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Things to Do in Los Angeles in July

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This post covers things to do in July in Los Angeles, including nighttime, free, as well as family-friendly activities, all updated for 2019.



This section will feature our top 10 activities to enjoy in LA throughout July. 

For tips on the most popular tours and activities in LA, check out the following posts:

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.

1. Go to a Sporting Event

July is a great month to watch baseball, soccer, or women’s basketball.  

Be sure to snack on a Dodger Dog at Dodger Stadium if you cheer on L.A.’s favorite baseball team.


Check the information below for game specifics.

Seeing a big game is a great way to spend your afternoon or evening! For more things to do at night, check the section down below.

2. Go to a Concert

Los Angeles has many options when it comes to enjoying music!   We’ve listed the highlights below, but you can find information about concerts at the venues website or click here to purchase tickets.



3. Go on a Sightseeing Tour

Take advantage of the great weather and head out on a tour! We offer pay-what-you-like walking tours and plan to introduce new tours soon.  Check out our calendar to book a walking tour. 

Another great way to see Los Angeles is to take a bus tour. Read our post to find out about all the bus tour options in Los Angeles.



Another option is a studio tour.  See what it is like to be an actor on set!  Check out our post about Studio Tour options

4. Attend the Theatre

From family-friendly musicals to more adult subjects, Los Angeles has several opportunities to add a theatre show to an evening of your visit.

There are too many options to list here. Our top picks are below, but you could see a full list of shows playing in LA here.



Here are just a few of the many shows happening in July 2020. 

See a full list of shows playing in LA here. We have more nighttime activities listed below.

5. Celebrate the 4th of July

Come celebrate America’s 243rd birthday with a multitude of events and activities happening in Los Angeles. Catch fireworks, music, partying and more!

Here are some options:

Downtown LA Block Party by City Hall with live music, food vendors, and fireworks! Free for all to attend!



Santa Monica 4th of July Parade featuring floats, horses, and music among other things.

If you’re in Long Beach, head to the Queen Mary where you can experience entertainment, music, and fireworks!

6. iPalpiti Summer Music Festival

Opening its 21st season, iPalpiti Summer Music Festival will feature a collection of nearly 30 prize-winning young musicians from around the globe.



Through July 5th-July 20th, concerts can be enjoyed at the world renown Walt Disney Music Hall.

Ticket prices start for as little as $10! Check their website as more information becomes available.

7. Salsa and Latin Dance at the Autry Museum 

Put on your dancing shoes and head over to the Autry Museum of the West for Sizzling Summer Nights!



Starting July 11, these outdoor events will feature some of LA’s best Latin fusion bands in addition to free dance instruction, access to the museum galleries, and a separate children’s dance floor.

Food and beverage will be available for purchase. This is a great event for adults and kids, so bring the family.

8. LGBT Film Festival 

From July 18-28, you can attend Outfest, LA’s leading film festival that builds community and shares LGBTQ stories from around the globe.



For 11 days, festival-goers can expect 150 short films to be screened, a number of panels, and of course, parties!

Check their website for more information and tickets.

9. dineL.A.  

From July 12-26, check out dineL.A. and discover some of Los Angeles’s best restaurants for a fraction of the price.

Participating restaurants typically offer multi-course pre-fixe lunch and dinner options all at the same set price.



Check their website to see which eateries are participating this summer! Reservations are always encouraged.

10. Get Free Tickets with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

Admittedly, these passes have a cost. However, if you plan well, you will essentially get several tickets to attractions or tours each day for free.

Tourist discount passes work by bundling multiple tickets into one price, usually between 20%-50% the retail price.   



Read our post comparing the different LA tourist discount passes. Several bus tour companies, including hop-on-hop-off buses, also offer discounts and deals.

For more ideas for any time of year, be sure to read our master post on Things to do in LA.


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Below is just a short sampling of the many things to do at night in July. 

For suggestions on other nighttime activities, read the other sections of this post or our post on things to do at Night in LA.

