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52 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [7-15-19 to 7-19-19]

July 15, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Griffith Observatory at Night
Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday through Friday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12, features a new art exhibit with giant crystals, a week-long celebration of Apollo 11, Black Fire Sessions at The Broad, dineL.A., sunset concerts at Skirball, Delicious Little Tokyo, and MUCH more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!


Keep in mind that while we retain complete editorial control of our content, for some of the ticketing options provided we utilize affiliate links and receive a commission if you purchase through our links.

Monday July 15th, 2019

1. Start your week with a free Jam Session at the Ford Theatres. This week’s focus: Old School street dance. FREE

2. dineL.A. Restaurant Week returns for a 15-day dining event that highlights the diverse and exciting culinary experiences Los Angeles has to offer. On July 12 – 26, patrons can enjoy specially-priced lunch and dinner menus at over 400 participating restaurants throughout the city. Peek our rundown of The Best $15 Menus During dineL.A. (July 12-26) You Have to Try for starters.

3. Funny humans Daniel Van Kirk and the Sklar Brothers present Dumb People Town a show at Largo that examines dumb people doing dumb things (often in Florida) they’ll be joined by Patton Oswalt, Lauren Lapkus and Joey Ryan of The Milk Carton Kids.

4. There’s a free Mindful Yoga on the Beach series in the South Sand of the Manhattan Beach Pier this Monday at 6:30 p.m. FREE

5. Venice Kickball (Westside) Kickball – Free Pickup Game at Oakwood Recreational Park. FREE

Tuesday July 16th, 2019

6. CRYSTALLINE: Brazil’s Crystal Giants is the latest exhibition at Rhythm Visuals Gallery in DTLA. The exhibit showcases a bevy of Brazil’s biggest gems, including a 2000-pound Amethyst Violet Throne you can actually sit on. The gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

7. The Griffith Observatory celebrates the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 with a kick off event on the front lawn and then the observatory’s popular All Space Considered program looks back on the historic mission in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theatre. The observatory will continue the Apollo 11 celebration Wednesday and Thursday with additional free events and a ticketed Apollo 11 screening and rooftop moon party will take place on Friday.

8. Moonlight Movies on the Beach brings a summer-long series of free outdoor movie screenings on the shores of the LBC to three different locations near Downtown Long Beach and Belmont Shore. The series continues with The Nightmare Before Christmas at Granada Beach on Tuesday and Coco at Cherry Beach on Thursday. Screenings happen on select Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 20. FREE

9. The Central Courtyard at Hollywood & Highland hosts free concerts every Tuesday in July as part of the 16th annual Subaru Summer Jazz Nights. There will be performances by Hunterones, Boogaloo Assassins, Bria Skonberg, and Jose Rizo’s Mongorama this month.

10. Gustavo Dudamel conducts the music of Romeo and Juliet at the Hollywood Bowl with ballet support by the L.A. Dance Project performing Benjamin Millepied’s original choreography. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema is back for the sixth year in a row. From June 11 through August 27 Angelenos can indulge in a luxury outdoor movie experience by the pool with a Cipriani menu, classic movie snacks and Peroni Nastro Azzurro. Alice in Wildlife will be screened this week.

12. After runs in Valencia and Woodland Hills POP SK8, a themed pop-up outdoor roller-skating rink opens this Saturday at Westfield Culver City, running through August 4. Keep in mind every day is a different theme so check their schedule.

13. Free museum days: Los Angeles County Arboretum (note: the tram doesn’t run on this day), South Coast Botanic Garden and Descanso Gardens

Wednesday July 17th, 2019

14. A colorful, winding installation called The Second Home Serpentine Pavilion is now open at the La Brea Tar Pits for the summer and its 100% free for the public to roam and explore. The pavilion is open daily and will run through November 24. FREE

15. The Super Serious Show is a comedy event produced by CleftClips featuring both established and up-and-coming talent performing an array of stand-up, sketch and musical comedy. This Wednesday is their 9th year anniversary show. Happening at The Virgil.

16. Black Fire Sessions launches at The Broad with live music and dance performances that celebrate the current exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983. Performances will be spread out throughout the museum.

17. Apollo 11: The Immersive Live Show retells the tale of the first moon landing using 40,000 square feet of 360-degree graphics beaming from 32 total projectors, and an almost full-scale replica of the mylar-draped Command Module Columbia. And of course the timing couldn’t be more perfect, with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission coming up later this month. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. Downtown Culver City’s 7th annual ‘Third Wednesday Summertini Tasting’ returns for another year of free drink tastings at participating businesses. FREE

19. Back for the 16th year in a row, The Independent Shakespeare Co. presents Shakespeare in the Park at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park with a free performance of Twelfth Night Wednesday through Sunday. FREE

20. Join the Los Angeles Conservancy for a walking tour of City Hall.

21. JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles presents the world debut of their latest exhibit “BAKERU: Transforming Spirits.” Visitors are invited to step into the supernatural world of Japanese folk traditions from the northern region of Tohoku, Japan, created by large-scale interactive projections with motion capture technology. The exhibit is on display July 17 through October 6. FREE

22.FLIX at FIG screens The Karate Kid at FIGat7th in DTLA. The free movie screenings happen every third Wednesday of the month. A live DJ and happy hour kicks off the night at 6 p.m. and the film begins at 7 p.m. FREE

23. Shakespeare By The Sea will once again offer a ten-week program of admission-free performances with two featured productions: The Comedy of Errors and Henry V at a variety of venues across Los Angeles Wednesday through Saturday. FREE

Thursday July 18th, 2019

24. Gustavo Dudamel will be conducting a special anniversary concert topped with fireworks to celebrate his 10 years with the LA Phil. The concert will showcase music from the golden age of Hollywood along with Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. Taking place every third Thursday of the summer months, The El Segundo Art Walk is a self-guided exploration featuring more than 35 artists in 30+ venues in downtown El Segundo. FREE

26. Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival returns on July 18 – 28 for eleven days of world-class films, panels, and parties. More than 150 feature and short films will be screened.

27. Head to Chinese American Museum after-hours for a look at the immersive Lightscapes exhibition plus a variety of food, music, art-making, calligraphy demonstration, and raffle prize giveaways. FREE

28. Sizzling Summer Nights at The Autry happens every Thursday. Enjoy live music, dance lessons with an instructor, access to museum galleries, and a separate children’s dance floor, plus tacos, margaritas, and other light refreshments (available for purchase.) Sizzling Nights continue weekly through August 22.

