Things To Do This Weekend | LA Weekend Events Roundup 7.4.14

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 7.4.14

Edited by Christina Xenos

Hollywood Bowl July 4th Fireworks Spectacular4TH OF JULY
Hollywood Bowl July 4th Fireworks Spectacular
July 2-4. At the Hollywood Bowl’s annual great American extravaganza, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers along with Edie Brickell join the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a night of patriotic music and spectacular fireworks. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.


Grand Park 4th of July Block PartyGrand Park 4th of July Block Party
July 4. A rooftop fireworks display lights up downtown L.A. and this year’s block party celebration expands from Temple to Second Streets. Find live music on two stages, headlined by Phantogram, and Semi Precious Weapons. Pack a picnic (alcohol is not permitted) or opt for onsite food vendors. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. sharp. Entrances at 200 N. Grand Ave., 221 N. Hill St., 221 N. Broadway and 227 N. Spring St., 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—like live motorcycle stunts and a special performance by Liverpool Legends, the Ultimate Beatles Experience—precede the explosive finale. Noon–9:30 p.m. $13+, under 8 free. Parking $25. 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, 800.745.3000.


Redondo Beach FireworksRedondo Beach Fireworks
July 4. See a wide variety of fireworks synced to patriotic music broadcast. Events throughout the day include paddle board races, live music, children’s parade and more. Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach.


Queen MaryQueen Mary
July 4. Choose your favorite era of Independence to salute, or stroll from decade to decade with the entire ship as your playground. Listen to live music, learn your favorite American jig, and lounge all day enjoying family-friendly activities with a giant fireworks extravaganza at the end of the evening. Noon-11 p.m. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach, 800.437.2934.


Marina Del ReyMarina Del Rey
July 4. Arrive early and get a prime spot for Marina Del Reys seaside fireworks extravaganza. Synchronized to music on KXLU 88.9 FM, the 20-minute show of movement and color bursts into an explosive skyline display, mirrored by the water below. Fireworks are launched from a floating barge located in the waters of the main channel between Fisherman’s Village and the Breakwater. Popular viewing locations include: Fisherman’s Village (13737 Fiji Way), Burton Chace Park (13650 Mindanao Way) and (Mother’s) Beach (4135 Admiralty Way). 9 p.m.


Check out our full list of 4th of July Events in Los Angeles


Hollywood & Highland Wine & Jazz Summer Concert SeriesEVENTS
Hollywood & Highland Wine & Jazz Summer Concert Series
Through July 29. Hear live music from jazz greats every Tuesday night in the Hollywood & Highland Center’s central courtyard. Sip Stella Rosa wines and sample light appetizers from Wolfgang Puck Catering. Proceeds benefit Project Angel Food. 7-9 pm. Free; wine and appetizers $10. Shuttle rides to the Hollywood Bowl $5. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.6412.


Old Pasadena Film FestivalMOVIES UNDER THE STARS
Old Pasadena Film Festival
July 5-26. The four-week outdoor film fest celebrates current and classic films on Friday and Saturday nights this summer. Pull up a chair in the One Colorado courtyard to enjoy current and classic flicks ranging from Moonrise Kingdom to The Odd Couple. Check website for full schedule. Movies begin at 8:30 p.m. One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, 626.564.1066.


Starry Night Poolside CinemaStarry Night Poolside Cinema
All cinephiles are welcome to Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows Starry Night Poolside Cinema. Grab your swimsuit and relax poolside or in the water while watching some of your favorite flicks on Friday nights—including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off this week. The evening also includes classic movie snacks like free popcorn and beverages. 8-10 p.m. Free. Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, 310.576.7777.


Check out our full list of Outdoor Movies in Los Angeles


Hollywood BowlMUSIC
Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl
July 8, 10. The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s classical programming returns to its summer home at the Hollywood Bowl this week with two stellar shows. On Tuesday, superstar violinist Joshua Bell joins the LA Phil displaying his virtuosity and collaborative skills in concerto, chamber music and more, with help from some of his favorite friends (think Glenn Close and Frankie Moreno, among others). Thursday, the LA Phil performs favorites from Bernstein and Gershwin including Rhapsody in Blue. Bramwell Tovey conducts both evenings. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.