Head to the 626 Night Market

Head to the  626 Night Market for loads of Asian foods, treats, and to shop! It takes place two weekends this month: July 5-7 & July 12-14. This event is great for the whole family.

Snack on a cotton candy burrito, Korean tacos, and sip on a giant baby bottle filled with an adult beverage. There is live music, vendors, and performers.  

Attend an Outdoor Movie Screening

Could anything be more LA than spending time in front of the silver screen? It's even better when you can watch them outside on a nice summer night! 

Rooftop Movie Series at the Montalban

The Montalban shows movies on their rooftop through the summer.  Playing on July 7 is the hilarious Tropic Thunder starring Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downy Jr.  Head there early at 6 pm to enjoy a beverage and a burger (vegan options too!) 

Tickets must be purchased. You can do so here.

Movies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

The resting place of the most famous Hollywood stars hosts outdoor movies in the summer.  You can pay tribute to Judy Garland and then catch a flick!

Tickets must be purchased. You can do so here.

Here are July movie dates:

  • July 3rd - Mad Max: Fury Road (plus fireworks)
  • July 4th - E.T. (plus fireworks)
  • July 6th - Bring It On
  • July 13th - The Exorcist 
  • July 19th - Rear Window
  • July 20th - Dumber and Dumber
  • July 27th - Twilight

For more outdoor movie screenings, see our Los Angeles Summer Guide.

Taste of the Market 

On July 23, spend the evening at Taste of the Market sampling great food at this event at L.A.'s most famous Farmer's Market. Tickets are required.

Before or after enjoying a bite, cruise around the Grove, a classy SoCal mall to shop or browse stores.  

Free Concert at Pershing Square 

During the summer, you can see free music in Pershing Square on Saturday nights.

On July 27th at 7 pm, you can see an excellent band Aterciopedados, a Latin-American folk-rock group. 

Though it is free, you must reserve a ticket. You can do that here.  

Walk Hollywood Boulevard

One of the most famous streets in the USA, Hollywood Boulevard, takes on a totally different feel once the sun goes down. 

The lights from the theatres reflect off of the buffed stars on the Walk of Fame and it’s a fun atmosphere to take a stroll or grab drinks or dinner.

Read our full post on things to do in Hollywood.

See the Royal Ballet 

From July 5-7, the Royal Ballet is performing Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling. It is a dramatic interpretation of the true story of the Austro-Hungarian Crown Prince Rudolf and his mistress in 1889. 

It is in town for only a few evenings so be sure to book in advance.  It is recommended for ages 12 and up.

See an Improv Or Comedy Show

L.A. is well known for comedy and improv. You may be seeing seasoned Los Angeles improvisers, you might catch a group of students, or you may be in on a night when Aziz Ansari is trying out new material.

Below are just a few places to catch an evening comedy show.  


Stand-Up Comedy

For suggestions on other nighttime activities, read the other sections of this post or our post on things to do at night in LA.

Be sure to check out our Los Angeles Summer Guide for even more things to do at night.


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Los Angeles always has free events going on, for example, some of the items we’ve listed above like the 4th of July Parade in Santa Monica are 100% free to attend!

For even more free activities, see our guide to free things to do in LA.



Smorgasberg in L.A.

Smorgasberg is the largest open-air weekly food market in America!  Stop by every Sunday between 10am-4pm.

The market is free but you will definitely be tempted to spend a few bucks on a meal or two or three.

See their website for details.

Free Night Events at Griffith Observatory

The Observatory is regularly open in the evening so that people can gaze at the stars with their amazing telescopes.

During summer, the Observatory offers many additional events. Here’s the July schedule:

  • July 5 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm: All Space Considered Lecture
  • July 10 at 7:55 pm - 8:55 pm: Sunset Walk & Talk
  • July 13 at 2 pm-9:45 pm: Public Star Party
  • July 13 - 24: All Space Considered Remember Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary

Free Concerts at the Skirball Cultural Center

July has a great lineup with Gaby Moreno on July 18 and Rio Mira on July 25.  

There will be snacks and drinks for purchase while you enjoy the music and watch the sun go down in LA.

