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Things To Do

Things to Do This Weekend in L.A. [7-8-2022 to 7-10-2022]

July 7, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
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Los Angeles Zoo entrance at night. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Whether you want to take a walk on the wild side or you just want to walk over L.A.’s newest bridge, we’re here for you this weekend.

From July 8-10, check out Zoo Friday Nights, Kinky Boots at The Bowl, a Summer Celebration at Bergamot Station, the Echo Park Lotus Festival, Long Beach Pride, CicLAvia in South L.A., 626 Night Market, and more. Enjoy it folks!

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Things To Do

Zoo Friday Nights -> This Friday, the L.A. Zoo kicks off a series of after-hours events continuing weekly through the rest of July. 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.

Movies On The Roof -> My Valley Pass and Westfield Fashion Square have teamed up to produce a new rooftop movie series that features cozy bean bag seating, sweet views, and a lineup of new and classic films. Movies On The Roof runs every Friday and Saturday through the end of August, and tickets are $5, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Hope Of The Valley. This weekend, catch La La Land on Friday or The Mummy on Saturday. Get more info on the lineup here.

Rooftop Comedy at The Galleria ->  My Valley Pass isn’t just doing movies on the rooftop of Westfield Fashion Square. This Saturday they’ll debut a new event that features a slate of local comedians, a taco bar, DJ’d tunes, and of course epic views of the San Fernando valley on the rooftop of the Sherman Oaks Galleria. Adult tickets are $20 per person. Get more info here.

Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts the Nick Mancini Quartet 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.

Summer of Salsa -> La Plaza de Cultura y Artes continues their monthly concert series this Friday as Summer of Salsa presents Echo Park Project with DJ Robinho. Starts at 6 p.m. Free to attend. 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 a showing of Mary Poppins (1964) at 8:30 p.m. Public seating is first-come, first-served. More info here.

Kinky Boots at The Bowl -> Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein’s Kinky Boots heads to the Hollywood Bowl this weekend, with performances from Friday to Sunday. Tickets start as low as $14 for some seats. Get more info here.

Hershey Felder at The Wallis -> Piano virtuoso Hershey Felder returns to The Wallis for Chopin in Paris, a deep dive on the Polish composer guided by Felder’s inimitable skill and theatricality. Performances on select dates from July 5-24, including four shows this Friday through Sunday. Tickets start as low as $39 for some performances. More info here.

626 Night Market -> This Friday to Sunday, The 626 Night Market returns to its flagship location with over 300 food, merch, and craft vendors to Santa Anita Park. Pre-sale tickets are $5, or it’s $6 at the door. More info here.

The Music Center’s Dance DTLA -> This Friday’s Dance DTLA event at the Music Center will be an evening of Hip Hop led by instructor Brandon Juezan and with tunes from DJ Monalisa. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Shakespeare in The Park -> This year, ISC’s Shakespeare in The Park goes beyond The Bard’s works with a staging of Franicis Beaumont’s Knight of the Burning Pestle on Wednesdays to Sundays, from July 2-31 in Griffith park. Then, beginning August 6, they’ll begins performances of Macbeth, to be held on the same Wednesday-Sunday schedule through September 4. All in all, that’s 10 weeks worth of free shows. More info here.

Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles -> This weekend, Levitt Pavilion summer concerts continue with an eclectic blend of Latin dance, soul, cumbia and traditional folklórica. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7 p.m. Sunday begins at 4 p.m. Free to attend, no reservation necessary. Check the complete lineup here.

Grand Performances -> On Saturday, the signature summer music series at California Plaza continues with a performance by Scary Pockets. Event starts at 6 p.m. No reservation required. Free shows continue on Saturdays through Aug. 25. More info here.

Summer Celebration at Bergamot -> This Saturday, Bergamot Station Arts Center hosts a Summer Celebration offering live music, local vendors, artist talks, curator walk-thrus, opening receptions for new exhibitions, and a free comedy show at The Crow. Events runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Get more info here.

The Boardwalk -> This Saturday, spend a day on the Santa Monica Pier savoring boardwalk-inspired eats interpreted by some of the hottest restaurants in L.A. Presented by American Express Gold Card and Resy, participants include Angler, Cobi’s, Eszett, Ggiata, Guelaguetza, Gwen, Hotville Chicken, Konbi, Majordomo, Petit Trois, Salt’s Cure and Pizzana. There’s also “immersive experiences” like a Wine.com Lounge, Grubhub Cotton Candy Stand, Milk Bar Dunk Tank, Shake Shack Bean Bag Burger Knockdown and more. DJs, a half-pipe skate ramp and stilt walkers are all part of the entertainment. Tickets cost $50 per Amex member, and $75 to the general public. More info here.

Great LA River Cleanup -> The Friends of the Los Angeles River’s 33rd annual Great LA River CleanUp hits 15 different sites over 8 separate summer weekends to help keep local the habitats healthy. This Saturday, you can join in at events at Steelhead Park, Elysian Valley Gateway Park, or Lewis McAdams Park. More info here.