29. KCRW’s Summer Nights series stops by the Hammer Museum with a performance by Wild Belle plus KCRW DJs Scott Dallavo and Aaron Byrd.  FREE

30. Black Panther screens as part of Outdoor Movie Nights at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. FREE

31. The City of Pasadena hosts Parks After Dark a season of free activities including sports, fitness classes, arts & crafts and much more offered to youth, families and individuals every Thursday through Saturday from July 10 through August 10. FREE

32. The Skirball Cultural Center welcomes it’s twenty-third annual season of Sunset Concerts with singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno kicking off the series on Thursday. The evening begins with a DJ set by Mamabear of dublab. FREE

33. Enjoy free family-friendly outdoor movies in Malibu thanks to Screen on the Green every Thursday through August 15. This week Moana will be screened. FREE

34. Night Market is back on the hilltop of the iconic Yamashiro restaurant every Thursday all summer long. Angelenos can enjoy boutique vendors, food vendors, a concert series, cocktails at Yamashiro’s Pagoda Bar and an unbeatable view of Hollywood. This event is also kid friendley. Please note this year the organizers are charging $10 to park at the shuttle location. Shuttles are free and so is admission.

35. The Bloc presents Concerts at the Bloc every third Thursday of the month featuring talented local artists, a beer + wine bar, food options and more. Tickets are $5.

36. Every first and third Thursday of the month Brennan’s in Marina Del Rey hosts their famous turtle races. Since 1974, this tradition brings these little speedsters out of their sanctuary (located in the bar) for an exciting game that support charities. Race starts at 9 p.m.

37. Free museum days: Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.), Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.) and USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

Friday July 19th, 2019

38. The 4th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo returns for a two-day culinary experience. Foodies will get to taste a wide variety of cuisines from Little Tokyo’s restaurants while partaking in food related walking tours, workshops, cooking demos, and more. Some events are free and some are ticketed.

39. Movie Under The Guns is a free movie night aboard the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro. This week they’ll screen Up. FREE

40. Head to Dodger Stadium to see the Boys in Blue take on the Miami Marlins and stay for the Friday Night Fireworks Show. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

41. Yappy Hour 2019 comes to the Hammer Museum on Friday for a pet adoption party co-presented by Pug Nation and Mutt Hut Rescue. The event offers attendees the chance to adopt a new furry friend with cocktails, wine, and beer available for purchase. FREE

42. Old Pasadena Summer Cinema screens Enchanted at One Colorado. FREE

43. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA features live music and/or DJs paired with expert dance instructors providing beginner group dance lessons for attendees. Each night has a different dance theme. The series continues with Argentine Tango at Grand Park/Olive Court. Dance DTLA continues on select Fridays through August 30. FREE

44. The Silver Lake Picture Show screens Coco at Sunset Triangle Plaza.

45. The Los Angeles Zoo’s annual after-hours music series, Roaring Nights, is back for summer 2019. Come experience a party atmosphere featuring DJs, bands, a Silent Disco combined with animal talks and feedings plus a number of food trucks. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

46. Sierra Madre Shakespeare Festival 2019 returns for its fifth year with the comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” at Sierra Madre Memorial Park. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics as they enjoy the show. FREE

47. The Hammer will screen two award-winning films shot in Rome as part of the series Runaway Hollywood: Global Production in the Postwar World. This Friday Roman Holiday and Three Coins In The Fountain will be screened.

48. Odd Nights At The Autry feature a collection of over 200 vendors, 20 gourmet food trucks, a beer garden, custom handmade treasures and live local bands.

49. Spend the season sipping wine during sunset hour at Barnsdall Art Park’s Friday Night Wine Party Series. Happening on the lawn of architectural gem the Hollyhock House, the evening features a fine selection of wines curated by Silverlake Wine, a live DJ and tours of the house. The series happens every Friday evening till September 6.

50. Summer Friday Night Drive-In at the Roadium returns every Friday evening from June 7 to August 30 to revive your favorite films in a classic 1950’s drive-in setting. The series continues with a screening of Selena.

51. Grand Central Market hosts Friday Night Flights this Friday starting at noon. The special includes a flight of drinks or bites from GCM vendors and a round trip ticket on the historic Angels Flight Railway right across the street for $15.

52. The Department of Beaches and Harbors presents Beach Movie Nights at Dockweiler Youth Center every Friday. This week they will screen Hotel Transylvania 3. FREE

Food Pick for the Week

This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.

Culina & Vinoteca at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills hosts a HIGH SPIRITS Wine Tasting & Stand Up Comedy show featuring Patrick Ney this Thursday, July 18 in the Galleria del Vino of Culina & Vinoteca. Patrick Ney, a local comedian, writer and Sommelier is nationally recognized and has appeared on Comedy Central, Chelsea Lately and more. During the event Culina & Vinoteca Sommelier David Gary will host a guided blind tasting of three wines, while educating guests on how to taste wine like a true Sommelier, while Ney performs his comedy set in between the tastings providing guests with one entertaining Thursday. Tickets to the event cost $49 per person and can be purchased by calling Culina & Vinoteca at 310.860.4000.

Culina & Vinoteca is located at 300 South Doheny Drive Los Angeles, CA 90048


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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for July 15, 2019

July 15, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Echo Park Lake
A crisp morning at Echo Park Lake. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Monday, July 15, 2019.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [11 a.m.] A colorful, winding installation called The Second Home Serpentine Pavilion is now open at the La Brea Tar Pits for the summer and its 100% free for the public to roam and explore. The pavilion is open daily and will run through November 24. FREE

2. [2 p.m.] Monday Matinees: The Quick and the Dead in 35mm at New Beverly Cinema.

3. [6 p.m.] There’s a Lion King themed game night happening at Scum and Villainy Cantina in Hollywood this Monday.

4. [6:30 p.m.] There’s a free Mindful Yoga on the Beach series in the South Sand of the Manhattan Beach Pier this Monday at 6:30 p.m. FREE

5. [7 p.m.]  Start your week with a free Jam Session at the Ford Theatres. This week’s focus: Old School street dance. FREE

6. [7:30 p.m.] Venice Kickball (Westside) Kickball – Free Pickup Game at Oakwood Recreational Park. FREE

7. [8 p.m.] Pub Trivia at The Fox and Hounds in Studio City.

8. [8 p.m.] Free screening of The Advocates followed by a panel discussion at Echo Park Film Center. FREE

9. [8:30 p.m.] Funny humans Daniel Van Kirk and the Sklar Brothers present Dumb People Town a show at Largo that examines dumb people doing dumb things (often in Florida) they’ll be joined by Patton Oswalt, Lauren Lapkus and Joey Ryan of The Milk Carton Kids.

