Our picks of places to go + things to do to make the most out of your August

FIND YOURSELF POOLSIDE AT The LINE Hotel for Caeden Sunset Fridays, a sunset pool party and happy hour with guest DJs on Friday, August 28. OR HERESplash House, a music festival concept where beats are brought to the pools of three Palm Springs hotels—Hard Rock Hotel, Saguaro Hotel and The Hilton. General Admission weekend passes and select travel packages are still available. Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9.

descanso gardens“CAMP” OUT HERE Descanso Gardens for a retro-style camp party thrown in honor of their extended summer hours. All activities, which are free with $9 admission, take place on Wednesday, August 12 and Wednesday, August 19 and include games, crafts, music, as well as food and beer served in the park’s nearby Lakeside Lounge.

GO SEE THIS Shelter: Rethinking How We Live In Los Angeles at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum. This is the museum’s first exhibition since relocating to its Arts District outpost and will feature the imaginative work of LA-based architecture and various design practices in hopes of finding solutions that respond to our growing metropolis. On view starting August 20 with an opening reception from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

d23-expo2013-parks-pavilionGO HERE D23 Expo 2015 to celebrate all things Disney on Friday, August 14 thru Sunday, August 16 at the Anaheim Convention Center. With three full days of “inside-the-magic” experiences, including a peek inside the latest ride designs and inventions from Walt Disney Imagineering, this is the ultimate Disney fan club event. Prices start at $74 for a single day pass.

DON’T MISS THIS Steel Panther perform at the House of Blues for the music venue’s last concert ever at their Sunset Blvd. location. The final show takes place on Monday, August 3 at 8 p.m. OR THIS Taylor Swift take the stage at Staples Center August 21 - 22 & 24 - 26.

CONSIDER THIS 90 percent of American Beers are made by just 11 different brewers. All the more reason to check out Simmzy’s latest outpost in Venice Beach, whose line-up of craft brews includes established standouts like Strand Brewing Co. and newcomers like Santa Monica Brew Works. From the same family who brought us M.B. Post, Fishing With Dynamite and Arthur J comes this airy, beachy gastropub that is sure to be the new local hangout. 37 W Washington Blvd., Venice, CA. (424) 835-6580.