Swimsuits Aren’t Just for Swimming

Sure, Swimwear Can Be Worn at a Beach

But not every city has one. In those that do, not everyone wants to swim. I suspect there is a larger population of bikini-body people than there are avid swimmers. Many without traditional “bikini-bodies” love wearing swimsuits in the summer. Swimwear is more about fashion, keeping cool and having fun.

The ClinicalPosters website promotes good health. This includes all-purpose swimwear for after-work recreation. Here is a list of activities you can enjoy in your chic summer garments:

  • Amusement parks
  • Backyard sunbathing
  • Beach volleyball
  • Gym workout
  • Hike a trail
  • Pack a picnic
  • Sip resort cocktails
  • Scuba diving
  • Ship Cruises
  • Summer concerts

Los Angeles is known for its gorgeous weather and perpetual sunny days. Below is a list of Southern California events at which you may be inspired to sport your new swimwear (Kaftan may be required). See ya ’round town!

Highlight Room Hollywood Rooftop Dining
Highlight Room Grill offers spectacular Hollywood rooftop dining

All Summer Long Annual Events

The Highlight Room Grill — Daily rooftop dining in Hollywood, weather permitting
On the 10th floor, The Highlight Room Grill has a backdrop of the Hollywood Hills. Enjoy a meal of fresh California fare paired with extensive wine and cocktail offerings. Restaurant is adjacent to pool partiers.

Catalina ExpressDaily excursions
Stay a weeknight on Santa Catalina Island for about half the price as weekends. Enjoy hotels, campgrounds, cottages, outdoor movies, museums, dining and more off the coast of Laguna and Long Breach.

Farmers Market Friday Night MusicFridays at The Original Farmers Market
Take a load off at the end of the work week and stop by the West Patio from 7 to 9pm to hear free live music during or after your shopping trip or dinner al fresco.

Hornblower Summer Sunset Cocktail CruiseWednesdays and Thursdays, June 6 – October 31 at Fisherman's Village Marina
Enjoy two-hour cruise in the beach harbor from $37–57 per guest.

Jazz at LACMA Fridays at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
One of L.A.’s best free live music offerings, Jazz at LACMA has featured such legends as Wayne Shorter, John Clayton, Kenny Burrell, Les McCann, Billy Childs, Arturo Sandoval, Cannonball-Coltrane Project and Ernie Watts.

Moonlight Movies on the BeachTuesdays, June 19 – August 21 at Alfredo’s Beach Club
On select dates from June until August, pack up your folding chairs, grab your kids and head to Long Beach for this unique outdoor screening.

Newport Beach Cruises — May – August 7:00 PM | September 6:00 PM
Brunch or Sunset cruises with live entertainment for $30 per person, includes complementary glass of champagne on some cruises.

PerchDaily rooftop dining in Downtown Los Angeles
Overlook the city on the 15th floor while sipping cocktails, dining and listening to jazz music.

Shakespeare by the SeaJune 14 – August 18 at various locations
Shakespearean plays in outdoor spaces has been free since its inception, though donations are much appreciated.

Speed ZoneDaily in Los Angeles and Texas locations
Race propane-fueled, 300 horsepower dragsters that go 0–70 in less than 3.5 seconds. Enjoy drift-style racing on a slick track. Family fun with mini go karts, arcades, video games and full bar.

Manhattan Beach Volleyball Tournament
Manhattan Beach Volleyball Tournament

Specific Summer 2018 Dates

Beach Volleyball OpenJune 21 – September 2 at various locations
Purchase your AVP Pro Tour VIP Tickets for the 2018 season. General admission is always free!

FYF Fest — Saturday, July 21 – Sunday, July 22 at Exposition Park
Janet Jackson, Future, Florence and the Machine and My Bloody Valentine top this year’s lineup.

Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts Thursday, July 26 – Thursday, August 30 at Skirball Cultural Center, Westside
Annual series of free summer concerts, highlighting indie, folk and world music from L.A. and beyond. Attendees pay $10 cash for parking per car.

HARD Summer — Saturday, August 4 – Sunday, August 5 at Auto Club Speedway, Inland Empire
Headliners include Marshmello, Travis Scott, Virtual Self and back-to-back sets from Diplo and Dillon Francis as well as Zeds Dead and Jauz.

All My Friends Music Festival Saturday, August 18 2018 – Sunday, August 19 2018 at ROW DTLA, Downtown
RL Grime, Gucci Mane and Jhene Aiko will headline Saturday of the fest, while M.I.A., Jamie xx and Armand Van Helden top Sunday’s lineup.

KaabooFriday, September 14 – Sunday, September 16 at Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego
Eclectic lineup of adult alternative favorites—including Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry and Robert Plant. The “mix-perience” comes with clean amenities, artisanal cuisine, fashion pop-ups and local artwork.

No worries if you do not live in Southern California. Search the Internet for summer activities in your area and make an appearance wearing some of the hottest fashions of the year. Better yet, pack your swimwear and take a vacation to someplace exciting this summer.

June 27, 2018 by Kevin Williams

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