Los Angeles events August 2017. Fun things to do in LA & Orange County. Summer events, music festivals, art fairs, plays, shows. LA events in Los Angeles August 2017.

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Modern pop festival

August 1 - 6, 2017

multiple locations

International Pop Overthrow (IPO) is a cutting-edge pop and rock music festival that brings dozens of the latest bands to Los Angeles and North Hollywood with low ticket prices.

Surfing festival

August 1 - 6, 2017

Huntington Beach (39 miles SE)

Watch top surfers, skateboarders, and BMX bikers compete at the U.S. Open of Surfing, which includes a lifestyle festival and movie nights south of Huntington Beach Pier.

Beach festival

August 2 - 6, 2017

Manhattan Beach (19.3 miles SW)

See all ages compete in volleyball, swimming, surfing, paddleboarding, lifeguarding, even sandcastle making at the International Surf Festival. Most events are at Hermosa Beach Pier or Manhattan Beach Pier. Schedule.

Spanish festival in Santa Barbara

August 2 - 6, 2017

Santa Barbara (98 miles NW)

Old Spanish Days Fiesta celebrates the Spanish history of Santa Barbara with dance performances, live music, an arts & crafts show, Mexican cuisine, courthouse tours, a historical parade Friday at noon, and a children’s parade Saturday at 10 a.m. Free.

Festival of short films

August 2 - 10, 2017

North Hollywood (13.4 miles NW)

Hundreds of short films premiere at the prestigious L.A. Shorts International Film Festival at Laemmle's NoHo 7. (The opening night on August 2 is downtown at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live 14.)

Orange County fair

August 2 - 13, 2017

Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)

OC Fair offers farm exhibits, a petting zoo, pig races, carnival rides, a rodeo, a sports arena, wine tasting, fried food, and big-name music concerts at the OC Fair & Event Center. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.

Beer tasting at the zoo

August 4, 2017 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)

Griffith Park (10 miles north)

Drink five-ounce samples from 50 breweries, and eat pub-style grub from vendors at Brew at the L.A. Zoo, which has live music, zookeeper talks, and animal encounters at the Los Angeles Zoo for age 21+.

Beer & music festival

August 5, 2017 (3 p.m., VIP 2 p.m.)

Hollywood (7.5 miles NW)

Enjoy unlimited samples of craft beers from 17 breweries at Hollywood Beer and Music Festival, with food trucks, two bands, and a DJ indoors and on the rooftop of Avalon Hollywood.

Car show

August 5, 2017 (3 to 9 p.m.)

Burbank (12 miles north)

See restored cars and hot rods parked on four blocks of San Fernando Boulevard during Downtown Burbank Car Classic, including celebrity, custom, and exotic vehicles from museums and movie studios. Free.

Young Artist Project

August 5, 2017 (1 to 3 p.m.)

La Mirada (22 miles SE)

The Young Artist Project puts together six strangers to create, produce, and present an evening of original theatre, music, dance, and film. See their production at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Halloween convention

August 5 - 6, 2017

Downtown (0.2 miles south)

Scare L.A. has previews of new attractions, industry panels, workshops, screenings, mini haunts, roaming monsters, performances, and 200 vendors of scary goods at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Small art fair

August 5 - 6, 2017

Long Beach (23.9 miles south)

Browse the artwork and food booths at Summer Sun & Art Fest at The Pike Outlets (plus a car show Sunday), and then cross the street to enjoy ocean breezes on a waterfront walk to ShoreLine Aquatic Park. Free.

Music festival

August 5 - 6, 2017

San Bernardino (60 miles east)

Hard Summer Music Festival features “alternative and electronic acts, and emerging talents” including DJ Snake and Snoop Dog at Glen Helen Amphitheater for age 18+.

Restaurant week in Long Beach

August 5 - 13, 2017

Long Beach (24 miles south)

Get a special price on a two-or-three-course dinner during Dine LBC at dozens of restaurants in Long Beach neighborhoods.

Ecuador festival

August 6, 2017

Downtown (2.5 miles NE)

Taste of Ecuador features a parade at 11 a.m., craft and commercial vendors, and Ecuadorian food booths on Olvera Street. Free.

