The Best Weekend Events in Los Angeles | Aug. 18 – Aug. 20

Get ready to immerse yourself in a weekend of sheer delight under the sun-soaked skies of Los Angeles! 🌞 This city of dreams is gearing up to deliver a trio of unforgettable events that will light up your spirits and make your heart dance with joy. Step back in time at the Jazz Age Speakeasy in the historic Los Angeles Theatre, where vintage glamour collides with the soulful rhythms of hot jazz and mesmerizing performances, promising an evening you won’t soon forget. If the enchanting tunes of Tchaikovsky’s masterpieces set your soul on fire, then the Hollywood Bowl’s Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks is your ticket to musical paradise, complete with a breathtaking pyrotechnic finale. And that’s not all – the Frogtown Flea Crawl awaits, ready to paint the streets of Elysian Valley with vibrant colors, live music, eclectic vendors, and an irresistible block party vibe. These three are just the beginning; our curated list guarantees an electrifying weekend that Los Angeles proudly offers to all seekers of joy and adventure. Stay tuned for more astonishing experiences! 🎉

A Jazz Age Speakeasy
Los Angeles Theatre
Friday, Aug. 18; 7 p.m.
The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles joins Couyon Presents for an immersive experience in the 1931 Los Angeles Theatre, now only open to the public for events. Dress in your best vintage wear and listen to a night of hot jazz from Alex Mendham and His Orchestra, watch performances by L.A. Follies, and drink cocktails from Sipsmith Gin. The night also includes dancing, silent films and docent tours of the theater.

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Grand Performances
California Plaza
Friday, Aug. 18 & Saturday, Aug. 19
Grand Performances continues its summer of free concerts at Cal Plaza with two days of shows this weekend. On Friday, Mexican-American artist DannyLux (recipient of Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood, 2023) celebrates the release of his new album with live performance. Then on Saturday, Mark de Clive-Lowe brings Jazz in the House. Both events kick off at 6 p.m. Free to attend. No RSVP required.

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Los Angeles Zoo Finale
Friday, Aug. 18; 6 – 9 p.m.
Summer’s almost over, and the popular zoo series comes to an end this week. Listen to live music from Shades of Blue with DJ Johnny Hawkes spinning tunes, and participate in games, a family dance party and education stations. Food trucks Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousins Maine Lobster, Burnt to a Crisp Texas Smokehouse, Kona Ice, Jay’z Tacos and Wetzel’s Pretzels will be onsite. Full bars are available for those 21+.

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Los Angeles Convention Center
All Weekend
The largest gathering for Korean entertainment and culture fans returns to L.A. this weekend. The daytime portion of KCON takes place at the L.A. Convention Center and features panels, workshops, performances, exhibit booths and vendors. The evening concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Crypto.com Arena. The performer lineup includes Cravity, Ateez, Everglow, (G)I-DlE, Ini, Itzy, Ive, JO1, Kep1er, Lapillus, Shownu X Hyungwon (Monsta X), Nmixx, Rain, Stray Kids, Taemin, Taeyong, The Boyz, Wayv, Xikers and Zerobaseone.

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818 Day
Topanga Social at Westfield Topanga
Friday, Aug. 18 – Sunday, Aug. 20
Celebrate the San Fernando Valley and all its 818-ness this weekend with My Valley Pass and Valley Relics Museum. They’re bringing classic arcade games (with free play!), an exhibition of neon signs and artifacts from the museum, and the Ecto 1 and BTTF Delorean (Friday and Saturday) in Topanga Social’s main parking lot. Plus, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, eateries from the food hall are offering featured menu items for $8.18 (including the Chicken Katsu Sando from Katsu Sando, Temaki’s Blue Crab Cut Roll, Amboy’s Crispy Cheeseburger and every menu item at Rock & Reilly’s and Margarita Garden).

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The Music Center’s Dance DTLA
Jerry Moss Plaza
Friday, Aug. 19
The Music Center’s Dance DTLA summer series comes to a close this Friday ay Jerry Moss Plaza with an evening of Bollywood led by the Blue13 Dance Company. Fun starts at 7 p.m. Free to attend.

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Shakespeare in The Park
The Old Zoo in Griffith Park
All Weekend
The second half of ISC’s Shakespeare in The Park season returns this week with a staging of A Midsummer Nights Dream in Griffith Park beginning August 9, and then running every Wednesday to Sunday through September 3. Registration to attend (free!) is not required, but highly encouraged, as are donations. Performances begin at 7 p.m.

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Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks
Hollywood Bowl
Friday, Aug. 18 & Saturday, Aug. 19
The Hollywood Bowl’s annual fireworks extravaganza returns, with conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser leading the LA Phil in selections from Swan Lake to Romeo and Juliet, concluding with a spectacular finale featuring Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Tickets start as low as $22.


Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles Summer Concert Series
Levitt Pavilion
All Weekend
The Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles annual summer concert series features acclaimed and emerging talent from a broad range of musical genres. For this weekend: Friday features Latin Ska with Mr. Bernson, The Fault Lines, Vel Nine, and The Paranoias; on Saturday Asian-American eXchange Media Presents Synergy Girl Group, Mia Mahal, Steeps, Honore, Rising Stars, and Vibinus; then on Sunday  it’s Guatemalan rock and Mayan Dance with Sara Curruchich, DJ Boris, and Los Chapincitos Los Angeles. All concerts free to attend. No reservation required.

KCRW Summer Nights with Ozomatli
KCRW HQ in Santa Monica
Saturday, Aug. 19
This Saturday, KCRW Summer Nights heads to the station’s headquarters in Santa Monica for a party in the courtyard featuring live performances, DJ sets, food trucks, and drinks for purchase. Music for the evening includes a set by Pearl & The Oysters, plus music from KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Francesca Harding. Starts at 7p.m. Free to attend.

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La Bulla Lucha Libre
Plaza De La Raza
Saturday, Aug. 19
This 8th annual celebration of Lucha Libre (Mexican masked wrestling) comes to Plaza De La Raza this Saturday with an evening of live Lucha matches, musical performances, and an immersive art show featuring 100+ artists and one-of-a-kind art pieces using Psychosis’s Luchador mask as the canvas, including submissions by actor David Arquette and Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. Tickets start at $20 for GA. Event starts at 7 p.m.

Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series
Saturday, Aug. 19
The Marina del Rey Free Summer Concert Series concludes its six-show run with a live performance by Grammy-award winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter at Burton Chace Park. Show starts at 7 p.m. and is free to attend. No RSVP required.

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The Frogtown Flea Crawl
Saturday, Aug. 19
The Frogtown Flea Crawl is back in Elysian Valley this Saturday with an all-day block party spread over five location hubs, featuring live music, 100+ vendors, a tattoo station, and special guests. Runs 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free to attend.

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NoHo Summer Nights
North Hollywood Recreation Center
Saturday, Aug. 19
The Valley Cultural Foundations free summer programming at North Hollywood Recreation Center continues this Saturday with a screening of The Sandlot. Movie starts at sundown (around 7:30 p.m.) No RSVP required.

Quetzal 30th Anniversary Celebration
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 N. Main St., downtown L.A.
The East L.A. Chicano rock group Quetzal — led by Quetzal Flores and Martha Gonzalez — celebrates its 30th anniversary with music performances and visuals that honor their history, the city’s history and culture. The event also includes art installations grounded in legacy: Altar Maestras Ofelia Esparza & Rosana Esparza-Aherns create an altar installation to compliment Quetzal’s music. Food and beverages will be available for sale.

The First-Ever Endless Summer C.A.M.P. (Community | Art | Music | Picnic)
Tongva Park
Saturdays, Aug. 19 and 26, Sept. 2 and 9
Community Arts Resources and the city of Santa Monica launch a new cultural event series that takes place over the next four Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pack a picnic, blankets and beach chairs to watch artists share their culture through performances and hands-on crafts. This week, learn about animals from around the world with Conservation Ambassadors, listen to Santa Monica’s Elemental Music Chamber Music Institute string quartet, visit their instrument petting zoo, and attend a Succulent Terrarium Workshop with artist Eros Cortes.

Niyaz: The Fourth Light
UCLA’s Royce Hall
Saturday, Aug. 19; 7 p.m.
The international music group Niyaz, founded by Iranian-born, Indian-raised vocalist and composer Azam Ali and Iranian multi-instrumentalist and composer Loga Ramin Torkian, brings its immersive multimedia event to Royce Hall stage. Inspired by the life and philosophy of the first female Sufi poet/mystic Rabia al Basri, The Fourth Light combines music, visuals, dance and technology — body-mapping techniques that respond to sound and movement in real-time.


The Party Never Ends: The Chainsmokers, Two Friends, ARMNHMR, NOTD
Los Angeles State Historic Park
Saturday, Aug. 19; 5 – 11 p.m.
The Chainsmokers bring their new live show experience series — The Party Never Ends — to the park with a lineup of electronic music artists and immersive activations. Of course, the duo headlines are joined by Two Friends, ARMNHMR and NOTD. Show is 18+.


CicLAvia – Koreatown meets Hollywood
East Hollywood
Sunday, Aug. 20
Time to take advantage of a car-free K-Town and Hollywood with five miles of open streets on Sunday, Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the neighborhood, shops and restaurants along Vine St., Melrose Ave., Western Ave., and Wilshire Blvd., by walking, jogging, bike riding or skating along the route. Go at your own pace and pick your start and finish lines. Four Hubs along the route offer family-friendly activities, restrooms, free water refilling stations, free basic bike repair, bike parking and first aid. As always, CicLAvia is free.

Enjoy the weekend!

Jacqueline Tager | DRE# 1476997
jacqueline.tager@sothebyshomes.com | (323) 697-3040
Sotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage
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