Los Angeles events August 2018. Things to do in LA.

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Los Angeles events August 2018

Festival of short films

August 1 - 2, 2018
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. (Opening night on July 25 is downtown at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live 14.)

Modern pop festival

August 1 - 5, 2018
L.A. & North Hollywood
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.

Beach festival

August 1 - 5, 2018
Redondo Beach (20.4 miles SW)
See all ages compete in volleyball, swimming, surfing, paddle boarding, lifeguarding, even sandcastle making at the International Surf Festival. Most events are at Redondo Beach.

Surfing festival

August 1 - 5, 2018
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.

Spanish festival in Santa Barbara

August 1 - 5, 2018
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.

Orange County fair

August 1 - 12, 2018
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.

Shakespeare by the Sea

August 1 - 18, 2018
Los Angeles & Orange County
Choose between two plays by William Shakespeare (The Merry Wives of Windsor & The Winter’s Tale) during Shakespeare by the Sea at 25 locations. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free.

Shakespeare in the park

August 1 - Sept. 2, 2018
Griffith Park (9.1 miles north)
Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival has pre-show activities before each performance at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. Free.

Salsa & Latin dance

August 2, 9, 16, 2018
(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 at Skirball

August 2 - 30, 2018
(Thursdays 8 p.m.)
Bel Air (17.8 miles NW)
Arrive early for Sunset Concerts in the beautiful hillside setting of Skirball Cultural Center. Free except $10 parking.

Free concerts

August 2 - Sept. 6, 2018
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.

Beer tasting at the zoo

August 3, 2018
(7 to 11 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+.

Pasadena art fair

August 3 - 4, 2018
Pasadena (11 miles NE)
Shop from 200 artisans and food trucks at Jackalope Pasadena in Central Park. Held in April, August, and November. Free.

Anime festival

August 3 - 5, 2018
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Focused on Japanese popular culture (anime, manga, gaming, and animation), Animanga includes vendors, panels, performances, and casual gaming at the Fairplex.

Dance Downtown

August 3 - Sept. 7, 2018
(Fridays 7 to 11 p.m.)
Downtown (1.8 miles NE)
Join the crowd dancing under the stars at Dance DTLA in Grand Park. Free.

Workout day

August 4, 2018
Pasadena (11.8 miles NE)
Enjoy an inspiring day of wellness, workouts, and panel discussions about nutrition and fitness during Stronger Weekend, with healthy food samples and a world record attempt for “most people holding an abdominal plank” at Rose Bowl Stadium for age 18+.

Car show

August 4, 2018
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 4, 2018
(1 to 3 p.m.)
La Mirada (22 miles SE)
The Young Artist Project puts together 10 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.

Brunch festival

August 4, 2018
(11 a.m., VIP 10 a.m.)
Long Beach (24.7 miles south)
The inaugural Brunch Life promises local brunch tastings, mimosas, specialty drinks, live entertainment, and outdoor games at Rainbow Lagoon Park for age 21+.

Free folklorico dancing

August 4, 2018
(10 a.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.

Star gazing

August 4, 2018
(7 to 10:30 p.m.)
Agoura Hills (41 miles NW)
See planets and stars through 15 telescopes, check out the kids’ activities, hear Native American night sky stories, and learn about light pollution at Night Sky Festival at Paramount Ranch. Free.

Cat convention

August 4 - 5, 2018
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.

Music festival

August 4 - 5, 2018
Fontana (51.2 miles east)
Hard Summer Music Festival features “alternative and electronic acts, and emerging talents” at Auto Club Speedway for age 18+.

Restaurant week in Long Beach

August 4 - 12, 2018
Long Beach (24 miles south)
Get a special fixed price on a muli-course dinner during Dine LBC at dozens of restaurants in Long Beach neighborhoods. No ticket is required.

Outdoor movies

August 4 - Sept. 15, 2018
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.

Rooftop theater

August 4 - Oct. 31, 2018
Downtown & Hollywood
Watch classic and contemporary films under the open sky on a deck chair at Rooftop Cinema Club either downtown at Level (age 18+) or in Hollywood at NeueHouse (age 21+ because it has a bar).

