Things To Do

47 Things to Do in L.A. This Week [8-6-2020 to 8-12-2020]

August 6, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, the coronavirus pandemic changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. For a while, we posted strictly virtual events to keep you entertained and connected from your home. As the state, county, and city slowly reopen, we’ll also include a mix of things you can do outside the house while still abiding by local health orders. We’ll still offer plenty of online options for those of you who are self-isolating or who’ve decided to stay at home for the time being. We’ll post a new list of options every Thursday morning. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This week, we’ve got a socially distant outdoor summer club, at-home art projects, pizza pop-ups for charity, kitten adoptions, virtual parties and games, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: [email protected].


Out-of-the-House Events

On August 6 from 5-8 p.m., Pain Pizza will offer a one-night French bread pizza pop-up at Pop’s Bagels in Culver City. It’s $10 for two cheese pieces or $12 for two pepperoni. Proceeds benefit Black Lives Matter LA and No Us Without You. Takeout only. 

Los Angeles Black Restaurant Week takes place August 7-16 with establishments like Post & Beam, Sky’s Gourmet Tacos, and Comfort L.A. offering specials just for the occasion.

SugarMynt Gallery in South Pasadena is home to a spooky art gallery located behind the Michael Myers house from Halloween. They host outdoor movie nights Thursdays through Sundays with admission to the gallery. Upcoming films include Donnie Darko, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Coraline. BYO chairs, blankets, and food. Social distancing will be enforced during the screenings.

Artist Christopher “Flore” Florentino’s “Urban Cubism” is now on display at Art Angels. In-person visits are by appointment only.

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club featuring a roster of weekly, socially distanced events paired with food pop-ups and cocktails. Happening every Wednesday through Sunday in August, events include movie nights, yoga sessions, and even hair cuts via The Barber Truck. Food activations include brunch hosted by Salt’s Cure (Saturday and Sunday), Tacos Tu Madre (Thursday), Bareng Burgers (Wednesday & Friday), EO Tiki Thursdays, and a new sustainable raw seafood pop-up by Chef Brian Bornemann called Crudo e Nudo on Saturday and Sundays.

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Crab Fest 2020 August 7-16!

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It’s CrabFest at Ragin Cajun in Redondo Beach. They have patio seating and food to-go. The festival features platters of King Crab, Blue Crab, Snow Crab, Softshell Crab and Dungeness Crab. Happening August 7-16.

Cinema Pop-Ups is a drive-in movie series with a location in San Juan Capistrano. This week’s screenings include The Wizard of Oz and Palm Springs

On Thursday, August 6 from 5-9 p.m., Eataly LA will host a cocktail pop-up from Ventura Spirits on its outdoor rooftop patio, Terra. They’ll be mixing up drinks every Thursday in August. A portion of the proceeds will go to Restaurants Care, which provided financial relief to restaurant workers throughout California.

Chado Tea will celebrate its 30th anniversary this August. They’re offering several specials, including an Afternoon Tea To-Go that includes tea sandwiches, scones, cookies or macarons, tea-infused chocolates, Chado mugs, pins, and tea. It’s $100 to serve two or $189 for four. Pickup is available from daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at L.A. area tea rooms or get delivery through Postmates or UberEats. Through August, guests also receive 20% off all online orders using the code DIRTY30 at checkout. Chado Tea is also open outdoor dining. Reservations recommended.

Board and Brush in Santa Monica has moved its art workshops outdoors. Choose from projects like home decor, doormats, cornhole sets, planters, and more. Adults may drink wine, kids get Capri Sun.

Knott’s Berry Farm hosts Knott’s Taste of Calico, an outdoor food and shopping event in the park’s Ghost Town area, select dates July 17 through August 9. Tasting cards cost $25 and include five tastings. Kids 3-11 can get $15 cards with three tastings. Kids 2 and under are free. Please note that the theme park and its ride remain closed.

