Fun Things To Do This July In Los Angeles

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 2018 event highlights include Old Pasadena Summer Cinema, Anime Expo, the 38th Annual Lotus Festival, a Live Score Festival, Reggae on the Mountain, Delicious Little Tokyo, BeatyCon, Outfest, and LOTS more.


1. KCRW’s Summer Nights (throughout July)

KCRW’s Summer Nights free event series returned for 2018 in June, but July takes it up a level, including separate performances by Still Woozy, Kauf, and Cut Chemist at The Hammer plus Chinatown Summer Nights on July 28. More information

2. 4th of July in Los Angeles (July 4)

Need plans for the 4th? We’ve put together a handy round-up of Independence Day activities in L.A., including Americafest at the Rose Bowl, a 4th of July Block Party at Grand Park, the Queen Mary’s All-American Fourth of July Celebration, and more. -> More information

 3. Old Pasadena Summer Cinema (starting July 5)

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema will offer 17 free movie screenings from July 5 t0 28 at a variety of indoor and outdoor locations throughout the Old Town Pasadena area, including a set of four travel-related films to screen at Distant Lands Bookstore, nine outdoor screenings at the courtyard of One Colorado, and three special theme nights at Central Park. -> More information

4. Anime Expo (July 5-8)

This marquee four-day expo will feature panels, Q&A’s, workshops, plus video rooms and autograph stations with some of the best manga creators and voice actors in the industry. -> More information

5. Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube & More: ‘Summertime in the LBC’ at The Queen Mary (July 7)

Summertime in the LBC comes to the Queen Mary in Long Beach on July 7 for a one-day music festival showcasing many of your favorite hip-hop artists, including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, The Game and many more artists. -> More information

6. The 2018 Salsa Festival at Pershing Square (July 7-8)

The 3rd annual Los Angeles Salsa Festival returns to Pershing Square for a fun-filled cultural event honoring salsa. Guests can expect plenty of dancing opportunities plus multiple food vendors and a beer and margarita bar. -> More information

7. Dirtybird BBQ 2018: Los Angeles at the Coliseum (July 8)

Dirtybird BBQ 2018: Los Angeles comes to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Plaza on July 8 for great food and music on a summer day, headlined by DJ Claude VonStroke. -> More information

8. Movie Nights at Tropicana Bar (starting July 10)

The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel will throw Angelenos a movie night series every Tuesday night from 8 to 11 p.m. from June till September 3 by the David Hockney painted Tropicana Pool. ​ -> More information

9. The South Bay Greek Festival (July 13-15)

The South Bay Greek Festival, at St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach, offers Greek food (spanakopita, lamb chops, baklava), and dancing. -> More information

10. Union Station 2nd Annual Summer Train Festival (July 14)

Union Station in DTLA is hosting their second annual Summer Train Fest on July 14. Fun for all ages, guests can tour vintage train cars, enjoy 360° virtual reality stations, shop local vendors, grab a bite at popular food trucks, dance to live music and much more. -> More information

11. 38th Louts Festival at Echo Park Lake (July 14-15)

The 38th annual Lotus Festival will be a two-day event featuring live entertainment, arts and crafts, a boat race, an asian food court, dragon boat races and of course and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the blooming flowers on the lake. -> More information

12. Reggae On The Mountain 2018 (July 14-15)

The 9th Annual Reggae On The Mountain returns to Topanga Canyon’s Topanga Community Center on July 14-15 for two jam-packed, fun-filled days of roots reggae from Toots and The Maytals, Derrick Morgan, The Lions, Pato Banton and more. -> More information

13. Beautycon Festival at the Los Angeles Convention Center (July 14-15)

Get your lipsticks ready, Beautycon Festival returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center July 14-15 for a two-day beauty convention with Kim Kardashian West and many other personalities. -> More information

 14. Swingin’ Summer Dance Series Returns to The Wiltern (July 15)

For three nights in July, August and September, The Wiltern hosts Swingin’ Summer, a series of vintage-style evenings with swing dance lessons, drinks, and dancing to live music. -> More information

15. Outfest Under the Stars at the Ford Theatres (July 18-21)

Outfest Under the Stars. four nights of LGBTQ films at Hollywood”s Ford Theatres, will show Bad Reputation, Wild Nights with Emily and more. -> More information

16. Jaws in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl (July 20-21)

As part of their summer line-up, the Hollywood Bowl is hosting a rendition of the thrilling cult classic Jaws for two nights on July 20 and 21. Tickets start at $14. -> More information

17. Delicious Little Tokyo 2018 (July 20-21)

For two days, enjoy delicious servings of food and drink crafted from the streets of Little Tokyo, including a chance to sample more than 50 types of sake. -> More information

18. Big Sing California at The Walt Disney Concert Hall (July 21)

Come sing during Big Sing California, a choral concert broadcast across the state along with choirs from San Francisco and more during a simultaneous performance. -> More information

19. 5th Annual Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival (July 21)

Composers and filmmakers create scores to be performed live at the 5th annual Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival at Barnsdall Art Park’s Gallery Theatre. -> More information

20. PLAYDATE 2018 at Kidspace Children’s Museum (July 21)

Enjoy a night out for a good cause! On July 21, head to Playdate 2018 for an after-hours adult night out that supports the Kidspace Children’s Museum, a non-profit organization. -> More information

21. The Skirball Museum Presents Happy Anniversary, Fraggle Rockers (July 24)

Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock is celebrating thirty-five years with a party at The Skirball Cultural Center on July 24. Join famed puppeteers for a discussion about the series with a few other puppet surprises. -> More information

22. 10th Annual Taste of Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax (July 24)

The 10th 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

23. Sunset Concerts at the Skirball (starting July 26)

Skirball’s annual Sunset Concert Series features six Thursday night concerts with eclectic and inspiring artists from July 26 to August 30. This year’s lineup kicks off with Goapele on July 26. -> More information

24. Uncorked: LA 90+ Wine Festival at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica (July 27)

Uncorked: LA 90+ Wine Festival comes to Barker Hangar in Santa Monica featuring a curated selection of over 100 wines rated 90 points and higher from all over the world. -> More information

25. L.A. Rare and Wild Beer Fest in Santa Monica (July 28)

Billed as a beer connoisseur’s one-stop celebration, the L.A. Rare and Wild Beer Fest is coming to Barker Hangar for an evening of unlimited beer tastings! -> More information

26. Summer Happenings at The Broad (continues July 28)

Summer Happenings at The Broad is a series of late-night events featuring music, performance and art held on the last Saturday night from June through September. The July 28 edition will be inspired by German artist Joseph Beuys with performances by faUSt and Baltimore duo Matmos.

Article courtesy of We Like LA.

Fun Things to do This February in Los Angeles

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 February 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.

February 2018 event highlights include CoffeeCon, the 119th Golden Dragon Parade in Chinatown, a Cupid’s Undies Run, the Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival, Palm Springs Modernism Week, the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show, and more!

1. First Fridays at Natural History Museum (Feb. 2)

Visit the Natural History Museum on February 2 for First Fridays. This event explores L.A. inventiveness, capped with live music from two local legends: John Doe and Exene of the iconic band X! -> More information

2. Smorgasburg Dumpling Day at Santa Anita Park (Feb. 3)

Indulge in an afternoon of dumplings, beer and horse racing at Smorgasburg Dumpling Day at Santa Anita Park on February 3. -> More information

3. Boomtown Brewery’s 3rd Anniversary Party in DTLA (Feb. 3)

DTLA’s Boomtown Brewery celebrates its three-year anniversary with a free party on February 3! Savor a brand-new Anniversary Beer, get a t-shirt printed — a rare, one-of-a-kind anniversary tee! — visit the photo booth, watch burlesque & more. -> More information