Old toys & games show

August 6, 2017

Carson (16.6 miles south)

Celebrate your childhood at Yestercon, which has vendors selling nostalgic toys, arcade games to play for prizes, and a costume contest at the Carson Center. Free parking.

Festival of India

August 6, 2017 (10 a.m.)

Venice Beach (18 miles west)

Festival of the Chariots is a procession of three giant, colorful chariots for three deities pulled by hundreds of chanting people (formerly elephants) from Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to Venice Beach. It ends at a festival of vegetarian food, Indian music, and dance.

Free folklorico dancing

August 6, 2017 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Anaheim (29.6 miles SE)

Watch dancers in colorful traditional costumes compete at the Ballet Folklorico Competition at Anaheim Indoor Marketplace (a swap meet). Free.

Movies & music festival

August 10 - 13, 2017

Downtown (0.9 miles east)

Combining “movies, music, and mischief,” Sundance Next Fest includes seven films, three live musical performances, filmmaker conversations, food, and an outdoor party at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.

Asian night market

August 11 - 13, 2017

Arcadia (20.4 miles NE)

Shop from hundreds of vendors selling food, merchandise, and crafts at the 626 Night Market at Santa Anita Park monthly all summer. No pets.

Jazz festival

August 11 - 13, 2017

Long Beach (24.2 miles south)

Sit back and listen to top jazz performers at the Long Beach Jazz Festival in beautiful Rainbow Lagoon Park.

Beer festival

August 12, 2017 (12 to 5 p.m.)

Lake Arrowhead (80.8 miles east)

Head to the hills for the Lake Arrowhead Brewfest, which features craft breweries, home-brew clubs, food vendors, and live music outdoors at Blue Jay Village.

Brunch & bar tasting

August 12 - 13, 2017

Downtown (1.2 miles SE)

A ticket to BrunchCon LA includes tastes from 50 vendors, a bottomless Mimosa and Bloody Mary bar, lawn games, and DJ music at The Reef for age 21+.

Cat convention

August 12 - 13, 2017

Pasadena (11.4 miles NE)

Billed as the biggest cat-related convention in the world, CatCon features vendors of cat-centric merchandise, services for cat owners, and cats available to adopt at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Reptile show

August 12 - 13, 2017

Pomona (31.3 miles east)

See frogs, turtles, snakes, geckos, and other exotic creatures at the Reptile Super Show, with educational tables and vendors in the Fairplex. Do not bring pets.

Concert & custom cars

August 13, 2017 (noon to 6 p.m.)

Anaheim (31.1 miles SE)

DUB Show Tour is a U.S. custom auto show and concert tour featuring Gucci Mane, The Game, Fetty Wap, O.T. Genasis and more at Angel Stadium.

Taste of Culver City

August 16, 2017 (5 to 9 p.m.)

8.3 miles west

A ticket to Taste of Downtown Culver City gets you samples of food from restaurants & businesses within walking distance, with live music and family activities.

Shakespeare by the Sea

August 16 - 19, 2017

Los Angeles & Orange County

See “Macbeth” and “The Taming of the Shrew” during Shakespeare by the Sea at 25 different venues. Free.

Comedy festival

August 16 - 19, 2017

12.8 miles north

Burbank Comedy Festival has more than 100 events that include standup, improv, sketch, industry panels, and workshops for comedians in multiple venues.
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Rooftop theater

August 16 - 31, 2017

Hollywood (7.6 miles NW)

Watch classic and contemporary films under the open sky on a deck chair, with optional bar drinks and cafe food for sale at Rooftop Cinema Club either downtown (Level) or Hollywood (Montalban) for age 18+.

Shakespeare in the park

August 16 - Sept. 3, 2017

Griffith Park (9.1 miles north)

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival has pre-show activities before performances of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. Free.

Evening cruise - Newport Beach

August 16 - Oct. 29, 2017

Newport Beach (48 miles SE)

Enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery, complimentary fresh chips and salsa, and a cash bar on the 1.5-hour Sunset Cruise departing from 309 Palm Street.

Discount tickets $10.

Salsa & Latin dance

August 17, 2017 (5:30 to 9 p.m.)

