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The Best 4th of July Events in Los Angeles: Fireworks, Concerts, Outdoor Movies, & More

The Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner, and Los Angeles is ready to light up the night sky with dazzling fireworks and unforgettable celebrations. As the Entertainment Capital of the World, LA excels at hosting spectacular Independence Day events. From Grand Park’s Block Party to fireworks, concerts, outdoor movies, and more, we’ve got the scoop on the best July 4th festivities in the city.

All events take place on Thursday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. Here are the top spots in the Los Angeles area hosting 2024 fireworks shows and celebrations! Stay safe, and stay cool with plenty of shade and water!

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The Best Special Events & Things to Do in Los Angeles This Weekend | June 28 – 30

This sunny and warm final weekend of June in Los Angeles is brimming with special events you won’t want to miss. After a five-year hiatus, Friday night wine tasting events are back at the Barnsdall Art Park West Lawn. A $45 ticket gets you a flight of wine curated by Silverlake Wine, plus access to a rotation of food trucks, all supported by tunes from local DJs and sweet sunset views of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park Observatory. The series continues every Friday through August 30. On Saturday, June 29, 2024, at 8:00 PM, head to the Hollywood Bowl for the Roots Picnic: ‘Hip-Hop Is the Love of My Life,’ a centerpiece of the BET Fan Fest. Questlove and The Roots will be hosting a “picnic” at L.A.’s favorite summer venue, bringing along talented friends like Queen Latifah, Common, Digable Planets, Arrested Development, The Pharcyde, and Black Sheep. Also on Saturday, from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM, check out the ‘Dear Long Beach’ Film Series at Long Beach Community Media Arts at Place LB. This event brings together four diverse emerging filmmakers who created a series of personal Super 8 diary/essay films focused on Long Beach, CA. Celebrate the completion of this project with a free public film screening in the Wrigley neighborhood of Long Beach. And that’s not all—there are plenty more events and something special for everyone inside the post!

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The Best Events & Things to Do This April in Los Angeles | April 2024

Spring has sprung in Los Angeles and if you, like me, are not going to down to Coachella to see Lana del Rey and No Doubt this April, you may be wondering just what special events and things to do are going on in Los Angeles proper during this spectactular, sunny month. Well, lucky for us all, good times are on the forecast, and we’ve compiled the best events happening all over town. From literary enthusiasts to art aficionados and outdoor enthusiasts alike, there’s something for everyone to revel in. Kicking off the month is The Other Art Fair, a rebellious yet inclusive gathering of independent artists and art lovers at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from April 4th to 7th. Then, bookworms unite at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 20th and 21st at USC/Exposition Park, where literary giants grace the stages and bookshelves overflow with treasures. Later this month, on April 21st, CicLAvia transforms Venice Blvd into a car-free haven, inviting residents and visitors to explore 5.75 miles of open streets connecting Palms, Mar Vista, and Venice Beach. While these events shine brightly on April’s calendar, there’s a plethora of other happenings awaiting discovery in the City of Angels.

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New Women Auteurs of Contemporary World Cinema | FREE

This winter, join guest curator Jacqueline Lyanga, Global Cinematheque’s Founder and Artistic Director, for a spotlight on auteur women of contemporary world cinema. This free public screening series will showcase debuts and second features from women who both write and direct their films. These filmmakers all bring their own distinct point-of-view and visual and narrative style and evolve the representation of women in cinema. The series will feature the Mexican film Tótem by Lila Avilés, the Malaysian film Tiger Stripes by Amanda Nell Eu, the French film The Rapture (Le Ravissement) by Iris Kaltenbäck, and the British film Girl by British-Nigerian filmmaker Acura Onashile.

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The Best Events Happening This Weekend in Los Angeles | July 21 – July 23

Get ready for an exhilarating summer in Los Angeles with a fantastic lineup of events! First up, the Marina Del Rey Summer Concert Series presents Cowboy Junkies at Burton Chase Park on July 22, 2023. Enjoy symphonic and pop concerts against the stunning waterfront backdrop for free! On July 23, head to Los Angeles State Historic Park for FoLAR’s 2nd Annual River Fest featuring an open-air film festival, live DJ, art, education activities, food trucks, and more. Discover the interconnectedness of nature, health, art, and the L.A. River. Later that day, join LADOT and CicLAvia for Venice Boulevard: Explore the Corridor, where guided group bike rides and walks take you through protected bike lanes and surrounding neighborhoods, celebrating transportation safety improvements. Bicycles, skates, scooters, and strollers are all welcome at this event. Plus there’s plenty more special events and things to do this weekend so don’t miss out on these thrilling experiences amidst the scorching summer vibes of Los Angeles!

