Central Avenue Jazz Festival
Look forward to performances happening across four stages on 27–28 July at this family-friendly festival, taking place between Vernon Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard. After listening to musicians pay tribute to icons like Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Charles Mingus, you can grab a snack at one of the many food booths or check out the arts, wellness and youth organisations at the various pavilions. centralavejazzfest.com
Though many of the biggest pop and rock stars are women, festival line-ups are often still headlined by male acts. Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li wants to change that with a women-only roster at Yola Día. Li has rounded up the likes of Cat Power, Courtney Love, Kelsey Lu and others for the inaugural festival, which takes place at Los Angeles State Historic Park on 18 August. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Downtown Women’s Center, an organisation that works to end homelessness.
Dance up a storm at Catalina Island, located a short ferry ride away from Los Angeles. Groove Island is happening 27–30 September, and DJs such as Andrew Rayel, Anthony Attalla and Mark Knight will take turns at the decks at this immersive dance music festival. Bring your swimsuit and hiking boots – the festival also offers a host of thrilling outdoor activities.