Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [7-10-2023 to 7-14-2023]

View of Downtown Los Angeles from Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area
View of Downtown Los Angeles from Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Need a few ways to jumpstart your week in Los Angeles? We’re here for it.

This July 10-14 in L.A you’ll find Moonlight Movies on the Beach, KCRW Summer Nights at The Hammer, Free Tuesday at LACMA, Free Shakespeare in Griffith Park, The Moth’s StorySLAM, Summer of Salsa at LA Plaza, and MUCH more. So where are you headed?


Things To Do This Week

M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission, TP = Top Pick

Moonlight Movies on the Beach – FA TP > Long Beach’s signature free summer outdoor movie series, continues their 2023 season this Tuesday at Granada Beach with a screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and then on Thursday catch a screening of Grease at LBCC Liberal Arts Campus. Screenings starts around sunset. Free parking (limited) available after 6 p.m. at both locations. Early arrival highly recommended. More info here.

Hammer Forum: L.A.’s Housing CrisisFA > This Tuesday, The Hammer continues a special series exploring L.A.’s housing affordability crisis by asking a simple question: Where did the money go that as allocated from Proposition HHH? KCRW housing reporter Anna Scott moderates a discussion panel featuring Dr. Heidi Behforouz (Medical Director of Housing for Health at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services), Stephanie Klasky-Gamer (president and CEO of LA Family Housing), and Miguel A. Santana (president of the Weingart Foundation and former City Administrative Officer for the City of Los Angeles). The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free to attend. More info here.

Marc Maron at Dynasty Typewriter -> Cantankerous comedian/podcaster/actor Marc Maron (GLOW, Maron) comes to Dynasty Typewriter for a live performance this Tuesday. Tickets are $30, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Free Second Tuesdays – FA > Both The Autry Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art offer free admission every second Tuesday of the month.

Central Avenue: Open House FA > MUSE/IQUE is hosting a trio open house performance this week that celebrate the legacy of Jazz born along L.A.’s Central Ave. Each event will feature live music, snacks/drinks for purchase, and special giveaways. Catch it on Wednesday at The Beehive, then over at Memorial Park in Pasadena on Saturday and Sunday. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival FA TP > The Independent Shakespeare Co. is back in Griffith Park (near the Old Zoo) with a production of Julius Caesar running Wednesday to Sunday through July 30. Then, from August 9 to September 3, catch A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the same Wednesday to Sunday schedule. All shows begin at 7 p.m. Free to attend, but donations heartily encouraged. More info here.

KCRW Summer Nights at The HammerFA TP > Every Thursday in July, KCRW brings Summer Nights dance parties to The Hammer Museum. Expect DJ sets, evening gallery access, and a cash bar. Free to attend. Each event begins at 6:30 p.m. More info here.

The Moth StorySlam -> The Moth StorySLAM series is back at Los Globos this Thursday where guest performers will tell five-minute, personal stories based around the theme of “perspiration” aka… sweat. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. More info here.

Sunset Series at South Coast Botanic Gardens -> This July, The South Coast Botanic Garden welcomes guests to their weekly after-hours series every Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Programming for each event includes multiple music sessions, yard games, food concessions, kid-friendly activities, and cocktails for the 21+ crowd. GA tickets start at $18 per person. Children 2 and under are free. More info here.

Outfest -> The LGBTQ+ film festival returns in full force from July 13-23 with movie screenings (in-person and online) as well as a number of special events. This year’s highlights include an opening night gala at the Orpheum Theatre (this Thursday) and Family Day events held at Vidiots in Eagle Rock (July 23). Select events are free to attend while others require tickets. More info here.

The Music Center’s Dance DTLAM FA TP > Free evening dance parties continue at The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza every Friday throughout the summer. Dance instructors will be on hand to teach guests easy-to-follow steps, allowing everyone to get into the groove right from the jump. This week, enjoy an evening of Reggaetón with instructor Dennis Guzman. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

COLA IMAP at LAMAGFA > This week, the City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Master Artist Project (IMAP) Visual Artists Exhibition comes to the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, located at Barnsdall Art Park in East Hollywood. Artists featured in the exhibition include Patricia Fernández, Wakana Kimura, Michael Massenburg, Duane Paul, Elyse Pignolet, and Kyungmi Shin. An opening reception will be held this Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., and the exhibition remains on view through September 16. LAMAG is normally open Wednesdays through Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is always free. More info here.

Summer of SalsaM FA TP > The LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Summer of Salsa series runs one Friday each month through the end the summer, highlighting some of city’s best salsa and Cuban bands in the process. The fun continues this Friday with a performance by Conjunto AFRO-SON. Free to attend. More info here.

