Summertime in LA rages on with tons of events in Los Angeles County this August 2017. Check out the latest movies in the park, free concerts, festivals, food events and more. Some highlights this month include BrunchCon, Rose & Bubbles Festival, and the LA Taco Festival.
Grab your blanket, chairs and summer fun attitude; it’s time for some outdoor flicks. All summer long these places are playing your favorite movies under the stars.
Street Food Cinema
These Saturday night movie events include live music, a movie and food trucks.
August 5th: Deadpool @ LA State Historic Park
August 5th: E.T. @ Park Center, Griffith Park
August 5th: 8 Mile @ Exposition Park, Downtown
August 12th: Almost Famous @ Eagle Rock Rec Park, Eagle Rock
August 12th: Monsters, Inc @ Syd Kronenthal Park, Culver City
August 19th: Pitch Perfect @ Will Roger’s State Historic Park, Pacific Palisades
August 19th: Selena @ LA State Historic Park
August 26th: La La Land @ Poinsettia Rec Park, West Hollywood
August 26th: 50 First Dates @ Glendale Central Park, Glendale
Eat | See | Hear
Saturday Nights, 5:30-10:30PM
More movies, bands and food trucks held on Saturday nights.
August 5th: Mean Girls @ Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall
August 12th: When Harry Met Sally @ Autry Museum in Griffith Park
August 29th: Raiders of the Lost Ark @ La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills
Gates Open 7:15PM | Movie at 9PM
Movie, DJ before and after, free photo booth plus beer and wine is permitted. All held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The films sell out fast so get tickets ASAP!
August 5th: The Princess Bride
August 10th: Reservoir Dogs on 35mm
August 12th: The Big Lebowski (7th Annual Slumber Party)
August 19th: Some Like It Hot
August 26th: Ghost World
Free Concerts At Redondo Beach Pier
Saturdays & Thursdays throughout July & August
Thursday, August 3rd: King Chris (Genre: Funk & Soul)
Saturday, August 5th: Amber Foxx (Genre: Rockabilly)
Thursday, August 10th: Ghost In The Machine (Genre: Police Tribute)
Saturday, August 12th: Scrap Yard Aces (Genre: Cali-Roots Rock Reggae)
Thursday, August 17th: Living Cover (Genre: Contemporary Rock)
Saturday, August 19th: Elwood Moon (Genre: Classic Rock)
Thursday, August 24th: Abrakadabra (Genre: Latin Jazz)
Saturday, August 26th: Like Zeppelin (Genre: Led Zeppelin Tribute)
Thursday, August 31st: Strange Days (Genre: The Doors Tribute)
Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concerts
7PM at Santa Monica Pier
August 3rd: Valerie June, Irma Thomas
August 10th: Mon Laferte, Buscabullla
August 17th: Warpaint
The Point Summer Music Series
Wednesday nights in July & August
Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy the free music at The Point at Rosecrans and Sepulveda. Here’s the lineup for July:
August 2nd: J.R. Lewis Trio (Pop to Dance To)
August 9th: Steel Paradise Trio (Calypso and Raggae)
August 16th: Rice and Beans (Country)
August 23rd: Salsa All-stars Trio (Salsa, Tango, Latin Pop)
August 30th: Sound FX (Variety Pop Rock)
Free Concerts At Burton Chace Park
Thursdays & Saturdays
Now – August 26th
Marina Del Rey’s free concert series is held at Burton Chace Park with performances on Thursdays and Saturdays. Grab your family, a picnic dinner, and a blanket or low-profile beach chairs and make your way to Burton Chace Park for this popular event series. The 10-acre park is surrounded on three sides by the water, so come early for picture taking and to stroll the perimeter walking path.