10. [various] dineL.A. Restaurant Week returns for a 15-day dining event that highlights the diverse and exciting culinary experiences Los Angeles has to offer. On July 12 – 26, patrons can enjoy specially-priced lunch and dinner menus at over 400 participating restaurants throughout the city. Peek our rundown of The Best $15 Menus During dineL.A. (July 12-26) You Have to Try for starters.

#SPONSORED DEAL OF THE DAY: Get $12.50 tix to the upcoming LA County Fair

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for July 14, 2019

July 14, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Photo via Smorgasburg

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Sunday, July 14, 2019.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [10 a.m.] Hecho in LA and Smorgasburg LA will put on a mercado featuring diverse artisans and makers along side 50+ regular pop up vendors and a family friendly I Love Micheladas Beer Garden.

2. [10:45 a.m.] Sunday Yoga + Meditation at Angel City Brewery is a donation based event happening every week. The recommended donation is between $15-$20 and includes one free drink at the brewery.

3. [11 a.m.] A colorful, winding installation called The Second Home Serpentine Pavilion is now open at the La Brea Tar Pits for the summer and its 100% free for the public to roam and explore. The pavilion is open daily and will run through November 24. FREE

4. [noon] The South Bay Greek Festival is a three-day affair at St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach offering lots of Greek food, traditional dance, music and more.

5. [noon] The 39th Lotus Festival returns to Echo Park Lake with two days of cultural festivities focused on celebrating Thailand. There will be a food court, a Thai pavilion, handcrafted artwork, origami workshops, dragon boat races, and more. FREE

6. [noon] The monthly East LA Art Walk returns this month to highlight independent artists, muralists, crafters and local businesses from the Eastside and its surrounding neighborhoods. This event is put on by the East LA Business Association of the 1st St corridor and is designed to be family friendly.

7. [3:45 p.m.] Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park presents Queen Nation at Polliwog Park. FREE

8. [4 p.m.] 2nd Annual Tamal Festival with two-time GRAMMY-winning Mariachi Divas will perform as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert seriesFREE

9. [6:30 p.m.] Concerts on the Green in Woodland Hills continues their free concert series with Led Zepagain this Sunday. FREE

10. [various] dineL.A. Restaurant Week returns for a 15-day dining event that highlights the diverse and exciting culinary experiences Los Angeles has to offer. On July 12 – 26, patrons can enjoy specially-priced lunch and dinner menus at over 400 participating restaurants throughout the city. Peek our rundown of The Best $15 Menus During dineL.A. (July 12-26) You Have to Try for starters.

#SPONSORED DEAL OF THE DAY: Get $12.50 tix to the upcoming LA County Fair

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for July 13, 2019

July 13, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Echo Park Lake at Dusk
Echo Park Lake at Dusk. Photo credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Saturday, July 13, 2019.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [noon] The South Bay Greek Festival is a three-day affair at St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach offering lots of Greek food, traditional dance, music and more.

2. [noon] The 39th Lotus Festival returns to Echo Park Lake with two days of cultural festivities focused on celebrating Thailand. There will be a food court, a Thai pavilion, handcrafted artwork, origami workshops, dragon boat races, and more. FREE

3. [1 p.m.] Thrillist Taco Knockout 2019 invite you to indulge on tacos from Los Angeles taquerias, sip on micheladas and cervezas then place your vote on which taco purveyor reigns supreme.

4. [1 p.m.] Concha Con 2019 is a fun filled day celebrating the latin sweetbread. Happening at Plaza De La Raza the event will feature conchas from local panaderias as well as other snacks, cooking demos, pan dulce art and installations, a Latinx mercado, music, dance, kids crafts and a Concha Fashion Show.

5. [2 p.m.] The Get Around is a free massive art walk covering 3.5 miles and featuring over 150 artists, Burning Man themed bars, an art playground, live painting battles, giant unicorns, and more running along Venice Blvd. FREE

6. [4 p.m.] Tiki Night returns to the Egyptian Theatre this Saturday with a tiki marketplace, a tiki Bar, tiki cuisine, tiki music, Polynesian dancers and film screenings that salute the 60th anniversary of Hawaii’s statehood.

7. [7 p.m.] The Queen Mary hosts Rock the Queen, a throwback to the British Invasion of the 1960’s and 1980’s featuring some of Southern California’s top tribute bands such as The Who Generation, Britain’s Finest and The Cured. Fans will have access to The Queen Mary and there will be games, multiple bars, and an outdoor pub style courtyard.

8. [7:30 p.m.] Sierra Madre Shakespeare Festival 2019 returns for its fifth year with the comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” at Sierra Madre Memorial Park. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics as they enjoy the show. FREE

9. [8 p.m.] KCRW’s Summer Nights series stops by Chinatown with KCRW DJs Jason Bentley and Garth Trinidad. FREE

10. [various] dineL.A. Restaurant Week returns for a 15-day dining event that highlights the diverse and exciting culinary experiences Los Angeles has to offer. On July 12 – 26, patrons can enjoy specially-priced lunch and dinner menus at over 400 participating restaurants throughout the city. Peek our rundown of The Best $15 Menus During dineL.A. (July 12-26) You Have to Try for starters.

#SPONSORED DEAL OF THE DAY: Summer Nights at Skyspace feature drink specials, incredible late-night views of L.A., and DJ-spun music all night long.

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for July 12, 2019

July 12, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Image via The Music Center

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Friday, July 12, 2019.

May it lead you to adventure!

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Keep in mind for some of the ticketing options we utilize affiliate links and receive a commission if you purchase through our links (affiliates noted in parenthesis).

1. [5 p.m.] The South Bay Greek Festival is a three-day affair at St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach offering lots of Greek food, traditional dance, music and more.

2. [5 p.m.] Summer Nights in the Garden returns to the Natural History Museum this weekend. Sip garden-inspired cocktails, listen to live music, take garden tours and more. Tickets are free to this series and can be obtained online. FREE

3. [6 p.m.] The City of Pasadena hosts Parks After Dark a season of free activities including sports, fitness classes, arts & crafts and much more offered to youth, families and individuals every Thursday through Saturday from July 10 through August 10. FREE

4. [7 p.m.] The Music Center’s Dance DTLA features live music and/or DJs paired with expert dance instructors providing beginner group dance lessons for attendees. Each night has a different dance theme. The series continues with Hip-Hop (new for 2019) at Grand Park/Performance Lawn. Dance DTLA continues on select Fridays through August 30. FREE

5. [7 p.m.] Back for the 16th year in a row, The Independent Shakespeare Co. presents Shakespeare in the Park at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park with a free performance of Twelfth Night on Wednesday and Friday. FREE

6. [7:30 p.m.] The Hammer’s series Catch a Thrill! Celebrating 10 Years of the American Genre Film Archive will screen late 1980’s Mexican horror flick Don’t Panic.

