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Los Angeles events August 2019

Modern pop festival

August 1 - 4, 2019
(begins July 26)
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 - 4, 2019
(begins July 31)
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 - 4, 2019
(begins July 27)
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 - 4, 2019
(begins July 31)
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 - 11, 2019
(begins July 12)
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 - 17, 2019
(begins June 13)
Los Angeles & Orange County
Choose between two plays by William Shakespeare during Shakespeare by the Sea at 25 locations. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free.
  • Comedy of Errors - opens June 13
  • Henry V - opens June 20

Free movies on the beach

August 1 - 20, 2019
(begins June 18)
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.

Salsa & Latin dance

August 1 - 22, 2019
(Thursdays from July 11)
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 museum access until 8 p.m. at Autry Museum of the American West.

Shakespeare in the park

August 1 - Sept. 1, 2019
(begins June 29)
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. The 2019 productions are “Pericles” and “Twelfth Night.” Free.

Free concerts

August 1 - Sept. 25, 2019
(begins June 1)
multiple locations
KCRW 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 2, 2019
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 2 - 3, 2019
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 2 - 4, 2019
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.

Ticket deal $6 (all weekend $13)

Dance Downtown

August 2 - 30, 2019
(Fridays 7 to 11 p.m.)
Downtown (1.8 miles NE)
Join the crowd taking a dance lesson and dancing under the stars to a live band or a DJ at Dance DTLA in Grand Park or The Music Center Plaza. Free.

Car show

August 3, 2019
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.

Feinstein sings Cole Porter

August 3, 2019
(7:30 p.m.)
Arcadia (17.5 miles NE)
Michael Feinstein “delves into Porter’s naughty sense of wordplay” when he sings great Broadway songs with the Pasadena Symphony and Pops outdoors at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden.

Ticket deal $15 to $54

Young Artist Project

August 3, 2019
(1 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.

Vegan festival

August 3, 2019
Long Beach (23.7 miles south)
Buy vegan food (containing no animal products), hear live music, see art installations, and shop from “earth-friendly” vendors at the Long Beach Vegan Festival on the lawn at The Pike Outlets.

Alternative rock

August 3, 2019
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.

Star gazing

August 3, 2019
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.

Halloween festival

August 3 - 4, 2019
Long Beach (27.4 miles south)
Expect lots of vendors, workshops, panel discussions, previews of haunted attractions, and a few scares from wandering actors at Midsummer Scream [sound] at Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. Reviews.

Ticket deal $20 to $33

Music festival

August 3 - 4, 2019
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 3 - 11, 2019
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.

Free concerts downtown

August 3 - 17, 2019
(begins July 13)
Downtown (1.2 miles NE)
Arrive at 7 p.m. to hear big-name acts at 8 p.m. during Downtown Stage Saturday Concert Series, with a bar and food trucks at Pershing Square. Free.

Free concerts in Beverly Hills

August 3 - 31, 2019
(6 to 8 p.m.)
Beverly Hills (10.5 miles NW)
Hear a wide variety of music on Thursdays and Saturdays in Beverly Cañon Gardens. Free.

Outdoor movies

August 3 - Sept. 14, 2019
(begins May 4)
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. Bring a blanket or low chair.

Discount tickets (Aug. 3 or 10 or 31)

Custom car convention

August 4, 2019
(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.

Ecuador festival

August 4, 2019
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 4, 2019
(10 to 11:30 a.m.)
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 4 - 25, 2019
(Sundays)
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 concerts at Skirball

August 8 - 22, 2019
(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.

Spectacular music & fireworks

August 9 - 10, 2019
(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.

Jazz festival

August 9 - 11, 2019
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.

Asian night market (L.A.)

August 9 - 11 & 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
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. Held in July and August. No pets.

Taco festival

August 10, 2019
(1 to 7 p.m.)
Westlake (1.2 miles NE)
L.A. Taco & Beer Festival features unlimited tastes of craft beer and tacos, DJ music, additional food for sale, and art vendors at Los Angeles Center Studios for age 21+.

Free family festival

August 10, 2019
Downtown (2.3 miles NE)
JANM Free Family Days offers craft-making, workshops, performances, and free admission to the Japanese American National Museum.

