Downtown Culver City is the perfect place to get away without any of the stress of traveling. Party and play in a neighborhood that always feels like a vacation, especially on the Third Wednesday of August. Say “Aloha” to summer, which means hello and good-bye, with samples of spiked tropical punch (non-alcoholic samples available for the under-21 set) and music from steel drum band Island Rhythms, performing live in the heart of Downtown at the corner of Washington and Culver. Check in at any participating business to pick up your “Third Wednesday Passport,” then turn it in at the end of the night to be entered in a raffle to win summertime prizes (no purchase necessary). Don’t let summer pass you by without a ‘staycation’ in one of Southern California’s best kept secrets with its wonderful mix of historic buildings, boutiques, theaters, galleries and unique restaurants opening on to tree-lined streets. Take advantage of Downtown’s universal valet parking system: drop your car off at any one of four convenient locations, then pick it up at another. Free parking is also available for up to one hour in any of Downtown’s three municipal parking structures. Wed., Aug. 17 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; FREE; www.downtownculvercity.com.