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July 2015 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles

Event Date

Event Description




July 2-Aug. 27 Every Thursday and Saturday

Summer Music at the Pier

Come and enjoy the summer music concerts for all ages. Beach chairs are recommended.

6-8 pm

Redondo Beach Pier, Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach


July 2nd-4th

July 4 Fireworks Spectacular

Your family will love The King of Motown, Smokey Robinson, as well as the Bowl’s famous pyrotechnic display.

7:30 pm

Hollywood Bowl

2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles

Adults: $12-$156; Children: $6-$78

July 4th

AmericaFest 2015

Festivities include fireworks, live entertainment,  crafts, exhibits and inflatable rides, motorcycle stunts and a movie viewing of Despicable Me 2.

2 pm-9:30 pm

Pasadena Rose Bowl

1001 Rose Bowl Drive

$13; Children under 5 and active military: Free. Parking is $25 per car.

July 4th

Main Street 4th of July Parade

Parade starts at City Hall with decorated floats, a Grand Marshall, marching bands and more.

9:30 am

Down Main Street from Pico Blvd, turning on Marine to the beach in Santa Monica


July 4th

Newport Harbor Independence Day Boat Parade

Come marvel at California's largest patriotic boat parade. Over 100 decorated vessels will participate.

1-5 pm

Balboa Island, Newport Beach


July 4th

Sierra Madre 4th of July Celebration

Patriotic parade, followed by kids' games, free swimming, food and live music.

Parade 10 am; Games and music 11 am-3 pm

Sierra Vista Park

6111 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre


July 5th


Designed to introduce live theatre to your children in a casual setting at the right price – free!

11:30 am

Harbor View Park in Channel Islands Harbor

Near 3600 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard


July 5th

Target Free Day: Americana Fest!

Enjoy toe tapping music and storytelling traditions of the past. Banjo players, washboard musicians, rope tricks and more.

1-5 pm

The Children’s Museum at La Habra, 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra


July 5th, July 11th-12th, July 18th-19th and July 25th-26th

Family Amphitheater Performances

Various musical and theatrical groups perform twice each weekend day for families outdoors.

12 pm and 2 pm

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

Performance is included with admission. Adults $10, Students $7 and children $5.

July 7th, July 14th, July 21st, July 28th and Aug. 4th

World Rhythms Concert Series

For six Tuesday evenings, enjoy family-friendly music and from around the world. Bring a picnic (normally not allowed in the Gardens) and get ready for fun.

6 pm

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge

Regular admission prices. Adults: $9, Students: $6, Children (ages 5-12): $4, Children under 5: Free

July 9th-July 14th

Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey’s “Circus Xtreme"

Enjoy fearless acrobats, brave aerialists, tigers and much more.


STAPLES Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles


July 11th

Target Free Family Day: Okinawan Traditions

Celebrate the opening of the museum's new exhibit: Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai‘i. Special activities include performances, crafts, and a drawing workshop celebrating Okinawan culture.

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First St., Los Angeles


July 11th

Family Day Takeover

Free outdoor event featuring Minion characters, street performers, animal show, special kids menus at LA Live restaurants, arts and crafts and magic shows.

12-8 pm

LA Live

800 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles


July 11th-12th

Lotus Festival

This year's festival highlights Mongolian culture. Arts and crafts, Asian Food Court, Asian culture family entertainment.

Sat. 12-9 pm, Sun.: 12-8 pm

Echo Park Lake

751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles


July 12th, 19th, 26th

Children’s Concerts at Levitt Pavilion

Various groups perform for a family audience. Complete schedule available at their website.

6:30 pm

MacArthur Park

6th Street and S. Park View St., Los Angeles


July 12th

Old Pasadena Film Festival

This annual month-long summer film program offers a mix of timeless classics, vintage horror, award-winning documentaries, and more. Today's selection is The Witches, based on the book by Roald Dahl. Bring a picnic, a blanket and chairs, enjoy pre-show entertainment from local DJs, and try your hand at fun trivia with giveaways.

7 pm

Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena


July 17th-Aug. 16th

OC Fair

Farm and agricultural exhibits, live music, water-wise gardens, carnival rides and games, carnival food and much more.

Wed.-Fri.: 12 pm-12 am


10 am-12 am; Mon.-Tues.: Closed

OC Fairgrounds

88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa

Adults: $12

Senior (60+): $7; Youth (ages 6-12): $7

Children 5 and younger are free. Parking is $10.

July 18th

Wizard of Oz Puppet Show

Travel to Oz with Dorothy and her friends, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion in this special performance.

11 am

Brentwood Branch Library

11820 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles


July 18th

Wee Rock Kids Music Festival

This event features live music performances by LA’s favorite kids bands. There will also be art stations, treats, a photo booth, glitter tattoos and more. 50% of the proceeds from the event will benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

12-5 pm

The Americana at Brand

889 Americana Way, Glendale

$10. Kids 3 and younger are free with the donation of a coloring book and crayons. Tickets from some activities are sold at the event.

July 18th-19th

Love Long Beach Festival

Celebrate the summer with a two day festival filled with art, music, an arts and crafts village, food,  a farmers market, a Beach Dance Party on Saturday Night with a fire show. There will be many opportunities to get active including a 5k Run, swimming, beach volleyball, yoga and dog events. This event benefits a local charity, Children Today.

8 am-8 pm

Granada Beach

5000 E Ocean Blvd. at Granada Ave., Long Beach


July 18th-19th

The Golden Bird and the Dancing Princesses

Quality theater in an open-air setting for audiences of all ages.

12 pm

Carlson Memorial Park

10400 Braddock Dr., Culver City


July 19th

Hammer Kids: Close Encounters--Picture Perfect

Explore photography and bring ideas to life using various techniques with Peter Holzhauer, whose work is on view in the exhibition Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition.

11 am-1 pm

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd.,

Los Angeles

Free; Parking is available for $3 for three hours.

July 25th

Chinatown Summer Nights

This outdoor event features a capuchin monkey and trainer, a roaming musician, cooking demos from Chinese chefs, large-scale, outdoor video projections, and hands-on, Chinese cultural activities presented by local organizations and museums.

5 pm-12 am

Central and West Plazas

943 – 951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles


July 25th


The main event is the great movie from 1987, Harry and the Hendersons.

Free admission, open seating. Before the movie there will be a fire safety and prevention demo by the Los Angles County Fire Department, a presentation by Wilderness Survival and giveaways. The movie begins at dusk, approximately 8:10 pm.

7-10 pm

Malibu Bluffs Park

24250 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu

Free admission and free parking.

July 25th-26th

Oxnard Salsa Festival

Tasting tent, recipe contest, live Salsa and Latin jazz bands, kids corner activities and food vendors.

11 am-7 pm

Plaza Park

545 South A St., Oxnard

Free admission

July 25th

Family Sandcastle Building Day

Create lasting memories as you work as a team! All castle styles are welcome: moats, draw bridges, spires, windows, turrets, etc.

10 am-3 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro


July 25th-26th

Malibu Arts Festival

See award-winning painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, and other unique artisans. Children will have the opportunity to design their own works of art with artists.

10 am-6 pm

Malibu Civic Center

23555 Civic Center Way, Malibu

Free admission. There is limited free parking as well as a $10 paid lot.