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August 2024 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our August 2024 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, movie screenings and more

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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August may signal summer’s home stretch, but that doesn’t mean the seasonal vibes need to end. Grab an ice cream cone, splash around in a swimming hole or dine on a rooftop—and make sure to follow our August events calendar for the best activities in L.A. this month.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2024

The best events in L.A. this August

  • Things to do
  • Markets and fairs
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  • Downtown Arts District

Every Sunday you can find dozens of food vendors at this market at ROW DTLA, with a mix of much-loved pop-ups and future foodie stars. Look out for this year’s new vendors, including Basket Taco Co, Battambong Barbecue and Taste of the Pacific.

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The term CicLAvia stems from a similar Spanish word for “bike way,” and in L.A. it’s become a shorthand for the temporary, festival-like closing of L.A.’s streets. The event (inspired by the first Ciclovías in Bogotá, Colombia) welcomes bikes, tricycles, skateboards, strollers and basically anything else without an engine to ride a rotating cast of car-free routes. You’ll inevitably always find a route each year around Downtown, but past events have taken it anywhere from the harbor to the San Gabriel Valley. Expect music, street performances and food trucks, as well as general whimsy and shenanigans along the way. Shop owners and restaurants along the CicLAvia route also tend to host specials. It goes without saying that you should bike or take the Metro to your desired spot along the route.

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  • Art
  • Film and video
  • Miracle Mile

See how the Hairspray and Pink Flamingos writer and director’s delightfully filthy style has redefined the possibilities of independent cinema—as well as what exactly goes into making an indie movie—during this career-spanning exhibition at the Academy Museum. “John Waters: The Pope of Trash” includes costumes, props, photos, handwritten scripts, correspondence and memos, scrapbooks and more. Highlights include an original Pink Flamingos script and Debbie Harry’s exploding wig and Ricki Lake’s roach dress from Hairspray. Look out for related screenings as well as an adjoining installation on the American avant-garde and New Queer Cinema.

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  • Music
  • Funk, soul and disco
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  • Inglewood

Lionel Richie and Diana Ross top this inaugural fest filled with soul and R&B legends. Held on the Hollywood Park grounds, next to SoFi Stadium, the August 31 event also includes the likes of Santana, Al Green, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, the Isley Brothers, Charlie Wilson, Eric Burdon & the Animals, the O’Jays, and the Jacksons.

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  • USC/Exposition Park

Nature lovers rejoice! Spend a day at the Natural History Museum’s Butterfly Pavilion, which will open from March 17 through August 25 with up to 30 butterfly and moth species and an assortment of California plants. The seasonal outdoor exhibit allows for adults and children alike to witness nature up close—we’re talking having bufferlies take flight and land on your arms or shoulders. Prime time for these unique butterfly flight experiences are between 10 and 11am each morning.

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  • Music
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  • Downtown

Treat your ears to a vibrant concert on a spring or summer night this year, by attending MUSE/IQUE’s annual program. This monthly series of performances, held venues (largely outdoors) across L.A., features a mix of performances inspired by landmark albums and public figures, including tributes to Ed Sullivan, Bob Dylan, Abraham Lincoln, Oklahoma! and more. In order to attend, you’ll need to become a MUSE/IQUE member; you could make a $75 donation for a single event, but if you’re interested in more than just one, it’s cheaper per event to become a full-fludged member.

  • Museums
  • South Park

Whenever, wherever—we’re meant to be with Shakira! Explore the history behind the global and social superstar in her new immersive exhibit, Shakira, Shakira, currently open at the Grammy Museum. Step into this enchanting space celebrating 33 years of Shakira’s career with never-before-seen outfits, exclusive interviews and videos, TikTok activations, an exclusive Instagram Gold Room and more. Head to the link below to purchase tickets and explore the other exhibits within the museum. 

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  • Clubs
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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. Movers and shakers at this multi-location getdown are shuttled between the Saguaro, the Margaritaville and the Renaissance (with after-hours programming at the Palm Springs Air Museum) to lap up big-name dance acts and DJ sets. With the added comforts of AC rooms and critically acclaimed restaurant fare just steps away from the party scenes, the experience will make you question whether to bother with more punishing locales come next year’s festival season.

  • Music
  • Rock and indie
  • Inglewood

I’m broke but I’m happy because Alanis Morissette is playing the Forum (and, let’s face it, we’ll be even more broke once we shell out for tickets). The singer-songwriter who we’ve all attempted to emulate during drunken karaoke is hitting the road, and she’ll be playing all the hits (and probably even more classic songs than you remember). Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Morgan Wade open the August 10 show at the Forum. And I’m here to remind you that tickets go on sale Friday, November 17 at 10am, with presales starting as early Tuesday, November 14.

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