WarwickEAT + DRINK
Hollywood’s stylish nightspot unveils its new coastal-themed interior and cocktail menu especially for summer. Dance and drink the night away among nautical striped walls and beach umbrellas, sea grass rugs and cape style lanterns accenting all white and bone colored furniture, while you sip on fresh drinks by Beverage Directors Jason Bran and Damian Windsor. Highlights of the new menu include the Sub Rosa, a twist on the mojito that replaces muddled mint with organic rose petals, along with fresh strawberry and watermelon; and La Piña Colada Gigante, an all-fresh take on the tropical classic shaken with fresh pineapple juice, housemade coconut cream and Caña Brava Rum. 6507 West Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.460.6667.


nolaVolume 2 BBQ at Lock & Key
July 6. Keep the 4th of July celebration going at Lock & Key in Koreatown. Chef Nigel P. Henderson (founder of The NOLA Truck) mans the spits, breaking out the BBQ fare (think low and slow cooked pork ribs, smoked out brisket and citrus grilled chicken wings) and festive sides (three cheese jalapeño mac & cheese, bacon smashed potato salad and BBQ baked beans) at speakeasy bar Lock & Key on Sunday. 2 p.m. 239 S. Vermont Ave., L.A.


Dog HausDog Haus Hot Dog Eating Competition
July 5. Arrive early to watch the quarterfinal World Cup match, and party all day long with live music, local craft beer sampling, giant games like Jenga, and the main hot dog eating event where 10 contestants will try to down as many Dog Haus Dogs as they can in 10 minutes. The fun continues with Dog Haus fare and DJ tunes until the Biergarten closes at midnight. 9 a.m.-midnight. 93 E. Green St., Pasadena. More Info.


Beachwood BBQBeachwood BBQ & Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary
July 5. Stop by the brewery to celebrate over 45 Beachwood beers on draught, including several rare gems, collaboration brews, and our 2013 GABF award winning favorites: Udder Love Milk Stout, Kilgore Stout, and Foam Top Cream Ale. You can also be the first to taste their new bottled brew, Greenshift Double IPA, which will be released that day. Beachwood opened early with a special brunch menu that includes dishes like banana chocolate chip pancakes with pecan maple syrup, and poached eggs on a grit cake with andouille sausage. 210 E 3rd St. Long Beach.


Mike Kelley
Through July 28. You have a little less than a month to see the homecoming exhibit of works by late influential artist, Mike Kelley at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. To celebrate the artist, you can enjoy the exhibition for free every Saturday in July. In addition to viewing Kelley’s body of deeply innovative work, find DJs, food trucks, art talks, tours ad more. This is the largest exhibition of the artist’s work to-date. Free admission hours 6-10 p.m. Saturdays (July 5, 12, 19 and 26). 152 N. Central Ave., downtown. 213.621.2766.


Twelfth NightTHEATER
Twelfth Night
Continuing. Independent Shakespeare Company’s popular Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival returns this summer with Twelfth Night followed later on in July with the Taming of the Shrew. Performances take place under the stars at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. Pack a picnic and plan to arrive early for prime blanket placement. Free. Griffith Park Dr., L.A. 818.710.6306.


midsummerShakespeare at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
Through Oct. 24. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum celebrates the Bard’s 450th Birthday with an All-Shakespeare Season under the stars. The five-play repertory season weaves together summer performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, All’s Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing and Bill Cain’s Equivocation. 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga Canyon, 310.455.3723.


last-confessionThe Last Confession
Through July 6. In 1978, a little-known country priest is inaugurated as Pope John Paul I in an uneasy compromise. With the promise of liberal reforms, the “Smiling Pope” warns three hostile cardinals that they will be removed. Thirty-three days after his election, he is found dead and no autopsy is performed. The story is told from the point of view of Cardinal Giovanni Benelli, played by David Suchet. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


The Country HouseThe Country House
Through July 13. Actress Blythe Danner stars in this world premiere about a family of actors, inspired by Anton Chekhov’s pastoral comedies. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies and directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.