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This post covers the best things to do in LA in August, including free, family-friendly, as well as nighttime activities, and is updated for 2021.   

 

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN AUGUST

August is the perfect time to visit Los Angeles. The weather is warm and sunny, which lends itself to enjoying all the outdoor activities and other attractions, festivals, and events we've listed below.

For some of the most popular tours to take, we also have several separate posts:

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist attraction discount pass, which is a great way to save money.


(1) Attend a Baseball Game

Los Angeles is now home to quite a few major sports teams, which means you’ll never be at a loss for a good game or match while you’re in town.

 

 

During the month of August, both baseball and soccer are in their regular season, and the NFL is gearing up for theirs with a few pre-season matches.

Baseball

NFL Pre-Season

Soccer

Here are all the events happening in Los Angeles. And all of these games make great family outings! Make sure you check out the other family-friendly activities in August.


(2) See a Major Concert

There is always something happening in La-La Land, including big-name artists putting on concerts

 

 

Here are a few of the acts coming through Los Angeles this August:

Don’t forget to check out all the events happening in Los Angeles


(3) Go on Sightseeing Tours

What’s the best way to see Los Angeles? Taking a tour!

There are plenty of tours available in LA, including our pay-what-you-wish walking tours. We suggest starting with our Downtown LA Walking Tour.

 

 

If you don’t want to stick to someone else’s schedule, we also have a self-guided Los Angeles tour.

Other great options for visitors are Hollywood bus tours or the ever-popular hop-on-hop-off tours.


(4) Enjoy a Theatre Production

Nothing beats a great theatre performance, and Los Angeles typically has much to offer. Click here for a full list of what's on in August.

 

 

This month, The Lion King is probably going to be one of the most notable and popular musicals available in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre.

Another great option will be To Kill A Mockingbird, which is playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa from August 10th - 22nd.

Check out all the shows happening in Los Angeles.


(5) See Cheech and Chong Live

The beloved comedy duo will be making an appearance on stage together this summer at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on August 7th, 2021.

This is an excellent opportunity to see Cheech and Chong together, because they don't always make many appearances anymore. 

 

 

If you're interested in seeing other comedians, you may also want to consider the following shows:

You'll find even more great options on this list of comedy shows in Los Angeles in August.


(6) Take the Warner Bros. Studio Tour

This is a fantastic family-friendly outing for anyone who is a fan of the Warner Bros. movie and TV properties like Harry Potter, DC Universe movies, or Friends.

 

 

The Warner Bros. Studios Hollywood tour will take you through exhibits with props, vehicles, and clothing items, as well as fun set pieces that let you feel like you’re in the scene!

The best thing about these tours is that they’re included or discounted with several discount passes and combo packages.

For more family-friendly fun in August, check out the things to do with kids section below.


(7) Visit Some Famous Theatres

Hollywood is full of famous movie theatres where notable and important films had their premieres, and a lot of them are all in the same area.

There are three really popular examples within a few blocks of each other:

  • The TCL Chinese Theatre
  • The Egyptian Theatre
  • The Dolby Theatre

 

 

At least two of these venues were crafted by Sid Grauman, and the Dolby Theatre routinely hosts major events such as the Academy Awards.

Both the TCL Chinese Theatre and the Dolby Theatre offer tours which allow you to get a behind-the-scenes look, and the Egyptian still operates as a traditional movie theatre to this day.

Whether you want to learn about these movie houses, see them from the outside, or even enjoy a film inside one of them, there are plenty of ways to experience the great theatres of Hollywood.

NOTE: Both the TCL Chinese Theatre and Dolby Theatre tours are available on at least one major Los Angeles tourist pass.


(8) Dine LBC - Long Beach Restaurant Week

Restaurant week is back in Long Beach for August! Diners can choose from dozens of neighborhood restaurants that will be offering value-focused multi-course meals for both lunch and dinner.

 

 

For a list of participating restaurants and more information, click here. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

And if you want to keep having an amazing foodie-focused experience in Los Angeles why not also try a food tour?

