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Los Angeles events August 2019

Modern pop festival

August 1 - 4, 2019
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.

Surfing festival

August 1 - 4, 2019
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
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
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.

Shakespeare by the Sea

August 1 - 17, 2019
Los Angeles & Orange County
Choose between two plays by William Shakespeare during Shakespeare by the Sea at 25 locations. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free.

Free movies on the beach

August 1 - 20, 2019
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. Free. [Scroll down their web page to see the movies.]

Salsa & Latin dance

August 1 - 22, 2019
(Thursdays)
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
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 2020 productions are “King Lear” and “As You Like It.” Bring a blanket or low-back chair. No pets. Free including parking.

Free concerts

August 1 - Sept. 28, 2019
multiple locations
KCRW radio presents Summer Nights “a series of outdoor shows featuring live band performances and DJ sets” in Southern California venues. Free.

Rooftop theater

August 1 - Oct. 31, 2019
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).

Evening festival

August 2, 2019
(6 to 11:30 p.m.)
Downtown (0.2 miles NE)
Downtown streets come alive with music, art, performances, and cheap food during Dark Nights, centered around Microsoft Square at LA Live. 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.

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.

Music festival downtown

August 3, 2019
(noon to 7 p.m.)
Downtown (1.7 miles SE)
Comfort LA Music Festival features 20 musical acts, comedians, DJs, vendors, beer, wine, and food trucks outside Comfort LA.

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.

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
(3:45 p.m.)
Long Beach (26.2 miles south)
Summer Camp is an all-ages concert featuring Of Monsters and Men, Walk the Moon, The Head And The Heart, Phantogram, Cold War Kids, Grouplove, lovelytheband, The Interrupters, K.Flay, SHAED, Half Alive, and Oliver Tree at Queen Mary Events Park.

Star gazing

August 3, 2019
(7 to 10 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.

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.

Inland Empire 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 multi-course dinner during Dine LBC at dozens of restaurants in Long Beach neighborhoods. No ticket is required.

Free concerts downtown

August 3 - 17, 2019
Downtown (1.2 miles NE)
Downtown Stage Summer Concerts feature big-name acts, 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
(Saturdays)
Los Angeles area
Eat See Hear screens crowd-pleasing films with food trucks, local bands, and high-definition audio visual projection. Bring a blanket or low chair.

Movies at the cemetery

August 3 - Sept. 21, 2019
Hollywood (6.7 miles NW)
The FAQ says you’re welcome to bring beer, wine, pillows, low chairs, or a blanket and tarp to Cinespia’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery Movie Screenings on the lawn, with pre-show DJ music.

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.

Festival of India

August 4, 2019
(10 to 11:30 a.m.)
Venice Beach (18 miles west)
Festival of the Chariots [website has 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.

Album cover art

August 4 - 25, 2019
(12 to 3 p.m.)
Westlake (3.5 miles NW)
See artwork the size of record albums (12 inches square) made by 70 local and international visual artists who used music as their inspiration at Remix: The Art of Music at Gabba Gallery. Open Wednesday to Saturday. Free.

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 $15 parking.

Evening at La Brea Tar Pits

August 9, 2019
(5 to 8 p.m.)
Mid-Wilshire (7.8 miles NW)
Listen to live music, visit the cash bar, and explore the museum during Summer Nights at the Tar Pits at La Brea Tar Pits. Free.

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, DJ music, and dance competitions at Santa Anita Park. No pets.

Taco festival

August 10, 2019
(3 p.m., VIP 2 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.

Tasting at the lighthouse

August 10, 2019
(1 to 4 p.m.)
San Pedro (24.4 miles south)
Taste at the Lighthouse includes beer, wine, soda, appetizers, and live music in the garden of Point Fermin Lighthouse.

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 events include an outdoor festival (Aug. 10 & 11), a parade (Aug. 11 at 4 p.m.), and a car show (Aug. 17) 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 workshops, panel discussions, fashion events, vendors, and food booths at KCon in L.A. Convention Center. The big concerts are held in Staples Center (Sat. & Sun. 8 p.m.).

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, a crafts market, kids’ activities, and food from 30 local restaurants at the Civic and Cultural Center.

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)
Bring cash to buy tacos from 20 vendors and listen to live music at L.A. Taco Festival in Grand Park. Free.

Rocket festival

August 17, 2019
(10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Downey (15.7 miles SE)
Family friendly Rocket Fever offers rocket activities, entertainment, and food trucks at Columbia Memorial Space Center. Free.

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 300 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 17 - 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

Children’s food festival

August 17 - 18, 2019
Pasadena (11.7 miles NE)
Kids Food Fest encourages healthy eating for kids of all ages with food tastings, cooking demos, hands-on activities, special guests, and family-focused entertainment at Kidspace Children’s Museum.

