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July 2017 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our July 2017 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite summer concerts

Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Philharmonic Association/Adam Latham

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.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2016 and 2017

Red, White & BBQ presented by Time Out L.A.

Kick off your 4th of July weekend with our Red, White & BBQ bash. We're heating up the summer with classic cook-out fare from some of the city's top spots. Expect to enjoy great food, such as pulled pork sliders, hot links and BBQ chicken as well as enjoy games, DJ music and a Socialbooth presented by Francis Coppola Diamond Collection wines and a beer garden presented by Golden Road Brewing. Our charity partner Inspiring Artisic Minds will be on hand with information about their organization—and providing our bartending staff, to boot.   Participating vendors include Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken, the Carving Board, Cheezus and Lucille's BBQ.

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START Los Angeles Saturday July 1 2017 - Sunday July 2 2017

626 Night Market

The midnight snacker's greatest fantasy is just a car ride away. One of America's largest Asian food markets spans the course of Santa Anita Park's front Paddock Gardens (285 W Huntington Dr). Come hungry and come caffeinated—this lively market, complete with over 150 Asian street food and booze peddlers, live music, artists, films, games, and beyond, won't put itself to bed until 1am on Friday and Saturday (and midnight on Sunda). The event has also expanded its way to Orange County.

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Santa Anita Park , Arcadia Friday June 30 2017 - Saturday September 2 2017
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Tycho + Todd Terje + Jagga Jazzist

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Producer and artist Scott Hansen crafts lush sonic landscapes under the name Tycho, joining electronic elements with more organic instrumentation (he writes most of his songs on guitar) to create atmospheric, leaves-rustling-in-the-sunny-winter-afternoons-of-your-mind-type music. He joins Todd Terje & the Olsens, whose precious vocals combine with the sound of a progressive lounge act—albeit with Norwegian disco whiz Terje manning the keys. Fellow Norwegian electronica-meets-jazz practitioners Jagga Jazzist open.

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Greek Theatre , Griffith Park Saturday July 1 2017

Anime Expo

Just weeks after E3, the Anime Expo takes over the Los Angeles Convention Center for four days of panels, special events and plenty of cosplay. Thousands of fans come to celebrate the quirky art and culture of anime as figureheads and stars of the industry visit to speak and sign autographs. Plus, a massive wing of the convention is set aside specifically for gaming—both electronic and card-based.

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Los Angeles Convention Center , Downtown Saturday July 1 2017 - Tuesday July 4 2017
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Fourth of July Americafest at the Rose Bowl

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Americafest at the Rose Bowl is an explosive celebration of all things red, white and blue—from the classic American food, to a motorcycle stunt show, to the world-renowned fireworks display. The fireworks won't shoot off until 9pm, but the Rose Bowl will open at 2pm Independence Day, at which time access to a goldmine of inflatable rides, games and crafts will be available for kid-friendly fun. Parking for the event will cost $20, but you can make it worth your while with an afternoon of tailgaiting outside the stadium.

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Rose Bowl Stadium , Pasadena Tuesday July 4 2017

Fourth of July Block Party

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! This Fourth of July, Grand Park hosts a unique block party, featuring scrumptious food truck fare, live music and more. The music 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. Your four-legged friends are totally invited, and, best of all, the event is Metro accessible.

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Grand Park , Downtown Tuesday July 4 2017
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July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with Pentatonix

When a cappella-centric rom-com Pitch Perfect and its sequel Pitch Perfect 2 (which Pentatonix made a cameo in) hit the big screen, we Angelenos—and likely the rest of the world—grew a newfound appreciation for acoustic pipes. And if we had to narrow down one of the best a cappella groups out there, it'd be the Pentatonix. This five person crew has amassed 1.4 billion views on YouTube, taken home a Grammy, and hit the top of Billboard's charts.

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Hollywood Bowl , Hollywood Sunday July 2 2017 - Tuesday July 4 2017

Harry Potter in Concert

The Hollywood Bowl is a pretty magical place to watch a movie—allow us to maybe even call it the Hogwarts of L.A.'s outdoor theaters—which makes it the perfect place for a series of special Harry Potter screenings and live scores. Watch the second and third film in this beloved series on a giant screen while the LA Phil performs every note from the movie's whimsical John Williams score. Composer Justin Freer conducts what's sure to be a magical night.

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Hollywood Bowl , Hollywood Thursday July 6 2017 - Saturday July 8 2017
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Renegade Craft Fair

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Any crafter worth her weight in cashmere yarn knows that Renegade Craft Fair is the fair all other fairs aspire to. Held in urban epicenters such as Brooklyn, Chicago, Austin and of course, Los Angeles, Renegade is a traveling marketplace showcasing work from hundreds of the country’s best contemporary indie craft artists. Aside from the wares, Renegade offers all sorts of homemade DIY fun and festivities: think classes and demos, free photo booths and tons of tasty food trucks. Renegade hosts an epic summer fair, along with supplemental holiday fairs in wintertime that help you check everyone off your gift list—including yourself.  

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Los Angeles State Historic Park , Chinatown Saturday July 8 2017 - Sunday December 10 2017

The Book of Mormon

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Often, the phrase “Back by popular demand” amounts to nothing more than hype, but in the case of The Book of Mormon, it fits like magic underwear. Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez’s nine-Tony-winning cultural phenomenon resurrects at the Pantages. Parker and Stone, of course, are best known for South Park and Lopez is a fairly newly minted EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner. Mormon follows a group of idealistic missionaries as their beliefs run into the harsh realities of life for the African villagers they cheerfully hoped to convert. The tuneful megahit is not for kids, but if you happen to bring one, it’s earmuffs time when they start singing “Hasa Diga Eebowai.” And before that. And after that. Mormon is hilarious and offensive, and hilariously offensive, and the New York Times called it “the best musical of this century.”   

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Pantages Theatre , Hollywood Until Sunday July 9 2017
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