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What's On This Month In Los Angeles | July 2016

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Updated: 7 October 2016
School is out and summer has arrived, but with all of the amazing events going on in L.A. this month, you’ll barely notice the extra free time. Festivals abound, food is everywhere, and music pulses through the city streets. Perfect for dancing through these summer nights.



FILM | Get Wet At The Nuart With Prince’s Purple Rain

Friday, July 1st

In celebration of the life and genius of Prince, The Nuart presents a special midnight screening of the classic Purple Rain.

FESTIVAL | Get In Character At The L.A. Anime Expo

Friday, July 1st – Monday, July 4th

The L.A. Convention Center hosts a four-day celebration of Japanese pop culture, jam-packed with an array of stellar programming.

FILM | Cozy Up At Cinefamily With Saturday Morning Cartoons

Saturday, July 2nd

Presenting a curated selection of nature-themed animation from back in the day, this event is a languid celebration of a summer in bloom. PJs encouraged.

ART | Find Beauty In The Grotesque At Superchief Gallery

Saturday, July 2nd – Saturday July 30th

Los Angeles multidisciplinary artist Sarah Sitkin’s solo sculptural exhibition “Trifling Matter” is not for the faint of heart.

MUSIC | Mosh For A Cause At The Riot Grrrl Carnival At The Smell

Sunday, July 3rd

The Riot Grrrl Carnival presents a killer line-up of musicians, community artists and activists in a party that contests the patriarchy.



Monday, July 4th

With two packed stages of musical acts, a big lawn for kiddy play time and an epic urban firework show, Downtown is the place to be on the 4th.

MUSIC | Get Down At Woogie Weekend Music Fest

Friday, July 8th

LA’s favorite event production company, the DoLab are at it again with a wet and wild weekend we’ll never forget.

FILM | Roll Through East Los Angeles With The Ovarian Psycos Documentary

Saturday, July 9th

A group of Xicana women in East L.A. are building community through an irreverently named bicycle crew: The Ovarian Psycos. See their story on the silver screen.

FILM | Root For The Home Team At Cinespia’s Sandlot Screening

Saturday, July 9th

Pack a picnic blanket and goodies and spread out on the lawn of Hollywood Forever for the outdoor screening of this early 90s classic.

FOOD | Taste The Best Grub In Los Angeles At LA Food Fest

Sunday, July 10th

This festival is bringing the best of LA‘s vibrant and dynamic food scene together for the tastiest event of the summer. Rock your stretchy pants for this one.

ART | Take A Walk On The Wild Side With Mapplethorpe At LACMA

Sunday, July 10th

Take an exhibition tour of art world bad boy Robert Mapplethorpe’s two-part photographic retrospective, “The Perfect Medium.”



MUSIC | Get Into The Groove At The Hammer’s With KCRW

Thursday, July 14th

Check out the Hammer’s biennial Made in L.A. exhibition to the tunes of Peanut Butter Wolf, Mndsgn and KCRW DJ Mathieu Schreyer.

ART | Break Convention At Barnsdall Art Park’s Chic Summer Soiree

Friday, July 15th

This promises to be an extraordinary night featuring DJs, live music and art under the stars.

FESTIVAL | Get On Up To The Colorado Street Bridge Party

Saturday, July 16th

Celebrate at the this community extravaganza– a night of music, dancing, silent disco, vintage cars, free kids activities atop the iconic landmark.

FESTIVAL | Enjoy A Hot Summer Night In Chinatown Plaza

Saturday, July 16th

Part food event, part summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights presents a night of revelry with KCRW DJs Garth Trinidad and Jeremy Sole.

COMEDY | Get Your Fix At The Good Heroin Comedy Show

Sunday, July 17th

Under the stars of the back garden at Stories Books & Cafe in Echo Park, this show is your answer to the Saturday Night Blues.



ART | Grab A Piece of L.A. D.I.Y. History At The Pehrspace Auction

Monday, July 18th

Come out, revel in the memories, and show support for beloved D.I.Y. venue pehrspace as they prepare for relocation.

FOOD | Savor Gourmet Wine Tasting At Barnsdall Art Park

Friday, July 22nd

Barnsdall Art Park comes alive every Friday night of the summer for the foundation’s wine tasting fundraiser.

FILM | Catch An Outdoor Flick With StreetFood Cinema

Friday, July 22nd

Bringing together the best in pop culture films, gourmet street food and progressive new music, Street Food Cinema takes movie-going outdoors.

MUSIC | Discover The Low End Theory Music Festival

Saturday, July 23rd

The infamous Wednesday night Low End Theory session will rise from the underground for its third annual fest, encompassing fans at The Shrine Auditorium.

MUSIC | Put Sound In Focus With Rapper Nas At KCRW’s Free Concert

Saturday, July 23rd

KCRW and The Annenberg Foundation present their signature concert series called Sound In Focus, with the last show featuring renowned rapper Nas.

FOOD | Grab Some Grub At The Port Of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

Sunday, July 24th

This one of a kind summer event in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro is all about lobster, the most celebratory meal there ever was. Get decadent.



FESTIVAL | Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday With A Night Of Magic

Friday, July 29th

True Harry Potter fans will know that The Chosen One’s birthday is the last day of July, and will celebrate accordingly with a magical night.

ART | Experience Guillermo del Toro’s Creativity At LACMA

Friday, July 29th

‘Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters’ at LACMA explores the filmmaker’s creepy and creative process in his first museum retrospective.

MUSIC | Heat Up At Hard Summer Music Festival

Saturday, July 30th

The largest trap and hip hop festival around, this lineup is stacked with acts that are difficult to find in one place anywhere else.

MUSIC | Time Travel Back To Prom In The 90’s

Saturday, July 30th

Attend prom in the 90s, a time when everything was simpler and boy bands like N’Sync reigned the pop charts.

MUSIC | Chill Out With Sunday Sessions In Grand Park

Sunday, July 31st

Gather together with family and friends to experience beautiful soaring beats from LA’s best DJs in the heart of Downtown.

MUSIC | Relax Under The Summer Sun With The Do LaB

Sunday, July 31st

Do LaB has teamed up with New Belgium Brewery and DoLA to take over the pool deck at The Standard rooftop for an afternoon of fun in the sun.