16 Awesome Things to Do This Weekend, 7/8

From free succulents to a music festival 5k, we’ve got you covered

FOOD: L.A. Food Fest
Pull out your stretch pants: This annual event brings over 100 vendors, including AmazeBowls, Fred 62, Grilled Cheese Truck, Beverly Hills Beignet, and California Doughnuts to one place. Ticket prices vary based on the type of food experience you want. More information (July 8-10, Exposition Park)

OUTDOOR: Summer Nights in the Garden
Sip on a nature-inspired cocktail as you relax under the stars and listen to music from DJ Aaron Byrd and Boom Boom Boom. There will also be garden and science projects, botanical tours, and food trucks to keep you busy. The event is free with RSVP. More information (July 5, Natural History Museum)

FEST: Into the Night: Summer SOULstice
Featuring soul music from Southern Soul Spinners, Open Mike Eagle, and Gavin Turek, and soul food like mac ‘n’ cheese, peach cobbler and much more. Admission is $10. More information (July 8, Skirball Cultural Center)

DRINKS: Barnsdall Art Park’s Friday Night Wine Tasting
Head to Barnsdall for vino, craft-making, dancing, and picnic events. Tickets cost $30 for a tasting and $45 for a tasting and tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House. More information (July 8, Barnsdall Art Park)

FOOD: Monkey Town
After stints in New York, Denver, Barcelona, and Texas, Monkey Town is opening in Downtown L.A. for its final edition. Sit inside of a 27-foot cube and watch a New York City video art program as you dine on a five-course menu by Chef Nick Montgomery. More information (July 8 – 10, Downtown Los Angeles)

FEST: BeautyCon LA
More than 80 beauty brands and make up gurus including Tyra Banks, Tiffany Ma, and xxoleeny will be on hand to show you the latest trends in fashion and beauty. More information (July 9, Los Angeles Convention Center)

OUTDOORS: Free Succulent Saturday
Succulents are the perfect plants for people who have trouble keeping plants alive. Take a short hike to the OC, pick out any 4″ darling, and then take it home. More information (July 9, OC Succulents Irvine)

FILM: Street Food Cinema: Boyz n the Hood
Sit back, relax, and throw it back to the ’90s with a screening of the iconic film. Director John Singleton will also be making a special appearance. More information (July 9, Exposition Park)

SPORTS: Dodger Stadium Movie series
Catch the Dodgers take on the Padres and stay for a screening of Top Gun. Fans sitting in the left and right field pavilions are welcome to sit on the field and watch the movie. More information (July 9, Dodger Stadium)

OUTDOORS: Night Nation Run
It’s the world’s first running music festival. Take on a 5K adventure filled with live music, lights, lasers, and fellow EDM. There will be special celebrity guest performers, giveaways, and a free after party. All ages are welcome; early bird tickets are $29. More information (July 9, Pomona Fairplex)

FEST: Midtown Night Market
Along with fresh foods, there will be sports and fitness classes, health and wellness workshops and live entertainment at this farmers market centered on local businesses and local farms. More information (July 10, Cambodia Town)

FOOD: The Salsa Festival
Salsa, food, beer, and wine will be available all weekend long. Admission is free, but tasting tickets—which give you access to all the chips and all the dips—will be sold at the venue. More information (July 9-10, Pershing Square)

FEST: Twisted at The Pike
The carnival will feature free music, belly dancing, and local foods. L.A.-based indie band Gardens and Villa headlines. More information (July 9, Downtown Long Beach)

FOOD: Primo’s Donut 60th anniversary
The only way to celebrate the shop’s 60th anniversary is with free doughnuts—while supplies last. More information (July 9, Primo’s Donuts)

COMEDY: Afros & Ass Whoopins
No topic is off-limits in the musical comedy that skewers race relations and the police. Written and directed by Dwayne Colbert, the show runs Fridays and Saturdays throughout July. More information (July 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 & 29-30, Second City)

FOOD: Smorgasburg LA
Now open every Sunday, this market is for food, shopping, and special events. Food trucks like Banh Oui, Belly&Snout, Donut Friend, Raindrop Cake and Ramen Burger will be in attendance. Parking is free for two hours. More information (July 10, Alameda Produce Market)