54 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [8-6-18 to 8-10-18]

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 MonFday 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 6 to Friday, August 10, features Dog Days of Summer at the Hammer Museum, Subaru Summer Jazz Nights, 3 Martinis: 300 Oysters at the Ace, The Empire Strikes Back at the Hollywood Bowl, Summer of Salsa, Summer Nights in the Garden 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!

Summer Nights in the Garden at NHM. Image via Natural History Museum.

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Monday August 6th, 2018

1. The Pub at Golden Road will host Goat Yoga on The Lawn where guests join in a one hour yoga session, sip on a GR beer after and meet and greet the yogi goats.

2. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with several screenings this week that include The Matrix, Labyrinth, Inception and more.

3. Check out LACMA’s latest exhibition, 3D: Double Vision an interactive exhibit that explores the art and illusion of 3D.

4. Start your week with a free Jam Session at the Ford Theatres. This week’s focus: Tahitian Dance. FREE

5. Belgian brewpub Bluebird Brasserie in Sherman Oaks will start hosting brew tours Mondays through Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The 20 minute tours will provide an overview of the beer program, ingredients used, the brew process and a full complimentary taster of beer. We suggest calling ahead to confirm a spot.

Tuesday August 7th, 2018

6. Celebrate canines during Dog Days of Summer at the Hammer Museum. Adopt a dog at Yappy Hour or enjoy a film screening like Old Yeller, Best in Show, or Isle of Dogs.

7. 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 

8. Come listen to great live jazz when Subaru Summer Jazz Nights returns to Hollywood and Highland for five Tuesday evenings. Poncho Sanchez will perform this Tuesday.

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 Sunset Boulevard.

10. Starting August 1 through September 23, Mohawk Bend in Echo Park will host Dodger Post Home Game Happy Hours featuring a rotating selection of $4 beers and cider for four hours after the last pitch is thrown. Must be in Dodger gear or show your ticket from the game to take advantage of the specials.

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 . Coco will be screened this week.

12. 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.

13. 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)

14. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include Death Becomes Her, Dreamgirl, Donnie Darko and more.

15. Boomtown Brewery in collaboration with Chef Alan Matheus hosts a weekly all-you-can-eat Taco Tuesday, where $15 gets you unlimited tacos for two hours plus a beer, and $2 off select beers after that.

16. 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 Mary Poppins at Granada Beach and The Lion King at Alamitos Beach on Thursday. FREE

17. Free museum daysKidspace Museum (4 to 8 p.m.)

Wednesday August 8th, 2018

18. This Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. head to Upstairs Bar at the Ace Hotel Downtown LA for 3 Martinis: 300 Oysters presented by Fords Gin. 300 complimentary oysters will be shucked as you sip on three variations of martini’s for a good cause. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit No Kid Hungry, the Share Our Strength campaign to end child hunger.

19. 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

20. Kevin Bludso of Bludso’s Bar & Que will join forces with Ari Kolender of Hayden for one major night of Southern cooking. Menu includes Bludso’s famous Curry Oxtails with Red Beans & Rice and Kolender’s Lowcountry Boil served family style. Reservations and walk-ins are welcome.

21. KCON will takeover the Hammer Museum for a special free K-pop fan concert this Wednesday with performances by Ailee, Roy Kim, and Echae Kang. The night after, Thursday at 6 p.m. the Hammer will also host a free screening of The Fortress and Q&A with director Hwang Dong-hyuk. FREE

22. 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 Aromatic White wines. FREE

23. 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

24. Top notch bartenders from all over the globe will take part in the 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.

25. 260LA will host an Outdoor Voices sample sale August 8-12 with men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, activewear, and accessories all at a discount.

26. Head to Ray’s & Stark Bar located on the LACMA campus for 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.

27. Free Summer Movie Nights at Sweet Rose Creamery in Studio City continues with a screening of The Goonies . FREE

Thursday August 9th, 2018

28. The Empire Strikes Back will be screened at the Hollywood Bowl, with a live accompaniment by the Los Angeles Philharmonic on August 9 and 11. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

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

30. Skyline Sound + Cinema partners with The Bloc, ALT 98.7 and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for a screening of Die Hard this Thursday.

31. 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 Katherine McPhee. FREE

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

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

34. 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.

35. 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 Incredibles will be screened. FREE


36. 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.

37. 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.

38. Free museum daysJapanese 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 Santa Monica History Museum

Friday August 10th, 2018

39. The 4th annual free Summer of Salsa concert series happening at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes will host some of the city’s best salsa and Cuban bands one Friday evening each month now through September. This month the The Arsenio Rodriguez Project will heat up the dance floor. FREE

40. The world’s largest Korean culture convention KCON stops in Los Angeles from August 10 to 12 for a celebration of music, Korean pop culture, workshops, meet-and-greets, and more.

41. Enjoy a vintage-style summer evening watching a drive-in movie during San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In Movie Nights at the Lake Balboa Complex. Each evening will offer food trucks, a 26-player arcade game truck, laser tag, silent disco headphone party and family board games all included in your ticket price. Continuing the series is a screening of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure on Friday and Selena on Saturday. 

42. The 626 Night Market is back for its seventh season at Santa Anita Park. Happening Aug. 4-5 the event will feature over 250 vendors selling crafts, merchandise, art, music and a massive selection of food from local restaurants, food trucks and more.

43. Summer Nights in the Garden returns to the Natural History Museum this weekend. Sip garden-inspired cocktails, listen to live music, take garden tours and more. FREE

44. In conjunction with NHM’s Summer Nights in the Garden, California African American Museum will host Summer Night Extended Hours this Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. FREE

45. KCRW Summer Nights takes over Union Station with KCRW DJs Raul Campos and Anthony Valadez. FREE

46. 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

47. 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 HipHop/Electronic: First Peoples, New Voices. FREE

48. 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 Mama Mia!

49. 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 American Graffiti.

50. Tanabata Festival aka “Star Festival” returns to Hinoki & The Bird, August 10 and 11 with a five-course Chef’s tasting menu with specialty drink pairings and a Tanzaku ribbon experience.

51. 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 Dance DTLA, an evening dedicated to disco and more from 7 to 11 p.m.. FREE


52. 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.

53. 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.

54. 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)

Food Pick for the Week


Michael’s Santa Monica recently added an interactive item to their summer happy hour menu. Created by chef Miles Thompson the Big Mike Smash is a fried chicken sandwich featuring a large squared chicken confit patty with a melted cheddar center, panko crust, bbq aioli, iceberg lettuce wedge and a simple bun. Diners are instructed to smash the sandwich flat to infuse the flavors together. The result produces a bite that is equal parts guilt and pleasure.

Happy hour at Michael’s is available Monday through Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the bar and lounge area. Stop by between 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. to score their daily cocktail for $1.79 (one per guest.)

Michael’s is located at 1147 3rd Street, Santa Monica, 90403

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

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