Maybe fireworks and lights shows (and explosions that go into the wee hours of the night) aren’t your thing. Well, say goodbye to the 4th of July , and hello to a brand new weekend of possibilities around the city of angels.
For July 7-9 in Los Angeles, you’ll find Zoo Friday Nights, the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival, Dance DTLA at The Music Center, a House Party at Torrance Art Museum, Concerts in the Dome at Mount Wilson, Los Angeles Brewsology Beer Fest at California Science Center, a Family Festival at The Getty, a Tarot Reading Workshop at ESMoA, and much more. Lots to choose from. Hope you enjoy!
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Looking for something fresh this weekend? Beginning this Saturday, Movies Under the Stars features classic films screened every week for the rest of the month at One Colorado in Old Pasadena. The series opens this weekend with a showing of Sister Act at 8:30 p.m. Public seating is first-come, first-served. More info here.
Go Metro: Take the A Line to Memorial Park station.
More Things To Do This Weekend
M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission, TP = Top Pick
Zoo Friday Nights -> This Friday, the L.A. Zoo kicks their summer series of after-hours events scheduled to continue weekly through August 14. 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. Runs 6 to 9 p.m. More info here.
Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival – FA TP > Starting this week, The Independent Shakespeare Co. returns to Griffith Park with a production of Julius Caesar running Wednesday to Sunday through July 30. Then, from August 9 to September 3, catch A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the same Wednesday to Sunday schedule. All shows begin at 7 p.m. Free to attend, but donations heartily encouraged. More info here.
Shakespeare By the Sea – FA > The 2023 season of Shakespeare By The Sea continues this Thursday to Saturday at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro with alternating performances of 12th Night and Hamlet. All shows start at 8 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.
The Music Center’s Dance DTLA – M FA TP > Free evening dance parties are back at The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza every week throughout the summer. This Friday, catch a West African Dance Night with instructor Le Ballet Dembaya and tunes by DJ QwessCoast. For each event, dance instructors will be on hand to teach guests easy-to-follow steps, allowing everyone to get into the groove right from the jump. Runs 7 to 11 p.m. More info here.
Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles Concerts – M FA > The Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles annual summer-long series of free concerts features acclaimed and emerging talent from a broad range of musical genres. After a week off for the July 4 holiday, the series picks up again this weekend starting with Tolliver and Haus of Derma on Friday, Amandititita, El Conjunto Nuevo Ola, and Pacifico Dance Company on Saturday, and Marilyn Odessa, Los del Momento, and Yetzirah Vargason on Sunday. All free to attend. No reservation required. Get more info here.
Jazz at LACMA – FA > This Friday at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts a concert by The Azar Lawrence Experience at Smidt Welcome Plaza as part of the ongoing Jazz at LACMA series, which continues every Friday evening through November. Admission is free, however seating is limited and first come, first served. More info here.
Outdoor Movies at The Skirball -> The Skirball’s outdoor movie programming returns this Friday with a screening of The Way We Were. Tickets cost $20 per person. More info here.
626 Night Market -> This Friday to Sunday, the 626 Night Market returns to its flagship location at Santa Anita Park with over 300 food, merch, and craft vendors. Pre-sale tickets are $5, or it’s $6 at the door. More info here.
Tarot Reading Workshop at ESMoA – FA > On Saturday, The El Segundo Museum of Art hosts a free workshop on tarot reading, hosted by The Oracle of LA and inspired by Helena Park’s Tarot collection featured in the museum’s “BELONGING” exhibition (on view through September 16). Perfect for the who novice or “tarot curious.” Runs 3 to 4:30 p.m. More info here.
Family Garden Workshop at Hauser & Wirth – M FA > On Saturday, educators from Garden School Foundation come to the Arts District location of Hauser & Wirth for a family workshop on eco-friendly techniques of printing. Runs 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. More info here.
Vinyl Swap at Common Space – FA > Hop over to Common Space Brewery in Hawthorne this Saturday for an afternoon of vinyl record swaps and DJ sets, all backed by an ample selection of brews on tap. Runs noon to 5 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.
Los Angeles Brewsology Beer Fest – M > The Brewsology Beer Fest comes to California Science Center this Saturday for an evening affair featuring dozens of local craft breweries and cideries, plus after-hours access to museum exhibits and special science demos. Tickets are $55 for GA, or $70 for VIP. Early entry starts at 7 p.m. More info here.
NoHo Summer Nights – M FA > Starting July 8, NoHo Summer Nights brings film screenings and/or live performances to North Hollywood Recreation Center every Saturday through September 2. This weekend, catch a performance by Element Band, plus an emerging artist showcase. Free to attend, and no RSVP required. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.
