The summer’s ending, so make sure to catch some of its fun in the remaining weeks of the month. A lot of family events, art, sports, concerts, and shows for you to pick from and spend your time differently.
Fri August 25th
CHATSWORTH – This Friday at the Chatsworth Branch Library you have a great workout for people who aren’t very active or elderly people. They have all the requisites needed, you only need to bring your gym buddy with you and be there at 10:30.
DTLA – Catch the FIGat7th Downtown Festival this Friday! The center’s outdoor plaza will be reimagined as an intimate concert venue for a performance by QUETZAL with Mark Torres of KPFK!
The FIGat7th Downtown Festival is free and open to the public as part of Arts Brookfield’s continued effort to bring Brookfield’s public spaces to life through visual and performing arts. The event starts at 4 pm with a DJ Happy Hour – NONA ENTERTAINMENT in the TASTE Food Hall Courtyard where a variety of excellent eateries and chef-driven concepts are offered. See more about the event here.
HOLLYWOOD – Follow the good music for a great weekend! Gregg Young & The 2nd Street Groove Band With Horns will perform for free starting 6 pm. Check out more here.
RESEDA – Attend a gentle yoga session for free at the West Valley Regional Branch Library with a certified yoga instructor. You will learn how to calm your body and your mind. All levels are welcome, you just need to bring your own mat or towel and water for hydration. See more here.
VAN NUYS – Veterans Connect event will be held at the Van Nuys Library where a Veteran Resources Specialist will be there to answer your questions on how to apply for benefits, how benefits work, and to understand the services that the Veterans Center provides. The event starts at 10 am to 12 pm and you can see more here.
WEST HOLLYWOOD – Dancing and good mood go together. Join the fantastic Hollywood Dance Festival. Featuring FREE community workshops, a contemporary dance intensive for professionals and aspiring professionals, and public performances, the week-long festival celebrates the JOY of creativity, the RIGOR of professional dance training, and the TRANSFORMATIVE POWER of live dance performance.
Sat August 26th
DTLA – It’s The City of L.A.’s 236th Birthday Celebration. Join for the 7th annual celebration our city’s name, Nuestra Senora Reina de Los Angeles, which was later shortened to- Los Angeles. The celebration will kick-off with a mass and a fiesta at La Placita to follow. The event is for free and you can see more here.
LOS FELIZ – Support the Los Feliz Branch Library Friends Group at their monthly sale (3rd Saturday each month). Items will include children’s, popular fiction, mystery books, DVDs, CDs and more. Funds raised from the book sale benefit library programs for children and teens. See more here.
PASADENA – Summertime Square Dance Social takes place at Pasadena One Colorado Courtyard. Guests can practice their Roll Aways and Half Sashays with Silent DJ country western tunes, and then promenade to live music with our square dance caller. There’ll be a dolled up photo booth to socially share the fun, plus serving up some summery sweet treats for a Shuffle Step energy boost.
The entrance fee is $10 per person and it starts at 3 pm until 6 pm.
VENICE – This Saturday Venice Beach’s favorite neighborhood hangout, The Anchor, will give away 100 of their signature lobster rolls to celebrate the restaurant’s three-year anniversary! Enjoy the festivities from 6 PM to midnight with $5 beer and wine, live music, raffle and more. See more here.
WESTLAKE – Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles Summer Concert Series will be in the spirit of tropical Afro-Latin combo from the radical 60s, 70s, and 80s. Each song echoes a remix of history and invites one to engage in the liberating evenings of Angola, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and beyond. The name means “to remove worries.” Everybody has a “Pena” and the mission of QUITAPENAS is simple: to make you dance and leave you without a worry.
Be sure to check out the Kidzone, our community partners and local food and beverage vendors at every concert.
Sun August 27th
CENTRAL LA – Featuring slapstick musical comedy short films and a live stage show, with special musical guests The Saguaro Sisters and archival film treasures. If you love classic film comedy, this is a one-of-a-kind, must-see event! If you want to attend you need to register here.
