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What's On This Month In Los Angeles

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Updated: 7 October 2016
This month is full of festivals, seasoned artist, and amazing shows that will help you drink in that last bit of summertime.



THEATER | See The Classic ‘Grey Gardens’ Come To Life At The Ahmanson

Tuesday, August 2

See the Academy Award winning show, ‘Grey Gardens’ at one of the most exciting venues in Los Angeles.

DANCE | Shake A Tail Feather At Dance DTLA’s Salsa Night

Friday, August 5

Slip on your dancing shoes and join in on the fun at the music center.

FILM | Come Out For ‘Proud And Outfest’ Movie Night

Saturday, August 6

Come celebrate the diverse denizens of LA at this year’s Outfest film festival in Grand Park.



FESTIVAL | Take In Sights And Sounds At The Annual Ecuadorian Festival

Sunday, August 7

Get a taste of Ecuadorian style on Olvera Street, the oldest street in Los Angeles.

FESTIVAL | Move With The Dancers At Moves After Dark

Monday, August 8

Get involved in the action of this uniquely, immersive dance performance that’s received rave reviews.

MUSIC | Dance Under The Stars At The Santa Monica Pier Concert Series

Thursday, August 11

Nights in Santa Monica are always amazing, but this night might be the best of them all.

ART | Celebrate Creativity At Paints & Pints At The Grove

Thursday, August 11

The Grove hosts a gala event for arts education, community and creativity.

FILM | Catch A Glimpse Of Film’s Future At Sundance Nextfest

Friday, August 12

See the next hit film hot off the presses at this year’s Nextfest.

FESTIVAL | Soak Up Summer Fun At Watt’s 50th Anniversary Summer Festival

Saturday, August 13

Join the LA community in a joyous festival that brings history, community and creativity together.



FILM | Travel To Bollywood And Beyond At The EPFC’s All India Weekend

Sunday, August 14

Head to the Echo Park Film Center for a weekend of Indian cultural appreciation.

MUSIC | Break To EDM And Hip Hop At The Japanese American Museum

Thursday, August 18

The Japanese American Museum brings together eclectic L.A. acts and Asian and Pacific Islander American performers at this week’s Summer concert.

COMEDY | Laugh Out Loud At Groundling’s Comedy Explosion

Thursday, August 18

Catch a late night comedy show at the theater where stars are made.

FOOD | Grab Some Barbecue At The Long Beach BBQ Festival

Friday, August 19

Beer, beach and barbecue… The perfect summer combination.

TOUR | Discover The Hidden Gems In L.A.’s Chinatown

Saturday, August 20

There is never a shortage of things to see in this neighborhood. See the secret side of Chinatown on the Undiscovered Chinatown Walking Tour.

FOOD | Indulge In Taco Time At L.A.’s Taco Fest

Saturday, August 20

Californians love their tacos, and you will be sure to find the cream of the crop at this festival.



MUSIC | Boogie Downtown At The Grand Park’s Sunday Session

Sunday, August 21

Gather together with family and friends to experience beautiful soaring beats from LA’s best DJs in the heart of Downtown.

MUSIC | Dance To Perfume At The Wiltern Theater

Friday, August 26

Head to Koreatown for a night with one of Japan’s favorite artists, Perfume, at a legendary L.A. venue.

FILM | Catch A Flick Outside At The Third Street Promenade

Friday, August 26

Grab some chairs and catch a film smack dab in the middle of the street.

THEATER | Observe The Performance Of Blackness At The Getty Villa

Saturday, August 27

Los Angeles-based dance artist taisha paggett and sound artist Yann Novak consider blackness in antiquity as it relates to the body through an immersive and durational performance.

FESTIVAL | Scream And Shout At Fuck Yeah Fest

Saturday, August 27

Catch two days of great music, dancing, and high spirits. Summer in L.A. just isn’t complete without this festival.

FESTIVAL | Put On Your Blue Suede Shoes At The Elvis Extravaganza

Saturday, August 27

It may have been 33 years since we have lost the King, but his fans have kept his music and legacy alive at the annual Elvis Presley festival.


EVENT | Let The Outside In At Fringe With JC Coccoli

Monday, August 29

See the show that has revolutionized the comedy scene in Los Angeles featuring groundbreaking comedians from across the globe.

THEATER | Revel In Shakespeare At The Hollywood Bowl

Tuesday, August 30

The Bard gets his big break in Hollywood with a night of classic reenactments accompanied by the LA Philharmonic Orchestra at the Bowl.

THEATER | Travel Back In Black History With ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

Wednesday, August 31

Be the first to see the Center Theater Group’s performance of an important and compelling play, chronicling the African-American experience of the 20th century.