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July 1 - 10, 2020
Westwood (13 miles west)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones stars in Macbeth, Shakespeare’s chilling tale of temptation, ambition, and lust for power at Geffen Playhouse.

Discount tickets $105+

Shakespeare in the park

July 1 - Sept. 6, 2020
(begins June 27)
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 2020 productions are “King Lear” and “As You Like It.” Bring a blanket or low-back chair. No pets. Free including parking.

Concert & fireworks

July 2 - 4, 2020
Hollywood (8.5 miles north)
Celebrate Independence Day with a performance by The Beach Boys plus fireworks at July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl. Ticket sales to the public begin May 2.

Anime convention

July 2 - 5, 2020
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.

Salsa & Latin dance

July 2 - Aug. 13, 2020
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 in Beverly Hills

July 2 - Aug. 29, 2020
(begins June 4)
Beverly Hills (10.5 miles NW)
Hear a wide variety of music on Thursdays and Saturdays in Beverly Cañon Gardens. Free.

Asian night market (L.A.)

July 3 - 5 & 10 - 12, 2020
Arcadia (20 miles NE)
Shop from hundreds of vendors selling food, merchandise, and crafts at the 626 Night Market, with performances, DJ music, and dance competitions at Santa Anita Park. No pets.

Shakespeare by the Sea

July 3 - Aug. 15, 2020
(begins June 11)
Los Angeles & Orange County
Choose between two plays by William Shakespeare during Shakespeare by the Sea at 25 locations. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free.

Fireworks - Orange County

July 4, 2020
Many are all-day family events.

Fireworks - Grand Park

July 4, 2020
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, 2020
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.

Fourth of July parade

July 4, 2020
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.

Old fashioned Fourth of July

July 4, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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.

Wizard of Oz convention

July 10 - 12, 2020
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.

Garden party

July 10 & 24, 2020
(also Aug. 7)
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.

Asian festival

July 11 - 12, 2020
Echo Park (3 miles north)
Lotus Festival offers Thai music and dance, a food court, an origami workshop, dragon boat races, a kids’ area, and lanterns both in the sky and on the water at Echo Park Lake. Free to watch, or order a lantern kit.

Tacos & tequila in Ventura

July 11 - 12, 2020
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.

Taste of Long Beach

July 15 - 16, 2020
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, which repeats monthly in summer.

Wine dinner at the zoo

July 16, 2020
Griffith Park (10 miles north)
The monthly $150 Sustainable Wine Dinner Series features wine from a local winery, a gourmet dinner, a talk by a zoo professional, and an up-close animal encounter at the Los Angeles Zoo for age 21+.

LGBT film festival

July 16 - 26, 2020
Los Angeles & Beverly Hills
Outfest screens a wide variety of films made locally and internationally at 10 different venues.

Orange County fair

July 17 - Aug. 16, 2020
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.

Food & wine tasting

July 19, 2020
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.

Fake wedding in OC

July 23, 2020
(7 p.m.)
San Clemente (63,5 miles south)
Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, have a drink and appetizers (included), and dance at a reception while you check out wedding vendors in action at the Big Fake Wedding at La Ventura Event Center.

Comic Con in San Diego

July 23 - 26, 2020
(preview July 22)
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.


July 24 - 26, 2020
Downtown (1.7 miles NE)
Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company performs the Romance-period Russian ballet Giselle, an “ethereal, haunting, and tender masterpiece” about love beyond the grave, at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Discount tickets $17+

Modern pop festival

July 24 - Aug. 2, 2020
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.

Neighborhood festival

July 25, 2020
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.

Salsa festival

July 25 - 26, 2020
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.

Dragon boats

July 25 - 26, 2020
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.

Festival of Peru

July 26, 2020
Hollywood (7.2 miles NW)
Watch Peruvian dancers and musical performers on the outdoor stage, and shop from vendors of crafts and Peruvian food inside Hollywood Recreation Center during Peru Village Festival: A Taste of Peru.

Festival of Switzerland

July 26, 2020
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.

Cowgirl musical

July 28 - Aug. 23, 2020
Pasadena (11.9 miles NE)
Annie Oakley was a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and romanced a man in the show. Annie Get Your Gun is a fictionalized version “with the strongest and most revolutionary Annie Oakley you’ve ever seen” at Pasadena Playhouse.

Discount tickets $20+

Beach festival

July 29 - Aug. 2, 2020
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.

Anime festival

July 31 - August 2, 2020
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Focused on Japanese popular culture (anime, manga, gaming, and animation), Animanga includes vendors, panels, performances, and casual gaming at the Fairplex.

Discount tickets $7.50

Classical music festival

July 2020
multiple locations
iPalpiti Festival features a youthful and critically acclaimed orchestra plus soloists from around the world performing in Los Angeles venues.

Free concerts

July 2020
multiple locations
KCRW radio presents Summer Nights “a series of outdoor shows featuring live band performances and DJ sets” in Southern California venues. Free.

Monster trucks

July 2020
Downtown (0 miles)
Big trucks with big wheels create big excitement at Monster Jam at Staples Center.

Outdoor movies

July 2020
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.

Restaurant week

July 2020
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 2020
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 concerts downtown

July 2020
Downtown (1.2 miles NE)
Downtown Stage Summer Concerts feature big-name acts, a bar, and food trucks at Pershing Square. Free.

Salsa food festival

July 2020
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.

Dance Downtown

July 2020
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.

Japanese weekend

July 2020
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.

Latin festival

July 2020
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.

Movies at the cemetery

July 2020
Hollywood (6.7 miles NW)
The FAQ says you’re welcome to bring beer, wine, pillows, low chairs, or a blanket and tarp to Cinespia’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery Movie Screenings on the lawn, with pre-show DJ music.

Reggae concert

July 2020
Hollywood (8.5 miles north)
Hear outstanding reggae performers on Reggae Night at the Hollywood Bowl.

Taste of the market

July 2020
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.

Party at the zoo

July 2020
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+.

Party on a bridge

July 2020
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.

Pricey gala

July 2020
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 2020
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.

Free concerts at Skirball

July 2020
Bel Air (17.8 miles NW)
Arrive early for Sunset Concerts in the beautiful hillside setting of Skirball Cultural Center. Free except $15 parking.

Greek festival

July 2020
Redondo Beach (22.5 miles SW)
South Bay Greek Festival has music, games, dancing, and Greek food at St. Katherine’s Greek Church.

Music festival in Long Beach

July 2020
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 age 15 and younger are free. Bring no pets, food, or drinks.

Military reenactments

July 2020
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.

Free movies on the beach

July 2020
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. Free. [Scroll down their web page to see the movies.]

Tattoo fair

July 2020
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Body Art Expo bring 200 tattoo artists, live competitions, music, and vendors to the Fairplex.

Surfing festival

July 2020
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.

Fireworks - Rose Bowl

July 2020
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 on the Queen Mary

July 2020
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.

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