As summer heats up, Los Angeles delights with outdoor concerts and film screenings, including Harry Potter set to a live score and a three-day festival of soul music. An anime con, a bacon fest and a 4th of July fireworks extravaganza round out July’s hot list.
THURSDAY, JULY 1st – THURSDAY, JULY 8th
FESTIVAL | Explore all things anime
📅 Saturday, July 1st through Tuesday, July 4th
The Anime Expo® is a massive four-day fest that will include panels, autographs, vendors, games, and more, all in the name of anime and manga. Expect some expert-level cosplay, as these fans tend to go all out on their ensembles.
Tickets: $55 and up (discounts for children and military)
HOLIDAY | Celebrate the 4th with fireworks and music
📅 Tuesday, July 4th
Every year, the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena hosts a 4th of July spectacular, and this year is no exception, as it marks the 91st annual AmericaFest. Expect food, music, entertainment and, of course, a fireworks show.
📍 Rose Bowl Stadium, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA, USA, +1 626 577 3100
CONCERT | Harry Potter via a live orchestra
📅 Thursday, July 6th through Saturday, July 8th
Wizards and muggles alike are invited to the Hollywood Bowl to enjoy Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, complete with a live score performed by the L.A. Phil and conducted by composer John Williams.
Tickets: $17 and up
📍 Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 850 2000
SUNDAY, JULY 9th – SUNDAY, JULY 16th
CONCERT | Music on the Pier
📅 Thursday, July 13th
The Twilight Concert Series returns this summer with a whole host of outdoor concerts at the beautiful Santa Monica Pier. On July 13th, KCRW presents reggae artists Marcia Griffiths and Jah9. The show kicks off at 7 p.m., which is early enough for guests to stay and enjoy the colors of the sun setting over the ocean.
📍 Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA, USA, +1 310 458 8900
MUSIC | Hear soul music at L.A. Soul Festival
📅 Friday, July 14th through Sunday, July 16th
Catch top soul and R&B acts at the L.A. Soul Festival in Expo Park. This year’s 15 performers include Musiq Soulchild, Tony! Toni! Tone!, After7, Yuna, and others over the course of three days. Vendors selling food, merchandise, clothes, accessories, and other goods will be on-site, and there will also be a beer and wine garden.
📍 Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 744 7458
FESTIVAL | Culture in bloom at Echo Park Lake
📅 Saturday, July 15th & Sunday, July 16th
Lotus Festival celebrates the annual bloom of the eponymous flower at Echo Park Lake while also celebrating Asian-American culture. This year, the fest emphasizes Bangladeshi culture with food, entertainment, boat races, and more.
MONDAY, JULY 17th – MONDAY, JULY 24th
FOOD | Little Tokyo’s best eats
📅 Friday, July 21st through Sunday, July 23rd
Little Tokyo is one of the tastiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, and now, Angelenos can sample much of it via a three-day fest aptly called Delicious Little Tokyo. Restaurants throughout the area will be offering discounts, workshops, freebies and special menu items all weekend long. Little Tokyo is easily accessible via the Metro Gold Line.
DANCE | Experience a French cultural exchange
📅 Saturday, July 22nd
French video/performance artist Lola Gonzalez, choreographer Oguri, and composer Paul Chavez will present the site-specific dance piece “The distance is beautiful” on July 22nd. Sixty performers will begin at various points throughout downtown Los Angeles in what will culminate in a spectacular scene at Grand Park. This show is the first of several performances courtesy of France Los Angeles Exchange (FLAX), a group that aims to connect French and Southern California cultures via the arts. The performance begins at 6 p.m.
📍 Grand Park, 200 N Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 972 8080
FOOD | A fest dedicated to bacon
📅 Saturday, July 22nd
For the fifth year in a row, Angelenos will experience both the sweet and savory possibilities of America’s favorite breakfast meat at LA Bacon Fest. Admission includes not just samples from the fest’s numerous vendors but also beer via some 20 different breweries. Vendors include Baldoria, Caked, Blaqhaus, Knuckle & Claw, and more. Tickets are available in two time slots: noon to 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. This event is 21 and up.
📍 Los Angeles Center Studios, 450 S Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 534 3000
SUNDAY, JULY 25th – WEDNESDAY, JULY 31st
BURLESQUE | A scintillating revue
📅 Friday, July 28th
Famed burlesque performer and model Dita Von Teese will present “The Art of the Teese” at the historic Theater at the Ace Hotel. The provocative burlesque revue is considered one of the best among similar cabarets, and The Ace offers the perfect setting for Von Teese’s glamorous seduction.
📍 The Theater at Ace Hotel, 933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 235 9614
WINE | A tasting at a park with a view
📅 Friday, July 28th
Barnsdall Friday Night Wine Tastings returns to Barnsdall Art Park throughout the summer. From 5:30–8:30 p.m., guests may enjoy wine, curated by Silverlake Wine, while enjoying music via DJ Marion Hodges and DJ Ed Mattiuzzi. Food trucks and pop-ups via Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and The Cheese Store of Silverlake will also be on hand, plus the views from Barnsdall are always amazing.
Tickets: $35, or $50 for tasting plus a tour of the Hollyhock House
📍 Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 644 6295
CONVENTION | Get scared at a summer horror fest
📅 Saturday, July 29th & Sunday, July 30th
Midsummer Scream returns to the Long Beach Convention Center for the second year in a row. Horror fans will have the opportunity to attend panels, pick up macabre merchandise, and sample this upcoming Halloween season’s most terrifying haunts.
Tickets: $32 and up