Things To Do

48 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [8-13-18 to 8-17-18]

August 13, 2018 by We Like L.A. Staff

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 and 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, August 13 to Friday, August 17, features Echo Park Rising, Grease 40th Anniversary celebration, The El Segundo Art Walk, Long Beach BBQ Festival, Friday Flights at The Getty 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 August 13th, 2018

1. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with several screenings this week that include Gladiator, King Pin and more.

2. Hangout at the Aquarium of the Pacific at night and see sharks, jellyfish and more in a different light! Happening multiple times this week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. Catch Write Club Los Angeles at the Bootleg Theater.

4. Start your week with a free Jam Session at the Ford Theatres. This week’s focus: Stepping (Fraternity/Sorority Style). FREE

5. There’s a free summer fitness series at taking place at Alta Vista Park in Redondo Beach with Zumba every Monday now till August 27. FREE

6. Ray’s & Stark Bar, located on the LACMA campus, offers Lobster & Rosé now till September 3. Executive Chef Fernando Darin has masterfully curated lobster dishes and paired them with Domaine de Cala rosé. Menu items include Lobster Salad, Lobster Fettuccine with burrata, and Wood-Fired Whole Lobster with corn on the cobb, potato salad and béarnaise sauce.

Tuesday August 14th, 2018

7. Hollywood Shorts, a monthly screening program dedicated to showcasing the best of international and American short films takes to the The Zev, a terrace located at The Ford Theatres for an evening of shorts and Q&A with the filmmakers.

8. British artist Lucy Sparrow has transformed the second floor of the Standard in DTLA into Sparrow Mart a supermarket art wonderland fill with over 31,000 adorable felt-covered food replicas all for sale. Part art installation, store and loads of photo worthy moments, Sparrow Mart open Aug 1-31 (closed on Mondays) is free to attend on a first come first serve basis. 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 Drive.

10. The Get Brown an all-South Asian comedy show debuts a brand new sketch at The Upright Citizens Brigade’s Franklin location.

11. 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 Weird Science at Granada Beach. FREE

12. There’s free meditation held by Chan Meditation at Rio San Gabriel Park in Downey this Tuesday. FREE

13. 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 . The Breakfasts Club will be screened this week.

14. See Hershey Felder as Beethoven at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The one-man shows will depict the iconic composer’s story through music and monologue. Hershey Felder: Beethoven will run from July 26 to August 19. Hershey Felder: Beethoven will run from July 26 to August 19. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include The Princess Bride, Straight Outta Compton and more.

16. Free museum daysLos Angeles County Museum of Art (also free for L.A. County residents with valid I.D. after 3:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays all month long) and Autry Museum of the American West

Wednesday August 15th, 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 of A Mid Summer Nights Dream and Titus Andronicus Wednesday through Sunday. FREE

18. Celebrate canines during Dog Days of Summer at the Hammer Museum with a film screening of Isle of Dogs. FREE

19. Free Summer Movie Nights at Sweet Rose Creamery in Studio City continues with a screening of Dirty Dancing. FREE

20. Shakespeare By The Sea will once again offer a ten-week program of admission-free performances. The series continues with performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Winter’s Tale in different locations Wednesday through Friday. FREE

21. Liquid Intelligence will take over The Mixing Room from 6-7 p.m. for one hour of a complimentary cocktail. This time it’s the refreshing summer beers. FREE

Thursday August 16th, 2018

22. Echo Park Rising celebrates the creativity, diversity, music and businesses of Echo Park with a four-day celebration (Aug 16-19) featuring food, drink, and amazing live music. FREE

23.. Sizzling Summer Nights at The Autry returns for weekly nights of salsa and Latin fusion music, complimentary dance lessons, museum access, tacos and margaritas.

24. The Wiltern will host a Grease 40th Anniversary Celebration with a movie screening, live professional dancers and an after-show dance party this Thursday. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. The El Segundo Art Walk taking place every third Thursday of the summer months, allows the public to get to know 40 artists in 30+ venues in downtown El Segundo. FREE

26. National Rum Day takes place this Thursday and The Lincoln in Venice Beach will be featuring specialty Owney’s Rum cocktails for just $5 from 7 p.m. to close. Owney’s Rum is recognized as New York’s first exclusive rum distillery since Prohibition. Cheers to that.

