Events | The Best Los Angeles Things To Do In August 2013

The Best Los Angeles Things To Do In August 2013


Sunset Strip Music Fest.

Find the best Los Angeles things to do in August 2013, in our events roundup.

Sunset Strip Music Fest
Aug. 3. L.A. storied strip hosts musical headliners Linkin Park, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Wale, Awolnation, and more than 70 others on two outdoor stages on Sunset Blvd., between San Vicente and Doheny Dr. The event also includes a VIP area in The Roxy, beer garden, autograph tent and additional interactive experiences. $79-$250. 2-11 p.m. Sunset Strip, West Hollywood.

RTFP Food Club at Thompson Beverly Hills
Aug. 2-Sept. 13. Sip a selection of four beers paired with Caulfield’s Bar and Dining Room’s chef Stephen Kalt’s menu along with specialty items from Seoul Sausage—all poolside on the roof of the Thompson Beverly Hills. Participating breweries include El Segundo Brewing Co (Aug. 2), Eagle Rock Brewery (Aug. 9) Monkish Brewing (Aug. 16), Strand Brewing (Aug. 23), The Bruery (Aug. 30), among others. $25 in advance includes three menu items and beer tastings. Additional food and beer can be purchased for $7; $30 door. Fridays. 9360 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Tickets.

Twilight Concert Series
Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Twenty-ninth annual series at the famed Santa Monica Pier featuring contemporary and classic bands. Xavier Rudd, Hanni El Khatib/Bombino, the English Beat, Nick Waterhouse and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue headline this month. 7–10 pm. Free. 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.458.8901.

Plate by Plate
Aug. 3. Drink and dine on specialties from more than 50 top Southern California restaurants (Picca, Bestia, Rivera, Craft, Allumette, among many others) and chefs at this event that celebrates food, wine volunteerism and community. In addition to chefs tastings highlights include live entertainment, art gallery showcase, live 3D chalk artist and photobooth. $150 general/$250 VIP. Vibiana, 214 S. Main St., downtown. Tickets

Edward Steichen
Opening Aug. 3. On the heels of receiving a news-making gift of 46 Edward Steichen photographs, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art shares the love with Talk of the Town: Portraits by Edward Steichen From the Hollander Collection. The exhibit includes celebrity images, fashion photography and commercial advertising work by the early 20th-century photography great. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323.857.6000.

Next Weekend Film Fest
Aug. 8-11. Extension of the popular Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, includes screenings of feature and short films, panels, parties and filmmaker workshops. Most events at Sundance Sunset Cinema; other locations and admission costs vary. Headquartered at Sundance Sunset Cinema, 8000 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.654.2217.

Monday Night Tasting Menus at The Bazaar by José Andrés
Dine on selections from chef Joshua Whigham every Monday night through summer. Just choose three items from more than 15 signature tapas from The Bazaar’s menu, in addition to snacks that will be served prior to the meal. Featured dishes include the jamon serrano platter, Brussels sprouts with lemon air, lemon puree, apricots and grapes; sautéed cauliflower “couscous,” Ottoman carrot fritters; braised Wagyu beef cheeks and more. $55/pp. 6-10 p.m. SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, 465 S La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.246.5555.

Grand Performances
Indulge in your favorite musical genres and bands, or discover your next audible obsession during Grand Performances free summer series at downtown’s Water Court. Shows not to miss this summer are performances by legendary songs in the key of L.A. with Ozomatli and friends on Aug. 2; and The Living Sisters on Aug. 9. 350 S Grand Ave., downtown.

Gustavo Dudamel Conducts Verdi’s Requiem
Aug. 13, 15. The L.A. Philharmonic’s music director returns to the Hollywood Bowl this summer to conduct the monumental Requiem Mass. Dudamel led a “magnificently theatrical” (LA Times) Verdi Requiem in his first season with the Phil. Joining him are the Los Angeles Master Chorale, in addition to tenor Vittorio Grigolo, soprano Julianna Di Giacomo, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, and bass Ildebrando D’Arcangelo. N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.

Dodgers vs. Mets
Aug. 12-14. Despite a rough start to their season, the Los Angeles Dodgers prevailed over the New York Mets on Citi Field last April, winning two games to N.Y.’s one. Join the hometown fans rooting for a three-game sweep when the Dodgers host the Mets at Dodger Stadium for their last matchup of the regular season. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A., 323.224.1507.

Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks
Aug. 16-17. The beloved Hollywood Bowl annual tradition returns this summer with an exciting twist: The brass, drum corps and color guard of top California bands ranked by Drums Corps International will augment the LA Phil, culminating with the thrilling 1812 Overture, complete with cannon and pyrotechnics. 8 p.m. N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.

Diner En Blanc
Aug. 21. Take part in the chic Parisian-inspired secret picnic that is expected to draw more than 1,000 foodies and outdoor eating enthusiasts all dressed in white. Just pack your picnic and accoutrements (like your finest china and stemware), rally at one of the predetermined destinations and wait for the final call that will lead you to the evening’s secret destination. Over the course of th enight, you will eat and celebrate amid live music, dancing, complete with festive white balloons.

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
Aug. 21–25. Celebrity chefs, acclaimed wineries and winemakers and a few Hollywood stars converge for cooking demos, tastings, lunches, dinners and wine seminars. Locations, hours and admission costs vary; see website for more details. Headquartered on Grand Avenue, downtown.

Taste of Brews
Aug. 24. Premier beer-tasting festival features dozens of seasonal, craft and microbrews paired with cuisine from high-end eateries. Noon–4 pm. $27.65–$42.50. Lighthouse Park, 200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 714.375.1132.

Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
Through Aug. 24. Hear performances from everyone from Grammy-winning artists to rising stars outdoors at Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena every Weds.-Sun. through Aug. 24. The summer series of more than 50 free concerts includes Latin, Jazz, Americana, World and Children’s night as well as dance shows. Highlights includes performances by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Jeffery Broussard, Chicano Batman, Mariachi Divas, among others. Memorial Park, 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena.

Levitt Pavilion Downtown Los Angeles
Through Aug. 25. Set among the sprawling grasses and fountains of McArthur Park in downtown Los Angeles you can stop by for five weekly concerts every Thurs.-Sun. through Aug. 25. Highlights of the summer series include David Lindley, Ritmo Caliente, KPOP Dance Night, Rocky Dawuni, and Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon retrospective with Omega String Quartet and Julie Christensen. MacArthur Park, 2230 W. 6th St., downtown.

Live Music at Grand Park
Through Sept. 12. This summer you can start counting down to the weekends with live music—from indie to Colombiana, to big band jazz, to flamenco—and a full bar every Thursday at Grand Park. Stop by for their Sunday Sessions on July 28 and Aug 25 to hear the beats of local and international DJs and producers like Scissor + Thread Showcase with Francis Harris, and The Leverage Agency Showcase with Acid Pauli. Entrances at 200 N. Grand Ave., 221 N. Hill St., 221 N. Broadway and 227 N. Spring St., downtown, 213.972.8080.

Skirball Center
Through Aug 29. Watch the sun set over the Los Angeles basin and check out free concerts every Thursday from July 25-Aug. 29. The seventh annual free series features an eclectic mix of traditions and styles from the Americas to North India (by way of Israel) to West Africa. Highlights of the showcase include The Belle Brigade (July 25); the West Coast premiere and debut U.S. tour of Shye Ben-Tzur (Aug 1); Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars (Aug. 8), among others. 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, L.A.

FYF Fest
Aug. 24–25. My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio and MGMT headline outdoor music and arts festival. Tickets via website and in-store at Origami Vinyl (213.413.3030), Vacation Vinyl (323.666.2111) and other retail locations. $65, $99 weekend pass, under 11 free with adult accompaniment. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., downtown.

The Taste
Aug. 30–Sept. 1. Los Angeles Times–sponsored festival celebrates L.A.’s culinary achievements with multiple food-and-drink-centered events hosted by star chefs and libation experts. Event times vary. $50–$85. The Studios at Paramount, 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood.

John Williams: Maestro of the Movies
Aug. 30-31. The beloved composer returns to the Hollywood Bowl with some of his most popular hits, including Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars. This year, he is also joined by Julie Andrews for a tribute to director Blake Edwards and composer Henry Mancini, who created such classics as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Pink Panther, Peter Gunn and Victor/Victoria. It’s an unforgettable evening guaranteed to delight, amaze and entertain. N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.

Los Angeles County Fair
Opening Aug. 30. Largest county fair in North America features rides, animals, live music, horse races. Musical acts include Demi Lovato, the Bangles, and Los Lobos and the Lonely Boys. Call for hours. $8–$19, under 6 free. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, 909.623.3111.