Things To Do

35 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week [6-22-15 to 6-26-15]

June 22, 2015 by Christina Champlin

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 includes L.A. Beer Week, The Silver Lake Picture Show, Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo, free food truck lunch events, and a Great Horror Movie Night (and plenty more!).


Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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The Venice Boardwalk. Credit: Marika Bortolami via flickr

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Monday June 22nd, 2015

1. Moonlight Movies on the Beach

This year’s FREE Moonlight Movies on the Beach series begins at Granada Beach in Belmont Shore on Monday and will have showings for four consecutive days to start the summer. Movies will screen at approximately 8:00pm on Monday (National Lampoon’s Summer Vacation), Tuesday (Jurassic Park), Wednesday (The Lego Movie) and Thursday (The Goonies).

2. L.A. Beer Week: Monday Highlights 

L.A. Beer Week is happening all week and ends Sunday. The event is expected to have 200+ mini events citywide for a whole week including tap takeovers and beer dinners at local craft-brew spots all over Los Angeles. Highlights for Monday include Ale Academy: Beer & Cheese night at Angel City Brewery, a four-course Brewer’s Supper at Golden Road Brewing and a Beer & Dessert Flight Parings at Bow & Truss.

3. Complimentary Sake Tasting at Katsuya

The Monday blues got you down? Have some sake on Katsuya! Increase your sake knowledge with a complementary tasting before dinner is served at all Kaysuya locations. Local experts from Tyku, Rock Sake, Dassai and Kikisui will be hosting.

4. Hollywood Fringe Festival

Local and international theater your thing? Checkout the Hollywood Fringe Festival happening now through June 28. The highly popular event hosts around 275 shows each year, expect one-person shows, new musicals, comedies and edgy dramas.

5. Hot Tub With Kurt An Kristen

Comedians Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal’s Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen is one of the most popular weekly variety shows happening at The Virgil. You might recognize Kurt from Chelsea Lately and Kristen from The Daily Show and Flight of the Concords. Laugh your ass off for just $5 bucks or $8 at the door. Get your advance tickets here.

6. POW! WOW! Long Beach

What started as a week-long event in Hawaii has evolved into a global network of artists and organized events. It’s called POW! WOW! and it’s coming to Long Beach for an entire week full of painting sessions, musical performances, pop-up shops, discussions, and more. Check the link for the full schedule of events, which run from June 22 – June 28.

Tuesday June 23rd, 2015

7. L.A. Beer Week: Tuesday Highlights 

Highlights for Tuesday include Battle of The Bands at Eagle Rock Brewery, Grilled Cheese & Beer Parings at Vertical Wine Bistro and Story Tavern’s 3 Year Anniversary Party.

8. Free Grilled Cheese Truck Lunch

Get free Grilled Cheese Truck from 11:30am – 1:30pm in Thousand Oaks courtesy of the Wescom Kindness campaign.

Location: 250 East Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA

9. Food Truck Bazar at California Heritage Museum

Every Tuesday night California Heritage Museum holds a Gourmet Truck Night at the museum showcasing a select of gourmet truck eateries. Happening from 5:30pm – 9:30pm.

10. Power Violence at The Satellite 

Looking for laughts on Tuesday? Catch the Power Violence comedy night at The Satellite featuring Nick Thune, Byron Bowers, Sean Patton, and Dan Mintz in a unique blend of music, video and participatory sketch comedy. Tickets are $8 via Ticketfly.

Wednesday June 24th, 2015

11. Streets and Beats

L.A. Cops and Community Activists Come Together at Streets and Beats, a unique of blend of storytelling, dramatization, and conversation, with aim to move the conversation forward on police-community relations. The evening will be hosted by NPR’s Michael Martin.  Get more information and discount tickets to the event via Goldstar.

12. L.A. Beer Week: Wednesday Highlights

Highlights for Wednesday include Sour Beer Night at The Hermosillo, Meetings of the Guilds at Naja’s Place and Ballest Point Flight & Pig Roast at El Dorado Bar & Grill.

13. Free Lobsta Truck Lunch

Get free Lobsta Truck from 11:30am – 1:30pm in Redlands courtesy of the Wescom Kindness campaign.

Location: 1625 West Redlands Blvd., Redlands CA

14. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Screening At The Orpheum

DTLA’s historic Orpheum theatre will screen Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Guests include Madeline Stuart and Peter Stuart, children of the film’s director, Mel Stuart, in conversation with John Rabe, host of 89.3-KPCC’s “Off-Ramp.” All movie goers will receive a $10 Candy Card on the night of the show, courtesy of local candy boutique Sugarfina.

16. Rooftop Wednesdays At Palihouse

Every Wednesday night practice Vinyasa yoga on the rooftop of West Hollywood’s Palihouse. For $15 guests get to stretch out as the sun sets in this all level, music filled, fun flowing class.

17. Summer Sights & Sips Cruise

End your day with a sunset cruise around the marina with a drink in your hand. You’ll also enjoy complimentary appetizers and a front-row seat for the sailboat races on the Marina. Get more information and discount tickets for the cruise via Goldstar.

