Summer bucket list: The 40 things you must do this summer include house-made shaved ice at PS 7’s. How many of these have you tried?

There’s a reason “Summer Loving” might be running through your head this time of year. It’s easy to romanticize this laidback season of flipflops, beach trips and extra long daylight hours. It seems like there’s so much more you can pack into these months — you want to make the most of it.

Here’s how. We put together a guide for everything you’ll want to do to celebrate it: Your 2012 summer bucket list, how to beat the heat on those 100-degree days, the most thrilling summer movies to catch, top summer concerts, the rooftop bars that just opened, new things to try on your Delmarva beach trip and the summer arts events you can’t miss.

When you’re looking for ideas of what to do this summer, start here.

Best rooftop bars : Soak up the sun several stories up, with a drink in your hand on a breezy deck. You'll feel miles removed from the sweltering streets below.

Photos: Spend the evening with a drink and a view at one of these rooftop bars.

Summer concerts : From free outdoor shows to arena rockers, here’s what to see.

Photos: Every one of these concerts stands out from the pack for a specific reason. It’s in your best interest to attend as many of these as possible.

Summer movie guide : The season of blockbusters is here. And at the same time, a tiny indie flick could turn into the sleeper hit of the year.

Photos: Here are the films you should know about this summer, with previews by The Washington Post’s Michael O’Sullivan.

Ways to beat the heat : Going Out Guide writers pick favorite pool parties, getaways, spots for frozen drinks and more.

Photos: When the temperature rises, here’s how to chill.

Beach Guide : Learn to surf, ride a bike to see wild ponies, take a kid-friendly fishing trip or paddle a canoe in search of bald eagles. Our guide is full of ideas for starting a new family tradition and getting active during your vacation.

One of the most experienced surfing instructors in the country teaches in Ocean City. (Judy G. Rolfe/For The Washington Post)

Summer arts preview: Washington Post critics shine a spotlight on the cool shows and fresh exhibits to see.

Elaine Yuko Qualter and Joshua Drew in the play "Beertown." (Clinton Brandhagen/Courtesy of Dog & Pony DC)