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The Best Los Angeles Events This August 2017

Check out all the best Los Angeles events and things to do this August 2017, including tacos, and more tacos, to Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Hamilton, and more! Enjoy!

Friday Night Wine Tastings at Barnsdall Art Park
Through September 22
With stunning views overlooking the City, Barnsdall Art Park welcome Angelenos—21 years and older (this includes babies) —to sip wine, picnic and watch the sunset for another not-to-be-missed season of wine tasting at the iconic cultural destination. Marking its 9th season and attracting sellout crowds, the renowned Barnsdall Friday Night Wine Tastings—the Foundation’s signature fundraising event—returns to the hill on June 9th and continues through September 22nd. Music will be presented by KCRW’s DJ Marion Hodges, DJ Ed Mattiuzzi (aka youNGNoon) and ongoing partner, Silverlake Wine will curate their fine selections of boutique artisanal wines. There will be a number of rotating food trucks on hand as well as micro pop-ups by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and The Cheese Store of Silverlake.

Free Shakespeare in Griffith Park
Through September 3
Take in Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona, while enjoying the great outdoors. A pair of idealistic best friends set out on a road trip. They are followed by two young women, determined to write their own destiny. Little do they all suspect they will have to overcome betrayal, broken hearts, and a band of outlaws before the journey’s end. One of Shakespeare’s brightest plays, this coming-of-age comedy features live rockabilly music, swing dancing, and a dog named Crab.


Brew at the L.A. Zoo
Friday, August 4
Spend an evening sampling beer from local craft and microbreweries while enjoying music, pop-up zoo keeper talks, and close-up animal encounters. Standard admission to this extremely popular event includes 5-ounce beer samples from your choice of 50 breweries, which you can pair with pub-style grub available for purchase. Designated driver admission includes unlimited soft drinks. VIP admission (available online only) gives you early entry to the entire route and access to two exclusive lounges featuring hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails.


Avocado Festival at Angel City Brewery
Saturday & Sunday, August 5 & 6
Join Angel City for the 5th annual Avocado Fest! This year they’re celebrating the release of their Avocado Ale over 2 days.
Each day Avocado Fest will feature:
-live music from 2 pm to 7 pm each day
-Avocado themed contests
-live mural painting presented by Art Share-LA
-a crowd participation mural
-outdoor beer garden
-partial proceeds will benefit Art Share-LA and Ron Finley Project.
-great food
-And of course… Avocado Ale!
**This is a 21+ event**

Lobsterfest in Newport Beach
Sunday, August 6
The LobsterFest at Newport Beach is a celebration of summer designed for fun, entertainment and most importantly to raise funds for deserving charities. Hosted by the Newport Dunes Water Front Resort and Marina, The Lobsterfest is now in its eighth year and has evolved into a regional event attracting local Orange County residents as well as guests from the Inland Empire, Northern California and Southern Nevada.

Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz at LACMA
Sunday, Aug 6 through December 3
Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz is the first major retrospective of one of the most influential Los Angeles artists of the 1970s and 1980s. Arguably the first of the many Chicano artists whose artistic, cultural, and political motivations catalyzed the Chicano art movement in the 1970s, Almaraz began his career with political works for the farm workers’ causa and co-founded the important artist collective Los Four.


Belle & Sebastian + Spoon
Sunday, August 6
The celebrated Scottish indie pop band and the minimalist Austin rock group share the bill at this Hollywood Bowl show.


Kendrick Lamar at Staples Center and Honda Center
Aug 6, 8–11
Hear the hip-hop legend command the stage at L.A.’s biggest music venues on his DAMN. tour, alongside Travis Scott and D.R.A.M.

Lady Gaga at The Forum
Aug 8, 9
Lady Gaga live in concert.

Sundance NEXT Fest at The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Aug 10–13
Sundance NEXT FEST brings the summer’s boldest indie movies and music to the heart of LA. Straight from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, these movies make their LA debuts.

Hamilton at Pantages Theatre
Aug 11-Dec 30
HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

Thrillist Taco Knockout in Downtown Los Angeles
August 12
Normally, tacos come in threes. But at Thrillist,they think they should come in groups of 10 (or more!). And that’s why they started Taco Knockout — an annual celebration of Mexico’s greatest street food with dozens of the best taco chefs out there. This year, for the event’s fifth anniversary, they’ve enlisted some of SoCal’s most inventive chefs to give us their own spin in a soft tortilla shell. So grab a ticket right here, and you’ll get access to each taco, plus cervezas and surprises.

Taste of Downtown Culver City
Aug 16
The culinary stars of Downtown Culver City will be on full display during this ticketed, outdoor tasting event. From pizza to poke, sliders to souvlaki – we’ve got a world of great food in Downtown Culver City and you can taste the very best of it for one low price. Stroll through the twinkle-lit streets of Downtown Culver City, tasting as you go, and enjoy live music, family fun, photo opportunities and more!

Echo Park Rising
Aug 17–20
THE summer music, art, food and local business celebration of Echo Park.

Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks
Aug 18, 19
The witty Bramwell Tovey is this year’s host for an evening of delightful dances, orchestral interludes (including the ravishing violin Entracte from The Sleeping Beauty), and a scintillating cello showpiece (the Rococo Variations), capped by the thrilling 1812 Overture with pyrotechnics!

KCRW’s 24-Hour Radio Race
Aug 19
It’s a whirlwind day of high-stakes radio making for producers of any experience level. You will have 24 HOURS to write, record, and edit a nonfiction radio story. Winners will get the opportunity to have your piece featured on KCRW’s “UnFictional,” but the Radio Race is more than a just a zany competition: it’s an opportunity to produce the most original, the most moving, the most inventive, the most unexpected piece of “instant radio” anyone will hear in 2017.

The Queen Mary Presents the 13th Annual Art Deco Festival
August 19-20
“Cruise” back in time to the Golden Age of Travel for a weekend aboard one of the greatest Maritime Monarchs in history. Drink, dine, dance, and discover the opulence of this by-gone era immersed among the largest collection of Art Deco in the World.

Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films
Aug 20-Jan 7
Cuban poster artists produced a half-century of bold graphics for films that snuck across the embargo, including Singin’ in the Rain and The Silence of the Lambs

Griffith Observatory Solar Eclipse Viewing Event
August 21
On August 21, the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 38 years (since February 26, 1979) will cross the country from the Oregon coast to Charleston, South Carolina. Tens of millions of people will have the chance to see and experience the unique wonder of the Sun being blocked out by the Moon for 2-3 minutes. If you can travel to see the eclipse, you should!

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
Aug 24–27
Cuisine and culture collide this August 25-28 as the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival brings some of the most celebrated culinary talent in the country together for a four day, city-wide, epicurean extravaganza. The weekend’s festivities offer guests the chance to sample the cuisines and products from some of the most prominent epicurean influencers, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the entertainment industry’s brightest talents during live culinary demonstrations, world-class wine and spirit tastings, strolling marquee events, one-of-a-kind lunches, book signings, after parties and much more. 

LA Taco Festival 2017 Returns to Grand Park
August 26
The 7th Annual LA Taco Festival is free, open to the public, and intended for all ages. Donations to Jovenes, Inc. are appreciated. Your attendance and support can help end youth homelessness in Los Angeles.

Artopia at Union Station
August 26
Artopia returns to Union Station for LA Weekly’s fifth annual art party on August 26 for a celebration of the booming arts and culture scene in Los Angeles. 

DTLA Proud Festival
August 26-27
DTLA Proud is committed to celebrating everyone’s story, to spreading optimism, to growing our community and to expanding our definition of diversity.

Happy August!

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