The Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Fourth of July fireworks, a Bowie dance night, and more

Summer is here and the city is heating up with fun things to do. To help you get to the good stuff, we’ve picked the best things to do this week in L.A.


Monday: Beer & Bonsai at Boomtown Brewery


We wouldn’t have thought to combine the meticulous craft of bonsai gardening with convivial beer drinking, but thankfully Boomtown Brewery is here to show us the way. Your ticket includes a flight of craft beer, all the supplies you need to create a small plant arrangement, and a one-hour lesson with plant expert Sheena Langub of Rooted Harmony.


Tuesday: David Bowie Dance Nite

You probably don’t have to work tomorrow, so what better way to spend the evening than a Tuesday night dance party? DJ Jose Maldonado and other guests will take the decks at the Echoplex for a night of tunes from all the phases of Bowie’s career, plus songs from his friends and collaborators.


Wednesday: Fourth of July Celebrations

Happy Fourth of July! If you’re looking for fireworks, be sure to check out our guide to the best places to watch the shows. As for what to do with the rest of your day, a day off seems like a good excuse to head to the beach.


Thursday: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert


Potter fanatics can catch their favorite boy wizard on the big screen at the Hollywood Bowl–upgraded with live musical accompaniment by the L.A. Phil. Enjoy a night under the stars, and try out some of this season’s new food and drink offerings from James Beard Award-winning Lucques Group while you’re there.


Friday: “Our Stories: Returning Home” by Black Girl Magik


For “Returning Home,” a group of artists, filmmakers, and performers will gather at gallery and community space Junior High to display work that explores heritage, ritual, tradition, and how we create our notions of home and self.


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