Events | 28 Los Angeles Things to do in August

Check Out the Best Los Angeles Things to do in August


Check out Los Angeles Food & Wine Aug. 27-30.

From twilight concerts and food festivals to outdoor movies and more; find the best Los Angeles things to do in our August 2015 events roundup.

Edited by Christina Xenos

Monty Python’s Spamalot
July 31-Aug. 2. Lovers of irreverent comedy will converge at the Hollywood Bowl from July 31-Aug. 2 as Monty Python’s Spamalot takes over the stage. The Broadway musical adapted from the legendary British comedy troupe’s 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, similarly spoofs the legend of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and their quest to recover the mythical treasure—complete with lusty maidens, a legless knight and the famed killer rabbit. Original Python Eric Idle created the play, which first bowed in 2005 with Mike Nichols as director and won multiple Tonys, including best musical. Now, Spamalot is celebrating its 10th anniversary at the Bowl, with a star-studded cast including Christian Slater (pictured above), Warwick Davis, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Merle Dandridge, Craig Robinson and Idle himself. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.

Downtown Burbank Car Classic
Aug. 1. This fourth annual event turns Burbank’s downtown area into a pedestrian-friendly concourse showcasing 200 restored and pre-1974 vehicles, exotics and hot rods, as well as celebrity vehicles seen in film and on TV and legendary cars from the Petersen Automotive Museum and the World Famous West Coast Customs. 3-9 pm. Free. San Fernando Boulevard from Magnolia Boulevard to Angeleno Avenue, Burbank, 818.238.5180.

Big Bite Bacon Fest
Aug. 1-2. Pig out on  more than 40 bacon and pork infused dishes, from bacon-wrapped shrimp to ribs to hog pockets, at this celebration of the world’s most beloved protein. Taste dozens of California’s favorite craft brews including Pyramid Breweries, Lagunitas Brewing Company and Green Flash Brewing Co. to wash down all of the bacon and pork goodness. The fest offers lunch and dinner sessions. $35-$65, includes self-guided access to the majestic Queen Mary. The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach.

Grand Performances
Aug. 1-2, 7-8, 14-15, 22-23. Annual live entertainment series downtown brings culturally diverse performances including music, dance, film and spoken word to California Plaza. This month’s highlights include Aloe Blacc, Gaby Moreno and Melrose Poetry Bureau’s Brown Bag Poetry. Check website for full schedule. Free. 350 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.687.2190.
Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Cinespia’s screenings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, now in their 14th season, find crowds jostling for spots to watch cult flicks projected on a mausoleum wall. Also on hand are DJs and themed photo booths. Highlights this month include Apocalypse Now, a 30th-anniversary screening of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and an all-night movie marathon that will screen Can’t Hardly Wait, Scream and Cruel Intentions. Check website for full schedule. Gates 7:15 pm; movie 9 pm. $15 (marathon $18). Parking $10-$15. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, 877.435.9849.

Street Food Cinema
Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Outdoor summer film series features screenings every Saturday night at various locations across L.A. Also live music and food from the city’s top trucks. Highlights this month include Office Space and The Shining. See website for a full schedule. 5:30 pm. $6-$20, under 5 free. 323.254.5068.

International Surf Festival
Through Aug. 2. This summer festival, now in its 54th year, celebrates the South Bay beach cities and promotes physical fitness, with participants ranging from ages 8 to 80. The weekend of competition includes the Judge Taplin Lifeguard Medley Relay, the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim and the Charley Saikley 6-Man Volleyball Tournament, as well as a surfing contest, a beach run and youth events. Check website for schedule. Free. Most events take place at the Hermosa Beach Pier. Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015
Through Aug. 2. The world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities hosts its summer games in L.A., bringing 7,000 athletes from 170 nations to venues across the city. See website for schedule and event locations. Competition events free and open to the public.

Sundance Next Fest
Aug. 2, 7-9. This newer summer festival, presented by the Sundance Institute, celebrates the “renegade spirit of independent artists.” The event features a special kickoff Cinespia screening at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Sundance Film Festival darling Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon) and five other L.A. premieres of independent films, followed by performances by buzzworthy bands or conversations with cultural icons. See website for schedule. $15-$25. The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, downtown.

Tame Impala
Aug. 6-7. The indie rock band from Australia earned critical acclaim with their debut album, “Innerspeaker” in 2010, which was followed two years later by follow up “Lonerism.” Hear them fresh off Lollapalooza on the Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The band has just dropped their third album, “Currents.” $39.50 7 p.m. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Fairbanks Lawn, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.

Twilight Concert Series
Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27. Annual summer concert series at the Santa Monica Pier featuring contemporary up-and-comers and classic bands. Ben Browning of Cut Copy, Sister Nancy, Ariel Pink and Jefferson Starship headline this month. 7-10 pm. Free. 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.458.8901.

626 Night Market
Aug. 7-9. At the largest Asian themed night market event in the U.S., you can gorge on food from more than 200 vendors and food trucks, shop for crafts, arts and more, and hear local bands all night long. Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Dr., Arcadia.

Brew at the L.A. Zoo
Aug. 7. Spend the evening in the wild tasting brews from local craft microbreweries, listening to music by local bands, dancing, dining on pub-style grub, hearing Zookeeper talks, getting up-close encounters with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents, visiting animal habitats and more. 21 and over. 7 p.m. 5333 Zoo Dr., L.A., 323.644.4200.

