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Things to do this weekend in Los Angeles: August 12-14

Things to do this weekend in Los Angeles: August 12-14

We curate an LA weekend itinerary of the city's best concerts, culture and cuisine, every week, just for you.


Dive head first into your weekend during a Sunset Swim at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Though the evening open swim session and the beachfront pool are for adults only, it's anything but serious business with free fruit bars and s'mores.

See what's cutting edge in the film world on the opening night of Sundance Next Fest. Friday night's program at the Theatre at Ace Hotel includes a screening of the Jena Malone and Riley Keough heartbreaker Lovesong with a performance from dancey crooner Shamir.

Dress up in appropriately "surrealist fantasy" attire—which, we presume, covers pretty much anything—for HM157's Cloud 9* party. The oddball dance party celebrates the Lincoln Heights Victorian home's ninth anniversary with an evening of eccentric music and vaudevillian performances.


Start your Saturday with a belly full of beer at the LA Craft Beer Crawl. This Downtown binge fest is serving more than 100 craft beers across seven different bars, like Casey's Irish Pub and Seven Grand. The event begins with a brewers-inspired workout to fend off all those carbs.

Fess up to your pop music guilty pleasures at Pandora Summer Crush. This free concert from streaming radio service Pandora is taking over LA Live with performances by 5 Seconds of Summer, Fergie and Daya.

If you need proof that Frogtown is happening, then make your way to the Frogtown Art Walk. The Elysian Valley neighborhood—tucked between the 5 and the LA River—is mounting its annual evening of art across 30 different venues between Fletcher and Eads streets (plus across the river at the Bowtie Parcel).

Stay up all night at Cinespia's Annual Movie's All Night. The Hollywood Forever Cemetery series is screening two Winona Ryder cult classics in this after-hours event: Heathers and Edward Scissorhands.


Start your Sunday on two wheels during CicLAvia: Wilshire Boulevard. The popular car-free festival is charting a course through Downtown, Westlake and Koreatown on this now annually occurring route.

Scope out works from up-and-coming local artists at Open Call 2016: Play. The monthlong exhibition kicks off with an artists reception, from ambitious students to talented hobbyists, at Barnsdall Art Park's Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

Spend the rest of the day in Little Tokyo for the beginning of Nisei Week. This two-weekend event celebrates Japanese culture with displays of martial arts, tea ceremonies, flower arranging and more. Head to the plaza outside of the Japanese American National Museum for the Tanabata Festival—or Star Festival—followed by the Grand Parade along Central Avenue.

Find more things to do this weekend by clicking each day or by heading over to our weekend calendar.