Symphonic Thursdays – 7PM
August 3rd – Matthew Morrison (symphonic pops)
August 17th – MdR Symphony: Aida, staged opera production
Pop Saturdays – 7PM
August 12th – Yo La Tengo (indie rock)
August 26th – Arturo Sandoval (jazz)
Shakespeare By The Sea
Now – August 19th
Diversify your free summer fun with a bit of Shakespeare. Shakespeare by the Sea is back for another summer featuring two productions: Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew. The 2017 tour will run for 10 weeks of free admission performances at 20+ venues throughout LA and Orange County. Here’s the LA lineup for August:
San Pedro: Point Fermin Park | SH - 8pm: Aug 19 & MB - 8pm: Aug 18
Carson: CSU Dominguez Hills | MB – 7PM Aug 2
Woodland Hills: Warner Center Park | SH – 7PM Aug 3
South Pasadena: Garfield Park | MB – 7PM Aug 4
Encino: Los Encinos State Historic Park | SH – 7PM Aug 5
Beverly Hills: Roxbury Park | SH – 7PM Aug 10
Manhattan Beach: Polliwog Park | MB – 7PM Aug 11 & SH – 7PM Aug 12
Whittier: Adventure Park | MB – 7PM Aug 16
Rancho Palos Verdes: Terranea | MB – 7PM Aug 17
Plate by Plate
Saturday, August 5th
Plate by Plate is the hottest soirée this summer with our curated list of renowned chefs, top-notch restaurateurs, and beverage makers from all over Los Angeles under one roof at the California Science Center. Over 50 of Southern California's finest restaurants and beverage purveyors will be there so don’t miss out. The event includes a beer garden, silent auction and after party. Dress code is black tie and formal attire.
Taste of Ecuador Food Festival & Parade
Sunday, August 6th
This will be the 19th annual Taste of Ecuador. Everyone is invited to taste a full menu of Ecuadorian cuisine dishes. With more than 10,000 attendants, you can enjoy crafts, products, folklore music and customs, tons of booths, carnival games, free gifts and a big parade on Broadway. Entrance is free to the public.
Sundance Next Fest
Thursday, August 10th – Sunday, August 13th
12PM – 10PM
The summer’s best indie movies and music come together at the Sundance Next Fest. This three-day festival (from the people who put on Sundance in Utah) pairs movies from up-and-coming filmmakers with music, talks, and performances. It all goes down at the historic theater at the Ace Hotel DTLA. Opening night kicks of with a throwback 35mm screening of Quentin Tarantino’s classic Reservoir Dogs.
626 Night Market
Friday, August 11th – Sunday, August 13th
Fri & Sat: 4PM-1AM | Sun: 4PM-11PM
The summer season of the 626 Night Market is coming to Arcadia with hundreds of food, merchandise, arts, crafts, and entertainment options for one of the biggest food festivals of the year. Welcome back old favorites and a lineup of new vendors to satisfy your palate, browse our merchandise, art and crafts vendors, and enjoy live entertainment with friends and family. If you can’t make it to the 626 Night Market, check out the OC Night market in Costa Mesa this month.
Saturday, August 12th – Sunday, August 13th
Your ticket to the second annual BrunchCon includes one taste from each of the 50 vendors, as well as an open mimosa bar and open Bloody Mary bar. In addition to brunching and enjoying morning beverages, you can enjoy multiple photo booths with brunch themed art, check out the vendor market, and play some games including giant Jenga, corn hole, ladder ball and mimosa pong.
Rosé & Bubbles Festival
Saturday, August 12th
Day Event: 12:30-4PM; Night Event: 5:30PM-9PM
Bubbles of the world will be poured alongside a healthy selection of Roses at the first ever wineLA Rose And Bubble Festival. All wines will be available for purchase, via order form. The Day and Night events each start with a VIP event and VIP Sherry Suite, followed by the general admission Rose tasting ticket with unlimited tastings, appetizers and live music. WineLA is about enhancing the wine culture of Los Angeles, hosting wine education events and moving the wine industry forward.
Bite at the Beach
Saturday, August 12th
The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce puts on the annual Bite at the Beach Food & Beer Festival with great food and beer pairings from eateries throughout South Bay and LA. Over 20 restaurants and 15 breweries are featured, showcasing their local gourmet fare and brews. Fun includes live DJ, vendors, art, photo ops, swag and more.
Tropical Boat Party in Long Beach
Saturday, August 12th
LA’s original house music boat party is back. It’s a cruise for a cause which means 100% of the proceeds will go to charity, Give a Beat’s International Youth Day Campaign. Tickets start at $50 and the party will feature music from DJ Three, Doc Martin (Sublevel), Marques Wyatt, Patricio, Jamie Schwabl and Ben Annand.
