Events | The Best Los Angeles Things To Do In August

Check Out The Best Los Angeles Things To Do In August


Justin Timberlake. Photo by Tom Munro, RCA Records.

From foodie fests and outdoor movies to music festivals, outdoor concerts and more find the best Los Angeles things to do in August 2014 in our events roundup.

Edited by Christina Xenos

Summer Nights in the Garden
Aug. 1, 15, 29. New outdoor summer series features music from KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez, food trucks, themed botanical cocktails, workshops, live performances and garden tours. 5-9 pm. Free. Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown, 213.763.3466.

Street Food Cinema
Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Outdoor summer film series hosts screenings every Saturday night at various locations across L.A. Features live music and food from the city’s top trucks. Highlights this month include Dazed & Confused and Casablanca. See website for a full schedule. 5:30 pm. $6-$17. 323.254.5068.

Big Bite Bacon Fest
Aug. 2. Pig out on indulgent bacon and pork fare along with craft brews. The festival features creative bacon and pork dishes from top chefs and competitive cooks from Long Beach and beyond. Indulge in mouth watering bacon-y deliciousness ranging from ​​​​appetizers to desserts to everything in between to be washed down with samples of ice cold craft beers. The fest offers lunch and dinner sessions. $35-$65. The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach.

Long Beach Crawfish Festival
Aug. 2-3. Dine on Cajun crawfish dinners prepared Louisiana-style, listen to zydeco and dixieland music hit the beach bar and more at the 21sth annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival. $13-$28. Rainbow Lagoon, 400-403 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach.

Aug. 7. Transport yourself to an Asian culinary wonderland at this event that teams rising star chefs and mixologists from Los Angeles’ exploding culinary scene alongside international celebrity chefs to create the ultimate Asian cocktail and foodie experience. The festival, hosted by Sang Yoon (Father’s Office/Lukshon) and presented by Bombay Sapphire East blends authentic night market street food, creative chef-driven dining and cocktails galore – all re-imagined through a locally global lens that spotlights LA’s exploding Asian food revolution. $88/$150 (early entry) VIP. 7-10 p.m. Create, 6021 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.

Sundance Next Fest
Aug. 7-10. This newer summer festival, presented by the Sundance Institute, celebrates the intersection of music and film, featuring a special Cinespia screening at Hollywood Forever Cemetery and six L.A. premieres of independent films, followed by performances from buzzworthy bands or conversations with cultural icons. See website for schedule. $14-$25. Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, downtown.

Twilight Concert Series
Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28. Annual summer concert series at the famed Santa Monica Pier featuring contemporary and classic bands. Jagwar Ma, La Santa Cecilia with Sergio Mendoza y la Orkestra, The Zombies with Mystic Braves and Lee “Scratch” Perry with Mexico 68 headline this month. 7–10 pm. Free. 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.458.8901.

Secrets of Pasta-Making Revealed at Drago Centro
Aug. 8. Have you ever wondered how to perfectly finesse fettuccini from flour to noodle? From spaghetti to cavatelli, learn how to prepare a variety of fresh pasta and traditional Italian sauces with Drago Centro’s Chef di Cucina, Ian Gresik. The delicious three-hour class, on June 7 or 28, also includes a take home pasta-making kit for participants. Noon-3 p.m. $100/pp. Reservations required call 213.228.8998 or 525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.228.8998.

L.A. Craft Beer Crawl
Aug. 9. Sip more than 100 craft beers from some of the top artisnal brewers in the country across eight bars and restaurants in downtown Los Angeles. Beers are curated by the best ladies in the business: The Beer Chicks Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune. Participating stops along the crawl include Honeycut, Broadway Bar, Cana Rum Bar, Coles, Seven Grand, among others. Check in and entry at Casey’s Irish Pub, 613 S Grand Ave., downtown. 3-7 p.m.

Lucques All American Rib Fest
Aug. 10. Feast on slow-cooked ribs hot wings, and sides that has become a Lucques tradition since 2000. A week of preparation goes into the smoking of pork, beef and lamb ribs, spreading the lure of wood smoke throughout the neighborhood and attracting a growing swell of Rib Fest Groupies for the annual BBQ celebration. The menu is family style and includes Saint Louis style pork ribs, braised beef back ribs, spicy lamb spare ribs, and “too hot to handle” chicken wings; along with sides like cole slaw, baked beans, tomato-watermelon salad and desserts like peach cobbler with strawberries and buttermilk ice cream. Fest begins at noon and serves continuously until 9 p.m. $55. Tickets may be purchased at the restaurant or by requesting a Rib Fest pre-pay form by phone. 8474 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, 323.655.6277.

