Family Activities in Los Angeles

lampoons christmas vacation

This weekend, get the family together to celebrate Christmas in July! We’re hosting a special event on Saturday, July 12 that will have plenty of holiday fun and flair. From a tree and decorations to a special appearance by Santa Claus & his helpers, our cheery extravaganza will also include a raffle with great “presents,” live music from Charles McDonald and a donation drive benefiting Best Friends Animal Society-Los Angeles.

This is the perfect inexpensive and fun activity for families in Los Angeles. We’ll have food trucks including Bool BBQ, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Rice Balls Of Fire, India Jones, No Jodas Kitchen, Flat Iron, My Delight Cupcakery, Coolhaus, Brasil Kiss on site so you’re sure to find something that satisfies everyone’s tastes.

To make sure you’re really feeling in the holiday spirit, we’re showing the 1989 comedy classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation starring Chevy Chase as Clark and Beverly D’Angelo as Ellen, a married couple with two children who deal with the stress of holiday planning and Christmas disasters. Rated PG-13, this comedy will keep everyone in the family laughing all night long.

This event will be held at the Memorial Greek Amphitheater at Santa Monica High School located at 601 Pico Boulevard. There’s only one entrance to the event on 4th Street between the school’s track and the DoubleTree Hotel. There’s also a paid parking lot across the street in the Civic Center parking structure/lot at 333 Civic Center Dr. This is a paid lot and we unfortunately cannot control the cost of parking or the operations of the lot. You may also find parking on the street but make sure to watch for signs so you don’t end up with a ticket or, worse yet, being towed! Sometimes the DoubleTree Hotel also offers parking for a fee.

The amphitheater has built-in concrete seating, so we recommend bringing blankets, pillows or cushions for added comfort. Add your own festive cheer with holiday-themed blankets! Dogs are also welcome, so bring your four-legged friend to an evening the entire family will enjoy.

Previous events held at Santa Monica High School have sold out, so we recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Tickets are just $10 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and under and you can buy them online.

We can’t wait to see your and your family in Santa Monica on Saturday!

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4th of July Los Angeles 2014


This year, Independence Day falls on a Friday which grants us all a long weekend for celebrating all things America. But this weekend, we’re not just talking about apple pie, baseball, Chevrolet and hotdogs. On Saturday, July 5, we’re hosting a celebration with the film that defined modern American cinema — Jaws. Join us at The Autry in Griffith Park at 5:30PM for an evening full of food, good music and the man-eating great white shark that has captivated our country since 1975.

The Autry has a gorgeous and expansive lawn, so bring blankets and sprawl out to enjoy the evening’s festivities. As with all Eat|See|Hear events in LA, this one is dog-friendly so bring your pooches and pals along for the fun — they’ll even be greeted at the door with a free biscuit!

Arrive early to stake out your spot and kick off the evening with a smorgasbord of delicious goods from food trucks including The Greasy Wiener, Haute Burger, Canvas, Boba Ni Taco, Mandoline Grill, Oh My Gaga, Hurricane Truck, Creasian, Say Fish Taco, Sweet Arleen’s, Coolhaus, Brasil Kiss and more!

Two of LA’s up-and-coming bands will be joining us. Bird Concerns will get things warmed up followed by a performance by buzzband King Washington at 7PM. They’ll both provide a rocking performance sure to amp up your adrenaline just in time for the main event. The movie will start at 8:30PM and will be shown on the largest outdoor movie screen west of the Mississippi so you’ll never miss that sneaky shark fin creeping through the water!

The entrance to the event is on the lawn adjacent to the Autry Museum Building. There’s FREE parking for this event available across the street at the LA Zoo too! If you’d rather arrive on two wheels, plenty of bicycle parking is also available.

The Autry is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way in Los Angeles. Tickets are $10 in advance and just $8 for kids 12 and under, and are also available to purchase at the door on the day of the event for $12 (cash or credit). Even though the Autry is an expansive venue, we do recommend purchasing tickets in advance on Eventbrite to make sure you’re not turned away.

