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 20 to Friday, June 24, features L.A. Beer Week, Moonlight Movies on the Beach, the Silver Lake Picture Show, a Taste of Downtown Long Beach, Make Music Day, Shakespeare By The Sea, and LOTS more.
Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!
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Monday June 20th,2016
1. Basement Comedy a FREE Monthly Show
Head to Santa Monica to the gorgeous Victorian to see top comedy headliners for free! This month Andy Dick and Theo Von will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Come early and enjoy some food and drink specials before the show!
2. L.A. Beer Week
The eighth annual L.A. Beer Week kicked off over the weekend. Check out our L.A. Beer Week line up featuring beer centric events happening from June 18 through June 26!
3. Monday Mayhem Game Night at Angel City Brewery
Come on out to Angel City Brewery in DTLA’s Arts District as they host one epic game night that includes 15+ Board Games, 8+ beers on tap, a 3-round cornhole Tournament and one geeky host.
4. Love is Love Groundlings Benefit
Join The Groundlings for a night of improv celebrating the LGBTQ community. Directed by Deanna Oliver with Groundlings cast members Chris Eckert, Michael Hitchcock, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Michael McDonald, Jim Rash, Mitch Silpa and Greg Worswick the show proceeds will benefit the Orlando victims’ families through Equality Florida.
5. Hollywood Fringe Festival
The Hollywood Fringe Festival (June 9-26) offers over 1,500 performances in various spaces across the city. Come for comedy, drama, cabaret, dance and more.
Tuesday June 21st, 2016
6. Moonlight Movies on the Beach
The Moonlight Movies on the Beach series is back for 2016 with a full summer of free screenings taking place at Granada Beach in Belmont Shore. Kicking off the series is Pirates of the Caribbean – The Cruse of the Black Pearl.
7. Make Music Day
Grab your dancing shoes and jam on at the Skirball Cultural Center’s celebration, Make Music Day, a FREE festival of music held every June 21 in more than 700 cities in 120 countries around the world. Kids and adults are welcome and all activities are free with admission!
8. Food Truck Night at The California Heritage Museum
Food truck night at the museum host a big selection of gourmet food trucks every Tuesday night from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the California Heritage Museum on Main Street.
9. Silver Linings Playbook at Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema
Spend an evening beneath Mr.C’s poolside tent enjoying dinner, cocktails, popcorn and of course a classic film. Poolside Cinema will feature Silver Linings Playbook.
10. Parks after Dark at Vincent Lugo Park
Smith Park and Vincent Lugo Park in the SGV will be offering several free family friendley programs at both city parks. Taking place Tuesdays at Smith Park and Wednesdays at Vincent Lugo Park, starting at 6 p.m. kids can come play a human version of “Hungry, Hungry Hippos”, learn to make balloon animals and more. Parks After Dark will kick off June 21 and run through August 3.
11. World Rhythms at Descanso Gardens
The music series feature world music and dance performances celebrating the human connection to nature and gardens. Bring a picnic or purchase from Patina, this is a great family-friendly event in a gorgeous setting. World Rhythms will run every Tuesday from June 7 to July 26 from 6-7 p.m.
12. LACMA Tuesday Matinee Film Series Screens Show Boat
Every week LACMA screens a classic film, the ongoing Tuesday Matinee film series cost $2 for members and $4 for non members.
13. Free Museums This Tuesday
- Descanso Gardens is free on the third Tuesday of every month.
- Los Angeles County Arboretum is free this Tuesday.
- South Coast Botanic Garden is free this Tuesday.
Wednesday June 22nd, 2016
14. Last Remaining Seats
The Los Angeles Conservancy’s classic film screening series Last Remaining Seats returns to DTLA this week with a month-long set of events showcasing our most historic movie venues in town. This week they will be screening Double Indemnity (1944) at The Theatre at Ace Hotel (1927).
15. Escape Room LA: The Detective
Picture you’re trapped inside a 1940’s film noir where you have to solve a slew of mysteries to escape by working with your fellow detectives as you race against the clock. Do you have what it takes? Head over to Escape Room LA and test your sleuthing skills. Get more information and discounted tickets for this week via Goldstar.
