Jazz, tango, port visits, a boat festival and more: what to do this weekend?

It’s another busy summer weekend in the south, with hundreds of events. For movie buffs there are plenty of films, with family options like Encato and Brave and classics like the Bamba and What happened to Baby Jane? If you don’t like camping for two hours, you can take a tango lesson at the Music Center or take the Compton Art Walk. Not to mention refreshing cocktail hour options to cool off after a hot day at the Soft Spirits Pop-Up at the Ace Hotel on Saturday nights, or anytime this weekend at Marina Del Rey’s Whiskey Red’s On the Docks Pop-Up.


Lucha VaVoom Variety Show: Mexican wrestling with luchadores, burlesque and comedy come together in this theatrical event. Partially inspired by the character of Bad Bunny in the next High-speed train film, there will be links with the Sony function.

Learn to dance Argentine tango at the music center: Open to all ages, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Jerry Moss Square at the Music Center.

Friday evenings at the zoo: Bring the family to Griffith Park after hours to listen to BroBots music and see the animals at sunset.

San Fernando families can watch Encanto in the park: Families must present a utility bill or ID as proof of residency.

2nd and PCH screens Brave: The Pixar Movie will include pre-show entertainment with a meet and greet with Princess Merida.

Portrait of a lady on fire Screening for the Abortion Fund: Women Under the Influence is hosting a benefit screening of Céline Sciamma’s film at the West Hollywood Edition. Proceeds will go to National Network of Abortion Funds & swing left.

Jes Tom at Dynasty typewriter: The comedian will perform his stand-up hour.

Boyz II Men and TLC at the Hollywood Bowl: Put the soundtrack back in the 90s and relax with Boyz II Men and TLC in the historic location.

The Lumineers at Crypto.com Arena: The indie rock band will play Downtown.


Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival: Chinese vendors and traditional music will complement the festival as spectators gather to watch the race.

Calm mornings at the Accademia Museum: Come for a less sensory experience of the Museum of Industry, and stay for a screening of The Red Turtle.

Dodger Stadium Dog Adoption: LA Animal Services will host a stadium adoption event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Center Field Plaza.

Craft Market at The Row: The downtown LA shopping complex will host a craft market with live music, children’s activities and of course more than 30 artists and vendors this Saturday.

Compton Art Walk: Artists and vendors come together to express themselves and their talents in Compton through art, music and more.

Free boat tours in the Port of Los Angeles: The Port of Los Angeles will host free boat tours on the 30th for families and their dogs. The boats are wheelchair accessible.

Redbull Batalla Freestyle Competition: MacArthur Park will host the Spanish-speaking battle between 16 lyricists vying for a shot at the championship in Miami. MYKAH, an MC from San Diego, is the first qualified woman from the United States, will perform.

Juventus FC vs Real Madrid at the Rose Bowl: As part of the Soccer Champions Tour, these two clubs will face each other in Pasadena.

Soft Spirits Pop-up: The Ace Hotel will host the event in its rooftop pool bar. The event itself is free with an RSVP.

Array’s Rhythm of the Night Film Series: Ava DuVernay’s theater will screen three rock musicals: The Five Heartbeats, La Bamba, The Sapphires in historic Filipinotown.

NoHo Summer Nights Carole King Tribute Concert: Go to North Hollywood Park to listen to the classics of Carole King.

Mike O’Brien at the Elysian: The comedian will perform in Altwater Village.

Leon Bridges at the Kia Forum: The singer-songwriter will perform in Inglewood.

KCRW Summer Nights at the Hammer: Sly5thAve and DJ SiLVA will perform.

The birds at Hollywood Forever Cemetery: Cinespia will screen the Alfred Hitchcock classic.

Air Supply at YouTube Theater: The Australian rock duo will perform in Inglewood.


Seoul Athletics Club Pop-Up: The Korean athleisure brand will have a pop-up at Maum’s in the Row store in Downtown LA. There will be exclusive items just for the day as well as first items from their brand new collection.

Radio Frontier Hammer Throw: The punk film classic will be screened as part of the UCLA Film and Television Archive’s “American Neorealism, Part Two: 1984-2020” screening series. Free entry.

MEGA the live podcast: Dynasty Typewriter presents the impromptu podcast about a mega-church.

Grand Ole Echo at the Echo: The local country band will play after Victoria Bailey, Stephanie Eric Whittmer and many more.

Shrimp Boys Comedy Variety Show: Head to the Elysian for the Shrimp Boys’ alternate sketch comedy sensibilities. With performances from Nate Varrone, Natalie Palamides and more.

A-Ha at the Hollywood Bowl: Listen to “Take On Me” accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

Red Hot Chili Peppers at SoFi: The hometown boys return for a stadium show in Inglewood.


Getty 25th Anniversary Celebration: The Getty continues its celebration with a community and family arts and culture festival.

Vans US Surf Open: Huntington Beach welcomes this year the triumph of surfing, skateboarding and BMX.

Literary Lounge BedBed: Hauser and Wirth organize this free book fair introducing readers to independent presses, authors and even how to create a book. The festival hosts panel discussions with writers, artists and publishers, screen printing demonstrations and more.

The Orange County Improv Festival: From the famed Frida Cinema comes an improv comedy festival featuring performances by Natalie Palamides, Big Yellow Taxi, Belle Reve and more.

Atelier Kate Berlant: See the comedian workshop his show at the Elysée.

Made in America: Teruko Nakajima’s award-winning Hollywood Fringe solo exhibition bows out this weekend at the Complex.

Hard Summer Music Festival: The mostly electronic music festival is headlined by Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Uzi Vert and Porter Robinson.

What happened to Baby Jane? At Los Feliz 3: American Cinematheque will screen the Bette Davis classic, Joan Crawford.

Midsummer Cry: The largest Halloween convention in the world takes place in Long Beach. The showfloor will host over 350 exhibitors, mini haunts, attractions, panels and presentations all weekend.

Whiskey Red’s On the Docks Pop-Up: The all-new remodeled patio will debut at Whiskey Red’s Marina Del Rey location, and guests will be invited to try the menu and cocktails outside.

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