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44 Awesome Things to do This 4th of July Weekend in L.A. [7-1-16 to 7-4-16]

June 30, 2016 by Christina Champlin

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city, we decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every week end that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This Fourth of July weekend (July 1-4) includes First Fridays, the 626 Night Market, SoCal Corgi Beach Day, a Poetry Circus, Anime Expo, a Grand Park Block Party, and LOTS of fireworks shows to choose from.

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So grab some friends or go at it alone, but most importantly have fun and enjoy yourself!

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Grand Park 4th of July Block Party

Photo by Javier Guillen via Grand Park.


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Friday July 1st, 2016

1. 8th Annual Port of Los Angeles Cars and Stripes Forever

This FREE all ages pre-Independence Day celebration will feature over 100 classic cars, live bands, food trucks, a beer garden, and a fireworks grand finale.

2. 626 Night Market

Southern California’s original and largest Asian-themed night market is celebrating five years of food and fun in 2016 with markets happening July through September.

3. Movie Screening at South Coast Botanical Gardens

The South Coast Botanical Gardens is hosting an outdoor movie screening! Guest will enjoy pre-show music, drinks from the bar and snacks from food trucks. This month they will screen Pitch Perfect.

4. Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare takes over Griffith Park once again offering free donation-based shows down at the Old Zoo area. Performances will feature a modern adaptation of “Richard III” every Wednesday through Sunday until July 24.

5. Westfield Summertime Cinema FREE Weekly Movie Screening

Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks will host weekly free outdoor movie screenings all summer. This week they will screen Minions, come early for face painting and balloon artists.

6. The Alchemist’s Lab: A Victorian Escape Room

Imagine this… you are part of the Scotland Yard task force assigned to investigate an alchemist’s lab where you’ll have to uncover his secret plans and unlock his treasure chest. Sounds like your kind of event?  Visit Oddville Art Space and bring your A game this escape room won the Best Interactive Award at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia. Get more information and discount tickets all week and weekend via Goldstar.

7. Free Grand Performances in DTLA

This Thursday Grand Performances will host a free concerts all weekend with Troker, Kneedelus on Friday, 1 to 3 on Saturday and Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band on Sunday.

8. Shakespeare by the Sea

The summer season of Shakespeare By The Sea is in full swing with a free performance of Othello at Point Fermin Park Friday and Cymbeline at Point Fermin Park Saturday.

9. All Space Considered

The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. Oh, and it’s free!

10. Finding Dory at The Hollywood El Capitan Theatre

The El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Finding Dory (June 17 – August 7). Before the movie, The Bubble Guy will form bubbles beyond the imagination in a breathtaking bubble extravaganza live on stage! Get more information and discount tickets for this weekend via Goldstar.

11. 2016 Anime Expo

Taking place July 1-4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the Anime Expo offers hundreds of vendor booths, a masquerade ball, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dance parties, video games, karaoke, cosplay, contests, and much more.

12. The Beatles at the Grammy Museum

Now till September 5, the Grammy Museum will have over 400 pieces of memorabilia on display including recordings, videos and photos of the most famous band in the world.

13. Barnsdall Park’s Friday Night Wine Tasting

All summer long Barnsdall Art Park has a weekly wine tasting fundraiser to benefit the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation programs and projects. Perched on a hill with a gorgeous panoramic view of Hollywood, guests will enjoy fine wine and art in the gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural gem, Hollyhock House. Silver Lake Wine will curate fine selections of boutique, small production, artisanal wines for park-goers as well as local gourmet cheese shop, Say Cheese.

14. Red White & Boobies: Making America Naked Again

Head over to Harvelle’s in Downtown Long Beach for a patriotic burlesque show put on by the Dirty Little Secrets this Friday. Tickets cost $10 at this 21+ event. We spotted discount tickets over at Goldstar!

15. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience

A deadly virus has swept the earth and a team of scientists (played by you and other folks!) are in an underground laboratory trying to find a cure.  Sounds like your kind of mission?. Head down this Escape Room experience in Burbank with a couple of your smartest friends to see if you have what it takes! Get more information and discount tickets for this weekend via Goldstar.

