Friday, Aug. 2
Pacific Ink & Art Expo
Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
This eighth annual expo spanning Aug. 2-4 will showcase attractions, music, vendors and the best artists doing live tattooing. Hours are 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Daily tickets for ages 13 and up are $25 each plus fees, with military discounts of $2 off. Three day passes for $66 plus fees are available.
Celtic Concert and Party
Irish Rose Saloon
A benefit concert for the Friends of St. Patrick and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The Black Donnellys will play from 8 to 10 p.m., followed by a performance by the Stout Pounders. There will be a $10 cover at the door. Tickets are also available at IrishclubHawaii.com, at the saloon, and O’Toole’s Irish pub.
Activate the end of summer with theater shows, gallery exhibitions, live music, street art, food and more. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. and continue all throughout the night.
Comic Con Honolulu
Hawaii Convention Center
Join this three-day all-genre event Aug. 2-4 welcoming fans of all types. It will feature guests from the comics, gaming, television and movie industries. Local artists, vendors and costumers will also be in attendance. Tickets range from $40-$65.
Foundation meets Dancehall
Pressure Down Sounds and Rudies Hi-Fi spin strictly vinyl all-night reggae grooves for First Friday at Downbeat Lounge. Special guests include Lethal Selecta and Pacific Sounds Outernational. The event for ages 21 and up starts at 9 p.m. and there is no cover charge.
Blending pop and electronic music, the LA-based three-piece group will play at 9 p.m. This show is for ages 18 and up. Ticket prices are $25-$40 general admission plus fees.
YMCA anniversary exhibit
Celebrate the YMCA of Honolulu’s 150 years of service to the community with an exhibit at the mall, Aug. 2-16. It will feature historic photos, stories and more.
Blue Note Hawaii
The legendary Motown singer of The Supremes will play shows Aug. 2-4. Tickets are VIP $65, table seating and bar area $45. Show times are at 6:30 and 9 p.m. and doors open at 5 and 8:30 p.m.
State of the art
Check out a free First Friday exhibit of recent works by sculptor Jacqueline Rush Lee and contemporary jewelry designer Daniel Sheinfeld Rodriguez at the Hawaii State Art Museum from 6 to 9 p.m. Special musical guest Kero One will be spinning and performing live. The event is presented by the museum’s gallery shop and Mori by Art + Flea.
Saturday, Aug. 3
The Breakfast Show
Bass Face presents this show with live music by the Titans of Siren, Boys Scout Dropouts and Sasstronaughts (pictured). The event for ages 21 and up starts at 9 p.m. and there is a $5 cover charge.
Ka Makana Alii
Join the first Mahalo I Kau Kumu event from 3 to 8 p.m. in center court at the Kapolei mall. Drop off a donation for a teacher supply drive, plus enjoy local crafts, food vendors and giveaways.
Toro Y Moi
The singer and Songwriter will play at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 for this show which is for all ages accompanied by an adult age 18 and up. Tickets are $32 general admission with a $5 increase the day of the show.
Find it all
at the mall
Windward Mall will host a back to school jam Ka Mele O Kalani Aug. 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. in center court. Also on Saturday, Windward Orchids’ floral display and sale will be held near the food court entrance from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Events continue on Sunday, Aug. 4 with Kaiaulu Days featuring information from the Veterans of Foreign Wars from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Hawaii Youth Chorus will perform from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in center court.
Sunday, Aug. 4
Duke’s Canoe Club
The performer will play her tunes at the Waikiki venue from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Other acts scheduled for that location are Kealoha Music Trio from 4 to 6 p.m. and the Chris Murphy Duo from 9:30 to midnight, Friday, Aug. 2. Beach 5 plays from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 with Ryan Tenney Duo following afterward from 9:30 to midnight.
Honolulu Speed Shop
Check out these monthly meetings featuring exciting cars at the shop located on Moowaa Street. The event runs from 9 to 11 a.m.
Comic Jam Hawaii
Experience this social event of local artists who create collaborative cartoons, illustrations and sketches while talking story. The festivities will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Wai Makai Center Court.
All-ages hip-hop show
This event featuring multiple performances by Hawaii artists will be held from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Hawaiian Brian’s. There is a $10 entry fee.
Surf Film Festival
Doris Duke Theater
The festival’s closing film is Gung Ho! Enjoy live music by Men in Grey Suits and refreshments for purchase at the reception in the pavilion from 6 to 7 p.m. prior to the screening. Tickets are $12 for museum members or $15 general admission.
Monday, Aug. 5
HB Social Club
The artist will play a solo acoustic reggae show inside Hawaiian Brian’s at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 and there is no cover charge.
Open Mic Mondays
The Grind Entertainment presents this showcase for local unsigned talent from 7 to 10 p.m. The event is open to ages 21 and up and there is no cover charge. Sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Aug. 6
Blue Note Hawaii
This phenomenal artist will take the stage for shows at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Doors open at 5 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are table and booth seating $45 and bar area $30.
Wednesday, Aug. 7
Auto Lunch Bunch
Waikiki Yacht Club
Todd Matsumoto, president of the Hawaii VW club, will talk about the club and its upcoming show. Cars at the Kurb will feature Richard Carvalho’s 1965 21 window bus, Gordon Ortiz’ 1970 chop-top Bug and Todd Matsumoto’s 1963 dunebuggy.
The $20 cost of the event includes a meal, iced tea, tax and tip. The club only takes credit cards (no cash). Please RSVP for the lunch with Ed Kemper.
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Experience this soul and R&B jam session hosted by the Jay Keyz Project at 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 9 and there is no cover charge.
Blue Note Hawaii
Comedy U presents the notable funny man in concert. The comedian will perform at 6:30 p.m. and doors open at 5. General admission tickets are $25.
Thursday, Aug. 8
YG takes the stage
The West Coast rapper will take the stage at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. for ages 21 and up and 7 p.m. for all ages accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $45 general admission with a $5 increase the day of the show.
Remembering Jim Cobb
A memorial, tribute and benefit for the Fiona Kea Funds in tribute to the musician will be held at 5 p.m. inside Crossroads. Suggested donation is $10.
Ben Kama Duo
The pair will perform at Cheesecake Factory’s Ka Makana Alii location from 6 to 9 p.m.