NBC Rio Olympics Coverage: Cheering on the divers, or the cyclists, or the gymnasts, or the wrestlers, or the weightlifters is a summertime tradition. Being able to do so while seeing all the action played large on a big screen is a rarer chance. The Paley Center for Media is the place to catch daytime events during the 2016 Olympics. Start time? It's noon, the admission is free, and you don't need to book your spot ahead of time. NBC is a partner with The Paley on this mondo event, one that opens on Saturday, Aug. 6 at noon.
ScareLA: October is the month after next, which means one thing, basically: If you're not already planning the foam tombstones you'll put in your yard, and glow-eyed skeletons, you best hop to it. Halloween draws near, in short, and this large-scale convention celebrates the holiday in all of this haunted dimensions. Elvira will make a cameo, and several local haunted houses, too. Vendors, experts, and general eerieness are part of the scene on Aug. 6 and 7 in Pasadena.
Long Beach Crawfish Festival: Swinging your stuff to some zydeco, joining a Mardi Gras masquerade, then downing a bucket of crawfish-y goodness, complete with red potatoes and corn? It's a tradition at Rainbow Lagoon, one that stretches back nearly a quarter century. Make for the lively time and be sure to decide if you want the feast or bucket when choosing how you'll sup. Aug. 5 through 7 are the dates.
What to do, where to go and what to see
Newport Beach Lobsterfest: The Port of LA already celebrated its lobster-themed lark for 2016, and Redondo Beach and Long Beach are still to come. Next up? Newport Beach, which hosts this flavorful fundraiser for Make-a-Wish Orange County and Inland Empire (as well as Leadership Tomorrow). Ready to bib it up and butter it up, too? The foodie favorite happens on Sunday, Aug. 7.
Brew at the LA Zoo: Temperatures are on the somewhat cool side, at least in terms of what early August can often deliver. The time is ripe, then, to hold onto a sudsy beverage and stroll the expansive animal park inside Griffith Park over a lovely Friday evening. Zookeeper talks, up-close moments with small critters, and live music are all apart of this yearly whoop-di-doo, as are craft beers from near and far. Follow the squawks and roars on Friday, Aug. 5.