21 Really Cool Things to do This August in Los Angeles (2017)

Need stuff to do this month in Los Angeles?

We looked ahead on our calendar to focus in on some of the best events happening in August 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.


August 2017 event highlights include a day-long art festival in Old Town Pasadena, BrunchCon, the Long Beach BBQ Festival, GinCity at Greenbar Distillery, a Solar Eclipse event at Griffith Observatory, the LA Taco Festival and much more.

Our complete rundown starts after the jump.


Griffith Observatory Hiking Trail
Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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1. FIGat7th Downtown Festival Every Friday in August (starts August 4)

This weekly festival includes live performances by leading pop, rock, American roots, soul and alternative artists. Admission is free. -> More information

2. ‘Brew at the Zoo’ at the Los Angeles Zoo (August 4)

Brew at the Zoo comes to the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens on August 4 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. for an evening of beer tasting from local craft and microbreweries. Sip suds while you enjoy live music, pop-up zoo keeper talks, and close-up animal encounters. -> More information – Discount tickets

3. Dine LBC Returns (starting August 5)

Also known as Long Beach Restaurant Week, Dine LBC incorporates many of Long Beach’s best restaurants  for a variety of food and drink specials from August 5-13. -> More information

4. ScareLA Summer Halloween Convention Returns (August 5-6)

The two-day event features various scare-related activities such as workshops, classes, panels, presentations, interactive experiences, mazes and more! -> More information – Discount tickets

5. Sundance NEXT FEST Returns to the Theatre at Ace Hotel (August 10-13)

Enjoy some of Sundance’s best films alongside free food, drinks, games and live music during this three-day film festival in DTLA. -> More information

6. BoldPas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena (August 12)

The inaugural BoldPas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena comes on August 12 for a one-day event that showcases professional and up-and-coming LA-area artists’ site-specific installations in the historic alleys of Old Pasadena. -> More information

7. Thrillist Taco Knockout in Downtown Los Angeles (August 12)

The fifth annual Thrillist Taco Knockout comes to Lot 613 in Downtown L.A. on August 12th from 1 to 4 p.m, for the “ultimate taco party”. -> More information

8. BrunchCon at The Reef in Downtown Los Angeles (August 12-13)

BrunchCon is back! Returning to The Reef in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, August 12 and Sunday August 13, this second edition of this lively breakfast-centric convention will feature a brand-new format that includes six open mimosa bars (along with other brunch cocktails) and one tasting from each vendor — over 50 of them Make sure to use promo code WELIKELA to save $5 on your ticket purchase! -> More information

9. CatCon 2017 at Pasadena Convention Center (August 12-13)

CatCon is back! This year, the feline-centric event will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center on August 12 and 13 for this annual “comic-con for cat lovers.” -> More information

10. 4th Annual Burbank Comedy Festival (starts August 13)

The 4th Annual Burbank Comedy Festival, from August 13 to 19, will feature Hal Sparks, Jeff Garlin, Carol Leifer, Kel Mitchell, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Joey Diaz, and many more. -> More information

11. Echo Park Rising 2017 (August 17-20)

Echo Park Rising returns for a seventh year from August 17 through 20, with hundreds of up-and-coming bands to play at venues including The Echo, The Echoplex, Stories Bookstore, Lost Knight, Little Joy and other Echo Park spaces. -> More information

12. The Long Beach BBQ Festival (August 18-20)

The Long Beach BBQ Festival is an annual weekend-long party featuring music, dancing, and a massive selection of top BBQ, including the All-You-Can-Eat VIP Rib Village. -> More information – Discount tickets

13. The Hot Sauce Expo is Coming to The City National Grove of Anaheim (August 19-20)

This two-day expo will feature unique eating challenges such as the Spicy Taco Hell Challenge, a cocktail competition, fiery samples, and Mexican wrestling! -> More information

14. The Queen Mary Presents the 13th Annual Art Deco Festival (August 19-20)

Guests will get a chance to “cruise” back in time to the 1920’s while enjoying themed bars, a vintage bazaar, art deco lectures & swingin’ dance parties. -> More information

15. Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention at The Reef (August 20)

Hosted in DTLA, the convention will feature a marketplace with unique collectibles and comics, as well as special guests from the original Batman TV series. -> More information

16. Griffith Observatory Solar Eclipse Viewing Event (August 21)

Get ready for the 70% partial solar eclipse on August 21. Stop by Griffith Observatory from 9 am to noon with blankets, snacks, and protective eyewear! -> More information

17. LA Taco Festival 2017 Returns to Grand Park (August 26)

Enjoy some of the tastiest tacos in town at the 2017 LA Taco Festival when it returns to Grand Park on August 26! -> More information

18. Artopia at Union Station (August 26)

Artopia returns to Union Station for LA Weekly’s fifth annual art party on August 26 for a celebration of the booming arts and culture scene in Los Angeles.  -> More information – Discount tickets

19. DTLA Proud Festival Returns to Pershing Square (August 26-27)

DTLA Proud Festival returns to Pershing Square on August 26-27 for a fun weekend celebrating local queer culture, art, history and entertainment. -> More information

20. GinCITY at Greenbar Distillery (August 27)

On August 27 the fine folks at Greenbar Distillery  will be opening their doors to guests to showcase their latest offering, City Bright Gin. Tour the distillery, sample gin cocktails, explore installations, and enjoy live entertainment, all for free! There will even be food trucks on site offering bites for purchase.  Although there is no admission cost but you need to RVSP for timed entry via the link provided here. RSVP availability is limited! -> More information

21. End of Summer Festival at Descanso Gardens (August 30)

Enjoy Patina food and drink, crafts, the Flash Dance DJs, and the beauty of the sunset and the stars above, all at the End of Summer Festival at Descanso Gardens on August 3. -> More information

Be sure to check the We Like L.A. Events Calendar for updates on fun things happening around the city throughout June. You can also sign up for our daily/weekly newsletter if you want events sent straight to your inbox. 


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