16. Lunchtime Yoga Retreat
Get your sun salutations on in the middle of Downtown in Grand Park! The free yoga class starts at 12:15 p.m. and runs to 1 p.m.
17. LA Design Festival DTLA Restaurant Tour
LA Design Festival is in full swing with citywide celebrations of the creative talents in our city. This Wednesday there will be a self guided tour highlighting three DTLA spots each known for their design: Otium, Mast Brothers DTLA and The Spirit Guild. FYI Silver Lake focused events are Thursday check the website for a full schedule!
18. Taste of Downtown Long Beach
Walk down Pine Avenue and sample a variety of food and drinks from various restaurants from Downtown Long Beach. It’s free to attend and you can participate in the tastings by purchasing booklets of 12 tickets for $10 each.
19. Linea Pelle Sample Sale
Linea Pelle is having their semi-annual sample sale Wednesday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with prices starting at just $5.
Location: 2222 Barry Ave, Los Angeles 90064
2o. The Crest Celebrates the 110th Birthday of Billy Wilder with Screening of Double Indemnity
The Crest in Westwood will screen Wilder’s Film Noir masterpiece Double Indemnity with birthday cake served following the film in the theater Lobby.
21. Belmont Shore Stroll and Savor
Explore the food and drink scene through tasty samples during Belmont Shore’s Stroll and Savor event happening June 22-23.
Thursday June 23rd, 2016
22. Shakespeare by the Sea
The summer season of Shakespeare By The Sea is in full swing with a free performance of Othello ay Point Fermin Park.
23. The Silver Lake Picture Show is Back
Back now for its fifth year, The Silver Lake Picture Show is a free, summer-long community series that screens popular films in a picnic-like setting at Sunset Triangle Plaza. The series begins this Thursday with a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
24. ‘After 5’ Music Series at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel
Arts District gallery Hauser Wirth & Schimmel will be offering a brand new ‘After 5’ weekly music series all summer long. Guests will be able to enjoy a mix of live bands and DJ sets, craft cocktails from The Spare Room, plus Russian hand-pies from the Airstream kitchen of Pirozhki LA. Guest will also be given access to the ARTBOOK bookstore and all current exhibitions.
25. Street Style Cinema
The Grove together with Who What Wear are putting on a free movie screening under the stars every Thursday during the summer. Screening this week is Pretty in Pink. Enjoy DJs, themed cocktails and a photo booth. Snag free valet parking by donating a book to Baby2Baby.
26. Finding Dory at The Hollywood El Capitan Theatre
The El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Finding Dory (June 17 – August 7). Before the movie, The Bubble Guy will form bubbles beyond the imagination in a breathtaking bubble extravaganza live on stage! Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.
27. Escape Room LA The Alchemist
Imagine this… you are locked inside a mysterious laboratory of an ancient alchemist where you’ll have one hour to uncover the hidden power of the Philosopher’s Stone in order to escape the room. Sounds like your kind of event? Visit Escape Room L.A. and bring your A game this escape room requires critical thinking, creativity and plenty of teamwork. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.
28. Throwback Thursdays Screening of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
The Throwback Thursdays film series is back at NOHO cinema, the screening features a gourmet food truck onsite, and guest may bring their food inside the theater! Get more information and discount tickets via our friends at Goldstar.
29. Escape Room LA: The Theatre
Escape Room LA invites you to get trapped inside a creepy theater haunted by a ghost. The only way out is to uncover clues and puzzles that will lead you to create a magical spell and release the ghost before time runs out. If you fail you will be trapped in the theater forever. Game? For more information and discount tickets this week check out Goldstar.
30. The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Big Lebowski
Watch the Coen Brothers’ classic comedy The Big Lebowski in musical form now through July 22 at The Rockwell Table & Stage. Get more information and discount tickets for Thursday and Friday via Goldstar.