Beverly Hills Food & Wine Festival

August 17 - 18, 2019
Sawtelle (12.5 miles west)
A ticket to Beverly Hills Food & Wine Festival includes food, wine, spirits, and beer from “the best chefs and restaurants” at The Olympic Collection Banquet & Conference Center for age 21+. Do not wear shorts or flip flops.

Reggae festival

August 17 - 18, 2019
Calabasas (34.6 miles west)
Hear dozens of reggae stars on two stages at Reggae on the Mountain, with food & drink vendors, yoga, and camping options at King Gillette Ranch in Malibu. No pets, glass containers, or outside alcohol. Children younger than age 10 are free.

Country music festival in Riverside County

August 17 - 18, 2019
Eastvale (46.8 miles east)
Tailgate Fest features food, beer, games, and country artists like Brantley Gilbert and Clint Black that you can watch “from the comfort of your own vehicle” parked on the sprawling fields of Leal Ranch in Eastvale, with camping available.

All-women concert

August 18, 2019
(3 p.m.)
Chinatown (3.5 miles NE)
Yola Día is a stand-up concert featuring Lykke Li, Cat Power, Sophie, Courtney Love & The Chateau Band, Megan Thee Stallion, Kelsey Lu, Empress Of, and Cupcakke at Los Angeles State Historic Park for age 21+.

People in the street

August 18, 2019
(9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
multiple locations
Walk, bike, or roller skate car-free on 6.5 miles of Sunset Blvd. & Hollywood Blvd. during CicLAvia. Cars cross the route at some intersections. Minors on wheels must wear helmets. Free.

Taste of Long Beach

August 21 - 22, 2019
(5:30 to 9 p.m.)
Long Beach (30 miles south)
Buy a ticket book and then exchange tickets for food and drink in 40 Belmont Shores restaurants during Stroll & Savor. [Scroll down their web page to see how many tickets you need for each menu item.]

Free concerts at the pier

August 21 - Sept. 25, 2019
(Wed. 7 to 10 p.m.)
Santa Monica (14.4 miles west)
Twilight on the Pier offers live music on two stages plus “immersive art, food offerings, a beer and spirits garden, games, and interactive activations” along the Santa Monica Pier promenade. Free, no ticket or RSVP is required.

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 at dinners and brunches throughout Los Angeles & Santa Monica. Most events are for age 21+.

Gay festival

August 23 - 25, 2019
Downtown (1.2 miles NE)
DTLA Proud Festival [website has sound] promises “a diverse lineup of local stage talent, community booths, art installations, retail vendors, interactive exhibits, food trucks, bars, and a pop-up water park” at Pershing Square. Friday tickets are free online and alcohol-free. Saturday & Sunday are age 21+.

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 craft beer, ciders, seltzer, and kombucha, with live music and food truck fare for sale at 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 on Ocean Front Walk (going south from Park Avenue to Windward Avenue). Free.

Antique market

August 25, 2019
Torrance (16.7 miles south)
Find treasures among 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.

Star Wars convention

August 27 - 30, 2019
Anaheim (30 miles SE)
Celebrating the Star Wars films and related pop culture, Star Wars Celebration promises immersive exhibits, an interactive show floor, screenings, vendors, celebrity guests, panel discussions, costumes, and a family area at Anaheim Convention Center.

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 Celebration, which offers crafting, telescope viewing, barbecue, and drinks 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 to eat sample-sized portions from Long Beach restaurants, and listen to live music at family-friendly Taste of Downtown. 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.

Taste of Los Angeles

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
(7:30 to 10:30 p.m.)
Hollywood (6.3 miles NW)
Sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, The Taste offers unlimited food, beer, wine, and spirits tastings, plus cooking demonstrations at Paramount Pictures Studios for age 21+. Repeats in Costa Mesa (Oct. 18 & 19).

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, workshops, 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, browse arts & crafts booths, and check out kids’ crafts & games at Orange International Street Fair on car-free streets in Old Town Orange. No pets. Free.

Welcome ships & sailors

August 30 - Sept. 2, 2019
San Pedro (22.8 miles south)
Watch military demonstrations and flyovers, attend free entertainment, do a team obstacle course (2 people age 18+), and visit a STEM science expo (Sat., Sun., Mon.) during LA Fleet Week at World Cruise Center. Adults and children age 5+ can line up to tour military ships (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), wearing closed-toe shoes and bringing ID if age 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.

Ticket deal $13 (child $7)

Music festival at a brewery

August 31 - Sept. 1, 2019
Glendale (10.7 miles north)
Made in L.A. is a two-day music festival (Cold War Kids, Phantom Planet, Donavon Frankenreiter, etc.), with quality beer for sale outside Golden Road Brewing, 5410 W. San Fernando Road for age 21+.

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.

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 Civil War Days in Huntington Beach Central Park. Free.

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