Our picks of places to go + things to do to make the most out of your June.

RISE + SHINE FOR The Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race + Ocean Festival on Saturday, June 7, celebrating decades of surf, paddleboard and lifeguard history. Along with races that kick off at 7:30 a.m., enjoy live bands, a pop-up museum, board making demos, as well as a beer garden and rum lounge sponsored by Tommy Bahama. In between watching the athletes plunge into the Pacific, STOP HERE Ristorante al Mare for calamari and their house squid ink spaghetti, Chitarrine Nere ai Frutti di Mare.

DO THIS The 7th Annual Walk For Wishes fundraiser benefitting the Make-A-Wish ® Greater Los Angeles Division. By simply lacing up your shoes and walking through Exposition Park’s 160 beautiful acres, you’ll be helping to grant the wishes of 350 children with life-threatening diseases this year. Register online for the June 21st event here.

WATCH THIS The favored colt California Chrome go for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 7. Thirty-six years has passed since the last winner, Affirmed, won the coveted title, meaning that this pinnacle race could go down in history.

GO HERE The Architecture + Design Museum’s 2014 Annual Gala held on Saturday, June 28. Bringing together design leaders and creative thinkers from around the world, this year’s event will be celebrating our California beach communities, which have served as a cornerstone of inspiration to artists, craftspeople, designers and architects.

ticket-fireworksSPEND A NIGHT HERE The Hollywood Bowl’s Hall Of Fame Concert and Opening Night on Saturday, June 21. Inductees include Kristin Chenoweth, The Go-Go’s and Pink Martini whose performances will conclude with a fantastic fireworks display. Buy tickets here.