12 Offbeat and Unique Events in Los Angeles This Summer

12 Offbeat and Unique Events in Los Angeles This Summer

LA’s got it all – sunshine, anime conventions, off-the-wall entertainment, gourmet dining. And there’s no better time than summer to get out and enjoy all the unique and wondrous events Los Angeles has to offer. Get out of your comfort zone and explore some of these featured events.


May 27 – Downtown Los Angeles

DJ Printz and Jabari are bringing the widely-acclaimed R&B ONLY experience back to LA! There’ll be dancing, there’ll be partying, there’ll be tons of R&B anthems to make you feel really old. After an incredibly successful national circuit, R&B ONLY is back where it all started in sunny SoCal. Dress up and get down at the Hollywood Palladium!

@RNBONLYY Tour | San Francisco, CA | 4.15.17 | 📷: @jega.vision #rnbonly

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Strawberry Alarm Clock LIVE

July 22 – West Hollywood

“Incense and Peppermints” rockers Strawberry Alarm Clock are bringing their psychedelic acid rock to Whiskey A Go Go, and you absolutely cannot miss it. This year marks the band’s 50th anniversary, and the guys are back in full force. Hot off their first anniversary appearance at Santa Barbara’s Starry Nights festival, catch Strawberry Alarm Clock on July 22 with special guests Write Minded, Wandering Gypsies, and Return of the Leech.

Lipstick & Lashes Dinner Show

June 9 – Santa Ana

Looking for dinner with a twist? Come experience the best dinner theatre-style drag show Southern California has to offer! The show, hosted at Santa Ana’s Velvet Club, features an incredible, 3-course meal with top-notch service, and for dessert – entrancing dancers, female impersonators, and music. There’s something for everyone at Lipstick & Lashes Dinner show, whether you know it or not.

An Adios, A Purple Hooter, and A Tokyo Tea walk into a bar…

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Filipino Friday – Dinner Night

May 20 – Chinatown

Join us for a memorable culinary experience as guests celebrate Filipino culture and food with remarkable Filipino chefs. Throughout an incredible, six-course meal, each chef will prepare a special meal using their own unique techniques. Guests will also be treated to a VIP ticket to a special screening of “ULAM,” a documentary about Filipino food and restaurants that shows the evolution of the booming culinary scene. Reserve your spot and prepare your palettes now!

Love/Create LA: A Fashion, Beauty x Style Conference

August 19 – Downtown Los Angeles

Looking to break into or learn about fashion? Look no further. “Love/Create LA” brings fashion enthusiasts – photographers, writers, entrepreneurs, actors, influencers – together for a one-day, all-encompassing conference. Learn from industry insiders and connect with a vast network of diverse and passionate professionals. And staying true to their community focus, 10% of all proceeds go to the Love/Create Foundation to support community programs and scholarships.

19th Annual Taste of Ecuador

Food Festival – August 6

Come explore the unique and flavorful cuisine of Ecuador at this free festival celebrating Ecuadorian cuisine, culture, and tradition! Music, crafts, folklore, and games are sure to get the whole family excited. And not to mention the Annual Parade, starting at Broadway & 7th St. and dancing its way to Placita Olvera (the festival entrance). Get outside and experience this festival – no ticket needed!

Poler Nights presents Emerald City

May 13-14 – South Los Angeles

Poler Nights is bringing the heat this month with Emerald City. Fans of deep house, dubstep, and so many other electronic music subsets are going to love this year’s lineup, featuring local DJs and producers dotJPEG, Crazu, BLKTECH, and more. The festival will take place at Poler Festival Grounds on May 13-14, so grab your tickets now!

The Video Games

June 18 – Hollywood

It’s The Hunger Games. But, you know, with video game characters.

Come see this hilarious, interactive parody show, where YOU, the audience, decide the fate of your favorite characters. Through audience participation, the course of the story is completely altered, ensuring no show is quite the same the last. Who will win the title of “Player One”?

Yellow Conference 2017

August 24-25 – Downtown Los Angeles

A conference by women, for women. The Yellow Conference is a gathering for creative women who strive to inspire others and bring goodness to our everyday lives. Learn from like minded women and find the tools you need to explore your purpose, as well as connect with others and discover how to follow your dreams as a woman in today’s society. And bring your friends for a special group rate!

Ronin-Expo 2017

June 20 – Little Tokyo

Be part of the first-ever Ronin-Expo, LA’s soon-to-be premier anime and asian culture convention held at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. Artists, live music, cosplay, swapmeet tables – it’s all there. Don’t forget to check out the cosplay masquerade and fashion show on the main stage, and keep an eye out for some very special guests, from world-famous makeup artists and rock bands, to voice actors and illustrators.

LQ Fooding@MaMaison Supper Club – “Spring 4.0”

May 13 – Northeast Los Angeles

This one-of-a-kind event series brings together unique culinary offerings and art for an incredibly atmospheric experience, where no two “foodings” are the same. Not to spoil any surprises, but judging from the menu and wine offerings listed, guests are in for a crazy-good dining experience. Chef LQ also proposes a wine pairing for each guest based on their meals…and trust us, they know what they’re doing.

Secrets of a Fat Boy Dinner

May 24 – Chinatown

Fans of the super-popular food podcast Super Amazing Restaurant Show are quite familiar with its glutenous hosts Alvin (of Eggslut fame), Nakul, and Arjun (both co-owners of Badmaash). Well, the guys are ready to reveal their secrets! Join Alvin, Nakul, and Arjun for their #FATBOYdinnerLA as they share their favorite things (and places) to eat, and more.