7. [8 p.m.] Caltech Astronomy invites the public to sit in on a stargazing and lecture event this Friday at 8 p.m. FREE

8. [8 p.m.] Apollo 11: The Immersive Live Show retells the tale of the first moon landing using 40,000 square feet of 360-degree graphics beaming from 32 total projectors, and an almost full-scale replica of the mylar-draped Command Module Columbia. And of course the timing couldn’t be more perfect, with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission coming up later this month. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. [8:30 p.m.] Old Pasadena Summer Cinema screens Clueless at One Colorado on Friday. FREE

10. [various] dineL.A. Restaurant Week returns for a 15-day dining event that highlights the diverse and exciting culinary experiences Los Angeles has to offer. On July 12 – 26, patrons can enjoy specially-priced lunch and dinner menus at over 400 participating restaurants throughout the city. Peek our rundown of The Best $15 Menus During dineL.A. (July 12-26) You Have to Try for starters.

#SPONSORED DEAL OF THE DAY: $17 tix to Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo (via Goldstar)

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44 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [7-12-2019 to 7-14-2019]

July 11, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Chinatown Summer Nights
KCRW Chinatown Summer Nights. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend in L.A. from Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14 features the Lotus Festival, KCRW Chinatown Summer Nights, Concha Con, Sierra Madre Shakespeare Festival, Thrillist Taco Knockout, East L.A. Art Walk and MUCH more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your weekend!


Keep in mind that while we retain complete editorial control of our content, for some of the ticketing options provided we utilize affiliate links and receive a commission if you purchase through our links.


Friday July 12th, 2019

1. dineL.A. Restaurant Week returns for a 15-day dining event that highlights the diverse and exciting culinary experiences Los Angeles has to offer. On July 12 – 26, patrons can enjoy specially-priced lunch and dinner menus at over 400 participating restaurants throughout the city. Peek our rundown of The Best $15 Menus During dineL.A. (July 12-26) You Have to Try for starters.

2. The South Bay Greek Festival is a three-day affair at St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach offering lots of Greek food, traditional dance, music and more.

3. Summer Nights in the Garden returns to the Natural History Museum this weekend. Sip garden-inspired cocktails, listen to live music, take garden tours and more. Tickets are free to this series and can be obtained online. FREE

4. Old Pasadena Summer Cinema screens Clueless at One Colorado on Friday, then follows up on Saturday with The LEGO Movie at Central Park and Monsters, Inc. at One Colorado. FREE

5. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA features live music and/or DJs paired with expert dance instructors providing beginner group dance lessons for attendees. Each night has a different dance theme. The series continues with Hip-Hop (new for 2019) at Grand Park/Performance Lawn. Dance DTLA continues on select Fridays through August 30. FREE

6. Apollo 11: The Immersive Live Show retells the tale of the first moon landing using 40,000 square feet of 360-degree graphics beaming from 32 total projectors, and an almost full-scale replica of the mylar-draped Command Module Columbia. And of course the timing couldn’t be more perfect, with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission coming up later this month. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. The Skirball museum will host an Outdoor Movie Series screening of The Devil Wears Prada. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown Los Angeles continues their Summer of Salsa concert series this Friday. Dance to the sounds of some of the city’s best salsa and Cuban bands one Friday evening each month through summer. FREE

9. The Hammer’s series Catch a Thrill! Celebrating 10 Years of the American Genre Film Archive will screen late 1980’s Mexican horror flick Don’t Panic.

10. Caltech Astronomy invites the public to sit in on a stargazing and lecture event this Friday at 8 p.m. FREE

11. Back for the 16th year in a row, The Independent Shakespeare Co. presents Shakespeare in the Park at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park with a free performance of Twelfth Night Friday through Sunday. FREE

12. The City of Pasadena hosts Parks After Dark a season of free activities including sports, fitness classes, arts & crafts and much more offered to youth, families and individuals every Thursday through Saturday from July 10 through August 10. FREE

13. Spend the season sipping wine during sunset hour at Barnsdall Art Park’s Friday Night Wine Party Series. Happening on the lawn of architectural gem the Hollyhock House, the evening features a fine selection of wines curated by Silverlake Wine, a live DJ and tours of the house. The series happens every Friday evening till September 6.

14. Summer Friday Night Drive-In at the Roadium returns every Friday evening from June 7 to August 30 to revive your favorite films in a classic 1950’s drive-in setting. The series continues with a screening of Grease.

15. Shakespeare By The Sea will once again offer a ten-week program of admission-free performances with two featured productions: The Comedy of Errors and Henry V at a variety of venues across Los Angeles Wednesday through Saturday. FREE

16.The Hollywood Bowl welcomes Cyndi Lauper to their iconic outdoor amphitheater this Friday and Saturday and Kristin Chenoweth on Sunday.

17. The Department of Beaches and Harbors presents Beach Movie Nights at Dockweiler Youth Center every Friday. This week they will screen Little Foot. FREE

Saturday July 13th, 2019

18. The 39th Lotus Festival returns to Echo Park Lake with two days of cultural festivities focused on celebrating Thailand. There will be a food court, a Thai pavilion, handcrafted artwork, origami workshops, dragon boat races, and more. FREE

19. The Get Around is a free massive art walk covering 3.5 miles and featuring over 150 artists, Burning Man themed bars, an art playground, live painting battles, giant unicorns, and more running along Venice Blvd. FREE

20. KCRW’s Summer Nights series stops by Chinatown with KCRW DJs Jason Bentley and Garth Trinidad. FREE

21. Concha Con 2019 is a fun filled day celebrating the latin sweetbread. Happening at Plaza De La Raza the event will feature conchas from local panaderias as well as other snacks, cooking demos, pan dulce art and installations, a Latinx mercado, music, dance, kids crafts and a Concha Fashion Show.

22. The Queen Mary hosts Rock the Queen, a throwback to the British Invasion of the 1960’s and 1980’s featuring some of Southern California’s top tribute bands such as The Who Generation, Britain’s Finest and The Cured. Fans will have access to The Queen Mary and there will be games, multiple bars, and an outdoor pub style courtyard.

