Things To Do

Things to Do This Weekend in L.A. [8-5-2022 to 8-7-2022]

August 4, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
The Getty Gardens
The Getty Gardens / Photo by: Christina Champlin

Where will your weekend in Los Angeles take you?

This August 5-7 in L.A. includes House of Dragon at NHM, Steep Summer Market in Chinatown, Angel City Avocado Fest, Getty Garden Concerts for Kids, Jerk Fest LA, Concerts in the Dome at Mt. Wilson, Back to the Future at The Bowl, a new D*Face exhibition, and more. Explore more options below!


Things To Do

House of the Dragon at NHM (August 5) -> We know the Natural History Museum has plenty to offer by way of dinosaurs, how how about dragons? Starting this Friday, NHM teams up with HBO for a new pop-up exhibit exploring the the mythical world of the new original series House of the Dragon. Learn about the Targaryen Dynasty and the dragons that ruled beside them while checking out new costumes and props from the series. And yes, there will be a replica Iron Throne on hand for photo ops. Included with museum admission. Runs from August 5 to September 7. More info here.

Bixby Knolls First Fridays Art Walk -> First Fridays pops up along Atlantic Ave in Long Beach with an array of art on display, drink deals, food specials, and and live music. Runs 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. More info here.

Dance DTLA -> Free Friday dance parties continue at The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza in August, staring with an evening of Voguing this Friday. 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. Very family-friendly and always free. No reservation required. More info here.

Back to the Future with the LA Phil -> The timeless tale of time travel comes to the Hollywood Bowl this Friday and Saturday, as Back to the Future screens joined by a live score from the LA Phil. Tickets still available as low as $14 per seat. Get more info here.

Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts Jazz trio 3 More Sounds 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.

Spanish Aqui Presents-> Latinx improv comedy team Spanish Aqui Presents performs at Boyle Heights’ iconic music venue The Paramount on Friday, August 5. Special guests for the evening include Harvey Guillen (What We Do in the Shadows), Cristela Alonzo, and Edgar Rivera. Tickets are $22.66, all-fees included. 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 Austin Powers and Shrek. Tickets are just $5, and proceeds for the event benefit  Hope Of The Valley rescue mission. More info here.

Steep Summer Market -> This Saturday in Chinatown, eat, drink and shop small local businesses during Steep’s bi-annual Summer Market. Taking place from 5 to 9 p.m., the outdoor event will have over 20 local food vendors, local makers, and independent businesses.

Angel City Brewery Avocado Fest -> On Saturday, Angel City Brewery celebrates the release of two crowd-favorite seasonal brews – Avocado Ale and Guavocado Ale with an afternoon shindig featuring a DJ, Aerialist, food, and avocado themed games such as avocado juggling and an avocado eating contest. Runs 1 to 7 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

One Colorado Concerts -> One Colorado continues their free summer music series this Saturday with a performance by De Lux, preceded by a DJ set at 8 p.m. Show is free and all-ages. Get more info here.

Grand Performances -> The signature free summer music series at California Plaza continues in July with four Saturday performances, including Melissa Polinar on August 6, Extra Ancestral on August 13, Iranian-born pianist Kamyar on August 20, and a dublab tribute to Alice Coltrane on August 27. Free shows continue on Saturdays through September 25. More info here.

Uncorked LA -> Saturday’s Uncorked: LA at the California Science Center features a curated selection of over 100 wines plus local food trucks, live music, after-hours access to the museum and more. GA tickets start at $65. More info here.

Shakespeare in The Park (Continuing August 6) -> ISC’s Shakespeare in The Park continues in August with performances of Macbeth in Griffith Park on Wednesdays to Sundays starting this Saturday, August 6. The productions are free to attend, but donations are strongly encouraged. More info here.

D*Face at Corey Helford Gallery (August 6) -> A new solo U.S. exhibition from world-renowned London-based artist D*Face, entitled Painting Over the Cracks opens on Saturday, August 6 at Corey Helford Gallery. On view through September 10, the show will feature over 70 new works and installations over two spaces in the gallery.

