Here Are the 9 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend

No excuses, weekend like a champion

All Lit Up
Through August 25

It’s not every day that a story we write gets turned into a bonafide art show. But 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.

Boogaloo Assassins
August 4

The 12-piece Latin band with a sound that they’ve called “West Coast Spanish Harlem” takes over Levitt Pavilion for a free concert this weekend.

Night Sky Festival at Paramount Ranch
August 4

View the Milky Way and a full sky of stars from the vantage point of Paramount Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains. The rangers will provide telescopes, activities, storytelling, and educational sessions about the ecological impact of urban light pollution. Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Rd., Agoura Hills. 

Yellow Submarine 50th Anniversary Screening
August 2

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Sing along to classics like “Eleanor Rigby” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” at this special showing of the Beatles classic at the Wiltern (there will be photo ops, a DJ, full bar, and food, too). The movie’s been restored in 4K for your most optimum viewing pleasure.

Emoji Art Show
August 3

Before you write it off as another Instagram stunt, consider this: The purpose of this art show is to raise awareness for mental and emotional health. After stops in Atlanta, Philly, Brooklyn, and D.C., the event heads to Inner Space downtown—more than 20 artists showcase works inspired by a modern-day language all its own alongside live art, body painting, DJ sets, and emoji-inspired desserts.

Jackalope Summer Nights
August 3-4

The popular artisanal fair returns to Central Park in Pasadena for a double-header of late-night shopping. Stop by to peruse jewelry, housewares, candles, and other goodies from more than 200 vendors.

Dog Days of Summer
August 3

The Hammer goes to the dogs (in the best way) with a screening series inspired by man’s best friend. Festivities kick off on the 3rd with a Yappy Hour—there will be beer, wine, cocktails, and an adorable hoard of adoptable pups—with films showing in the weeks after.

U.S. Open of Surfing
July 28-August 5

With a bill in play to establish surfing as the official sport of California (how #stoked would you be, brah?), there’s no better time to grab a slice of sand and watch pros do their thing. Post up south of the Huntington Beach Pier to see the John John Florences of the world compete in this World Surf League qualifier for a pretty hefty cash prize. Make a day of it and stop into the International Surfing Museum afterward.

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