Through Aug. 10. Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this stage adaptation of the acclaimed film of the same name tells the story of a street musician in Dublin buoyed by the encouragement of a beautiful young woman. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.

Justin Timberlake
Aug. 12. From heading ’N Sync to bringing sexy back, Justin Timberlake has always had his finger on the pulse of pop culture, and his reign continues with the 20/20 Experience World Tour, in support of of his dual album release last year. The suave singer brings his neo-soulful tunes and big band found to charm crowds at Staples Center with a thorough roster of songs from his solo catalog. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100.

Food GPS Fried Chicken Fest
Aug. 17. Celebrate fried chicken as some of the city’s finest chefs offer their versions of the comfort food favorite accompanied by sides, desserts, craft beer and cocktails. Dine on recipes by Nakul Mahendro (BADMAASH), Jason Travi (Superba Food & Bread), Alvin Cailan and Johnny Lee (Eggslut), and many more. The event is all inclusive and also includes a VIP option that offers one-hour early admission (3-4 p.m.) and reserved seating. General admission $65 advance/$75 door; VIP $90 advance/$100 door. 4-7 p.m. Chinatown’s Central Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway, downtown.

Buyer & Cellar
Through Aug. 17. See the fictitious show about a struggling actor who works in Barbra Streisand’s non-fictitious basement: an underground private shopping mall beneath her Malibu home. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown.

Los Angeles Food & Wine
Aug. 21-24. This epicurean event features a who’s who of talent from the culinary world, from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto to République’s Walter Manzke. With a home base along Grand Avenue downtown, the festival also offers special themed lunches and dynamic chef pairings at top dining destinations across L.A. Take in live cooking demonstrations and wine seminars, or learn to mix a master cocktail. See website for a full schedule. $50-$350/$1000 VIP. 855.433.5239.

FYF Fest
Aug. 23-24. Premier SoCal music fest features 60 indie rock bands, ranging from up-and-comers to big-name headliners. This year the festival moves locations to L.A. Sports Arena & Exposition Park, and offers both indoor and outdoor performances. 2 pm-midnight. 3939 South Figueroa St., downtown.

We Will Rock You
Through Aug. 24. The first U.S. national tour of the musical that brings the spirit and songs of iconic rock band, Queen to the stage hits the Ahmanson Theater. Break out your favorite vintage T-shirt and motorcycle jacket to take part in this over-the-top performance where head banging and sining at the top of your lungs is are encouraged. Book and direction by Ben Elton. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.

Taste of Brews
Aug. 23. Summer craft beer festival offers tastes of dozens of seasonal, craft and micro-brews from local and international breweries. Noon–4 pm. $32.50–$42.50. Lighthouse Park, 200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 714.375.1132.

The Taste
Aug. 29-31. The Los Angeles Times’ annual food and wine fest offers an authentic look at what’s hot in the city’s vibrant food and cocktail culture. Learn from key players in the L.A. dining scene—Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold, Providence’s Michael Cimarusti, barsmith Julian Cox and many more—at tastings and seminars like “Field to Fork” and “Flavors of L.A.” $100-$150. Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Ave, L.A., 213.237.5000.

Los Angeles County Fair
Aug. 29-Sept. 28. Head to the outskirts of L.A. for a distinctly non-Angeleno experience. Cheer on a racing pig, learn about farming, take a spin on the Ferris wheel, watch a concert and dine on plenty of deep-fried food. 1101 West McKinley Ave., Fairplex, 909.623.3111.

Budweiser Made in America Music Festival
Aug. 30-31. Jay Z curates this bicoastal Labor Day weekend music festival. Catch performances from big-name headliners such as Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Steve Aoki and Weezer while sampling fare from Kogi BBQ, Grilled Cheese Truck and other top food vendors. Grand Park, entrances at 200 N. Grand Ave., 221 N. Hill St., 221 N. Broadway and 227 N. Spring St., downtown.

Shakespeare at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
Through Oct. 24. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum celebrates the Bard’s 450th Birthday with an All-Shakespeare Season under the stars. The five-play repertory season weaves together summer performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, All’s Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing and Bill Cain’s Equivocation. 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga Canyon, 310.455.3723.