The Ultimate End-of-Summer Bucket List
Don’t ask us how it happened—but as it does every year, the end of summer has mysteriously sneaked up on us. Before you go saying your bittersweet goodbyes, there’s a lot to be done. The first day of fall is September 23, so that means we have ourselves a nice bit of time left to knock it out of the park. Want to really make it count? We thought so. Read on for our ultimate end-of-summer bucket list. Magical memories, we’re coming for ya.
Throw down a blanket. Pull out your indoor dining chairs. Whatever you need to do to eat a meal with some candles lit at dusk, do it.
Burgers, corn on the cob, watermelon? Duh.
Even those of us living in Los Angeles need the reminder sometimes. A full day at the beach is plain and simple a summer must.
Nothing beats the splendor of seeing one of your favorite musical acts under the stars. The last month of summer is usually packed with highlights.
Hop in the car for a weekend road trip. Take a quick day trip to the town next door that has that ice cream parlor you love. Seek some adventure.
Invite your craftiest friends over for a group DIY session, or take on a solo project that will make your summer feel productive as can be.
Pretend you’re a tourist. Visit the museum. Hop on the bike and just go. Whatever you do, do it with no other purpose than having an afternoon of wandering aimlessly.
Yes, riding a Ferris wheel is just about as classic a summer activity you can find. Play carnival games. Eat cotton candy. Take too many photos.
Try your fill of samples. Talk up the local farmers working the stands. Take home a bag so full of ripe, juicy produce that you need to invite friends over to help you make a dent.
Have a glass of rosé while soaking in the golden-hour sunshine. Have another. Smile and know that you are doing it all right.
Bocce, croquet, bag toss, oh my! Lawn games are the perfect addition to your picnic or spiked popsicle party. Pro tip: They’re just as fun on a rooftop or sidewalk, for you big-city dwellers.
These days, most cities have fun outdoor movie screenings regularly during the summer months. Some even have drive-ins! Nothing is better than catching a throwback screening on a warm summer night.
Pack up your favorite snacks and beverages, spread out a blanket, and head to the beach or park. It’s the perfect way to socialize on a leisurely Sunday.
Or pop-tails, as we like to call them. Does this need further explanation? Nothing spells summer quite so much as a popsicle spiked with your favorite booze.
You know that book you’ve been toting around on trips all summer long? If you've still got a ways to go, make a point to hunker down and read it ’til the last page.
Okay, the campfire will earn you extra points. But whatever you do, toast a marshmallow and smush it between two graham crackers with some chocolate squeezed in before summer’s end.
Gather your space geekiest of space-loving friends and head to the most remote spot you can manage. Shut off your headlights, climb atop your car, and get unreasonably excited every time you spot what totally (maybe) could have been a shooting star.
Worries over wet hair, be gone! Get over whatever hang-ups you may have and jump into the nearest body of water, be it the ocean or a pool. The scorching temps will be no match.
Let this be the cardinal rule of your last few weeks of summer. Yes, it’s hot. Yes, the fall months are beautiful. But come winter, you will ache for the feeling of sun on your face, so enjoy it every chance you get!