Top 5 Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Live music at the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival in Chinatown. Photo by Stephan Paul

For a certain contingent of readers out there, all you need to know is that L.A. Beer Week begins in a few days, promising waves and waves of crisp lagers, full-bodied stouts and aromatic ales. But whether or not you're obsessed with suds, this week features plenty of interesting activities that are non-beer-based, including interactive radio experiments, a hip harvest festival, late-night museum-going with a killer soundtrack, and a reading by one of today's top fabulists.

10 Gallery Shows to See at the September 2013 Downtown L.A. Art Walk

The self-guided tour of galleries from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. is back this Thursday, September 12. If you want to make it about the art, and not the party, you can start earlier by going in the afternoon, even taking the Downtown DASH around town until the official starting time. Galleries are free, but expect entrance fees at the major venues like MOCA, where hours may vary. For more information or maps, go to Downtown Art Walk.


Top 5 Things to Do in L.A. This Week

"The Breakfast Club" screens at L.A. State Historic Park this week. Photo courtesy of Eat See Hear

Many worthy food festivals celebrate the diversity of Los Angeles by offering all kinds of cooking under one banner. Events like the L.A. Street Food Fest, 626 Night Market and the Los Angeles Times' the Taste provide opportunities to sample high and low cuisine, local favorites, globally inspired fare, and more. But sometimes a particular dish is so tantalizing it deserves a festival unto itself, a place where the devoted can indulge in the singular pleasures of a favorite food. This week offers three such festivals, dedicated to lobster, ramen and fried chicken. Also on the agenda are an exploration of literature and hip-hop and the final screening of one of L.A.'s biggest outdoor movie series.

Top 5 Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Photo of the walk-in inflatable luminarium "Exxopolis" by Lamar Francois

The passing of Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, but there's no need to fall into the doldrums -- not in the Southland, where the days are still sweltering and the calendar is still packed with interesting events. This week's offerings include a New Mexico-style seasonal potluck, a tribute to stereoscopic cinema, an illuminating astronomy talk, an all-star hip-hop concert, and a one-of-a-kind inflatable art installation.

Top 5 Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Photo of 626 Night Market by Danny Liao Photography

We hope you're hungry, Angelenos, because this week is all about digging in and sampling the Southland's eclectic culinary offerings. Whether your tastes run toward upscale food festivals with bespoke cocktails, Asian night markets filled with noodles and dumplings, or a good old county fair slinging all manner of deep-fried treats, there's something to savor this Labor Day weekend. Also on the agenda: a seaside arts-and-crafts festival and a riverside bike-in movie screening.

Top 5 Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Food and Wine

Festival season may be drawing to a close in Los Angeles, but not before two prominent ones take place this week: one for food and wine aficionados and one for indie-music connoisseurs. For those looking for something a bit less hectic, this week also features not one but two cultural salons, plus a late-night museum shindig. Hit the jump for details.

Top 5 Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Chinatown Summer Nights. Photo by Kevin Wong Photography

Los Angeles has a reputation for being a sun-drenched idyll, and deservedly so. This week, however, night owls can take heart, because many of the Southland's top cultural events won't get going until the sun is setting. They include a multidisciplinary art and music showcase, an outdoor food and dance fest, and an all-night movie marathon. And just in case you need something to fill those sunlit hours, this week also brings a daytime tribute to the city's favorite snack.

16 Gallery Shows to See at the August 2013 Downtown L.A. Art Walk

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With vacations and summer getaways, the pace of the city slows down a notch. Ever present is the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, the self-guided tour of galleries from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. It's back this Thursday, August 8. If you want to make it about the art, and not the party, you can start earlier by going in the afternoon, even taking the Downtown DASH around town until the official starting time. Galleries are free, but expect entrance fees at the major venues like MOCA, where hours may vary.

Top 5 Things to Do in L.A. This Week

The entrance to the exhibition "Never Built Los Angeles" at A+D Museum. Photo by Benny Chan/Fotoworks

Woody Allen famously quipped that Los Angeles' "only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light." The reality, of course, is that L.A.'s cultural virtues are not only abundant but, like the city itself, occasionally overwhelming in their vastness. Luckily, we're here to help you navigate. This week's bounty includes an exploration of the city's alternate architectural history, a showcase of up-and-coming cinematic talent, a freewheeling talk about the intersection of style and sustenance, and some alfresco entertainment to make the most of balmy summer evenings. All this, and yes, you can even make a right turn on a red light.

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19 Gallery Shows to See at the July 2013 Downtown L.A. Art Walk

June Art Walk

The popular Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is back this Thursday, July 11. As a self-guided tour of galleries from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., it's a great way to experience the city -- both as a pedestrian and art lover. If you're like us and all about the art, sneaking in earlier than later is the one good way to plan your experience before the crowds grow. Here are our hand-picked recommendations for this month.