Los Angeles is the home of the “Endless Summer,” but with Labor Day fast approaching that means some of the city’s most popular summertime activities are winding down. Not to worry, though – there’s still plenty to do this month. From concerts to cultural festivals and sporting events, our guide will help you make the most of the final weeks of summer.
DANCE DTLA – GRAND PARK
Now in its 13th year, The Music Center’s Dance DTLA is a free, all-ages evening of dancing under the stars where participants can learn new dance moves with a different dance genre at each event. Hosted this season entirely in Grand Park, the series features Dance Downtown every other Friday night from 7–11 p.m. On August 4, boogie on down to Dance Downtown: Disco. Grand Park heats up on August 18 with Dance Downtown: Argentine Tango. Taking place from 9 p.m. to midnight on alternating Friday nights (Aug. 11 & 25), DJ Nights are curated by influential artists and tastemakers. Enjoy a picnic or purchase food and drinks on site. Cocktails and beverages available for purchase with valid ID.
One of the longest running cultural festivals of its kind in the country, the 77th Annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival is taking place in Little Tokyo from August 19-27. Each summer, thousands of Angelenos and visitors alike gather in Downtown L.A. to enjoy two weekends of free Japanese cultural events, activities and exhibits, music and entertainment, food and fun games. Highlights include the Grand Parade (Aug. 20), taiko drummers, martial arts demos, bonsai exhibit, tea ceremony, calligraphy, ikebana flower arrangement, SHOWOFF Car Show, and the 11th Annual World Gyoza Eating Championship on August 26.
DODGERS ALL-ACCESS (AUG. 14)
Get an exclusive insider’s look at the Los Angeles Dodgers with the ultimate fan experience, Dodgers All-Access. Whether you bleed Dodger Blue or just want to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime evening on the field, All-Access will be an unforgettable event. Confirmed speakers and on-field participants include current players like First Baseman Adrian Gonzalez and legends such as Ron Cey, Steve Garvey, Orel Hershiser, Eric Karros, Tommy Lasorda, Rick Monday, Bill Russell, Fernando Valenzuela and Steve Yeager. Activities include calling play-by-play in the press box, batting practice, pitching in the bullpens, photo opps, stadium tours, creating your own TOPPS baseball card, dinner buffet on the field, and panel discussions with front office, current and alumni players. For more info, email email@example.com or call 213.236.2381.
LEIMERT PARK ART WALK (AUG. 27)
Taking place the last Sunday of every month, the Leimert Park Art Walk is a free community event that the entire family will enjoy. Throughout the day, cultural spaces (KAOS Network, Vision Theatre, World Stage, prolific arts), artist studios and storefronts will share art exhibitions, music, fashion, food, drumming, spoken word and local shopping.
JEWEL’S CATCH ONE – THE VILLAGE AT ED GOULD PLAZA (AUG. 13)
Located in the Arlington Heights neighborhood, UNION is one of L.A.’s top nightclubs, featuring world-class talent with a focus on diversity. UNION was originally known as Jewel’s Catch One, which opened in 1973 and was renowned as the first exclusively gay and lesbian disco for African-Americans in the country. During the club’s 40-year heyday, owner Jewel Thais-Williams welcomed everyone from Rick James and Madonna to the “Queen of Disco,” Sylvester.
On Sunday, August 13, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Hollywood is hosting a screening of the Jewel’s Catch One documentary. Jewel herself will participate in a Q&A after the movie, followed by a dance party featuring the legendary DJ Terence Toy, DJ Key Key and more special guests. Tickets are on sale at Eventbrite.
“DEPECHE MODE: 101” – EAT|SEE|HEAR AT ROSE BOWL STADIUM (AUG. 25)
One of L.A.’s most popular outdoor movie series, Eat|See|Hearpresents a worldwide exclusive screening of the Depeche Mode documentary, 101 at Rose Bowl Stadium, where the band performed the final show of the Music for the Masses tour on June 18, 1988. Legendary L.A. DJ Richard Blade, who introduced the band on stage at the original concert in ’88, will be spinning a flashback set and introduce the film. Doors at 5pm, music starts at 7 and 101 screens at 8.
VENICE BEACH: DOGTOWN – ATLAS OBSCURA (AUG. 27)
On August 27, Atlas Obscura and Cartwheel Art Tours are teaming up to take you back in time to the 1970s, when motorcycle clubs ruled the boardwalk, local surfers dodged the ruins of a sunken amusement park, and the Z-Boys revolutionized skateboarding in empty swimming pools. Taking place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Venice Beach: Dogtown will explore the surprising past of this world-famous beach community with your guides, Cartwheel Art Tours founder, Cindy Schwarzstein and Juice Magazine’s Dan Levy, along with local icons of Venice skate, surf, and street art culture. Tickets for the two-mile walking tour are on sale at Eventbrite.
LADY GAGA JOANNE WORLD TOUR – THE FORUM (AUG. 8-9)
Lady Gaga will perform at The Forum on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 8-9 in support of her fifth studio album, “Joanne.” Kicking off in Vancouver on August 1, the “Joanne” World Tour spans 60 shows in North America, South America and Europe. The tour ends with a concert at The Forum on Dec. 18, 2017.
MANHATTAN BEACH OPEN (AUG. 17-20)
The Manhattan Beach Open is known as “the Super Bowl of beach volleyball” – 32 teams, nine courts, and four AVP stars enshrining their names on the historic Manhattan Beach Pier. Taking place on the south side of the pier, the Manhattan Beach Open is the second tournament of the 2017 Gold Series and the last of the four California tournaments. General Admission to the tournament is free. Tickets for VIP Premium Seating are on sale at the Manhattan Beach.
CICLAVIA: SAN PEDRO MEETS WILMINGTON (AUG. 13)
For its 22nd event, CicLAvia has announced a brand new route: San Pedro Meets Wilmington. On Sunday, August 13, San Pedro and Wilmington will be connected by the country’s largest open streets event. Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space. Taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., CicLAvia will take participants some of the area’s most famous landmarks and attractions, including Battleship IOWA, Warner Grand Theatre, Vincent Thomas Bridge, and the Banning Residence Museum. As always, CicLAvia is free.
CicLAvia coincides with the launch of Metro Bike Share in San Pedro and Wilmington on July 31. Metro Bike Share offers convenient round-the-clock access to a fleet of bicycles for short trips and to get to transit on your schedule.