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Check Out the Best Los Angeles Things to do in July


Celebrate 4th of July at the Queen Mary.

From 4th of July fireworks and summer concerts, to poolside movies, festivals and more; find the best Los Angeles things to do in our July 2015 events roundup.

Edited by Christina Xenos

Tanabata Star Festival at Hinoki & the Bird
July 1-31. Traditionally, the Tanabata Star Festival takes place in Japan on the 7th day of the 7th month of the year when, according to the legend, the two stars Altair and Vega, which are usually separated from each other by the Milky Way, are able to meet. Colorful festivals are held across Japan in early July and August. In honor of this, the new heavy weight culinary team at Hinoki & the Bird—Executive Chef Brandon Kida and Executive Sous Chef Kei-Ichi Kurobe—will prepare a limited amount of five-course tasting menus nightly, which will be based on what the chefs discover at the market. The Tanabata menu is limited to 10 people per night and is available by reservation only Tues.– Fri. evenings throughout July. Reservations may be made by calling the restaurant. 10 W. Century Dr., L.A. 310.552.1200.

Magda Berliner Pop Up at CURVE at Malibu Country Mart
July 2-5. Get a rare chance to be exclusively fitted by designer Magda Berliner into her romantic Lace Ribbon collection at her custom pop-up at CURVE at the Malibu Country Mart. Berliner gathered a loyal following after actress Ashley Olsen caused a buzz in the fashion world when she donned one of Berliner’s stunning lace dresses. Since then, the designer has built her brand and collection around timeless, one-of-a-kind vintage lace dresses and skirts that are individually fitted and created. The Lace Ribbon collection is made with reclaimed antique lace, reimagined in timeless and romantic styles. In addition to your custom fitting, you can also enjoy champagne and cupcakes while you shop. Berliner will only be on site on July 2, from noon-3 p.m., but you can shop her collection at CURVE until Sunday, July 5. CURVE at the Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu.

July 3, 4, 11, 18, 25. Cinespia’s screenings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, now in their 14th season, find crowds jostling for spots to watch cult flicks projected on a mausoleum wall. Also on hand are pre-movie DJs and themed photo booths. Highlights this month include two screenings topped off with fireworks—The Goonies on July 3 and Top Gun on July 4. Gates 7:15 pm; movie 9 pm. $15 (screenings with fireworks $25). Parking $10-$15. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, 877.435.9849.

Grand Park 4th of July Block Party
July 4. Celebrate over music, food, and an incredible fireworks display launched from the civic center skyline. Musicians scheduled to perform include Flypoet, KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole, Skin & Bones and more . 3-9:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Grank Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.8080.

July 4. One of the biggest and brightest fireworks displays in Southern California, choreographed and produced by Pyrospectaculars by Souza, can be found at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena. Food and entertainment offerings include live motorcycle stunts and a special performance by Liverpool Legends, the Ultimate Beatles Experience precede the explosive finale. 2-­10 p.m. $13+, under 5 free. Parking $25. 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, 800.745.3000.

All-American 4th of July
July 4. Family-friendly Independence Day festivities aboard the Queen Mary; live music, entertainment, fireworks. Noon-11 p.m. $24–$49, under 4 free. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738.

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration
July 4. Showy fireworks display over the Pacific Ocean with synchronized music on KXLU 88.9 FM. 9 pm. Free. Viewing at Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way; Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way; Marina Beach, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey.

View our full list of 4th of July Events in Los Angeles

Street Food Cinema
July 4, 11, 18, 25. Outdoor summer film series hosts screenings every Saturday night at various locations across L.A. Features live music and food from the city’s top trucks. Highlights this month include Jurassic Park and The Royal Tenenbaums. See website for a full schedule. 5:30 pm. $6-$20, under 5 free. 323.254.5068.

Wine & Jazz Summer Concerts
July 7, 14, 21, 28 Live music from jazz musicians every Tuesday night in the Hollywood & Highland center’s central courtyard. Refreshments proceeds benefit Project Angel Food. 7-9 pm. Free; wine and appetizers $10. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.6412.

Mr. C Beverly Hills Poolside Movies
July 7. Hit the pool deck at Mr. C Beverly Hills for dinner and a movie, and more every other Tuesday. Catch Casablanca on July 7, Pretty Woman on Aug. 4 and Midnight in Paris on Aug. 18.. 1224 Beverwill Dr., L.A., 310.277.2800.

RingLing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus Xtreme
July 9-14. The circus is back in town with an all-new family-friendly show, complete with acrobatics, extreme-sports daredevils, exotic animals and the world’s youngest female human cannonball. $15-$110, under 2 free. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 888.929.7849.