Griffith Park (10.1 miles north)

Dance to salsa and Latin fusion bands during Sizzling Summer Nights, with drinks and tacos for sale at 5:30 p.m., music at 6:30 p.m., a free dance lesson at 7:30 p.m., and access to the museum until 8 p.m. at Autry Museum of the American West.

Free concerts on the pier

August 17, 2017 (7 to 10 p.m.)

Santa Monica (14.4 miles west)

Twilight Concerts attract crowds every Thursday night at Santa Monica Pier. Free.

Music festival

August 17 - 20, 2017 (opens Thurs. 7 p.m.)

Echo Park (3.3 miles north)

Echo Park Rising is a neighborhood music festival for all ages, with multiple stages, activities, food trucks, and nearby bars and restaurants. Free.

Volleyball tournament

August 17 - 20, 2017

Manhattan Beach (19.4 miles SW)

Top athletes compete at the Manhattan Beach Open, a volleyball tournament on the beach just south of Manhattan Beach Pier. Free except VIP seats.

Free movies on the beach

August 17 - 22, 2017

Long Beach (27.3 miles south)

Watch popular films all summer at Moonlight Movies on the Beach, beginning at sunset with food and snacks for sale at three beaches. Free.

Free concerts at Skirball

August 17 - 31, 2017 (Thursday 8 p.m.)

Bel Air (17.8 miles NW)

Arrive early for Sunset Concerts on a beautiful hillside setting at Skirball Cultural Center. Free.

Free concerts

August 17 - Sept. 23, 2017

multiple locations

KCRW public radio presents Summer Nights, “a series of outdoor shows featuring live band performances and DJ sets” in Southern California venues. Free.

Brea festival

August 18, 2017 (6:30 to 10 p.m.)

Brea (34.5 miles SE)

Brea Fest has live music, artists’ demonstrations, magicians, kids’ activities, and food from 35 local restaurants at the Civic and Cultural Center.

Chocolate and Art Show

August 18 - 19, 2017 (8 p.m.)

Downtown (2.7 miles SE)

The Chocolate and Art Show features artists, live body painting, live music, and face-painting plus chocolate at 2341 E. Olympic Boulevard for age 21+.

Spectacular music & fireworks

August 18 - 19, 2017

Hollywood (8.5 miles north)

The Los Angeles Philharmonic performs beautiful classical music capped by the thrilling 1812 Overture with pyrotechnics at the annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl.

Elton John musical

August 18 - 27, 2017

Simi Valley (41.3 miles NW)

Billy Elliot features inspiring songs by Elton John and high-energy dance that earned it the title “Broadway musical of the decade” from Time Magazine at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.

Discount tickets $13 to $15.

Musical: Legally Blonde

August 18 - Sept. 2, 2017

North Hollywood (13.6 miles NW)

Based on the hit movie with Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde is an upbeat song-and-dance tale at the Cupcake Theater.

Discount tickets $20 to $50.

Free concerts downtown

August 18 - Sept. 22, 2017

Downtown (1.4 miles NE)

Hear an eclectic mix of music on summer weekends at Grand Performances in the Grand Performances outdoor amphitheater at California Plaza. Free.

Free concerts downtown

August 19, 2017 (8 p.m.)

Downtown (1.2 miles NE)

Arrive at 7 p.m. to hear big-name acts at Downtown Stage Saturday Concert Series, which has a bar and food trucks at Pershing Square. Free. Rules.

Eastside solar festival

August 19, 2017 (2 to 6 p.m.)

Boyle Heights (4 miles east)

Eastside Sol features “a 100% solar-powered music stage, food from local vendors, and information booths from local environmental, justice, and clean energy organizations” at Mariachi Plaza. Free.

Middle Eastern hip hop

August 19, 2017 (5:30 p.m.) doors open 5 p.m.

Hermosa Beach (20.2 miles SW)

Qusai a.k.a Don Legend the Kamelion performs at Hermosa Beach Community Theatre. Free. Video.

Beer tasting

August 19, 2017 (1 p.m., VIP noon)

Long Beach (24 miles south)

Taste of Brews Long Beach promises unlimited tastes of 100 styles of microbrews and hard ciders, with live music and gourmet food truck fare for sale in pretty Shoreline Aquatic Park for age 21+.