Custom car convention

August 5, 2018
(1 to 6 p.m.)
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
Billed as the “dopest car show in the nation,” Wekfest Los Angeles displays pre-screened aftermarket builds and hosts aftermarket vendors at Los Angeles Convention Center.

Brunch & bar tasting

August 5, 2018
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+.

Ecuador festival

August 5, 2018
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.

Festival of India

August 5, 2018
Venice Beach (18 miles west)
Festival of the Chariots [sound] is a procession of three giant, colorful chariots for three deities pulled by hundreds of chanting people (formerly by elephants) from Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to Venice Beach. It ends at a festival of vegetarian food, Indian music, and dance.

Jazz on the Lawn

August 5 - 26, 2018
(Sundays 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 Gandara Park.

Free movies on the beach

August 7 - 21, 2018
Long Beach (27.3 miles south)
Watch popular films all summer on Tuesdays & Thursdays at Moonlight Movies on the Beach, beginning at sunset with food and snacks for sale at three beaches. Free.

Garden party

August 10, 2018
(5 to 9 p.m.)
Exposition Park (2.4 miles SW)
Bring picnic food (no beverages except water) or shop from food trucks and order “garden-infused cocktails” 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.

Korean event

August 10 - 12, 2018
Downtown (0 miles)
Celebrate Korean pop culture with concerts (Saturday & Sunday, 7 p.m.), workshops, panel discussions, fashion events, vendors, and food booths at KCon in Staples Center and the L.A. Convention Center.

Jazz festival

August 10 - 12, 2018
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.

Wizard of Oz convention

August 10 - 12, 2018
Pomona (30 miles east)
Celebrating the fictional Land of Oz, OzCon includes panel discussions, vendors, costumes, treasure hunts, and a banquet at Kellogg West Conference Center.

Asian night market (L.A.)

August 10 - Sept. 2, 2018
(4 p.m. to midnight)
Arcadia (20 miles NE)
Shop from hundreds of vendors selling food, merchandise, and crafts at the 626 Night Market, with performances and a DJ dance floor at Santa Anita Park monthly all summer. Open an extra hour on Friday and Saturday. No pets.

Movies on the beach

August 11, 2018
(and other months)
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.

Reptile show

August 11 - 12, 2018
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. Held in Jan. & Aug.

Japanese festival

August 11 - 19, 2018
Downtown (2 miles NE)
Nisei Week includes a parade, a car show, and an outdoor festival at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC). Free.

Movies at the cemetery

August 11 - 26, 2018
(and other months)
Hollywood (6.7 miles NW)
The FAQ says 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.

Alternative rock

August 12, 2018
(4 p.m.)
Long Beach (26.2 miles south)
Summer Camp is an all-ages concert featuring Death Cab For Cutie, Odesza, Chvrches, and more at Queen Mary Events Park.

Comedy festival

August 12 - 18, 2018
Burbank (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.

Music festival

August 16 - 19, 2018
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 16 - 19, 2018
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.

Brea festival

August 17, 2018
(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.

Monster trucks

August 17 - 19, 2018
Downtown (0 miles)
Big trucks with big wheels create big excitement at Monster Jam at Staples Center.

Anime convention

August 17 - 19, 2018
Burbank (16.1 miles NW)
Anime California promises events, panels, workshops, vendors, cosplay, dances, karaoke, and a performance contest at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport.

Home & garden show

August 17 - 19, 2018
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.

Free concerts downtown

August 18, 2018
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. Do not bring pets, glass containers, or alcohol. Free.

Taco festival - Downtown

August 18, 2018
(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.

Free family festival

August 18, 2018
Downtown (2.3 miles NE)
JANM Free Family Days offers craft-making, workshops, performances, and free admission to the Japanese American National Museum. Held in May & August.

Beer tasting

August 18, 2018
(12 to 5 p.m.)
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+.

Taco festival - Simi Valley

August 18, 2018
Simi Valley (40.6 miles NW)
Enjoy tacos, beer, margaritas, and live music at the International Taco Festival at Simi Valley Town Center. Free admission.

