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 2019 event highlights include Old Pasadena Summer Cinema, The Lotus Festival, an immersive Apollo 11 show, a margarita showdown, sunset concerts, summer Jazz nights, and MUCH more!
Our complete rundown starts after the jump. Enjoy!
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1. Check out the Second Home Serpentine Pavilion at La Brea Tar Pits (all month)
SelgasCano first designed their Serpentine Pavilion for the annual architectural commission by the Serpentine Gallery in London back in 2015. Now, four years later, the structure has found a new temporary home next door to the La Brea Tar Pits, offering a one-of-a-kind public space and installation. Free to visit! -> More information
2. Anime Expo (July 4-7)
This marquee four-day expo allows anime lovers the opportunity to meet anime creators, plus sit in on panels, Q&A’s, workshops, experience a maid cafe, video rooms, the manga lounge and more. -> More information
3. 4th of July in Los Angeles (July 4)
There are bunch of festivities going on around the greater Los Angeles area for Independence Day. Here are a few quick ideas:
- 4th of July Block Party at Grand Park
- Theatricum Botanicum’s 5th Annual Family Barn Dance
- City of Monterey Park Presents: Fourth of July Entertainment & Fireworks
- Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July Celebration
- Palisades Rocks the Fourth!
- Councilman Bob Blumenfield’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza in Woodland Hills
4. Old Pasadena Summer Cinema (July 5-27)
Old Pasadena Summer Cinema will offer 12 free movie screenings from July 5 to 27 at two locations in Old Town Pasadena. The series kicks off on Friday, July 5 with a screening of -> More information
5. Apollo 11: An Immersive Live Show (starting July 5)
Apollo 11: The Immersive Live Show retells the tale of the first moon landing using 40,000 square feet of 360-degree graphics beaming from 32 total projectors, and an almost full-scale replica of the mylar-draped Command Module Columbia. And of course the timing couldn’t be more perfect, with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission coming up later this month. -> More information
6. The 2019 Salsa Festival at Pershing Square (July 5)
Metro Art Presents: Salsa Night at Union Station an evening of salsa on July 5 with live music and dance lessons on the south patio. -> More information
7. Off the 405 at The Getty (July 6 + 27)
Off the 405 is a free outdoor concert series at the Getty Center, taking place on six Saturday nights in the summertime. This month they’ll feature Cate Le Bon on July 6 and Lala Lala on July 27 -> More information
8. Subaru Summer Jazz Nights (July 9, 16, 23, 30)
The Central Courtyard at Hollywood & Highland hosts free concerts every Tuesday in July as part of the 16th annual Subaru Summer Jazz Nights. There will be performances by Hunterones, Boogaloo Assassins, Bria Skonberg, and Jose Rizo’s Mongorama. -> More information
9. Sizzling Summer Nights at The Autry (starts July 11)
The Autry’s weekly summer dance series includes free lessons with an instructor, access to museum galleries, and separate children’s dance floor,. Tacos, margaritas, and other light refreshments will be available for purchase. The series opens on July 11 with a performance by Conjunto Oye!, a Los Angeles based salsa orchestra. Sizzling Nights continue weekly through August 22. -> More information
10. The South Bay Greek Festival (July 12-14)
The South Bay Greek Festival is a three-day affair at St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach offering lots of Greek food (spanakopita, lamb chops, baklava), dancing, and fun. -> More information
11. The Get Around (July 13)
The Get Around is a free afternoon/evening art walk covering 3.5 miles and including over 150 artists and vendors. The event will run along Venice Blvd. stretching from Venice Beach to the 405 freeway. -> More information
12. 39th Louts Festival at Echo Park Lake (July 13-14)
The 39th annual Lotus Festival will be a two-day event celebrating the people and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands, with this year’s event focusing on Thailand. Expect plenty of live entertainment, dragon boat races, crafting, a food court, the Thai Pavilion, and more. -> More information
13. Chinese American Museum presents: Nite Light – Summer Mixer (July 18)
Head to Chinese American Museum after-hours for a look at the immersive Lightscapes exhibition plus a variety of food, music, art-making, calligraphy demonstration, and raffle prize giveaways. Admission is free. -> More information
14. 4th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo (July 19-20)
The 4th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo returns for a two-day culinary experience! Foodies will get to taste a wide variety of cuisines from Little Tokyo’s restaurants while partaking in food tastings, walking tours, workshops, cooking demos, and more. -> More information
15. Yappy Hour 2019 at The Hammer
Yappy Hour 2019 comes to the Hammer Museum on July 19 for a pet adoption party co-presented by Pug Nation and Mutt Hut Rescue. The event offers attendees the chance to adopt a new furry friend with cocktails, wine, and beer available for purchase. -> More information
16. 1st Annual Margarita Showdown (July 20)
The 1st Annual Margarita Showdown comes to Highland Park on July 20 for an evening of drinks, food, music, and a margarita showdown contest. Margarita makers from around the city will come together for a fun competition to see who can make the best margarita in Los Angeles. -> More information
17. 6th Annual Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival (July 20)
Composers and filmmakers create scores to be performed live by the recording ensemble, Helix Collective at the 6th annual Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival at Barnsdall Art Park’s Gallery Theatre. -> More information
18. Outfest Under the Stars at the Ford Theatres (July 24-27)
Outfest Under the Stars. four nights of LGBTQ films at Hollywood”s Ford Theatres. This year’s lineup features Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts, Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story, Gay Chorus Deep South, and Sid & Judy -> More information
19. 11th Annual Taste of Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax (July 23)
The 11th Annual Taste of Farmers Market comes to 3rd Street and Fairfax featuring an evening of bites from over 50 of the Market’s top-rated restaurants, grocers and eateries. Tickets includes food sampling, firehouse chili tastes prepared by firefighter chefs, beer and wine samples, two non-alcoholic drinks and free parking. -> More information
20. Sunset Concerts at the Skirball (starting July 26)
Skirball’s annual Sunset Concert Series features six Thursday night concerts featuring eclectic and inspiring world artists. The series kicks off with Gaby Moreno on July 18. All concerts are free with no reservations required, but admission and seating is based on first-come, first-serve. -> More information
21. Long Beach Crawfish Festival (July 26-28)
Long Beach Crawfish Festival comes to the Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach July 26 – 28 for a crustacean-centric, weekend-long celebration where Master Chefs will prepare true, Louisiana-style crawfish along with other delicious delicacies. Festival features include the Second Line Dancing Parade (a historical New Orleans community dancing tradition), live entertainment and music, a free e-souvenir photo, a live sports tent, a children’s stage with a magic and illusion show, inflatable bounces, an exclusive VIP Lounge, a Karaoke Lounge with a live band, and of course, fresh crawfish prepared Louisiana style in the world’s largest crawfish pots. -> More information
22. The 24th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival (July 27-28)
This annual affair celebrates the legacy of the Historic Central Avenue through a two-day festival featuring three musical stages, food offerings, and art. The event takes place along Central Avenue between MLK Blvd. and Vernon. Free admission! -> More information
More Free Ideas
There are a number of free ongoing events series you might want to check out during July:
- Concerts on the Green and Movies on the Green presented by the Valley Cultural Foundation.
- Free movie night at The Queen Mary.
- Moonlight Movies on the Beach in Long Beach.
- KCRW Summer Nights at The Hammer, in Chinatown, as and as part of POW! WOW! Long Beach.
- Free Shakespeare in Griffith Park
- Free movie screenings via The Silver Lake Picture Show.
For even more ideas, be sure to check our The Big Cheat Sheet of Free & Fun Things to do in L.A. for Summer 2019.
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