Events & Festivals

Your guide to the best events and festivals in LA

50 amazing things happening in LA this August
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50 amazing things happening in LA this August

From an avocado fest to a pool party in the desert.

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15 free things to do in Los Angeles this August
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15 free things to do in Los Angeles this August

Make the most of your month without breaking into your wallet.

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Summer music festivals in and near LA
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Summer music festivals in and near LA

Not all summer music festivals require a road trip to the desert.

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Free things to do in LA
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Free things to do in LA

Read on for the best free things to do and places to visit across the city, for tourists and locals alike.

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10 shows to see during the Hollywood Bowl's 2016 summer season
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10 shows to see during the Hollywood Bowl's 2016 summer season

Single show tickets are on sale—here's what you should see.

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This week's top events

Cabinet of Curiosities
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Cabinet of Curiosities

Peer into a collection of mysterious worlds designed by local artists that are only viewable through peepholes. Curator Carl Berg has assembled seven artists to construct these small wonder-rooms, viewable by only one person at a time.

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Drag Queen Bingo: Live!
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Drag Queen Bingo: Live!

Grand Central Market is hosting Drag Queen Bingo: Live! on the first and third Thursday of the month. Jeffrey Bowman—otherwise known as "Bingo Boy" of Hamburger Mary's Legendary Bingo fame—hosts this raucous reinvention of the game of chance. He'll be joined by a rotating cast of saucy sidekicks, including drag queens and lively personalities like Calpernia Addams, Roxy Wood, Porsha Hayy, Deven Green and Willam Belli (of Nip/Tuck and RuPaul's Drag Race). Don't you dare claim false bingo, though, lest you face a public spanking.

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South Park 20 Experience
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South Park 20 Experience

Come on down to South Park as the Paley Center hosts the South Park 20 Experience. Celebrate 20 seasons of the foul-mouthed fourth graders with photo ops, free episode screenings and a South Park-inspired art exhibit.

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Grand Central Market Summer Nights
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Grand Central Market Summer Nights

Summer Nights at Grand Central Market launches this summer by expanding their hours every evening until 10pm. Along with special programming, visitors can expect live music, evening menu specials, a massive happy hour and free shuttle service to destinations like Disney Hall, the Music Center, Orpheum Theatre, the Theatre at Ace Hotel and other entertainment venues. Under ambient evening lighting—whatever that means, though we're guessing there will be a blue hue permeating throughout the space—most of the market's vendors will remain open until the very end, with some spots like Belcampo Meat Co., Knead & Co. Pasta Bar, DTLA Cheese and McConnell's Fine Ice Creams offering exclusive nighttime menu items. Various programs will occur throughout the week: Trivia Tuesdays,Horse Thief Movie Wednesdays, Drag Queen Bingo on the first and third Thursday of the month, and DJs and live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

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Concerts in LA

The Game

The Game

LA's own Jayceon Terrell Taylor—better known as the Game—plays this hometown rap show .

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Food events

Sunset & Dine
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Sunset & Dine

Don't worry if you missed last year's sold out Sunset & Dine food festival featuring eats from the best restaurants in Hollywood, because the event is back for its fifth year and will be taking place on September 1. The festival will include more than a dozen restaurants around the Sunset and Vine area including Paley Hollywood, Beso, The Melt, Blue C Sushi and The Pie Hole, to name a few. Tickets include food, drinks and live entertainment, curated by Amoeba Records, with proceeds benefitting The Center at Blessed Sacrament.

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LA Times The Taste
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LA Times The Taste

The Taste attracts foodies of all types to the Paramount back lot for a weekend to sample some of the best food and wine LA has to offer. "Opening Night" welcomes the LA Times' top-tier food staff and many of the weekend's featured chefs for a spattering of tastings (both edible and drinkable) from dozens of eateries around the city. The weekend's remaining highlights include "Field to Fork," hosted by LA Times food editor Amy Scattergood and Michael Cimarusti, chef and owner of Providence and Connie & Ted’s. Saturday evening's "Dinner with a Twist," hosted by Jonathan Gold (LA Times restaurant critic), Jenn Harris (LA Times deputy food editor), Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish and B.S. Taqueria) and Michael Lay (Broken Spanish and B.S. Taqueria) features live food/cocktail demos from some of the city's best culinary figures. The weekend rounds out with a "Sunday Block Party", followed by a colorful "Flavors of LA" cooking event. In addition, various LA Times editors and writers will host daily panel discussions and demonstrations on topics from farm-to-table cuisine to how to mix the perfect cocktail. Your ticket allows you full nibbling privileges, as you soak up knowledge from the esteemed panelists.

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Barcito's one-year anniversary
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Barcito's one-year anniversary

Celebrate Barcito's one-year anniversary on September 8 with free frozen fernecocas starting at 6pm. The Downtown cocktail bar and tapas lounge will offer the complimentary beverages until they run out, and there will also be plenty of celebratory bites on hand.

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L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade
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L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade

Chef Suzanne Goin—along with business partner Caroline Styne of Lucques and husband David Letz of Hungry Cat—host the seventh annual L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade event. The day-long cookout brings in top chefs from across the country, including Giada De Laurentiis, Nancy Silverton and Thomas Bellec, as well as leading vintners and mixologists from around the country. Proceeds go to Alex's Lemonade Stand, which raises money and awareness for children's cancer. Join longtime attendees Jimmy Kimmel, Laura Dern and others in support of this incredible cause and delicious event.

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Shopping events

Melrose Trading Post
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Melrose Trading Post

Better known locally as Fairfax Flea Market, it has become an LA staple for hours of people-watching and treasure-hunting among nearly 200 vendors.

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