Things To Do

Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [8-19-2022 to 8-21-2022]

August 18, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Barnsdall Art Park Friday Night Wine Tastings
Event on the lawn outside the Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Park. Photo Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

With temps cooling down just a bit, it’s the perfect time to get outside this weekend. And trust us, there’s a lot to do…

This August 19-21 in Los Angeles, catch 818 Day festivities, a Griffith Park Celebration at Travel Town, Summer of Salsa, Chinatown Summer Nights, a DOGust celebration at PetSpace, CicLAvia: Meet the Hollywoods, Sunday Sessions in Grand Park, and more.


Things To Do This Weekend

818 Day -> Westfield Topanga in partnership with the Valley Relics Museum, My Valley Pass and Family Fun Arcade are celebrating the San Fernando Valley on 818 Day, which actually four days (Thursday to Sunday) of festivities that includes arcade games, a beer garden featuring local breweries, live music, and a pop-culture mini museum. Free to attend. More info here.

Griffith Park Summer Celebration -> This Friday at Travel Town Museum, city officials celebrate new funding and safety improvements to Griffith Park with a public event featuring local food trucks, a community hike, an equestrian ride, and free rides on the Travel Town train. Event runs 4 to 7 p.m. More info here.

Puppy Yoga -> Join the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace for an adorable Friday evening yoga class with dogs. Think goat yoga but with PetSpace’s adoptable dogs. Guided by Sweat Yoga the one hour session cost $25 a person and will go towards the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace Extraordinary Care Fund.

LIFE CYCLES at Japan House LA – Stop by Japan House LA to see Tanabe Chikuunsai IV’s LIFE CYCLES exhibition, which includes a large-scale installation built from 10,000 woven bamboo strips held together by tension. The exhibition runs through January 15, 2023. Japan House is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here.

KCON -> The traveling celebration of Korean music and culture comes to Arena and the L.A. Convention Center this Friday to Sunday for a three-day event chock full of live performances, beauty brands, product demos, panels, celebrity meet-and-greets, and more. Single day tickets start at $45 per person. Get more info here.

Summer of Salsa ->  La Plaza de Cultura y Artes continue their Summer of Salsa concert series this Friday with La Obsesión and DJ Jimmy Rumba. Events starts at 6 p.m. Free to attend, no RSVP required. More info here.

Dance DTLA -> Free Friday dance parties continue at The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza in August. This Friday head over for an evening of Disco with instructor Andy Vaca. For each event, you’ll learn easy-to-follow steps, allowing everyone to get into the groove right from the jump. Very family-friendly and always free. No reservation required. More info 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 Speed and The Matrix. Tickets are just $5, and proceeds for the event benefit  Hope Of The Valley rescue mission. More info here.

Depop x Paris (69999) -> This weekend, Depop’s first Collaborator series will launch with an immersive experience with curator and 69999 founder, Paris. The exhibition titled ‘Consumption’ uses pieces Paris constructed from deadstock fabrics and fast fashion waste from the Los Angeles community. The opening night launch party will take place this Friday starting at 8 p.m. with a 21+ event. The Consumption exhibition opens to all-ages on Saturday, with visitors under the age of 13 needing to be accompanied by an adult. -> More info here

Apple TV+ Kids and Family Summer Block Party -> Apple TV+ brings a special interactive pop-up to the lawn at The Americana at Brand this Friday to Sunday. Events include activities and goodies inspired by Apple TV+ kids and family series, including Fraggle Rock: Back To The Rock, Amber Brown, The Snoopy Show and more. Expect crafting, a snack cart, dance lessons, kid-friendly music, and photo ops. The free event runs Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Hollyhock Lawn Party -> After a pandemic hiatus, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House reopens starting today, and to mark the milestone L.A.’s Department of Cultural Affairs is hosting a public lawn party at Barnsdall Park this Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. Expect a performance by the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, DJ sets, free hot dogs (while supplies last), a craft station, and more. Free to attend. No RSVP required, but space will be limited. More info here.

In-Transition with the Translatin@ Coalition -> This Saturday, head to The Hammer for an afternoon of workshops, games, and performances all designed to promote radical empathy and allyship with the trans community. Runs noon to 6 p.m. Free to attend.More info here.

Chinatown Summer Nights -> KCRW’s signature summer concert series continues this Saturday with the second 2022 edition of Chinatown Summer Nights. Expect food trucks, video projections, chef demos, and plenty of DJ-spun tunes to dance to. Runs 5 p.m. to midnight. Get more info here.

Grand Performances -> The signature free summer music series at California Plaza continues this Saturday with a performance by Iranian-born pianist Kamyar. Free shows continue weekly through September 25. More info here.

DOGgust Celebration at PetSpace -> PetSpace’s annual birthday celebration for shelter dogs is back this Saturday with plenty of dog-friendly activities, including a splash pad, plus food trucks on hand to feed the humans and a half-dozen doggies vendors offering gift options for your pup. Admission is free. Runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here and you can RSVP directly here.

Welcome To Melrose Hill Block Party -> On Saturday, the first annual ‘Welcome To Melrose Hill Block Party’ hosted by Ggiata and South Central clothing company Bricks & Wood will close the streets intersecting Melrose and Western for a block party spotlighting  LA’s thriving community of young creatives, artists and chefs. Free to attend, the public can explore cult brands and eateries as well as sounds by notable DJs and performers. 

