The Best Events Happening This Weekend in Los Angeles | August 4 – 6

Get ready to heat up your summer in Los Angeles with a sizzling lineup of events that will keep you entertained throughout the whole weekend. And don’t worry about the weather – with sunny skies and warm temperatures, it’s the perfect time to explore everything the city has to offer. Film enthusiasts won’t want to miss NOIR CITY: Hollywood, presented by American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation, from August 4 to August 13 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Head there to watch movies from the height of Hollywood’s noir movement in 1947 – 1948, with 23 films including Key Largo, Sorry, Wrong Number, The Velvet Touch, and The Big Clock. For a taste of surf and skate culture, head over to Venice Beach on August 5 for the SurfSkate Fest, hosted by the inclusive skate community GRL SWRL, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Z-boys. The day is packed with thrilling activities, including a morning paddle out, a surfskate competition with VIP judges, the premiere of the GRL SWRL documentary, and a dance party under the Venice sign. Music lovers won’t want to miss 88rising’s Head In The Clouds Music & Arts Festival on August 5 and 6 at Brookside at The Rose Bowl, spotlighting Asian-centric music, art, and cuisine, featuring DPR Live, Jackson Wang, NIKI, Rich Brian, Rina Sawayama, ZEDD, and TOKiMONSTA, as well as delectable food from All Dat Dumpling, Baozza, Luckyball Korean BBQ, Bone Kettle, and the new BOBA VILLAGE experience. For those 21+, signature Johnnie Walker cocktails will be available for purchase. Don’t miss out on these electrifying events and many more included our great curated list.

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NOIR CITY: Hollywood
American Cinematheque
Friday, Aug. 4 – Sunday, Aug. 13; 8 – 11 p.m.
American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation present the Noir City film showcase from 
Friday, Aug. 4 to Sunday, Aug. 13 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Watch movies from the height of Hollywood’s noir movement,1947 – 1948. The Film Noir Foundation’s Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode introduce 23 films over 10 days including Key Largo, Sorry, Wrong Number, The Velvet Touch and The Big Clock.

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Summer Swing Nights 2023
The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum
Friday, Aug. 4 – Sunday, Aug. 6; 8 – 11 p.m.
Bust out your dancing shoes as Swing Nights return with a 13-member, vocal harmonic jazz big band. Sing, dance, nosh, shop from vendors and check out the museum’s vintage cars. Lessons are available at 7 p.m. if you need to brush up on your moves.

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Pacific Opera Project: Engelbert Humperdink’s Hansel & Gretel
Descanso Gardens
Friday, Aug. 4 – Sunday, Aug. 6
Watch an hour-long production of POP’s opera based on the tale by the Brothers Grimm. Sung in English with mezzo-soprano Christine Li as Hansel, soprano Tiffany Ho as Gretel, and mezzo-soprano Jessica Mamey as the Witch, the opera is appropriate for all ages and is free with admission to the gardens. The show takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and at 3 and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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SurfSkate Fest
Venice Beach
Saturday, Aug. 5; 8am-10pm
The Venice-based GRL SWRL, an inclusive skate community, celebrates on Saturday, Aug. 5, paying homage to SurfSkate culture, 50 years after the creation of Z-boys. There will be a morning paddle out, a surfskate competition with VIP judges, a premiere of the GRL SWRL documentary and a dance party under the Venice sign. Come watch, learn or support the surf and skate communities. The SurfSkate Fest takes place from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Venice Beach.

East LA Food Tour Bike Ride
East Los Angeles Civic Center
Saturday, Aug. 5; 9 a.m.
Indulge in food and then burn off the calories at this event from East L.A. Moves, People for Mobility Justice, Public Matters and Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. Ride your bike or take public transit to food establishments featured in the forthcoming East L.A. Moves/El Este Se Mueve Food Guide, which highlights East L.A. eateries easily accessible by public or people-powered means. The route is approximately four miles long.

Converse Creators Studio Pop-Up
The Grove (across from AMC Theaters)
Saturday, Aug. 5 – Sunday, Aug. 6; 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sneakerheads can customize their favorite pair of Converse — from the ones they’re currently wearing to a new pair from in-store. Attendees who purchase a new pair of Chucks will have access to a full customization experience from local artists. Those with already-loved Converse can trick them out with patches, pins and other items. Stop by and listen to DJ sets happening throughout the day.

