31 Reasons You Shouldn’t Leave L.A. This August

Cancel that Vegas hotel reservation. Don’t even think about booking a trip to Napa. Step away from the San Diego guide book. Los Angeles has so many amazing things happening in August that you simply won’t be able to find the time to leave the city limits.

Not convinced our town offers enough to keep you hostage all month long? Allow us to prove you wrong. For music lovers, we have FYF Fest, which is jam-packed with headliners like Frank Ocean, Morrissey, and Solange. Shopping fiends will revel in a slew of craft fairs, while comedy buffs will want to reserve their spots at a couple of hilarious, star-studded shows.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg: Click through to peek all 31 of our must-hit August events in L.A. — your social life will thank you.

Clashist x Urban Outfitters Pop-Up

L.A.-based brand Clashist — known for its digitally printed, pop-culture-inspired clothes — has collaborated with Urban Outfitters for a rad pop-up shop in Hollywood. If you’re DIY-inclined, the brand is also hosting a sand-art workshop on Saturday, August 8.

When: Now through Sunday, August 23

Where: Space 15 Twenty, 1520 North Cahuenga Boulevard (near Selma Avenue); 323-465-1893.

Echo Park Rising

This isn’t your average neighborhood block party. More than 300 different bands are set to invade Echo Park for three days of free outdoor concerts, with plenty of food and art festivities to go around. The fifth-annual event is meant to highlight the creativity, diversity, and small businesses of the cooler-by-the-minute ‘hood.

When: Friday, August 14, through Sunday, August 16

Where: Various streets in Echo Park

L.A. Food & Wine Festival

You aren’t a real L.A. foodie if you don’t make a beeline for this massive festival. Expect cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs like Curtis Stone and Guy Fieri, as well as the culinary masterminds behind local hotspots like Faith & Flower and Osteria Mozza. Tons of participating wineries and breweries — plus a concert by The Roots — also round out the festival. Click here to purchase tickets.

When: Thursday, August 27, through Sunday, August 30

Where: Various venues

7th Annual Unique L.A. Summer Market

More than 350 vendors will be on hand at this stylish market, where you’ll be able to score made-in-America clothes, accessories, art, jewelry, home decor, and much more. Pre-sale tickets are available here, but you can also purchase them at the door (keep in mind it’s cash only).

When: Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: The Penthouse at California Market Center, 110 East 9th Street (at South Los Angeles Street); 213-630-3600.

Branding Workshop At Poketo

Whatever your profession is, having a strong brand identity is key in this day and age. From social media tactics to content strategy, this workshop will teach you the ins and outs of ensuring your brand is recognizable and cohesive. All that’s left to do is sit back and watch the job offers roll in.

When: Saturday, August 29, 2 to 5 p.m.

Where: The Line, 3515 Wilshire Boulevard (near South Normandie Avenue); 213-381-7411.

FYF Fest

It’s baaack. Who’s ready for Frank Ocean, Morrissey, FKA twigs, Solange, and more? With its strong lineup, the 12th-annual festival promises to be one for the books. Click here to nab your tickets.

When: Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23

Where: L.A. Sports Arena and Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive (near South Figueroa Street); 213-747-7111.

Nick Offerman Gumption Book Release Show

Parks and Recreation fans, we don’t need to convince you that seeing Nick Offerman live will be well worth your time. The funnyman is taking the stage to promote his new book, Gumption, and the ticket price even includes a copy of the sure-to-be-hilarious tome.

When: Thursday, August 27, 7 p.m.

Where: Largo at the Coronet, 366 North La Cienega Boulevard (near Oakwood Avenue); 310-855-0350.

The 55th Annual Manhattan Beach Open

The longest-running beach volleyball tournament will once again bring together the biggest names in the sport, including three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings. General admission is free, but you can also purchase VIP seats here.

When: Friday, August 14, through Sunday, August 26

Where: Manhattan Beach Pier, 100 Manhattan Beach Pier (at Ocean Drive); no phone.