4. CoffeCon LA 2018 (Feb. 3-4)

Whether you enjoy it black, with cream, iced or hot, this is the conference for any & all coffee-lovers. Enjoy two-days of coffee tastings & classes! -> More information – Discount tickets

5. Pop-Up Magazine’s “Winter Issue” at the Theatre at Ace Hotel (Feb. 5)

Stop by Pop-Up Magazine’s Winter Issue at the Ace Hotel for a live magazine-style variety show for comedic genius and real-life storytelling. -> More information

6. Pan African Film & Arts Festival (Feb. 8-19)

The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) returns to Los Angeles February 8-19. Now in its 26th year, the 12-day festival will showcase over 100 new films and the talented artists who created them. -> More information

7. Cupid’s Undie Run at The Victorian in Santa Monica (Feb. 10)

Cupid’s Undie Run returns to The Victorian Santa Monica on February 10 for a “brief” run for a great cause. The event starts at the Victorian in Santa Monica, where you party, run roughly a mile, then party some more. -> More information

8. One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2018 at The Queen Mary (Feb. 10-11)

The One Love Cali Reggae Fest returns to the Queen Mary in Long Beach February 10-11 for an entire weekend of dancing to your favorite reggae music on Los Angeles’ historic cruise ship. See Nas, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Matisyahu, Yellowman & more. -> More information

9. 9th Annual Edwardian Ball at the Globe Theatre in DTLA (Feb. 9-10)

The 9th Annual Edwardian Ball & World’s Faire comes to the Globe Theater in LA February 9, while February 10 marks the debut of Los Angeles’ first-ever Edwardian World’s Faire. -> More information

10. Positive Vibes: FREE Silent Disco YOGA at FIGat7th (Feb. 10)

Visit FIGat7th on February 10 for Positive Vibes, a free, epic, all-day outdoor party! Enjoy silent disco yoga, sound bath sessions, tarot card readings, Dublab music, vegan food & much more. Attendees can also enjoy temporary tattoos, body painting, DJ sets and a live band curated by Dublab, arts and crafts, vegan food and drink options, a beer garden and lounge area by Spaceland. -> More information

11. FREE Mardi Gras Concert at Historic Union Station (Feb. 13)

Be a part of the Second Line Tradition by attending this FREE Mardi Gras Concert by the Mudbug Brass Band at historic Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles! -> More information

12. Lucha VaVOOM Two-Night Valentine’s Spectacle at The Mayan Theater (Feb. 14-15)

Everyone’s favorite collision of Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque and comedy returns for Valentine’s Day with a two-night spectacle at Downtown Los Angeles’ Mayan Theater February 14-15. -> More information

13. Palm Springs Modernism Week (Feb. 15-25)

Palm Springs Modernism Week returns February 15-25 to celebrate all things midcentury modern including architecture, art, interior landscape design and vintage culture. -> More information

14. Chocolate & Art Show Los Angeles 2018 (Feb. 16)

The Chocolate & Art Show Los Angeles returns to The Vortex in DTLA on February 16-17, with chocolate fondue, the work of up-and-coming artists & more. -> More information

15. Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place (Feb. 17)

Celebrate the Year of the Dog during Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place on February 17. Enjoy Asian-themed stilt walkers, traditional Korean fan dancers, Chinese music, The Voice’s Katherine Ho as emcee & more. -> More information

16. The 119th Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival in Chinatown (Feb. 17)

The 119th Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival returns to Los Angeles’ Chinatown on February 17, with floats, marching bands, entertainers, a culinary stage, artisans & much more. -> More information

17. Long Beach Comic Expo (Feb. 17-18)

Long Beach Comic Expo, a celebration of comic books and pop culture, returns to Long Beach Convention Center on February 17-18. -> More information – Discount tickets

18. Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXV (Feb. 17-18)

Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXV returns February 17-18 to celebrate 25 years of the annual event with an array of authentic Scottish activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment, drinks and cuisine. -> More information

