(credit: Hollywood Bowl)

(credit: Hollywood Bowl)

Even though summer begins to wind down in Los Angeles, there is still plenty of good weather, great fun, and fantastic cultural and family-friendly opportunities to behold this week. From theater under the stars to new dining experiences, expertly crafted tropical-themed cocktails, live music, and an epic (and free!) end-of-summer block party, this week won’t believe that summer is winding down.

Monday, August 10
(Credit: E.P. & L.P.)

(Credit: E.P. & L.P.)

Guest Bartender Series
Frankie’s Private Bar | E.P. & L.P.
603 N. La Cienega Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 855-9955

Starting tonight, E.P. & L.P., West Hollywood’s newest Asian eating house and rooftop, launches a monthly guest bartender series at Frankie’s Private Bar within the L.P. Rooftop space. Curated by cocktail savant and Beverage Director Alex Straus, the lineup will feature renowned bartenders from Chicago, Miami, Sweden, and more, starting with tonight’s guest bartenders, Paul McGee and Erin Hayes from Lost Lake Chicago. Their exotic summertime drinks can be purchased for just $8.

Tuesday, August 11
(Credit: Courtesy of Herringbone Restaurant)

(Credit: Courtesy of Herringbone Restaurant)

Restaurant Opening: Herringbone
The Seychelle
1755 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 971-4460

Chef Brian Malarkey’s acclaimed San Diego ocean-to-table concept, Herringbone, opened its doors this August in its new Santa Monica Home. Inspired by “The Taste” alum’s passion for expertly crafted coastal cuisine infused with seaside whimsy, the restaurant features dishes that evoke his signature “Fish Meats Field” philosophy alongside new, market-driven offerings from Chef de Cuisine Aaron Mitrano that are unique to its beachside locale. The stunning living wall and outdoor patios surrounded by lush greenery and wood planter boxes provide the perfect backdrop for a meal either indoors or out while the full menu, paired with a Salt and Brine Bar and Oyster Bar, offer the ideal dining experience for every guest.

Wednesday, August 12
(Credit: Courtesy of Echo Theater Company)

(Credit: Courtesy of Echo Theater Company)

“Ghost Light”
Atwater Village Theatre
3269 Casitas Ave
Atwater Village, CA 90039
(310) 307-3753

In the world premiere of Tommy Smith’s poignant and poetic rumination on love and loss, innocence and age, “Ghost Light,” a lone woman materializes on the set of an unrelated play, illuminated only by the ghost light. Deborah Puette and The Echo Theater Company take on this challenging and moving work, directed by Chris Fields at the Atwater Village Theatre. Through August 27, Wednesdays and Thursdays only.

Thursday, August 13
(Credit: Fleming’s)

(Credit: Fleming’s)

Celebrate National Filet Mignon Day

Various Locations

Celebrate National Filet Mignon Day
Celebrate this fantastically delicious holiday, National Filet Mignon Day, by showing your love for this small, tender, and juicy piece of beef perfection. Restaurants across Los Angeles will be offering up their very best filets including some of our favorites like Mastro’s Restaurants in Beverly Hills, Thousand Oaks, and Malibu (where you can score a succulent Wagyu filet), or Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, offering their classic 12 ounce filet and unique pairings. Explore more of our favorite Steakhouses in and around Los Angeles.

Friday, August 14
(Credit: Mike Ditz)

(Credit: Mike Ditz)

“Much Ado About Nothing”
Old Zoo at Griffith Park
Griffith Park Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(818) 710-6306

Part of the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival, the Independent Shakespeare Company brings their unique version of Shakespeare’s classic “Much Ado About Nothing” to the Old Zoo in Griffith Park through August 30th. Directed by Jeffrey Wienckowski, this modernization takes place in 1945 in Messina, with Don Pedro and his battalion enjoying a much-needed respite in Leonato’s bomb-riddled villa. This funny and “very human story about the fallibility of lovesick hearts” (Wienckowksi), features Jose Acain, Richard Azurdia, Danny Brown, Danny Campbell, Melissa Chalsma, Joseph Culliton, Thomas Ehas, among others, in the talented cast.

Saturday, August 15
(Credit: Courtesy of Los Angeles Philharmonic Association)

(Credit: Courtesy of Los Angeles Philharmonic Association)

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony
2301 Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068

For 25 hilarity-filled years, Bugs Bunny and his Looney Tunes pals have teamed up with live orchestras playing those phenomenal Carl Stalling scores in perfect synchronization to the cartoons projected on the big screens, bringing audiences to their feet in laughter, cheers, and applause. The official Bugs Bunny at the Symphony anniversary party takes place this summer at the Hollywood Bowl, where you’ll see and hear Warner Bros.’ greatest animated shorts, as well as exciting surprises like the “live orchestra” premieres of Long-Haired Hare (animated in the Hollywood Bowl itself), and the new 3D short “Rabid Rider.”

Sunday, August 16
(Credit: Malibu Country Mart)

(Credit: Malibu Country Mart)

End of Summer Block Party
Malibu Country Mart
3835 Cross Creek Rd.
Malibu, CA 90265

Celebrate the end of another fabulous summer at Malibu Country Mart, for their 3rd annual End of Summer Block Party, taking place today at the lifestyle center. The free event transforms the shopping center into a colorful street fair boasting activities and carnival treats for all ages. Activities will include face painting, a petting zoo, caricature portraits, Henna tattoos, and Tarot card readings. Complimentary treats will be offered including cotton candy, popcorn, funnel cakes, churros, snow cones, and ice cream to enjoy while listening to the sounds of the live Calypso band.

Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.