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47 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [7-22-19 to 7-26-19]

July 22, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
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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 through Friday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26, features Taste of Farmers Market, Outfest Under the Stars, KCRW’s Summer Nights, Night Dive at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach Crawfish Festival, The Chocolate Art Show and MUCH more.


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!

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Monday July 22nd, 2019

1. Start your week with a free Jam Session at the Ford Theatres. This week’s focus: Drum Circle a teaching of rhythmic drumming. FREE

2. dineL.A. Restaurant Week returns for a 15-day dining event that highlights the diverse and exciting culinary experiences Los Angeles has to offer. On July 12 – 26, patrons can enjoy specially-priced lunch and dinner menus at over 400 participating restaurants throughout the city. Peek our rundown of The Best $15 Menus During dineL.A. (July 12-26) You Have to Try for starters.

3. Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival returns on July 18 – 28 for eleven days of world-class films, panels, and parties. More than 150 feature and short films will be screened.

4. Astronomy on Tap hosted by Caltech Astronomy happens once a month in Pasadena at Der Wolfskopf pub. There will be scientific talks, pub trivia and beer focused on Apollo 11 this week. This event is free.

5.  This Monday La Colombe teams up with Otium for a Summer BBQ Party. The event includes BBQ by Otium, ice cream from Tillamook and celebratory cocktails and beer from Grey Goose and Frogtown Brewery.

6. There’s a free Mindful Yoga on the Beach series in the South Sand of the Manhattan Beach Pier this Monday at 6:30 p.m. FREE

Tuesday July 23rd, 2019

7. The 11th Annual Taste of Farmers Market comes to 3rd Street and Fairfax featuring an evening of bites from over 50 of the market’s top-rated restaurants, grocers and eateries. Tickets include food samplings, firehouse chili tastes prepared by firefighter chefs, beer and wine sips plus two non-alcoholic drinks and free parking.

8. Moonlight Movies on the Beach brings a summer-long series of free outdoor movie screenings on the shores of the LBC to three different locations near Downtown Long Beach and Belmont Shore. The series continues with Aquaman at Granada Beach this Tuesday. Note that screenings happen on select Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 20. FREE

9. CRYSTALLINE: Brazil’s Crystal Giants is the latest exhibition at Rhythm Visuals Gallery in DTLA. The exhibit showcases a bevy of Brazil’s biggest gems, including a 2000-pound Amethyst Violet Throne you can actually sit on. The gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10. The Central Courtyard at Hollywood & Highland hosts free concerts every Tuesday in July as part of the 16th annual Subaru Summer Jazz Nights. FREE

11. Apollo 11: The Immersive Live Show retells the tale of the first moon landing using 40,000 square feet of 360-degree graphics beaming from 32 total projectors, and an almost full-scale replica of the mylar-draped Command Module Columbia. And of course the timing couldn’t be more perfect, with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission coming up later this month. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

12. Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema is back for the sixth year in a row. From June 11 through August 27 Angelenos can indulge in a luxury outdoor movie experience by the pool with a Cipriani menu, classic movie snacks and Peroni Nastro Azzurro. Space Jam will be screened this week.

Wednesday July 24th, 2019

13. The Griffith Observatory concludes their celebration of Apollo 11 with the All Space Considered team recapping the monumental history of the Apollo 11 mission. FREE

14. Outfest Under the Stars is four nights of LGBTQ films at Hollywood”s Ford Theatres. This year’s lineup features Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts, Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story, Gay Chorus Deep South, and Sid & Judy.

15. POW! WOW! Long Beach – one of the largest mural events in the nation returns to Long Beach for a week-long festival highlighting murals by local and international artists, hosting special events and more. The public art experience is free and open to the public. On Wednesday the series will host an outdoor movie screening at Belmont Shore. The series concludes this Saturday with a KCRW Summer Nights pool party.

16. Shakespeare By The Sea will once again offer a ten-week program of admission-free performances with two featured productions: The Comedy of Errors and Henry V at a variety of venues across Los Angeles Wednesday through Saturday. FREE

17. Join the Los Angeles Conservancy for a walking tour of City Hall.

Thursday July 25th, 2019

18. Sizzling Summer Nights at The Autry happens every Thursday. Enjoy live music, dance lessons with an instructor, access to museum galleries, and a separate children’s dance floor, plus tacos, margaritas, and other light refreshments (available for purchase.) Sizzling Nights continue weekly through August 22.

19. KCRW’s Summer Nights series stops by the Hammer Museum with a performance by The Tracks book-ended by KCRW DJs José Galván and Travis Holcombe. FREE

20. Thirsty Classics An evening of Classic Cocktails + Classic Films happening at Alcove in Los Feliz takes place in their private garden patio where guests will be treated to a screening of Some Like It Hot, Maker’s Mark bourbon cocktails plus popcorn.

21. Night Dive at the Aquarium of the Pacific is an 18+ party inside the aquarium featuring DJs, food trucks, cocktails and art alongside sea life.

22. Think Tank Gallery is teaming up with Pizzaboyzzz and Future Fantasy Delight to present Nothing Cheezy a pizza-fueled, self-aware, selfie-themed pop-up thats a little bit satire and is intentionally too encompassing to be captured in a picture, thus forcing viewers to live inside the art. This is a ticketed experience that takes guests through the “craziest kitchen you’ve ever seen” and thirteen themed environments plus pizza of course. Open Thursday through Sunday.

23. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artess presents Sabor a México Tropical a hands-on cooking class taught by chef and food anthropologist, Paola Briseño Gonzalez. You will learn the secrets of mastering coastal dishes like fish ceviche and coconut Michelada.