Car show in the mountains

August 18, 2018
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.

Japanese films

August 18 - 19, 2018
Los Angeles & Orange County
Watch contemporary short and feature-length films at the Japan Film Festival in two locations.
  • Los Angeles - Japanese American National Museum
  • Costa Mesa - Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple

Music festival

August 18 - 19, 2018
(4 p.m. to midnight)
Downtown (2.2 miles SE)
See 37 performers of hip-hop, R&B, and dance music All My Friends Music Festival on two stages inside Row DTLA.

Hot sauce festival

August 18 - 19, 2018
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.

Art & food festival

August 19, 2018
(11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Downtown (1.6 miles NE)
Shop from 40 artisan makers, hear live music, sip craft cocktails, drink beer, and eat hamburgers (or vegan burgers) on Sunday Funday at Civic Center Studios.

Grape Stomp

August 19, 2018
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.

L.A. food & wine festival

August 22 - 26, 2018
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. The FAQ page says all events are for age 21+.

Spectacular music & fireworks

August 24 - 25, 2018
(8 p.m.)
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.

Gay festival

August 24 - 26, 2018
(opens Friday 4 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.

Culver City fair

August 24 - 26, 2018
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.

Asian night market (O.C.)

August 24 - 26, 2018
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.

Party at the art museum

August 25, 2018
(8 p.m.)
Mid-Wilshire (8.6 miles west)
A ticket to Muse ‘til Midnight includes your first drink and entertainment (music, visual installations, and performances) at Los Angeles County Museum of Art for age 18+.

Music festival

August 25, 2018
Venice (16.1 miles west)
Venice Beach Music Fest promises a full day of art, music, and dance, beginning with a samba parade in Windward Plaza (1 Windward Avenue). Free.

Halloween convention

August 25 - 26, 2018
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.

Fitness expo

August 25 - 26, 2018
Anaheim (30 miles SE)
See martial arts, power-lifting, strongman, and wrestling competitions plus 200 vendors of fitness products and services at TheFitExpo Anaheim at Anaheim Convention Center.

Topless parade

August 26, 2018
(meet 1 p.m., parade 2 p.m.)
Venice (15.5 miles west)
Gotopless Venice Beach is a top-optional parade to support gender equality, beginning at Navy Street & Ocean Front Walk and then heading south, followed by a speech. Free,

Antique market

August 26, 2018
Torrance (16.7 miles south)
Find treasures among the old junk at the monthly Torrance Antique Street Faire [slow website] at 1317 Sartori Avenue. Free except antique appraisals.

Garden party

August 29, 2018
(5:30 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, barbecue, beer, and cocktails at Descanso Gardens.

Classic film festival

August 30 - Sept. 3, 2018
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.

Taste of Los Angeles

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2018
Hollywood (6.3 miles NW)
Sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, The Taste has a Friday soiree, a Saturday tasting & dinner, and a Sunday tasting & block party at Paramount Pictures.

Hawaiian festival

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2018
Long Beach (24 miles south)
E Hula Mau [website has sound] features a hula competition, live music, artisans, and an “Island Food Court” at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach.

International street fair in Orange

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2018
Orange (34 miles SE)
Hear music from different countries, eat international food, shop at arts & crafts booths, and visit kids’ crafts & games on car-free streets at Orange International Street Fair in Old Town Orange. No pets. Free.

Welcome ships & sailors

August 31 - Sept. 3, 2018
San Pedro (22.8 miles south)
See military demonstrations and flyovers, and enjoy free entertainment during LA Fleet Week at World Cruise Center. Adults and children age 5+ can make a reservation in advance to tour military ships, but you must wear closed-toe shoes and bring ID if 18+. Free.

County fair

August 31 - Sept. 23, 2018
Pomona (32.3 miles east)
Although parking and food are expensive at the L.A. County Fair, it does offer lots of carnival rides, barnyard animals at “The Farm,” a giant hall of vendors, and nightly music concerts at the Fairplex. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays except Labor Day.

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