16. Free Museums This Friday

The Long Beach Museum of Art is free every Friday.

The Norton Simon Museum is free from 5 p.m. – 8p.m. this Friday.

Pasadena Museum of California Art is free this Friday from noon to 5p.m.

17. First Fridays at Venice Beach

On the first Friday of the month head down to Abbott Kinney Blvd. in Venice Beach for tons of food trucks, open galleries and late-night shop hours. Get more information via the official event blog.

18. Avenue Q at the Cupcake Theater

The Tony Award-winning puppet musical heads to North Hollywood for a marvelous (and hilarious) look at trying to make it as an adult in NYC. Grab discount tickets to this Friday’s performance via Goldstar.

Saturday July 2nd, 2016

19. SoCal Corgi Beach Day Kicks Off Summer at Rosie’s Dog Beach

Tons of corgis will be descending upon Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach for the biggest Corgi party of the summer. Get ready for lots of cuteness, food trucks, a bubble pavilion (with bacon-flavored bubbles), kissing booth, and contests, including corgi limbo, watermelon eating, and talent competitions.

20. Union Station Launches Their First-Ever Nighttime Summer Event Series

Starting this Saturday L.A.’s historic transit center will play host to Live Nation’s Ones To Watch concert series, co-presented by KROQ’s Locals Only. These free musical performances will take place under the stars at the station’s verdant South Patio Garden and include emerging musical artists, a DJ, food trucks and more. This week music will be provided by: Michael Leier, Bloodboy, Figs Vision, and DJ – Grant Owens

21. The  Poetry Circus in Griffith Park

The Poetry Circus welcomes everyone to come and open there imagination and celebrate the art of poetry. The event is free and open to the public.

22. 4th Annual Ballast Point Independence Party

Celebrate our nation’s birth with a cold one at the Ballast Point Beer Independence Party. Free and open to anyone 21 of age and over the party will showcase the brewery’s wide selection and tasty eats will be provided by Barley Hops Grill.

23. Eat|See|Hear

Eat|See|Hear is back with a screening of Coming to America at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park. Be sure to check for discount tickets for this event via Goldstar.

24. Celebrate our Independence with Ben Franklin & Friends at the Printing Museum’s Independence Day Celebration

Head over to the International Printing Museum’s annual Independence Day Celebration and partake in some patriotic activities like printing your own Declaration of Independence on an authentic colonial printing press, and visiting Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in the Museum’s Heritage Theatre!

25. Hollywood Curling Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel

The Hollywood Curling Summer Blockbuster Bonspiel takes place July 1-3, and as in previous years, will be holding a celebrity curling game that pairs up Hollywood stars with top-level curlers from around the world. Stars include Wil Wheaton, Jake Thomas, Scott Whyte, Thom Rivera and more. The celebrity game will begin at 8 p.m. at Ice Station Valencia, admission is free, there will be fundraisers held like raffles, a silent auction, merchandise and more for School of Rocks, Hollywood Curling’s youth program that brings curling to schools.

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26. Musical Parody of Troop Beverly Hills

The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Troop Beverly Hills follows Phyllis Nefler an image-obsessed Beverly Hills housewife who decides to becomes the den mother of her daughter’s Wilderness Girls troop to prove her husband wrong, hilarity ensues! Get more information and discount tickets all weekend via Goldstar.

27. The Clifton’s Canteen A Tribute to the 1940s USO Shows

Join Clifton’s for a full scale U.S.O. star studded bash with performances by some of the most iconic stars from the 40’s who’ve entertained the troops including the Andrew Sisters, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and more. Celebrate in style by dressing up in 40s fashion too! $10 admission and free for active military and veterans. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

28. Street Food Cinema 

Street Food Cinema has a screening of Rocky at Glendale Central Park (discount tickets available via Goldstar.).

29. Artists & Fleas Venice 

Brooklyn-born craft market Artists & Fleas is heading to Venice this month and will feature locally made art, fashion, vintage edibles and beyond. Admission is free.

30. The Amazing Los Angeles Race II

This hybrid scavenger hunt / sightseeing tour is a brilliant way to spend your Sunday afternoon getting to know the city of angels. Starting at the Dave & Busters in Hollywood, participants form teams of two to eight people and make their way to different L.A. sites trying to solve puzzles and unlock the clues that will lead them to the next location. At the finish line you can enjoy drinks and snacks, and hang out with your fellow competitors. For more information and discount tickets to enter the race, check out Goldstar.

Sunday July 3rd, 2016

31. Angel City Brewery’s ‘Merica Fest

The backyard-style ‘Merica Fest will include tasty bbq, rockin’ live music, Merica costume contest and Angel City’s classic board game selection and cornhole!

32. Subtract On The Pier

Subtract On The Pier is a deep house music festival that is bringing back Wookie Weekend and Love Long Beach Pre-Party on July 3. This event is 21+, and will include a full bar, food and beverage service.

33. Smorgasburg LA

The massive food hall Smorgasburg LA is now open in Downtown Los Angeles every Sunday with a massive roster of L.A. heavy hitters in food involved.

34. Ranger Ernie Hike to Wilson Harding Golf Course

This Sundays hike level is intermediate. The distance is 3.5-miles to Wilson Harding Golf Course. The hike begins at 8:00am. Get more information here.

Monday July 4th,2016

36. 4th of July Block Party at Grand Park and The Music Center

Celebrate all things red, white, and blue at the 4th of July Block Party at Grand Park and the Music Center with fireworks cast from the civic center skyline. This all-ages, free event will also have live music, activities, food vendors and prime picnic spots to catch the show under the stars.

37. All-American 4th of July aboard the Queen Mary

The Queen Mary will transform the legendary ship into a tour of the USA highlighting several famous cities like Coney Island (featuring carnival games) to Nashville (BBQ pit stop) and Maui (hula show and lessons) with a fireworks show along the coastline at the end of the evening.

38. Los Angeles Dodgers 4th of July Fireworks

Nothing beats catching a game beneath the stars especially with our beloved Dodgers . The field will light up for a spectacular fireworks show this weekend as the Dodgers are up against the Baltimore Orioles. Our friends at Goldstar have discount tickets while supplies last for this one!

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39. July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza Concert and Fireworks in Woodland Hills

Celebrate the 4th of July at a free outdoor concert listening to David Marks, an original Beach Boy! With one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in Southern California drawing over 60,000 people since last year.

40. AMERICAFEST at The Rose Bowl

Come enjoy some world-renown showcase of bombs bursting in air, AMERICAFEST will have plenty of additional entertainment on hand such as a special salute honoring Jet Propulsion Lab‘s Juno mission that arrives to Jupiter on July 4th, a musical performance by the Liverpool Legends, and live motorcycle stunts during the TNT Freestyle Motor Cross Show.

41. L.A. Galaxy July 4th Fireworks

 L.A. Galaxy will play the Vancouver Whitecaps with a July 4 fireworks extravaganza to follow. Get more information and discounted tickets via Goldstar.

42. 4th of July Fireworks and Luau

The Studio City Chamber of Commerce is hosting a fireworks and rooftop luau-themed party at CBS Studio Center. Special guests and entertainment include James “Elvis” Kruk, magic shows, a kids fun zone and an All-American Smokehouse BBQ.

43. Celebrate July 4 at Theatricum Botanicum’s 2nd annual ‘Old Fashioned Barn Dance and Barbeque’

Celebrate the 4th at Theatricum with an old fashioned family hoe-down. Activities include live music, a barn dance, pie-eating contest, watermelon seed-spitting contest, cake walk, horseshoes, relay races, dunk bucket, a magic show, family games and more.

44. More Fourth of July Events!

Looking for MORE 4th of July events this weekend? Check out our list of 20 Fun Fourth of July Events and Fireworks Shows in L.A.


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