24. Spiderman Into the Spider Verse screens as part of Outdoor Movie Nights at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. FREE

25. The Skirball Cultural Center continues it’s twenty-third annual season of Sunset Concerts with the California debut of Rio Mira this Thursday. FREE

26. The City of Pasadena hosts Parks After Dark a season of free activities including sports, fitness classes, arts & crafts and much more offered to youth, families and individuals every Thursday through Saturday from July 10 through August 10. FREE

27. It’s Tiki Night at The Mixing Room as their DTLA patio gets transformed into a tropical oasis this Thursday with island inspired cocktails, food plus DJ tunes. FREE

28. Night Market is back on the hilltop of the iconic Yamashiro restaurant every Thursday all summer long. Angelenos can enjoy boutique vendors, food vendors, a concert series, cocktails at Yamashiro’s Pagoda Bar and an unbeatable view of Hollywood. This event is also kid friendley. Please note this year the organizers are charging $10 to park at the shuttle location. Shuttles are free and so is admission.

29. Celebrate summer as you enjoy the arts during Symphonic Thursdays, a series of four free concerts taking place at Marina del Rey’s Burton Chace Park during July and August. The series continues with Sights, Sounds & Dance in America. A Marina del Rey Symphony collaboration with the Nancy Dobbs Owen Dance Troupe with original choreography set to Gershwin’s American in Paris and Craig Safan’s Odessey-inspired Sirens. Plus, the Marina del Rey Symphony performs works by renowned Mexican composer Juan Pablo Contreras. FREE


30. Enjoy free family-friendly outdoor movies in Malibu thanks to Screen on the Green every Thursday through August 15. This week The Sandlot will be screened. FREE

31. Free museum days: 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 Museum of Latin American Art (5 to 9 p.m.)

Friday July 26th, 2019

32. Long Beach Crawfish Festival comes to the Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach July 26 – 28 for a crustacean-centric, weekend-long celebration where chefs will prepare true, Louisiana-style crawfish along with other cajun delicacies. Festival highlights include the Second Line Dancing Parade, live entertainment, a Karaoke Lounge with a live band, and of course, crawfish prepared Louisiana style in the world’s largest crawfish pots.

33. Summer Nights in the Garden returns to the Natural History Museum this Friday. Sip garden-inspired cocktails, listen to live music, take garden tours and more. Tickets are free to this series and can be obtained online. FREE

34. The Chocolate and Art Show happening July 26-27 brings together some of Los Angeles’ most talented up-and-coming artists, photographers and creators. Highlights include art, live music, live body painting, face-painting, and of course large amounts of free chocolate.

35. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA features live music and/or DJs paired with expert dance instructors providing beginner group dance lessons for attendees. Each night has a different dance theme. The series continues with Disco at Grand Park. Dance DTLA continues on select Fridays through August 30. FREE

36. Old Pasadena Summer Cinema concludes their series with three screenings this week/weekend: Ocean’s 8 at One Colorado this Friday, Zootopia at Central  Park on Saturday and Nacho Libre at One Colorado on Saturday. FREE

37. It’s opening night for The Groundlings’ latest hilarious main stage show, Groundlings Treasure Hunters. The opening night show will include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, wine and beer, coffee and desserts after the show. The show plans to run every Friday and Saturday at through September 14.

38. A colorful, winding installation called The Second Home Serpentine Pavilion is now open at the La Brea Tar Pits for the summer and its 100% free for the public to roam and explore. The pavilion is open daily and will run through November 24. FREE

39. Head to The Hollywood Bowl to see an enchanting production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods July 26-28.

40. Metro Art Presents “Movements at Union Station,” an evening featuring some of L.A.’s top DJs on the station’s South Patio alongside visual projections, a photo booth and food trucks. FREE

41. On the last Friday of each month the California Market Center hosts a public sample sale with hundreds of showrooms offering men, women and children fashion as well as gift and home items at below-retail prices.

42. Spend the season sipping wine during sunset hour at Barnsdall Art Park’s Friday Night Wine Party Series. Happening on the lawn of architectural gem the Hollyhock House, the evening features a fine selection of wines curated by Silverlake Wine, a live DJ and tours of the house. The series happens every Friday evening till September 6.

43. Grand Central Market hosts Friday Night Flights this Friday starting at noon. The special includes a flight of drinks or bites from GCM vendors and a round trip ticket on the historic Angels Flight Railway right across the street for $15.


44. Summer Friday Night Drive-In at the Roadium returns every Friday evening from June 7 to August 30 to revive your favorite films in a classic 1950’s drive-in setting. The series continues with a screening of The Avengers.

45. The Greens at the Rose Bowl (the grounds surrounding the stadium) hosts Final Fridays a family friendly event happening on the last Friday (4-8 p.m.) of every month where food trucks, life-size games, stadium tours and so more are offered.

46. Cooper Design Space hosts Last Friday Sales a rare opportunity where showrooms open their doors to the public offering discounts on past seasons, samples and overstock. Keep in-mind showrooms are usually cash only.

47. The Department of Beaches and Harbors presents Beach Movie Nights at Dockweiler Youth Center every Friday. This week they will screen Incredibles 2. FREE

Food Pick for the Week

This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.

It’s Christmas in July at Here and Now as they transform their DTLA bar into Blitzen’s, a winter holiday themed pop-up from July 23 through July 28. Transport yourself to the North Pole thanks to a snow machine, festive entertainment including drag queen bingo and a selection of yuletide and Hanukkah themed food like sweet potato fritters with candied nuts and marshmallow. Plus, there are plenty of punny cocktails (“Gin-gle All The Way,” etc…). Full menu details have not been announced, so give their Instagram a follow to get updates on food, drink and entertainment for each night.

Here and Now is located at 300 S Santa Fe Ave Los Angeles 90013

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