Sundance Next Fest

This L.A. version of the legendary film festival will feature six movie premieres, each of which will be paired with a special musical performance. Our pick: The screening of Greta Gerwig’s flick Mistress America, with music by Sky Ferreira. Don’t forget to secure tickets here.

When: Friday, August 7, through Sunday, August 9

Where: The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 South Broadway (near West 9th Street); 213-623-3233.

Splash House

Okay, so we cheated: This isn’t technically in L.A., but it’s well worth the short drive. This Palm Springs party is taking over three different hotel pools for two days of musical revelry. Don’t worry, a shuttle will be provided to cater to your pool-hopping whims. Be sure to grab tickets in advance.

When: Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9

Where: Various Palm Springs venues

Pop-Up Marketplace At L.A. Live

How do you turn a craft fair on its head? Make it a massive nighttime event in the middle of downtown’s bustling L.A. Live. The shopping evening will feature more than 60 L.A. vendors selling locally made, handcrafted items. There will also be live music, discounted parking, and food and drink specials at participating restaurants.

When: Thursday, August 13, 5 p.m.

Where: L.A. Live, 800 West Olympic Boulevard (at South Figueroa Street); 866-548-3452.

Erykah Badu & St. Vincent

As part of KCRWs World Festival summer concert series, indie darlings Erykah Badu and St. Vincent will be taking the stage at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. We’re calling it: They’re both well on their way to hitting the big time.

When: Sunday, August 30, 7 p.m.

Where: The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Avenue (near Odin Street); 323-850-2000.

Vincent Mercier Exhibit At The Line

On display at Koreatown’s coolest hotel is an exclusive collection of French artist Vincent Mercier’s photos. They’re part of the “Portraits de Villes” series, in which different artists are given free range to capture their vision of various cities. Mercier’s interpretation of L.A. has a rad vintage feel we’re crazy about.

When: Now through September

Where: The Line, 3515 Wilshire Boulevard (near South Normandie Avenue); 213-381-7411.

Asssscat At UCB Theatre

The Office actor Zach Woods and Orange Is the New Black actress Lauren Lapkus are among the rotating cast of comedians in this hilarious improv show. Think: SNL-like sketches, but even more gut-busting — and completely off-the-cuff.

When: Sunday, August 9, 7 p.m.

Where: UCB Sunset, 5419 Sunset Boulevard (near North Western Avenue); 323-908-8702.

Cinespia’s Screening Of The Virgin Suicides

Cinespia is throwing it back to the ’90s with its screening of Sofia Coppola’s 1999 film, The Virgin Suicides. Starring Kristen Dunst, the haunting movie tells the ill-fated tale of the five Lisbon sisters.

When: Saturday, August 29, 9 p.m.

Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard (near North Gower Street); 877-435-9849.

Eat See Hear’s Screening OfThe Breakfast Club

Watch the Brat Pack in their prime at Eat See Hear’s screening of the beloved 1985 flick. Food trucks and music guarantee the night will be a blast. Reserve your spot here.

When: Saturday, August 15, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way (near North Zoo Drive); 323-667-2000.

Topshop & Topman Endless Summer Series

The retail giant is hosting a park concert this Saturday. Headliner Empress Of will perform, plus you can expect local food vendors, games, giveaways, and more. RSVP here.

When: Saturday, August 8, 3 to 7 p.m.

Where: Montecillo De Leo Politi Park, Stadium Way (at Recreation Lodge Drive); no phone.

Kit & Ace Pop-Up Shop

Canadian brand Kit and Ace is invading the Arts District for a pop-up shop featuring its stylish, affordable wares. Expect t-shirts, dresses, and more at prices ranging from $68 to $138.

When: Thursday through Sunday, now through early 2016

Where: 1308 Factory Place, Suite 102 (near Alameda Street); no phone.

Mumford & Sons Concert

The British crooners are stopping by The Forum for two nights before heading off to Australia and the U.K. as a part of their world tour.

When: Monday, August 17, and Tuesday, August 18

Where: The Forum, 3900 West Manchester Boulevard (at South Prairie Avenue); 310-330-7300.

