We love West Los Angeles and here at Heyler Realty people often ask us to share some of the fun things to do in West LA that we’ve discovered. So we compiled a list of the best things to do on the Westside of Los Angeles and beyond that we’ll update every month!
We’re well into summer, which means summer festivals, concerts and special events in West Los Angeles and beyond. People are out and about in full force this August, 2022 and you’ll find everything from free summer concerts, festivals and, of course, fun things to do at the Beach.
If we missed any fun activities, please let us know!
*Make sure and check websites before you go to confirm dates, times and social distancing/mask/vaccine requirements.
Special Los Angeles events – August, 2022
Looking for some midweek fun? Head to Westwood Village’s Broxton Avenue for UCLA’s First Thursdays on August 4. The good times start at noon with the Westwood Village Farmers’ Market from 12 to 5 pm. An evening block party follows with a screening of Inside Out (free, but ticket reservations required). Check the website for more details.
The inaugural West LA Outdoor Sculpture Summer Festival Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6 and Aug. 7 features an art walk, treasure hunt and art-making activities. For more information and to sign up for the self-guided walking tour, visit the website.
Marina Del Rey offers two free summer concerts in August. The first – MDR Symphony | A Night Celebrating Music in Film – is Thursday, Aug. 4 at 7 PM. The second concert is Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7 PM with Blind Boys of Alabama. RSVP is required and does not guarantee entry. See website for more details.
What’s better than a Southern California sunset? A sunset accompanied by great music! Sunset Concerts at the Skirball runs every Thursday in August featuring Nefesh Mountain (August 4), Booker T. Jones (August 11), ADG7 (August 18), Son Rompe Pera (August 25). The event is free but it’s strongly recommended that you get a ticket in advance. For more information and parking prices, visit the website.
Doesn’t everyone love a beach sunset? Well, you can enjoy a swim or picnic as the sun goes down at the Annenberg Beach House Sunset Swim or Sunset Picnic. You can pre-purchase Sunset Swim tickets for Aug. 12 and Aug. 26 or show up on Aug. 11 for a Sunset Picnic! See website for registration, parking information and more details.
Do you love Jazz? Then head to the Leimert Park Jazz Festival 2022 on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 12:20 PM to 8:45 PM at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall. Featured acts include The Jazz Classics and Pete Escovedo & Family. It’s free but you must sign up for tickets. See websites for tickets and more details.
Worth the Drive
Grand Performances Free Summer Concerts in DTLA’s California Plaza are back! Every Saturday in August, 2022 see musical acts perform starting at 6 PM. See the website for more information.
Pump up your bike tires and head to Hollywood to ride car-free on Sunday, Aug. 21 at CicLAvia: Meet the Hollywoods! The car-free event takes riders, runners and walkers from West to East Hollywood. For more information, visit CicLAvia.com.
Ongoing events in West Los Angeles
Pick up summer fruit and vegetables while you enjoy an outdoor concert Thursdays until August 25th at the Original Farmers Market from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Do you love jazz? Then you’ll want to head to LACMA on Friday evenings for the 31st season of Jazz at LACMA – a free outdoor event on Friday evenings from now to November in LACMA’s Smidt Welcome Plaza. See the website for more details.
Get outside for a community exercise class by the sea on Sunday mornings. Sign up and bring your mat for Yoga in Burton Chase Park in Marina del Rey. Check the website for pricing and to reserve a spot.
The Hammer Museum presents online, drop-in Mindful Awareness Meditation led by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center on Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 1 pm. Open to people of all levels and experience. RSVP on the website.
Experience SoFi Stadium without taking in a football game and visit The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection that features more than 100,000 square feet of paintings, photographs, sculptures, books and letters. “Curated by Khalil Kinsey and historian Larry Earl, the exhibition focuses on the lives, accomplishments, and brilliance of African Americans from the 16th century through the years of slavery and emancipation to the civil rights movement through modern day.” See website for times and ticket prices.