Make sure you give yourself some time to browse through the Autry’s galleries and participate in a photo mission for the evening to win prizes. Details will be distributed upon entering the event.  All Eat|See|Hear attendees get to enjoy the museums galleries for free from 5:30-8pm!

Celebrate American and the 4th of July holiday weekend in LA with Eat|See|Hear!

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Pitch Perfect in the Park

pitch perfect

The Barden Bellas are coming to Brentwood! Catch the a cappella group in “Pitch Perfect” on Saturday June 28 at Paul Revere Charter Middle School. Plus catch an a cappella performance of “The Cup Song” by the Santa Monica Chorus.

When a humiliating on-stage vomit-sesh ruins the Barden Bella’s chances of a championship title, the a cappella group must review and revive their previously squeaky-clean performances. Follow the ladies as they battle it out — on stage and among themselves — to regain their title. Starring Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks and the always hilarious Rebel Wilson, “Pitch Perfect” quickly became a cult classic and has even spawned a sequel!

Slated for release in 2015, “Pitch Perfect 2” brings back original cast members Skylar Astin, Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and Adam DeVine. Elizabeth Banks will make her directorial debut with the film and is also the producer. Katey Sagal and Hailee Steinfeld have also joined the cast.

The evening will include a wide selection of LA’s favorite fabulous food trucks. Whether you’re craving sandwiches, burgers, cupcakes or ice cream, Eat|See|Hear will have quite the variety of street food on site and ready for noshing! Sample from Steel City Sandwich, Komodo, Street Kitchen, Paiggio on Wheels, Great American Burger, Let’s Roll It, White Rabbit, Schmuck Truck, Tainamite, B Sweet, Coolhaus and Brasil Kiss.

The event will be set up on a large, grassy lawn so plan to bring blankets and pillows or cushions. Remember the event is outdoors, so dress accordingly and be prepared for cooler temps once the sun goes down. There’s parking available on site for $5 so don’t forget to bring a few bucks in cash too. All Eat|See|Hear events are dog-friendly so bring along your four-legged friends! We’d love to meet your pooch at the door and we’ll be handing out biscuits, too.

Doors open at 5:30 and the only entrance is on Allenford Avenue. The band will start at 7 and then “Pitch Perfect” will start at 8:30. Our evening will wrap before 11.

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Fun Date Ideas in Los Angeles

When Harry Met Sally

If you’re looking for fun date ideas in Los Angeles, look no further than Eat|See|Hear’s upcoming evening on Saturday, June 21. An inexpensive option for a first date or a fiftieth, the evening includes plenty of food trucks on hand to satisfy different tastes and sweet or savory cravings. There will be a live performance by local band Magic Giant that will serenade your soul and have you tapping your toes. The evening event culminates with a showing of the rom-com classic “When Harry Met Sally.” What could be better than dinner, a live show and a movie all in one place for just $10?

Even though it was released in 1989, “When Harry Met Sally” is truly timeless. Who hasn’t heard of or seen or even tried to recreate Meg Ryan’s diner scene. “I’ll have what she’s having” quickly became a national punchline, like “Your Mom” and “That’s What She Said.”

You’ll definitely laugh, you might even cry, and we’re sure you’ll fall deeper in love at the next Eat|See|Hear outing. Bring blankets, pillows or cushions so you can canoodle in comfort — this event is at the Memorial Greek Amphitheater at Santa Monica High School, which offers built-in, concrete seating. This setup also means seating is limited, so plan to arrive early and enjoy the company of your significant other.

Free parking is available across the street in the Civic Center parking lot. You might snag a spot on the street, but pay attention to signs so you don’t get ticketed, or worse, towed — don’t make your date walk home!