GARDEN GROOVE – The 18th Annual Elvis Festival will take place in Orange County this Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. It’s an all-day tribute to Elvis Presley honoring the 40th anniversary of Presley’s death.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD – The Meatballs Of Comedy show is like Sunday dinner at Mamma’s when all the funny cousins come over. Join Chef Eva and America’s Funniest Italian Comedians for a one-of-a-kind stand-up comedy show that will have your sides aching with laughter! Featuring comedians seen on Comedy Central, Comics Unleashed, Last Comic Standing, movies and television, The Meatballs Of Comedy are serving up Comedy Italian Style. The entrance fee is $10.
NORTHEAST LA – Summer Picnic Concert Tour will take place in the Hollenbeck Park, with live music, food trucks all you need to do is bring your picnic! Check out the event info here.
Labor Day Weekend
Whether you are looking for a day-to-day activities or want to do an extended Labor Day weekend, we have all the fun activities you can do and great places to be at, just read below:
Fri September 1st
EAST LA – According to the Buddha, all who view his relics will receive great blessings. Join the 10,000 Buddha Relics Collection – The Largest Exhibit of Buddha’s Relics in America and go for the additional meditations to deepen your experience of the Buddha’s relics and their peaceful, healing energy. The event is free and open to the public.
GLENDALE – Brand Library & Art Center is pleased to present artwork by Mark Acetelli, Dirk Hagner, Cindy Jackson, Grey James, Joanna Kidd and Miles Lewis in a powerful exhibition of personal exploration and acute observation of the human condition, titled “When Line Becomes Form”. If you admire art check out the event info here.
HOLLYWOOD – Nobody’s film credits can compare to John Williams: Star Wars, E.T., Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and literally a hundred others. The 85-year-old composer isn’t slowing down anytime soon; he’s returning to the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Phil and maybe some new tunes from a galaxy far, far away. Fellow film composer David Newman opens the show with a program of movie classics set to clips on the big screen. Check out the pricing and venue info here.
MALIBU – Malibu Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off, Carnival and Fair – September 1st – September 4th Event features chili (Chili Cook-off is Sat/Sun 11am to 6pm), carnival, fair, live entertainment, silent auction, food for sale, vendors, etc.
$10 Admission Per Person – Toddlers and Younger FREE
The hours are as follows:
Friday: 6pm -10pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am -10pm
Monday: 11am – 6pm
PASADENA – The midnight snacker’s greatest fantasy is just a car ride away. One of America’s largest Asian food markets spans the course of Santa Anita Park’s front Paddock Gardens. Come hungry and come caffeinated—this lively market, complete with over 150 Asian street food and booze peddlers, live music, artists, films, games, and beyond, won’t put itself to bed until 1am on Friday and Saturday (and midnight on Sunday). See here where to find it.
VENICE – Venice Arts presents Painter Ruth Chase’s first solo exhibition, The West of Lincoln Project. Awarded a grant by the Carl Jacobs Foundation, the project traces the history of Venice through the life stories of people who grew up here, as told through large-scale paintings and audio interviews by Chase and accompanying biographical texts written by Gena Lasko. The event is free of charge, opened from 10 am to 6 pm.
VENICE – Work out your core muscles & stretch away stress in Venice this Friday. The free Mat Pilates class starts at 11:30 am.
Sat September 2nd
CENTRAL LA – Attend the free classic Tai Chi classes by instructor Bill Cheng. Each class will include a demonstration and posture practice of 108 classic Tai Chi forms, as well as time for questions and answers at the Central Library this Saturday.
CENTRAL LA – Spend your Saturday morning in a relaxing atmosphere of knitting and chatting with the rest of the participants. Join the Knitting Club starting at 10 am at the Memorial branch library.
GLENDALE – Raise a glass to L.A.’s music, food, drinks and culture during this inaugural two-day fest from Golden road. The brewery has put together a surprisingly solid music lineup this Labor Day—Warren G, Hanni El Khatib, Yacht, Maxim Ludwig and Buyepongo—alongside an art show, food trucks, specialty beers and more. All ticket proceeds go to one of these three charities, which you can choose upon purchasing passes: Light Bringer Project, Heal The Bay or Wags n Walks. Check out more here.
