Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).
This weekend, from Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24, features Dance DTLA, Concha Con, The LA Taco & Beer Festival, The Arroyo Seco, Off The 405 at the Getty, Annenberg PetSpace ‘AnnniFURsary’ Celebration, KCRW’s World Festival and MUCH more.
Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!
Friday June 22nd, 2018
1. The Music Center’s annual Dance DTLA series is back for 2018 with a series of Friday-night events at Grand Park. Kicking off the series is Dance Downtown. Learn some new movies via free dance instructions with a different focus on dance styles every event. This week features the art of Samba. FREE
2. Shakespeare By The Sea will once again offer a ten-week program of admission-free performances with two featured productions: The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Winter’s Tale at a variety of venues across the Los Angeles. The series continues with performances of The Winter’s Tale at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p. Thursday through Saturday. FREE
3. FIGat7th Downtown Festival is back for another festive summer filled with live performances by leading artists in a variety of genres. The series concludes with performances by WAVVES and Thumpasaurus. FREE
4. The Chocolate And Art Show Los Angeles returns to the Vortex in DTLA June 22-23 for a peek at some of L.A.’s best up-and-coming artists, photographers and creators, all converging in one delicious space. Highlights of the night include live body painting, vendors, live music, face-painting, and of course… free chocolate treats.
5. Cat Art Show 3: The Sequel Returns Again is on view from June 14-24 at Think Tank Gallery in Downtown. Admission is free on weekdays and $5 on weekends with several special ticketed events throughout the show dates.
6. Every year local breweries, bars and restaurants celebrate LA Beer Week (June 16-24) through events highlighting craft beer culture. Check their schedule for all the free and ticketed events happening this week.
7. Beyond the Streets is a fully immersive exhibition of street and graffiti art comprised of over 30 artist in a massive 40,000+ square feet exhibits. Artist are an eclectic mix of street and beyond including Retna, Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf Dennis Hopper and Jenny Holzer. Open Tuesday through Sunday this week. Open Tuesday through Sunday this week. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. On view now until July 6, 2018. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
8. Free Family Movie Nights at Redondo Beach Pier will screen Peter Rabbit this Friday. FREE
9. The BET Experience is back with show stopping performances all week from Ferg, Teyana Taylor, SZA, Lil Pump and more.
10. Grand Park will host Big L.A. Portrait Gallery from June 7 to July 4, transforming itself into a nighttime art gallery featuring photos by Los Angeles-based artists. Photography will be projected onto the 100 square-foot wall of the historic L.A. County Hall of Records right in front of Grand Park. Art will be on display nightly from sundown to midnight and is free to the public. FREE
11. Are you a Chase bank customer? Got a freebie you might want to know about. Coolhaus is teaming with the Forum and Chase to hand out free ice cream sandwiches to Chase customers on Fridays all summer long. Locations will change every Friday, and the offer is ice cream sandwich per cardholder. Get more info here.
12. The Sorting Room nightclub housed within the Wallis Center’s Lovelace Studio Center presents a new season of unpredictable performances from poets, composers, jazz singers, cabaret veterans and more in a variety of genres alongside happy hour drink specials. This week R&B soul artist Kandace Lindsey will take the stage.
13. For over 30 years, Grand Performances has offered a variety of performance events at California Plaza, for free. Their 2018 summer series runs June 1 through August 18. This Friday French pianist Christophe Chassel will perform his “ultrascore” project, Indiamore. On Saturday music, comedy, stories, and short films from digital series The Secret Lives of Muslims will be screened. FREE
14. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include Pretty Woman, The Greatest Showman, Baby Driver and more.
15. Venues such as 2nd Stage, Hudson Theatres, The Broadwater and the Underground Annex Theater will host comedy, ensemble theatre, dance and many more performances during the annual Hollywood Fringe Festival from June 7-24.
16. Barnsdall Fridays returns to Barnsdall Art Park for the tenth year in a row, with evening tastings of boutique wines and music from KCRW DJs perched atop a hill with incredible city views.
17. Summer Movies in the Park is a family-friendly movie night in the city of Monterey Park with free popcorn. Kicking off the series is Beauty & the Beast at George Elder Park. FREE
18. This Friday Caltech’s Stargazing and Lecture series returns to Pasadena for a night of outer worldly discussions and some stargazing. FREE
19. June is California Avocado Month and Grand Central Market in DTLA is the place to be for all things avocado. A select group of chefs have rolled out avocado inspired offerings on their menu just for the month.
20. Rogue Artists Ensemble’s ‘Hyper-Theater’ style show Wood Boy Dog Fish combines puppetry and tech to produce a visually stunning show. A dark re-telling of the classic Pinocchio story, this show is strictly for adults. Wood Boy Dog Fish runs Friday through Sundays now till June 24 at the Garry Marshall Theater. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
Saturday June 23rd, 2018
21. The Mass Meditation Initiative is a free festival that features mindful yoga, live performances, sound domes, vegan products, art and more at Los Angeles State Historic Park. FREE
22. Concha Con at Plaza de la Raza will feature over 60 Latinx vendors (with sweet treats!), interactive installations, live food demonstrations, a fashion show, a Lucha Libre art exhibit and kid-friendly activities.
23. The LA Taco & Beer Festival at Raleigh Studios (June 23-24) is back at at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood with unlimited taco and beer tastings from local and national taco venders and breweries.