Echo Park Lotus Festival -> This Saturday and Sunday, the 41st annual Lotus Festival honors the people and culture of India for 2022 with a special pavilion, live music, children’s activities, a lantern launch, a dragon boat parade, and more. Free to attend. Runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. More info here.

Long Beach Pride Festival -> The 2022 Long Beach Pride Festival is a two-day (Saturday and Sunday) event headlined by Iggy Azalea, Natalia Jimenez, and Paulina Rubio. Festival activations and attractions include a silent disco, an S&M playground, roller rink, community art spaces, drag makeup, and more. Single-day advance GA tickets start at $40 per adult. Get more info here.

Grand Opening of the Sixth Street Viaduct -> Saturday’s public opening festival for the brand new Sixth Street Viaduct is now sold out of attendance spots, but the span will still be open for pedestrians and cyclists to explore on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. No ticket needed. More info here.

Self Care Yoga-> This Saturday, the California African American Museum is offering free in-person 60-minute yoga flow and meditation led by instructor Constance Hartwell. No experience necessary, but you will need to bring your own mat. Starts at 11 a.m. More info here.

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Philippine American Friendship Day -> This Saturday, catch celebration of Philippine-American culture at Don Knabe Community Regional Park in Cerritos. The day-long, free event includes live performances, food vendors, workshops, and a morning Zumba class. More info here.

Palomino Festival -> From the team behind Stagecoach is a travel friendly Alternative Country Music festival in Brookside Park in Pasadena this Saturday. Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson & Family, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and Orville Peck will headline. Tickets start at $179 (plus fees), $399 for VIP and $699 for a “High Life” pass. More info here.

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 Bloco Obini, an all-queen drum ensemble of artists, activists, teachers, and students celebrating African culture. More info here.

Rooftop Concert at GenSpace -> On Sunday, The Annenberg Foundation and LACMA are teaming up to host a free rooftop concert at the new Wallis Annenberg GenSpace, located at 3643 Wilshire Blvd. Classical string quartet The ABC+ Ensemble performs at the afternoon affair, which will be preceded by light refreshments and tours of the new space. Get more info here.

CicLAvia South L.A. -> CicLAvia’s next open-streets event comes to South L.A. this Sunday with a route covering portions of Vermont Square, Harvard Park, Chesterfield Square, Exposition Park, and King Estates. With the streets closed off to vehicular traffic, guests of all ages can bike, skate, run, walk, or skateboard at their leisure, and check out pop-up activities along the route. Runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. More info here.

Granddaughters of the Holocaust -> On Sunday, Holocaust Museum LA presents “Granddaughters of the Holocaust,” a thought-provoking, in-person conversation with the grandchildren of both survivors and Nazis. The program begins at 4 p.m. More info here.

Chicken Sh*t Bingo at Benny Boy Brewing -> Get ready for round two of live chicken bingo in Benny Boy’s Urban Backyard. Toe-tapping tunes will be provided by Friends in Low Places and pop-up food vendors include River St. BBQ and East Los Musubi. Chickens come from Future Foods Urban Farm and half of the bingo winnings will go directly back to Future Foods Urban Farm in their efforts to rescue chickens and build healthy soil. Donations to play, takes place Sunday July 10 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Concerts in the Park -> This Sunday, the Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park series continues for with a performance by the Doo-Wah Riders. 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 Warner Park with a performance by DSB (Don’t Stop Believing) – A Tribute to Journey. Starts at 5:30 p.m. More info here.

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Friendship Buddies -> This free, weekly, Sunday night stand-up comedy showcase on the outdoor patio at Verdugo Bar starts at 8 p.m. and includes a half-dozen local comics. More info here.

Dining

The Mighty Duck Tacos at Winston House. Photo courtesy of Winston House.

Winston House Revamps Menu -> Venice modern supper club Winston House has new menu items for the season that include Limoncello Linguine with shrimp, Hoisin Sauce Spare Ribs and Soy Ginger Tuna Tacos. Favorites such as Lobster Fried Rice and The Mighty Duck tacos remain constants on the menu. Winston House also offers a Tasting Tower that features a little bit of everything, from Mighty Duck Tacos and Chicken Nuggets to Shrimp Toast, Crispy Cauliflower or Spare Ribs. The coastal hotspot is open Thursday through Saturday, and reservations are required. Live music and a late night party at the lounge is open to dinner guests after their meal.  

Canopy Club -> Canopy Club is a gorgeous new rooftop spot that just opened at the Shay Hotel in Culver City. The all-day poolside restaurant and bar serves a California menu and a range of cocktails, wines and canned drinks. Vibes lean heavy on Palm Springs and Miami aesthetics with pink walls and tropical wallpaper.

Lunetta’s Taste of Viejo Madrid Menu -> Lunetta is hosting a Taste of Viejo Madrid prix fixe menu from July 6-16. The meal starts with an amuse of Jamon Iberico wrapped peach and then classic Spanish appetizers Tortilla Espanola and Gambas al Ajillo. Entrees include a choice of either Grilled Lamb Chops or a Seafood and Chicken Paella. The meal comes to a close on a sweet note with a choice of classic crema with peach compote, or churros with chocolate and cajeta. The special tasting cost $78 per person and reservations are highly recommended. 


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