INGLEWOOD – If you need help using the computer come to Hyde Park Miriam Matthews Branch Library to learn the basics of using a computer with their bilingual cybernaut. The class will be small and hands-on. Spaces are limited.
MID-VALLEY – Spend an active Saturday morning with ZUMBA! lessons at the Mid-Valley Regional Library. Starting at 9:30 am everyone’s welcome for an hour of dancing with Lula. Check out more here. Right after that, there are kids Zumba classes starting at 10:30 am and you can check those out here.
MONTEBELLO – The Lions Club of Montebello Charities Foundation: Rummage Sale
Have items to donate? Donations welcome – drop off – Friday, September 1st (same location). Please, no large appliances or large pieces of furniture. All proceeds will benefit our Scholarship Fund.
Time/Place: 9am-2pm / Montebello Senior Center: 115 South Taylor Ave.
Sun September 3rd
BEVERLY HILLS – The Think Tank is happy to return to their old venue in DTLA with a month of art and events about our hometown, and all the stereotypes that come from it – especially the true ones. It’s a reflection on classic Best Coast culture from the ’84 Olympics to the Kings/Lakers rivalry, the period when we grew up with our city and all the great and terrible things that happened in between. 80+ artists. 420 Lounge. DMV Dive Bar. Opening hours 7:30pm-1am. Check out more here.
CENTRAL LA – If Delicious Vinyl has anything to do with this Labor Day weekend bash, one thing is for certain: the music will be damn good. In celebration of the neighborhood’s rich culture and diversity, live music and festivities will fill Delicious Pizza’s backlot on Sunday, September 3 from 2pm to 10pm. Face painting, a castle jumper, a Dilla’s Donuts pop-up shop, a J Dilla photo exhibit and live performances from local up-and-coming artists are just a few of the activities on the lineup. Check out the rest of the fun stuff it has to offer here.
GLENDALE – Unable to act on their feelings and forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, lovers Rosalind and Orlando become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and mistaken identity. One of Shakespeare’s great comedies, As You Like It subverts the traditional rules of romance, confusing gender roles, nature and politics to reflect on how bewildering — yet utterly pleasurable — life can be.
LOS FELIZ – Skylight Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of “The Devil’s Wife” by Tom Jacobson, and directed by Eric Hoff. You can see more about the show here.
SOUTH LA – Hear the Queen of Rock n ‘Roll sing her best songs again in this Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Featuring Joplin’s greatest hits, including, “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” and “Mercedes Benz” along with other faves from Aretha Franklin, Etta James and more. Check out more here.
Mon September 4th
CENTRAL LA – The Taste attracts foodies of all types to the Paramount back lot for a weekend to sample some of the best food and wine L.A. has to offer. “Opening Night” welcomes the LA Times’ top-tier food staff and many of the weekend’s featured chefs for a spattering of tastings (both edible and drinkable) from dozens of eateries around the city. Other highlights include a chat with Lukshon chef Sang Yoon and a dinner hosted by critic Jonathan Gold. The weekend rounds out with a “Sunday Block Party”, followed by a colorful “Flavors of L.A.” cooking event. Check out the event details here.
DTLA – Roam the 400 stalls at this arts festival, sampling the fine foods and listen to good music at Hermosa beach this Labor Day. The party starts on Saturday the 2nd until Monday the 4th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Check out the event details here.
POMONA – A lot has changed in LA since 1921 when the County Fair was first staged as an agricultural fair. However, the perennially popular event still has farm-friendly appeal (livestock beauty contests, local produce) alongside the more modern acrobats, wine tastings, exhibitions and concerts.
It starts on Friday the 1st and will be staged until September 24th so make sure to check it out: $14-$20 adult, $8-$12 child; $15 parking; $30 season pass. See more here.
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