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Street Food Cinema July 1-29
For dinner and a movie, all in one, just follow the food trucks. During the summer and fall, Street Food Cinema throws together a series of mostly outdoor parties that include screenings of some of our favorite movies, paired with an assortment of gourmet food trucks and even a live music performance from a cool local band. The screenings are held in venues across L.A., and alternate from week to week, so make sure to check the schedule. Some of the outdoor venues are dog-friendly, allowing you to bring your four-legged cinema lover along. New this year are two overnight camping events that extend the movie screening into a fun summer camp experience for grown-ups.
626 Night Market July 2-29
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. 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 Sunday).
Fourth of July Americafest at the Rose Bowl July 4
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 tailgating outside the stadium.
Fourth of July Block Party July 4
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.
Harry Potter in Concert July 6-8
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.
Jazz at LACMA July 7-28
One of L.A.’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 (and beloved) programs. It’s a celebration of L.A.’s finest jazz musicians, and more than 42,000 visitors attend the program annually from April through November, making it a true L.A. rite of passage.
Taste of Paleo 2017 July 8
Taste of Paleo boasts the distinction of being the first paleolithic food festival and spotlights the Caveman diet, which emphasizes real, whole food, including grass-fed meats and organic fruits and vegetables. The festival gives people a chance to explore the paleo lifestyle by tasting samples and perusing vendor booths, and there’s also (non-paleo) beer and wine, guest speakers and cooking competitions between paleo chefs.
LA Food Fest 2017 July 10
The LA Food Fest brings together dozens of local food trucks, stands, carts and other street food vendors for a warm celebration of community and food. The mission of the fest is to foster community amongst purveyors of street food while supporting independent small business owners and both established and budding restaurateurs. Attendees can sample food from nearly 100 vendors with treats ranging from savory Mexican tostadas to powdery-sweet fresh beignets. The fest also hosts an array of booths from an eclectic mix of local bars, wineries, coffee shops, smoothie shops and producers of fine tequilas.
D23 Expo July 14-16
Every two years, Disnerds come together at the Anaheim Convention Center to celebrate all things Disney and see what sort of magic the company has been working on. Show floor highlights include a peek inside the Disney Archives and the latest ride designs and inventions from Walt Disney Imagineering. If you’re not afraid to stand in line, the weekend’s keynotes include the Legends induction ceremony and a look at upcoming releases from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and both animated and live action Disney movies, as well as the latest from the Disney theme parks.
The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival and Music Weekend 2017 July 14-16
Indulge yourself at the feast and sonic festival that is The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival and Music Weekend in San Pedro, California. This land and sea event features succulent Maine lobster dishes, wave-crashing tunage from up-and-coming musical acts, a pirate camp, street performers, group dancing, tall ships and arts and crafts.
Lotus Festival July 15-16
Celebrate the bloom of Echo Park Lake’s beloved floating flowers with the annual Lotus Festival. Expect plenty of food, music, dragon boat races and of course, the lotus flower beds in full bloom. The historic event celebrates the contributions of Asian-Americans to L.A., and this year, the 37th, will honor the Bangladeshi community.
California Watermelon Festival July 29-30
Get ready for your slice of happiness at the California Watermelon Festival the weekend of July 29, 30 in Lake View Terrace at the Hansen Dam Soccer Complex in the San Fernando Valley. All day fun includes free watermelon, delicious foods, carnival rides and attractions, games, contests, live entertainment, a Kids Zone, and the newest attraction – watermelon skiing! Hours are 10am to 10pm.
Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing