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 7 – July 9) includes First Fridays, The 2017 Salsa Festival in Pershing Square, Tiki Night at The Egyptian, Movie Picnic Night in Alhambra, the Long Beach Vegan Festival 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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Friday July 7th, 2017
1. Get ready for a night of fiery at Downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station! Metro Art presents Salsa at the Station a free salsa party with dance lessons, DJ Walt Digz and the musical stylings of salsa orchestra Rumbakate. FREE
3. 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 kicks off with a screening of Singin’ in the Rain on July 7 and 8.
4. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series returns this week with Line Dance & Two-Step at Grand Park. FREE
5. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Friday they’ll be performing The Taming of the Shrew at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE
6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert comes to the Hollywood Bowl on July 7 and 8 for a revival of the third film in the series with a full-blown orchestra! The Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform the sensational sounds of John Williams’ score, so prepare to relive the magic of this film projected in high definition on the big screen!
7. Greenbar Distillery is hosting cocktail classes in Downtown LA this Friday with vodka, gin and rum cocktails.
8. 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.
9. 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 La La Land. FREE
10. The Levitt Pavilion in McArthur Park continue their annual free concert series this week withWestern Standard Time on Friday. FREE
11. Eco friendly hot yoga studio Modo Yoga hosts donation based Karma Classes every Friday at their La Brea and Echo Park locations.
12. 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 two screenings. Samsara (2011) at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave. at 8:00 p.m. and Freedom Writers (2007) at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley at 8:30 p.m. FREE
13. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.
14. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE
15. 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.
16. Outfest, L.A.’s signature LGBT film festival, returns this weekend with screenings at venues across Los Angeles. The 11-day event runs through July 16. Check for discounted tickets on Goldstar for select screenings. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
Saturday July 8th, 2017
17. The 2017 Salsa Festival at Pershing Square (July 8-9) will feature a wide variety of salsas to sample alongside local food vendors, a margarita bar, live music and an interactive kids zone. Access to the event is free and open to all ages, however you can purchase various tasting packages, as well as food and drinks, on-site.
18. The Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park is hosting Our Life Festival an eco-friendley party with local and national musicians, green demos, health-conscious food trucks, artisan vendors and a 21-and-over bar. All ages are welcome! Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
19. The Renegade Craft Fair returns to L.A. State Historic Park July 8-9 featuring some of the best handmade artisans (250-plus maker) selling their goods. The craft fair will also host DIY workshops, food trucks, craft drinks, DJ sets, photo booths and much more.
20. Esotouric Bus Adventures presents Pasadena Confidential a four-hour luxury coach tour in the City of Roses. From the Sphinx murder at Masonic Hall to the strange death of Eraserhead star Jack Nance the tour will make your toe’s curl with it’s shocking stories about the beautiful and seemingly normal town. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
21. Drunken Devil presents Curse of the Jungle Drums an evening of exotica and horror. Be transported to an imaginary, extravagant tiki bar in Hollywood circa 1954 for a devilish night of drinking, tarot readings, burlesque, magicians and more.
22. See a real live Quidditch tournament as the Los Angeles Guardians go up against the Salt Lake City Hive, at the Westwood Recreation Center this Saturday. Adapted from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series, the sport is played by over 500 teams in 26 countries. This event is free and open to the public. FREE
23. The Long Beach Vegan Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park for an afternoon of live music, vegan fare, and family fun. Vegan food trucks and booths, a chili cook-off, live music and activities for adults and kids ranging from yoga to face painting.
24. 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 two screenings. The Sting at Central Park and Remember the Titans at One Colorado. FREE
25. Taste of Paleo 5.0 heads to Montecillo de Leo Politi Park in Los Angeles for a paleolithic lifestyle event featuring a yoga class, snacking booths, lectures, lawn games and refreshing beer and wine. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
26. Tiki Night returns to the Egyptian Theatre this Saturday with a Tiki Marketplace, The Aloha Fridays food truck, a Tiki Bar, performances by acclaimed ukulele player King Kukulele & his Friki Tikis, along with the Polynesian Paradise Dancers and a screening of Rapa Nui.
28. Movie Picnic Night at Alhambra Park is a free Chinese outdoor movie showcasing Chinese language films with subtitles. This weekend they will kick off the summer series with a screening of Our Times. FREE
30. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Saturday they’ll be performing Macbeth at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE
31. Summer of Music at Redondo Pier will host free concerts every Thursday and Saturday highlighting a slew of genres. This weekend Indie musician Big Mess will perform. FREE
32. Street Food Cinema this Saturday features three screenings on Saturday: Boogie Nights – 20th Anniversary at Exposition Park Los Angeles, Grease at Griffith Park Los Angeles and Singin” in the Rain at Syd Kronenthel Park.
33. Unscene Fest highlights the LA underground music with an arts festival taking place at The Hi Hat. The show is free and will also host love bands and a collection of art and zines by local underground artists and writers. FREE
34. Greenbar Distillery is hosting cocktail classes in Downtown LA this Saturday with a class on whiskey and tequila.
35. The Levitt Pavilion in McArthur Park continue their annual free concert series this week with The Suffers on Saturday. FREE
36. The Frogtown Show is a free, monthly comedy show hosted in the backyard of vintage store Left Bank in Frogtown. This month’s lineup includes Cameron Esposito, Jay Larson and more. There will be tacos, beer, cornhole and shopping.
37. Cliftons Living History Tour is a 45-minute guided excursion led by Kahlil Nelson. Take a peek into DTLA history and the fascinating rooms at the iconic food hall. Although tour reservations are free, donations are strongly encouraged.
Sunday July 9th, 2017
38. Dress in your best 1940s attire and get ready to twirl, dance and drink at The Wiltern during Swingin’ Summer a vintage-style evening where guests will enjoy live bands and learn the art of swing dancing. Check for discounted tickets on packages for the evening. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
39. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Sunday they’ll be performing The Taming of the Shrew at Hesse Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE
40. The Levitt Pavilion in McArthur Park continue their annual free concert series this week with Bob Baker Marionettes on Sunday. FREE
41. Shakespeare’s enchanting A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to Topanga Canyon’s Theatricum Botanicum for ten performances throughout the summer with their signature production in a uniquely rustic outdoor theater surrounded by oak trees.
42. Tiny Porch Concerts, a series of FREE concerts in unique venues, comes to the amphitheater at the Peter Strauss Ranch in Agoura Hills on Sunday with a show from Americana string band Moonsville Collective and Venice Beach-based band Feisty Heart. FREE
44. Join Chef Curtis Stone and Chrysalis in supporting the homeless and low-income men and women by dropping off shampoo, soap, hygiene products, toothpaste this Sunday at the Hollywood Farmers Market. The annual Stone Fruit Festival is also happening that day.
45. 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)
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