31. BET Experience at L.A. LIVE
The BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola takes place June 23 – 26 and features today’s top artists including Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Fetty Wap, A$AP Ferg, Usher, Bryson Tiller, Katt Williams and Ty Dolla $ign. The four-day event showcases the best in music, comedy, and entertainment including a celebrity basketball game during the FREE BET Experience Fan Fest on Saturday and Sunday at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
32. It’s Your Town Street Art Party
New Amsterdam Vodka has teamed up with local street artist Moncho1929 for It’s Your Town a celebration of the vibrant culture and people of Los Angeles. The artist has created seven pieces of original art specifically for this event, including a massive mural in West Hollywood. Preview the art and meet Moncho1929 at this event, free and open to the public (ages 21+). Sip on custom LA-inspired cocktails too like the ‘DAM Good Mule,’ crafted by New Amsterdam Vodka.
33. San Gabriel Summer Nights
San Gabriel Summer Nights is a free community event taking place at several popular locations in the city. This week the program will host a screening of Cinderella (2015 version) at Vincent Lugo Park.
34. Shrubs and Sodas Workshop
Learn to ferment your own sodas! In this class you will create you own gingerbug base for soda and a fruit shrub. Supplies will be provided and guest will leave with their own mason jars of soda and shrub. Class cost $15.
35. Free Museums This Thursday
- The Japanese American National Museum offers free admission from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. every Thursday.
- Every Thursday evening from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. admission is free to both the MOCA on Grand and The Geffen Contemporary.
- The Skirball Cultural Center is free to all every Thursday.
Friday June 24th, 2016
36. Moby—Porcelain: A Memoir
Moby will chat with KCRW’s Jason Bentley and there will be a book signing and Q & A following the talk at the Skirball Cultural Center this Friday from 8 – 11 p.m. Tickets are $5 or $30 for admission and a book.
37. Westfield Summertime Cinema Returns with FREE Movie Screenings Starting Friday!
Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks will host five weeks of free outdoor movie screenings. Kicking off the series is a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with costume characters and The Sidewalk Astronomers on hand for pre movie entertainment.
38. Barnsdall Park’s Friday Night Wine Tasting
All summer long Barnsdall Art Park has a weekly wine tasting fundraiser to benefit the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation programs and projects. Perched on a hill with a gorgeous panoramic view of Hollywood, guests will enjoy fine wine and art in the gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural gem, Hollyhock House. Silver Lake Wine will curate fine selections of boutique, small production, artisanal wines for park-goers as well as local gourmet cheese shop, Say Cheese.
39. Free Grand Performances in DTLA
This Friday Grand Performances will host a free concert with Chicana Moratorium: Su Voz, Su Canto.
40. Jeff Garlin Live at Flappers
Emmy-nominated actor-comedian, writer, producer and director Jeff Garlin — best known on Curb Your Enthusiasm and hit ABC comedy show The Goldbergs comes to Flappers Comedy Club Burbank for two nights! Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.
41. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience
A deadly virus has swept the earth and a team of scientists (played by you and other folks!) are in an underground laboratory trying to find a cure. Sounds like your kind of mission?. Head down this Escape Room experience in Burbank with a couple of your smartest friends to see if you have what it takes! Get more information and discount tickets for this weekend via Goldstar.
42. Please Touch the Art
Ever tempted to put your hands on a work of art while in a museum? Will the folks over at Cantor Fine Art will help satisfy that urge through a new exhibition called ‘Please Touch the Art.’ a tactile art show where everything is meant to be touched. The show will feature artists from across the globe, including funky drippy sculptures from Dan Lam, an augmented reality sandbox from UCLA and 20 other artists and works! The show is free and runs from 6-9 p.m.
43. Bailey Blue Sample Sale
Happening from 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. score dresses, skirts, and tops for $9 at the Bailey Blue one day sale.
Location: 1850 E 15th St Unit B Los Angeles, CA 90021
44. Degrees of Perfect Art Party at The Container Yard
Degrees of Perfect is a unique art party featuring five 8’ X 20’ murals created by street artists: Bacon, Dodo Ose, 123Klan, Slick and Zek One. Each using thermochromic paint on their murals the art will activate and transform as it’s surroundings heat up and cool down. Toro Y Moi will do a DJ set, a cash bar will be on hand as well as several food trucks.
45. Friday Night Jazz at LACMA
LACMA’s award winning Department of Music Program provides hundreds of free concerts and musical events every year for Angelenos to enjoy. This Friday their jazz series continues at the BP Grand Entrance.
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