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20 Cool L.A. Events in August Every Angeleno Should Have on Their Radar (2016)

August 2, 2016 by Brian Champlin

Need stuff to do this August in Los Angeles? Got you covered.

We looked ahead on our calendar to spotlight some of the best events happening in August 2016 around Los Angeles that you should probably have on your radar. After all, better to get your tickets now than wait till the last minute and find out your favorite event is sold out.

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August 2016 event highlights include Date Night at the Museum of Broken Relationships, BrunchCon, the LA Taco Festival, DTLA Proud Fest, Echo Park Rising and LOTS more fun to-dos to choose from.

Complete rundown starts after the jump.

Enjoy!

[ALSO: Here’s a list of all the free museum days in August you can take advantage of!]

CicLAvia 2011

CicLAvia in 2011 near MacArhtur Park. Credit: Steve and Julie via flickr cc


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1. End of Summer Festival at Descanso Gardnes (Aug. 3)

Descanso Gardens is staying open a little later this summer to celebrate the End of Summer Festival with a truly magical evening of music, stargazing, and cocktails as you explore the gardens.

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2. Brew at the Zoo (Aug. 5)

Brew at the Zoo is back for a summer evening of beer tastings from 50 local breweries after hours at the Los Angeles Zoo. Enjoy live music, DJs, dancing, food, zoo keeper talks, and close-up animal encounters.

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3. VRLA (Aug. 5-6)

Are you ready for revolution of virtual reality? Come check out this two-day event featuring the world’s first ever VR Rave at the L.A. Convention Center plus a keynote address by Reggie Watts, VR panels, and more.

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4. Long Beach Crawfish Festival (Aug. 5-7)

The Long Beach Crawfish Festival is back on August 5 through August 7 at Rainbow Lagoon Park. The festival kicks-off on Fat Friday with a mardi gras masquerade ball including live music, a costume contest, karaoke and more. The festivities continue throughout the weekend with live entertainment, inflatable bounce houses, dance floors, a giant food court, arts and crafts booths, specialty drinks and, of course, crawfish.

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5. DTLA Proud Festival (Aug. 7)

DTLA Proud Festival is taking place on August 7 and celebrates the growing LGBT community of DTLA with a showcase of some 40 community booths that include restaurants, retail, and LGBT groups– all located in DTLA. The Boulet Brothers will be the master of ceremonies for main stage entertainment, which includes performances from performers and DJs that frequent LGBT nightlife.

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6. Moves After Dark at the Music Center (starting Aug. 8)

The Music Center’s Moves After Dark returns on August 8 for its second season of ‘off-night’ performances where audience members are asked to travel wherever the dancers are performing and select their own vantage point. Throughout this journey performances reflect the surrounding architecture of the Music Center and Grand Park

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7. Frogtown Art Walk (Aug. 13)

Explore the vibrancy of the L.A. River through a variety of Elysian Valley artist studios and works on display throughout a 1.3 mile walk stretching from Fletcher St to Gail St. Pedicabs will be available!

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8. NEXT FEST at Ace Hotel Theater (Aug. 12-14)

The creme de la creme of Park City’s Sundance Film Festival will make its way to Downtown Los Angeles for three days of film and music events showcasing some of the most talented new artists on the verge of breaking out.

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9. Free Street Food Cinema (Aug. 13)

This complimentary presentations of one of L.A.’s biggest outdoor movie screening series will feature 90’s hit tv show Saved by the Bell and 80’s cult classic FlashdanceIn Street Food Cinema tradition there will be plenty of tasty food trucks available including: Boba Ni Taco, Currywurst, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Ragin’ Cajun, Son of a Bun, Street Kitchen LA, Ta Bom Brazilian Truck, Tokyo Doggie Style, Urban Espresso and more.

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10. 84th Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest in Long Beach (Aug. 13-14)

During the weekend of August 13-14 you can check out this FREE traditional community event, complete with sculpture masterpieces of world-class professional sand artists, a semi-professional sculpting category, community competition and more.

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11. BrunchCon (Aug. 14)

BrunchCon LA will feature tastings, cooking and cocktail demos from celeb chefs, activities, and merchandise plus the ever-growing number of vendors that includes Poppy + Rose, Sonny’s Hideaway, Bang Bang Brunch, Square One Dining, Escala, Americano, Chomp Eatery, Middlebar, and The Parlor.

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12. CicLAvia Wilshire Blvd. (Aug. 14)

Take a walk, a bike ride, spin, or dance through Los Angeles this summer, just make sure to leave your car at home! CicLAvia, an LA-based nonprofit that opens streets to car-less adventure in LA county, is coming to iconic Wilshire Boulevard on August 14.

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13. Angel City Brewery Avocado Festival (Aug. 14)

On Aug. 14 Angel City Brewery is celebrating their Avocado Ale with a day dedicated to the green fruit that everyone Californian loves. The Avocado Festival will include a food pairing event featuring  Taqueria El Severo, The Surfer Taco,The Grilled Cheese Truck, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, Lawless Jerky, Si Paletas and The Bikini Bakery, plus brewer-led tours, and live music.

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14. Date Night at the Museum of Broken Relationships (Aug. 15)

Mark your calendars, because We Like L.A. is co-hosting a very special ‘Date Night’ at the Museum of Broken Relationships Los Angeles on August 15! Guests at date night will experience evening access to all museum exhibits starting at 7 p.m. plus tons of goodies and extras for this special event including food trucks, music, raffle prizes, and more.

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15. L.A. Moon Walk: A Pop-Up Art Installation Inspired By the Moon (Aug. 18)

Take a walk through the curated art areas, view the night sky and rising full Moon through Celestron telescopes, capture memories in the free Photo Booth and check out special guests Bill Nye, Robert Picardo, John Davis, and more!

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16. Echo Park Rising (Aug. 18-21)

Now in it’s 6th annual season, EPR headliners for 2016 include Chicano Batman, La Luz, the Weirdos and dozens of other local bands and artists. Concerts will be hosted at venues throughout Echo Park and will include multiple music stages ranging from Sunset Blvd., Glendale Blvd., Alvarado Ave., Echo Park Ave. and more, all for free!

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17. 12th Annual Art Deco Festival (Aug. 19)

Throw it back to the vintage days of the 1920s and 1930s for the Art Deco fest at the Queen Mary in Long Beach.The Queen Mary itself is one of the best landmarks of Art Deco style, and guests at this now 12th annual affair will enjoy special highlights including the Deco Pajama derby, Prohibition Mixology, the Gatsby Daze Garden party, the Swingin’ Sunday Tea Dance, Strolling Art tour, and more.

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18. LA Taco Festival (Aug. 20)

Now in its 6th year, the LA Taco Festival is set to take over DTLA’s Grand Park with some 15 taco vendors and a yet-to-be released list of live performances. Best part? Entry is free!

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19. Sixth Annual LA Food & Wine Festival (Aug. 25-28)

The Los Angeles Food & Wine festival takes over Los Angeles August 25-28 featuring some of L.A.’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurants for a four-day event that’ll delight any foodie.

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20. FYF Fest 2016 (Aug. 27-28)

FYF Fest, arguably one of the best music festivals that takes place in Los Angeles, is back at it again (with the white Vans) with a stellar two-day line up of some of music’s hottest acts, this is for sure hot music event of the summer.

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Looking for more events to check out this August in L.A.? Visit our always-updated events calendar page.

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