6 Things to Do in Los Angeles in August 2018
The possibilities are endless when it comes to spending a memorable day in Los Angeles. But if you’re already sick of walking through the herds of tourists along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, attempting to recreate scenes from “La La Land” at the Griffith Observatory, and visiting every single museum or sports arena that the area has to offer, it’s time for some new options, especially while you can still can enjoy what’s left of the summer.
So what are you going to do to maximize the final full month of the season? We’ve got the perfect calendar to fill your days and evenings.
Watch an outdoor movie.
Since you’re in the entertainment capital of the world, you need to watch a movie. Grab a good friend and a favorite bottle of wine and head to any of the handful of places offering outdoor movie screenings this month. Plus, the titles are awesome: “Gladiator,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “The Silence of the Lambs” are just some of the movies showing at the Montalban Theatre.
Go hiking in Griffith Park.
Sightseeing while exercising is definitely a thing in this city, thanks to the expansive Griffith Park hiking region. Hitting the trails of the Hollywood Hills can lead explorers the Hollywood Sign, the Griffith Observatory, Old Zoo Picnic Area, and Bronson Cave, also known as the Batcave from the 1960s “Batman” series. Pro tip: Dress accordingly to also freshen up that West Coast tan.
Catch a cool concert.
LA has an amazing selection of concert venues, topped by the massive Hollywood Bowl. Be sure to snag a seat for an upcoming event, like a Queen Latifah and Common double-header, a Tchaikovsky spectacular with fireworks, or the special Star Wars showings, which sees the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra performing John Williams’s iconic score with the film.
Shop at Abbott Kinney.
For those who have no interest in strolling through the shops of Rodeo Drive and its luxurious copycat districts, head instead to Venice to visit Abbott Kinney Boulevard, which houses boutiques alongside international brands. Take a break from shopping by visiting the area’s art galleries, coffee spots, restaurants, and bars.
See a comedy show.
August is Comedy Month! So many comics are trying out new material every night throughout the city. We suggest heading to the legendary Groundlings Theatre, where the iconic troupe is currently presenting an evening of sketches and improvisation on the theme of summer vacations and family road trips.
Stroll through Santa Monica.
If you’re in L.A., you gotta go to the beach. After an afternoon of laying in the sand and dipping even just your toes in the ocean, grab a bite at any of the restaurants in the beachfront Third Street Promenade district.And, hey, if you really want to, you can even walk on the pier while singing “City of Stars” a la Ryan Gosling.