Life’s Banquet: Food in Films -> Starting this Saturday, a new film series at Norton Simon Museum explores the many ways that food and drink factor in our lives, presented in conjunction with the exhibition All Consuming: Art and Essence of Food. Filmmaker/educated Joe Petricca curates the lineup of five films, beginning with Babette’s Feast this Saturday at 4:30 p.m.. Tickets are included with museum admission, which starts at $20 for adults. More info here.
Grand Performances – M FA > Grand Performances continues their 2023 concert schedule with Viver Brasil this Saturday. The signature free summer music series at California Plaza is free to attend and takes place on select Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 26. More info here.
¡El Sabor de Mi Centro! i – FA > This Saturday, ¡El Sabor de Mi Centro! brings Pride-themed summer celebration to Boyle Heights, organized by the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Among the scheduled performers are Crystal Angelina, Fresas Con Crema, Bibi Discoteca, Paloma, and Cheer LA. Other activities will include face painting, raffle prizes, and R&B line dancing. Runs noon to 5 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.
House Party at TAM – FA TP > Torrance Art Museum hosts a House Party this Sunday featuring all vinyl DJ sets spinning tunes throughout the decades, plus brews for purchase from Absolution Brewing. Era-inspired outfits are strongly encouraged. Free to attend, but 21+ only. More info here.
Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome -> On Sunday, Mount Wilson Observatory continues its 2023 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 month the program features program of classical from a String Trio & Duo (Ambroise Aubrun, violin; Victor de Almeida, viola; Cécilia Tsan, cello). There will be two performances, one at 3 p.m. and the other at 5 p.m. Tickets are $55. More info here.
Family Festival: Medieval Play – FA TP > Head to The Getty Center this Sunday for a fun-filled festival inspired by medieval play and pastimes. Guests (costumed encouraged!) can immerse themselves in a medieval village offering courtly dance sessions, traditional live music, storytelling, boardgames, and a medieval battle with Academy of Arms. You can even storm the castle with foam swords and shields on the Getty’s expansive garden lawns. Runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free to attend, but mind the parking fees. More info here.
Polliwog Concerts in the Park – FA > This Sunday, Manhattan Beach’s Polliwog Park Amphitheater hosts Concerts in the Park with a performance by rock and pop 90’s cover band SO RAD. Free to attend. Starts at 5 p.m. More info here.
Dining & Drinking
(picks by Christina Champlin)
Free Banh Mi at My Lai Kitchen -> My Lai Kitchen is opening a new West Hollywood spot this Saturday, located at 7501 Sunset Boulevard. To celebrate, the Vietnamese fast-casual concept will be giving away free banh mi sandwiches, t-shirts and raffle off gift cards between 4 to 6 p.m.
Tiff’s Treats Expands to SoCal -> Popular Austin cookie operation Tiff’s Treats has expanded to the West Coast, offering their freshly baked cookies delivered warm straight to your door. Right now you’ll find six cookie flavors on the menu, including snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin, double chocolate chip and sugar cookie with M&Ms. Delivery (limited for the time being) is currently available in Beverly Hills, Westlake Village, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach and La Jolla. More info here.
OTOTO Dinner Special for Japanese Heritage Night @ Dodger Stadium -> OTOTO in Echo Park is offering a plate dinner special on Saturday, July 8 in honor of Japanese Heritage Night at Dodger Stadium. The plate includes bone-in Japanese-style Fried Chicken, Shaki Shaki Salad, Macaroni Salad, Furikake Onigiri and a choice of beer or sake for $42.
Atrium x Greek Theatre Concert Sandwiches -> Atrium in Los Feliz is offering limited-edition sandwich drops inspired by different artists playing at the Greek Theatre, located right up the street. This Sunday Atrium will release the Le Tigre, a vegan ratatouille “Ratty Pattie” sandwich crusted in a vegan dredge, deep fried and topped with marinara sauce and vegan mozzarella. The next drop will be for Tori Amos on July 21. Sandwiches and drinks are announced the week of the concert on Instagram.
Loumar at Red Room -> Red Room, the natural wine bar and rotating culinary pop-up kitchen inside Koreatown’s Coffee MCO continues its host chef series with Chefs Marcos Spaziani and Louis Huh for a night of Korean-Venezuelan eats from their project Loumar. Stop by this weekend, Thursday through Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to midnight for bites like Manchego Croquettes with smoked duck and fig spread; braised brisket Arepas Borracha and Chocolate Cigars filled with Mojito gelato.
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