Tea festival

August 10 - 11, 2019
Downtown (1 mile south)
Los Angeles Tea Festival brings together authors, industry experts, buyers, retailers, artists, educators, and tea lovers in Magic Box at The Reef. Optional classes.

Model train show

August 10 - 11, 2019
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
The Great Train Show features model train layouts and hundreds of vendors, with bounce houses and a riding train for the kids at the Fairplex. Children age 11 and younger are free.

Reptile show

August 10 - 11, 2019
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 10 - 18, 2019
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.

Comedy festival

August 11 - 17, 2019
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.

Korean event

August 15 - 18, 2019
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.

Music festival

August 15 - 18, 2019
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.

Party at the zoo

August 16, 2019
(6 to 10:30 p.m.)
Griffith Park (10 miles north)
Roaring Nights features a cover band, DJ music, 15 food trucks, and bars at Los Angeles Zoo for age 21+.

Ticket deal $17

Brea festival

August 16, 2019
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.

Japanese films

August 16 - 18, 2019
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

Volleyball tournament

August 16 - 18, 2019
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.

Taco festival - Downtown

August 17, 2019
(12 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.

Car show in the mountains

August 17, 2019
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.

Reggae festival

August 17 - 18, 2019
Calabasas (34.6 miles west)
Hear dozens of reggae stars on two stages, with craft beer and wine, gourmet food, 30 vendors, and free shuttle during Reggae on the Mountain at King Gillette Ranch in Malibu.

L.A. food & wine festival

August 22 - 25, 2019
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+.

Gay festival

August 23 - 25, 2019
Downtown (1.2 miles NE)
A ticket to DTLA Proud Festival [website has sound] 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 23 - 25, 2019
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.

Anime convention

August 23 - 25, 2019
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.

Disney festival

August 23 - 25, 2019
Anaheim (30 miles SE)
Join fans of Disney at the family-friendly D23 Expo for previews of upcoming movies, updates on theme-park plans, performances, panel discussions with Disney creators and celebrity speakers, and plenty of vendors at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Asian night market (O.C.)

August 23 - 25, 2019
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.

Beer tasting

August 24, 2019
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+.

Topless parade

August 25, 2019
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 25, 2019
Torrance (16.7 miles south)
Find treasures among the old junk at the monthly Torrance Antique Street Faire at 1317 Sartori Avenue. Free except antique appraisals.

Free national park day

August 25, 2019
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.

Garden party

August 28, 2019
(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.

Taste of Long Beach

August 28 - 29, 2019
(6 to 10 p.m.)
Long Beach (24 miles south)
Buy $1 tasting tickets for sample-sized portions from Long Beach restaurants, and listen to live music at family-friendly Taste of Downtown at the waterfront. Held in May, June, and August. Free.

Classic film festival

August 29 - Sept. 2, 2019
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.

Fashion event

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
Culver City & West Hollywood
Promising “a dazzling showcase of how fashion, beauty and tech are blending to create a visionary retail experience,” LA Fashion Film Festival offers workshops, films, and panel discussions in two venues. Donation.

Taste of Los Angeles

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
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 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
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 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
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 30 - Sept. 2, 2019
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 30 - Sept. 22, 2019
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.

Blues music

August 31 - Sept. 1, 2019
Long Beach (24 miles SE)
Bring a folding chair or blanket to New Blues Festival, which has 30 blues bands on two stages and food vendors at El Dorado East Regional Park.

Long Beach Comic Con

August 31 - Sept. 1, 2019
Long Beach (24.2 miles south)
Celebrating comics and pop culture, Long Beach Comic Con showcases the works of talented writers, artists, illustrators, and creators with celebrity guests, panels, cosplay, exhibitors, and vendors at Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.

Ticket deal $13 to $30

Civil War reenactment

August 31 - Sept. 1, 2019
Huntington Beach (36.2 miles SE)
See Civil War battles and weapon demonstrations, watch President Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address, and hear a band concert during HB Civil War Days at Huntington Beach Central Park. Free.

Party at the art museum

August 2019
(undated)
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+.

Workout day

August 2019
(undated)
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+.

Brunch festival

August 2019
(undated)
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 2019
(undated)
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.

Hot sauce festival

August 2019
(undated)
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.

Taco festival - Simi Valley

August 2019
(undated)
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.

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