19. Lessons from Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement at The Skirball (Feb. 22)

Passing the Torch — From Selma to Today: Lessons from Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement is a panel discussion with four fascinating thought leaders taking place at The Skirball on February 22. -> More information – Discount tickets

20.Venice Arts’ Annual Speakeasy at the Townhouse in Venice (Feb. 24)

Celebrate like it’s 1928 during Venice Arts’ Annual Speakeasy at the Townhouse in Venice on February 24! This unforgettable party will take place in the Prohibition-era Speakeasy located below the Townhouse, which dates back to 1915. -> More information

21. 2018 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show (Feb. 24-25)

Meet travel celebs like PBS’ Rick Steves, Samantha Brown, learn how to pack well and decide where to go for your next trip at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 24-25. -> More information – Discount tickets

22. L.A. Chinatown Firecracker 5k & 10k (Feb. 24-25)

Stop by the Firecracker Festival in Los Angeles’ Chinatown for two days filled with friendly-competition, carnival games, food trucks & more! -> More information

23. KPCC in Person Presents Airtalk’s FilmWeek: 2018 Oscar Preview at the Ace Hotel (Feb. 25)

On February 25, Larry Mantle and the film critics of KPCC’s AirTalk convene on the stage of the historic Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles to discuss and debate this year’s Oscar nominees for a special taping in front of a live audience. -> More information

Story courtesy of We Like LA. 

Free Events In Los Angeles Before Summer 2017 Ends

1. BoldPas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena

August 12: A one-day event that showcases art by professional and up-and-coming Los Angeles-based artists. Installations will be throughout the alleys of Old Pasadena. The event will be from 12 – 8 p.m. -> More information

2. Summer Block Party at Malibu Country Mart

August 12: Enjoy afternoon filled with activities ranging from a petting zoo to face painting and more. Event is from 12 – 3 p.m. and takes place at the Malibu Country Mart. -> More information

3. CicLAvia: San Pedro Meets Wilmington

August 13: Bike, run, sprint, or walk at the closed-streets event. -> More information

4. Grand Performances

Grand Performances offers free summer events in Los Angeles. Eight performances are still left in August, and one L.A. Chamber Orchestra concert in September -> More information.

5. Dance/DJ Nights at Grand Park

The Music Center’s Dance DTLA takes place at Grand park and will continue through September 1. Dance Downtown takes place every other Friday night and is from 7 – 11 p.m. DJ Nights runs every other Friday as well and goes from 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. -> More information

6. Sunday Sessions at Grand Park

Grand Park offers a free dance party one Sunday per month. Two dates remain to pay tribute to L.A.’s house music scene: August 21 and September 17. -> More information

7. KCRW Summer Nights

Free outdoor series with events at the Santa Monica Pier, the Annenberg Space for Photography, the Hammer Museum, and many other locations. Dates still left are August 11 and 25, plus Chinatown Summer Nights, September 2. -> 2017 Summer Nights schedule.

8. Echo Park Rising

August 17-20: Free music on Sunset Blvd, Glendale Blvd, Alvarado Avenue and Echo Park Avenue. The 2017 lineup includes The Buttertones, CRX, Moon Honey, Meatbodies, and many more appearances. -> More information

9. Family Art Day at the Hammer

August 19: Free event offering art, performances, music, and much more. -> More information

10. Red Bull Soapbox Race Los Angeles at Elysian Park

August 20: The Red Bull Soapbox Race Los Angeles comes to Elysian Park on August 20 for an exciting day at the races. Experienced and amateur drivers unite as they race on their homemade soapbox crafts down the twists and turns of Angels Point Road for its annual global event. -> More information

11. Griffith Observatory Solar Eclipse Viewing Event

August 21: From 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. stop by Griffith Observatory from 9 a.m. to noon and experience the 70% partial solar eclipse.  -> More information

