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49 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [6-18-18 to 6-22-18]

June 18, 2018 by We Like L.A. Staff

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 morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, June 18 to Friday, June 22, features a Griffith Observatory sunset hike, LA Beer Week, The Silver Lake Picture Show, El Segundo Art Walk, Moonlight Movies on the Beach, The Music Center’s Dance DTLA, The Chocolate And Art Show Los Angeles and MUCH more.

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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!

Griffith Observatory Trail

Griffith Observatory Trail. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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Monday June 18th, 2018

1. Cat Art Show 3: The Sequel Returns Again is on view from June 14-24 at Think Tank Gallery in Downtown. Admission is free on weekdays and $5 on weekends with several special ticketed events throughout the show dates.

2. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with several screenings this week that include The Commuter, Back to the Future, Anchor Man, The Goonies and more.

3. Venues such as 2nd Stage, Hudson Theatres, The Broadwater and the Underground Annex Theater will host comedy, ensemble theatre, dance and many more performances during the annual Hollywood Fringe Festival from June 7-24.

4. The Griffith Observatory will open this Monday evening for a special lecture titled Cosmic Musings -The Life of Galaxies:from a turbulent Birth to a (silent) Death by Dr. Andreas Faisst.

5. Every year local breweries, bars and restaurants celebrate LA Beer Week (June 16-24) through events highlighting craft beer culture. Check their schedule for all the free and ticketed events happening this week.

6. Grand Park will host Big L.A. Portrait Gallery from June 7 to July 4, transforming itself into a nighttime art gallery featuring photos by Los Angeles-based artists.  Photography will be projected onto the 100 square-foot wall of the historic L.A. County Hall of Records right in front of Grand Park. Art will be on display nightly from sundown to midnight and is free to the public. FREE

7. High Voltage Magazine will join forces with Scum and Villainy Cantina to launch a weekly board game night in Hollywood. Every week will have a theme with related giveaways, board games, menu items and more. This weeks theme is Childhood Favorites. Admission is free.

8. Bring a little meditation to your Monday at the Eastside/Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sitting Group

9. It’s Rhône Valley Vineyards Restaurant Weeks in L.A. from June 4-18. Participating restaurants include 71 Above, Kali, Nomad, Redbird, Spring and more. Each will highlight Rhône Valley wines by the glass, in flights and in pairings for the two weeks.

10. June is California Avocado Month and Grand Central Market in DTLA is the place to be for all things avocado. A select group of chefs have rolled out avocado inspired offerings on their menu just for the month.

11. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include Thief (Violent Streets), Rebel Without A Cause, The Fifth Element and more. 

Tuesday June 19th, 2018

12. Moonlight Movies on the Beach returns to Alfredo’s Beach Club in Long Beach a a summer of free film screenings on the sand. The series kicks off on Tuesday with a showing of The Sandlot.

13. Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema is back for the fifth year in a row. From June 5 through August 28 Angelenos can indulge in a luxury outdoor movie experience by the pool with a Cipriani menu, classic movie snacks and mini bottles of Moët & Chandon Champagne. Dazed and Confused will be screened this week.

14. There’s a free tea ceremony lead by herbalist, artist, and medicine maker Saewon Oh of Sun Song and a writing workshop with Quaker Elder Dorothy Henderson at The Hammer Museum this Tuesday. FREE

15. Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night led by director Sir Richard Eyre and starring Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons and Olivier winner Lesley Manville is now playing at The Wallis until July 1, 2018.

16. Lawry’s turned 80 this month! The iconic prime rib destination is currently offering guests a dinner for two special throughout the month of June. For $80 guests can dine on a spinning bowl salad, a California cut of prime rib with mashed potatoes + Yorkshire pudding or salmon with seasonal vegetables, and a trifle accompanied by a champagne toast.

17. Free admission at:  Los Angeles County Arboretum, South Coast Botanic Garden and Descanso Gardens. FREE

Wednesday June 20th, 2018

18. Last Remaining Seats, the Los Angeles Conservancy’s annual event featuring classic film screenings in some of Los Angeles’ most beautiful vintage movie palaces. This week they’ll screen Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) at theOrpheum Theatre in Downtown L.A.

19. Each month the Griffith Observatory hosts a sunset hike led by a Park Ranger and a Museum Guide. The hour long half a mile hike starts on the Observatory’s West Terrace, proceeds up the Charlie Turner trail to the Berlin Forest. FREE

20. FLIX at FIG will screen Can’t Hardly Wait 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

21. In honor of LA Beer Week Angel City Brewery will host a discussion on the topic of Women in Craft Beer with female panelist from local brewing companies in Los Angeles. FREE

22. 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. Happening at The Virgil.

