46 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. You Need to Know About [7-21-17 to 7-23-17]

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 (July 21 – July 23) includes LA Zoo Roaring Nights, Dodger Stadium Movie Night, a Night Sky Festival at Paramount Ranch, DTLA Dark Nights , and MUCH more.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.


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Paramount Ranch at Night
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Friday July 21st, 2017

1. Downtown Dark Nights returns this Friday with a free soirée at L.A. LIVE that includes loads of entertainment like muralists, stilt walkers, street dancers and contortionists. Guests can also shop from local craft vendors and enjoy $5 drink and food menus at participating restaurants.

2. The L.A. Zoo’s annual Roaring Nights is back with an awesome assortment of music, food trucks, animal encounters, new exhibits and more. This week’ theme is country, guests are encouraged to dress up! Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series returns this week with Dance Downtown Bollywood at Grand Park. FREE

4. Pershing Square kicks off their free summer movie screenings this Friday leaning heavy on sci-fi and fantasy movies for the season. This week, Underworld  will be screened. FREE

5. Enjoy some free Shakespeare this summer when the Independent Shakespeare Co. returns for the 8th year in a row with free/donation-based performances at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. Measure for Measure will be performed Wednesday through Sunday.

6. The 2nd Annual Delicious Little Tokyo returns to the heart of Little Tokyo Friday July 21 through Sunday July 23 for a historic neighborhood foodie experience. The weekend will feature culinary demos, food tours, workshops and one-of-kind activities at various Little Tokyo shops and eateries.

7. Los Angeles based fashion label Greylin is having a sample sale July 21-23. Shop new pieces, past favorites and more with prices starting at just $10.

8. dineL.A. returns for summer with 15-days of celebrating Los Angeles restaurant culture from July 14 to 28. Angelenos and visitors alike will have the opportunity to enjoy prix-fixe menus from more than 300 of the city’s best eateries for special prices. Checkout our post The Best dineL.A. Menus for Summer 2017 (according to We Like L.A.) use it as a guide to your dineL.A. adventures.

9. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. Eco friendly hot yoga studio Modo Yoga hosts donation based Karma Classes every Friday at their La Brea and Echo Park locations.

11. 626 Night Market comes to Santa Anita Park from July 21-23 for the largest Asia-themed night market in the United States. It will feature food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment.

12. Greenbar Distillery is hosting cocktail classes in Downtown LA this Friday with vodka and whiskey cocktails.

13. FYF Fest returns to Exposition Park in Downtown Los Angeles July 21-23 with a lineup featuring Missy Elliott, Björk, Frank Ocean, Nine Inch Nails and more.

14. Catch a flick on the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Los Angeles during Summer Supper + Show Series presented by WP24 by Wolfgang Puck. The series continues with a screening of Grease on July 21-22.

15. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Friday they’ll be performing The Taming of the Shrew at Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

16. Grand Performances presents Sidestepper and Buyepongo on Friday. FREE

17. The Petersen Automotive Museum will host an after hours event with an exclusive guided tour of the Petersen’s underground vault, which houses hundreds of rare vehicles. Guests will also enjoy a penthouse party on the rooftop, with complimentary cocktails and music by DJ Sam Kofa. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. Sip wine perched on a iconic L.A. hill that’s also home to an architectural gem at The Barnsdall Art Park’s annual Wine Tasting Nights. Now in its ninth year, the series feature tastings of boutique artisanal wines, along with food trucks, amazing food pop-ups and this Friday includes music from KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.

19. Michael Stars is having a sample sale with DL1961 on July 21 to 22 at their Hawthorne warehouse. Score up to 70% off on women’s, men’s and accessories. The first 100 shoppers on each day will also receive an extra 10% off their purchase on all Michael Stars clothing.

20. Old Pasadena Summer Cinema is back for 2017 with free movie screenings from July 1-29 at a variety of indoor and outdoor locations throughout the Old Town area. The series continues with A Good Year at Distant Lands and Hugo at One Colorado. FREE

21. Celebrate summer in Monterey Park with free outdoor movies with your friends and family. During Summer Movie Nights, five different parks in Monterey Park will host movie screenings. The series continues with The Lego Batman Movie at Sequoia Park – . FREE

22. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back this weekend with a screening of In Bruges at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles.

