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Things to Do in Los Angeles in August
You'll have about 13 hours of daylight per day to explore Los Angeles in August.
August is a busy month for Los Angeles area attractions. The theme parks are bursting with visitors and the beaches are packed with people working on their tans. The most popular summer events sell out weeks or months ahead, making advance planning essential.
Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September, but in some years, Labor Day weekend begins in August. To get some ideas on what you can do over the long weekend, check out Ideas for Labor Day Fun in California.
Los Angeles' Best August Events: Recommendations
This is the short list of things I have done myself and recommend to my friends when they go to LA in August.
Pageant of the Masters and Festival of the Arts: This annual event in Laguna Beach is hard to describe, but most people who go are glad they did. In short, a bunch of people get dressed up and made up to look like scenes from famous paintings, but don't let... that put you off. Instead of being as boring as that might sounds, it's quite a spectacular thing to see.
Things That Look Like Fun to Do in August
I'm sharing my LA bucket list here, a selection of events and things to do that look like fun.
International Surf Festival: The surf festival is held in four cities along the coast south of LAX Airport: Torrance, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach. Competitions include bodysurfing, a lifeguard championship and a beach volleyball tournament.Continue to 2 of 4 below.
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Things That Are Especially Fun in the Month of August
With the weather clear and bright and temperatures warmer, August is a good month to check out some of Los Angeles' best beaches.
Summer's warm days and balmy nights are perfect for fun evening activities. You can go to a movie outdoors, see a play, go to a concert - or opt for some of LA's more unusual summer night activities.
March through August is time for something uniquely Southern California: the annual grunion run. Thousands of tiny, silver-colored fish spawn on the sand during the full moon (or the new one). At some Los Angeles beaches, "Grunion Greeters" are on hand to explain and help you get the most out of being there.
In LA, you can see whales nearly year round: gray whales in winter and blue whales during the summer months. Find the best places to see them and when in the guides to Los Angeles whale watching and Orange County whale watching.Continue to 3 of 4 below.
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More About Los Angeles in August
What to Expect from Los Angeles Weather in August
August is Los Angeles' warmest and clearest summer month. If you visit then, you're likely to have cloudless, sunny skies with little chance of rain or fog - but it may be hot, depending on what part of the city you go to.
These averages will give you an idea of what Los Angeles August weather was like in the past. They're a good starting place, but you'll also need to check the upcoming forecast before you plan your wardrobe and pack your bags.
- Average High Temperature: 84°F (29°C)
- Average Low Temperature: 64°F (18°C)
- Rain & Clouds Index: 0.07 inches (0.2 cm) rain, 96% sunshine
Use the weather averages to get an idea of what things may be like, but it might be different when you visit. A winter day could even be so warm you'll wish you packed your shorts. And - of course - check the forecast, too.Continue to 4 of 4 below.
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What to Pack, What to Wear in August
It's always cooler near the beach in LA than you expect. Pack a mid-weight jacket if you plan to spend the evening near the water. Short-sleeved shirts, shorts and lightweight pants are fine otherwise.
More Things to Do in Los Angeles by Month
If you're trying to figure out the best month for your LA vacation, any time will be fine. You can use our monthly guides to find out more about events and what to expect all year long.
Spring season starts in March and extends through April and May. Signs of spring are subtle, but the weather is usually great — and except for spring break, attractions are still less crowded, up to the big holiday weekend at the end of May.
Summer busy season starts in June. So does the dreaded "June gloom" which can keep the beach areas foggy all day long. It can... extend into July, too. By August it will be hot —sometimes very hot and mostly clear.
Beaches in Los Angeles are susceptible to so-called "red tides" when red-colored algae grow so fast that they "bloom," coloring the water in the process. It's unsightly for sure, and it's safer to avoid swimming while they're happening. Find out everything you need to know about red tides here.
After the big September holiday, things quiet down. Weather will still be good into October and the outdoor concert season extends into the middle of the month. November is variable. Sometimes it's more like fall and sometimes more like winter.