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Event Date

Event Description




July 1st-2nd

Pirate Invasion

Enjoy pirate ship attacks, pirate encampments, swordfights, costume contests, arts and crafts, live music, comedy acts, treasure hunts and more.

Sat.: 10 am-9 pm

Sun.: 10 am-6 pm

Shoreline Park

200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach

Free Admission

July 1-Aug. 31 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 1st

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 2nd

The Shoemaker and the Elves

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 4th

July 4 Fireworks

Aerial fireworks, military flyover and color guard, Americana-style entertainment by popular recording artist Steve Amerson, moon bounces, face painting for children, and food for purchase provided by local vendors.

4:30 pm

Fireworks: 9:15 pm

Shepherd of the Hills

2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles


July 4th

AmericaFest 2017

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

$15; Children under 5 and active military: Free. Parking is $20 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 8th-9th, July 15th-16th, July 22nd-23rd and July 29th-30th

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 $12, Students $9 and children $7.

July 8th

Campfire Program

Have fun at a lively campfire program presented in the Campground Amphitheater by the Malibu Creek Docents.

6 pm

Malibu Creek State Park

1925 Las Virgenes Rd., Calabasas


Parking is $3/hour

July 9th

Bob Baker Marionettes

His marionettes have entertained thousands of children and adults worldwide over many years!

6:30 pm

MacArthur Park

2230 W. 6th St., Los Angeles


July 9th

Target Free Day: Bubble Blast!

Get immersed in all things bubble with dozens of bubble wands to make a gazillion bubbles. Your family will learn about the science of bubbles at an amazing bubble show, and some lucky visitors will experience what it’s like to be inside of a giant bubble.

1-5 pm

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


July 14th-Aug. 13th

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

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 15th

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema

Wreck It Ralph

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


July 15th-Aug. 20th, Sat.-Sun. only

To Oz and Back

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

12 pm

Carlson Memorial Park

10400 Braddock Dr., Culver City


July 22nd

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 22nd

Reading is Magic with Magic Wayne

Magician Wayne Kawamoto combines magic with music, audience interaction, and comedy, and reminds kids that they can learn anything from books they find in the library.

2:00:00 PM

Central Library

630 W 5th St., Los Angeles


July 22nd

Campfire Program: Rockin' Reptile Safari

Join the Malibu Creek Docents for a lively campfire program with The Reptile Family (live animals!). Marshmallow roasting after the presentation. The program is presented in the Campground Amphitheater.

7-8 pm

Malibu Creek State Park

1925 Las Virgenes Rd., Calabasas


Hourly parking $3 per hour.

July 23rd

Art Without Walls: Shoes for a Cause

Create fantastic shoes using everyday materials just as artist Marisa Merz made booties out of copper wire. Any footwear left behind will be donated to local residents who need it.

Sun.: 11 am-1 pm

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd.,

Los Angeles

Free; Parking is available for $6 for three hours.

July 23rd and 30th

Travel to Egypt

Visit LACMA’s permanent collection of ancient art from Egypt and the Near East. Look for the mother and son gods Isis and Horus, a sarcophagus and mummy, and many animals like baboons and cats. After exploring, attend a workshop to create your own work of art.   

12:30 pm


5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free with NexGen Membership (free to join!)

July 29th

Big World Fun: Versa Style Dance Company

Prepare to get down with Versa-Style Dance Company’s high-energy journey through the history of street dance around the world. This dynamic performance features hip-hop social dances along with salsa, West African dance and merengue.

10 am-12 pm

Ford Theatres 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Los Angeles

Adults: $5

Kids: Free

July 29th-30th

Love Long Beach Celebration

Celebrate the summer with a two day festival filled with art, music and an arts and crafts village. There will be many opportunities to get active including swimming and yoga.

11 am-10 pm

Shoreline Aquatic Park

200 Aquarium Way,

Long Beach

Adults: $5; Kids 16 and younger: Free

Parking for the event is at Pike's Place Garage.

95 S Pine Ave., Long Beach

July 29th-30th


This exciting new adaptation of the classic Italian story incorporates the audience’s imagination to reinforce the universal importance of telling the truth.

11 am

Morgan Wixson Theater

2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica

Adults: $12

Children: $10

There is a convenience fee applied as well.

July 29th-30th

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 to the festival.

The concert each night is $5/person.

July 2017 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles