Summer Nights in the Garden
Spend a balmy (and free) evening at the Natural History Museum, complete with garden-infused cocktails and nature-inspired activities. Take a tour of the botanical gardens (5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., or 7:30 p.m.), catch roaming a cappella sets from the Over Tones, and taste the campfire eats cooked up by Dirty Gourmet.
Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert
The L.A. Phil orchestra performs John Williams’s iconic score in tandem with the film at the Hollywood Bowl. Pro tip: Make a night of it by pre-ordering one of the Suzanne Goin-curated picnic boxes, which you can enjoy on the Bowl grounds before heading to your seat.
The Grammy-winning “Woke Folk” band takes over Levitt Pavilion for a free concert this weekend.
Street Food Cinema shows the classic L.A.-set flick Pretty Woman at Will Rogers State Historic Park on Saturday night. Show up at 6:30 to stake out a spot and hear The Flusters, who’ve played Echo Park Rising, and grab some food from trucks like Cousins Maine Lobster, The Grilled Cheese Truck, and Spyros Gyros. The movie starts at 8:30.
6th Annual Avocado Festival
Angel City Brewery celebrates the official unofficial food of L.A. at this yearly shindig. Stop by to try their Avocado Ale, as well as avocado foods from vendors like Downtown Taco Co., AvocaToast LA, and Downtown Dogs. If you’re feeling competitive, enter the avocado juggling contest or the avocado eating contest to earn some very specific bragging rights.
Smallfoot Yeti Village
Opens August 12
If you’ve been roasting in this heat, head to Hollywood and Highland for a quick hit of winter. The Smallfoot Yeti Village—pegged to the September 28 release of Smallfoot—is a two-story pop-up wonderland similar to the Neibolt house from It and this year’s Ready Player One maze. Throw the kids in the car and head over to experience an indoor blizzard or snap a boomerang of yourself swinging on a cloud, and even do a little karaoke. Timed tickets are required.
All Lit Up
Through August 25
It’s not every day that a story we write gets turned into a bonafide art show. But four of the five neon artists featured in this article banded together and took over Eastern Projects in Chinatown. Read up on the showcase, and then go see their glowing goodies IRL.