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

Cyndi Lauper, Lotus Fest, and more

Make the most of these long, sunny summer days with our roundup of the best things to do in L.A. this weekend, from Cyndi Lauper at the Hollywood Bowl to a flower fest in Echo Park.

Apollo 11: The Immersive Live Show

Through August 11

The Rose Bowl has been outfitted with a “Lunar Dome” for this immersive theater show that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. The show touts 40,000 square feet of 360-degree video projection, and actual moon walking man Charles Duke says that it “brings back the excitement of a special time in our history.” See it before it blasts off to the next city.

Hannah Gadsby

July 12 & 13

The game-changing Tasmanian jokester brings her soon-to-be next Netflix special, Douglas, to the Ace Hotel, where she’ll aim her comedic crosshairs at homophobia, art history, and all your expectations of stand-up comedy. 

Cyndi Lauper at the Hollywood Bowl

July 12 & 13

Girls just wanna have fun—that and a string section. The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra joins the ’80s hitmaker for a night of timeless pop classics, from “True Colors” to “Time after Time.”

Super Rad Custom Bike Show

July 13

Custom bike shop L.A. Brakeless celebrates ten years in biz with a day of art and music that coincides with the Mar Vista Music & Art Walk. See bikes designed by street artists including Retna, Alfonso Garcia, Heaven One, and music from Otherwize, Rekstizzy, and more.


July 13

The New Arts Foundation, which produces outsider art events to raise awareness around mental illness, presents a video installation by artist Greg Jenkins, who cofounded the organization. Funds raised go to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Urban Los Angeles.

Lotus Festival

July 13-14

Pegged to the seasonal blooming of the lotus blossom, this fam-friendly event in Echo Park celebrates Asian and Pacific Island cultures— focusing this year on the Thai community. Enjoy music, origami workshops, gift boutiques, food vendors, and, if you’re feeling competitive, a dragon boat race.

Chris Shiflett at Moroccan Lounge

July 14

When he isn’t playing guitar for the Foo Fighters, Chris Shiflett is wearing a cowboy hat and playing classic country power ballads. He performs some tracks from his new solo album, Hard Lessons, and surely some previous solo work at Moroccan Lounge on Sunday.

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