23. Sierra Madre Shakespeare Festival 2019 returns for its fifth year with the comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” at Sierra Madre Memorial Park. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics as they enjoy the show. FREE

24. Head to the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach for BEERFEST, a day of brews curated by Brewjería Company provided by SoCal Cerveceros a Latino based brew club beer. Happening in their sculptural garden, guests will enjoy à la carte food, DJ sets, live performances and MOLAA’s exhibits.

25. Pershing Square Downtown Stage presents RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles. FREE

26. Thrillist Taco Knockout 2019 invite you to indulge on tacos from Los Angeles taquerias, sip on micheladas and cervezas then place your vote on which taco purveyor reigns supreme.

27. Street Food Cinema returns this weekend with a screening of Raiders of the Los Ark, The Sandlot and Rear Window at three popular Los Angeles locations. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

28. Celebrate Kidspace’s 40th Celebration on July 13-14 with birthday-themed activities at the museum that include: birthday hat making, classic birthday games, DJ Brees’ interactive dance party, a confetti blast and more. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

29. Tiki Night returns to the Egyptian Theatre this Saturday with a tiki marketplace, a tiki Bar, tiki cuisine, tiki music, Polynesian dancers and film screenings that salute the 60th anniversary of Hawaii’s statehood.

30. The Griffith Observatory hosts a public star party once a month from 2-9:45 p.m. where folks can get a look at the sun, moon, plants and other objects in the sky through a variety of telescopes. FREE

31. Put your dancing shoes on for Music: ¡Qué Calor! Dance Party at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. FREE

32. Get to know the East Village Arts District this Saturday during the Long Beach Art Walk. The route is six blocks long with nine galleries, 21 murals, and 28 businesses ready to be explored. FREE

33. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! is back with a show on Saturday at The Virgil with over a dozen well known comedians and animators. 

34. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will host a family art-making day in Leimert Park in anticipation of the museum opening. Using inspiration from the artwork of the museum collection, the public is invited to make creature masks, enjoy a photo booth, and get inspired by Star Wars concept artist Terryl Whitlatch, Walt Disney Animation Studio artist Manu Arenas, and film and TV makeup artist Ana Miro as they discuss using the imagination to bring mask creatures to life. FREE

35. Eat|See|Hear returns for 2019 with a screening of Casablanca at The Autry. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

36. The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck stops by The Shops at Montebello from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. They’ll be serving lots of super cute treats while supplies last.

37. The NoHo ArtWalk takes place on the second Saturday of every month. This month the event will be held at Noho Plaza from 2-8 p.m. featuring vendors, artists and a dance battle. FREE

Sunday July 14th, 2019

38. Hecho in LA and Smorgasburg LA will put on a mercado featuring diverse artisans and makers along side 50+ regular pop up vendors and a family friendly I Love Micheladas Beer Garden.

39. 2nd Annual Tamal Festival with two-time GRAMMY-winning Mariachi Divas will perform as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series. FREE

40. Sunday Yoga + Meditation at Angel City Brewery is a donation based event happening every week. The recommended donation is between $15-$20 and includes one free drink at the brewery.

41. The monthly East LA Art Walk returns this month to highlight independent artists, muralists, crafters and local businesses from the Eastside and its surrounding neighborhoods. This event is put on by the East LA Business Association of the 1st St corridor and is designed to be family friendly.

42. Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park presents Queen Nation at Polliwog Park. FREE

43. A colorful, winding installation called The Second Home Serpentine Pavilion is now open at the La Brea Tar Pits for the summer and its 100% free for the public to roam and explore. The pavilion is open daily and will run through November 24. FREE

44. Cinespia is back for its 18th summer season, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for screenings of films modern, cult, and classic. This Sunday they will screen Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

45. Check out the Rose Bowl Flea Market — one of the most beloved markets of its type this Sunday. Taking place at the Rose Bowl on the second Sunday of each month, the flea market features a staggering 2500-plus vendors and 20,000 shoppers.

46. Concerts on the Green in Woodland Hills continues their free concert series with Led Zepagain this Sunday. FREE

47. After runs in Valencia and Woodland Hills POP SK8, a themed pop-up outdoor roller-skating rink opens this Saturday at Westfield Culver City, running through August 4. Keep in mind every day is a different theme so check their schedule.

48. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with a screening of American Pie.

Food Pick for the Week

This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.

July is National Ice Cream Month and with temps expected to spike into the high 80’s this weekend, we could all use a sweet treat to beat the summer heat. Here’s one idea: Indie ice cream purveyors Humphry Slocombe and tech brand Square are teaming up this Sunday, July 14 to give out free scoops at the Venice scoop shop between 11 a.m. to noon. The deal is for a complimentary scoop of Square’s collaboration flavor “Small Business Sundae” featuring strawberry banana ice cream and chocolate wafers.

Humphry Slocombe Venice is located at 1653B Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291


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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for July 11, 2019

July 11, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Queen Mary
Exterior of the Queen Mary. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Thursday, July 11, 2019.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [4 p.m.] Enjoy free family-friendly outdoor movies in Malibu thanks to Screen on the Green every Thursday through August 15. This week How to Train Your Dragon will be screened. FREE

2. [5:30 p.m.]  Sizzling Summer Nights at The Autry kicks off this Thursday with dance lessons with an instructor, access to museum galleries, and a separate children’s dance floor, plus tacos, margaritas, and other light refreshments (available for purchase.) The series opens with a performance by Conjunto Oye!, a Los Angeles based salsa orchestra. Sizzling Nights continue weekly through August 22.

3. [6 p.m.] Downtown Art Walk brings art enthusiasts and locals together every second Thursday of each month to take part in gallery tours, parties, food trucks, and and more in the heart of the Los Angeles Historic Core.

4. [6 p.m.] The City of Pasadena hosts Parks After Dark a season of free activities including sports, fitness classes, arts & crafts and much more offered to youth, families and individuals every Thursday through Saturday from July 10 through August 10. FREE

5. [6 p.m.] Grease screens for free during Queen Mary summer movie night series. The evening will also feature food trucks themed to the night’s film plus a full bar with drinks for purchase for those ages 21+. FREE

6. [6:30 p.m.] KCRW’s Summer Nights series stops by the Hammer Museum with a performance by Pavo Pavo, KCRW DJs Anne Litt and Dan Wilcox. Food trucks and a cash bar will also be available at the party. FREE

7. [7 p.m.] Back for the 16th year in a row, The Independent Shakespeare Co. presents Shakespeare in the Park at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park with a free performance of Twelfth Night on Wednesday and Friday. FREE

8. [7 p.m.]  LA Plaza de Cultura y Artess presents Plática y Pruebas: Yucatán Summer Dinner Party with Chef Gilberto Cetina Jr., owner of Chichen Itza and Holbox. He’ll be sharing summer-time recipes from his cookbook “Sabores Yucatecos: A Culinary Tour of the Yucatán.”