Zoo Friday Nights -> This Friday, the L.A. Zoo continues their summer series of weekly after-hours events, offering access the zoo grounds at the sunset hour while experiencing carousel rides, food delicious bites for purchase, beverages, DJ’d music, and a family dance party. Tickets start at $25 per adult. Runs 6 to 9 p.m. More info here.


Summer In The Garden -> This Friday, Descanso Gardens invites guests to evening guided tours by the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy, a presentation by the Cougar Conservancy and a walk and talk with artist Leslie K. Gray about her Wild Sighting installation in the garden. Drinks will be served at the Rose Garden bar where DJ tunes will invite guests to let loose and dance. Admission to the garden is $15. More info here.

Puppet Up! -> Producer and director Brian Henson with actor, director, and improv expert Patrick Bristow present Puppet Up! – an uncensored a night of outrageous puppet mayhem featuring 80 of the MISKREANT puppets brought to life by comedian puppeteers from The Jim Henson Company. The show will take place at Hensen Studios in Hollywood starting this Friday to Sunday. The program includes puppet improve from audience suggestions, along with recreations of classic pieces that haven’t been seen by live audiences in decades. Tickets cost $75. More info here.

South Bay Greek Festival -> This Friday to Sunday, 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 (spanakopita, lamb chops, baklava), dancing, and fun. More info here.

PCH Movies & MoonlightFA > This Friday, 2nd & PCH’s summer movie series premieres with a screening of Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon. Accompanying activities include face painting, balloon twisting, fun custom themed backdrops and more. Kids Club welcomes explorers of all ages but is best suited for ages 2 – 10 years. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
The patio at Caviar Kaspia. Photo courtesy of Caviar Kaspia.

Bastille Day Fête at Caviar Kaspia -> Stop by Caviar Kaspia on Bastille Day (this Friday) to celebrate the restaurant’s French heritage. The outdoors space will host all-day specials including $10 French 75s, a $35 bouillabaisse and happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Throughout the evening, Kaspia’s own Marseille-born chef Antoine Teychene will be DJing.

New Summer Flavors at McConnell’s -> Starting this Friday, McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams is launching two new flavors inspired by cold summertime treats: The Banana Split made with bananas, folded into Central Coast milk and cream, ribbons of fudge, roasted peanuts and Santa Barbara strawberries; or a Root Beer Float made with Boylan’s root beer. In honor of National Ice Cream Day (July 16) all McConnell’s locations will offer a Buy 3, Get 1 Free in-store special, from July 14 – 17 and online shoppers get a 20% discount. 

Tallula’s x Surf Clam -> Mexican restaurant Tallula’s has invited James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Messina for a full takeover on Monday nights in July. The pop-up features Messina’s East-Coast seafood inspired concept Surf Clam’s dishes including New England Lobster Rolls, fried clams, crudo and sashimi. Reservations are available via Resy and walk-ins are also welcomed.


Crudo Nights -> Eataly’s coastal Italian restaurant Capri is hosting Crudo Nights every Thursday through the month of July. The crudo menu will highlight fresh summer produce and fresh fish. Diners can order three different crudo’s for $45 or five for $75. Crudo pairs perfectly with Capri’s Limoncello Spritz or a glass of Italian white wine. 

Hot Grille Summer Night at Del Frisco’s -> On Thursday, Del Frisco’s Grille in Santa Monica will host a “Hot Grille Summer” on their patio from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Entrance cost $45 per person and includes an all-inclusive dining experience featuring hors d’oeuvres from Tomato & Burrata Bruschetta, Cheesesteak Eggroll Bites, Herbed Guacamole Bites to Cucumber Gazpacho Bites. Drinks offered during the party include a Smokey Guava Margarita with Dos Hombres Mezcal and Hampton Water Rosé Sangria. 

Esters x The Serrano Experience -> On Wednesday, Esters welcomes Chef Jorge Serrano of The Serrano Experience to their Santa Monica wine bar for a full menu takeover. Happening from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Chef Serrano will be slicing Iberico ham and cooking Spanish tapas for guests. The à la carte menu features classics like Pan Con Tomate, Gambas Al Ajillo featuring baby red prawns, Pulpo Gallego with olive oil-crushed Yukon potatoes and Basque Cheesecake topped with dulce de leche.A local flamenco guitarist will set the mood from 6 to 8 p.m., and Spanish wine pairings and seasonal cocktails from the Esters team will be offered for the evening. Reservations can be made via Resy, and walk-ins are welcomed too.  More info here.

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