NOTE: This event has not yet been scheduled for 2021.


(9) Echo Park Rising

This free music event in Echo Park is fun for people of all ages!

The 9th annual event will focus on the creativity, merchants and, of course, music of the diverse area around Sunset Boulevard, Glendale Boulevard, Echo Park Avenue, and surrounding streets.

 

 

There will be multiple stages and activities set up across the neighborhood–a great way to discover more of Echo Park!

This event was taken virtual in 2020 due to the pandemic, and there are no details about when or how it will return for 2021.


(10) Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

To make the most out of your time in LA, and save a lot of money while seeing the sights, consider purchasing a tourist attraction discount pass.

You’ll pay one fee up front and receive free or highly discounted entry into many of the city’s most popular attractions and activities.

 

 

These passes can save you up to 55% off of retail prices. They can also save you time by allowing you to skip the ticket line at select venues.

Attractions on Various Passes Include:

  • Movie Stars Homes Tour
  • Hollywood Sign Adventure Hike
  • LA Maritime Museum
  • Disneyland Transportation
  • Madame Tussauds Hollywood
  • San Diego Zoo
  • SeaWorld San Diego

For more information and our in-depth comparison of the discount passes available, check out our tourist pass post.

 


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THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT

There are plenty of things to do in La-La Land after the sun goes down. Here we list some fun festivals, tours, markets, and events happening in August.

 

 

For more nighttime activities, don't forget to check out our post on things to do at night in LA.


Long Beach Jazz Festival

Jazz enthusiasts can spend a weekend in Long Beach taking in a number of talented jazz artists as they share their music from August 13 - 15, 2021. The festival will take place at Rainbow Lagoon Park.

For a complete lineup and tickets check the website!

NOTE: This event has been postponed due to Covid-19.


Go on a Ghost Tour

August is the perfect time to take advantage of the pleasant summer nights with an evening tour. And what could be more fun than a spooky ghost tour?

This Haunted Downtown Los Angeles tour starts at 6:30 pm (18:30) and covers famous hauntings, serial killer stories, and unexplained happenings.


OC Night Market

At the OC Asian Night Market you and grab some street food and a drink as you wind your way through hundreds of vendors.

Also be sure to check out the carnival games, live entertainment, and performances!

NOTE: August 2021 dates have not yet been announced.


Experience Universal CityWalk

You'll find a huge selection of restaurants, bars, shops, and entertainment at Universal CityWalk.

This pedestrian-only promenade is connected to the Universal theme park properties and tours but stays open long after the parks have closed.

In August, the nights will be warm and perfect for dining or enjoying happy hour on the patios.


Grab Drinks at a Tiki Bar

Summertime is the ultimate season for tropical drinks that can keep you cool and make you feel like you’re in paradise! A great tiki-bar ambiance also helps.

Check out these LA tiki bars for a cool atmosphere and some stellar drinks: Tiki-Ti, The Pacific Seas, and LONO Hollywood.

For more nighttime activities, don't forget to check out our post on things to do at night in LA.

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO 

You don't need to spend a fortune to have fun in Los Angeles, and August is the perfect time to enjoy all the outdoor events.

 

 

Here is our list of free things to do in August. For even more free activities, see our guide to free things to do in LA.


Jazz on the Lawn

Bring the family to enjoy the 14th annual Jazz on the Lawn in Santa Monica! Experience a variety of jazz music and partake in some free dance lessons.

Food trucks will also be on hand so you can make a night of it! This event takes place from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

NOTE: This event has not yet been scheduled for August of 2021.


International Surf Festival

Head down to Hermosa Beach for a few days of fun in the sun (and ocean!).

Typically held in early August, the International Surf Festival will include surfing championships, paddleboard races, volleyball tournaments, a sand castle design contest, and much more!

 

Surfing in Los Angeles
This photo of Surfing Los Angeles is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

It is completely free to attend and watch the competitions.

