32 Really Cool Things to do This August in Los Angeles (2018)

Harry Potter Rollerskating Disco
Harry Potter Night at Moonlight Rollerway. Photo: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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 Jackalope Summer Nights, CatCon, the L.A. Taco Festival, Harry Potter Roller Skating Night, Echo Park Rising, KCON, the start of the L.A. County Fair, and much more.


Our complete rundown starts after the jump. Enjoy!

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1. BOLD Summer Nights Kickoff Block Party on Rodeo Drive (August 2)

Head to the kickoff event of Beverly Hill’s BOLD Summer Nights, which will feature fireworks, art installations, food offers, shopping, and plenty more. If you miss opening night, you can still attend BOLD Summer Nights every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from August 2-25. -> More information

2. Jackalope Summer Nights in Pasadena (August 3-4)

Head over to Central Park in Old Pasadena for Jackalope Arts’ new night market, featuring food, drink, music, and over 200 artisan vendors. -> More information

3. Classic Drive-In Movies at the Roadium (starts August 3)

Enjoy classic films under the stars and with loved ones at The Roadium’s drive-in movie theatre every Friday this August and the first Friday of September. -> More information

4. The Emoji Art Show in DTLA (August 3)

The Emoji Art Show is coming to Los Angeles, featuring a night of performances, live art, body paintings, desserts, and more, all based around emojis! -> More information

5. Brew at the L.A. Zoo 2018 (August 3)

Brew at the L.A. Zoo celebrates its annual brewfest with music, pop-up zookeeper talks, and animal discovery stations, plus craft suds from 40+ breweries. T -> More information

6.  Stronger | Weekend: A LiveStrong.Com Event at The Rose Bowl (August 4)

Stronger | Weekend will feature celebrity trainers Jillian Michaels, Anna Victoria, Cassey Ho, and more leading the day with a yoga class, a mat pilates class, insights on eating healthy and exercise habits, and much more. Plus, join in on a group plan to break a Guinness World Record. Be sure use the promo code LOSANGELES10 for special $10 tickets to the event! -> More information

7. Brunch Life Festival in Long Beach (August 4)

Come to the first-ever Brunch Life Fest, where a variety of brunch tastings, mixed drinks, games, and music will take over Long Beach’s Rainbow Lagoon Park. -> More information – Discount tickets

8. 1st Annual Boyle Heights Beer Fest (August 4)

Sip on beer from dozens of locally crafted brews and help support charities like OLTE during the 1st Annual Boyle Heights Beer Fest. -> More information

9. Night Sky Festival Returns to Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills (August 4)

9. CatCon 2018 at the Pasadena Convention Center (August 4-5)

Pop and cat culture will converge at CatCon for two-days of cat-centric showcases including merchandising, cat world celebrities and cat adoptions -> More information – Discount tickets

10. Night Sky Festival Returns to Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills (August 4)

National Park Service’s Night Sky Festival returns to Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on August 4 with kids activities, telescope viewings and more. -> More information

11. KCRW Presents Summer Nights’ Backyard Party (August 4, 11, & 18)

KCRW’s wildly popular Summer Nights series is back, and for the first time ever is being held at the station’s new headquarters, located at Santa Monica College’s Center for Media Design. The three-concert series will feature The Midnight Hour (the new project from Ali Shaheed Muhammad) and composer Adrian Younge performing with an 18-piece orchestra on August 4, a solo acoustic performance from Jim James on August 11, and a DJ set by Henry Rollins on August 18. -> More information

12. BrunchCon LA at The Reef in DTLA (August 5)

The third annual BrunchCon LA returns to The Reef in Downtown L.A. on August 5 for the highly acclaimed food and drink festival that’s all about your favorite morning ritual… brunch! -> More information – Discount tickets

13. Dog Days of Summer at Hammer Museum (starts August 7)

Celebrate canines during Dog Days of Summer at the Hammer Museum. Adopt a dog at Yappy Hour or enjoy a film screening like Old Yeller, Best in Show, or Isle of Dogs. -> More information

14. KCON LA 2018 in DTLA (August 10-12)

The world’s largest Korean culture convention stops in Los Angeles from August 10 to 12 for KCON, a celebration of music, workshops, meet-and-greets, and more. -> More information