9. [8 p.m.] Celebrate summer as you enjoy the arts during Symphonic Thursdays, a series of four free concerts taking place at Marina del Rey’s Burton Chace Park during July and August. Kicking off the series is Opera at the Shore – The Marina del Rey Orchestra performs a string of popular operas all in one night. FREE

10. [8 p.m.] Apollo 11: The Immersive Live Show retells the tale of the first moon landing using 40,000 square feet of 360-degree graphics beaming from 32 total projectors, and an almost full-scale replica of the mylar-draped Command Module Columbia. And of course the timing couldn’t be more perfect, with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission coming up later this month. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

#SPONSORED DEAL OF THE DAY: $17 tix to Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo (via Goldstar)

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for July 10, 2019

July 10, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Grand Park in DTLA with City Hall
Grand Park with City Hall in the background. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [5:15 p.m.] Join the Los Angeles Conservancy for a walking tour of City Hall.

2. [6 p.m.] FIGat7th welcomes the 13th Annual Dog Day an evening of mingling, music and pet focused vendors. SPCALA will also be on hand to give low-cost vaccines for dogs.

3. [6 p.m.] The City of Pasadena hosts Parks After Dark a season of free activities including sports, fitness classes, arts & crafts and much more offered to youth, families and individuals every Thursday through Saturday from July 10 through August 10. FREE

4. [6:30 p.m.]  The historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre will host a special screening of A League of Their Own. A pre-party in the Ebell garden with complimentary appetizers, a selfie booth and cash bar is included in the ticket. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. [7 p.m.] Back for the 16th year in a row, The Independent Shakespeare Co. presents Shakespeare in the Park at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park with a free performance of Twelfth Night on Wednesday and Friday. FREE

6. [7:55 p.m.] Griffith Observatory offers a Sunset Walk & Talk one evening a month led by a Park Ranger and museum guide. FREE

7. [8 p.m.] The Hollywood Bowl welcomes Tony Bennett to their iconic outdoor amphitheater this Wednesday and Cyndi Lauper on Friday and Saturday.

8. [8 p.m.] Apollo 11: The Immersive Live Show retells the tale of the first moon landing using 40,000 square feet of 360-degree graphics beaming from 32 total projectors, and an almost full-scale replica of the mylar-draped Command Module Columbia. And of course the timing couldn’t be more perfect, with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission coming up later this month. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. [8 p.m.] The Spare Room welcomes back Evening of Tiki a one night collaboration with the best and brightest cocktail talent from around the world . Happening once a month from May through September, beverage director Yael Vengroff will work alongside each guest bartender to create an over-the-top tiki-inspired menu. The Spare Room will also have a food menu, DJs and special guests for each night.

10. [9 p.m.] Plan C a free comedy show happening on the second Wednesday of every month at The York in Highland Park returns for a round of progressive laughs starting at 9 p.m. FREE

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for July 9, 2019

July 9, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Los Angeles Central Library Photo by: Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Tuesday, July 9, 2019.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [7 p.m.]  The Central Courtyard at Hollywood & Highland hosts free concerts every Tuesday in July as part of the 16th annual Subaru Summer Jazz Nights with the Hunterones to open the series tonight. FREE

2. [7 p.m.] Joywave plays at the Moroccan Lounge.

3. [7 p.m.] Salon Series in the Garden: Sojourner Truth & the Mars Rover at Hauser & Wirth.

4. [7 p.m.] Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema is back for the sixth year in a row. From June 11 through August 27 Angelenos can indulge in a luxury outdoor movie experience by the pool with a Cipriani menu, classic movie snacks and Peroni Nastro Azzurro. Alice in Wonderland will be screened this week.

5. [7:30 p.m.] What Will California’s Coastline Look Like in 2100? presented by Zocalo Public Square at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy.

6. [7:30 p.m.] Lost & Found at the Movies: This is Your Brain on Movies at Central Library in DTLA. FREE

7. [8 p.m.] Karaoke Tuesdays at The Offbeat in Highland Park.

8. [8 p.m.] Apollo 11: The Immersive Live Show retells the tale of the first moon landing using 40,000 square feet of 360-degree graphics beaming from 32 total projectors, and an almost full-scale replica of the mylar-draped Command Module Columbia. And of course the timing couldn’t be more perfect, with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission coming up later this month. Check for discounted ticketsbefore making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. [8 p.m.] Moonlight Movies on the Beach brings a summer-long series of free outdoor movie screenings on the shores of the LBC to three different locations near Downtown Long Beach and Belmont Shore. The series continues with The Little Mermaid at Granada Beach on Tuesday. FREE

10. [various] Free museum daysLos Angeles County Museum of Art (also free for L.A. County residents with valid I.D. after 3:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays all month long) and Autry Museum of the American West

#SPONSORED DEAL OF THE DAY: $17 tix to Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo (via Goldstar)

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45 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [7-8-19 to 7-12-19]

July 8, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Hollywood Highland Summer Jazz Nights
Summer Jazz Nights at Hollywood & Highland. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday through Friday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12, features Subaru Summer Jazz Nights, Sizzling Summer Nights at The Autry, Queen Mary Free Movie Nights, dineL.A., The South Bay Greek Festival, Summer Nights in the NHM Garden and MUCH more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!


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Monday July 8th, 2019

1. A colorful, winding installation called The Second Home Serpentine Pavilion is now open at the La Brea Tar Pits for the summer and its 100% free for the public to roam and explore. The pavilion is open daily and will run through November 24. FREE

2. Start your week with a free Jam Session at the Ford Theatres. This week’s focus: Mexican folk dancing led by San Fernando’s Ballet Folklorico Ollin. FREE

3. There’s a free Mindful Yoga on the Beach series in the South Sand of the Manhattan Beach Pier this Monday at 6:30 p.m. FREE

4. Amanda Castro Band performs at Central Park in Whittier as part of the city’s 2019 summer concert series. FREE

5. After runs in Valencia and Woodland Hills POP SK8, a themed pop-up outdoor roller-skating rink opens this Saturday at Westfield Culver City, running through August 4. Keep in mind every day is a different theme so check their schedule.