Free Workouts

There are loads of places to get a free workout in Los Angeles. Head to Venice’s famous Muscle Beach to watch the bodybuilders or join in!

Go to Santa Monica’s stairs or snap an Instagram pic of the Micheltorena Stairs Silver Lake.

Check out these suggestions for free workouts.

Summer Nights Concerts

KCRW presents a variety of summer concerts at numerous venues throughout Los Angeles.

The evening concerts feature a variety of musical genres and are free and open to people of all ages!

More information available here.

Moonlight Movies on the Beach

Alfredo’s Beach Club in Long Beach offers free nighttime movies throughout the month of July for people of all ages.

Moviegoers can also enjoy food trucks, snack shops, and kettle corn!

All movies begin at dusk. Click here for a full schedule.

Catch the Grunion Run

Something that’s enjoyable and unique to southern California is the Grunion Run.

The Run is when thousands of tiny, silvery fish come onto the sand to spawn during the full or new moon!

For those interested in wild marine life, this is an event not to be missed. Check the schedule here.

Go to the Broad Museum and take a Public Tour

The Broad Museum has an incredible collection of contemporary art and amazingly the general admission is free with a pre-reservation!

What many people don’t know is that the Broad offers public art tours on most days. Typically they are at 1:15 pm and 3:15 pm. There are also some Spanish tours on the weekends.

Check their website for their updated schedule.

TIP: Our guide to free things to do in LA lists a number of activities and events that won’t cost you a dime!


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Families with children can always find something to please in the City of Angels! Here are some of the best things to do with kids in July in LA.

For more ideas, take a look at our post to things to do in LA with kids.

Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival

Held at Marine Stadium in Long Beach, the Dragon Boat Festival is sure to delight for people of all ages! In 2019, it takes place on July 27-28. It is free to attend.

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy boat races, Chinese acrobats, martial arts demonstrations, and dance performances among other things. 

Echo Park Lotus Festival 

On July 14-15, take the whole family to the 38th annual Lotus Festival in Echo Park! The festival is free to attend.

This festival offers entertainment, a children’s area, a Chinese pavilion, and arts & crafts vendors, and dragon boat races among other things.

There will also be a food court and a tea house and ceremony.

Summer Train Festival at Union Station 

From 12pm-6pm on July 14th take the family to Union Station to enjoy a beautiful collection of rare vintage train engines, model trains, a kid zone, and plenty of food trucks and live entertainment.

Check the website for more information about what will be displayed!

Shakespeare by the Sea

Enjoy a Shakespearean drama or comedy throughout multiple locations in LA for free! 

Shakespeare by the Sea presents a number of showings of “The Comedy of Errors” and “Henry V during the month of July.

Admission is free! Check the website for more information and a full schedule.

Zimmer Children’s Museum

LA’s Zimmer Children’s Museum by Sharewell is loaded with hands-on and interactive exhibits for little ones to enjoy!

Located on the Miracle Mile of museums on LA’s westside, the museum also offers classes and an art walk.

Tickets are $7.50; children under 1 are free.

Attend The Rams Football Training Camp

For any sports fans, the Rams are hosting Training Camp July 27th-August 4th at U.C. Irvine in Irvine, California.

The Rams Training Camp is completely free and fun for the whole family!  

They will have meet and greets with former Rams Legends, play in a fun kid’s zone with face painting and games, eat great food, and the opportunity to watch the Rams practice up close.

Best of all, tickets to the Los Angeles Rams Training Camp are completely free!  For more information, click here.

For more ideas of things to do with kids in LA, see our post Things to do in LA with Kids.

Make sure to have a look at our Los Angeles Summer Guide for dozens of things to do, including free activities, festivals, and family-friendly events that happen only in the summer! 


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About The Author


Mel loves to be a tourist in her own city. With a background in performing arts, tourism, and photography, giving tours and being a story-teller comes naturally to her. She loves traveling, food, and theatre. Mel splits her time between Chicago and Los Angeles (#theatrelife) and leads tours and manages both cities!
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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