Thursday June 25th, 2015

18. Silver Lake Picture Show Screens Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Back for its fourth consecutive year, The Silver Lake Picture Show is a free, summer-long community event that screens popular films in a picnic-like setting at Sunset Triangle Plaza. Kicking off the summer series is Pee Wee’s Big Adventure!

19. L.A. Beer Week: Thursday Highlights 

Highlights for Thursday include Kick The Keg at City Tavern, Measure Your Head at Barbara’s At The Brewery and FiftyFifty Brewing Flight & Bite at Federal Bar.

20. Shakespeare in the Park Opens

This summer’s free slate of Shakespeare performances in Griffith Park opens with a performance of Romeo & Juliet starting at 7:00pm on Thursday. Shows will take place every Thursday-Sunday, all summer-long.

21. BAMBOOZLED: Fact. Fiction. Art?

Hosted by radio reporter Rico Gagliano and curated by writer Diana Wagman, BAMBOOZLED promises a night to remember with live readings by four notable LA-based authors. The audience then gets to decide whether or not each writer’s intricate stories are, in fact, Fact or Fiction? During the performance, multi-media artist Aaron Axelrod will be creating a live painting inspired by the stories told, which will be gifted at the end of the night in a grand prize drawing. The event has been brought to the Park by the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and made possible by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door.


22. Street Style Cinema Presents Blue Crush

Fashion site Who What Wear is hosting a series of free outdoor movie screenings on the lawn at The Grove every Thursday evening this month. This week they are screening Kate Bosworth’s surfer chick flick Blue Crush. The event is free with RSVP and includes a post-screening party featuring DJs, themed cocktails, photo booths, and snacks.

23. Game Night At Grand Central Market

Eat, drink and play every Thursday at Grand Central Market. Grab dinner and cocktails then top the night off with an assortment of games from Jenga to ping pong. The festivities end at 9:00pm for all the early risers out there!

24. Splits59 Sample Sale

Splits59 is a celeb favorite workout label fans include Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Taylor Swift and Jessica Alba. The two day sale runs Thursday 12:00pm – 6:00pm and Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm at their Marina Del Rey Headquarters. Prices start at just $10!

Location: 4223 Glencoe Ave, Suite B103 Marina Del Rey, California

25. MOCA Free Night

Every Thursday evening from 5:00pm – 8:00pm admission is free to both the MOCA on Grand and The Geffen Contemporary.

26. Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out 

Critics are calling Inside Out Pixar’s best film since Up (100% on Rotten Tomatoes so far, woot-woot). Catch a showing of the new release at El Capitan Theater that includes a live, pre-show dance performance and a screening of the short film Lava. Get more information and discount tickets to the screening via Goldstar.

27. Music on the Green

Catch live music at the Americana at Brand hosted by KCRW DJ Chris Douridas. Enjoy food, cash bars, lawn games and more all starting at 6:00pm on Thursday.

Friday June 26th, 2015

28. Great Horror Movie Night: The Strangers

The Great Horror Movie Night summer series will screen The Strangers in Elysian Park starting at 7:00pm on Friday. Tickets are $15 regularly, and if you buy a special package via Goldstar you get reserved preferred seating, 20% off all merchandise bought on site and VIP admission that lets you cut the line.

29. LA Zoo Roaring Nights

This summer visit the LA Zoo after hours and experience indie bands, DJs, full bars, and L.A.’s favorite food trucks. The July 26 event includes performances by Springtime Carnivores and DJ Johnny Hawkes.

30. L.A. Beer Week: 

Highlights for Friday include Firestone Walker Brewer & Chef Paring at Venice Ale House and Cask Away Night at Far Bar.


31. Free Outdoor Movie Screenings on the Redondo Beach Boardwalk

Put together by The Redondo Pier Association this weekly summer film screening will screen Dolphin Tale 2 this week. The Redondo Beach Pier movie screenings will take place at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf Redondo Beach 90277.

32. Grand Performances

Every June Grand Performances begins a summer-long concert series that brings Angelenos together with an eclectic mix of musical performances at a unique setting in Downtown Los Angeles. This Friday catch The Family Crest & Run River North starting at 8:00pm at California Plaza.

33. Tease, If You Please Burlesque Show

This super sexy and seductive burlesque show aims to transport you back to the golden age of striptease and Gypsy Rose Lee. Staged at Bar Fedora inside downtown L.A.’s Au Lac, Tease, If You Please spotlights acts from some of the most creative dancers in the business. Miss Donna Hood, who performed alongside the one-and-only Dita Von Teese in Strip, Strip, Hooray!, produces this thoroughly modern, vintage-style show, hosted by stand-up comic and famed little person Selene Luna. Get more information and tickets via Goldstar (prices starting at $15).

34. The Music Center Host Bring Your Own Dance Moves

The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles is encouraging you to get your boogie on. This Friday includes curated L.A. DJ sessions in collaboration with ArtDontSleep and Dublab, plus a late night bar menu and $5 parking (after 8:00pm).

35. Friday Night Jazz at LACMA

LACMA’s award winning Department of Music Program is a remarkable city resource, providing hundreds of free concerts and musical events every year for Angelenos to enjoy. This Friday their annual jazz series will take place at the BP Grand Entrance.

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