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Dedicated to You: A Tribute to Art Laboe
Grand Performances
Saturday, Aug. 5; 6 – 10 p.m.
Grand Performances hosts a tribute concert to the late radio host Art Laboe, who brought diverse audiences together through music. Presented by dublab and Hello Stranger, the lineup includes performances by Aaron Frazer (Durand Jones & The Indications), Norman Carter (The Delfonics), Diamond Ortiz, Irene Diaz, Moniquea, Vicky Tafoya, Myron Glasper and DJs Ruben Molina, Soulera 5150 and Spiñorita.

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Hard Summer
L.A. Memorial Coliseum, Exposition Park and BMO Stadium
Saturday, Aug. 5 – Sunday, Aug. 6
The quintessential midsummer music festival returns with a strong electronic and hip-hop DJs and artists lineup. The headliners include Kaskade b2b with John Summit (Saturday) and Skrillex b2b with Four Tet (Sunday). Other performers include Diplo, Fat Joe, Oliver Tree, Yung Bae, 21 Savage and Kid Cudi. If you can’t make the festival, there are plenty of pre-parties and after-parties.

Magic Market 
Heritage Square Museum
Saturday, Aug. 5; 5 – 10 p.m.
Head to the Victorian homes in the heart of the city for an afternoon of tarot readings, yoga, sound healing, music, vegan food and historic house tours. Vendors will sell vintage items, plants, spiritual products and art. No parking or entry or access from Homer Street.

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Pasadena Convention Center
Saturday, Aug. 5 – Sunday, Aug. 6
The cat-centric pop culture event returns for its fifth-anniversary edition. Kitty culture and pop culture collide for a weekend of immersive experiences, workshops and vendors. Meet celebs and influencers, including Adventure Cat Leo, Bowie the Siberian, Don’t Stop Meowing, One_Eared_Uno, Two Crazy Cat Ladies, and others. In addition to vendors, view the Karma is a Cat Art Show (which pays homage to Taylor Swift) and an AI exhibit, Cat-GPT: The Future is Meow.

Night of the Living Dead / The Brother from Another Planet  
ARRAY Creative Campus
Saturday, Aug. 5; 12 p.m.
ARRAY’s film series Hollywood Africans is Inspired by artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s painting, Hollywood Africans in Front of the Chinese Theater with Footprints of Movie Stars. On Saturday, head to the campus and collective created by filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s as they screen Night of the Living Dead (1968) at noon and The Brother from Another Planet (1984) at 3 p.m.

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2023 Garden Concerts for Kids: Renee & Jeremy
Getty Center’s Central Garden
Saturday, Aug. 5 – Sunday, Aug. 6; 4 p.m.
The Getty’s annual summer program returns, featuring some of the best children’s musical artists from around the world. Bring a picnic blanket and food (but leave lawn chairs at home). Food and beverages will be available for purchase onsite. This weekend, hear indie-folk originals and classic covers of Renee & Jeremy (Renee Stahl and Jeremy Toback). Upcoming weekends feature Sonia De Los Santos (Aug. 12 – 13) and Pierce Freelon (Aug. 19 – 20).

88rising’s Head In The Clouds Music & Arts Festival 
Brookside at The Rose Bowl
Saturday, Aug. 5 – Sunday, Aug. 6; 12 p.m.
The all-ages music festival returns to SoCal, putting a spotlight on Asian-centric music, art and cuisine. The music lineup includes DPR Live, Jackson Wang, NIKI, Rich Brian, Rina Sawayama, ZEDD and TOKiMONSTA. Food lineup includes All Dat Dumpling, Baozza, Luckyball Korean BBQ, Bone Kettle, and Head In The Clouds’ new BOBA VILLAGE experience. Signature Johnnie Walker cocktails available for purchase for those 21+.

7th Annual Boleros de Noche
The Ford
Saturday, Aug. 5; 8 p.m.
Listen to classic Puerto Rican romantic ballads as performed by Trío Remembranza, one of the top active bolero groups from the island. The evening also features an all-bolero repertoire by Martha Gonzalez, the Grammy Award-winning Chicana musician, composer, feminist music scholar and founding member of the band Quetzal. (A second show has been added on Sunday, Aug. 6 at Seventh Place in downtown L.A.)

Boogie Nights Festival: Sugar Hill Gang, Rose Royce 
Pershing Square
Sunday, Aug. 6; 2 – 10 p.m.
Get on up at an afternoon of funk, soul and hip hop by the Sugar Hill Gang, Rose Royce, Mary Jane Girls, Rick James and One Way Featuring Al Hudson. Ages 21+.

Enjoy the weekend!

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