Street music

August 19, 2017 (5 to 11 p.m.)

Long Beach (24.1 miles south)

Part of the Summer and Music festival in Long Beach, Buskerfest invites a dozen local and regional bands to perform on four stages set up on flatbed trucks with minimal plugged-in equipment at E. First Street & Linden Avenue. Free.

Pokémon tournament

August 19, 2017

Anaheim (30 miles SE)

Watch the world’s best players compete in the Pokémon World Championships, and shop from vendors at the Anaheim Convention Center. Spectator registration.

Car show in the mountains

August 19, 2017

San Gabriel Mountains (77 miles NE)

Expect cooler temperatures at the mile-high Wrightwood Mountain Classic Car Show, which displays 250 pre-1973 cars on the streets until 4 p.m., including hotrods, customs, classics, and muscle cars/trucks. A parade is Friday at 7 p.m. Free.

Art Deco Festival

August 19 - 20, 2017 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Long Beach (26.2 miles south)

A ticket to the Art Deco Festival includes access to the ship and restaurants, the observation bar, art deco lectures, and a vintage bazaar aboard the Queen Mary.

Discount tickets $7.50.

Hot sauce festival

August 19 - 20, 2017

Anaheim (31 miles SE)

A ticket to California Hot Sauce Expo gets you fiery samples from hot sauce vendors and a view of the eating competitions at City National Grove of Anaheim.

Discount tickets.

Movies at the cemetery

August 19 & 26, 2017

Hollywood (6.7 miles NW)

You’re welcome to bring dinner, wine, beer, blankets, pillows, a small tarp, or low chairs to Cinespia’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery Movie Screenings on the lawn, with pre-show DJ music.
  • Aug. 19 - Some Like It Hot (9 p.m.)
  • Aug. 26 - Ghost World (9 p.m.)

Japanese festival

August 19 - 27, 2017

Downtown (2 miles NE)

Nisei Week includes a parade (Aug. 20 at 4 p.m.), a car show (Aug. 26), and an outdoor festival (Aug. 26 & 27) at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC). Free.

Outdoor movies

August 19 - Sept. 16, 2017

Los Angeles area

Eat See Hear screens crowd-pleasing films with food trucks, local bands, and high-definition audio visual projection on a 52-foot screen.
  • August 19 - Raiders of the Lost Ark (Beverly Hills)*
  • August 25 - Depeche Mode: 101 (Rose Bowl)

*Discount tickets 2 for $16.

Movies on the beach

August 19 - Oct. 21, 2017 (dusk)

Huntington Beach (40 miles SE)

Buy a ticket online to see popular films at BeachFront Cinema at Huntington State Beach. Read what to bring with you on the guidelines page.
  • August 19 - Jaws (original shark thriller)

Discount tickets $10.

Soapbox Race

August 20, 2017

4 miles north

Watch amateurs race homemade “cars” down a twisty road at the Soapbox Race in Elysian Park. Free entry, parking at Dodger Stadium, and shuttle. See schedule.

Grape Stomp

August 20, 2017

Temecula (94 miles SE)

Your ticket to Grape Stomp includes dinner, wine, music, dancing, and a chance to compete in barefoot grape squishing (or to watch) at Ponte Winery.

Jazz on the Lawn

August 20 & 27, 2017 (5 to 7 p.m.)

Santa Monica (12.1 miles west)

Bring a picnic or choose from a few food trucks at Jazz on the Lawn, and then just listen to the lively music or dance at Gandera Park.

Food & wine festival

August 24 - 27, 2017

Downtown (1.7 miles NE)

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is an “epicurean event showcasing the finest in food and drink culture” and featuring famous chefs and top wineries on Grand Avenue, with a few events held in other cities.

Discount tickets $95 to $248.

Garden party

August 25, 2017 (5 to 9 p.m.)

Exposition Park (2.4 miles SW)

Bring a picnic, or buy food and “garden-infused cocktails” onsite during Summer Nights in the Garden, which offers “science and nature experiences,” live music, and a garden to wander at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Free.

Free national parks

August 25, 2017

Nationally

Admission is free at national parks on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks (including Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon). Expect more people and less parking than usual.

