Summer is Here—the first weekend in the Southland comes in a warm weekend package with plenty of activities. Here is the shortlist of major events. But first, this dive into the phrase, “June Gloom”.

The term “June Gloom” refers to a weather phenomenon characterized by overcast skies, cool temperatures, and dense fog that typically occurs in the early summer months, particularly in coastal areas of California. This phenomenon is most common in June, hence the name.

The origin of the term “June Gloom” can be traced back to the mid-20th century. While there isn’t a precise date or single individual credited with coining the phrase, it emerged from the local vernacular of Southern California. Residents and meteorologists began using the term to describe the persistent gray and gloomy weather conditions that contrast with the region’s typically sunny and warm climate.

June Gloom is caused by a combination of factors, including the marine layer, a dense, moist air mass that forms over the cool Pacific Ocean and moves inland, and temperature inversions that trap the cool, moist air near the ground. This results in the characteristic low clouds and fog that are prevalent during this time of year.

Los Angeles Area

  1. Day Trip Festival: A two-day house music festival at the Queen Mary waterfront in Long Beach featuring artists like Kaskade, MK, and Cloonee​ (Discover Los Angeles)​​ (Time Out Worldwide)​.
  2. LA WineFest: Taking place at Harry Bridges Memorial Park, this event offers a variety of wines, brews, and spirits along with gourmet food trucks and live music​ (Discover Los Angeles)​.
  3. CicLAvia – South LA: This event will transform several miles of Western Avenue into car-free streets for cycling, walking, and skating​ (Time Out Worldwide)​.

Orange County

  1. Doheny Surf & Art Festival: Held at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, this family-friendly event celebrates surf culture and art with contests, exhibitions, and live music​ (Enjoy OC)​.
  2. Irvine Greek Fest: Enjoy traditional Greek food, music, and dance at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church​ (Enjoy OC)​.
  3. Summer Suds Brewfest: Fountain Valley Sports Park will host this event featuring craft breweries, local bands, and a food vendor lineup​ (Enjoy OC)​.

San Diego

  1. San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival: This two-day festival at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park features smooth jazz performances, gourmet food, and scenic views​ (San Diego Travel Guide)​.
  2. Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off: Join the community for a day of live music, food vendors, and a chili cook-off​ (San Diego Travel Guide)​.
  3. : Experience traditional Scottish games, music, and culture in Vista​ (San Diego Travel Guide)