50 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [7-9-18 to 7-13-18]

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, July 9 to Friday, July 13, features Poker Night at Idle Hour bar, Subaru Summer Jazz Nights, Movie Nights at Tropicana Bar, Evening of Tiki, walking tour of City Hall, Downtown Art Walk, Filmmm night at Union Station, Dance DTLA 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!

Hollywood Highland Summer Jazz Nights
Summer Jazz Nights at Hollywood & Highland. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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Monday July 9th, 2018

1. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Yellow Submarine with a special party at Amoeba Hollywood.

2. The Unheard L.A. salon at East Los Angeles Library is part of a KPCC community driven series showcasing Angelenos telling first-person experiences of life in Southern California. Over the course of the summer KPCC will bring back producers and past participants to LA County Library locations across the region. FREE

3. Start your week with a free Jam Session at the Ford Theatres. This week’s focus: Drum Circle & Ghanaian Dance. FREE

4. There’s a free summer fitness series at Manhattan Beach Pier kicking off with Mindful Yoga on the Beach this Monday at 6:30 p.m. FREE

5. It’s Poker Night at Idle Hour bar located in North Hollywood. The friendly competition has no risk, no buy ins and comes with huge cash prizes.

6. 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 Pirates. Admission is free.

Tuesday July 10th, 2018

7. Come listen to great live jazz when Subaru Summer Jazz Nights returns to Hollywood and Highland for five Tuesday evenings. The Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band kicks off the series this Tuesday.

8. 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 continues Tuesday with a screening of Little Mermaid at Granada Beach. FREE

9. Movie Nights at Tropicana Bar located at The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel will throw Angelenos a movie night series every Tuesday night from 8 to 11 p.m. from June till September 3 by the David Hockney painted Tropicana Pool. ​Screening this week is Singin’ in the Rain.

10. Get some adult crafting in and learn to make your very own “good intentions” Voodoo Dolls hosted by Krimsey’s Cajun Kitchen in North Hollywood.

11. 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. Eat Pray Love will be screened this week.

12. Perfect for dog lovers, Mutt House is a musical centered around a doomed animal shelter, a boy named Eddie and six zany mutts working together to save the shelter they all call home. Performing at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City from July 15 through August 5 with previews beginning this week on July 10.

13. The Hammer museum will host a live broadcast of the FIFA World Cup this Tuesday and Wednesday during the semifinals. FREE

14. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with several screenings this week that include The Lost Boys, Never Ending Story, Game Night and more.

15. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include Scream, Vertigo and more.

16. Free museum days: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and  Autry Museum of the American West

Wednesday July 11th, 2018

17. Back for the 15th year in a row, The Independent Shakespeare Co. presents Shakespeare in the Park at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park with free performances Wednesday through Sunday of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. FREE

18. There’s an Enchanted Tiki Bar Takeover with the top notch bartenders of Texas Tiki Disco at The Spare Room during their 7th Annual Evening of Tiki series. Happening one night a month now till September, the series highlights tiki bar culture through talents from all over the globe and locally.

19. Watch classic movies outdoors while savoring ice-cream when Sweet Rose Creamery in Studio City welcomes the return of its free summer movie series. The series continues with a screening of Say Anything. FREE

20. Join the Los Angeles Conservancy for a walking tour of City Hall. The building celebrates its 90th anniversary this year!

21. Shakespeare By The Sea will once again offer a ten-week program of admission-free performances. The series continues with performances of The Winter’s Tale at Valley Park in Hermosa Beach on Wednesday, The Merry Wives of Windsor in Hermosa Beachon Thursday and The Winter’s Tale at Monte Verde Park in Lakewood on Friday. FREE

Thursday July 12th, 2018

22. KCRW’s Summer Nights series is coming to the Hammer Museum for three nights of free music this July featuring live music and DJ sets alongside happy hour food trucks and cash bars. The week Still Woozy, Neil Frances and KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole will perform. FREE

23. French-based music label Kitsuné is collaborating with the NoMad Hotel for Kitsuné Afterwork, musical evenings taking place on the rooftop of the elegant, recently opened hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Andre power and Them Jeans will continue the summer session. FREE

24. Skyline Sound + Cinema partners with The Bloc, ALT 98.7 and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for a screening of I,TONYA this Thursday.

