August 2013 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our August 2013 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite summer concerts.



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FYF Fest.

FYF Fest. Photo courtesy FYF

August may signal summer's home stretch, but that doesn't mean the fun needs to end. Grab an ice cream cone or dive into a pool party while it's still warm—ah, who are we kidding, it's always perfectly pleasant in Los Angeles. Keep sipping those summer cocktails, head to one of the county's best beaches and follow our August 2013 events calendar for the best festivals and activities in LA this month.

X Games

  • Price band: 2/4

After a decade of hosting the premiere summertime action sports festival, LA will stage its last X Games for the foreseeable future. In addition to the usual events at LA Live, this year's competition premieres a new car racing event at Irwindale Speedway. Competitors from around the world battle for both honor and treasure in extreme sports; thousands of adoring fans risk sunstroke to cheer them on. For those less interested in revving engines and death-by-wheels-defying feats, the festival will also feature musical performances from the Presets, Tanlines and Pepper.

  1. Irwindale Speedway 500 Speedway Drive, at I-605 Irwindale
  2. Until Sun Aug 4
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Hard Summer

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Hard Summer, the locally-born EDM juggernaut, makes its way to LA State Historic Park again for two days of dance music and hip-hop across four stages. Headliners this year include Knife Party, Duck Sauce, Dog Blood, Justice, Bassnectar and Empire of the Sun.

  1. LA State Historic Park 1245 N Spring St
  2. Until Sun Aug 2
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Festival of the Chariots

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Hosted by the Hare Krishnas, this Indian tradition attracts 50,000 people who chant and cheer for three honored deities, representations of whom are paraded from the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to Venice Beach on elaborately decorated chariots. A free Indian feast is held at the end of the route.

  1. Venice Beach 3100-2700 Ocean Front Walk
  2. Until Sun Aug 3
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FYF Fest

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The enthusiastically named Fuck Yeah Fest rallies rowdy post-punkers, low-brow artists, anarchist skaters, caustic stand-ups and all-manner-of-other-virulently anti-establishment types for a weekend of indier-than-thou, amp-busting fringe culture. Headliners this year include My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio and MGMT.

  1. LA State Historic Park 1245 N Spring St
  2. Sat Aug 27 - Sun Aug 28
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