July 2013 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our July 2013 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite summer concerts.



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July kicks off the wild, infectious summertime spirit around LA and there's no shortage of things to do. Take advantage of warm summer nights and catch an outdoor movie screening, escape the heat and head for the beach or take an imprompu weekend getaway. Follow our guide to some of the best events and festivals in LA this month—including 4th of July events and parades. And of course, make sure to catch one of LA's excellent fireworks displays.


Independence Day

The Hollywood Bowl hosts LA’s most famous fireworks display, synchronized to music by the LA Philharmonic. However, celebrations aren’t limited to the Bowl: Huntington Beach stages a parade during the day, capped by fireworks, and there’s more patriotic razzle-dazzle at Venice Beach, the Rose Bowl and Disneyland. Note: many fireworks displays take place on the closest weekend to July 4; check Things to Do for schedules.

Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles

Launched in 2008 by the folks behind the Silver Lake Film Festival, the DFF aims to celebrate the resurgence of Downtown LA. This year's fest features over 100 films along with an exhibition of award-winning shorts at July's Art Walk.

Outfest Los Angeles

  • Price band: 2/4

For eleven days each summer, Outfest, the world’s largest gay & lesbian film festival, takes over the gay social calendar in Los Angeles with a slew of parties, screenings and galas that attract a veritable who’s who of out filmmakers, actors and bold-faced below-the-line names. Each year, the centerpiece events of the festival are the opening and closing night galas, which tend to be Absolut-fueled schmoozefests where introductions are easy-going and the opportunities for networking with celebrigays of all stripes is plentiful.

  1. John Anson Ford Theatres 2580 Cahuenga Boulevard East
  2. Until Sun Jul 20
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Street Food Cinema

  • Price band: 2/4

For your one-stop-shop in LA summer entertainment, follow the food trucks. Saturday evenings throughout August, Street Food Cinema throws together an epic outdoor party, complete with live music, tasty street fare, and a screening of your favorite movie—this year's lineup includes Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Mean Girls, and a slew of other not-to-be-missed flicks. Most showings are held on the spacious lawn at Exposition Park. But locations vary from week to week, so make sure to double check before schlepping your dog, friends and a picnic spread Downtown. Parking is available in their nearby lot for $10 a pop. Plus, for parties over ten, contact the office to receive a special group discount.

KCRW's Grand Performances

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  • Free

This epic (and free) outdoor concert series, part of KCRW’s all-free Summer Nights program, features live performances by artists from around the world at the gorgeous water-encompassed Grand Park stage in DTLA. Don’t miss diverse and highly intriguing world music including Novalima (Peruvian electronica), Fared Shafinury (Persian Dubstep) and a tribute concert to "High Priestess of Soul" Nina Simone.

  1. Grand Park 210 W Temple St
  2. Until Sun Aug 23
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Oscars Outdoors

  • Price band: 1/4

Situated appropriately on the Academy Hollywood campus, this budget-friendly outdoor screening has something for everyone. Watch films from various genres, including cult classics, situation comedies, animation, action flicks and more—the eclectic roster will fill anyone's cup of tea for $5 or less. Leave your pets and your smokes at home, but feel free to tote along a picnic basket and a bottle of wine at this alfresco screening. Come early and warmly dressed; you'll want to nab the comfiest spot in front of the massive 40-foot screen.

Pageant of the Masters

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Life imitates art, literally: Classic paintings, statues and murals take on a new dimension as real people dress and pose to recreate original masterpieces, a trick popularized by vaudeville artiste Lolita Perine at the first festival in 1932. A professional orchestra, a narrator, intricate sets and theatrical lighting now help bring the works to life in Laguna Beach (650 Laguna Canyon Rd). This year's theme, "The Big Picture," will highlight classic pieces of art that served as inspiration for iconic directors.

  1. Various locations in L.A.
  2. Thu Jul 7 - Wed Aug 31
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Silver Lake Picture Show

  • Free

What better way to liven up a Thursday night than to cruise over to Silver Lake’s new Sunset Triangle Plaza for some gratis entertainment? Every other week through September, grab a summer snack, retire your wallet for the night, and relax in front of the big screen. The Silver Lake Picture Show features your ultimate favorite movies, like Wayne's World and The Sandlot, but not before spotlighting a short from a local filmmaker. A free sample of Eastside talent and a classic flick? Bring the fam and bring your friends—this one's a no-brainer.

  1. Sunset Triangle Plaza Griffith Park and Sunset Blvds, Edgecliffe Dr
  2. Until Thu Sep 5
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Jazz at LACMA

  • Critics choice
  • Free

One of LA's best free live music offerings, Jazz at LACMA has featured such legends as Wayne Shorter, John Clayton, Kenny Burrell, Les McCann, Billy Childs, Arturo Sandoval, Cannonball-Coltrane Project and Ernie Watts. Celebrating over twenty years at the museum, the program continues to be one of the museum’s most recognizable programs. It's a celebration of LA’s finest jazz musicians, and more than 42,000 visitors attend the program annually from April through November, making it a true LA rite of passage.

  1. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) 5905 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Until Fri Sep 25
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Off Sunset Festival

  • Price band: 1/4

Off Sunset kicks off an LGBT-friendly festival that caters to Silver Lake's diverse community. Hosted by the leather and fetish bar The Eagle, the event has all the staples of street fests—art vendors, food trucks, beer trailers—plus an eclectic and riotous lineup of local bands and DJs.

  1. Eagle LA 4219 Santa Monica Blvd, at W Sunset Boulevard Silver Lake
  2. Until Sun Jul 6
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