If you have a four-legged friend or two, bring them along to enjoy date night. This is a dog-friendly evening and your pooch will even get a biscuit to munch on at the door!

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Free Events in LA

Notting Hill

There are plenty of free events in LA, but sometimes you have to look high and low to find them. Eat|See|Hear has made it easy with an incredible evening of good food, live music and a movie on Saturday, June 14.

Hosted by Air New Zealand, Saturday’s British-themed event will take us across the pond as we swoon over Hugh Grant in “Notting Hill.” One lucky movie-goer will win a free Premium Economy Spaceseat™ trip for two to London courtesy of Air New Zealand! While you’re flying, they’ll make sure you Arrive London Ready!

General admission to the event is totally free, and includes the music performance and movie showing. Keep in mind that food offered at the food trucks will not be free, so don’t leave your wallets at home! Entrance is on a first come, first served basis.

This event will be at the Memorial Greek Amphitheater at Santa Monica High School. This venue has built-in concrete seating so bring blankets, pillows or cushions for comfort. There is a small grassy area, so arrive early if you want to snag that sweet spot for sprawling out on a blanket!

Keep in mind that previous events at Santa Monica High School have sold out because the built-in seating also means there’s limited seating available. While you can register in advance online, that doesn’t guarantee or reserve you a seat so arrive early to stake out your spot.

Parking is available across the street in the Civic Center parking lot for a fee. You might also find street parking but remember to pay attention to signs so you don’t end up being ticketed or towed. There’s only one entrance to the event, on 4th Street between the DoubleTree Hotel and the school’s athletic track. There’s plenty of places to park your bike if you’d rather arrive on two wheels. As always, Saturday’s event is also open to four-legged friends so bring your pet and get a doggie biscuit at the door!

Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and a live performance by Liphemra will begin at 7:00. We’ll start “Notting Hill” at 8. Mark your calendar now — don’t miss this awesome free event in LA!

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LA Bands Perform at Wes Anderson Film Event


Each season, Eat|See|Hear rounds up the best up-and-coming bands from across Los Angeles. Our outdoor event series satisfies all the senses with incredible foods both sweet and savory dished up from the best LA food trucks, live performances offering a variety of musical styles and classic films that have touched us again and again over the years.

We are so thrilled to bring you performances by LA bands at our events every Saturday evening. You might kick out the jams with the throwback garage punk band sounds of Beach Party, or experience the acoustic stylings of folkster/singer/songwriter Aaron Embry. For a complete lineup of performances for the entire season, check out our Music page.

Eat|See|Hear events offer you the chance to hear up and coming LA buzz bands in a unique, outdoor setting striving to introduce you to new local music you may have not yet heard.  Music is presented in partnership with Origami Vinyl in Echo Park and Touch Vinyl in West LA. An Eat|See|Hear evening gives you the rare opportunity to rub shoulders with local musicians — you might catch them quick after the show or maybe strike up a chat while standing in line to chill on some Coolhaus ice cream.

Our next event is on Saturday, June 7 and will include a performance by Thieves. With a swelling, synth-y and slightly pop-style sound, Thieves earnest lyrics and feel-good harmonies evoke a landscape of emotions we know you’ll enjoy. This is definitely the kind of sounds to kick back to, so spread out on the lawn at The Autry, close your eyes, and relax on an imaginative ride. Stick around for the Wes Anderson favorite Rushmore at 8:30 p.m. Grab tickets online here.

We hope you’ll take the opportunity to get to know the live music scene here in LA and support the musicians who perform at Eat|See|Hear. We’re always on the lookout for more music, so let us know if there’s a band you want to hear and we might include them next year!

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This Is 40 Filming Locations

Napoleon Dynamite

Paul Revere Middle School, our host on Saturday, May 31, is featured in the 2012 Judd Apatow film This Is 40. A standalone sequel to Knocked Up, the film stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann as husband and wife Pete and Debbie. Several memorable scenes featuring Melissa McCarthy were filmed at Paul Revere, generating nearly $60,000 in filming fees, according to Film LA.

This Is 40 was also filmed on location at the gorgeous Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes (but, unfortunately, the scene didn’t make the final cut).

Located in Brentwood, Paul Revere Middle School has students in grades 6-8. Founded in 1955, the school is also known for its auditorium acoustics and has previously hosted the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra.

On May 31, Paul Revere will host an evening with Eat|See|Hear. Doors open at 5:30 at the entrance on Allenford Avenue just south of Sunset. There is parking available on site for $5 and limited street parking is available too. Check for signage and park in the right spots so you don’t end up ticketed or towed! You can also arrive on two wheels, as plenty of space to park and store bicycles will be available.

The evening will include some of LA’s favorite food trucks, including: Rushed Art Truck, Hamborghini, The Melt Bus, VCHOS, Tokyo Doggie Style, Coolhaus, Brasil Kiss and Royal Red Velvet Cupcakes.

Arrive early to stake out your seats, fill up from the food trucks and see Sea Lions perform live at 7:00 p.m. At 8:30, we’ll show Napoleon Dynamite, the 2004 cult classic starring Jon Heder. This award-winning film debuted at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and went on to gross more than 196% of its budget! Rated PG, this comedy is perfect for an evening of family fun!

The evening is also dog-friendly, so bring your four-legged friends along (and they’ll get a free biscuit at the door). Tickets are $10 in advance and will also be available at the door for $12, cash or credit. Come on out and Vote for Pedro!

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Memorial Day Events in Los Angeles

The Big Lebowski Showing at the Autry Museum

Los Angeles is filled to the brim with events and activities for all ages this upcoming Memorial Day weekend! From fiestas, festivals and fairs to parades, block parties and shows, LA is officially kicking off the summer with plenty of fun choices for everyone.

Eat|See|Hear will kick off its weekly Saturday movie showing at 5:30 p.m. at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park. Come wind down from the day’s events and relax with fabulous food trucks and a performance by local LA band Haunted Summer with local musician Aaron Embry opening up. Fun for the whole family — including your furry four-legged friends! — we will show the cult classic  “The Big Lebowski” starring Jeff Bridges at 8:30 p.m. on May 24.

Keep your Memorial Day merry on a budget while enjoying dinner and a show on Saturday. Tickets are just $10. Bring a blanket or your favorite lawn chair and get comfortable! We’ll have these and the following food trucks on hand to satisfy your every craving, from BBQ to fresh lobster to ice cream including Belly Bombz, Joe’s Pizza Truck, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Steel City Sandwich, Let’s Roll It, Smokin Willie’s BBQ, Tornado Potato, Baby’s Bad Ass Burgers, Schmuck Truck, Coolhaus, Brasil Kiss, B Sweet Mobile and more.

There are plenty of other daytime events taking place around LA Memorial Day weekend. The Autry Museum in Griffith Park will host a Pan for Gold family activity on May 24 and May 25 at 11:00 in the morning. In addition exhibitions like the Floral Journey will be available Memorial Day weekend, perfect before retreating to the grassy lawn for our outdoor movie showing. Just across the street from the Autry is the Los Angeles Zoo, another fantastic attraction.

Celebrate the laid-back LA lifestyle with “The Dude” and Eat|See|Hear this Memorial Day weekend.

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Date Ideas Santa Monica

Office Space Film

Beautiful beachfront Santa Monica offers plenty of date night options for the adventurer, the romantic and the foodie alike. Offering both daytime and nighttime activities galore, Santa Monica is the perfect spot for first dates or 50th dates. Here are some amazing attractions and perfect places in Santa Monica that we think you should definitely add to your date night to-do.

