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18 Cool L.A. Events in July Every Angeleno Should Have on Their Radar (2016)

July 1, 2016 by Brian Champlin

Need stuff to do this July in Los Angeles? Got you covered.

We looked ahead on our calendar to spotlight some of the best events happening in June 2016 around Los Angeles that you should probably have on your radar. After all, better to get your tickets now than wait till the last minute and find out your favorite event is sold out.

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July 2016 event highlights include Summer Nights in the Garden at NHM, SoCal Corgi Beach Day, the LA Food Fest, a Hello Kitty Cafe, a Harry Potter birthday bash, the Port of L.A. Lobster Fest, and LOTS more fun to-dos to choose from.

And remember if you’re looking for more events be sure to check out our L.A. event calendar, which we update on a daily basis.

Enjoy!

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1. 626 Night Market at Santa Anita Park (July 1-3 + July 22-24)

Southern California’s original and largest Asian-themed night market returns for summer 2016 with a pair of three-day weekend events in July.

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2. SoCal Corgi Beach Day (July 2)

Food trucks, a bubble pavilion (with bacon-flavored bubbles), kissing booth, doggie limbo contests, and LOTS of corgis hit Rosie’s Dog Beach on the first Saturday of July.

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3. Fourth of July in L.A. (July 4)

Looking for ways to celebrate Independence Day in L.A.? We’ve got a rundown of 20 fun things to do for the Fourth of July including the Grand Park Block Party, AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl, a 4th of July Luau and lots more!

4. Twilight Concerts on the Pier + Disappear Hear at The Hammer (Starts July 7)

Free KCRW-sponsored concerts are taking place at The Hammer Museum and the Santa Monica on Thursdays throughout July with an incredible lineup of artists including performances by Poolside, TOKiMONSTA, Mayer Hawthorne, and more.

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5. Natural History Museum’s Summer Nights in The Garden (July 8 + 22)

Enjoy a peaceful under the stars while enjoying refreshing nature-inspired cocktails and good tunes at Natural History Museum’s Summer Nights in the Garden. Best part? Events are free with RSVP.

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6. LA Food Fest at Expo Park (July 9-10)

The L.A. Food Fest is back for it’s seventh year, promising three days of tasty bites and refreshing sips from 100+ food and beverage vendors as well as exclusive hosted ticketed events.

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7. Salsa Festival in Pershing Square (July 9-10)

The 2016 Salsa Festival is two-day event that promises family fun, dozens of delicious salsas to sample in the dedicated Salsa Tasting Tent, plus local food vendors serving up bites, live music, dancing, and an interactive kids zone.

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8. The Lotus Festival in Echo Park Returns (July 9-10)

The FREE Lotus festival includes food, ethnic dances, and a variety of performances in an ode to the cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands where the Lotus flower is a symbol of purity, life, and rebirth.

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9. Red Bull Music Academy L.A. Broadcast + Pop-Up Events (July 11-22)

From July 11-22 The Red Bull Music Academy’s RBMA Radio will broadcasting live from a DTLA studio while  hosting various music-related pop-ups throughout the city.

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10. Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Pop-Up at Glendale Galleria (July 16)

The Hello Kitty Truck returns to the Glendale Galleria on July 16 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. so you can get your sugar fix with themed baked goods while adding to your HK collection.

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11. Love Long Beach Festival (July 16-17)

Celebrate Long Beach right on the water with this two-day family festival that includes arts and crafts, an art show, a food court, music by DJs, stand-up paddle races, yoga, and dog events by the dog beach.

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12. Taste of Farmers Market (July 19)

Taste of Farmers Market returns for their now 8th annual affair on July 19 with a one-day event featuring more than 50 restaurants, grocers, and eateries all at the Original Farmers Market.

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13. Art of Rap Festival (July 22)

A legendary lineup of hip-hop artists are taking the stage at the Hollywood Palladium on July 22 for the Art of Rap Festival. Featured performers will include Ice-T, Public Enemy, Mobb Deep, EPMD, and Kurtis Blow.

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14. Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival Returns to San Pedro (July 22-24)

The Lobster Festival in San Pedro is a three-day experience filled with fresh lobster, live entertainment, and about the freshest Maine lobster you’re goingto find on the west coast.

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15. Johnny Ramone Tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (July 24)

The Johnny Ramone Tribute comes to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for a rocking celebration just in time to mark the 40th anniversary of The Ramones.

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16. Harry Potter Birthday Party at Think Tank Gallery (July 29)

Night of Magic, A Harry Potter Birthday Party, comes to The Think Tank Gallery on July 29 for an evening of beer pong Quidditch, casino games with themed prizes, tarot readings, live music, and more, all in honor of Hogwart’s most famous wizard.

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17. The 45th Annual Malibu Arts Festival (July 30-31)

Celebrating 45 years of art the event is hosted by the Malibu Chamber of Commerce, this event has been acclaimed as “one of the most beautiful outdoor art festivals in the nation,” and will feature over 200 award-winning artists like painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, and other such artists.

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18. Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival (July 30-31)

Halloween in July? The Midsummer Scream Fest is bringing it complete with themed presentations, theatrical productions, workshops, and a museum of the paranormal all at the Long Beach Convention Center on July 30-31.

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What are you looking for to doing this July in Los Angeles? Let us know in the comments below!

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