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8 things to do in SoCal this weekend

Photo of the Huntington Beach Pier after sunset.
Photo of the Huntington Beach Pier after sunset.
Chris Jepsen via Flickr

As the Olympics get underway in Rio, here in L.A. there are plenty of ways to make your weekend gold. From beers at the L.A. Zoo to a sunset movie at the beach, we've got the details on what to see and do. 

1. Watch the Olympics Opening Ceremony

File: Team United States lead by Mark Grimmette enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at BC Place on February 12, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.
File: Team United States lead by Mark Grimmette enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at BC Place on February 12, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.
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As eyes turn to Rio on Friday to cheer on favorite athletes and countries, there are plenty of ways to get off your couch and still enjoy the show. Paley in Hollywood will screen the opening ceremony on the wall of the Columbia Square Courtyard and serve $10 Caipirinhas. Busby's sports bar in L.A. is lined with plasma screens where you can watch the games — not to mention, they just opened a nine-hole mini golf course. Taste on Melrose is introducing two brand new cocktails on Friday night in honor of the games. Watch the Games in their Atrium Bar. 

When: Friday, August 5

Where: All around Los Angeles 

2. Brew at the Zoo

Stroll through the L.A. Zoo after hours and sip on 5-ounce beer samples from 50 breweries, with live music and a DJ set. Pair your brews with pub-style grub. Look out for spontaneous zoo keeper talks and close-up animal encounters. There is a designated driver admission for only $25, with unlimited soft drinks. Pro tip: The animals will be given access to their sleeping quarters, so it might be tough to spot them.

When: Friday, August 5, 7 - 11 p.m.

Where: Los Angeles Zoo | MAP 

Price: Tickets start $65 | Get Tickets 

3. Folktale Fest

If you're constantly tracking down low-key, back alley-type concerts, we've got your next fix. Folktale Records is hosting five musical artists to celebrate their recent album releases from the label, including Carla Bozulich, Human Behavior, and Night Auditor. 

When: Friday, August 5, 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. 

Where: Human Resources Art Gallery, Chinatown | MAP

Price: Tickets are $10

4. Watch “Bridesmaids” at the beach

Whether you've watched this movie more times than you care to admit or you never have, the beach seems like the perfect place to enjoy an outdoor summer screening. Get there early to score a premium spot. Pro tip: Take snacks to munch on or buy some nearby, but make sure to take a blanket to avoid getting sand in places where it isn't welcome.

When: Saturday, August 6, at dusk

Where: Huntington State Beach, lifeguard tower 14 | MAP

Price: Tickets are $15, free for military | Get tickets

5. Latino Comics Expo

It's the 5th year for this comic expo dedicated to Latino creators. You can meet up-and-coming talents as well as veteran favorites at the Latin Comics Expo. There will be a Latino cosplay contest, art workshops and, of course, your favorite comics and prints. 

When: Saturday, August 6 - Sunday, August 7, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Event Schedule

Where: Museum of Latin American Art | MAP 

Price: Free with museum admission, $10 Saturday, free on Sunday

6. The Enchanted World of Miyazaki: Tribute Art Show

The Enchanted World of Miyazaki: Tribute Art Show via Facebook

Fans of anime may want to check this one out. The event will feature original artwork from 22 U.S. artists in tribute to director Hayao Miyazaki, whose beloved animated films include "Spirited Away," "Howl's Moving Castle" and "My Neighbor Totoro." You can also partake in Studio Ghibli-inspired cocktails and listen to Ghibli-inspired music spun by live DJ's. Pro tips: Don't hesitate to sport your collection of Totoro memorabilia — you won't be the only one. You must be 21 to enter the event after 7 p.m.

When: Saturday, August 6,  - Sunday, August 7, 1 - 7 p.m.

Where: The Mid-City Arthouse | MAP 

Price: Free

7. Taste of San Pedro

Looking for food, music and brews? Splurge this weekend to get a taste of what San Pedro has to offer. The city's newest craft beer brewery, Brouwerij West, will be pouring along with San Pedro Brewing company. More than 20 restaurants will be handing out tastes from their menu. 

When: Saturday August 6, 5 - 10 p.m. 

Where: CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles | MAP 

Price: Tickets are $55 - $95 | Get tickets 

8. DTLA Proud Festival

The inaugural festival will celebrate the area's growing LGBT community with live entertainment from artists including Pandora Boxx, Barbie Q and more on one main stage. After you've danced to your heart's content, shop from any of the 40 booths stationed throughout the square. Pro tip: Don't forget to take some selfies under the art installation of silver streamers currently blanketing part of Pershing Square before you leave. 

When: Sunday, August 7, Noon - 10 p.m. 

Where: Pershing Square, DTLA | MAP 

Price: Tickets are $10 | Get tickets 

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