The Arena Cinemalounge Sunset has reopened for drive-in screenings in the lot behind the theater. Tickets are $30/car or $20/motorcycle and must be purchased in advance. You must also purchase refreshments in advance. More info here.

Artist Scott Hove’s “The Beauty War” opens at Cakeland Gallery LA in Chinatown on July 17. Hove’s work, which often takes the form of trippy cake mazes, will reflect on “the phases of life” including birth, self-discovery, integration, and death. To see it, you’ll need to book a socially distant appointment in advance. Tickets are $17 for pre-bookings, $20 otherwise. The Beauty War is on display through Dec. 31. 

Concerts in Your Car is a drive-in music/performance series in Ventura. See this week’s full schedule and ticket information here.

See artist Lita Albuquerque’s site-specific work “Red Earth” The Huntington Botanical Gardens. According to a release: “[T]he installation centers around a boulder capped with bright red pigment placed among towering bamboo in a grove of the Japanese Garden. It is exclusive to this particular time and place and is ‘a stand-in for what I am hoping the visitor to feel, a sense of calm in the midst of chaos,” Albuquerque said.” On view through Nov. 2. 

Sunnyday Scoot is a tour company that allows you and one other person to take a mini-car on a fun tour of L.A. Sunnyday is open now with modifications including social distancing, mask-wearing, and online check-ins.

Online/At-Home Events

HARD is throwing a BBQ Virtual Rave-A-Thon August 7-8 with performances by Dillon Francis, Tokimonsta, Ardalan, and more. Viewable on YouTube or Twitch.

The Natural History Museum returns with another Summer Nights at Home celebrating “nature, music, and growing your mind.” Happening on August 7 at 6 p.m., expect a garden talk and a live DJ set by Knights of Zion.

Artist Ethan Mechare, with whom we last touched based when he performed his show “Coming Clean: Life as a Naked Housecleaner,” has a new virtual show called “Where Are You Now?” Mechare will appear on Zoom on August 10 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., asking volunteers from around the world where they’re at physically, emotionally, and mentally. Each conversation will last 10 minutes. Join in here.

On August 8 at 11 a.m, the Fowler Museum and UCLA’s Visual and Performing Arts Education Program will partner on “Classic Bollywood Dance! With Danish Bhandara.” No experience is necessary to take the class. RSVP for the link.

Artist and scientist Tyler Thrasher and Atlas Obscura present a lecture on Poisonous Plants. It’s on Thursday, August 6 at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

For a little augmented reality, use the Art Projector feature in the Google Arts & Culture app to project works from the Getty into your home. Find more info on how to use the app here.

The Orange County Museum of Art hosts Crafting + Craft Beer on Thursday, August 13. Artist Elizabeth Cardenas will teach embossing techniques to create a metallic hanging. Between August 6-13, get 10% off a four-pack of craft beer from Green Cheek Beer Co. and a free art pack from OCMA. Available for pickup in Orange and Costa Mesa. RSVP here.

Paint Your Pet Party Los Angeles now offers an at-home kit. You’ll send a photo of your pet and Paint Your Pet turns the photo into a sketch. Then, you’ll fill in the sketch with paint at home. A $60 kit includes a 12” x 12” canvas with a sketch of your pet on it, instructions, paint, brushes, a palette, a water cup, mixing sticks, and a plastic table cover. Order here.

Have you been using your time at home to get into writing? Send your short stories to the Los Angeles Public Library for a chance to be featured in the library’s online short story portal.

On August 6 at 7 p.m., The Moth MainStage West Coast presents “Out of the Blue: Stories of Surprise” hosted by Jon Goode on Zoom. Tickets are $15 per household.

Michelson Found Animals Adopt & Shop’s Virtual Kitten Adoption Event starts August 8. Apply to join a virtual meet and greet with one of several adoptable kittens, then schedule an in-person visit if you’re serious about adopting. More info.

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles presents the “Teicholz Holocaust Remembrance Film Series: The Holocaust & Italy,” a series of curated films and discussions. Watch the film first, then join live discussions on Zoom. The series starts Thursday, Aug. 6 at 5 p.m with The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970).


