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10 Best Things To Do In LA, August 2022

Music Center, in DTLA

August is a popular time to visit Los Angeles and, as always, there are a ton of things going on here this month. What we, at The Real Los Angeles Tours, try to do here is break it down and give you a list of a selection of activities that we think would be totally fun to do AND also give you a feel for what the real LA is all about. A lot of them are free and doing them will give you an authentic experience of Los Angeles’ food, music, art and general joie-de-vivre. Here’s our list of the best things to do in LA, August 2022. Enjoy!

1. DANCE DTLA (FRIDAY NIGHTS THROUGH AUGUST)

Want to dance under the stars? Well, this is the way to do it. Every week a different dance genre is featured at the Music Centre in downtown, with beginner dance lessons led by top L.A. dance instructors. So get down there, get your groove on and cut some moves!

2. KCRW SUMMER NIGHTS (DATES THROUGH AUGUST)

KCRW, a National Public Radio member station, is required listening in Southern California. And then they go and organise a concert series like this one? Anthony Valadez, Jason Bentley and Raul Campos, amongst others, are spinning the wheels of steel at various locations dotted around LA. If you like music – and having a good time – this is a must do this month.

3. 626 NIGHT MARKET (AUGUST 26-28 AND SEPTEMBER 3-5)

This night street food market is a summer staple for Los Angeles. And with good reason. For several nights the Santa Anita Racetrack is made to resemble an Asian night market, with hundreds of food stalls offering every different kind of Asian (and non-Asian too 🙂 food. Nearly all of it’s good and reasonably priced too. This year there’s going to be music inside the racetrack too. Accessible via Metro Gold Line Arcadia station.

4. FIESTA LA BALLONA (AUGUST 26)

This is a great summer festival in Culver City, with live music, carnival rides, a beer and wine garden and loads and loads of food trucks. The perfect way to enjoy summer in Los Angeles.

5. CINESPIA AT HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY (DATES THROUGH AUGUST)

Los Angeles has the perfect weather for outdoor movie screenings – and the perfect venues too. Hollywood Forever Cemetery is a piece of Los Angeles and Hollywood history in and of itself, being the final resting place of a host of stars (including the original King of Hollywood Douglas Fairbanks, Judy Garland, Fay Wray and Cecil B. De Mille to name but a few) and prominent city folk, such as the Chandler family (one-time long-time owners of the Los Angeles Times). Cinespia always have a great movie line-up, this month’s includes The Birds and Raiders of the Los Ark.

6. GO TO A COMEDY SHOW (DATES THROUGH AUGUST)

Who couldn’t do with a good laugh at the moment? Most of LA’s comedy clubs have reopened with shows featuring lineups of both household names and up-and-coming stand-ups. Hollywood Improv has a full slate of shows and The Comedy Store is open almost nightly. Don’t Tell Comedy is an underground series of “secret” standup shows offering pop-up shows at outdoor venues, including parking lots and rooftops.

7. ENJOY SOME OF THE BEST FOOD IN LOS ANGELES (EVERY SUNDAY)

LA: Food + History + Design Tour

Southern California has some of the best food in the world – in fact 40% of the food Americans eat comes from out state – and Los Angeles is a beneficiary of that fact. Our LA: Food + History + Design tour celebrates it with a selection of the best of the best – the French Dip Sandwich, a locally-invented dish, tacos on Olvera Street, birthplace of Los Angeles, a visit to Grand Central Market… In between courses we show guests the best of LA design and tell them the story of the city.  

8. GO TO A CONCERT (ALL MONTH)

There are always great bands coming to Los Angeles to perform. This month some of the highlights are The Weeknd – After Hours Til Dawn TourPitbull Can’t Stop Us Now and Mötley Crüe/Def Leppard/Poison/Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

9. SMORGASBURG LA (THROUGH AUGUST)

This import from New York has fast secured its foothold here and is becoming increasingly popular. Probably the location helps, in a fast emerging part of the Arts District in DTLA, with cool shopping, creative offices and loft apartments. Apparently its now the largest open-air food market in the U.S. and there are hundreds of food vendors, as well as small businesses selling art and jewelry amongst other things. Head down on a Sunday in August, it’s fun.

10. GETTY GARDEN CONCERTS FOR KIDS (DATES THROUGH AUGUST)

How are you going to keep the kids entertained through the sweltering dog days of August? Well how about taking them to this world-renowned art museum, in an architectural award-winning building, with stunning views of Santa Monica, the mountains and the Pacific? They’ve even arranged these garden concerts just for the kids, with some of the best children’s musical artists from around the U.S.

Best things to do in LA August 2022
Tara, from Gone with the Wind, Culver City

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