Summer Nights In the Garden
Aug. 7, 21. Outdoor summer series features music from DJs and bands, food trucks, garden-inspired cocktails, hands-on garden projects, botanical tours and more. 5-9 pm. Free. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.3466.

Joshua Bell
Aug. 11. Accompanying the LA Philharmonic, Joshua Bell leads the evening with his violin. The program consists of Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and a solo of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 by Bell. 8 p.m. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.

Tannins & Tans
Aug. 12, 26. Upstairs, the pool-adjacent restaurant and bar atop Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles offers fresh cocktails and global twists on California cuisine along with a gorgeous view of the L.A. skyline. This summer it will also host a series of events especially for wine lovers. Tannins & Tans is their new wine-tasting program that continues on Aug. 12 with Amy Atwood and Oeno, and Aug. 26 with Andrew Jones and Field Recordings. $10. 5 p.m. 929 S. Broadway, L.A., 213.623.3233.

Warner Bro. Presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony-25th Anniversary
Aug. 14-15. Celebrate 25 years of Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes with a live orchestra accompanying the screening of some favorite shorts from the show. Classic episodes include What’s Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville and Zoom and Bored. 8 p.m. both nights. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.

Long Beach Crawfish Festival
Aug. 14-16. Dine on Cajun crawfish dinners prepared Louisiana-style, listen to zydeco and dixieland music hit the beach bar and more at the 21st annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival. $13-$28. Rainbow Lagoon, 400-403 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach.

Summer Block Party at Malibu Country Mart
Aug. 16. The Malibu Country Mart turns into a street fair for the day, offering calypso music, activities for all ages including face paintings, a petting zoo, caricature portraits, henna tattoos and Tarot card readings. Hit the mobile photo booth and complementary carnival treat stationsfor sweet treats like cotton candy, popcorn, funnel cakes, churros, snow cones and ice cream. Noon-3 p.m. 3835 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles Wellness Retreat
Aug. 16. Rejuvenate yourself with some “me” time at the  The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles’ Wellness Retreat. The relaxing day includes a 50-minute spa treatment of your choice, yoga and quiet meditation with ERYT 500 Yoga Alliance-certified teacher Rachel Jackson and lunch and fresh-pressed juice on the hotel’s 26th floor rooftop poolside lounge. $295/pp with an $349 additional for an overnight stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles when attending the retreat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.763.4400.

Lucques All American Rib Fest
Aug. 16. Feast on slow-cooked ribs, hot wings and sides during the festival 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 family style menu includes generous portions of 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, long-cooked collard greens, buttered corn on the cob, tomato-watermelon salad and desserts like peach cobbler with strawberries and buttermilk ice cream. $55/pp. Tickets required. Make reservations through RESY or by calling the restaurants. Noon-9 p.m. 8474 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, 323.655.6277.

Burbank Comedy Festival
Aug. 16-22. Burbank gets into the funny business with this second-annual weeklong festival, hosted by its Flappers Comedy Club, that pairs more than 200 emerging comedians with headliners like Adam Carolla and Tom Green. Events include underground showcases, workshops, classes, industry panels, after-parties and live podcast tapings. Check website for schedule and pricing. 102 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, 818.845.9721.

Reggae Night: Bob Marley’s Roots Rock Reggae— A 70th Birthday Celebration
Aug. 16. The Reggae legend’s sons Ziggy and Stephen “Ragga” Marley lead us in honoring the 70th birthday of their father. Accompanying artists include Inner Circle and The Skatalites. 7 p.m. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.

Roaring Nights at the Zoo
Aug. 21. Get in touch with your wild side at LA Zoo’s Roaring Nights music fest. Enjoy live music, a DJ dance party, food trucks, full-service bars, pop-up zookeeper talks, animal encounters and much more. 18 and over. $20/pp, GLAZA members. $17. 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.6042.

Taste of Brews
Aug. 22. Summer craft-beer festival celebrating its fifth anniversary this year offers pours from more than 60 local, regional and national craft breweries and has more than 120 styles of microbrews on offer. Proceeds benefit the Long Beach Marine Institute. Noon-5 pm (alcohol service ends at 4 pm). $37.50–$47.50. Lighthouse Park, 200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 714.375.1132.

FYF Fest
Aug. 22-23. Premier SoCal music fest features more than 50 indie-rock bands, ranging from up-and-comers to big-name headliners, performing at the L.A. Sports Arena & Exposition Park. This year’s lineup includes Frank Ocean and Dinosaur Jr. on Saturday and Morrissey and Belle & Sebastian on Sunday. Two-day ticket $175; VIP $329. 3939 S. Figueroa St., downtown.

Los Angeles Food & Wine
Aug. 27-30. This epicurean event features a roster of world-class chefs, including Jet Tila, Curtis Stone and Thomas Keller. With a home base along Grand Avenue (in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall) downtown, the festival offers cooking demonstrations, dynamic chef pairings at top dining destinations across L.A., a live performance by Questlove and The Roots and more. See website for a full schedule and pricing. 855.433.5239.

Whitney Cummings Live
Aug. 28-29. The L.A.-based comedian-actress takes the stage for two days to tape her third hourlong HBO special. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200.

Long Beach BBQ Festival
Aug. 28-30. Feast on endless BBQ fare like ribs, pulled pork, tri-tip, sausages, chicken and more from top American Pit masters. For those who want to taste them all, make your way to the VIP Rib Village for a special AYCE options. Also expect non-stop live country-western entertainment and children’s activities. Rainbow Lagoon, 400-403 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach.