The 5 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend

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Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks
August 24 and 25

Pop over to the Hollywood bowl for an earful of the maestro’s masterpieces, including Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture and 1812 Overture, Op. 49, all conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. The evening wraps up with a dazzling display of pyrotechnics.


Muse ‘Til Midnight: LACMA in 3D
August 25

LACMA’s hosting an after-hours party inspired by its eye-popping 3D: Double Vision exhibition. Stop by between 8 p.m. and midnight for performances curated by the DJ collective Dublab, site-specific visual and audio installations inspired by 3D technology, and more; three of the museums other shows will be open late-night, too.


7th Annual Harry Potter Rollerskating Night
August 25

Make your way to Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale by broom, Floo powder, Thestral, whatever: The L.A. chapter of Dumbledore’s Army is hosting their final Harry Potter Rollerskating Night. (Seven books, seven skate nights—see what they did there?) Throw on your best dress robes and skate along to music from the films (plus some muggle chart toppers) one last time.


Beyond the Streets
Through August 26

It’s your last chance to catch this bonkers celebration of street art. Graffiti historian Roger Gastman—who helped orchestrate MOCA’s record-setting Art in the Streets show in 2011—takes over a 40,000-square-foot warehouse on the edge of Chinatown for a totally bonkers street art experience. See works from more than 100 artists, including marquee names like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jenny Holzer, plus live performances and lectures. If you’re into skateboarding or the history of L.A. skate culture, be sure to check out the elaborate recreation of the iconic Venice Pavillon which adidas Skateboarding has installed on the back patio (and yes, it’s an actual skate park, so feel free to bring your board).


The Rap Show: T.I., E-40, Fabolous, Juvenile, Scarface, and Twista
August 24

The combined hits of T.I., E-40, Fabolous, Juvenile, Scarface, Twista, and additional guests Spice 1 and Suga Free, were enough to fill hip-hop radio station playlists for years. Tonight, they’ll fill the Shrine Auditorium for a fun night of tunes dating from the mid-aughts to today.


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