Tasting Table’s Lobster Rumble

Lobster roll aficionados, we think we found your mecca. Tasting Table is hosting a culinary showdown where you’ll be able to sample 15 different lobster rolls — plus quench your thirst at an open bar — and cast your vote for the ultimate #lobsterrumble winner. Purchase tickets here.

When: Thursday, August 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

Where: Los Angeles Center Studios, 1201 West 5th Street (at South Bixel Street); 213-534-3000.

DIY Wood Mobile Workshop

Spruce up your room with a cute wood mobile like this one. All materials will be provided at this workshop hosted by local Etsy whiz Britt Castellano of A Handcrafted Home. Reserve your spot here.

When: Sunday, August 9, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: West Elm, 8366 Beverly Boulevard (near North Kings Road); 323-782-9672.

The Last Picture Show Screening

Catch the 1971 Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd flick on the big screen at Santa Monica’s classic Aero Theatre. Bonus: A discussion with the movie’s director, Peter Bogdanovich, will follow the screening.

When: Friday, August 7, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue (near 14th Street); 310-260-1528.

Street Food Cinema’s Screening Of The Shining

Heeeere’s Johnny! Relive the frightening flick under the stars in Pacific Palisades. Food trucks and a live band pre-movie guarantee a fun night. Click here to purchase tickets.

When: Saturday, August 22, 6 p.m.

Where: Will Rogers State Historic Park, 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road (near Sunset Boulevard); 323-908-0607.

Cake Decorating At Duff’s Cakemix

Duff’s Cakemix has plenty of themed cake decorating classes available for die-hard DIYers this month, including an “Under the Sea” workshop, an M&M-themed class, and more. Pick your poison and click here to reserve your spot.

When: Various dates and times

Where: Duff’s Cakemix, 8302 Melrose Ave (near North Sweetzer Avenue); 323-650-5555.

Sharon Van Etten Live

This two-for-one event will feature a screening of the not-yet-released Michael Cera drama Entertainment and a performance by the indie rocker Sharon Van Etten. Nab tickets here.

When: Saturday, August 9, 8 p.m.

Where: The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 South Broadway (near West 9th Street); 213-623-3233.

Brew At The L.A. Zoo

There will be beers from more than 50 local craft breweries, live music, DJs, animal encounters, and more. Need we say more? Cross your fingers the endangered otter pups will put on a show for you.

When: Friday, August 7, 7 to 11 p.m.

Where: L.A. Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive (near Griffith Park Drive); 323-644-4200.

Akio At Heath Ceramics

Everyone’s favorite ceramics shop is hosting a pop-up gallery featuring the work of Japanese master potter Akio Nukaga. Akio and Heath also collaborated on a special collection, which will be available to purchase.

When: Now through Sunday, August 9

Where: Heath Ceramics, 7525 Beverly Boulevard (near North Sierra Bonita Avenue); 323-965-0800.

We Are Blood World Premiere

Billed as a “modern day skate epic,” We Are Blood chronicles the real stories of top skateboarders as they travel around the world. Be sure to get there early, as only a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

When: Thursday, August 13, 9 p.m.

Where: The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 South Broadway (near West 9th Street); 213-623-3233.

InterContinental‘s Summer Jazz & Stuff Music Festival

The Century City hotel is hosting its inaugural festival, complete with live jazz music, gourmet bites, cocktails, and more. The best part? Entrance is completely free.

When: Thursday, August 27, 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: InterContinental Los Angeles, 2151 Avenue of the Stars (near Galaxy Way); 310-284-6500.

The Ceviche Project

This pop-up dinner at West Hollywood’s Mondrian is hosted by chef Octavio Olivas and will feature complementary cocktails as well as out-of-this-world ceviche. Click here to reserve your spot at the table.

When: Thursday, August 20

Where: Mondrian Los Angeles, 8440 Sunset Boulevard (at North Olive Drive); 323-650-8999.

Timeless Works Of Samurai Art Exhibit

This exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum takes a fascinating look at samurai weaponry and armor — some even dating all the way back to 1185 AD. You’re guaranteed to leave more enlightened than when you came in.

When: Now through Sunday, August 30

Where: Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Avenue (at East 1st Street); 213-625-0414.


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