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July 2019 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our July 2019 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite summer concerts

Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl.
Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Philharmonic Association/Adam Latham

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 parades. And of course, make sure to catch one of L.A.’s excellent fireworks displays.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2019

Things to do, Event spaces

Second Home Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano

icon-location-pin La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Los Angeles

SelgasCano’s crisscross of airy rainbow tunnels will welcome visitors who are looking for colorful photo ops and free performances.

OC Fair
Photograph: Courtesy OC Fair
Things to do, Markets and fairs

OC Fair

icon-location-pin OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Mix fried food, carnival attractions and the occasional rodeo or demolition derby, and you've got the OC Fair. What started as a quaint fair in 1889 has since grown into a nearly monthlong fest.

Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Femme It Forward

icon-location-pin Microsoft Theater, Downtown

Brandy, Monica, Ashanti, Keri Hilson, Amerie and Lil’ Mo headline this all-female R&B fest. A portion of ticket proceeds will organizations that support the advancement of women.

Music, Pop

Hugh Jackman

icon-location-pin Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood

The charismatic actor is taking his tome of tunes on the road. “Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show.” will bring the musically-inclined actor to the Hollywood Bowl, where he’ll sing highlights from The Greatest Showman and Les Misérables, along with a selection of other Broadway and film songs—all accompanied by a live orchestra.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Restaurants, Mexican

Margarita Showdown at HomeState

icon-location-pin HomeState, Highland Park

Why settle for one margarita when you could surround yourself with unlimited margaritas? Dive deep into summer and some salt-rimmed tequila at HomeState’s first annual Margarita Showdown, where the taco spot’s Highland Park location is taking over the back parking lot with margaritas, beers and micheladas from some of L.A.’s best and biggest names—not to mention DJ sets by Fred Armisen and Peanut Butter Wolf.

Hauser & Wirth
Photograph: Courtesy Hauser & Wirth/Elon Schoenholz
Things to do, Literary events

The Little Literary Fair

icon-location-pin Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, Downtown Arts District

Affectionately dubbed LITLIT, this free fair is a celebration of indie booksellers and creators. Head on over to Hauser & Wirth to peruse tomes from and interact with over 20 publishers.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Things to do, TV, radio and podcast recordings

Last Podcast on the Left

icon-location-pin Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood

The true crime and paranormal podcast finds the most fitting venue imaginable: the Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. See Ben Kissel, Henry Zebrowski and Marcus Parks discuss serial killers, ghosts and UFO sightings during this live edition of the podcast.

The Moth
Photograph: Courtesy The Moth
Things to do, Literary events

The Moth GrandSLAM

icon-location-pin The Regent Theater, Downtown

The best of the best in the L.A. storytelling scene take the mic at the Moth’s GrandSLAM Championship. Originated in New York City, The Moth is an open-mic storytelling show that has spread across the country, all the way to Los Angeles, where there’s certainly no dearth of performers.

Photograph: Tina Korhonen
Music, Latin and world

Rodrigo y Gabriela

icon-location-pin Greek Theatre, Griffith Park

Childhood friends Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero used to be in a thrash metal band before they moved to the seaside to hone their slinky take on flamenco. That heavy background shines through in their visceral live shows, full of frenzied fretwork.

Chris Estrada
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Comedy, Stand-up

Time Out L.A. Staged: Made in L.A.

icon-location-pin Dynasty Typewriter, Westlake

Forget about those surface-level observations that out-of-towners lob at L.A., these born or raised Angelenos are tapped into the deep cuts that make this city tick. Laugh along with a made-in-L.A. lineup of comedians that includes James Adomian, Chris Estrada, Felicia Folkes, Logan Guntzelman, Shawn Pearlman, Danielle Perez and Jesus Trejo.

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