Los Angeles events July 2019. Things to do in LA.

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Los Angeles events July 2019

Concert & fireworks

July 3 - 4, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
Hollywood (8.5 miles north)
Celebrate Independence Day with Nile Rodgers & Chic, plus fireworks at July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl.

Fireworks - Orange County

July 4, 2019
Many are all-day family events.

Fireworks - Grand Park

July 4, 2019 (3 to 9 p.m.)
Downtown (1.6 miles NE)
Hear live music on stage, play games, buy drinks and food, and watch 9 p.m. fireworks at 4th of July Block Party in Grand Park. Read the prohibited items. Free.

Fireworks - Exposition Park

July 4, 2019
Exposition Park (3.4 miles south)
4th of July Community Festival and Fireworks Show has family games, food trucks, entertainment (beginning at noon), and fireworks (9 p.m.) on the south lawn at Exposition Park (Exposition Park Drive & Bill Robertson Lane). Free.

Fireworks - Rose Bowl

July 4, 2019 (2 to 9:30 p.m.)
Pasadena (11.8 miles NE)
Enjoy entertainment, motocross stunts, a family fun zone, food vendors, and spectacular 9 p.m. fireworks at AmericaFest in Rose Bowl Stadium. Children age 5 and younger are free. Clear bags only.

Fourth of July parade

July 4, 2019 (9:30 a.m.)
Santa Monica (14.2 miles west)
4th of July Parade has bands, dancers, horses, kids, and cars starting at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and going south for a mile down Main Street. Free.

Fourth of July on the Queen Mary

July 4, 2019 (3 to 10 p.m.)
Long Beach (26.2 miles south)
Family-friendly All-American 4th of July aboard the Queen Mary includes carnival games, arts & crafts, tours, entertainment, and 9 p.m. fireworks.

Old fashioned Fourth of July

July 4, 2019
Topanga (32 miles NW)
The Family Barn Dance is a traditional all-American hoedown, with a fiddler, dancing, games (horseshoes, water balloon toss, relay races), a pie-eating contest, a cake walk, and food for sale (BBQ, beer, and wine) on the wooded grounds of Theatricum Botanicum.

Fireworks - Inland Empire

July 4, 2019
Pomona (32.2 miles east)
Kaboom! Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular includes freestyle motocross, a monster truck show, and monster fireworks (9:15 p.m.) at the Pomona Fairplex.

Fourth of July resort style

July 4, 2019 (2:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
Newport Beach (47 miles SE)
Independence Day on The Back Bay has live music, food trucks, a beer garden and bar, and 9 p.m. fireworks at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. Free to stand and watch, or get a VIP ticket for table seating.

Anime convention

July 4 - 7, 2019 (pre-show July 3)
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
Billed as the largest Japanese popular culture event in North America, Anime Expo screens films and music videos and has panel discussions, games, manga, and cosplay galore at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Asian night market (L.A.)

July 5 - 7 and 12 - 14, 2019
Arcadia (20 miles NE)
Shop from hundreds of vendors selling food, merchandise, and crafts at the 626 Night Market, with performances and a DJ dance floor at Santa Anita Park. No pets.

Free music festival

July 6, 2019 (3 to 10 p.m.)
Downtown (1.5 miles NE)
Hear eight local artists playing a wide variety of music, with food trucks and children’s crafts, during Audacity of Sound at 300 S. Grand Avenue. Free.

Greek festival

July 12 - 14, 2019
Redondo Beach (22.5 miles SW)
South Bay Greek Festival has music, games, dancing, and Greek food at St. Katherine’s Greek Church.

Mac & cheese beer festival

July 13, 2019
Downtown (0.9 miles NE)
A ticket to Los Angeles Mac & Cheese Beerfest includes free samples of 50 craft beers, live bands, and a dozen chefs selling their mac & cheese creations for $3 to $5 each at the Globe Theatre.

Latin festival

July 13, 2019 (1 p.m.)
Lincoln Heights (5.1 miles NE)
Buy Latin foods (including concha sweet bread), shop from artists, watch a fashion show, and check out kids’ activities at Concha Con at Plaza de la Raza Gallery.

