toyota Speedway of Irwindale host various NASCAR events, and the annual Long Beach Grand Prix is held on the streets of the city.

Summer hotspots in LA for all ages

Los Angeles has many great spots and activities for people of all ages to experience and enjoy. If you are looking to take your family out this summer, if you’re visiting the area, or you just want to get out and experience something entertaining, then here are a few spots worth checking out. Many of these spots are perfect for more than just one age group.

L.A. Zoo

 

A great place for the toddler years encourages interaction and fun learning. The L.A. zoo is a great place for you to take your little ones over the summer. Let them see all the fun and cute animals; they will love the petting zoo and they can explore the people sized tunnels like those a meerkat would make. There are many summer programs available including Creature Campout, Toddler Totes, and Summer Camp.

Knott’s Soak City

If you want to keep that young energetic group of kids aged 5 to 9 busy for the summer, head out to Knott’s Soak City. Splurge and rent a cabana for your family to get a break from the sun while the kids enjoy the water park. There are plenty of attractions from water slides, lagoons, rivers, and tidal waves.

La Brea Tar Pits

Right in the heart of L.A. is the famous Ice Age fossil excavation site, a perfect destination for those pre-teens. You can visit the gardens and the Page Museum. Also, kids can see the life-size saber-tooth tiger puppet. There are plenty of activities for young minds including guided tours, and you can even download a scavenger hunt before you go.

Griffith Park

For the teens, Griffith Park is the perfect summer hang out spot. Active teens can hike, hang out with the tourists at the Observatory, check out the Gene Autrey Museum, picnic, or make the trek to the Hollywood sign. There are also many other activities in the park area to keep this age group busy.

Downtown Artwalk

For the hip young crowd in their 20’s, the Artwalk in downtown L.A. is the premiere hotspot. This self-guided tour showcases L.A.’s finest artwork and promotes the local artist and musicians. This event takes place every second Thursday of the month and over 45 galleries and museums participate. Take a walk, have a drink and enjoy the restaurants, local shops, and venues that assist in this event.

Sunset Junction, L.A.’s Farmer’s Market

 

For those in their 30’s, a great shopping destination where you can try new foods and find unique things is always fun. The famous Sunset Junction has been a huge hot spot for locals and visitors. It provides a fun shopping experience with a variety of items to choose from. You will find fruits and veggies, trinkets galore, flowers, coffee, treats, and basically anything you could ask for in a hip street sale. There are also many places to eat; you could be bold and try something you’ve never had before.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

The crowd in their 40’s and older can appreciate Hollywood’s most epic theatrical masterpieces, and with this summer event happening every Saturday night, you can head out to Hollywood Forever Cemetery for a unique and special evening. Grab a blanket, pack a nice picnic meal, and bring some wine. Donation tickets are available; there is no reservation needed, and plan to arrive early. Gates open at 7:30pm.