Updated: Jul 20, 2022
Located in the heart of Los Angeles County, Glendale is one of Southern California's best kept secrets for summer travelers exploring everything the Southland has to offer. Whether you’re hosting guests from out of town or looking for staycation ideas, there's always something to do around town. Here are our 10 favorite MUST do things for a memorable Glendale summer.
1. The 27th Annual Cruise Night
July 16 | 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm | Downtown Glendale on Brand Blvd.
Choose your favorite luau fit and enjoy a leisurely night out on the town alongside classic and exotic cars. Website
2. Learn the Art of Bending at MONA
July 24 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm | 216 S. Brand Blvd.
Get ready to bend and glow... glass that is! Design your own neon art with an intimate one-day class lead by a contemporary artist. Reservations
3. Rock Photography Museum
Hours of Operation: Sun. 11 am - 4 pm, Wed. & Thu. 11 am - 6 pm, Fri. & Sat. 11am - 8pm | 123 N. Artsakh Ave.
Experience "Fifty Years in Exile" by legendary photographer Norman Seeff in this unique exhibit featuring rare and vintage photographs of The Rolling Stones. Website
4. Take A Hike!
Nature Center Hours: Sun. – Mon. 7:00 am to 8:00 pm | 3429 Markridge Rd.
Dust off your hiking shoes and get in touch with nature at Deukmejian Wilderness Park, featuring scenic hiking trails for all levels. Plus, don’t forget to stop by the Stone Barn Nature Center to explore hands on exhibits. Information
5. Garagiste 7th Annual Wine Festival
July 22 – July 23 | Glendale Civic Auditorium – 1401 N. Verdugo Rd.
Voted #1 Best Wine Festival in America by USA Today. The Gargiste Festival brings the vineyard experience to Glendale, pouring 150+ wines from all over California and over 20 varietals. Tickets
6. Dine Under The SoCal Sun!
There's nothing like basking under the glorious SoCal sun while enjoying an epic meal. These downtown Glendale eateries make al fresco dining an experience to remember:
Crazy Rock'N Roll sushi | 239 N. Brand Blvd.
Contemporary atmosphere with traditional Japanese cuisine
Porto’s Bakery and Café | 315 N. Brand Blvd.
Cuban style savory pastries, sandwiches, and more
Damon’s Steak House | 317 N. Brand Blvd.
Steaks and Polynesian style drinks
All Indian café | 316 N. Brand Blvd.
Award winning traditional Indian food
Lola's Peruvian | 230 N. Brand Blvd.
Traditional Peruvian cuisine
Bacari GDL | 757 Americana Way
Italian-inspired food with a Mediterranean twist.
7. Dance The Night Away With A Live Concert At The Americana
Now through September 30 | Fri. & Sat. 6 pm - 9 pm, Sun. 3 pm - 6pm | 889 Americana Way
Dancing shoes optional, dancing feet required! Show us your moves under the summer skies. Information
8. Quench Your Thirst
Explore these local watering holes to cool off on a hot summer day. These local breweries are sure to cool you down with their top-tier handcrafted beers.
Paperback | 422 Magnolia Ave.
Brewyard Beer Company | 906 Western Ave.
The Glendale Tap | 4227 San Fernando Rd.
9. Celebrate the Art of Dance with “Fused” at The Alex
August 19 at 7:30 pm & the 20th at 2 pm and 7 pm | 216 N. Brand Blvd.
Blending ballet with hip hop, tango, modern, contemporary, Ghawazi and street styles, this contemporary dance troop takes ballet to the next level. Tickets
10. Montrose Craft Beer Festival
July 24 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm | 2200 Honolulu Ave.
Take a stroll down Honolulu Avenue and help yourself to samples from local brewers, tasty appetizers and more. Tickets