Tuesday July 9th, 2019

6. The Central Courtyard at Hollywood & Highland hosts free concerts every Tuesday in July as part of the 16th annual Subaru Summer Jazz Nights. There will be performances by Hunterones, Boogaloo Assassins, Bria Skonberg, and Jose Rizo’s Mongorama this month.

7. Moonlight Movies on the Beach brings a summer-long series of free outdoor movie screenings on the shores of the LBC to three different locations near Downtown Long Beach and Belmont Shore. The series continues with The Little Mermaid at Granada Beach. Screenings happen on select Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 20. FREE

8. Apollo 11: The Immersive Live Show retells the tale of the first moon landing using 40,000 square feet of 360-degree graphics beaming from 32 total projectors, and an almost full-scale replica of the mylar-draped Command Module Columbia. And of course the timing couldn’t be more perfect, with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission coming up later this month. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. The Adventure Effect will join forces with Scum and Villainy Cantina to host a Disney trivia night with special guest host Michael Giacchino, composer of Pixar movies like Up, The Incredibles and Coco. FREE

10. Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema is back for the sixth year in a row. From June 11 through August 27 Angelenos can indulge in a luxury outdoor movie experience by the pool with a Cipriani menu, classic movie snacks and Peroni Nastro Azzurro. Alice in Wonderland will be screened this week.

11. Free museum days: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (also free for L.A. County residents with valid I.D. after 3:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays all month long) and Autry Museum of the American West

Wednesday July 10th, 2019

12. Back for the 16th year in a row, The Independent Shakespeare Co. presents Shakespeare in the Park at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park with a free performance of Twelfth Night on Wednesday and Friday. FREE

13. Join the Los Angeles Conservancy for a walking tour of City Hall.

14. The City of Pasadena hosts Parks After Dark a season of free activities including sports, fitness classes, arts & crafts and much more offered to youth, families and individuals every Thursday through Saturday from July 10 through August 10. FREE

15. The historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre will host a special screening of A League of Their Own. A pre-party in the Ebell garden with complimentary appetizers, a selfie booth and cash bar is included in the ticket. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

16. Griffith Observatory offers a Sunset Walk & Talk one evening a month led by a Park Ranger and museum guide. FREE

17. The Hollywood Bowl welcomes Tony Bennett to their iconic outdoor amphitheater this Wednesday and Cyndi Lauper on Friday and Saturday.

18. FIGat7th welcomes the 13th Annual Dog Day an evening of mingling, music and pet focused vendors. SPCALA will also be on hand to give low-cost vaccines for dogs.

19. Shakespeare By The Sea will once again offer a ten-week program of admission-free performances with two featured productions: The Comedy of Errors and Henry V at a variety of venues across Los Angeles Wednesday through Saturday. FREE

20. The Spare Room welcomes back Evening of Tiki a one night collaboration with the best and brightest cocktail talent from around the world . Happening once a month from May through September, beverage director Yael Vengroff will work alongside each guest bartender to create an over-the-top tiki-inspired menu. The Spare Room will also have a food menu, DJs and special guests for each night.

21. Descanso Gardens hosts Summer Songs welcoming The Flashdance DJs into their Rose Garden. They’ll be spinning an all-vinyl set during sunset hours and beer will be offered at concession stands.

22. Plan C a free comedy show happening on the second Wednesday of every month at The York in Highland Park returns for a round of progressive laughs starting at 9 p.m. FREE

Thursday July 11th, 2019

23. Sizzling Summer Nights at The Autry kicks off this Thursday with dance lessons with an instructor, access to museum galleries, and a separate children’s dance floor, plus tacos, margaritas, and other light refreshments (available for purchase.) The series opens with a performance by Conjunto Oye!, a Los Angeles based salsa orchestra. Sizzling Nights continue weekly through August 22.

24. KCRW’s Summer Nights series stops by the Hammer Museum with a performance by Pavo Pavo, KCRW DJs Anne Litt and Dan Wilcox. Food trucks and a cash bar will also be available at the party. FREE

25. Grease screens for free during Queen Mary summer movie night series. The evening will also feature food trucks themed to the night’s film plus a full bar with drinks for purchase for those ages 21+. FREE

26. Celebrate summer as you enjoy the arts during Symphonic Thursdays, a series of four free concerts taking place at Marina del Rey’s Burton Chace Park during July and August. Kicking off the series is Opera at the Shore – The Marina del Rey Orchestra performs a string of popular operas all in one night. FREE

27. Downtown Art Walk brings art enthusiasts and locals together every second Thursday of each month to take part in gallery tours, parties, food trucks, and and more in the heart of the Los Angeles Historic Core.

28. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artess presents Plática y Pruebas: Yucatán Summer Dinner Party with Chef Gilberto Cetina Jr., owner of Chichen Itza and Holbox. He’ll be sharing summer-time recipes from his cookbook “Sabores Yucatecos: A Culinary Tour of the Yucatán.”

29. Critically-acclaimed podcast Lore hits the stage of the Wilshire Ebell Theatre to tell true life scary stories that expose the darker side of history.

30. Enjoy free family-friendly outdoor movies in Malibu thanks to Screen on the Green every Thursday through August 15. This week How to Train Your Dragon will be screened. FREE

31. Night Market is back on the hilltop of the iconic Yamashiro restaurant every Thursday all summer long. Angelenos can enjoy boutique vendors, food vendors, a concert series, cocktails at Yamashiro’s Pagoda Bar and an unbeatable view of Hollywood. This event is also kid friendley. Please note this year the organizers are charging $10 to park at the shuttle location. Shuttles are free and so is admission.

32. Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in 100+ cities across the globe including Busby’s East in Los Angeles! Dubbed as “Discovery Channel with beer” folks will give fun and informative presentations about a variety of topics and the audience drinks along.

33. Free museum days: Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.), Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.) and USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

Friday July 12th, 2019

34. dineL.A. Restaurant Week returns for a 15-day dining event that highlights the diverse and exciting culinary experiences Los Angeles has to offer. On July 12 – 26, patrons can enjoy specially-priced lunch and dinner menus at over 400 participating restaurants throughout the city. Peek our rundown of The Best $15 Menus During dineL.A. (July 12-26) You Have to Try for starters.

35. The South Bay Greek Festival is a three-day affair at St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach offering lots of Greek food, traditional dance, music and more.