Military reenactments

July 13, 2019 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
San Pedro (24.2 miles south)
Watch hundreds of costumed actors demonstrate U.S. military equipment used from 1917 to 1975 during Old Fort MacArthur Days at Fort MacArthur Museum.

British rock on the Queen Mary

July 13, 2019 (7 p.m.)
Long Beach (26.2 miles south)
Five local tribute bands perform British rock & roll on three stages aboard the Queen Mary during Rock The Queen, with games, bars, and a pub.

Monster trucks

July 13 - 14, 2019
Downtown (0 miles)
Big trucks with big wheels create big excitement at Monster Jam at Staples Center.

Salsa food festival

July 13 - 14, 2019
Downtown (1.2 miles NE)
Salsa Festival features tasty salsas to sample in a tent, local food vendors, live music, dancing, and a beer & margarita bar in Pershing Square.

Asian festival

July 13 - 14, 2019 (12 to 9 p.m.)
Echo Park (3 miles north)
Lotus Festival offers Thai music and dance, a food court, an origami workshop, dragon boat races, and a kids’ area at Echo Park Lake. Free.

Classical music festival

July 16 - 20, 2019
multiple locations
iPalpiti Festival features a youthful and critically acclaimed orchestra plus soloists from around the world performing in Los Angeles venues.

Restaurant week

July 16 - 26, 2019
multiple locations
Get a special price on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 300 restaurants during Dine L.A. You don’t need a ticket, but you may want to make a reservation. Repeats in January.

Rooftop theater

July 16 - 31, 2019
Downtown & Hollywood
Watch classic and contemporary films under the open sky on a deck chair at Rooftop Cinema Club either downtown at Level (age 18+) or in Hollywood at NeueHouse (age 21+ because it has a bar).

Free movies on the beach

July 16 - Aug. 20, 2019
Long Beach (27.3 miles south)
Watch popular films all summer on Tuesdays & Thursdays at Moonlight Movies on the Beach, beginning at sunset with food and snacks for sale at three beaches. Free. [Scroll down their web page to see the movies.]

Taste of Long Beach

July 17 - 18, 2019 (5:30 to 9 p.m.)
Long Beach (30 miles south)
Buy a ticket book and then exchange tickets for food and drink in 40 Belmont Shores restaurants during Stroll & Savor. The menu on their web page shows how many tickets you need for each item.

Festival of short films

July 17 - 25, 2019
North Hollywood (13.4 miles NW)
Hundreds of short films premiere at the prestigious L.A. Shorts International Film Festival at Laemmle’s NoHo 7. (Opening night on July 17 is downtown at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live 14.)

Orange County fair

July 17 - Aug. 11, 2019
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
OC Fair offers farm exhibits, a petting zoo, pig races, carnival rides, a rodeo, a sports arena, wine tasting, fried food, and big-name music concerts at the OC Fair & Event Center. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.

Shakespeare by the Sea

July 17 - Aug. 17, 2019
Los Angeles & Orange County
Choose between two plays by William Shakespeare during Shakespeare by the Sea at 25 locations. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free.
  • Comedy of Errors
  • Henry V

Shakespeare in the park

July 17 - Sept. 1, 2019
Griffith Park (9.1 miles north)
Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival has pre-show activities before each performance at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. The 2019 productions are “Pericles” and “Twelfth Night.” Free.

Comic Con in San Diego

July 18 - 21, 2019 (SOLD OUT)
San Diego (127 miles south)
Focused on comic books but also encompassing science fiction, fantasy, horror, and popular culture, giant Comic Con International has panel discussions, screenings, costumes, celebrities, and vendors at the San Diego Convention Center. Tickets sell out fast.

LGBT film festival

July 18 - 28, 2019
Los Angeles & Beverly Hills
Outfest screens a wide variety of films made locally and internationally at 10 different venues.

Immersive flight to the moon

July 18 - Aug. 11, 2019
Pasadena (11.9 miles NE)
Join astronauts as they blast off from from Kennedy Space Center, fly to the moon, and walk on its surface in the brand-new immersive experience Apollo 11 in the Lunar Dome at the Rose Bowl.

Ticket deal $25 to $215

Salsa & Latin dance

July 18 - Aug. 22, 2019 (Thursdays)
Griffith Park (10.1 miles north)
Dance to salsa and Latin fusion bands during Sizzling Summer Nights, with drinks and tacos for sale at 5:30 p.m., music at 6:30 p.m., a free dance lesson at 7:30 p.m., and museum access until 8 p.m. at Autry Museum of the American West.

Free concerts at Skirball

July 18 - Aug. 22, 2019 (Thursdays 8 p.m.)
Bel Air (17.8 miles NW)
Arrive early for Sunset Concerts in the beautiful hillside setting of Skirball Cultural Center. Free except $10 parking.

Immersive art experience

July 18 - Aug. 31, 2019
Downtown (2.2 miles east)
Visit five massive domes with colorful shows projected on the ceilings, walk through an art gallery, and experience virtual reality at Samskara at 1147 Palmetto Street. Open Thursday to Sunday. Reviews.

Ticket deal $25

Free concerts in Beverly Hills

July 18 - Aug. 31, 2019 (6 to 8 p.m.)
Beverly Hills (10.5 miles NW)
Hear a wide variety of music on Thursdays and Saturdays in Beverly Cañon Gardens. Free.

Free concerts

July 18 - Sept. 25, 2019
multiple locations
KCRW radio presents Summer Nights “a series of outdoor shows featuring live band performances and DJ sets” in Southern California venues. Free.

Tasting tour

July 18 - Dec. 29, 2019
Downtown (1.2 miles NE)
Learn about L.A.’s history, architecture, and food scene on the entertaining three-hour guided Downtown L.A. Food Tour, with tasting stops at six local restaurants. Highly rated on Yelp.

Ticket deal $48

Party at the zoo

July 19, 2019 (6 to 10:30 p.m.)
Griffith Park (10 miles north)
Roaring Nights features a cover band, DJ music, 15 food trucks, and bars at Los Angeles Zoo for age 21+.

Ticket deal $17

Japanese weekend

July 19 - 20, 2019
Downtown (2.3 miles NE)
Attend 20 events, including tastings, workshops, and a tour of the Little Tokyo neighborhood during Delicious Little Tokyo. Examples include sake tasting, flower arranging, cocktail mixing, and ramen demonstration.

Sherlock Holmes mystery

July 19 - 21, 2019
Westwood (13 miles west)
A scholar of Sherlocks Holmes disappears under mysterious circumstances in the world premiere of Mysterious Circumstances, which “uses breathtaking theatricality and magic to uncover the mystery behind [a] true crime” at Geffen Playhouse.

Ticket deal $35

Birdcage

July 19 - Aug. 3, 2019
Long Beach (25 miles south)
Drag queens and conservatives come to terms in La Cage Aux Folles, the comic play about having gay parents at Long Beach Playhouse.

Ticket deal $10 (Fridays)

Parody of “Friends”

July 19 - Aug. 4, 2019
Culver City (9 miles west)
Featuring characters from the TV comedy, Friends! The Musical Parody celebrates the wacky misadventures of your favorite group of 20-something New Yorkers with original music at Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Ticket deal $15 to $50

Dance Downtown

July 19 - Aug. 30, 2019 (Fridays 7 to 11 p.m.)
Downtown (1.8 miles NE)
Join the crowd taking a dance lesson and dancing under the stars to a live band or a DJ at Dance DTLA in Grand Park or The Music Center Plaza. Free.

Dinner cirque show

July 19 - Nov. 9, 2019
Buena Park (25 miles SE)
Enjoy a four-course dinner while you watch an edgy mix of cabaret, comedy, music, and cirque-style acrobatics at Teatro Martini for age 18+. Reviews.

Ticket deal with dinner $39

Pricey gala

July 20, 2019
El Segundo (15.7 miles SW)
Wear white to $225 White Light White Night to enjoy tastes from dozens of restaurants, specialty cocktails, beer and wine, entertainment, a silent charity auction, and views from the rooftop of The Plaza at Continental Park.

Music festival

July 20 - 21, 2019
Venice (16.1 miles west)
Venice Beach Music Fest promises a full day of art, music, and dance, beginning with a samba parade in Windward Plaza (1 Windward Avenue). Free.

Tacos & tequila in Ventura

July 20 - 21, 2019
Ventura (84 miles NW)
Tequila & Taco Music Festival [sound] has live music, gourmet tacos, beer, and margaritas both days, plus a ticketed tequila sampling on Saturday at a park in Ventura.

Free concerts downtown

July 20 - Aug. 17, 2019 (Saturdays)
Downtown (1.2 miles NE)
Arrive at 7 p.m. to hear big-name acts at 8 p.m. during Downtown Stage Summer Concerts, with a bar and food trucks at Pershing Square. Free.

Movies at the cemetery

July 20 - Aug. 24, 2019
Hollywood (6.7 miles NW)
The FAQ says you’re welcome to bring beer, wine, blankets, pillows, a small tarp, or low chairs to Cinespia’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery Movie Screenings on the lawn, with pre-show DJ music.

Outdoor movies

July 20 - Sept. 14, 2019 (Saturdays)
Los Angeles area
Eat See Hear screens crowd-pleasing films with food trucks, local bands, and high-definition audio visual projection. Bring a blanket or low chair.

Ticket deal 2 for $16

Food & wine tasting

July 21, 2019 (4 p.m., VIP 3 p.m.)
Culver City (15.1 miles SW)
Taste food, wine, beer, and spirits from 25 makers with live music and kids’ activities at Westside Food & Wine Festival indoors and outdoors at Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Westside. One child age 9 or younger free outdoors with each adult. Held in July and October.

Ticket deal $45 (VIP $60)

Magic on Mondays

July 22 - Sept. 23, 2019 (Mondays 8 p.m.)
Santa Monica (14.4 miles west)
Magic Monday promises “the very best magicians and variety acts” at Santa Monica Playhouse for age 8+.

Ticket deal $20

Taste of the market

July 23, 2019 (5 to 9 p.m.)
Fairfax (8.9 miles NW)
Taste of Farmers Market features samples from 50 restaurants, grocers, and eateries, plus beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages at the Original Farmers Market, with live music. Discount for children age 10 and younger.

Free game show

July 24 - Aug. 8, 2019
Van Nuys (21.7 miles NW)
Join the studio audience hoping for a chance to win cash and prizes on national TV at the taping of Let’s Make a Deal at 7915 Haskell Avenue in Van Nuys. You must be age 18+ with ID. Either wear a costume to the show, or rent one onsite. Free parking.

Free tickets (weekdays)

Party at the aquarium

July 25, 2019 (7:30 to 11 p.m.)
Long Beach (24.1 miles south)
Night Dive features live bands, DJs, cocktails for sale, a beer patio, food trucks, and artwork at Aquarium of the Pacific for age 18+. Repeats every few months.

Magician

July 25, 2019 (8 p.m.)
Claremont (34.5 miles east)
Expect gasps and laughs at Handcrafted Mysteries “an immersive magic and mentalism experience with Greg Van Holsbeck” at The Claremont Forum. Reviews.

Ticket deal $7.50

Garden party

July 26, 2019 (5 p.m.)
Exposition Park (2.4 miles SW)
Bring picnic food (no beverages except water) or shop from food trucks and order “garden-infused cocktails” during Summer Nights in the Garden, which offers “science and nature experiences,” live music, and a garden to wander at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Free.

Food truck festival

July 26, 2019 (4 to 9 p.m.)
Pasadena (11.8 miles NE)
Shop from food trucks and then spread a blanket among shaded oaks in the immaculate grounds surrounding Rose Bowl Stadium on Final Fridays, held the last Friday of every month (March to August). Free including parking.

Free VIP tickets

Chocolate and Art Show

July 26 - 27, 2019 (8 p.m.)
Downtown (2.7 miles SE)
The Chocolate and Art Show features artists, live body painting, live music, face-painting, and free chocolate at The Vortex on E. Olympic Boulevard for age 21+.

Into the Woods

July 26 - 28, 2019
Hollywood (8.5 miles north)
Award-winning Into the Woods uses familiar fairy-tale characters and dazzling songs by Sondheim to tell an epic story that is “fully staged” at the Hollywood Bowl.

