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Best Picnic Spots In Los Angeles

July is National Picnic Month and what better way kick start summer than with a beautiful picnic on Fourth of July? Enjoy the warm summer weather with a delicious meal during the day, followed by a beautiful fireworks display to illuminate the night. But where are the best spots to picnic?

Hollywood Bowl

This iconic outdoor venue is known for its pre-concert picnics. Picnic areas are located throughout the venue, some opening as early as four hours before the show, and available on a first come, first serve basis. Patina Group offers different food options for ticket holders, or you can bring your own food. Thanks to some of our awesome customers, we’ve already made a few appearances at the Bowl this year.

Grand Park

Located in Downtown L.A. and spanning from Grand Ave at the Music Center to Spring St at City Hall, Grand Park offers spaces for casual picnics as well as public and private events. The four distinct areas of the 12-acre park include the restored Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain, an intimate performance lawn, a community terrace, and a grand event lawn. Bring your own picnic or purchase your food and beverages on site.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Friday nights never sounded so good. Enjoy Jazz at LACMA, a free outdoor music event held at the central BP Pavilion on Fridays at 6pm during the season. Guests are invited to bring a picnic, blankets and chairs and settle on the grass area surrounding the pavilion.

Pan Pacific Park

This park is located across from the Grove, on the site of the landmark Pan-Pacific Auditorium (sadly destroyed in a 1989 fire). The 28-acre park houses picnic tables and barbecue pits available on a first come, first serve basis, along with a paved path for walking or biking. Enjoy a picnic and other fun activities this expansive park has to offer.

Cinespia – Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Cinespia began in 2002, and hosts on-site movie screenings, usually at open-air, historic locations. The most popular series is held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Fairbanks Lawn). Guests are encouraged to bring picnic dinner and drinks (beer and wine only), blankets, pillows, or low chairs that have a seat that rests on the ground with a low back. A small tarp underneath your blanket is recommended.

Echo Park Lake

After an extensive restoration, Echo Park Lake reopened in June 2013 with numerous lotus plants, improved walking paths, fountains and the boat house. The famous Lady of the Lake (formally Nuestra Reina de Los Angeles, or Queen of the Angels) was returned to her original location at the north end of the lake. Enjoy a picnic at the Echo Park Recreation Center, where you’ll find picnic tables, barbecue pits, a children’s play area, community room, and much more.

Barnsdall Art Park

The Barnsdall Art Park is located atop Olive Hill and includes Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, Barnsdall Art Center, Junior Art Center, Municipal Art Gallery and Gallery Theatre. For $30, you can purchase a ticket for the Friday Night Wine Tasting series. Enjoy a picnic and the views while tasting four wine selections. Included with your ticket is a limited edition wine glass for you to take home. All profits from the wine tastings benefit Barnsdall Art Park Foundation programs and projects.

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park and allows guests to bring their own picnics into the zoo. They do request that guests do not bring aluminum cans, glassware or any other breakable materials, and avoid using small plastic items (straws, cup lids) that may accidentally find their way into an animal’s exhibit. Coolers and picnic baskets are permitted (no storage lockers available), and picnic areas throughout the zoo are available on a first come, first serve basis.

The Old Zoo

The Old Zoo is the abandoned, former Griffith Park Zoo, located off of Griffith Park Drive. Guests are welcome to picnic on grounds, with tables, barbecue grills, and a large grass area. One exhibit has picnic tables within the enclosure, and you may recognize the stone pits from the movie Anchorman. Free summer events are held her as well, such as the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

Getty Center

Within the famous Getty Center in Brentwood is the Central Garden, created by Robert Irwin. You can enjoy the art, architecture, and panoramic views, as well as a picnic on the lawn adjacent to the Central Garden, or any other public seating areas. You can also enjoy your picnic at the tables and lawn located at the Lower Tram Station (T1), open every day until 30 minutes before the museum closes.

Will Rogers State Historic Park

A well-known celebrity in the 1920s and 1930s, Will Rogers developed a ranch, in what is now the Pacific Palisades, for his friends and family to relax and enjoy riding and roping. After his widow, Betty, died in 1944, the ranch became Will Rogers State Historic Park and is a popular location for equestrian activities. Trekkies will recognize the outdoor polo field as a stand-in for Golden Gate Park in Star Trek IV. A large picnic area with grills is available for guests.

Malibu Family Wines

The Malibu Wines Tasting Room at Malibu Family Wines is located about 25 miles north of Santa Monica, and about six miles into the mountains. They offer free admission and invite guests to bring a picnic and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy, however, a  minimum of one bottle purchase is require for each group of 2-4 people. Because of unpredictable weather, it is recommended that guests bring a blanket and sweater to leave in the car. On the weekends, there is live music, valet, and a free shuttle available.

Polliwog Park

On the corner of Redondo Avenue and Manhattan Beach Boulevard is the expansive, 18-acre Polliwog Park. Within the park is a large pond, a natural wildlife refuge, an ampitheater that overlooks the pond, three gazebos, children’s play areas, the Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden, City Historical Museum, 9-hole disc golf course, the Polliwog Park Dog Run, and a picnic area. The picnic area contains 15 tables and is open daily from 8am to dusk.

Brookside Park

Pasadena’s largest park is located just south of the Rose Bowl. Enjoy a picnic at any of the numerous picnic spots, most of which have barbecue pits. Besides picnic areas, two lighted softball diamonds, a lighted field for flag football and soccer, tennis, badminton and handball courts, and a play area, the park also features the Rose Bowl Stadium Tours and the Kidspace Museum.

Have you been to any of these locations? Which picnic spot is your favorite? Have you taken us on a picnic? Share your picnic ideas, stories, or photos with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, LinkedIn, and Pinterest!

Whether you’re enjoying a picnic at one of these spots, catching a fireworks show, or going on vacation, your friends at the Brick Market & Deli would like to wish you a Happy Fourth Of July! Please be safe and enjoy your holiday weekend.