Santa Monica Pier

The Pier is at the top of our list for fun and unique dates for good reason — it’s loaded with stuff to do! Check out the amazing restaurants and food carts offering a range of cuisines, fresh seafood and even live music. You can fish from the pier, learn to swing the trapeze, ride the historic carousel and sip soda at the vintage fountain inside. There are bike rentals available, plus an arcade and Pacific Park, where you can ride the roller coaster or view Santa Monica from atop the Ferris wheel. The Pier is also home to the Santa Monica Aquarium situated just below the carousel. Dedicated to preserving the Santa Monica Bay, there are over 100 species of native marine animals and plants that call the aquarium home. In the fall, check out Front Porch Cinema, free movies on the Pier co-produced with Eat|See|Hear.

3rd Street Promenade

Dig in to Downtown Santa Monica with the alfresco shopping experience of the Promenade. Home to local boutiques, retail shops and restaurants plus art galleries, performance venues and movie theaters, the Promenade is sure to satisfy your date night desires. Indulge in retail therapy, flip through the latest comics at Hi De Ho Comics or pamper your date with a trip to the spa. Follow up your shopping excursion with a romantic dinner downtown.

Outdoor Movies

For a relaxed, fun evening, plan your date at an upcoming outdoor movie in Santa Monica. Eat|See|Hear will be showing Office Space at Santa Monica High School’s Memorial Greek Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 17. This outdoor event is dog-friendly, so bring your pooch and get a free biscuit at the door! Before the show, grab dinner from some of LA’s best food trucks including MOE Eggrolls dishing up open-ended eggrolls with creative flavor concoctions and the best deli sandwiches; White Rabbit flipping up Filipino fusion like slow-cooked and braised meats, tacos and desserts; and Good Greek Grub serving gyros, delicious meat skewers and the best Greek salad. Doors open at 5:30.  Touch Vinyl presents End of Summer playing live music at 7:30 and the movie will start at 8:30. Bring pillows/cushions to sit on and a blanket to snuggle with your date in front of the largest outdoor movie screen west of the Mississippi! If interested you can purchase tickets to Office Space outdoors here.

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Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in our Season Kickoff Film

500 Days of Summer Movie

The stars of our premiere outdoor film this season, 500 Days of Summer, are familiar faces on both the silver and the television screens. Zooey Deschanel currently stars in the television comedy New Girl on Fox as Jess, a 20-something teacher who moves in with three men after a failed relationship. The show tracks the relationships between the roommates as they navigate careers, love and friendship. Deschanel’s film credits include a starring and singing roll alongside Will Ferrell in Elf and as the sarcastic friend in Failure to Launch with Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew McConaughey.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt started his career on television, most notably as Tommy Solomon on 3rd Rock From the Sun, but quickly made a name for himself on the big screen starring in the teen cult classic 10 Things I Hate About You with Julia Styles and Heath Ledger. His recent credits include distinguished roles in the major motion pictures Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Looper. His most recent, Don Jon, is a film that he wrote, directed and starred in.

Gordon-Levitt’s aspirations don’t stop at the screen. He is also the founder of hitRECord, a collaborative production company that brings together writers, musicians, illustrators, photographers, video editors and other creatives to contribute to a TV variety show airing on pivot, a digital cable and satellite TV channel that is owned by Participant Media. HitRECord produces other artwork including books, songs and music albums, and short films.

Join us on Saturday, May 10 to kick off the 2014 Eat|See|Hear season at Santa Monica High School. We’ll be screening 500 Days of Summer and watching Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt work their magic on the largest screen west of the Mississippi! Rated PG13, this rom-com follows Summer (Deschanel), a young woman who doesn’t believe in true love, and Tom (Gordon-Levitt), the man who falls for her. Doors open at 5:30PM, the band Derde Verde begins at 7 and the movie will start at 8:30. A handful of favorite LA food trucks — including Me So Hungry, Coolhaus and Rosa’s Bella Cucina — will also be on location to fuel your music and movie-watching experience. Plus, bring your four legged friends and snag a free doggie biscuit at the door! Buy tickets here.

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