52 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. [7-15-16 to 7-17-16]

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 decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend (July 15-17) includes an adults-only sleepover at Natural History Museum, a Colorado Bridge Street Party, Eat|See|Hear in Griffith Park, the Love Long Beach Festival, a Hot Sauce Expo, Chinatown Summer Nights, and LOTS more to choose from.


So grab some friends or go at it alone, but most importantly have fun and enjoy yourself!

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Eat See Hear at The Autry
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Friday July 15th, 2016

1. Union Station 360° will take viewers on an interactive journey through the culture of Los Angeles via a series of cinemagraphs projected on a 30-foot-high sphere that will broadcast hypnotic soundscapes and can respond to viewers movements. Free and open to the public from July 15-24 from 8 p.m. to midnight. FREE

2. Shakespeare takes over Griffith Park with free donation-based shows, this weeks performance of Richard III runs now through Sunday. Although it’s free our friends at Goldstar is offering complimentary reserved spaces in prime viewing areas for those who reserve under them!

3. Barnsdall Art Park’s Breaking Convention Summer Soiree will feature a live art installation by Aaron Axelrod, live music and food curated by executive chefs from Terrine, Faith & Flower, Hanjip, and Viviane!

4. Tony Award-winning puppet musical Avenue Q continues at the Cupcake Theater for a marvelous (and hilarious) look at trying to make it as an adult in NYC. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

5. Old Pasadena Summer Cinema is back this week with two screenings! Cool Hand Luke at One Colorado and Two for the Road at Distant Lands Travel Bookstore. FREE

6. From July 11-22 The Red Bull Music Academy’s RBMA Radio will be broadcasting live from a DTLA studio while hosting various music-related pop-ups throughout the city.

7Odd Nights at The Autry features a collection of over 200 vendors, 20 gourmet food trucks, a beer garden, custom handmade treasures and live entertainment. FREE

8. Westfield Summertime Cinema at Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks will screen ZootopiaFREE

9. The Completely Different Late Show performed by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company will have you crying tears of laughter this Friday night. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10East LA Meets Napa will feature some of the city’s best Latino food and wine from over 35 local chefs, eateries and Napa Valley wineries, as well as live music.

11. Summertime Cinema kicks off at Westfield Culver City with a outdoor screening of Enchanted. FREE

12. The Odyssey’s comedy Go Back To Where You Are by David Greenspan and directed by Bart Delorenzo will host a complimentary performance at 8 p.m. all you need to do is mention “WeLikeLA” and your ticket is FREE!

13. Checkout the South Bay Greek Festival for a day of Greek food, Greek wine, dancing, music and more happening all weekend.

14. Outfest LGBTQ film festival span over two weeks (July 7-17) during the summer hosting special screenings and parties all across Los Angeles. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. Friday Flights at The Getty is a free summer series with music, special projects, dance, film and more. This program includes music by Chris Cohen, a multi-site music performance by wild Up’s Andrew Tholl, a film program presented by Veggie Cloud and more. FREE

16. Get your sun salutations on during Grand Park’s lunch time free yoga class stop by at 12:15 p.m. yoga runs till 1 p.m. FREE

17. Monkey Town is a pop-up dinner series with an immersive 27-foot video installation cube in which you will dine inside of on a 5-course meal prepared by chef Nick Montgomery of Osso. Happening now till Sunday.

18. Tony award winning musical Grey Gardens has performances all weekend at the Ahmanson Theatre. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19. The Long Beach Museum of Art is free today! FREE

BONUS: National Park Rangers will lead a Pokemon Go walk at Marsh Park.

Saturday July 16th, 2016

20. Hello Kitty rolls into Glendale this Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. so you can get your sugar fix with themed baked goods while adding to your HK collection.

21. Street Food Cinema has a screening of Fight Club at Expo Park, 10 Things I Hate About You Poinsettia Rec Park (discounted), Knocked Up Westchester Park. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. The 2nd Annual California Hot Sauce Expo returns to Long Beach on June 16 and 17 with samples, spicy entertainment and some of the hottest challenges on Earth.

23. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! is back with a FREE show at The Virgil where the bar will be fully stalked and a taco truck will be parked outside for your dining pleasure. FREE

24. Experience the food and culture of East Hollywood’s ethnic neighborhoods through a four hour foodie tour. DISCOUNTED

25. The Love Long Beach Festival (July 16-17) is a family festival that includes arts and crafts, an art show, a food court, music by DJs, stand-up paddle races, yoga, and dog events by the dog beach. FREE

26. Sound in Focus at Annenberg Space for Photography with Baaba Maal plus Classixx, and Brazilian Girls.  FREE

27. Watch a movie inside the British Burlington Arcade during Float’s Annual CineRamaDena a free summer screening series. Kicking off the series is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  FREE

28. The Natural History Museum is hosting an adults-only slumber party this Saturday the theme “Up Owl Night!” an all nighter birds with a screening of The Birds.

29. Movie Picnic Night at Alhambra Park is a free Chinese outdoor movie showcasing Chinese language films (with subtitles!) this weekend they will screen The Monkey King 2. FREE

30. Shakespeare By The Sea will host performances of Cymbeline, Point Fermin Park Saturday and Sunday. FREE

31. Colorado Street Bridge Party in Pasadena celebrates its century old curvilinear bridge with a party happening right on the bridge and at Defenders Park.


32. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

33. Chinatown Summer Nights with KCRW DJs Garth Trinidad + Jeremy Sole. 8 p.m. to midnight. FREE

34. Celebrate Polynesian culture at the free Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Festival at Alondra Park in the city of Lawndale July 16-17. FREE

35Grand Performances in DTLA will host a performance by daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra. FREE

36. Join KCRW and Inner-City Arts for Summer on Seventh an evening of interactive art, live music on the rooftop and food trucks all while supporting a good cause.

37. Old Pasadena Summer Cinema screens Raising Arizona at One Colorado and American Graffiti at Central Park. FREE

38. Eat|See|Hear is back with a screening of North by Northwest at The Autry. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

39. The Wizards Market Crafts Faire is the perfect place to score wizard themed goodies. Held at Whimsic Alley July 16-17 the faire is free to the public and open to all ages.  FREE

40. The Norton Simon Museum Summer Concert Series will feature Pianist Polli Chambers-Salazar.

41. Brooklyn-born craft market Artists & Fleas in Venice will feature locally made art, fashion, vintage edibles and beyond. FREE

42. North Hollywood’s free outdoor summer movie series continues at Victory Vineland Rec Center with a screening of Inside Out at 8:30 p.m. FREE

43. The 5th Annual Taste of Summer is a food event featuring famous chefs, wineries, restaurants, breweries and beverage purveyors. Taking place at The Victorian in Santa Monica.

45. Current: LA Water will host several events this weekend along the LA River with local artist performances and installations, work shops, music and more. Most are family friendley and all event are free. Check their calendar page for the full schdules and locations. FREE

BONUS: National Park Rangers will lead a Pokemon Go walk at the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round.

Sunday July 17th, 2016

46. Ranger Ernie leads a 6-mile hike to Travel Town. FREE


47. The massive food hall Smorgasburg LA is now open in Downtown Los Angeles every Sunday with a massive roster of L.A. heavy hitters in food involved.

48. There’s a free screening of artist and filmmaker, Malka Nedivi’s feature length film, Tzipora’s Nest at the Skirball Cultural Center this Sunday. Doors open at noon and the movie begins at 12:30 p.m. A Q&A between Malka Nedivi and art critic, Shana Nys Dambrot will take place after the film. RSVP hereFREE

49. View the new exhibition dedicated to Pterosaurs, a species of giant flying dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum

50. The Little Tokyo Concert Series is back! Takes place inside the Japanese Garden of Little Tokyo. Performing this week is WONDEM.

51. It’s pay what you can at the Craft and Folk Art Museum on Sunday.

52. The Museum of Latin American Art is free on Sundays. FREE

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