23. Downtown Culver City’s 7th annual ‘Third Wednesday Spiked Lemonade Tasting’ returns for another year of free lemonade tastings at participating businesses. FREE

24. One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival is a 40 day celebration through mostly free art events and exhibits between May 22 through June 30. On Wednesday there will be a screening of “When Bette Met Mae” at City Council Chambers. FREE 

25. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) presents This Brush for Hire: Norm Laich and Many Other Artists, a survey of world-renowned works fabricated by Laich over the past three decades, with an emphasis on artists based in Los Angeles. On view now until September 2, 2018. FREE

Thursday June 21st, 2018

26. The Silver Lake Picture Show returns this week with films Sunset Triangle Plaza every other Thursday through mid-September. The event features DJ sets or live music from local bands, along with short films from Los Angeles-area filmmakers and a feature film. Kicking off the series is a screening of Dirty Dancing. FREE

27. The El Segundo Art Walk will take place every third Thursday in June, July and August. The event is a self-guided featuring works from 40+ artists in 30+ venues in downtown El Segundo and Smoky Hollow. FREE

28. Shakespeare By The Sea will once again offer a ten-week program of admission-free performances with two featured productions: The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Winter’s Tale at a variety of venues across the Los Angeles. The series continues with performances of The Winter’s Tale at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p. Thursday through Saturday. FREE

29. Who What Wear brings back Street Style Cinema, their series of free outdoor movie screenings, to The Grove every Thursday evening in June. The event continues with a screening of Pitch PerfectFREE

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30. Beyond the Streets is a fully immersive exhibition of street and graffiti art comprised of over 30 artist in a massive 40,000+ square feet exhibits. Artist are an eclectic mix of street and beyond including Retna, Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf Dennis Hopper and Jenny Holzer. Open Tuesday through Sunday this week. Open Tuesday through Sunday this week. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. On view now until July 6, 2018. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

31. Third Thursdays on Brand Avenue in Glendale is a vibrant event featuring music, food, drinks, and artisanal goods, taking place outside of the Museum of Neon Art.

32. The BET Experience is back with show stopping performances all week from NAS, Ferg, Teyana Taylor, SZA and more. Check for discounted tickets on select performances before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

33. The night market at hilltop Asian restaurant Yamashiro back for 2018 every Thursday, from 5 to 9 p.m., through September 27. Angelenos can enjoy a farmers market, freshly prepared foods and Yamashiro’s unbeatable views of Hollywood.

34. Skyline Sound + Cinema partners with The Bloc, ALT 98.7 and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for a sing-along screening of The Greatest Showman this Thursday. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

35. The exhibit “Satoyama: Evolving with the Forest” celebrates epicurean ecology through a collaboration between Michelin-starred chef and Japanese cooking pioneer Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa and leading food photographer, Sergio Coimbra. The food photography exhibition will feature many interactive moments including educational workshops throughout the till July 29, 2018.

36. June 21 is Make Music Los Angeles Day. This means Angelenos will be treated to free live musical performances all around town including on sidewalks, in parks, streets. in libraries, at the iconic Whiskey a Go Go and more! FREE  

37. Beach Eats food truck night at Marina’s “Mother” Beach on Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m.

38. Free admission at: 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.), USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.) and Pasadena Museum of California Art (from 5 to 8 p.m.) FREE

Friday June 22nd, 2018

39. The Music Center’s annual Dance DTLA series is back for 2018 with a series of Friday-night events at Grand Park. Kicking off the series is Dance Downtown. Learn some new movies via free dance instructions with a different focus on dance styles every event. This week features the art of Samba. FREE

40. FIGat7th Downtown Festival is back for another festive summer filled with live performances by leading artists in a variety of genres. The series concludes with performances by WAVVES and Thumpasaurus. FREE 

41. The Chocolate And Art Show Los Angeles returns to the Vortex in DTLA June 22-23 for a peek at some of L.A.’s best up-and-coming artists, photographers and creators, all converging in one delicious space. Highlights of the night include live body painting, vendors, live music, face-painting, and of course… free chocolate treats.

42. Are you a Chase bank customer? Got a freebie you might want to know about. Coolhaus is teaming with the Forum and Chase to hand out free ice cream sandwiches to Chase customers on Fridays all summer long. Locations will change every Friday, and the offer is ice cream sandwich per cardholder. Get more info here.

43. The Sorting Room nightclub housed within the Wallis Center’s Lovelace Studio Center presents a new season of unpredictable performances from poets, composers, jazz singers, cabaret veterans and more in a variety of genres alongside happy hour drink specials. This week R&B soul artist Kandace Lindsey will take the stage.

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44. For over 30 years, Grand Performances has offered a variety of performance events at California Plaza, for free. Their 2018 summer series runs June 1 through August 18. This Friday French pianist Christophe Chassel will perform his “ultrascore” project, Indiamore. FREE

45. Barnsdall Fridays returns to Barnsdall Art Park for the tenth year in a row, with evening tastings of boutique wines and music from KCRW DJs perched atop a hill with incredible city views.

46. Summer Movies in the Park is a family friendley movie night in the city of Monterey Park with free popcorn. Kicking off the series is Beauty & the Beast at George Elder Park. FREE

47. This Friday Caltech’s Stargazing and Lecture series returns to Pasadena for a night of outer worldly discussions and some stargazing. FREE 

48. Rogue Artists Ensemble’s ‘Hyper-Theater’ style show Wood Boy Dog Fish combines puppetry and tech to produce a visually stunning show. A dark re-telling of the classic Pinocchio story, this show is strictly for adults. Wood Boy Dog Fish runs Friday through Sundays now till June 24 at the Garry Marshall Theater. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

49. Celebrate the glories of Los Angeles art with Made in L.A. at the Hammer in Westwood. On view now till September 2, 2018. FREE


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