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August 2019 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our August 2019 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite summer concerts

HARD Summer 2016
Photograph: Foster Snell
By Time Out Los Angeles editors |

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 events calendar for the best festivals and activities in L.A. this month.

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Music, Music venues

Hard Summer

icon-location-pin Auto Club Speedway, Inland Empire

Though locally born EDM juggernaut HARD Summer has hopped around Southern California in recent years, its dedication to bringing the biggest names in the hip-hop and electronic scene.

Splash House
Photograph: Courtesy Nikki Jahanforouz

SPLASH HOUSE Palm Springs Pool + Music Weekend

icon-location-pin Various locations in L.A., Los Angeles

Say goodbye to dusty thoroughfares and violent porta-potties: Splash House takes the music festival concept off of sweltering desert land and places it poolside.

Death Cab For Cutie
Photograph: Michael J. Chen
Music, Rock and indie

Death Cab for Cutie

icon-location-pin Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood

A couple of lukewarm albums and a personnel shake-up don’t change the fact that Ben Gibbard and Co. still serve up some of the finest melancholy, emotional pop songs.

Pod Save America
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Eric Garcetti
Things to do, TV, radio and podcast recordings

Pod Tours America

icon-location-pin Greek Theatre, Griffith Park

Three former Obama staffers, including chief speechwriter Jon E. Favreau, bring you a live version of their political podcast, Pod Save America. Expect plenty of laughs and candor from the dudes known for their “no-bullshit conversations.”

Photograph: Courtesy Barron Claiborne/Annenberg Space for Photography
Art, Photography

“Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop”

icon-location-pin Annenberg Space for Photography, Century City

Celebrate the photographers responsible for helping to define hip-hop’s visual identity with this display of unedited contact sheets for photo shoots with the likes of the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Salt-N-Pepa, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West and more.

Barnsdall Art Park
Photograph: Courtesy Barnsdall Art Park

Friday Night Wine Tastings

icon-location-pin Barnsdall Art Park & Hollyhock House, Los Feliz

Perched atop Olive Hill on the west lawn of the historic Hollyhock House, the Barnsdall Friday fundraisers include fine selections of boutique wines provided by Silverlake Wine with a spectacular sunset and 360-degree views of the city.

Street Food Cinema
Photograph: Courtesy Street Food Cinema
Movie theaters, Outdoor

Street Food Cinema

icon-location-pin Multiple venues

During the summer and fall, Street Food Cinema throws together a series of mostly outdoor parties that include screenings of some of our favorite movies, paired with an assortment of gourmet food trucks and even a live music performance from a cool local band.

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