Twilight Concert Series
July 9, 16, 23, 30. Annual summer concert series at the Santa Monica Pier featuring contemporary and classic bands. Morris Day & the Time, Real Estate, ¡Cubanismo! and JD McPherson headline this month. 7-10 pm. Free. 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.458.8901.

Summer of Soul at the Hammer Museum
July 9, 16, 23, 30. Give your summer a little Soul! The Hammer Museum and KCRW join forces to offer four free nights of outdoor music during the Summer of Soul. Performances include Breakestra, KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole, The Suffers, Sam Sparro and more. 7:30 p.m. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 310.443.7000.

Old Pasadena Film Festival
July 9-Aug. 1. The four-week outdoor film fest celebrates current and classic films on Friday and Saturday nights this summer. See everything from West Side Story on July 10 to Pitch Perfect on July 25 to Barbarella on Aug. 1 . See website for full schedule and screening locations.

Picnic on the Promenade
July 10-Aug. 21. Escape from the cubicle and enjoy lunch at Downtown Santa Monica’s Picnic on the Promenade. This annual summer series eases locals and Promenade walkers into the weekend every Friday afternoon with live music, classic board games, interactive challenges, and free services from Downtown merchants. Bring a lunch or grab-and-go from one of Downtown’s eateries and soak in the sun. Noon-3 p.m. 1300 block Third Street Promenade (between Arizona and Santa Monica Blvd.), Santa Monica.

Outdoor Movies at Westfield Culver City
July 10-Aug. 7. Enjoy summertime flicks in the heart of Culver City. Westfield Culver City screens movies every Friday and you can enjoy a special picnic area, activities and appearances, raffle prizes, trivia, music and more at each screening. The season kicks off with the Lego Movie on July 10 and wraps with Up on Aug. 7. 6 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. movie. The Promenade, 6000 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. More Info.

Outdoor Movies at Westfield Fashion Square
July 10-Aug. 7. Every guest will feel like their attending a movie permiere with red carpet photo ops at each screening along with the opportunity to wine an upgrade to the Pottery Barn VIP Lounge where families will be treated to a free dinner and special goodies. The season kicks off with Hairspray (2007) on July 10 and ends with Toy Story on Aug. 7. Rooftop parking deck next to the dining terrace, 14006 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks. More Info.

BeautyCon LA Festival
July 11. Downtown L.A. becomes the epicenter of all things beauty. The 4th annual conference connects you to top beauty influencers for a day that explores what’s trending in culture, fashion and beauty. Network with your favorite beauty personalities, dissever top products, participate in panel discussions, watch performances and more. Noon-6 p.m. The Reef DTLA, 1933 S. Broadway St., downtown, 800.526.2784.

The Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure
July 11. Now in its second year in L.A., this wine festival—the largest gathering of California’s best microproduction winemakers—brings more than 200 handcrafted wines to the Wiltern. The train-accessible fest is pairing with food fair Artisanal L.A. for a pop-up featuring local edibles. 2-6 pm. General tickets $69; VIP early access $99; groups of 10 or more $60; designated drivers $10. 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.

California Hot Sauce Expo
July 11-12. This spicy summer festival lands in L.A. for the first time, bringing together 45 hot-sauce proprietors—including some California brands—sure to set your mouth on fire. Expect tastings, eating contests and mixology showdowns. 11 am-6 pm. $10-$15; craft brew package $50; VIP $100. Rainbow Lagoon, E. Shoreline Drive, Long Beach.

Family Jam L.A. Zoo
July 11. The popular nighttime event features live music, kids’ karaoke, dancing, and food trucks, along with up-close animal encounters, keeper talks, and more. Kids and adults alike can even create critter-inspired canvases at the Animal Artistry Paint Party to take home as souvenirs (while supplies last). 6-9 p.m. 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.6042.

Malibu Country Mart Outdoor Movies
July 11. Celebrate summer underneath Malibu’s starry sky and join Malibu Country Mart as they host their 3rd annual summer movie series. Everyone is welcome to grab a beach blanket and picnic basket to watch fun, family movies projected onto a giant outdoor screen. The series continues with Ghostbusters on July 11. If you don’t have a picnic, feel free to order from Taverna Tony’s, Mr. Chow-Malibu and Tra di Noi. Free. Movies start at 7:45 p.m. 3835 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu.

dine L.A. Restaurant Week
July 13–26. Hundreds of fine restaurants across the county, including Gracias Madre and the District by Hannah An, offer specially priced prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner. See website for list of participating eateries.

The Music Center Presents Moves After Dark
July 13, 14, 20, 21. The Music Center redefines the notion of a conventional concert dance stage with a new pioneering site-specific series, which juxtaposes contemporary dance performances with architecture and space. Four of LA’s up-and-coming dance companies, Ana María Alvarez (artistic director of Contra-Tiempo), Ate9, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, and Bodytraffic, will perform during all four nights of the series. Each work is approximately 15-20 minutes long; the total performance is approximately two hours. The experience involves walking and standing; please wear comfortable shoes and clothing. $25 (incudes one drink voucher for use at Moves After Dark only). The Music Center (various indoor and outdoor locations), 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.0711.

