Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).
This weekend, from Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 10, features the Hollywood Fringe Fest, L.A. Pride, Downtown Dark Nights, the Playboy Jazz Festival, late-nights at the La Brea Tar Pits, Dapper Day at LACMA, and MUCH more.
Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.
Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!
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Friday June 8th, 2018
1. Grand Park will host Big L.A. Portrait Gallery from June 7 to July 4, transforming itself into a nighttime art gallery featuring photos by Los Angeles-based artists. Photography will be projected onto the 100 square-foot wall of the historic L.A. County Hall of Records right in front of Grand Park. Art will be on display nightly from sundown to midnight and is free to the public. FREE
2. Downtown Dark Nights Birthday Edition at L.A. Live is a one-night only birthday bash that will feature live bands, DJs, $5 food & drink menus, local artisans, street performers and more. Admission is free.
3. FIGat7th Downtown Festival is back for another festive summer filled with live performances by leading artists in a variety of genres. The series continues with a Lion Babe and opener Dave B. FREE
4. Venues such as 2nd Stage, Hudson Theatres, The Broadwater and the Underground Annex Theater will host comedy, ensemble theatre, dance and many more performances during the annual Hollywood Fringe Festival from June 7-24.
5. Late Night Fridays at the Tar Pits is a free after-hours party at the museum with special 3D experiences, behind-the-scenes tours, live excavations, and more. FREE
6. Are you a Chase bank customer? Got a freebie you might want to know about. Coolhaus is teaming with the Forum and Chase to hand out free ice cream sandwiches to Chase customers on Fridays all summer long, starting with this Friday at Santa Monica Place. Locations will change every Friday, and the offer is ice cream sandwich per cardholder. Get more info here.
7. ‘Summer of Salsa’ concert series is a monthly free concert series at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes running now till September 7, 2018. This month ten-piece band Latin Sol will bring a blend of salsa and Afro Cuban rhythm to the dance floor. FREE
8. June is California Avocado Month and Grand Central Market in DTLA is the place to be for all things avocado. A select group of chefs have rolled out avocado inspired offerings on their menu just for the month.
9. LA Design Festival (LADF) returns from June 7-10 with over 50 events taking place all over L.A., the fest, now in its 8th year, is the only citywide festival of its kind showcasing various types of design.
10. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include Cruel Intentions, The Adventures of Pricilla Queen of the Dessert and more.
11. Lula Washington Dance Theatre brings a night of thought-provoking dance from five world-renowned black choreographers to the Ford Theatre. Receive a discount on tickets by using promo code: LULAFRIEND.
12. It’s officially Negroni Week (June 4-10) enjoy spins on the Negroni from L.A. bars, Negroni specials, Negroni parties and more. The week is dedicated to raising money for a variety of causes through Negroni purchases by the public so drink up!
13. adidas teams up with Parley to host “Run for the Oceans” a 5K run and educational celebration with star studded performances by Anderson Paak and The Free Nationals.
14. Beyond the Streets is a fully immersive exhibition of street and graffiti art comprised of over 30 artist in a massive 40,000+ square feet exhibits. Artist are an eclectic mix of street and beyond including Retna, Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf Dennis Hopper and Jenny Holzer. Open Tuesday through Sunday this week. Open Tuesday through Sunday this week. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
15. Barnsdall Fridays returns to Barnsdall Art Park for the tenth year in a row, with evening tastings of boutique wines and music from KCRW DJs perched atop a hill with incredible city views.
16. Urban Death: Spring, a haunted theater attraction, is currently in session at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group in North Hollywood. Urban Death have terrorized audiences in L.A. for over a decade. Expect a completely new experience of inexplicable horrors and unfathomable monstrosities for this spring edition.
17. It’s Rhône Valley Vineyards Restaurant Weeks in L.A. from June 4-18. Participating restaurants include 71 Above, Kali, Nomad, Redbird, Spring and more. Each will highlight Rhône Valley wines by the glass, in flights and in pairings for the two weeks.
18. Union Station will host an interactive art installation created by acclaimed painter Alexa Meade from June 7-10. The free exhibit titled “Summer Sessions ’18” will invite visitors to “enter” the painting and create something of their own. FREE
19. One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival is a 40 day celebration through mostly free art events and exhibits between May 22 through June 30. FREE
Saturday June 9th, 2018
20. The L.A. Pride Festival returns to West Hollywood (June 9-10) with a two-day festival featuring performances from Kehlani, Tove Lo and more at West Hollywood Park. This year’s Pride parade (free to attend) takes place on Sunday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood.
21. The first ever Rosé Day LA will feature crisp bottles of rosé, delicious food curated by Chef Marc Forgione, live DJs, music performances, leisure lawn games and more all happening at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu.
22. Last Remaining Seats, the Los Angeles Conservancy’s annual event featuring classic film screenings in some of Los Angeles’ most beautiful vintage movie palaces. This week they’ll screen Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) at the Million Dollar Theatre in Downtown L.A.
23. The LA Phil presents the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl June 9-10. Hosted by comedian and actor George Lopez, performers include Anthony Hamilton, Roy Gaines, Jazmine Sullivan, the Count Basie Orchestra, Tower of Power and more. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
24. For over 30 years, Grand Performances has offered a variety of performance events at California Plaza, for free. Their 2018 summer series runs June 1 through August 18. This Saturdy Ulali, a Native American vocal and percussion group, will perform alongside Southern Californian Indigenous poetry and storytelling. FREE
25. Eat|See|Hear returns for 2018 with a screening of The Princess Bride at North Hollywood Recreation Center. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
26. Visit the Pasadena Playhouse area (at El Centro and Colorado) for a free Playhouse Block Party to celebrate the Playhouse District’s centennial. The event begins at noon with a family-focused party that then segues into a street party vibe in the late afternoon and early evening. FREE
27. Street Food Cinema returns this weekend with a screening of The Big Lebowski at LA State Historic Park in Los Angeles and Dirty Dancing at Victory Park in Pasadena.
28. Inner City Arts and 89.9 KCRW will host Summer on Seventh 2018 in Downtown L.A. at Inner-City Arts featuring unique art installations, live music, food, drinks, and artist studio tours. Mark Ronson will spin and Mayer Hawthorne will perform, while food and drink will be provided by Guerrilla Tacos, Everson Royce Bar, Cassell’s Hamburgers and more.
29. Cinespia is back for its 17th summer season, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for screenings of films modern, cult, and classic. This Saturday they’ll screen To Wong Foo.
30. DAPPER DAY + LACMA returns this Saturday to celebrate the exhibit Daid Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life. The event will feature docent-led tours, a film screening, live music, a dapper inspired market place, dancing and more.
31. Picture This!, L.A.’s only live animated comedy show, is back with another free show at The Virgil in East Hollywood. During this show, see standup comics perform as talented animators, cartoonists and artists draw them live. FREE
32. EA PLAY allows you to be the first to play news games like Madden NFL 19, FIFA 19 and NBA Live 19. The event is free to attend and features hundreds of game stations, game demos, musical performances, art, food and much more. FREE
33. Celebrate the glories of Los Angeles art with Made in L.A. at the Hammer in Westwood. On view now till September 2, 2018. FREE
34. Glassell Bark Community Block Party & Rescue Adoption hosts a day of fun featuring a doggie fashion show, food trucks, free professional family photoshoots, free microchipping, a human barking contest, doggie treats, watermelon eating contest, freebies and more. FREE
35. Outdoor theater Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, located in Topanga Canyon summer 2018 season begins on June 2 with a performance of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus.
Sunday June 10th, 2018
36. Sunday Sessions, at Grand Park, is a celebration of Los Angeles House music. Highlighting music and dance culture the kick off event will feature Afro Funke’s 15 Year Anniversary featuring Jeremy Sole, Glenn Red, Rocky Dawuni and special guests. FREE
37. Check out the Rose Bowl Flea Market — one of the most beloved markets of its type this Sunday.Taking place at the Rose Bowl on the second Sunday of each month, the flea market features a staggering 2500-plus vendors and 20,000 shoppers.
38. Take a free dance lesson with famed dance veteran Debbie Allen every second Sunday of every month now through August at The Wallis in Beverly Hills. This month she will lead an African Dance class. FREE
39. Shakespeare’s most magical play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon for 12 performances throughout the summer, from June 3-September 3.
40. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with a screening of Murder on the Orient Express.
41. One Colorado in Pasadena will host a free fathers day photo session from noon to 2 p.m. FREE
42. There’s no better place to explore the history of our city than inside Becoming Los Angeles, the Natural History Museum’s newly revamped (and just reopened) exhibit that details the culture, events, geography, movements, art, and diverse peoples that have shaped the city of angels.
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