Everything Fun You Can Do This Weekend in LA

Live comedy, half-price sandwiches, free booze, and other fun stuff that spills over into next week.

This week, LA lost a living legend: we’re not done saying RIP to Vin Scully and if you’re not either, check out our 2016 tribute to the man for just a glimpse into what made him a legend. After you’ve done that, take a deep breath and dig into the weekend, which has everything from dance parties on the Long Beach pier to wine tastings in a science museum to the final race of an Olympic champion, plus a couple opportunities to support reproductive rights early next week. And for more fun stuff to do in LA anytime, check out our summer guide.

Ongoing
1202 Abbot Kinney (Venice)
Who’da thunk that NYC had cornered the market on acai bowls and vegan matcha smoothies? Apparently the mini-chain Loco Coco has, and it’s finally landed in LA, with a flagship on Abbot Kinney (of course). Menu items include acai and pitaya bowls, the latter of which comes with a base of organic pitaya (dragonfruit), granola, banana, and coconut water that’s blended with fresh fruit fillings like strawberry, pineapple, and raspberry, and topped with the same fillings. They’ve also got matcha shakes, health shots, and other “Loco delicacies” on offer.
Cost: Varies

Thursdays starting August 4
The Ace Theater (Downtown)
The modern intimacy brand maude is putting on this weekly screening of artsy movies about sex and love at the Ace, with free booze from Ghia at each screening, as well as custom film posters and a pop-up selling sex essentials. This week’s screening is the 2015 Turkish drama Mustang, with upcoming films that include Trey Edward Shultz’s Waves and Sean Baker’s Tangerine.
Cost: $20

Friday, August 5
The Camp (Costa Mesa)
The boutiquey and boozy mini-chain Hi-Lo Liquor is opening a new store in Costa Mesa and celebrating with a blowout. On Friday only, they’re going to have free tastings, food from Metztli Taqueria, live art, and giveaways, including free beer for a year.
Cost: Free

Friday, August 5
37 Washington Blvd (Marina Del Rey)
LA’s most absurd, overstuffed sandwich shop is opening its newest location in Marina Del Rey (though they’re calling it Fat Sal’s Venice—go figure) and they’re celebrating by offering you a pretty fat deal: 50% off sandwiches all day Friday, from 11 am–3 pm.
Cost: Varies

Saturday, August 6
California Science Center (Exposition Park)
This annual event returns to a new location: in the shadow of space shuttle Endeavor at the California Science Center, where you’ll sip from dozens of bottles while a DJ spins beats and local food trucks serve bites. Tickets are split into three sections: VIP access gets you four hours of tasting, as well as exclusive access to the Angkor exhibit; early admission limits your museum access but still affords you the full four hours, and general admission is three hours with limited museum access.
Cost: $65-$100

Saturday, August 6
Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Hollywood)
For the 30th anniversary of the no-crying-in-baseball classic A League Of Their Own, Cinespia has invited out the film’s star, Geena Davis, to present the movie, along with a handful of actors from the new Prime series of the same name. Of course, like all cemetery screenings there’ll be a DJ as well as food vendors. You can also BYOB.
Cost: $22

Saturday, August 6
Belmont’s Veteran Memorial Pier (Long Beach)
DJ-centric music company Subtract's seven year anniversary series continues on the pier in Long Beach with this event, headlined by internationally acclaimed British DJ Lee Burridge. If you can’t make this one, they’ve got another one with Josh Wink coming up August 21.
Cost: $30-$50

Sunday, August 7
Skylight at Row DTLA
This family-centered, paired relay race is open to women and girls of all ages and billed as Olympic champ Allyson Felix’s last run ever, with a custom five-lane, 100-meter track. There’s also free child care for runners, as well as prizes for the winners, and an immersive experience from race sponsor Athleta.
Cost: Free

Monday, August 8
Botanica/Silver Lake
Women-powered Botanica is hosting a special dinner on Monday from 6–9 pm, with all proceeds donated to the Center for Reproductive Rights. The farmers market-driven menu will be slightly pared down, but sponsors like Ghia, Wavy Wines, Yola Mezcal, Madre Mezcal, and more have signed on to keep the fun flowing. Reservations are encouraged and can be made via Resy.
Cost: Varies, but it all goes towards a good cause.

Wednesday, August 10
Hotel Cafe (Hollywood)
This one-night-only fundraiser for the National Network of Abortion Funds is on the Second Stage at the Hotel Cafe—an ultra-intimate venue where big comics like Iliza Shlesinger, Jenny Yang, and more will make you laugh, with a raffle and more still TBA.
Cost: $25

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