Sunday, August 13th
Held along the iconic Wilshire Boulevard, CicLAvia takes over the neighborhood and closes off its streets so Angelenos can walk, run, or ride bikes along the carless roads. If nothing else, bask in the glory of the only time you won’t see LA’s streets looking like a parking lot. CicLAvia’s goal is to inspire all of us to reimagine Los Angeles and connect participants to neighborhoods, businesses, healthy lifestyles, alternative transportation and each other in a way that is not possible by car.
Swing Dancing at the Wiltern
Sunday, August 13th
Originally built in 1931, The Wiltern is a historic venue with deep roots in jazz and the community. With beautiful art deco designs and large open space, it is the perfect venue to reminisce on historic times and dance the night away. This is the Swingin’ Summer Finale event so don’t miss out. Dance lessons go from 7-8PM, swing-dancing party begins at 8 and the live music begins 8:30PM.
Grand Park Sunday Sessions
Sunday, August 13th
Gather together with family and friends for a season-wide tribute to L.A.’s house music scene in the park for everyone. There will be a 21+ cocktail garden, and the event is free and open to all ages. The line-up for Sunday, August 13th includes Kaleem, Jun, Tony Powell, and Jason Bently.
Long Beach BBQ Festival
Friday, August 18th – Sunday, August 20th
Fri. 5-10PM; Sat. & Sun. 12-10PM
The BBQ festival has a food court, carnival games, petting zoo, cantinas, arts and craft booths, face painting and more for you to explore. General admission includes live entertainment, line-dancing lessons, comedy magic show on Friday and Saturday night, and kids inflatable fun. And if you’re up for the challenge, get your ticket for the All You Can Eat Rib Village!
Saturday, August 19th
This crazy cool party is like a scavenger hunt mixed with a choose your own adventure, with experiences and locations unfolding as the day goes on. Get to know LA, get to know cool new people, and dance the night away. Basically, you just have to trust that you’ll have fun, and let go. Buy your ticket online and secure your spot! Tickets are $30 online.
Great Sand Sculpture Contest
2017 Dates to be announced
Complete with sculpture masterpieces of world-class professional sand artists, a semi-professional sculpting category, community competition and more, this contest is the longest standing of it’s kind in the nation. The festival will also include a food court, live music, vendors, kid’s zone and beach bars so it’s a party all weekend long!
Tiki Beach Festival
Saturday, August 19th – Sunday, August 20th
Sat. Sunrise to 9:30PM, Sun. Sunrise to 5:30PM
Hundreds of Polynesian musicians and dancers will perform alongside an island market with over 100 vendors and the famous Aloha food court. Highlights for this Hawaiian paradise spectacular include tiki carving, “Night of Fire” torch lighting, fire knife dance and fire walk, canoe rides, Sunday morning hula praise and more. The annual event will be held at Granada Beach in Belmont Shore.
Taste of Brews
Saturday, August 19th
Taste of Brews is Long Beach’s original and authentic craft beer festival at Lighthouse Park. The event infuses more than 100 styles of microbrews and hard ciders and SoCal’s best food trucks at an amazing oceanfront venue. The event is expected to sell-out online with limited tickets at the gate so don’t wait too long to purchase your ticket.
LA Food and Wine
Thursday, August 24th – Sunday, August 27th
Various locations throughout LA
The weeklong festival of culinary delights all across the city has been going on for the past 6 years and it’s only growing bigger and better. The week includes celebrity chefs, world-class wines and live entertainment. The festival kicks off on Thursday with a tasting event hosted by Curtis Stone, “Ultimate Bites of LA”.
L.A. Taco Festival
Saturday, August 26th
The LA Taco Festival brings all kinds of tacos to the masses in a fun, lively event that not only stimulates festival goers’ taste buds but their eyes and ears as well, with great live music and dance performances. The idea behind the taco festival came from the folks at a nonprofit, Jovenes, Inc., who are dedicated to solving the problem of youth homelessness in Boyle Heights. The Festival is a chance to showcase some of East LA's tastiest tacos, bring in some awesome bands, and create a unique experience where people can get full, have fun, and support a great cause. Admission is free and donations are welcome.
Gardena Jazz Festival
Sunday, August 27th
11:30AM - 7:30PM
The annual Gardena Jazz Festival in Gardena, California, is a concert celebration of the original American art form that is jazz music. The one-day engagement features live musical performances by jazz artists in a range of sub-genres like smooth, vocal, bebop, cool, Dixieland and various others. Bring a blanket, lawn chair, picnic basket and enjoy the festival!