36. The Skirball museum will host an Outdoor Movie Series screening of The Devil Wears Prada. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

37. Summer Nights in the Garden returns to the Natural History Museum this weekend. Sip garden-inspired cocktails, listen to live music, take garden tours and more. Tickets are free to this series and can be obtained online. FREE

38. Old Pasadena Summer Cinema screens Clueless at One Colorado. FREE

39. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA features live music and/or DJs paired with expert dance instructors providing beginner group dance lessons for attendees. Each night has a different dance theme. The series continues with Hip-Hop (new for 2019) at Grand Park/Performance Lawn. Dance DTLA continues on select Fridays through August 30. FREE

40. The Hammer’s series Catch a Thrill! Celebrating 10 Years of the American Genre Film Archive will screen late 1980’s Mexican horror flick Don’t Panic.

41. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown Los Angeles continues their Summer of Salsa concert series this Friday. Dance to the sounds of some of the city’s best salsa and Cuban bands one Friday evening each month through summer. FREE

42. Caltech Astronomy invites the public to sit in on a stargazing and lecture event this Friday at 8 p.m. FREE

43. Summer Friday Night Drive-In at the Roadium returns every Friday evening from June 7 to August 30 to revive your favorite films in a classic 1950’s drive-in setting. The series continues with a screening of Grease.

44. Spend the season sipping wine during sunset hour at Barnsdall Art Park’s Friday Night Wine Party Series. Happening on the lawn of architectural gem the Hollyhock House, the evening features a fine selection of wines curated by Silverlake Wine, a live DJ and tours of the house. The series happens every Friday evening till September 6.

45. The Department of Beaches and Harbors presents Beach Movie Nights at Dockweiler Youth Center every Friday. This week they will screen Little Foot. FREE

Food Pick for the Week

dineL.A.

This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.

dineL.A. Restaurant Week returns for its summer edition from July 12-26. The two-week promotion features special prix-fixe menus from over 400 restaurants across Los Angeles.

Eateries will offer tasting menus from $15 to $35 during lunch and $29 to $99+ during dinner. This season we’re zeroing in on the best $15 lunch deals during dineL.A. that will leave you satisfied and save you some serious bucks. Check out our quick rundown of The Best $15 Menus During dineL.A. (July 12-26) You Have to Try and start making reservations now. Happy eating!


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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Vista Hermosa Park Soccer Field
Soccer Field at Vista Hermosa Park. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Monday, July 8, 2019.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [6 a.m.] Alcove, a beloved Los Feliz cafe with one of the most popular patios in the city, is celebrating their 15th anniversary with a summer-long morning coffee happy hour promotion. From June 1 through September 30 guests can pick up a hot cappuccino, latte, brewed coffee or espresso for only $1.50 every day between 6 to 9 a.m. It’s the perfect way to start a summer morning in L.A.

2. [11 a.m.] A colorful, winding installation called The Second Home Serpentine Pavilion is now open at the La Brea Tar Pits for the summer and its 100% free for the public to roam and explore. The pavilion is open daily and will run through November 24. FREE

3. [2 p.m.] After runs in Valencia and Woodland Hills POP SK8, a themed pop-up outdoor roller-skating rink opens this Saturday at Westfield Culver City, running through August 4. Keep in mind every day is a different theme so check their schedule.

4. [6 p.m.] Players Wanted: Spider Man – A Themed Game Night at Scum and Villainy Cantina.

5. [6:30 p.m.] There’s a free Mindful Yoga on the Beach series in the South Sand of the Manhattan Beach Pier this Monday at 6:30 p.m. FREE

6. [7 p.m.] Amanda Castro Band performs at Central Park in Whittier as part of the city’s 2019 summer concert series. FREE

7. [7 p.m.] Start your week with a free Jam Session at the Ford Theatres. This week’s focus: Mexican folk dancing led by San Fernando’s Ballet Folklorico Ollin. FREE

8. [dusk] Bolt screens at Ramona Park in Long Beach as part of the city’s Movies in the Park series.

9. [8 p.m.] Rant & Rave Chapter 98: Sweat at Rogue Machine Theater.

10. [8:30 p.m.] La La Land screens at Melrose Rooftop Theatre

#SPONSORED DEAL OF THE DAY: $17 tix to Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo (via Goldstar)

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Things To Do

10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for July 7, 2019

July 7, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Hollywood Bowl Evening
The Hollywood Bowl. Credit: Margaret Napier via flickr cc

You know what’s handy? Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead. So here it is, our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Sunday, July 7, 2019.

May it lead you to adventure!

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1. [8 a.m.] Anime Expo 2019 takes over the Los Angeles Convention Center July 4 – 7, giving anime lovers the opportunity to meet anime creators, sit in on panels, Q&A’s, workshops, experience a maid cafe, video rooms, the manga lounge and more.

2. [9 a.m.] Get a look at hundreds of classic, hot rods, custom and exotic cars all on display along Honolulu Ave during the 18th Annual Montrose Car Show. There’s also a Montrose Harvest Market and Sidewalk Sale from shops happening. FREE

3. [11 a.m.] A colorful, winding installation called The Second Home Serpentine Pavilion is now open at the La Brea Tar Pits for the summer and its 100% free for the public to roam and explore. The pavilion is open daily and will run through November 24. FREE

4. [noon] Celebrate Ringo Starr’s birthday with the Beatle himself and his very famous friends that include David Lynch, Sheila E, T-Bone Burnett and more at The Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. Expect celebrities, live performances and a #PeaceandLove moment that will be celebrated worldwide. FREE

5. [3 & 5 p.m.] Mount Wilson Observatory launches its third season of Concert in the Dome special concerts inside its historic 100-inch telescope dome. There will be two musical performances: one at 3 p.m. and the other at 5 p.m. A reception for the artists will follow each performance.

6. [3:45 p.m.] Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park presents The Petty Breakers at Polliwog Park. FREE

7. [4 p.m.] Gusto Guatemalteco performs as part of the ongoing Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert seriesFREE

8. [4 p.m.] The 626 Night Market takes over Santa Anita Park July 5-7 for a 3-day market place hosting over 300 vendors plus crafts, arts, games, music, and live entertainment. 

9. [7 p.m.] Reggae Night XVIII at the Hollywood Bowl.

10. [7 p.m.] Back for the 16th year in a row, The Independent Shakespeare Co. presents Shakespeare in the Park at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park with free performances of Twelfth Night all weekend. FREE

#SPONSORED DEAL OF THE DAY: $17 tix to Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo (via Goldstar)

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