August 2014 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our August 2014 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite summer concerts

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Photograph: Courtesy Hard Summer

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 2014 events calendar for the best festivals and activities in LA this month.


Beyonce + Jay Z

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

After smashing it in 2013 during The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, the one and only Beyoncé Knowles is back in LA with Mr. Carter in tow. After the world-shattering surprise-release of her self-titled new album, Bey’ll have plenty of brand new songs to bust out at this Rose Bowl extravaganza, not to mention some of the definitive pop and R&B tracks of the last 20 years. All in all, it should be a typically Yoncéan hurricane of full-throttle tuneage, combined with stuff-strutting moves to leave the audience breathless, let alone her backing dancers. Would anyone argue that Jay Z isn't the undercard here? In recent years, he's been graciously sharing the spotlight with Kanye, JT, his wife... the latter of which is particularly fine by us.

  1. Rose Bowl Stadium 1001 Rose Bowl Dr
  2. Until Sat 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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Hard Summer

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

This year, locally born EDM juggernaut Hard Summer makes its way to Whittier Narrows Recreation Area (750 S Santa Anita Avenue) for its eponymous annual summer music fest. For two days, dance music and hip-hop acts will traverse four outdoor stages for the raving pleasure of Southern California's danciest. 2014 festival headliners include Tiesto, Disclosure, Jack U, Axwell, Flosstradamus and plenty others. General admission to the fest is 18 and over, and VIP access is 21+.

Eminem + Rihanna

  • Price band: 3/4

The Monster Tour is an accurate name for this seductive and legendary duo, considering their August 7 Rose Bowl show sold out faster than the tip of Eminem's tongue during "Rap God." Lucky for die-hards, they've added an additional date to their August LA residency. Catch the powerhouse pair bust out their iconic hits before a crowd of nearly 93,000 this Augus 8.

  1. Rose Bowl Stadium 1001 Rose Bowl Dr
  2. Until Fri Aug 8
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Street Food Cinema

  • Price band: 1/4

For your one-stop-shop in LA summer entertainment, follow the food trucks. Saturday evenings throughout August, Street Food Cinema throws together an epic outdoor party, complete with live music, tasty street fare, and a screening of your favorite movie—this year's lineup includes Goodfellas, Pitch Perfect and a slew of other not-to-be-missed flicks. Most showings are held on the spacious lawn at Exposition Park. But locations vary from week to week, so make sure to double check before schlepping your dog, friends and a picnic spread Downtown. Parking is available in their nearby lot for $10 per vehicle. Plus, for parties over ten, contact the office to receive a special group discount.

Nisei Week Japanese Festival

  • Free

This eight-day event celebrates Japanese culture with displays of martial arts, tea ceremonies, flower arranging and more. Crowds of nisei—the word refers to the first generation of Japanese to be born in America—culminates with the coronation of the Nisei Week Queen.

Justin Timberlake

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Justin Timberlake isn't the smoothest when it comes to between-song banter, but that's the only thing you might find lacking in his ongoing big-box tour behind double platinum album The 20/20 Experience. A consummate pro, J.T. mixes a young Sinatra's swagger and charisma with the airtight funk of Michael Jackson at his peak, making magic night after night with an accompanying big band. Catch his return to LA this August at The Staples Center, along the extended run of his 20/20 tour.

  1. Staples Center 1111 S Figueroa St
  2. Until Tue Aug 12
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Pageant of the Masters

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Life imitates art, literally: Classic paintings, statues and murals take on a new dimension as real people dress and pose to recreate original masterpieces—a trick popularized by vaudeville artiste Lolita Perine at the first festival in 1932. A professional orchestra, a narrator, intricate sets and theatrical lighting help bring the works to life at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach (650 Laguna Canyon Rd). This year's theme, "The Art Detective," unravels riddles of crime, passion and discovery.


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