Ultimate Guide To August: 20 Cool Events Happening In Los Angeles

Screen-Shot-2014-08-01-at-10.47.04-AM-632x269Here are a number of notable happenings in August (with a few beginning this weekend), so we’re ready to help you plan your social calendar. Read on for all our favorite event picks and details.

Aug. 1-31

ART: La Luz de Jesus Gallery presents Profanity Pop, a new exhibition by José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros. The artist mixes pop art and pop culture icons/themes with both historical and religious works. His animated characters play roles that are sure to amuse or offend some audiences. The opening reception is on Aug. 1 from 8-11 pm and the show remains on view through the end of the month.

Aug. 1-2

MUSIC: The Canadians are coming! And we can’t wait. Montreal’s Arcade Fire stops at The Forum for two nights as part of the Reflektor Tour. Ticket price range: $44.05-$88.

Aug. 2

BACONBig Bite Bacon Fest features beer+bacon aboard the Queen Mary. Get all-you-can-eat samplings of more than 40 varieties of bacon or pork dishes in a 2.5-hour slot. (Beer is extra for 10, 3 oz. tasters.) Ticket range: $35-$75.

Aug. 2-3

MUSIC: Here’s what we know for sure about Beyoncé and Jay Z—the dynamic duo play two nights at the Rose Bowl for their On the Run Tour. 8 pm both nights. Ticket range: $53.74-$384.34.

Aug. 2-3

MUSIC: Tickets are scarce for Hard Summer taking over the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte. The two days feature acts from the alternative, electronica, techno, dance, house, etc., and more. Headliners include Jack U, A$AP Mob, Tiësto and Disclosure. Music is scheduled to begin at noon on both days. 18+. Remaining VIP passes: $160.70 (only ones available).

Aug. 5-6

GAMES: The SPiN Standard in DTLA holds two pop-up arcade nights. From 4 pm to 2 am, there are 20 different arcade machines and five ping-pong tables brought into SPiN. Cover is $5 at the door, but once inside, all games are free with unlimited play. 21+.

Aug. 7-10

FILM FESTSundance NextFest is an offshoot of the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT <=> section. Screenings happen at Hollywood Forever and at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, and the events bring together a mix of films, live music and conversation. It opens with Napoleon Dynamite at Hollywood Forever and closes with A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (an Iraqi vampire/western mashup) and concert by Warpaint. Tickets: $14-$25.