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July 2024 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our July 2024 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite summer concerts

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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July kicks off the wild, infectious summertime spirit around L.A. 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 L.A. this month—including 4th of July events. And of course, make sure to catch one of L.A.’s excellent fireworks displays.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2024

  • Things to do
  • Performances
  • Hollywood

Nobody’s film credits can compare to John Williams: Star Wars, E.T., Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and literally a hundred others. David Newman conducts the LA Phil as they tackle some of the composer’s iconic film scores set to a selection of movie clips. Williams was initially scheduled to appear, as he often does each year, but the LA Phil announced that he will no longer conduct “due to a recent health concern, from which he is expected to make a full recovery.”

  • Things to do
  • Festivals
  • Echo Park

Celebrate the (potential though likely just ceremonial) bloom of Echo Park Lake’s beloved floating flowers with the annual Lotus Festival. Expect plenty of food, music, dragon boat races, lantern launches and—if we’re lucky—the lotus flower beds in full bloom. The historic event celebrates the contributions of Asian-Americans to L.A., and this year, the 43rd, will honor the Filipino community.

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  • Music
  • Chinatown

Everyone’s favorite NPR member station has a hand in a slew of summer concert slates at public plazas and beloved museums, and this summer’s schedule is particularly packed. Familiar KCRW DJs and local buzz bands will be providing free, open-air tunes on select nights from June through September at Union StationCAAMDescanso Gardens, Bowers Museum, Century Park, the Autry, KCRW’s Santa Monica headquarters and—our favorite—the party-till-midnight bashes at Chinatown Central Plaza.

  • Music
  • Classical and opera
  • Hollywood

Do you hear the theater kids sing? Singing the songs of Boublil and Schönberg? Expect thousands of theater fans to pack the Hollywood Bowl for this all-star tribute to the duo of lyricist Alain Boublil and composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, who were responsible for the musicals Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, The Pirate Queen and La Révolution Française.

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  • Movies
  • Comedy
  • Hollywood

We thought this year’s Hollywood Bowl lineup was already kenough, but here’s one more addition that has us dreaming in pink: Barbie will screen at the Bowl this summer with a live orchestra performing the score. On July 27, conductor Macy Schmidt will lead the Barbie Land Sinfonietta, an all-women, majority women-of-color orchestra, in a performance that accompanies a showing of the Greta Gerwig film.

  • Movies
  • Hollywood

It isn’t summer in L.A. until the first cemetery screening brings hoards of movie-lovers to Hollywood Forever, toting folding chairs, picnic blankets, snack spreads and lots of booze. Each year, Cinespia brings classic cult favorites to the hallowed resting place of such Hollywood greats as Rudolph Valentino and Bugsy Siegel. The series typically releases its slate one month at a time, with summertime screenings at the cemetery and a few off-site ones on either end of the season.

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  • Things to do
  • Downtown

If you’re on the hunt for a cheap, lively way to celebrate Uncle Sam, shake it over to Grand Park, and watch Downtown L.A. light up for free—though this time around, the park has swapped out fireworks for drones. This Fourth of July, Grand Park hosts a unique block party, featuring scrumptious food truck fare and two stages of live music. The tunes begins while the sun is still high in the sky, so bring yourself an all-day picnic—no booze allowed, only empty water bottles—and relax. Best of all, the event is Metro accessible via the Civic Center/Grand Park station (though $10 parking is also available at the Music Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall). Look out for the drone show—a flurry of some 500 iluminated drones above the Music Center—around 9pm.

  • Bars
  • Los Feliz

Now one of L.A.’s most treasured summer traditions, Barnsdall Park’s wine tastings regularly attract sell-out crowds. Perched atop Olive Hill on the west lawn of the historic Hollyhock House (which you can tour during the evening for an additional $25), the Barnsdall Friday fund raisers include fine selections of boutique wines provided by Silverlake Wine with a spectacular sunset and 360-degree views of the city. Bring along a blanket and a picnic basket, or just nosh on the variety of food trucks parked up there.

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