South Park: 25th Anniversary Experience -> To celebrate the 25th anniversary of South Park, a traveling exhibit heads to the intersection of Hollywood and Vine this Saturday, bringing with it a collection of props, memorabilia, art work, collectables and never-before-seen scripts, storyboards concept art, all displayed inside a custom-painted shipping container. The pop-up runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free to attend.

End of Summer Stroll ->The Shops at Mission Village in San Marino will host their End of Summer Stroll this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited to explore the shops (exclusive sales), enjoy live music, a photo booth and more. San Marino Cafe & Marketplace will be offering sample tastes of wines from Z’Art Wines, an Armenian winery making wines from indigenous Armenian grapes. 


Tender Fest Part II -> Tender Fest returns this Saturday for a day-long celebration of everybody’s favorite comfort food, the chicken tender. Taking place at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, vendors include Willie Mae’s, Howlin’ Rays, Raising Canes, Delilah, GoGo Bird, Original Dino’s Famous Chicken and more. New this year is  the conTENDER event where culinary icons such as Nobu Matsuhisa, Nyesha Arrington and Timothy Hollingsworth will battle it out for tender supremacy. Desert vendors, an all-you-can eat french fry station and DJ sets from Zack Bia & Friends are also part of the festival. Tickets to Tender Fest cost $74 for general admission which includes unlimited tenders, fries, desserts and two drinks tickets, VIP tickets cost $175 with access to a VIP area with exclusive vendors Howlin’ Rays and Valerie’s Confections, Valet, merch and unlimited tastings and drinks. 

Swing Street Gallery -> Swing Street Gallery is set to open to the public on Saturday, August 20 in Downtown Los Angeles. Located in The Trust Building, the gallery will exhibit contemporary works from a diverse array of artists curated by local artist Guerin Swing

Nisei Week Japanese Festival -> Little Tokyo’s nine-day celebration of Japanese and Japanese-American heritage and traditions concludes this weekend with a two-day festival at the JACCC Plaza on Saturday and Sunday, all leading up to a closing ceremony on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Get more info on the complete schedule here.

Collect-A-Con -> The nation’s largest trading card show hits the Long Beach Convention Center this Saturday and Sunday. Expect 500+ vendors and exhibitors along with a slew of celebrity guests and special panels filling out the two-day schedule. Single day tickets for Sunday start at $25, or $30 for Saturday. Children 7 and under get free admission. More info here.

CicLAvia: Meet the Hollywoods -> L.A.’s signature open streets event is back this Sunday with a 6.6 mile, car-free course spanning Hollywood Blvd, Highland Ave, and Santa Monica Blvd, stretching from the city limits of West Hollywood to an East Hollywood hub at the Vermont/Sunset Metro station. More info here.

Fiorucci’s Gondola Getaway -> On Sunday at Anchor’s Away in Long Beach, Fiorucci Foods invites locals to swing by for free gondola rides, free charcuterie snacks, complimentary drinks, and live poems performed by Ars Poetica. Rides run from 2 to 8 p.m., but as of publication of this post, advance reservations are fully booked. However, there will be limited space for a few walk-ins to grab rides, and some of the time slots have waitlists available. Even if you can’t get a gondola ride, the event is open for all to hang out and enjoy the food/entertainment. Get more info here.

Family Garden Workshop: Plant Part Anatomy -> This Sunday at Hauser & Wirth, get hands-on with the garden educators from Garden School Foundation. Attendees will explore the plants’ parts, from its roots to seeds, and gain knowledge on topics from creating vegetable greeting cards to regrowing meal scraps. Free and all-ages. Runs 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Get more info and RSVP here.

Sunday Sessions -> Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions returns this weekend for an afternoon of dancing, DJ’s and sunshine featuring curated tunes from locals DJs, food trucks on-site, cocktails for purchase, and plenty of picnic space. Runs 3 to 8 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.


Summer Strolls at The Huntington -> Enjoy the gardens during twilight hours on select evenings at The Huntington from June through September, including this Sunday. Advance tickets ($20 per adult) are required.

Dining & Drinking

Los Angeles Ale Works in Culver City. Photo credit LA Ale Works Instagram.

Los Angeles Ale Works Now Open in Culver City -> Hawthorne-based Los Angeles Ale Works has just opened a taproom location at Culver City’s Ivy Station. The new spot features 25 rotating taps, indoor and outdoor drinking spaces, snacks and pop-up food vendors.

Cafe Dulce Brings Back The Sausage Donut for Nisei Week -> This weekend, Little Tokyo’s Cafe Dulce will offer their popular Sausage Donut during Nisei Week festivities. The creation starts with a sausage wrapped in donut dough, rolled in panko and then fried on a stick for the ultimate snack on the go.

Back Yard Sale at Guerrilla Tacos -> Guerrilla Tacos is hosting a yard sale this Sunday from 10 a.m to  2 p.m. at their restaurant off of Mateo St. If you’re not in the market for kitchen equipment, home decor or other knick-knacks, there will be a food menu with $3 tacos and snacks, $12 margaritas and $10 mimosas. 

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