Taste of Farmers Market
July 14. Themed “Best Bites,” the seventh annual tasting event at the historic market features samples of some of the best offerings from Farmers Market chefs, restaurants, specialty-food merchants and grocers. 5-9 pm. $40-$45 (pre-registration recommended at Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211.

Cinema on the Street
July 17. The Santa Monica outdoor movie screening is showing the classic Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory this summer. Bring your favorite blankets and beach chairs. 8 p.m. See website for full details. 1250 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica.

White Light White Night
July 18. Red carpet, wear-all-white annual event at Top of the Plaza at Continental Park to benefit L.A.-based nonprofit Walk With Sally. More than 20 participating restaurants such as the Strand House and Simmzy’s, along with a live performance by Super Diamond, an open bar and live and silent auctions. VIP tickets include gift bags, access to special food and beverages and special seating. 5-11 pm. $200-$400. 870 Nash St., El Segundo, 310.322.3900.

California Spirit 30
July 19. World renowned chef & author Rocco DiSpirito hosts top L.A. chefs and mixologists along with premier California vintners at the American Cancer Society’s California Spirit 30 fundraiser. Spend the evening noshing on food from Bouchon Beverly Hills, Catch & Release, Red Bird, chi SPACCA, wile you sip wine and spirits from Malibu Vineyards, Greenbar Distillery, among many others. Also enjoy silent and live auctions, live entertainment, and a raffle for a 2015 Ford Fusion Energi. $350+ 4-8 p.m. Sony Pictures Studios, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City.

Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday Celebration
July 22. Celebrate the iconic singer Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday by listening to his classic songs  performed by the Count Basie Orchestra and others. 8 p.m. 2301 N Highland Ave., L.A., 323.850.2000.

The Lion and the Mouse Beer Tasting Dinner
July 23. For one night only the Peninsula Beverly Hills will transform the Belvedere’s patio into The Belvedere Beer Garden where you will get to sample a hand-picked collection of brews from ultra-craft brewery Mad Fritz that have never before been available outside of Napa Valley. The Peninsula partnered with the brewery to launch a bespoke beer entitled The Lion and the Mouse, which will be unveiled that evening. To accompany this tasting, Executive Chef, David Codney, has created a four-course menu (think pickled mackerel salad, pastrami-rubbed smoked pork belly and Moroccan leg of lamb) that pairs with each signature brew. Starting Aug. 1, you can also sip The Lion and the Mouse exclusively at the Club Bar. $150/pp. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills 310.975.2736.

Roaring Nights at the Zoo
July 24. Get in touch with your wild side at the summer’s first Roaring Nights music fest at the L.A. Zoo. Enjoy live music, a DJ dance party, food trucks, full-service bars, pop-up zookeeper talks, animal encounters and much more. The event continues on Aug. 21. 18 and over. $20/pp, GLAZA members. $17. 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.6042.

Sound in Focus
July 25. The free, all-ages concert series inspired by the “Emerging” exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography includes top acts like TV on the Radio (July 25), De La Soul (Aug. 1), Dwight Yoakam (Aug. 8) and Cold War Kids (Aug. 15). The concerts will take place in the park adjacent to the Annenberg Space for Photography. The Photography Space will stay open late on these evenings (until 11pm) so that the concertgoers may enjoy both the concerts and the exhibition.

Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015
July 25-Aug. 2. The world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities hosts its summer games in L.A., bringing 7,000 athletes from 170 nations to venues across the city. Opening ceremony July 25 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum features entertainment and the lighting of the Special Olympics cauldron. See website for schedule and event locations. Competition events free and open to the public; opening ceremony tickets $30-$120. L.A. Coliseum, 3911 S. Figueroa St., downtown.

International Surf Festival
July 30-Aug. 2. This summer festival, now in its 54th year, celebrates the South Bay beach cities and promotes physical fitness, with participants ranging from ages 8 to 80. The weekend of competition includes the Judge Taplin Lifeguard Medley Relay, the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim and the Charley Saikley 6-Man Volleyball Tournament, as well as a surfing contest, a beach run and youth events. Check website for schedule. Free. Most events take place at the Hermosa Beach Pier. Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.

Monty Python’s Spamalot
July 31-Aug. 2. If you’re looking for a laugh, head to the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of the beloved ’70s film. Broadway star and actor Christian Slater will be playing Sir Galahad. This performance marks 35 years since Monty Python first appeared at the Bowl. 8 p.m. July 31-Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2. 2301 N Highland Ave., L.A., 323.850.2000.