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Event Date

Event Description




July 2-Sept. 3rd 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 Chicago, 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 3rd

Little Red Riding Hood

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 3rd

3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza

Live music and a fireworks show are the highlight of this event! Activities with an extra fee include face painting, bounce houses, rock wall and mazes. Fireworks are at 9 pm.

3:30-9:15 pm

Arroyo Vista Community Park 4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark


July 3rd

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 4th

AmericaFest 2016

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 $30 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 2nd-3rd, July 9th-10th, July 16th-17th, July 23rd-24th and July 30th-31st

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 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th

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

Target Free Family Day: Handy Crafts

To celebrate the opening of Above the Fold, this Family Day will explore origami and other fun handmade crafts. There will also be special performances by a string duo and a classical rock band.

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First St., Los Angeles


July 9th-10th

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 9th, 10th, 16th, 31st

Children’s Concerts at Levitt Pavilion

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

The times vary by the concert.

MacArthur Park

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


July 8th-30th (Fridays and Saturdays, plus select Thursdays and Sundays)

Old Pasadena Film Festival

This annual month-long summer film program offers a mix of timeless classics, vintage horror, award-winning documentaries, and more. Bring a picnic, a blanket and chairs, enjoy pre-show entertainment from local DJs, and try your hand at fun trivia with giveaways.

8:30 pm

Central Park

275 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

One Colorado Courtyard

41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena


July 15th-Aug. 14th

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 15th-16th

Pokemon Goes Outdoors!

Get in on the newest craze and explore local parks with the National Park Service. Combine the fun of catching the game's non-native creatures with learning about local wildlife and habitats.

Fri.: 3-5 pm

Sat.: 10 am

Friday: Marsh Park

2999 Rosanna St.,

Los Angeles

Sat.: Griffith Park, Merry-Go-Round

4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles


July 16th

The Reptile Family

Fun for the whole family! The Reptile Family will bring an exotic assortment of critters to the library so kids can have an up-close look at these unusual critters.

11 am

Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library

7771 Foothill Blvd.,



July 16th-17th

Love Long Beach Celebration

Celebrate the summer with a two day festival filled with art, music, an arts and crafts village, the Long Beach Aquarium on Wheels, 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, corn hole and dog events. This event benefits a local charity, Children Today.

Sat.: 9 am-10 pm

Sun.: 9 am-9 pm

Granada Beach

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


July 16th-17th

Frog Tails

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

12 pm

Carlson Memorial Park

10400 Braddock Dr., Culver City


July 16th

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 17th

Your Sky: Our Horizon

Explore art and create together as a family in this pop-up studio. Paint the sky with the artist Silke Otto-Knapp. Experiment with painting washes and create a landscape connected by a single horizon line.

11 am-1 pm

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd.,

Los Angeles

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

July 23rd

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 23rd

Family Ampitheatre Performances

The band featured this weekend is Artichoke, a Highland Park–based group that performs songs that blend infectious pop melodies with whimsical lyrics.

12 pm and 2 pm

Skirball Cultural Center

 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

Included with admission. Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $9, Children: $7

July 23rd

Flute Musical Cultural Celebration

Enjoy the evening sunset as we listen to the inspirational flute music from Eric "Medicine Wind" Alvarado. Please wear layers for changing weather conditions. Feel to bring camping chairs for your personal relaxation. Bring a flashlight. All ages welcome.

6-7:30 pm

Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center

4126 Potrero Rd., Newbury Park


July 24th

Party in the Park

It's the 75th anniversary of the City of Manhattan Beach: Parks and Recreation Dept. Celebrate the community with games and activities for the whole family, fitness, sports, arts and aquatics. There will also be live music and entertainment throughout the day.

8:30 am-7 pm

Polliwog Park

1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach


July 24th and 31st

Aloha Royal Feathers

An artist-led workshop will feature the work from the exhibit Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali'i. Explore the royal Hawaiian cloaks, capes, and leis made from brightly colored feathers. After, make your own featherwork creation, enjoy a story and dance hula.

12:30 pm


5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free with NexGen Membership (free to join!)

July 30th

National Dance Day

Celebrate with So You Think You Can Dance creator Nigel Lythgoe and celebrities from the show as they lead the crowd in the official National Dance Day routines. There will be short classes for all ages and interactive performances by talented young dancers in Los Angeles.

10 am-2 pm

Grand Park

200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles


July 30th

Art Quest!

Explore the exhibition Roman Mosaics across the Empire and the tilework found throughout the Getty Villa. Then participate in a workshop led by local artist Becca Lofchie to "wrap" the Villa’s Outer Peristyle Garden with their own ephemeral paper mosaic creations.

11 am-3 pm

Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Highway , Pacific Palisades

Free admission, $15 parking. Reservations for parking irequired.

July 30th-31st

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 30th-31st

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.

July 2016 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles