Los Angeles events July 2018. Things to do in LA.

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Los Angeles events July 2018

Reggae concert

July 1, 2018
(7 p.m.)
8.5 miles north
Hear three reggae musicians (Beres Hammond, Alpha Blondy, and Protoje) on Reggae Night at the Hollywood Bowl.

Block party in Venice

July 1, 2018
(noon to 8 p.m.)
Venice (15.7 miles west)
A ticket to SamJam gets you “a day full of music from top and up-and-coming artists, live art, food trucks, drinks, and fun games” in the park and on the streets surrounding Oakwood Recreation Center. No pets.

Free concerts downtown

July 1 - Aug. 18, 2018
Downtown (1.4 miles NE)
Hear an eclectic mix of music on summer weekends at Grand Performances in the Grand Performances outdoor amphitheater at California Plaza. Do not bring pets, glass containers, or alcohol. Free.

Shakespeare in the park

July 1 - Sept. 2, 2018
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. Free.

Rooftop theater

July 1 - Oct. 31, 2018
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). If their website does not display all movies through Oct. 31, you may need to select a date manually.

Concert & fireworks

July 2 - 4, 2018
Hollywood (8.5 miles north)
Celebrate Independence Day with The Go-Go’s, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and fireworks at July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl.

Movies at the cemetery

July 3 - 28, 2018
(and other months)
Hollywood (6.7 miles NW)
The FAQ says you’re welcome to bring dinner, wine, beer, blankets, pillows, a small tarp, or low chairs to Cinespia’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery Movie Screenings on the lawn, with pre-show DJ music.

Free movies on the beach

July 3 - Aug. 21, 2018
(dusk)
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.

Fireworks - L.A.

July 4, 2018
Many are all-day family events.

Fireworks - Orange County

July 4, 2018
Many are all-day family events.

Fireworks - Grand Park

July 4, 2018
(3 to 9:30 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, 2018
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, 2018
(2 to 9:30 p.m.)
Pasadena (11.8 miles NE)
Enjoy entertainment by an American Idol winner and a Michael Jackson tribute artist, motocross stunts, a children’s zone, food vendors, and spectacular 9 p.m. fireworks at AmericaFest in Rose Bowl Stadium. Children age 5 and younger are free.

Fourth of July parade

July 4, 2018
(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. Video. Free.

Fourth of July on the Queen Mary

July 4, 2018
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 fireworks about 9 p.m.

Old fashioned Fourth of July

July 4, 2018
(11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
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.

Fourth of July resort style

July 4, 2018
Newport Beach (47 miles SE)
Pay $50 per car for 4th of July on the Beach [formerly Independence Day on The Back Bay], which 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 5 - 8, 2018
(preview July 4)
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.

Classical music festival

July 5 - 18, 2018
multiple locations
iPalpiti Festival features a youthful and critically acclaimed orchestra plus soloists from around the world performing in Los Angeles venues.

Salsa & Latin dance

July 5 - Aug. 16, 2018
(Thurs. 5:30 to 9 p.m.)
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 access to the museum until 8 p.m. at Autry Museum of the American West.

Shakespeare by the Sea

July 5 - Aug. 18, 2018
Los Angeles & Orange County
Choose between two plays by William Shakespeare (The Merry Wives of Windsor & The Winter’s Tale) during Shakespeare by the Sea at 25 locations. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free.

Free concerts

July 5 - Sept. 6, 2018
multiple locations
KCRW public radio presents Summer Nights, “a series of outdoor shows featuring live band performances and DJ sets” in Southern California venues. Free.

Dance Downtown

July 6 - Sept. 7, 2018
(Fridays 7 to 11 p.m.)
Downtown (1.8 miles NE)
Join the crowd dancing under the stars at Dance DTLA in Grand Park. Free.

Mac & cheese beer festival

July 7, 2018
(2 p.m., VIP 1 p.m.)
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.

Vegan festival

July 7, 2018
Long Beach (27.2 miles SE)
Buy vegan food (containing no animal products), hear live music, see art installations, and shop from “earth-friendly” vendors at the Long Beach Vegan Festival on the lawn at Walter Pyramid, California State University. No pets.

Dessert festival

July 7 - 8, 2018
Downtown (0.9 miles east)
Dessert Goals promises 23 dessert vendors who have “treats available for purchase with an average price point of $5 per dessert” at Cooper Design Space.

Salsa food festival

July 7 - 8, 2018
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.

Military reenactments

July 7 - 8, 2018
San Pedro (24.2 miles south)
Watch 600 costumed actors recreate battles and demonstrate military equipment from the days of the Roman Legions, the Renaissance, the Civil War, World War II, and the Vietnam War during Old Fort MacArthur Days at Fort MacArthur Museum.

Outdoor movies

July 7 - Sept. 15, 2018
Los Angeles area
Eat See Hear screens crowd-pleasing films with food trucks, local bands, and high-definition audio visual projection on a 52-foot screen.

LGBT film festival

July 12 - 22, 2018
Los Angeles & Beverly Hills
Outfest screens a wide variety of films made locally and internationally at 10 different venues.

Greek festival

July 13 - 15, 2018
Redondo Beach (22.5 miles SW)
South Bay Greek Festival has music, games, dancing, and Greek food at St. Katherine’s Greek Church.

Tattoo fair

July 13 - 15, 2018
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Body Art Expo bring 200 tattoo artists, live competitions, music, and vendors to the Fairplex.

Restaurant week

July 13 - 27, 2018
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 a reservation. Repeats in January.

Garden party

July 13 & 27, 2018
(Fridays 5 to 9 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.

Orange County fair

July 13 - Aug. 12, 2018
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.

Train festival

July 14, 2018
Downtown (3 miles NE)
Union Station Summer Train Fest features restored vintage trains, model trains, classic cars, a kids’ zone, and food trucks at Union Station. Mostly free.

Party on a bridge

July 14, 2018
(6 to 11:30 p.m.)
Pasadena (13 miles NE)
Colorado Street Bridge Party is a “night of music, dancing, vintage cars, free kids’ activities, and festive foods and beverages...atop one of the most beautiful bridges in the world” at Defenders Park. Children age 7 and younger are free.

Movies on the beach

July 14, 2018
(and other months)
Huntington Beach (40 miles SE)
Buy a ticket online to see popular films at BeachFront Cinema at Huntington State Beach. Read what to bring with you on the guidelines page.

Asian festival

July 14 - 15, 2018
Echo Park (3 miles north)
Lotus Festival offers cultural displays, live music, food vendors, dancers from Bangladesh, a Japanese tea ceremony, Chinese tai chi classes, dragon boat races, and a kids’ area at Echo Park Lake.

Reggae festival

July 14 - 15, 2018
Topanga (26.1 miles NW)
Hear dozens of reggae stars on two stages, with craft beer and wine, gourmet food, 30 vendors, and free shuttle during Reggae on the Mountain at Topanga Community Club.

Model train show

July 14 - 15, 2018
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
The Great Train Show features model train layouts and hundreds of vendors, with bounce houses and a riding train for the kids at the Fairplex. Children age 11 and younger are free.

Free concerts downtown

July 14 - Aug. 18, 2018
(Saturdays)
Downtown (1.2 miles NE)
Arrive at 7 p.m. to hear big-name acts at 8 p.m. during Downtown Stage Saturday Concert Series, with a bar and food trucks at Pershing Square. Free.

Art & food festival

July 15, 2018
(11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Downtown (1.6 miles NE)
Shop from 40 artisan makers, hear live music, sip craft cocktails, drink beer, and eat hamburgers (or vegan burgers) on Sunday Funday at Civic Center Studios.

Comic Con in San Diego

July 19 - 22, 2018
(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.

Japanese weekend

July 20 - 21, 2018
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.

Asian night market (L.A.)

July 20 - 22, 2018
(4 p.m. to midnight)
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 monthly all summer. Open an extra hour on Friday and Saturday. No pets.

Adults playing like kids

July 21, 2018
(6:30 to 10 p.m.)
Pasadena (11.8 miles NE)
Sip signature cocktails, eat tasty bites, dance to a radio DJ, and play your way through the Kidspace Children’s Museum at Playdate for age 21+.

Wine tasting

July 21, 2018
(3 p.m., VIP 2 p.m.)
Santa Monica (14.4 miles west)
Taste 200 wines and meet the makers at The Garagiste Festival (named for small winemakers using a home garage) at Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club.

Food & wine tasting

July 21 - 22, 2018
(2 to 5 p.m.)
Culver City (9.8 miles SW)
Taste wines & spirits from 25 makers and food from 15 restaurants with live music at Westside Food & Wine Summer Festival at West Los Angeles College Westside Extension for age 21+.

Taste of the market

July 24, 2018
(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.

Festival of short films

July 25 - Aug. 2, 2018
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 25 is downtown at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live 14.)

Free concerts at Skirball

July 26 - Aug. 30, 2018
(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.

Premium wine tasting

July 27, 2018
(7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
Santa Monica (12.5 miles west)
Taste 100 wines rated 90 points or higher, shop from food trucks, and hear live music at Uncorked: LA 90+ Wine Festival at Barker Hangar for age 21+.

Modern pop festival

July 27 - Aug. 5, 2018
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.

Pricey gala

July 28, 2018
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.

Neighborhood festival

July 28, 2018
(9 a.m.)
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 28 - 29, 2018
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.

Watermelon festival

July 28 - 29, 2018
Sylmar (25.3 miles north)
California Watermelon Festival has weird watermelon games like “watermelon skiing,” food vendors, cooking demos, a BMX bike show, kids’ shows and activities, and bands at Hansen Dam Soccer Fields.

Dragon boats

July 28 - 29, 2018
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 [sound] at Marine Stadium. Bring a blanket or chair. Free admission. Parking map.

Halloween festival

July 28 - 29, 2018
Long Beach (27.4 miles south)
Expect lots of vendors, workshops, panel discussions, previews of haunted attractions, and a few scares from wandering actors at Midsummer Scream [sound] at Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. Reviews.

Salsa festival

July 28 - 29, 2018
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 28 - Aug. 5, 2018
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.

Festival of Switzerland

July 29, 2018
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.