NOTE: This event was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 dates have not yet been announced.


JANM Free Family Days

At the Natsumatsuri Family Festival, guests can watch Japanese and Japanese American performances and participate in lots of activities and arts & crafts.

Plus, enjoy free dance and drum lessons, food samples, and souvenir photos!

The festival takes place from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.

NOTE: This event has not yet been scheduled for 2021.


Explore the Venice Beach Boardwalk

A warm and sunny summer day is the perfect time to visit Venice Beach's boardwalk.

You can window shop in various boutiques, people-watch, and watch the street performers sing or dance.

 

Venice Beach
This photo of Venice Beach is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

If you're a fan of hitting the gym, you can get a workout in at Muscle Beach, which is an open-air gym made famous by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Of course, you can also hit the beach and play in the sand! 

Here is our list of free things to do in August. For even more free activities, see our guide to free things to do in LA.

 


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FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

Los Angeles offers loads of summertime activities that are fun for people young and old!

Here are a few more family-friendly activities for August, including festivals and indoor skydiving.

 

 

And if you're looking for more things to do with the kids, check out our post on kid-friendly activities.


Festival of Chariots

Enjoy this ancient traditional chariot parade as it moves from Santa Monica and traveling to Venice Beach.

In addition to the three chariots making their way down the boardwalk, guests can experience a whole day of fun on Sunday, August 7th, 2021, from 10:00 am - 11:30 am.


OC Fair

Carnival rides, agriculture, games, food, and more await you and your family at the Orange County Fairgrounds!

Throughout the fair, there will also be a number of events and contests.

 


This photo of Orange County Fairgrounds is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

From July 16th - August 15th, 2021, you can enjoy the livestock and midway entertainment.


Attend The Rams Football Training Camp

For any sports fans, the Rams are hosting Training Camp  at U.C. Irvine in Irvine, California.

The Rams Training Camp is completely free and fun for the whole family!  

They will have meet and greets with former Rams Legends, play in a fun kid’s zone with face painting and games, eat great food, and the opportunity to watch the Rams practice up close.

Best of all, tickets to the Los Angeles Rams Training Camp are completely free!  For more information, click here.

NOTE: This event was cancelled in 2020 and they have yet to announce its return in 2021.


Nisei Week of Japanese Culture

This Japanese cultural festival includes a number of events that are fun for all!

Enjoy a parade, a World Gyoza Eating Championship, and street dancing - and many other activities - throughout this week-long festival.

The festival runs from August 14th - 22nd, 2021. Check the website for a full schedule and more information!


Head to Zuma Beach

Located in Malibu just off Pacific Coast Highway, Zuma Beach is great for everyone!

There are breathtaking views of the ocean and the cliffs of Malibu surround the beach plus there are food kiosks, ample parking (for a fee), and lifeguards on duty.


Visit the Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier has been entertaining visitors since 1909 and now also houses Pacific Park.

 

Santa Monica Pier
This photo of Santa Monica Pier is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

Pacific Park is a small amusement park but has rides, carnival games, and delicious dining options.

August is the perfect time to enjoy this outdoor hotspot!

NOTE: As of May 2021, rides at Pacific Park are open, but their hours are more limited than usual. Hopefully by August they will by fully open.


Go Indoor Skydiving

If anyone in your family has ever wanted to skydive without having to jump from a plane, going to iFLY Hollywood is the perfect solution.

You’ll be placed in a wind tunnel that replicates the feeling of flying through the air while remaining safely close to the ground.

And if you have a Los Angeles Pass for discounts, you’ll get 20% off your tickets!

For even more ideas, see our post on kid-friendly activities in LA.

 


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About The Author

Mel

Mel loves to be a tourist in her own city. With a background in performing arts, tourism, and photography, giving tours and being a story-teller comes naturally to her. She loves traveling, food, and theatre. Mel splits her time between Chicago and Los Angeles (#theatrelife) and leads tours and manages both cities!
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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