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 What About Bob? will be screened. FREE

28. Every first and third Thursday of the month Brennan’s in Marina Del Rey hosts their famous turtle races. Since 1974, this tradition brings these little speedsters out of their sanctuary (located in the bar) for an exciting game that support charities. Race starts at 9 p.m.

29. Skirball’s annual Sunset Concert Series features six Thursday night concerts with eclectic and inspiring artists from July 26 to August 30. Ranky Tanky is set to perform this week.

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. Shakespeare’s most magical play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon for 12 performances throughout the summer, from June 3-September 3.


32. Third Thursdays on Brand Avenue in Glendale, features music, food, drinks, DIY activities, artisanal vendors and an after hours at the Museum of Neon Art.

33. Free museum daysPasadena Museum of California Art (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Japanese American National Museum (all day),  MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.),  Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

Friday August 17th, 2018

34. STRETCH is a spandex-themed dance party that doubles as a cheeky homage to an 80’s workout video. The event features two indoor floors plus two outdoor decks, all taking place 1,000 above the ground at OUE Skyspace LA.

35. Friday Flights at The Getty invites artists to respond to the iconic architecture, gardens and exhibitions of the museum through multiple art forms that include music, performance and film. FREE

36. Long Beach BBQ Festival at Rainbow Lagoon Park (August 17-19) will feature world class pitmasters showcasing their skills for hungry que fans! Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

37. The Roadium in Torrance presents Classic Drive-in Movies every Friday night in August and the first Friday of September. Each family-friendly event features classic films projected on the screen tower. Continuing the series is a screening of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

38. The Los Angeles Zoo’s annual after-hours music series, Roaring Nights, is back for summer 2018. Come experience DJs, indie bands, Silent Disco, the all-new Glamping Lounge, adult beverages, more than a dozen great food trucks each evening and more. The series continues with local country band Highway Starr  and DJ Johnny Hawkes. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

39. de Plume has been transformed by Laurie Shapiro into a stunning forrest of intricately painted flowers made to represent the vagina. Titled “All Yoni Is Love,” the exhibit features stylized large paintings, reflective mylar, and hanging orbs of light is made to celebrate the beauty and power of all woman. On Friday a special sound bath will be held right in the middle of the exhibit.

40. Union Station in DTLA will host Filmmm, a series of food-centric films, this summer. The series concludes with a screening of I am Love FREE

41. Picture This! and LoopdeLoop are joining forces for a night celebrating dogs! This free live animated comedy show will feature standup comics perform as talented animators, cartoonists and loopers draw them live. FREE

42. 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 of music, dancing and more from 9 to midnight. FREE

43. 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

44. 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 Grease.

45. Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles will host a rare screening of artist Paul McCarthy’s ‘cisuM fo dnuoS ehT/The Sound of Music.’ Projected upside down and in reverse, McCarthy transforms the classic film into something strange and unnerving. FREE

46. 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 La Marisoul Hernández of La Santa Cecilia presents The California Feetwarmers and The Hermanos. FREE


47. 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.

48. 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.

Food Pick for the Week

The Fields LA food hall

Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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

The Fields LA is brand new 200-seat food hall opening this Tuesday, annexed to Banc of California Stadium, the new mecca of soccer in Exposition Park where LAFC play their home games. There are nine food vendors in the downstairs portion of this immaculate new space, but if I had to hone in on one it’s Burritos La Palma, which comes in a food counter version of Alberto Bañuelos’s restaurant of the same name (currently with locations in El Monte and Santa Ana).  To be specific, I’m talking about BLP’s burrito, which is an exquisite amalgam of hand-made tortilla and birria de res, packing enough fatty flavor to punch you in the mouth and have you coming back for more. If the birria was all they served at The Fields, that would be enough. There’s more.

Here you will find Tim Hollingsworth going by C.J. Boyd and hawking premium fried chicken sandwiches, soul food at Jason Fullilove’s third incarnation of Barbara Jean, and Coni’Seafood serving up up ceviches, coctels, and tacos de pescado. And if none of the aforementioned ring your hunger bell then I’ll give you one other hint: Try the focaccia sandwich with mortadella and parmesan crema at Piccolo Antico Pizzeria Focacceria. It melts in your mouth like a dollop of whipped cream you just forked off a lonely piece of apple pie.

The Fields LA, is located at 3939 S. Figueroa. The food hall will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting August 14.

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