Saturday July 22nd, 2017

23. KCRW’s 2017 edition of Summer Nights is a free all ages outdoor music series happening throughout the summer. This Saturday they’ll take over the Annenberg Space for Photography with Paul Oakenfold, Mondo Cozmo and Lo Moon. FREE

24. Street Food Cinema this Saturday features two screenings on Saturday: Pretty in Pink at Syd Kronenthal Park Culver City and The Goonies at Victory Park Pasadena. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

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

26. Dodger Stadium Movie Night returns with a game against the Atlanta Braves, followed by a screening of 42: The True Story of an American Legend.


27. Charles Bukowski’s Los Angeles Bus Tour put on by the folks at Esoteric Bus Adventures will take you to some of the literary giants favorite L.A. haunts, you’ll also see where he lived, worked and drank. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

28. The National Park Service will host the Night Sky Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills. At this free event guests can observe the planets of our Milky Way Galaxy through telescopes, listen to Native American stories, and enjoy kids’ activities. In addition, Dr. Travis Longcore of USC will give a presentation about the night sky. FREE

29. Movies on the Green bring free screenings of popular films to the Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills every Saturday in the summer. This weekend they will screen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. FREE

30. Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

31. Movie Picnic Night at Alhambra Park is a free Chinese outdoor movie showcasing Chinese language films with subtitles. This weekend they will screen Goodbye Mr. LoserFREE

32. Stop by PETA’s Kind Market on July 22 and 23 at their new Empathy Center in Echo Park. The shopping event will host cruelty-free brands including clothing, beauty products, home goods, food and more.

33. Eat|See|Hear brings a screening of Die Hard to LA State Historic Park. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

34. The DT Stage Concert Series at Pershing Square returns every Saturday with free weekly shows featuring popular bands all summer long. The series continues  this Saturday with a concert by Boogie Knights. FREE

35. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Saturday they’ll be performing Macbeth at Rush Park in Los Alamitos. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

36. Summer of Music at Redondo Pier will host free concerts every Thursday and Saturday highlighting a slew of genres. This weekend Funk band A Certain Groove will perform. FREE

37. Old Pasadena Summer Cinema is back for 2017 with free movie screenings from July 1-29 at a variety of indoor and outdoor locations throughout the Old Town area. The series continues with Mamma Mia! (2008) at Central Park and Doctor Strange (2016) at One Colorado. FREE

38. Experience the food and culture of East Hollywood’s ethnic neighborhoods through a four hour foodie tour this Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

39. Grand Performances presents three global performers, Riffat Sultana, Meklit and Ulali on Saturday. FREE

40. Greenbar Distillery is hosting cocktail classes in Downtown LA this Saturday with Rum, Whiskey and Gin cocktails.


Sunday July 23rd, 2017

41. Sondheim on Sondheim, at the Hollywood Bowl is dedicated to the iconic music of Stephen Sondheim. Gustavo Dudamel will lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Vanessa Williams, Jesse Ferguson, Jonathan Groff and more will perform.

42. Topanga Vintage Market happens on the fourth Sunday of every month at Pierce College in Woodland Hills with over 170 of Los Angeles’ best vintage, antiques, and collectibles dealers.

43. Listen to the New Valley Symphony Orchestra perform Sci-Fi Masterworks from iconic movies and television shows from 2001: A Space Odyssey to scores for Star Wars, E.T., Alien and Planet of the Apes. Happening at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills’ Hall of Liberty. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

44. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Sunday they’ll be performing The Taming of the Shrew at Rush Park in Los Alamitos. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

45. The Levitt Pavilion in McArthur Park continue their annual free concert series this week with The Hollow Trees on Sunday. FREE

46. The Floor Improv Day at Union Station is a free public event showcasing L.A.’s diverse musicians and dancers from 2 to 5 p.m. Performances by The Red Line Horns, a flamenco lesson, a tango lesson and a percussion workshop. The day concludes with the Open Improv Dance Floor. FREE

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