21 Really Cool Things to do This July in Los Angeles (2017)

Need stuff to do this month in Los Angeles?

We looked ahead on our calendar to focus in on some of the best events happening in July 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.


July 2017 event highlights include Old Pasadena Summer Cinema, Summer Nights in the Garden at NHM, the 2017 Lotus Festival, FYF Fest, the Long Beach Crawfish Festival, and much more.

Our complete rundown starts after the jump.


Echo Park lotus flowers
Echo Park Lake lotus flowers. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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 1. Old Pasadena Summer Cinema (starting July 1)

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema will offer 20 free movie screenings from July 1-29 at a variety of indoor and outdoor locations throughout the Old Town area, including a set of four travel-related films to screen at Distant Lands Bookstore, nine outdoor screenings at the courtyard of One Colorado, and three special theme nights at Central Park. -> More information

2. KCRW’s Summer Nights (all July)

KCRW’s Summer Nights free event series returned for 2017 in June, but July is when things kick into high gear. Among the dates slated for events Los Angeles are Chinatown Summer Nights on July 1, Paul Oakenfold + Mondo Cozmo Annenberg Space for Photography on July 22, and Miami Horror + Cleopold at the Santa Monica Pier on July 27. -> More information

3. Anime Expo

This marquee four-day expo will feature panels, Q&A’s, workshops, plus video rooms and autograph stations with some of the best manga creators and voice actors in the industry. -> More information

4. 4th of July in Los Angeles (July 4)

Need plans for the 4th? We’ve put together a robust round-up of Independence Day activities in L.A., including Americafest at the Rose Bowl, the Pacific Palisades 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Show, the L.A. Freedom Festival in Century City, the Grand Park 4th of July Block Party, and much more. -> More information

5. The 2017 Salsa Festival at Pershing Square (July 8-9)

The 2017 Salsa Festival will feature a wide variety of salsas to sample alongside local food vendors, a margarita bar, live music and an interactive kids zone. -> More information

6. Hollywood & Highland Presents Summer Jazz Nights (starting July 11)

Free Summer Jazz Nights return to Hollywood and Highland on Tuesdays starting July 11. For $14, get VIP seating, wine, beer & cheese. See acts like legendary jazz percussionist Pete Escovedo and Bria Skonberg. Proceeds of the VIP sales go to Project Angel Food.-> More information

7. Los Angeles Times Ideas Exchange with Bill Nye at Theatre at Ace Hotel (July 12)

Los Angeles Times Ideas Exchange with Bill Nye comes to The Theatre at the Ace Hotel Downtown on July 12 for an in-depth conversation about how the future benefits from the “nerd approach” to thinking, creativity, and problem solving.-> More information

8. DT Stage Concert Series at Pershing Square (starts July 15)

On Saturdays starting July 15 the DT Stage Concert Series opens at Pershing Square with free weekly shows featuring the likes of The Wallflowers, the B-52s, and Toad the Wet Sprocket. -> More information

9. Show-Your-Spirit-Animal Quiet Clubbing Party at FIGat7th in DTLA (July 14)

Whether your spirit animal is a cat or a lion, come (silently) dance the night away while surrounded by giant balloon sculptures during this free outdoor event! -> More information

10. The Los Angeles Soul Music Festival at Exposition Park (July 14-16)

The Los Angeles Soul Music Festival is a live music event featuring 18 soulful performers and groups, both platinum-selling artists and up-and-coming stars, taking place from July 14 to 16 at Exposition Park in Downtown Los Angeles.-> More information

11. Port of Los Angeles Lobster Fest in San Pedro (July 14-16)

The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Fest comes to the LA Waterfront in San Pedro from June 14-16 for the world’s largest lobster festival. -> More information

12. Summer Nights in the Garden at Natural History Museum (July 14 & 28)

Enjoy beautiful evenings under the stars when Summer Nights in the Garden returns to Natural History Museum for four evenings in July and August, with cocktails, music, botanical tours, fun projects and more. -> More information

13. Explore Vintage Trains at Union Station’s Summer Train Fest (July 15)

The Train Fest will feature some beautifully restored train engines plus a kids zone, model trains, food trucks and live entertainment. Free admission for all.-> More information

14. The 37th Annual Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake (July 15-16)

The lotus bloom at Echo Park Lake is expected to be one of the best in years, and the The 37th annual Lotus Festival is a perfect excuse to check it out for yourself. The two-day fest will include live entertainment, arts and crafts, a boat race, an asian food court, and of course and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the blooming flowers on the lake. -> More information

15. 9th Annual Taste of Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax (July 18)

The 9th Annual Taste of Farmers Market comes to 3rd Street and Fairfax on July 18th for a massive feast from some of your favorite restaurants. -> More information

16. FYF Fest 2017 Returns: Missy Elliot, Björk, Frank Ocean, NIN and more (July 21-23)

One of the country’s best music festivals, FY Fest returns to Exposition Park in Downtown Los Angeles July 21 through 23 with an absolutely stellar lineup of Missy Elliott, Björk, Frank Ocean and Nine Inch Nails. -> More information

17. 2nd Annual Delicious Little Tokyo: A Weekend of Culinary Experiences (July 21-23)

The 2nd Annual Delicious Little Tokyo returns to the heart of Little Tokyo Friday July 21 through Sunday July 23 for an authentic culinary experience. -> More information

18. Sondheim on Sondheim at the Hollywood Bowl (July 23)

Sondheim on Sondheim, at the Hollywood Bowl on July 23, is dedicated to Stephen Sondheim’s music. Gustavo Dudamel will lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Vanessa Williams, Jesse Ferguson, Matthew Morrison and more. -> More information


19. Long Beach Crawfish Festival at Rainbow Lagoon Park (July 28-30)

Long Beach Crawfish Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park from July 28 to 30, with dancing to live music, the Second Line Parade, dance lessons, karaoke, fresh crawfish, Cajun food, chicory coffee, beignets and adult beverages. -> More information – Discount tickets

20. Politicon 2017 at the Pasadena Convention Center (July 29-30)

With panels, debates, T.V. and movie screenings, comedy shows and more, passionate citizens can openly discuss the current political climate. -> More information

21. Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival at Long Beach Convention Center (July 29-30)

The Midsummer Scream Fest at Long Beach Convention Center on July 29- 30 offers walk-through haunted attractions, theatrical performances, makeup demos and workshops, a huge themed marketplace and more. -> More information – Discount tickets

Be sure to check the We Like L.A. Events Calendar for updates on fun things happening around the city throughout June. You can also sign up for our daily/weekly newsletter if you want events sent straight to your inbox. 


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