25. 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. Kicking off the series is Opera at the Shore – The Marina del Rey Orchestra plays arias from popular operas. FREE

26. Sizzling Summer Nights at The Autry returns for weekly nights of salsa and Latin fusion music, complimentary dance lessons, museum access, tacos and margaritas. This week Echo Park Project will perform.

27. Enjoy free family-friendly outdoor movies in Malibu thanks to Screen on the Green at Trancas Country Market every Thursday through September 13. This week The Princess Bride will be screened. FREE

28. 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 For The Record: Tarantino a musical performance celebrating the famous directors films will take the stage July 12-15.

29. Downtown Art Walk brings art enthusiasts and locals together every second Thursday of each month to take part in gallery tours, shop the art mart and sample nearby food trucks, and experience the overall flavor of the downtown Los Angeles Historic Core.

30. 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.

31. Baldwin Hills Crenshaw is hosting free movie screenings this summer alongside live music, fun games and food trucks. Kicking off the event is Love Jones. FREE

32. 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.) and USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)


Friday July 13th, 2018

33. Celebrate summer in Los Angeles watching some beloved films during Outdoor Movies at the Skirball. This Friday Labyrinth will be screened. We suggest you arrive early to check out The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited exhibit where costumes, sketches and more of Labyrinth are displayed.

34. ‘Summer of Salsa’ concert series is a monthly free concert series at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes running now till September 7, 2018. This month La Verdad, a West Coast nine-piece salsa group, under the musical direction of Gabriel Gonzalez will peform. FREE

35. Union Station in DTLA will host Filmmm, a series of food-centric films, this summer. The series continues with the documentary City of Gold where Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold, takes viewers on a gustatory journey through the City of Angels. FREE

36. The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will host Late Night Fridays where guests can enjoy free general admission from 5 to 8 p.m. and gain access to special activities, 3D movies, behind-the-scenes tours, live excavations, and more. FREE

37. The South Bay Greek Festival, at St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church taking place July 13-15 in Redondo Beach, offers Greek food, music and dancing all weekend long.

38. Old Pasadena Summer Cinema continues with a screening of One Week at Distant Lands and Back to the Future at One Colorado. The series brings free movie screenings to the Old Pasadena area at select venues from July 5 to 28. FREE

30. The Music Center’s annual Dance DTLA series is back for 2018 with a series of Friday-night events at Grand Park. This week features DJ Nights an evening curated by some of the city’s best and most influential DJs. Enjoy music, dancing, and more from 9 p.m. to midnight . FREE

40. dineL.A. will have food-lovers and connoisseurs taste, explore and enjoy various prix-fixe menus from restaurants across various L.A. neighborhoods from July 13 through 27 .

41. 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 they’ll present Now More Than Ever: Protest Songs Sing-Along. Lyrics will be projected on a screen behind the performers so the audience can join in. FREE

42. There’s a Friday The 13th Part VI screening with filmmaker Tom McLoughlin in person at the Landmark’s Nuart Theatre.

43. The Department of Beaches and Harbors presents Beach Movie Nights at Dockweiler Youth Center this week screening Coco. FREE

44. 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.

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. WP24 by Wolfgang Puck’s Summer Supper + Show returns every Friday and Saturday, July through August, with a Asian-inspired dinner at WP24 by Wolfgang Puck followed by a movie screening on the private 26th floor hotel rooftop. This weekend they’ll screen Top Gun.

47. 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. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)


48. Jazz at LACMA welcomes Scotty Barnhart at the BP grand entrance at 6 p.m. FREE

49. The South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes will host a family friendley movie night on their 87 acre property. This Friday they’ll screen Coco. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

50. Free museum daysLong Beach Museum of Art (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Food Pick for the Week


Dirty and Rowdy Family Winery and APL Restaurant in Hollywood will collaborate on a special multi-course wine pairing dinner inside the APL Atrium. The wine dinner cost $175 per person and includes dishes like a Tomato Salad with Smoked Vinaigrette, APL Short Rib, Crispy Salmon and Apple Streudel. Reservations can be made over the phone or through email.

APL Restaurant is located at 1690 Vine st. Los Angeles, CA 90028

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

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