Did you know that Westfield Century City has live music in its Atrium every Saturday from 3 to 5 pm? Get a snack, have a seat and enjoy the lovely spring weather. See website for more details.
Are you training for anything or just want to get outside with people to go for a run? Join adidas Runners for free group runs led by a coach. Runners meet at the Platform in Culver City on Wednesdays and Sundays. Check website to sign up and get more information.
Did you know that Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica hosts Salsa Familia? It’s the Westside’s largest meet-up for salsa lovers and it happens every Sunday night at 6 PM. See website for details to confirm it’s still happening.
Years in the making, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is open! It’s the largest movie museum in the U.S. and includes a simulation where you can pretend you’re getting your own Oscar. Located in the old May Company Building, it’s 7 floors with a cafe and gift shop. You need tickets to enter and some weekends are already sold out. For more details about all that you can do at the museum and ticket prices, visit the website.
No Time to Die is out and if you need more of a James Bond fix check out the Petersen Automotive Museum’s exhibit Bond in Motion, which features original cars from the James Bond franchise. See the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 used in 5 Bond films since 1995 and the 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 (aka “Wet Nellie”) that converted to a submarine in the Spy Who Loved Me. Tickets are required. See website for prices and times.
Drive-in movies, outdoor movies and discount movies in West Los Angeles
Bring a blanket and some snacks for an outdoor movie with Eat See Hear at La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills, which presents the classic high school comedy Clueless on Saturday, Aug. 13. Doors open at 6 PM, music starts at 7:30 PM and the movie starts at 8:30. See website for ticket prices, parking and more information.
See movies outside at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades as part of Street Food Cinema‘s events that include live music and food.
Get outside and see a movie under the stars. Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina del Rey presents a free movie series on Sundays evenings. You can purchase warm drinks, snacks and. Bring low chairs, blankets and pillows. See website for more details and to confirm that it’s still happening.
Have you been out to the movies since theaters reopened? The AMC Century City has incentives for you to go to the movies on Tuesdays. AMC tickets are discounted on Tuesdays if you join their Stubs Club. Check AMC’s website for times and ticket prices before you go.
Westside Farmers’ Markets
Produce is one of Southern California’s claims to fame and West LA has great options for buying fresh fruits and vegetables at our local farmers’ markets. Here are links to Westside Farmers’ Markets with days and times.
Culver City Farmers’ Market on Main Street in Downtown Culver City operates from 2 pm to 7 pm on Tuesdays. “This market has been sponsored by the City of Culver for over two decades in an effort to provide the surrounding community with farm-fresh produce and locally-crafted artisan foods.”
Westwood Village Farmers’ Market at 1036 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, 90024 is open Thursdays: 12 pm to 5 pm. “Nestled in the heart of Westwood Village sits a farmers’ market serving a cross-section of nearby residents, local business people, UCLA students, and more. The market has a storied past and we look to bring it back to its traditional thriving days serving the wonderful Westwood community.”
Mar Vista Farmers’ Market at Grand View and Venice Blvd. is open Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm. “The Sunday markets are bustling, as Mar Vistans come out to shop, eat and visit with their neighbors. Kids are welcome and enjoy special activities, just for them. “
Motor Avenue Farmers Market at Motor Avenue and National Blvd. is open every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm. “The market is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through its operation and educational programs.”
Santa Monica Farmers’ Market on Arizona between 4th and Ocean operates from 8 am to 1 pm Wednesday and Saturday. “Established in 1991, the Saturday Downtown Santa Monica Market opened ten years after the Wednesday Market in the same location, as customers were eager for another market for weekend shopping. While the Wednesday market centers on the hustle and bustle of chefs and restaurants doing their shopping (with some regular customers sprinkled in of course!), the Saturday Downtown Santa Monica market offers a more intimate experience for the casual market-goer.” See the website for times and locations of the city’s other farmers’ markets.
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