Culver City fair

August 25 - 27, 2017

Culver City (10.1 miles west)

Fiesta la Ballona has live performances, carnival rides and games, 80 artisan and commercial vendors, pony rides, a petting zoo, a food court, food trucks, and a beer & wine garden at Veterans Memorial Park. Free.

Home & garden show

August 25 - 27, 2017

Anaheim (30 miles SE)

See showcase gardens and designer rooms, attend seminars and workshops, watch cooking shows, and shop from hundreds of vendors at the Anaheim Home & Garden Show at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Asian night market

August 25 - 27, 2017

Costa Mesa (42.8 miles SE)

Shop from 150 vendors selling food, merchandise, and crafts at the OC Night Market at OC Fair & Event Center in May, June, and August. No pets.

Bring your own picnic

August 26, 2017 (set up 5 p.m., dine 7 p.m.)

Secret L.A. location

PopUp Dinner L.A. provides the location, table, chairs, and entertainment. You dress in chic white and bring gourmet food, beverages, and lavish table designs to a secret location revealed two hours prior, for age 21+.

Taco festival

August 26, 2017 (noon to 8 p.m.)

Downtown (1.8 miles NE)

Buy tacos from 30 vendors and listen to music at L.A. Taco Festival in Grand Park. Free entry. Bring cash.

Artsy party

August 26, 2017 (8 p.m., VIP 7 p.m.)

Downtown (3 miles NE)

A ticket to Artopia gets you beverage samples (beer, wine, cocktails), entertainment (DJs, filmmakers, dance troupes, visual artists), and access to the vendor village at Union Station for age 21+.

Discount tickets $15.

Magic show

August 26, 2017 (7 & 9 p.m.)

Beverly Hills (10.3 miles NW)

Ivan Amodei involves the audience in his entertaining 90-minute magic show Intimate Illusions, with live cello accompaniment at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Discount tickets $29.

Topless parade

August 26, 2017 (2 to 3 p.m.)

Santa Monica (15.5 miles west)

Gotopless Venice Beach is a top-optional parade to support gender equality, beginning at Navy St & Ocean Front Walk in Venice.

Beer & music festival

August 26, 2017 (2 p.m., VIP 1 p.m.)

Huntington Beach (40 miles SE)

Enjoy unlimited samples of craft beers from 50 breweries at Huntington Beach Beer Festival, with food trucks, three bands, and a DJ on the sand at Huntington State Beach.

Gay festival

August 26 - 27, 2017 (noon to 10 p.m.)

Downtown (1.2 miles NE)

A ticket to DTLA Proud Festival gets you plenty of “local queer culture, art, history and entertainment,” 40 booths to visit, an entertainment stage, and a pop-up water park at Pershing Square.

LEGO expo

August 26 - 27, 2017

Pasadena (11.4 miles NE)

Brick Fest Live features family activities, amazing exhibits, and vendors of LEGO plastic bricks at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Discount tickets $15 to $29.

Hip-hop & reggae festival

August 26 - 27, 2017

San Bernardino (60 miles east)

High Life Music Festival features top artists (T.I., Fat Joe, B-Legit, Yo Gotti, etc.), a marijuana exhibit, and an area for medical marijuana cardholders. Age 18+.

Discount tickets $25 to $63.

Antique market

August 27, 2017 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Torrance (16.7 miles south)

Find treasures among the old junk at the monthly Torrance Antique Street Faire at 1317 Sartori Avenue.

Baseball

August 27 - Sept. 27, 2017

Elysian Park (3.7 miles NE)

Watch the Los Angeles Dodgers play a home game at Dodger Stadium.

Discount tickets $8 to $30.

Garden party

August 30, 2017 (5 to 10 p.m.)

La Cañada Flintridge (14.3 miles north)

Watch a sunset and walk in gardens to the sounds of live music and DJs during End of Summer Festival, which offers crafting, telescope viewing, festival food, barbeque, beer, and cocktails at Descanso Gardens. Choose a 30-minute arrival time when you buy tickets.

Classic film festival

August 31 - Sept. 4, 2017

Hollywood (8.7 miles NW)

Watch rare and unusual films from 1910 to 1944, attend programs, and hear celebrity guests at Cinecon in the iconic Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
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