33 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week [7-13-15 to 7-17-15]

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 DineLA, Outfest LA, a Taste of The Farmers Market, Moonlight Movies, Twilight Concerts at the pier, Summertime Soul at the Hammer, and plenty more to keep you entertained.


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

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Monday July 13th, 2015

1. Outfest LA

Outfest LA is a LGBT Film Festival bringing the best in LGBT storytelling. Happening in multiple locations now through the 19th. The full schedule can be found on the official site. Keep in mind Goldstar has several tickets for half price this week if you have a specific show in mind you want to see:

The Blue Hour

Out to Win

Beaver Trilogy Part IV
Fort Buchanan

Bad Movie Night

2. DineL.A. Starts!

DineL.A. (aka L.A. Restaurant Week) is a 14-day dining event where some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles offer special deals and menus for eaters to experience. More than 100 restaurants will be participation. Check the full lineup of participants via DiscoverLA.com and if you need some ideas on where to go, check out our picks.

3. Le French Festival Starts

In a celebration of French artisans and culture in Los Angeles, Selavi Global and Canard Duchêne Champagne have teamed up to launch the brand new Le French Festival set to take place across Los Angeles from July 4th to 14th. The event will end with a closing night party produced by French Tuesdays on Bastille Day, July 14th at Riviera 31 at the Sofitel Hotel.

4. Joseph Holtzman At The Hammer

New York–based artist Joseph Holtzman covered the walls of the Hammer’s project gallery with green felt, painted the ceiling green and placed Christmas-colored couches in the middle of the room. Its really the kind of couches you would sink into the moment you sit on it… hey guess what! you’re allowed to sit on these! A selection of Holtzman’s recent works from 2006 – 2011 will also be on view in the space designed by the artist.

Tuesday July 14th, 2015

5. Taste of Farmers Market

The 7th Annual Taste of Farmers Market happening at The Original Farmers Market on Third and Fairfax will feature the “Best Bites” from their own renowned restaurants, grocers, and eateries. Ticket price of $40 includes food samples, beer and wine samples, entertainment and free parking for the event.

6. Grand Park’s Boot Camp

From 5:30pm to 6:30pm enjoy a sundown work session curtesy of Grand Park’s Boot Camp. This is a great way to spend rush hour if you work in DTLA! To get your sweat on meet at Grand Park’s Event Lawn between Spring and Broadway.

7. Moonlight Movies on the Beach

This seasons FREE Moonlight Movies on the Beach series at Granada Beach in Belmont Shore will screen the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. Movie starts at 8:00pm!

8. To Live and Dine in L.A.

The latest exhibition to hit the Los Angeles Central Library: To Live and Dine in L.A. is one for the foodie nostalgic. Come celebrate the history of food in Los Angeles and view a massive collection of rare, first-edition menus from restaurants that have long since closed. The exhibit aims to promote the historical significance of LA’s food culture, and will feature over 50 food and menu related programs, including lectures, cooking demos and nutrition workshops. Check out more information, times and dates on their offical page.

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.

Wednesday July 15th, 2015

10. The Super Serious Show’s 5-Year Anniversary At Smashbox Studios

Mandee Johnson and Joel Mankelkorn of CleftClips Productions showcase some of the best comedians at their widely popular The Super Serious Show. This mash-up of live comedy exposes audiences to emerging and experimental performers alongside well-known headliners. This week Julian McCullough (Chelsea Lately, Tonight Show and @Midnight) will be headlining the anniversary show. Expect comedians Marcella Arguello, Bill Burr, Rory Scovel, Sam Simmons, Sklar Brothers, Karen Kilgariff & Drennon Davis for more LOL moments and even a short film by director Joey Izzo. If this is like all of their other shows a special surprise celebrity guest will probably take the stage. DJ R-Rated will be spinning pre show tunes, India Jones Food Truck will be serving up indian food and FREE beer and wine will help get the party started.

11. 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.

12. Mini Cinema at LA Live

Mini Cinema creates theatrical screening events that provide a platform for critically acclaimed short films world wide to be screened by the every day moviegoer. This coming Wednesday, July 15 at 8:00pm Mini Cinema will present a showcase of it’s latest batch of shorts at the Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 in Downtown Los Angeles.

13. Shakespeare By The Sea

This week of the summer free slate of Shakespeare performances come with an ocean view and a performance of The Tempest at Valley Park. Show starts at 7:00pm.

Thursday July 16th, 2015

14. Throwback Thursdays At Laemmle’s Screens  Sci-Fi Comedy Innerspace

Martin Short and Dennis Quaid team up for a top-secret mission in the 1988 sci-fi comedy Innerspace. As part of Laemmle Theaters’ nostalgic Throwback Thursdays film series at Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the screening features a gourmet food truck onsite, and guest may bring their food inside the theater!  Get more info and discount tickets via our friends at Goldstar.

