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Natural History Museum
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August 2020 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our August 2020 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, virtual festivals and our favorite drive-in events

By Michael Juliano and Time Out editors
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August may signal summer’s home stretch, but that doesn’t mean the seasonal vibes need to end (if you ever felt them at all this year). Grab an ice cream cone, slurp up a frozen cocktail to-go or dine outside (safely)—and make sure to follow our August events calendar for the best virtual and in-person activities in L.A. this month.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2020

Looking for some more things to do this month?

Guerrilla Cafecito
Photograph: Stephanie Breijo

Dine out (safely)

Restaurants

L.A. County restaurants are open again, though for the time being, you’ll need to sit outside. We’re keeping a running list of some of the best restaurants available for dine-in service outdoors.

Krispy Rice sushi delivery
Photograph: Courtesy Krispy Rice

Order takeout from one of your favorite local restaurants

Restaurants

You’ve eaten through two bags of beans and six cans of chickpeas. Now what? You leave it to some of the city’s top restaurants and bars, who are making your social distancing as painless as possible. We’re keeping a running list of our favorite pickup and delivery menus that are popping up at L.A. restaurants.

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cocktails
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And make sure to add in a booze order, too

Bars

Some of L.A.’s best restaurants and bars have your back when you need a stiff drink at home. Restaurants and bars can now deliver alcohol to your door—whether it’s craft beer, wine or house-made cocktails—as long as they’re offering food, which means we can finally sip from some of our favorite spots in town from the comfort of our own couches.

Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre
Photograph: Stephanie Breijo

Go to the drive-in

Movies

Cinephiles, rejoice! You can watch a movie from somewhere other than your couch as L.A.’s given the green light to reopen drive-ins within the county.

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Street Food Cinema
Photograph: Courtesy Street Food Cinema

Or head to one of these pop-up drive-ins

Movies

Alfresco screenings usually start to pop up across the city in the late spring, be it atop rooftop bars, at L.A.’s best parks or even at a Hollywood cemetery. But this year is all about the drive-in.

Palos Verdes
Photograph: Courtesy Kaity O’Keefe

Take a scenic drive around L.A.

Things to do

Finally, our automobile-addicted culture has an upside: You can see some of L.A.’s most stunning scenery safely from your car window. With traffic at an unprecedented low, you may be inclined to drive as far as you can, but we’d stick to whichever scenic drive in our guide is closest to your area. Drive safe!

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Los Angeles skyline
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Dillon Shook

Go for a walk or hike—but maybe not at your usual spots

Things to do

Runyon’s open again… yay? Going for a hike is great and all (assuming you’re following proper social distancing guidelines and wearing a face covering). But if you’re looking to avoid crowds, maybe stick to a walk in your own neighborhood or a lesser-known hike. Consider our list of the best hikes, linked here, exactly the spots you don’t want to go to right now.

Huntington Library
Photograph: Michael Juliano

Find some peace at a botanical garden

Things to do

If your neighborhood isn’t conducive to walking and you’re looking for a wide-open outdoor space, a few major gardens remain open. Do note that tickets are limited and must be purchased online. And remember to keep a safe distance from other visitors.

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