The Aqualillies Summer Watershow is online this year on August 8 at 2 p.m. More info here.

Pasadena Heritage will host a virtual celebration of the historic Colorado Street Bridge on August 9. Events include panel discussions, a classic car cruise, a virtual beer tasting, trivia, and more.

The Petersen Automotive Museum’s car week takes place online August 12-16. Events include discussions, garage tours, virtual car shows, and more. Join in on YouTube.

Martin Creed’s “Work No. 3435: EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT” on the grounds of Braemar Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Artist Martin Creed’s “Three Toasts and Some Broccoli” is available online at Hauser and Wirth starting August 8. 

Join LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on August 5 at 7 p.m. as Dr. Gloria Arjona presents the little-known side of José Guadalupe Posada, creator of Día de los Muertos imagery. Then, join host Dan Guerrero for an interview with actor Edward James Olmos on August 7 at 7 p.m.

Orange County brewery The Bruery and Chef Brooke Williamson have collaborated on a new trio of beers: The Vine, a beer-wine hybrid; The Berry, a huckleberry triple; and The Spice, a thyme imperial stout. Available for pickup and delivery.

This week, LACMA@Home’s offerings include a cocktail tutorial. Learn how to make a mango-pineapple mezcal margarita inspired by Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo.

“Facing Darkness” is an online exhibition from 18th Street Arts Center. The art featured was made during quarantine and will be online through June 2021.

On August 8 at 8 p.m., Company of Angels presents “What’s Going On? A Virtual Play Festival.” The fest includes 15 new short plays that address “what happens when you add civil unrest to a pandemic, racism to a quarantine, and a mask to social media.” Watch on YouTube.

Allison Goldberg and David Title have launched a series of Not Boring Workouts designed to amuse you while you exercise. You’ll learn about the rise of Tupperware, the history of the domestic cat, and more while getting your workout in.

My Friend’s Place Summer Festival is a series of free and ticketed events August 9-13 benefitting youth experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. Events include concerts, yoga classes, family-friendly art workshops, and curated wine tastings 

The Electric Dreams Festival runs July 24 through August 16 and it’s got some really fun, interactive programming you can enjoy online. Offerings include a virtual game of Werewolf, mystery puzzle games, and “Jury Duty,” an immersive piece in which you act as a remote juror for a tense trial. Check it out here. Please note that the festival is based in the U.K., so make sure to convert showtimes to your local time zone.


If you own an Oculus Quest or Oculus Rift, you can check out The Under Presents: Tempest, a live adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest that occurs entirely in virtual reality. You and a few other anonymous theatergoers will enter the world of “The Under” where you can purchase show tickets from a VR theater. When it’s showtime, you’ll be transported to the “home” of a live actor who will guide you in real-time through the interactive tale. Available now through Sept. 30. Tickets are $14.99 and can be purchased at the in-app box office. 

Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom is now offering its kids’ camps online. These interactive Zoom lessons allow children and adults to cook together. Participants receive shopping and equipment lists via email beforehand, with suggestions for basic tools if you don’t have everything. Register online here.

Lincoln Park Zoo hosts virtual meet and greets with its animals on Saturdays during July and August. The experience grants viewers an intimate look into the animals living in the Lincoln Park Zoo. Each Saturday of the series will feature a specific animal group.

Place orders now for Of the Night deliverable party packages from Disco Dining Club and BLAKESHiNE. Each one is designed for two people to have a decadent night in and includes snacks, beverages, decor, accessories, curated Spotify playlists, themed activities, and more. Add-ons, including birthday packages and theatrical deliveries, are available.

On Sundays, July 19 through August 16, catch The Getty Villa’s “The ODDyssey” on the Getty Museum’s YouTube channel. The Troubadour Theater Company will present Homer’s 24 books in short, family-friendly episodes.

Dance with The Music Center through Digital Dance DTLA’s online dance sessions, offered Friday nights now through September 4 at 7 p.m. This week, it’s KPop!