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Things To Do This Weekend in L.A.[7-15-2022 to 7-17-2022]

July 14, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Chinatown Summer Nights
KCRW Chinatown Summer Nights. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Looking ahead to this weekend you’ll find a fully loaded list of to-dos in the city of Angels.

Options for July 15-17 include Roller Jam in DTLA, Odd Nights at The Autry, KCRW Summer Nights in Chinatown, Goat Yoga at the Gamble House, jazz inside the dome at Mt. Wilson Observatory, the South Bay Greek Festival, a silent film screening at Paramount Ranch, and more. Hope you find something to suit your interest, and have a good weekend!

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Things To Do

88th Anniversary at The Original Farmers Market -> The Original Farmers Market celebrates 88 years at its 3rd and Fairfax location with three days of fun activities this Thursday through Saturday. Expect live music, DJ sets, arts and crafts, pop-up food vendors, and giveaways. See the complete schedule here.

Roller Jam at FIGat7th -> This Friday to Sunday, a three-day dance party and pop-up rollerskating rink hits DTLA’s FIGat7th shopping plaza. Free admission tickets gets you access to the themed dance nights with music by Beat Junkie Institute of Sound and a beer garden curated by Crowns & Hops. If you want to skate, rentals are $12 per person. More info here.

The Music Center’s Dance DTLA -> This Friday’s Dance DTLA event at the Music Center will be an evening of Bollywood led by instructor Achinta McDaniel. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Odd Nights at the Autry -> Odd Night at the Autry runs every third Friday of the month starting in April. Expect an indie bazaar populated with 80+ unique vendors, food trucks, and live music. This month you can catch neo-psychedelic rock band Westerner. Admission is $5. More info here.

Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos at Smidt Welcome Plaza as part of the ongoing Jazz at LACMA series, which continues on Friday evenings through November. Admission is free, however seating is limited and first come, first served. More info here.

Outfest -> The LGBTQ+ film festival returns July 14-24 with movie screenings (outdoors, indoors and online) as well as a number of special events. This year’s highlights include a screening of Billy Porter’s directorial debut, Anything’s Possible; Outfest Under The Stars at The Ford; the 20th Anniversary screening of Todd Haynes’ Far From Heaven, with Haynes, producer Christine Vachon, and star Julianne Moore all appearing in-person for a Q&A; and the 6th Annual Trans, Nonbinary & Intersex Summit. More info here.

One Colorado Movies Under the Stars -> Movies Under the Stars features classic films screened every Friday for the entire month of July at One Colorado in Old Pasadena. The series continues this Friday with Some Like It Hot at 8:30 p.m. Public seating is first-come, first-served. More info here.

Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles -> This weekend the Levitt Pavilion summer concert series continues with Les Filles De Illighadad and Adee Roberson on Friday, Peanut Butter Wolf, Dj Nu-Mark, Inka One, Ben Diggin, and Dj Analog on Saturday, and Guateama Ft. Ishto Jueves and El Gordo on Sunday. Free to attend, no reservation necessary. Check the complete lineup here.

Movies on The Roof -> My Valley Pass’s Movies on the Roof series continues this Friday and Saturday Westfield Fashion Square with screenings of Swinger and Iron Man. Tickets are just $5, and proceeds for the event benefit  Hope Of The Valley rescue mission. More info here.

Zoo Friday Nights -> This Friday, the L.A. Zoo continues their after-hours July series as guests can enjoy the zoo grounds at the sunset hour while experiencing carousel rides, food delicious bites for purchase, beverages, DJ’d music, and a family dance party. Tickets start at $25 per adult. More info here.

MLB All-Star Week -> Major League Baseball’s summer classic lands in Los Angeles this July with a five-day slate of events leading up to the big game. Friday starts with a a free activation at the Santa Monica Pier, followed by fan experience over the weekend at the L.A. Convention Center, and a special concert at Dodger Stadium headlined by Becky G. It all leads up to the 92nd MLB All-Star Game held on July 19. Get more info on tickets and availability here.

South Bay Greek Festival -> The South Bay Greek Festival is a three-day (Friday to Sunday) affair at St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach offering ample servings of Greek food (spanakopita, lamb chops, baklava), dancing, and fun. More info here.

KCRW Summer Nights in Chinatown-> KCRW’s signature summer series is back in Chinatown this Saturday with an evening affair featuring DJ sets by Travis Holcombe and Jason Bentley. Free to attend. Get more info here.

Long Beach Opera Film Festival -> This Saturday and Sunday, Long Beach Opera takes over the Art Theatre on 4th street for a two-day festival featuring film screenings, live performances, original scores, music videos, special shorts, and more. GA tix are $45 for Saturday, or $30 for Sunday. More info here.

Grand Performances -> The signature free summer music series at California Plaza continues in July with four Saturday performances, including Scary Pockets on July 9, a World Stage Night on July 16, Ali Sethi + Discostan on July 23, and a KCRW Summer Nights event on July 30. Free shows continue on Saturdays through Aug. 25. More info here.

Inglewood Movies in the Park -> This Saturday, the City of Inglewood hosts a family-friendly screening of Luca on south Lawn at Inglewood City Hall. Admission is open to the public, with seating first-come, first-served. Movie starts at dusk. More info here.

Las Montañas at King Gillette Ranch -> This Saturday, Park Service rangers from Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) will host Las Montañas, a family-friendly festival celebrating the start of Latino Conservation Week. Guests can expect bilingual guided hikes, workshops, crafts, and special food vendors. Runs 10 a.m. to. 2 p.m. at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch. Free to attend. More info here.

