Events & Festivals

Your guide to the best events and festivals in LA


This week's top events

Cowabunga! 30 Years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

  • Free

Remember when “bogus” and “far-out” were a thing? We sure do. Rediscover your childhood memories by celebrating the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ 30th birthday.

  1. iam8bit 2147 W Sunset
  2. Until Sun Jul 27
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Paging Mr. Herman: A Pee-Wee Herman Art Retrospective

  • Free

You all remember what to do whenever anybody throws a Pee-wee Herman art show? Scream!

  1. NerdMelt Showroom 7522 Sunset Blvd, in Meltdown Comics
  2. Until Fri Jul 25
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New Original Works Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

See what’s cutting edge in the city’s vibrant performing arts scene at REDCAT’s yearly summer festival.

  1. Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) 631 W 2nd St
  2. Until Sat Aug 9
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Puppet Up! Uncensored

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

In case "uncensored" wasn't enough warning, make sure you leave the kids at home for this one.

  1. Pasadena Playhouse 39 S El Molino Avenue
  2. Until Sat Jul 26
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Upcoming events and festivals

Modern by Moonlight Walking Tour

  • Price band: 1/4

Tour the glimmering Downtown skyline by night with this walking tour of Bunker Hill.

  1. Various locations in L.A.
  2. Until Thu Aug 28
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Dance Downtown

  • Free

The Music Center offers a free, joyous mashup of music and dancing all summer long.

  1. Music Center 135 N Grand Avenue
  2. Until Fri Sep 19
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Friday Night Wine Tastings

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A few years in and already a summer tradition, Barnsdall Park’s wine tastings regularly attract sell-out crowds.

  1. Barnsdall Art Park & Hollyhock House 4800 Hollywood Blvd
  2. Until Fri Aug 29
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UCB Comic-Con International

  • Price band: 1/4

Can't make it to San Diego? Check out UCB's Comic-Con parody instead.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) 5919 Franklin Ave
  2. Sat Jul 26
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Barks, Bubbles & Brews

  • Price band: 1/4

Man's best friend (dogs) and man's other best friend (beer) come together at Angel City Brewery's charity dog wash.

  1. Angel City Brewery 216 S Alameda St
  2. Sun Jul 27
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Silent Frisco Seaside Soiree

  • Price band: 2/4

This sunny outpost of Silent Frisco, the headphones-no-speakers dance party, moves the action to the end of the Santa Monica Pier.

  1. Santa Monica Pier 200 Santa Monica Pier
  2. Sun Jul 27 - Sun Sep 21
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Good Looks

  • Free

Pete Holmes, Eric Andre and more perform at this free, Downtown comedy show.

  1. play 1018 S Santa Fe Ave
  2. Tue Jul 29
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Movies on the green at the Americana at Brand

  • Price band: 1/4

Catch Ferris Bueller's Day Off on the lawn at the Americana.

  1. The Americana at Brand 889 Americana Way
  2. Until Tue Jul 29
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Lobster Rumble

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Get ready to rumble at the 2nd annual Lobster Rumble from Tasting Table.

  1. Cooper Design Space 860 S Los Angeles St
  2. Fri Aug 1
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First Fridays on Abbot Kinney

  • Free

Food trucks, open galleries and late-night shop hours—it's the triumvirate of LA street fest staples.

  1. The Brig 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd
  2. Fri Aug 1
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The Dead Authors Podcast

  • Price band: 1/4

The time-traveling spirit of H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) hosts this monthly show; Lennon Parham plays Flannery O'Connor.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) 5919 Franklin Ave
  2. Fri Aug 1
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Summahfest with Howard Kremer

  • Free

It's halfway through the summer, but NerdMelt is still celebrating the season with the "King of Summah" himself.

  1. NerdMelt Showroom 7522 Sunset Blvd, in Meltdown Comics
  2. Sat Aug 2
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