Ticket deal $22 (Friday)

Crawfish festival

July 26 - 28, 2019
Long Beach (24.7 miles south)
Long Beach Crawfish Festival sells “Louisiana-style crawfish along with Cajun potatoes, corn on the cob, and tangy remoulade dipping sauce” and plays cajun, zydeco, and New Orleans-style music at Rainbow Lagoon. Mixed reviews on Yelp. Kids age 1 to 12 free.

Ticket deal $10 (Sat. or Sun.)

Wizard of Oz convention

July 26 - 28, 2019
Pomona (30 miles east)
Celebrating the fictional Land of Oz, OzCon includes panel discussions, vendors, costumes, treasure hunts, and a banquet at Kellogg West Conference Center.

Modern pop festival

July 26 - Aug. 4, 2019
L.A. & North Hollywood
International Pop Overthrow (IPO) is a cutting-edge pop and rock music festival that brings dozens of the latest bands to Los Angeles and North Hollywood with low ticket prices.

West Side Story

July 26 - Aug. 4, 2019
Thousand Oaks (41 miles NW)
Inspired by Romeo and Juliet and set in 1950s New York City, West Side Story is a musical about true love, with soaring music by Leonard Bernstein and catchy lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, including “America” and “Maria” at Fred Kavli Theatre.

Ticket deal $20 to $55

Classic horror films

July 27, 2019 (2 p.m.)
Hollywood (8.7 miles NW)
Watch six scary films at Warner Brothers Horror/Sci-Fi Marathon at the Egyptian Theatre, screened in 35 mm black & white.

Neighborhood festival

July 27, 2019
Cypress (30.1 miles SE)
Cypress Community Festival has a pancake breakfast, a running event, a chili and salsa competition, a car show, live bands, and kids’ activities at Oak Knoll Park.

Music festival in Long Beach

July 27 - 28, 2019
Long Beach (23.9 miles south)
Love Long Beach Celebration has two stages of DJ dance music, arts and crafts, a food court, a bar, and yoga at Shoreline Aquatic Park. Children younger than age 16 are free. Bring no pets, food, or drinks.

Dragon boats

July 27 - 28, 2019
Long Beach (26.5 miles south)
Watch dragon boat races, visit food vendors, and see stage shows (Chinese acrobats, art, dance, music, and martial arts) at Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival [website has sound] at Marine Stadium. Bring a blanket or chair. Free admission. Parking map.

Salsa festival

July 27 - 28, 2019
Oxnard (62.8 miles NW)
Celebrate salsa (the food, the music, and the dance) at Oxnard Salsa Festival, which features salsa and Latin jazz bands, salsa dance lessons, a salsa-tasting tent, a salsa recipe challenge, a dance competition, a food and crafts marketplace, and a kids’ zone at Plaza Park in downtown Oxnard. Free, except concert seats.

Surfing festival

July 27 - Aug. 4, 2019
Huntington Beach (39 miles SE)
Watch top surfers, skateboarders, and BMX bikers compete at the U.S. Open of Surfing, which includes a lifestyle festival and movie nights south of Huntington Beach Pier.

Jazz Age musical

July 27 - Sept. 1, 2019
Simi Valley (41.3 miles NW)
Winner of five Tony Awards, The Drowsy Chaperone has colorful characters from 1920s Broadway performing show-stopping song and dance numbers as they take comic aim at the musical theatre genre at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.

Ticket deal $14 to $18

Festival of Switzerland

July 28, 2019 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Whittier (17.9 miles east)
Swiss Fair has Swiss entertainment (alphorns, accordions, singers), Swiss food (bratwurst, spaetzle, raclette, beer, wine), vendors, and activities (crossbow shooting, children’s games) in shady Swiss Park.

Beach festival

July 31 - Aug. 4, 2019
Redondo Beach (20.4 miles SW)
See all ages compete in volleyball, swimming, surfing, paddle boarding, lifeguarding, even sandcastle making at the International Surf Festival. Most events are at Redondo Beach.

Spanish festival in Santa Barbara

July 31 - Aug. 4, 2019
Santa Barbara (98 miles NW)
Old Spanish Days Fiesta celebrates the Spanish history of Santa Barbara with dance performances, live music, an arts & crafts show, Mexican cuisine, courthouse tours, a historical parade Friday at noon, and a children’s parade Saturday at 10 a.m. Free.

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