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Weekend roundup

July 4-7


Grand Park 4th of July Block Party

July 4. Celebrate community and resilience at Gloria Molina Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party, as you engage in family-friendly activities, games and crafts with community partners like PlayLA. Enjoy live music featuring East L.A.’s Tropa Mágica and Mexico’s Grupo Soñador, along with DJ sets by Nu-Mark, Jeremy Sole and Francesca Harding. Experience the 75-foot Ferris wheel and a 90-foot “Super Slide,” while a drone light show illuminates the night sky. Thursday, 4-9:30 p.m. 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. More Information

A Knockout Fourth of July Celebration at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

July 4. Cinespia will light up the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, featuring an outdoor movie screening followed by fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July. Enjoy the classic prizefighter film, Rocky the Italian Stallion in his quest for glory. Bring your own food, beer and wine, or visit the bar on-site. The event also includes a free photo booth for movie lovers. Thursday, doors open at 7:15 p.m. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. cinespia.org

Anime Expo

July 4-7. Held annually over the 4th of July weekend, Anime Expo in Downtown L.A. immerses you in the world of anime with the opportunity to engage with industry creators. This four-day event at the Los Angeles Convention Center offers anime lovers a plethora of activities, including meet-and-greets with creators, special panels, Q&A sessions, workshops and interactive experiences. Thursday to Sunday, hours vary. 1201 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles. anime-expo.org

Golden Daze – Golden Hour at Level 8

Now Open. Don your chicest swimwear and dive in as Golden Daze at Golden Hour, Level 8 DTLA, offers a summer pool party series every weekend. You can enjoy a luxurious day by the pool, featuring popular guest DJs, live performances and signature cocktails. Saturday and Sunday from noon-12 a.m. 1254 S. Figueroa Street 8th Floor, Los Angeles. goldenhourdtla.com

LA Galaxy v.s. LAFC at The Rose Bowl

July 4. The Rose Bowl Stadium has announced that cross-town rivals, LA Galaxy and LAFC, will face off in an exciting soccer match. This event will feature the West Coast’s longest-running fireworks display, tributes to veterans and pre-match tailgating, making this one of the most anticipated soccer games of the year. Thursday, parking and shuttle starts at 1:30 p.m. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. rosebowlstadium.com

Food + Drinks

“Beautiful Day” Pop-Up

July 5. Following the success of their La Quinta location, the farm-to-table restaurant takes up residency in Silver Lake. Catering to various dietary needs, the menu includes vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, alongside traditional dishes. Featured items include a breakfast burrito, huckleberry hotcakes, mushroom shawarma tartine and a hot honey chicken sandwich. Wednesday-Sunday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 654 N. Hoover Street, Los Angeles. itsabeautifulday.love

Friday Night Wine Tastings at Barnsdall Park

July 5. Enjoy a leisurely Friday evening at Barnsdall Art Park’s West Lawn with a wine tasting event. For $45, savor a curated flight of artisanal wines from Silverlake Wine, sample delicious bites from local food trucks and listen to tunes from local DJs. Bring a picnic blanket and soak in the views of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park Observatory, all while supporting the local arts community at this picturesque setting, home to the historic Hollyhock House. Friday at 5:30 p.m. 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

National Fried Chicken Day at Angry Chickz

July 6. Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day at Angry Chickz on with a special deal, where you can enjoy their signature Nashville hot chicken sliders for just $3 each. Choose from a range of heat levels, starting from Country (no heat) to the intense Angry (waiver required). Saturday, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 5065 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles. angrychickz.com

Encanto Grand Reopening

Now Open. Under new management, Encanto offers a playful take on Baja California cuisine with seasonal ingredients and unique cocktails for the Los Feliz community. The new menu includes a signature $10 Encanto margarita (made fresh in-house), charcoal-roasted frutos del mar with lobster, scallops and red snapper, fresh ceviches and bone-in carne asada with blue corn tortillas. Friday- Saturday, 4-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Sunday, 4-9 p.m. 2121 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz. encantola.com

Arts + Culture

July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular with Harry Connick, Jr.

July 4. A master showman renowned for his pop standards, classic hits and New Orleans flair, Harry Connick, Jr. will perform with his band at The Hollywood Bowl on the Fourth of July. The evening will be a blend of music, fireworks and fun, featuring special performances by Thomas Wilkins and the LA Phil. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. 2301 Highland Ave., Los Angeles. hollywoodbowl.com

Downtown Culver City Independence Celebration

July 5. The Culver City Downtown Business Association is introducing a new tradition for the community with full support from the city council. This family-friendly event will be free to the public and begins with live music at Town Plaza, culminating in Culver City’s first-ever aerial drone light show to celebrate Independence Day and marking 100 years of contribution to the entertainment industry. Free to attend. Friday, 6-9:30 p.m. 9300 Culver Blvd., Culver City. downtownculvercity.com

Twilight Garden Strolls at the Huntington

Now Open. As evenings stretch longer into summer, the Huntington extends its hours with the popular Twilight Garden Strolls series. Previously exclusive to members, this event is now open to the public, allowing visitors to enjoy the San Marino gardens until 8 pm on select evenings. Note that a separate timed ticket is required for evening entry. Sunday, 4:30–8 p.m. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. huntington.org

Photo credit: Yes, KAWAIl is Art -EXPRESS YOURSELF- Photo by Yuta Sawamura. Girl with Sunglasses courtesy of the Huntington. Firework at The Bowl courtesy of The Hollywood Bowl. Firework show courtesy of Cinespia. Block Party courtesy of Grand Molina Park. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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