12. Friday Flights at the Getty

August 25: Final installment of Friday Flights at the Getty. -> More information

13. GinCITY at Greenbar Distillery

August 27: Greenbar Distillery will open its doors and showcase its latest, CITY Bright Gin. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the distillery, sample gin cocktails, view installations, and enjoy live music. Food trucks will also be on site. Admission is free, but you need to RVSP for timed entry.  -> More information

14. Shakespeare in the Park

Free/donation-based Shakespeare from Wednesday – Sunday through September 3 in Griffith Park. -> More information

15. Silver Lake Picture Show

Outdoor movies screened every other Thursday at Sunset Triangle Square. Still remaining for 2017:  Space Jam on August 17,  10 Things I Hate About You on August 31, and Scream on September 14. -> More information

13. Summer Movie Fest at Cal State Northridge

Free weekly movie night on CSUN’s Oviatt Library Lawn. Films still remaining: Psycho on August 10, La La Land on August 17, Space Jam on August 24, and Doctor Strange on August 31. -> More information

16. Sunset Concerts at Skirball Cultural Center

A showcase for up-and-coming and established artists from everywhere. Four more dates left to attend. -> More information

17. Summer Nights in the Garden at Natural History Museum

An evening of cocktails, music, tours, and more at the Natural History Museum. Dates left: August 11 and August 25. -> More information

18. DT Stage Concert Series at Pershing Square

Two big concerts left for summer 2017: The B-52s on August 12 and X on August 19. -> More information

19. Free Museum Days

Plenty of free museum days in August to check out!

Weekend Events: July 21 – 23, 2017

There’s so much to do this weekend in Los Angeles. If you don’t have any plans, take a look at the schedule below!


Friday July 21st, 2017

  1. Downtown Dark Nights.
  2. L.A. Zoo’s annual Roaring Nights.
  3. Dance DTLA at Grand Park.
  4. Pershing Square’s free summer movie screenings.
  5. Free Shakespeare this summer at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park.
  6. 2nd Annual Delicious Little Tokyo. 
  7. dineL.A. 
  8. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show.
  9. Modo Yoga hosting Karma classes at La Brea and Echo Park locations.
  10. 626 Night Market. 
  11. Greenbar Distillery hosting cocktail classes in DTLA.
  12. FYF Festat Exposition Park in DTLA.
  13. Summer Supper + Show Series on the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Los Angeles.
  14. Shakespeare By The Sea at Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro.
  15. Grand Performances.
  16. Petersen Automotive Museum hosting after hours event.
  17. Wine Tasting Nights at The Barnsdall Art Park.
  18. Old Pasadena Summer Cinema.
  19. Summer Movie Nights at Monterey Park.
  20. Rooftop Cinema Club in Downtown Los Angeles.

Saturday July 22nd, 2017

  1. KCRW’s Summer Nights.
  2. Street Food Cinema.
  3. Picture This! at The Virgil.
  4. Dodger Stadium Movie Night.
  5. Charles Bukowski’s Los Angeles Bus Tour.
  6. Night Sky Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills.
  7. Movies on the Green at the Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills.
  8. DTLA foodie walking tour.
  9. Movie Picnic Night at Alhambra Park.
  10. PETA’s Kind Market at the Empathy Center in Echo Park.
  11. 31. Eat|See|Hearat LA State Historic Park.
  12. DT Stage Concert Series at Pershing Square.
  13. Shakespeare By The Sea at Rush Park in Los Alamitos.
  14. Summer of Music at Redondo Pier.
  15. Old Pasadena Summer Cinema at Central Park and One Colorado.
  16. East Hollywood’s four hour foodie tour.
  17. Grand Performances.
  18. Greenbar Distillery hosting cocktail classes in DTLA.

Sunday July 23rd, 2017

  1. Sondheim on Sondheim at the Hollywood Bowl.
  2. Topanga Vintage Market.
  3. Shakespeare By The Sea at Rush Park in Los Alamitos.
  4. Free concert series at The Levitt Pavilion in McArthur Park.
  5. The Floor Improv Day at Union Station.