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The Best Events Happening This Weekend in Los Angeles | June 30 – July 2

Summer in Los Angeles is a vibrant and exciting time filled with special events and activities to enjoy before the highly anticipated July 4th celebrations next week. One great event this Friday night is Pride Night at The Original Farmers Market at The Grove. The evening promises live entertainment, bingo, and dancing under the stars, with a variety of sips and bites from vendors like Kaylin + Kaylin Pickles, Fritzi Coop, and Roxy and Jo’s Seafood. Another noteworthy event is the Whiskey Launch & Cigar Rolling Party at Tam O’Shanter on the same evening. Guests can indulge in whiskey tastings, witness live cigar rolling, and relish passed appetizers, all while experiencing an exclusive release of Tam O’Shanter’s 101-year whiskey barrel. Plus, on Sunday, Hotel Ziggy invites attendees to their Sunset Splash, a poolside party with DJ Pee Wee, Leisan, Mango & Ginger, and Vago providing the tunes, and refreshing drinks. But if those events aren’t your cup of tea (or tequila), we’ve highlighted plenty of other events going on this weekend in the city of angels. Enjoy!

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The Best Events This Weekend in Los Angeles | June 23-25

Welcome to the first weekend of summer in Los Angeles, where an array of special events awaits! Some highlights this weekend include: KCRW’s Summer Nights 2023 will kick-start the season with an outdoor dance party in Chinatown’s Central Plaza on Saturday, June 24. Join the celebration of New Chinatown’s 85th anniversary, savor the neighborhood’s culinary delights, and dance the night away to the beats of KCRW DJs. Or head over to the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall where the Disney Pride in Concert takes place on June 24-25. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles will enchant the audience with beloved Disney melodies, accompanied by a 25-piece orchestra and mesmerizing video projections. But don’t miss the Imagined Wests Exhibition Preview Day at The Autry Museum during the day on Saturday. Delve into the stories of the American West through various media and interactive activities, followed by a lively concert featuring Gaby Moreno. But one event I’m most excited about is happening at the Santa Monica Pier all weekend. The Santa Monica Pier 360 Beach Festival where you can watch beachside sports, listen to live music, and enjoy family-friendly activities under the sun.

Now that the sun is finally out and the skies are blue, I hope you all make the most of this exciting weekend in Los Angeles as you usher in the summer season!

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The Best Events This Weekend in Los Angeles | June 9-12

It may only be almost summer in Los Angeles, but the city is already buzzing with excitement as some of its best summer events are set to kick off this weekend. From music festivals to cultural celebrations, the vibrant city has something for everyone to enjoy. Take a stroll along the iconic Venice Beach Boardwalk, explore the glamorous Hollywood Walk of Fame, indulge in the delectable food scene of downtown LA, and take a look at this great curated list of amazing things to do this weekend in the city of stars.

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Jazz at LACMA Returns & Other Spring Exhibitions and Events | April 2023

I’m thrilled that Jazz at LACMA is returning on April 28th! It’s been a long wait since last season. Jazz at LACMA is one of my favorite Los Angeles events, always taking place in Smidt Welcome Plaza next door to the iconic Urban Light. It’s a great picnic opportunity for gathering with friends on the lawn and sharing food and drinks. There is also the on-site Stark Bar if you’d prefer sit down and be served. And miraculously Jazz at LACMA happens every Friday from April until November! And best of all? It’s free and open to the public. It’s the perfect opportunity to see and celebrate L.A.’s finest jazz musicians.
There are also three new exhibitions that will open at LACMA this month. Light, Space, Surface: Selections from LACMA’s Collection will open to the public on Sunday, April 2, followed by Sam Francis and Japan: Emptiness Overflowing on Sunday, April 9, and Women Defining Women in Contemporary Art of the Middle East and Beyond on Sunday, April 23. Spanning the Middle East, Japan, and beyond, these exhibitions showcase art and stories from around the world.
Hope to see you at LACMA this spring and later this summer!

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This Month at LACMA | March 2023

Your Week’s Plans Are Set with Coded

Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age, 1952–1982 includes works by more than 75 artists, many of whom were pioneers of what we now call digital art. The works reflect the simultaneous wonder and alienation that was characteristic of the 1960s and ’70s, along with the utopian and dystopian possibilities of these new machines. Reserve your tickets for this week!

Visit LACMA on Friday, March 17, and Sunday, March 19, to join free docent-led tours of the exhibition.

Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age, 1952–1982 explores how the rise of computer technology, together with its emergence in popular consciousness, impacted the making of art in the age of the mainframe. International and interdisciplinary in scope, Coded examines the origins of what we now call digital art, featuring artists, writers, musicians, choreographers, and filmmakers working directly with computers as well as those using algorithms and other systems to produce their work. Whether computer-generated or not, the many artworks considered here reflect the simultaneous wonder and alienation that was characteristic of the 1960s and ’70s, along with the utopian and dystopian possibilities of these new machines. Today, with digital technology having been fully integrated into our lives, Coded’s examination of the years leading up to the advent of the personal computer is relevant, even imperative, to fully appreciating art and culture in the age of the computer—both then and now.

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