Summer Garden Parties at The Natural History Museum
Awaken your five senses on their botanical tours and geek out with citizen science projects and get your hands dirty in homesteading activities (pickling, potting, birdhouse building, and more). Have a picnic under the stars, or enjoy bars and food trucks. Then, get ready to dance because the DJs will be outside too. Fridays, July 11 and 255-9 pm

Saturdays Off the 405
Enjoy performances by up-and-coming bands and DJs. The series kicks off this weekend with “Eastside L.A. fusionists” Chicano Batman. Future performances include Caught a Ghost (July 26), BADBADNOTGOOD (August 23), and Kan Wakan (September 13). Saturday; 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles; 310.440.7300

Voices of LA: The Krupnick Festival of the Arts
They citywide collaborative series brings Jewish artists together with artmakers from all across Los Angeles to create original works featuring musicians, dancers, spoken word and visual artists. The fest kicks off this week with  a spoken-word performance on July 13, and a music performance with members of triple-Grammy-winning group Ozomatli and alt-R&B singer Jarrel Perry on July 14. Check website for full schedule and locations. Through September 14

Chinatown Summer Nights
Produced by KCRW and the Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council, Chinatown Summer Nights is a multicultural celebration happening three times over the summer. There is a culinary stage hosted by Eddie Lin and Lindsay Louie (featuring Jet Tila of Iron Chef, America/Cutthroat Kitchen, and local celebrity favorite, Starry Kitchen’s Nguyen Tran), a craft beer garden curated by Eagle Rock Brewery, on-site restaurants, and gourmet food trucks (Crepe N Around, Don Chow, India Jones, Jogasaki Burrito, Kogi Truck, Tango Mango Ice, Tokyo Doggy Style, Tornado Potato, Trailer Park Truck, Vizzi Truck, and Yalla Truck), live bands (curated by Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands LA), and DJs (KCRW’s Liza Richardson and Jason Bentley), a flea market, cultural workshops, large-scale video projections, a “New Chinatown” photo booth, a community drawing event, and a playful Capuchin monkey, accompanied by his or her trainer. LA Weekly’s stage will feature live music courtesy of Wet & Reckless, Black Apples, Afternoons, Francisco the Man, Madi Diaz, and Eastern Conference Champions, while cultural workshops showcase a range of craft-making, including calligraphy, brush painting, face painting, fruit carving, and sculpting with candy, clay, and dough. Chinatown is transformed into a multicultural festival ft. music, food, crafts, & a Capuchin monkey. Saturday; Central Plaza, Chinatown

Rock & Reilly’s and Pearl’s FIFA Parties
They are gearing up for the final match of the FIFA World Cup. At Rock & Reilly’s, watch the game on 16 HD TVs, as they will be offering Brazilian Brunch food specials all day, along with World Cup themed cocktails. Pearl’s will be hosting an all-day patio party with World Cup themed brunch menu items. In addition to their Mimosa Kits, they’ll also be offering Caipiroska Kits, which feature one bottle of Veev Acai Spirit accompanied by sliced strawberries, sliced kiwis, passion fruit puree, sugar in the raw, mint leaves and lime wedges. Additionally, there will be pampering on the patio with well-known hair, tanning and make-up brands on-site for the day as well! Sunday; Rock & Reilly’s: 8911 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310.360.1400; Pearl’s: 8909 West Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA, 310.360.6800

LA Cuban Festival
Enjoy a day of dancing, culture, and delicious Cuban eats for you and your friends. $30, $45/VIP; Sunday, 10 am8 pm; Rainbow Lagoon, Shoreline Dr. & The Promenade, Long Beach

Summer Pier 2 Pier Run/Walk
Get up early and get active with GI Joe leading you to the finish line! A two-mile run in the sand will get your muscles toned and your body feeling good Saturday, 7 am; Hermosa Beach Pier/Strand, 1 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach

Cocktail Theatre
41 Ocean’s National Director of Mixology, Rob Floyd, is at it again with his next unique show, “Salute to Bikinis and Beach Bums”. Rob has been performing his Cocktail Theatre shows for the past two years, selling out in places like Los Angeles, New York, and Las Vegas. This educational tasting series that Rob describes as a cocktail show with “elements of the History Channel meets ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’” is entertaining and a fun night with the opportunity to learn about the history of mixology. One of the best parts of cocktail theatre is getting the chance to taste all of Rob’s unique-hand crafted drinks, served consistently throughout the entire show! Tickets can be found here. Friday; 1541 Ocean Ave.,
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Sunday Sessions at Grand Park
Sunday Summer sessions get some of Los Angeles’ best DJs in the heart of DTLA. Fuel up from food trucks beforehand! Sunday, 2-8 pm; Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Park Ave., LA 90012

Charm City Cakes West Classes
Their cake decorating classes are led by the bakery’s team of professional decorators, with this weekend’s theme being Quilted Monogram. Students ages 14 and up can learn a variety of decorating fundamentals, like working with fondant, creating cut-out designs, and more. Vegan and gluten-free cake options are also available. Join cake decorator Rachel as she walks participants through the steps of creating this adorable monogrammed quilted bow cake. Each student will receive a 6” iced cake. $150; Saturday, 11 am; 8302-A Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90069; Resys are required: 323.642.7234 or info@charmcitycakeswest.com

Grease Sing-a-Long 
It’s time for some summer lovin’. Bring your friends to the annual Grease Sing-A-Long, which returns with a pre-show performance and the much-loved movie musical on the Bowl’s giant screen. Sunday, pre-show with Sha Na Na: 7:30 pm, film: 8:30 pm; The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave.; 323-850-2000.

Neapolitan Pizza-Making Class
Learn how to make the best pie from Master Pizzaiolo Massimo DiLascio. Plus, feast on what you created. Saturday, 3:30-5:30 pm; DeSano Pizza Bakery, 4959 Santa Monica Blvd., East Hollywood; Resys: 323.913.7000

Goldfinger at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Sean Connery stars as 007 in the greatest of the series. Brimming with Bond gadgets, the female daredevil, Pussy Galore, villain, Odd Job with his deadly bowler hat and an Aston Martin with smokescreen and oil slick, this is Bond at his most fun. Fantastic sets, amazing fashion and the soundtrack by John Barry made Goldfinger the blueprint for all spy films to come. $14; Saturday, doors: 7 pm, movie 9 pm; 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

Garagiste: Urban Exposure
The Garagiste wine movement encompasses a number of wine producers who focus on small production and outside-the-box approaches. It’s hitting Los Angeles with its first city rendition of the popular Central Coast festival. Dubbed Garagiste: Urban Exposure, the gathering will have 40 wineries offering rare and notable wines. The name garagiste originally comes from Bordeaux producers who eschewed the traditional methods for wines made in “garages” instead of chateau. That mentally started taking hold in local regions such as the Central Coast, Paso Robles, and more, where the American Garagiste festivals started in 2011. For a full list of wineries, and for presale tickets, click here. Saturday; Union Station, 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Old Pasadena Film Festival
This outdoor film festival will celebrate film in all its forms, showcasing a variety of audience-pleasing movie titles and genres throughout Old Pasadena. The Old Pasadena Film Festival is the largest open-air film festival in California. The Odd Couple shows Friday. Friends Felix Ungar, who has just broken up with his wife, and Oscar Madison, a rather persnickety sort, give sharing an apartment a go, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyle are not exactly compatible. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau star. Gravity shows on Saturday. Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) sets out on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of the flight, and on a seemingly routine spacewalk disaster strikes. Screenings start at 8:30 pm; One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena

FoodGPS Rib Festival
The inaugural Food GPS Rib Festival is taking place at Chinatown’s historic Central Plaza. This chef-driven, all-inclusive event spotlights 12 of L.A.’s best chefs preparing unique rib preparations and sides. You will also enjoy desserts, craft beer, cocktails and soda. Restaurants and chefs participating include: Chi SPACCA Chad Colby ; Cliff’s Edge Vartan Abgaryan;  Corazon y Miel/Picnik Eduardo Ruiz; The Grilled Cheese Truck Dave Danhi; Heirloom LA Matt Poley; Houston Hospitality / Seoul Sausage / Escala Chris Oh; Komodo Food Erwin Tjahyadi; Mexicali Taco & Co. Esdras Ochoa & Javier Fregoso; The Park’s Finest Johneric Concordia; Scarpetta Freddy Vargas; The Spice Table Bryant Ng; Superba Snack Bar Jason Neroni; and Cake Monkey BakerySalt & Straw and Sugarbloom Bakery will be serving desserts throughout the festival. Jason Bran and Damian Windsor are creating cocktails and expect craft beer, Los Angeles Ale Works craft sodas, and water from Pure Water of Los Angeles. A portion of event proceeds will benefit The Pablove Foundation, an L.A. based charity with a mission to fund pediatric cancer research and advances in treatment, educate and empower cancer families, and improve the quality of life for children living with cancer through hospital play, music and arts programs. $65, $75/at the door, if still available, $90/VIP in advance (reserved seating, one hour early admission), and $100 at the door, if available; Sunday, 4-7 pm; Chinatown’s Central Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

“L.A. Zoo Family Jam”
Nighttime fun at the Los Angeles Zoo includes bands, dancing, food trucks and family friendly activites. Join in this a rare after-hours opportunity to visit popular Zoo habitats and exhibits like the new “Rainforest of the Americas.”  Among the food trucks scheduled to participate are Ta Bom Truck, The Pudding Truck, Tornado Potato, Vchos, Dogtown Dogs, The Melt and Patty Wagon Burgers. $19, $14 for children 2 and older; GLAZA member ticket prices are $16 for adults and $13 for children 2 and and older; Saturday, 6-9 pm; 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA  90027; 323.644.4200

Back to the Future at Malibu Country Mart
Get out of the city and head to this quiet area for a classic movie from all of our childhoods. Saturday, 8:15 pm; Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Rd.; 310.456.7300

Angel City Brewery and Third Day Rule
TDR is taking over Angel City Brewery for an afternoon of private tours & tastings, lawn games, food trucks and a free ride to get there! In groups of 25, tour this historic LA building while tasting (and learning how to properly taste and identify) craft beers. Spend the rest of the afternoon playing tons of lawn games like darts, ladder toss, plus four Twister mats! More beers and food trucks available. $15, no tickets at the door; Saturday, 1-4 pm; Enjoy a $25 LYFT credit with promo code “TDR25OFF”

Eat|See|Hear: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
LA’s outdoor movie, food truck and live music event series, Eat|See|Hear, presents its annual “Christmas in July” event with the film “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”. The night will feature a Christmas tree, holiday decorations and Santa Claus. Dress in holiday attire and celebrate the holiday spirit by bringing dog and cat food and supplies, blankets and towels to donate to Best Friends Animal Society Los Angeles, EatISeeIHear’s official charity partner. There will also be live entertainment and great food from some of the city’s food trucks including Bool BBQ, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Rice Balls Of Fire, India Jones, No Jodas Kitchen, Flat Iron, My Delight Cupcakery, Coolhaus and Brasil Kiss. All Eat|See|Hear events are dog friendly and canine friends will receive free dog biscuits at the door. $10, $12 at the doors, $8 for under 12, $20 for Fashionably Late tickets (premium, reserved seats available online in advance only, not at the door); Saturday, doors: 5:30 pm, Music: 7 pm, Movie: 8:30 pm; Santa Monica High School Memorial Greek Amphitheatre, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Cinema on the Street
Head to the corner of Third Street and Wilshire on Third Street Promenade for films from every genre. The film event has expanded from a four night event to a six night series. Produced by Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., this summer’s movies were selected online by popular vote for the first time since Cinema on the Street’s debut in 2011. This weekend is Field of Dreams! Free; Friday, 7:30 pm and continuing each Friday through August 15