24. The Arroyo Seco Weekend music festival features an impressive lineup for both days including Neil Young, Kings of Leon, Jack White, Pretenders, Alanis Morissette and Third Eye Blind. Happening Saturday and Sunday.
25. Drunken Devil presents Sin-A-Rama an evening of madness and mayhem. Be transported to a 70’s style movie premiere at a seedy theatre where drinks flow and concession stand eats are endless. There will be tantalizing burlesque, heavy blues and dirty disco tunes.
26. LACMA will host a night of Korean Art & Exploration of the museums Korean art collection, one of the largest collections of Korean works in the United States. The evening includes gallery viewing, discussions, art making, Korean tea tastings, and a mini-fashion show. FREE
27. Street Food Cinema returns this weekend with a screening of Goonies in Glendale Central Park, I, Tonya at Poinsettia Rec Park and Back to the Future at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. Select screenings are discounted via Goldstar.
28. Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival in South Los Angeles will spotlight the diversity of our city through 60+ artists and 20″ artisans, along with live music and other performances, local food for sale, a makers bazaar, and workshops. FREE
29. Eat|See|Hear returns for 2018 with a screening of Clerks at The Autry Museum. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
Off the 405, free concerts at the Getty will host performances by Peaking Lights Family Band and Onochie Chukwurah with a DJ set by Aquarium Drunkard. FREE
30. Get ready to paw-ty, because SoCal Corgi Beach Day returns with more than 1,000 Corgis expected to attend. Happening at Huntington Dog Beach, events include costume contests, Corgi limbo, Corgi watermelon eating contest and more. FREE
31. Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation presents The South Bay Festival of the Arts a free day of entertainment, art exhibitions, crafts and demonstrations. FREE
32. Riviera Village Summer Fest in Redondo Beach happening Satruday and Sunday features 200+ exhibitors, an international food court, carnival rides and free admission. FREE
33. Cinespia is back for its 17th summer season, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for screenings of films modern, cult, and classic. This Saturday they’ll screen Raiders of the Lost Ark.
34. Head to Downtown Long Beach for FKA 720 at the Promenade and Broadway on Saturday for a day of live music, skating, live mural art, a dance floor and more. FREE
35. One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival is a 40 day celebration through mostly free art events and exhibits between May 22 through June 30. This weekend Heroic Lives a musical based on the lives of and performed by LGBTQ seniors at City Council Chambers on Saturday and a Summer Sounds concert with Mariachi Arcoiris, the world’s only LGBTQ mariachi at Plumber Park on Sunday. FREE
36. Last Remaining Seats, the Los Angeles Conservancy’s annual event featuring classic film screenings in some of Los Angeles’ most beautiful vintage movie palaces. This week they’ll screen The Joy Luck Club at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.
37. Outdoor theater Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, located in Topanga Canyon summer 2018 season begins on June 2 with a performance of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus.
38. The 33rd Annual Long Beach Bayou Festival brings the Big Easy to the LBC at Queen Mary Events Park. NOLA is known for its food and music and this event always brings out the best of both. Happening Saturday and Sunday.
39. Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night led by director Sir Richard Eyre and starring Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons and Olivier winner Lesley Manville is now playing at The Wallis until July 1, 2018.
Sunday June 24th, 2018
40. Annenberg PetSpace is hosting a free ‘AnnniFURsary’ Celebration This Sunday featuring meet-and-greets with adoptable pets, behind-the-scenes tours of PetSpace, complimentary food trucks, and a few other family-friendly surprises. Family pets are welcome (one visiting pet per family), provided they meet a few requirements, including being up to date on vaccinations. FREE
41. Art Beyond the Glass will host it’s annual event at Los Globos in Silver Lake featuring bartenders mixing cocktails and showcasing their art as well as music, photography and much more, all while raising funds for non-profit Women’s Center for Creative Work.
42. Visit the Skirball for Late Night with Leonard Bernstein an evening inspired by the inimitable artist’s habit of creating masterworks and entertaining friends into all hours of the night. Hosted by the composer’s daughter Jamie Bernstein the night will feature live performances, enchanting renditions of Bernstein’s compositions and much more.
43. Father John Misty and Gillian Welch will take the stage of the Hollywood Bowl when KCRW’s World Festival returns for a 20th year at the popular outdoor concert venue.
44. The 18th annual Summer Soulstice celebration returns to Santa Monica’s Main Street for a day of live music, local vendors and various interactive attractions. FREE
45. Head to DTLA for a tour of one of the most iconic spots in our city during the Clifton’s Living History Tour. This Sunday the tour will be joined by 100 Things to Do in L.A. Before You Die authors Danny Jensen and Carrie Kim with a book signing after the tour.
46. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with a screening this week of Ladybird.
47. Shakespeare’s most magical play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon for 12 performances throughout the summer, from June 3-September 3.
48. Concerts on the Green presents The Highwaymen a tribute to three musical luminaries: Willie Nelson, Jonny Cash and Waylon Jennings comes to the Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Park on Sunday for their crowd-gathering renditions of On The Road Again, Get Rhythm, Always On My Mind, I Walk The Line and more. FREE
49. Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden will host a family-friendly summer festival featuring live music, performances, a rice ball making demo, crafts and more.
Schedule provided by We Like LA.