Goat Yoga at The Gamble House -> This Saturday, enjoy a light-hearted yoga session on the lawn of the historic Gamble House in Pasadena. Ticket ($45) includes 15 minutes of petting and pictures with the goats before and after the class and a 30 minute goat yoga class led by certified instructor Tina Lenert. More info here.

Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome -> Mount Wilson Observatory continues its 2022 season of classical concerts hosted inside the historic 100-inch telescope dome, where the acoustics are said to be some of the finest in the world. This Sunday, the program features an eclectic blend of Jazz and more with accordionist Cory Pesaturo, violinist Leah Zeger, and percussionist Jorge Villanueva. There will be two musical performances, one at 3 p.m. and the other at 5 p.m. Tickets are $50 -> More information

Skirball Family Amphitheater Performances -> A new kid-friendly series at Skirball spotlights a dazzling lineup of artists who use music, dance, and storytelling to keep their cultural traditions and family histories alive, encouraging audiences to sing, dance, and interact with performers. Included with general admission tickets. This Sunday’s event features the Caribbean vibes of Upstream. More info here.

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Hammer Family Flicks -> On Sunday, The Hammer hosts a matinee screening of the 2020 animated fantasy adventure film Wolfwalkers as part of the Family Flicks Series. Starts at 11 a.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Concerts in the Park -> This Sunday, the Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park series continues for with a performance by the Rolling Stones coverband The Hollywood Stones. The event starts at 5 p.m. in Polliwog Park, and the series continues every Sunday through Sep. 4. More info here.

Valley Cultural Foundation Summer Concerts ->  Valley Cultural Foundation’s Summer Concerts series continues on Sunday at Warner Park with a performance by Led Zepagain – A Tribute to Led Zeppelin. Starts at 5:30 p.m. More info here.

LA Soundscapes –> This Sunday at The Ford, the Chulita Vinyl Club lands with an interactive musical workshop and performance for youth and families. Tickets are $10, but guests can receive to two free kids tickets with every full-priced ticket purchased at the same time. Gates open at 9 a.m., performance begins at 10:30 a.m. More info here.

Silents Under the Stars -> Santa Monica Mountains Fund’s Silents Under The Stars series screens Speedy (1928) at Paramount Ranch on Sunday. Walking tours of the ranch start at 6:30 p.m., film screens at 8 p.m. Free to attend with RSVP. More info here.

DYC Rooftop Party -> Dance Yourself Clean’s Summertime Madness Rooftop Party returns this Sunday to the Kimpton La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood with DJ sets by Paper Idol and Powers. Individual GA tickets start at $25, but it’s less for group purchases or early arrival.

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Dear Bella Creamery Super Scoop Sundae. Photo courtesy of Dear Bella Creamery.

Sunday is National Ice Cream Day. Here are a few places where you can celebrate this sweet holiday.

Dear Bella Creamery celebrates National Ice Cream Day with an epic sundae made up of 16 scoops of ice cream. The Super Scoop Sundae dreamed up by Chef Belinda Wei features a scoop of each of the creamery’s 16 seasonal flavors, topped with over 10 house-made toppings including brownie bites and hot fudge. Available for one day only (Sunday, July 17) for $45, ice cream scoops include their signature Taiwanese Pineapple Cake, Campfire S’mores, Chocolate Brownie, Blueberry Cheesecake, Mint Fudge Cookie, Peanut Butter Cup and more. The special sundae is only offered to dine-in guests. 

McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams is giving guests an extra scoop with a purchase of a single cup or cone in all scoop shops on Sunday, July 17. The celebration extends to online orders as well with a  20% off  discount when you use code NICD2022 from Saturday, July 16 through Sunday, July 17. Current flavors are vacation inspired and include Pina Colada, Strawberry Daiquiri Sorbet, Espresso Rumtini & Macadamia Nuts, Dairy Free Passion Fruit Lemon Swirl, and Toasted Coconut Almond Chip.

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Smorgasburg’s Ice Cream Alley makes its return on July 17 and will run every single Sunday through Labor Day Weekend. The annual event showcases local and pop-up ice cream makers alongside one-of-a-kind collaborations and special creations made by Smorgasburg LA regulars. New vendors participating this year include Sad Girl Creamery, Kinrose Creamery and Creamy Boys Ice Cream. Returning vendors Wanderlust Creamery, Happy Ice, Madame Shugah, Sweet & Hollow, Salt & Straw and 626 Hospitality Group will also participate. Expect about 10 vendors each Sunday. Follow Smorgasburg’s Instagram for updates on which vendors will be popping up each week.

And some non-ice cream ideas…

Birdie G’s Happy Hour -> Birdie G’s in Santa Monica just launched an “Early Birdie’s Happy Hour.” Offered daily from 5-6 p.m. in the “The Bird’s Nest” bar and lounge area, the menu includes bar snacks priced between $5 to $15 such as Whipped Avocado with Fried Matzo, Vernors-Baked Ham & Pickled Melon, Kippered Sable Terrine with Crispy Potato Waffles, Reuben Fries, Lavender Almonds and more. $12 cocktails and wines are also available during happy hour. 

Sunday Cookouts at The Waterfront -> Venice Beach’s The Waterfront will offer a special cookout menu in their beer garden every Sunday throughout the summer. Stop in between noon to 4 p.m. for crab & lobster rolls, Beyond burgers, smash burgers, hot dogs and more. 


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