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

Getty Garden Concerts for Kids -> This Saturday and Sunday, the Getty welcomes The Lucky Band to the Central Garden for a pair of kid-friendly concert events. Both start at 4 p.m., and both are included with museum admission. Get more info here.


West LA Outdoor Sculpture Summer Festival -> The inaugural West LA Outdoor Sculpture Summer Festival features two days of art walks, art tours, and free activities held at two at separate garden venues: Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA on Saturday, August 6, and Beverly Gardens Park on Sunday, August 7. Both events are free to register for. Get more info here.

Jerk Fest LA -> The 6th Annual Roots & Yam Jerk Food Fest is this Saturday and Sunday, bringing two days of Caribbean dance vibes, live music, food and drinks to Exposition Park. Two-day passes run $200, or you get can a single day ticket for the Afro Soca Dancehall Night on Saturday for $150, or a GA ticket to the Reggae Fest on Sunday for $100. More info here.

Cinespia -> Cinespia hosts a special screening of A League of Their Own this Saturday at Hollywood Forever. The event will appearances from Geena Davis plus the cast of the upcoming Amazon Prime series. GA tickets start at $22 per person. Get more info here.

Songs to the Moon at The Hammer -> This Sunday, Songs to the Moon brings a moon-themed concert to The Hammer featuring art songs for voice and piano. The evening concludes with a rare performance of George Crumb’s “Night of the Four Moons” with texts by Federico Garcia Lorca, the work was originally composed in 1969 during the Apollo 11 mission. Show starts at 4 p.m. Free to attend, but seating is first come, first served.

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 the LA Chamber Brass Quintet playing Bach, Ewazen, Kamen, Barber, Arnold, Ewald, and more. There will be two musical performances, one at 3 p.m. and the other at 5 p.m. Tickets are $50. Get more info here.

22nd Annual TASTE OF ECUADOR Food Festival -> This Sunday, spend a day immersed in all things Ecuadorian at TASTE OF ECUADOR Food Festival at Placita Olvera. Free to attend, the festival features authentic cuisine, live music and performances, a street parade, carnival games and more.

Dining & Drinking

$5 Chile Relleno Cuernavaca’s Grill -> Second generation women-owned Cuernavaca’s Grill is expanding its location in the DTLA Fashion District and tripling its size. To celebrate, they will offer their most popular menu item, the Chile Relleno Special which includes one chile relleno, rice and beans for $5 on Saturday, August 6 all day until supplies run out.


$1 Oysters at Savida This Weekend -> To celebrate National Oyster Day (August 5), Chef Dan Smulovitz’s Savida in Santa Monica will offer $1 oysters during lunch hours, all weekend long. Oysters are served with champagne mignonette, horseradish, and cocktail sauce. And if oysters are your bag, check out our new Oyster Happy Hour guide for more ideas on where to celebrate this delicious food holiday.

Lunetta Eat Like a Local Menu + Chill & Grill Party -> Lunetta in Santa Monica recently launched an “Eat Like A Local” tasting menu that celebrates the best of local ingredients and highlights what Santa Monica locals like to eat. For $78 per person, the multi course meal includes popular Lunetta items such as sweet corn agnolotti and a surf & turf with a side of creamed spinach and onion rings. The restaurant is also throwing a summer party on the patio this Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. The ticketed event will feature special summertime cocktails such as Frosé and margaritas paired with Chef Cuyuch’s grilled burger sliders, sausages, and Aztec ribs. A live DJ will set the vibe as guest dine, drink and enjoy large lawn games. 

Long Beach Burger Week ->  Long Beach Food & Beverage presents the 2nd Annual Long Beach Burger Week from August 7-14. Grab featured burgers around the city for $5, $10, $15, $20 and $25, with everything from classic American renditions and vegan options to one-of-a-kind-burgers topped with Hot Cheetos, mac ‘n cheese and even peanut butter.

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