Hey There Muscles
The Santa Monica Pier and the Ferrigno family have teamed up to present a free six-week wellness program on the Pier every Saturday through August 16th. The series offers a complete overhaul of mind, body and spirit with classes focused on creating lean muscle along with healthy living and eating habits. Classes will be led by actor and body builder, Lou Ferrigno, his daughter and business partner, Shanna and the extended family, as well as local experts. Each week features a different FerrignoFIT instructor in a judgment-free environment for all levels. The series is based off the full 12-week Incredibly Fit by FerrignoFIT program, which is a comprehensive fitness program that offers personalized meal plans, workouts, recipes, lifestyle tips and more. July 12 – Start with Determination: Lou Ferrigno and NASM certified personal trainer and Yogaworks yogi, Mike Dunlavy Free; July 12-August 16, 9 am; Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Silent Frisco at Wokcano: LCD Soundsystem vs Talking Heads
Silent Frisco’s multi-channel silent disco continues its new residency at Wokcano with the theme: LCD SOUNDSYSTEM vs TALKING HEADS. Enjoy the silent dance party from the massive 2-level fire-ringed outdoor courtyard in Santa Monica. DJ’s include: Motion Potion, Aaron Castle, Mario Cotto. Friday, 9 pm – 2 am; 1413 5th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401


Alisa Michelle
Score the jewelry designer’s vintage-inspired pieces for $5-100 during her week-long sample sale. Now until July 16, 10 am-6 pm;  4344 Tujunga Ave., Studio City, CA 91604; 818.763.2949

Luv AJ, Stone Cold Fox, more
Enjoy deep discounts on a ton of LA brands during the two-day DTLA sample sale. Saturday, 11 am-5 pm, Sunday, 11 am-3 pm; 427 S Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Madera Home
Enjoy up to 70% off handcrafted reclaimed wood furniture and home goods, including sideboards, cabinets, coffee tables and seating. Friday-Sunday, 10 am-4 pm; 3217 Mines Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90023; 323.203.2372

Show Me Your Mumu
Enjoy the boho beachwear brand’s tops, dresses, bottoms and more for $50 and less during their sample sale. Friday & Saturday; 2320 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

For the entire month of July, score up to 70% off brands like Chanel, YSL, Versace and more luxe designer labels during the boutique’s summer sale. 8006 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046; 323.651.5516

Monique Lhuillier
Enjoy 40-90% off ready-to-wear and bridal dresses during the LA gown designer’s one-day sample sale. Sunday, 10 am-4 pm; 1201 S Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90015

Enjoy the golf-inspired brand’s men’s, women’s and kids’ clothing and accessories for $5-$50 during their two-day tent sale. Friday & Saturday, 10 am-4 pm; 2712 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403; 877.787.4703

H.D. Buttercup
Enjoy up to 70% off the furniture and home decor store’s entire inventory, including seating, lighting, textiles and more during their half-yearly sale. It’s also happening at their In Bed location. Through Sunday; 3225 Helms Ave., Culver City, CA 90034; 310.558.8900

Enjoy up to 80% off LA designer George Esquivel’s luxe men’s and women’s footwear during his month-long sample sale. Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday until August 10, 1-5 pm; 8309 W 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048

Capulet: Mack Sennett Studios
Enjoy up to 70% off the LA label’s jackets, tops, shorts and more during their one-day sample sale. If you’re on a budget, stop by for the free mimosas and your daily dose of cuteness (there will be puppies). Saturday; 12-5 pm; 1215 Bates Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029; 323.660.8466

Expect up to 80% off Aussie labels like Cameo, Finders Keepers, Lover and more during the Oz-only boutique’s summer blowout. Saturday & Sunday, 11 am-7 pm; 1617 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291; 310.873.3303

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