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What’s On in Los Angeles in August

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Updated: 13 June 2017
It’s peak summer in Los Angeles. Fill up your weekends with August’s fun festivals, including BrunchCon, CatCon®, and a convention devoted to Korean pop music, or explore a new neighborhood with Chinatown Summer Nights and refine your palate with Uncorked, a sampling of some of the world’s best wines. Here’s the hot list of August in Los Angeles.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1st – TUESDAY, AUGUST 8th

MUSIC | Hip-hop in Long Beach

📅 Saturday, August 5th

Hip-hop fest Summertime in the LBC takes place at Queen Mary Park in Long Beach, filling the scene around the historic ship with music. The lineup features 50 Cent & G-Unit, YG, Wu-Tang Clan, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, George Parliament Funkadelic, and more. Food vendors including DIY champs Trapp Kitchen and All Flavor No Grease will be on-site.

📍 The Queen Mary, 1126 Queen Highway, Long Beach, CA, USA, +1 877 342 0738

HORROR | Scream your way through this annual Halloween con

📅 Saturday, August 5th & Sunday, August 6th

ScareLA, Los Angeles’ annual Halloween and horror con, will take place at the L.A. Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles. Both days will be brimming with panels, demonstrations, and vendors, as well as numerous mini-haunt experiences to get horror fans pumped for Halloween.

📍 Los Angeles, Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 741 1151

FEST | Enjoy Chinatown, by night

📅 Saturday, August 5th

LA Chinatown and KCRW presents Chinatown Summer Nights, in which one of Los Angeles’ coolest neighborhoods comes alive with food trucks, cooking demonstrations, video projections, cultural activities, art, craft beer, music, and more. This free, all-ages event kicks off at 5 p.m.

📍 Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA, USA

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9th – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16th

MUSIC | See the B-52s for free

📅 Saturday, August 12th

Every so often, downtown Los Angeles’ Pershing Square offers a great outdoor concert, completely free. On August 12th at 8 p.m., ’80s new wave act the B-52s—best known for tracks such as “Love Shack” and “Rock Lobster”—will perform. Food and drinks will be available via various trucks and vendors, and the public is welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs beginning at 7 p.m.

📍 Pershing Square, 532 S Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 847 4970

FOOD | A festival dedicated to brunch

📅 Saturday, August 12th & Sunday, August 13th

BrunchCon is an entire weekend-long convention dedicated to one single portmanteau meal. Over 50 vendors will be slinging elevated breakfast/lunch hybrids, mimosas, bloody marys, and other brunch staples. DJs, lawn games and a photo booth round out the day’s activities. Tickets are available in three-hour blocks, and prices begin at $60.

📍 The REEF, 1933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 800 586 8124

CATS | Cat lovers unite

📅 Saturday, August 12th & Sunday, August 13th

Cat lovers will unite at the annual CatCon®, featuring panels and merchandise all tailored to cats and the humans who love them. Over 100 booths will feature merchandise such as cat-themed apparel and accessories, as well as toys and treats for actual cats. Guests will also have the option to meet-and-greet with stars such as Julie Newmar (who once played Catwoman), Kitten Lady, Lil Bub, Moshow the Cat Rapper, and Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries). Those looking for a new furry friend can also visit CatCon’s adoption lounge. Tickets start at $15.

📍 Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green Street, Pasadena, CA, USA, +1 626 795 9311

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17th – THURSDAY, AUGUST 24th

FEST | An extravaganza of K-Pop

📅 Friday, August 18th – Sunday, August 20th

KCON is a celebration of all things K-Pop. Panels, workshops, and performances precede a concert with guests in L.A. and include Astro, Girl’s Day, NCT 122, SF9, and more. Tickets go on sale July 7th.

📍 Los Angeles, Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 741 1151

WINE | Sample some of the best wines from around the globe

📅 Saturday, August 19th

For true wine connoisseurs, Uncorked offers the opportunity to sample over 50 top wines from around the world, each one rated at least 90 points or higher. There will be cheese and crackers to accompany the wine, and proceeds will benefit the Rose City Crystals. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and VIP ticket holders may come an hour early. Tickets begin at $65.

📍 Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 440 4500

FILM | See a cult classic at a historic venue

📅 Tuesday, August 22nd

This is Spinal Tap, the 1985 rock mockumentary following the exploits of the fictitious heavy metal band Spinal Tap, will screen at the historic Wiltern Theater with live music and a photo booth. General admission is $15; however, those who splurge on the $50 VIP ticket will get a backstage tour of the venue plus a champagne toast. Doors open at 7 p.m.

📍 The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 388 1400

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25th – THURSDAY, AUGUST 31st

PARTY | An epic masquerade ball

📅 Friday, August 25th

The Labyrinth of Jareth is an incredible fantasy masquerade ball inspired by ’80s cult classic Labyrinth. For two decades, this event has immersed its guests in an otherworldly scene with live music and performances. Everyone must dress up, with costumes ranging from formal wear with masks to incredible fantasy get-ups. Tickets begin at $55.

📍 The Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 624 1011

ART | A night of music, food, and art

📅 Saturday, August 26th

Throughout the summer, contemporary art museum The Broad hosts evening parties with music and live performances. On August 26th, they welcome Xiu Xiu, A Place to Bury Strangers, Arshia Haq & Amy Alexander, Keijuan Thomas, Linda Mary Montano, and more. This particular evening is inspired by The Broad exhibit Oracle. According to event organizers, “Oracle the Happening strives to reclaim that heightened experience and anxiety as artists pick up abundant stereotypes and play prophet, sage, historian and cheerleader.” Tickets begin at $25 online or $30 in advance and include access to the museum.

📍 The Broad, 221 S Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 213 232 6200

MARCH | A civic gathering

📅 Saturday, August 26th

The She Persisted March will commence at noon at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. The event takes place on National Equality Day and supports all women, people of color, LGBTQ, immigrants, and refugees. Everyone is welcome.

📍 Pershing Square, 532 S Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 847 4970