15. ‘Frida Kahlo Under the Stars’ at LA Plaza de Culturas y Artes (August 11)

Frida Kahlo Under the Stars with Gregorio Luke comes to LA Plaza de Culturas y Artes on Saturday, August 11 for an evening dedicated to this iconic artist. -> More information

16. Angel City Brewery’s 6th Annual Avocado Fest (August 11-12)

Angel City Brewery’s 6th Annual Avocado Festival takes place August 11-12, celebrating the state fruit with music, food, and limited release Avocado Ale. -> More information

17. Echo Park Rising 2018 (August 16-19)

Echo Park Rising celebrates the creativity, diversity, music and businesses of Echo Park with a four-day celebration featuring food, drink, and live music. -> More information

18. STRETCH at OUE Skyspace LA (August 17)

STRETCH is a spandex-themed  dance party that doubles as a cheeky homage to an 80’s workout video. The event features two indoor floors plus two outdoor decks, all taking place 1,000 above the ground at OUE Skyspace LA.  -> More information

19. Long Beach BBQ Festival at Rainbow Lagoon Park (August 17-19)

Pitmasters at Rainbow Lagoon Park will cook a variety of meats, while guests enjoy live music and fun activities. -> More information

20. The 2018 L.A. Taco Festival in Grand Park (August 18)

The 2018 L.A. Taco Festival features an eclectic array of traditional and trending tacos, all from local L.A. spots. Admission is free (pay for tacos as you go). -> More information

21. Rum Tiki Social & Tiki Swapmeet (August 19)

Head down to Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge in Long Beach for a Tiki Swapmeet and social featuring live tiki bands and DJs, games, and selected tiki vendors from across SoCal. -> More information

22. The Labyrinth Masquerade Ball XXI in Downtown L.A. (August 24-25)

Get ready for a unique experience at the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball at the Millennium Biltmore in DLTA. This a unique experience features extravagant costumes, artists and performances. -> More information

23. 2018 DTLA Proud Festival Pershing Square (August 24-26)

The DTLA Proud Festival begins at noon each day and will feature live music, food trucks, local artists, a pop-up water park and much more! -> More information

24. Brick Fest Live: Lego Fan Experience in Pasadena (August 25-26)

Brick Fest Live, the Lego Fan Experience, is coming to the Pasadena Convention Center for two days of insane builds, hands-on activities, and sets to buy. -> More information

25. ScareLA 2018: Halloween in Summer (August 25-26)

Celebrate Halloween in the summer with ScareLA, the city’s only convention with interactive experiences, industry professionals, roaming monsters and more. -> More information – Discount tickets

26. Leimert Park Village Book Fair at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw (August 25)

The Leimert Park Village Book Fair comes to Baldwin Hills Crenshaw on August 25 for an all-day literary extravaganza. -> More information

27. The 13th Annual Venice Beach Music & Arts Festival (August 25)

The free Venice Beach Music & Arts Festival features world-class music, and dance entertainment, as well as food trucks, murals, book signings and more. -> More information


28. Muse ’til Midnight — LACMA in 3D (August 25)

Muse ’til Midnight at LACMA is the ultimate late-night party. 2018’s edition is a celebration of 3D art, inspired by LACMA’s new exhibit, 3D: Double Vision. Enjoy music curated by DUBLAB, access to five galleries and more. -> More information

29. 7th Annual Harry Potter Roller Skating Night (August 25)

This August Harry Potter Roller Skating Night returns to Moonlight Rollerway for a 7th and final edition. -> More information

30. Cinecon Classic Film Festival at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre (August 30 to September 3)

Cinecon 54 returns to the Egyptian Theater with a 5-day festival full of classic film screenings, celebrity appearances, panels, a memoribilia show, and more. -> More information

31. L.A. Times The Taste at Paramount Studios (August 31 to September 2)

Hosted at the iconic Paramount Studios from August 31-September 2, Taste LA will feature tastings alongside demos, pop-ups and chef experiences. -> More information

32. L.A. County Fair (starts August 31)

The L.A. County Fair returns to Pomona for a enormous assortment of activities, musical performances, food and beverage offerings, and more. The fair runs through September 23. -> More information – Discount tickets

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


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