15. Twilight Summer Concert Series: Real Estate & Hippo Campus 

An L.A. summer tradition the Twilight Summer Concert Series takes place right on the Santa Monica pier. This week Real Estate and Hippo Campus will take the stage. Don’t forget to RSVP for this free event. Just an FYI, KCRW has free events all over the city this summer so take full advantage!

16. Take an Insider’s Tour Through East Hollywood’s Ethnic Neighborhoods

Thai Town, Little Armenia and Korea Town are filled with great food, shops and culture. For those interested in getting to know these neighborhoods this tour is the perfect introduction. Tour includes food, transportation and more.

17. El Segundo Summer Art Walk

Taking place every third Thursday of the month the new El Segundo Summer Art Walk features around 24 venues, artists, and retailers who will be participating along a walk route that weaves through the downtown part of El Segundo and Smokey Hollow.

18. San Gabriel Summer Nights

San Gabriel Summer Nights is a series of free street parties to be held each Thursday night starting on June 11 and ending on August 6. This week the party is at Vincent Lugo Park with a family concert and movie in the park.

19. Summer of Soul at the Hammer Museum

Summer of Soul at the Hammer Museum happens on Thursdays throughout the month of July. Happy Hour starts at 6:30pm in the courtyard, funky soul music starts at 7:30pm courtesy of KCRW DJs and performances by Sam Sparrow and The Rebirth. Galleries also stay open for your late viewing pleasure. This event is free!


20. Cruel Intentions: The Completely Unauthorized Musical Parody 

This musical takes all the sexy, funny and memorable moments from the original movie, mashes them up with a soundtrack of top-40 hits from the 90s and then performs it all live onstage with a powerhouse cast and live band. Find discount tickets via our friends at Goldstar.

21. Old Town Pasadena Film Festival 

The Old Pasadena Film Festival brings back its annual summer series for an entire month of (mostly) outdoor movie screenings. Best part? All events are FREE and open to the public.

Friday July 17th, 2015

22. David Gray and Amos Lee At The Hollywood Bowl

If you like folk music and singer-songwriters with awesome musical chops this ones for you! David Gray and Amos Lee are performing at the iconic Hollywood Bowl for one night. Tickets run $28-$36 but our friends at Goldstar has them for $17-$22!

23. Tour and Taste at Hollywood’s Hot Restaurants & Famous Sights

This four hour tour of the sites and taste of what Hollywood has to offer will take you to The Roosevelt Hollywood to the iconic Capital Records and even Melrose avenue. You will make several stops at some of Los Angeles’ most talked-about restaurants for a variety of savory and sweet tastings. Half price tickets are available via Goldstar. Bon appetit!

24. Skirball Into The Night

The Skirball will host Into the Night, an exciting evening of musical performances, extended exhibition hours, and a live liquid light show by the famed Joshua Light Show. This program features live performances by synth-pop act Tamaryn, psych rock band Mystic Braves and a DJ set by Aquarium Drunkard.

25. Monterey Park Night Market At Barnes Park

The MPK Night Market series is back as a two day weekend event full of food, crafts, live entertainment, shopping and a beer and wine garden. Happening at Barnes Park.

26. Josh Kun And Roy Choi Discuss To Live and Dine in L.A.

The evening will feature the book To Live and Dine in L.A. by USC Professor Josh Kun with a Foreword by Chef Roy Choi. To Live and Dine in L.A. is a huge project of The Library Foundation of Los Angeles based on the Menu Collection of the Los Angeles Public Library. The event will take place at Booksoup and is free to the public.

27. American Apparel Friday Summer Sale/Party

American Apparel will be throwing an in-store shopping party. From 6:00pm to 9:00pm shoppers can save 30% off storewide, nosh on free bites and beverages, and enjoy live beats by a Viva Radio DJ. This week the party will take place at the Downtown Factory Store.

28. Dance Downtown

The weekly summer dance party at the Music Center in DTLA. This week’s dance theme and class will be Bollywood! The shows and dance parties are 100% free to the public all summer long.

29. Barnsdall Park’s Friday Night Wine Tasting


All summer long Barnsdall Art Park has a weekly fundraiser to benefit 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 newly restored 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.

30. FIGat7th Downtown Festival

The Plaza Level at FIGat7th in DTLA invites the public for a free night of music with Superhumanoids and Tropics. Explore the bars and restaurants at Fig during the Taste happy hour starting at 4:00pm! Doors open at 7:00pm for the Plaza Bar and the show starts at 8:00pm.

31. Summertime Cinema Returns To Westfield Culver City and Westfield Fashion Square

Westfield Culver City and Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks are bringing back Summertime Cinema, a summertime family fun movie screening series. Every Friday, starting July 10th through August 7th, beloved movies will be screened outdoors at both centers allowing attendees to relive the magic of the big screen. The movies are free to the public and viewers will enjoy various special goodies at the event.

32. Grand Performances

Starting in 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 L.A. The shows are 100% free to the public all summer long so bring you dance moves!

33. 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 summer-long jazz series continues at the BP Grand Entrance.


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