17 Awesome Things To Do In Southern California This Week

A cyclist rides along Santa Monica Beach after sunset as Santa Monica Pier lights up, ahead of the July 4, 2016, weekend in Santa Monica. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

There's plenty to do this 4th of July week beyond barbecues and beer, not that those aren't awesome. The Go-Go's play three nights at the Hollywood Bowl. The Future Ladies of Wrestling compete at the Moonlight Rollerway. Zedd performs in the Cornfield. Resident holds a Daft Punk brunch. And, of course, there are fireworks. Lots and lots of fireworks. In fact, here are more options for where to catch your July 4th fireworks.


MONDAY, JULY 2 - WEDNESDAY, JULY 4; 7:30 p.m.
July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with The Go-Go's
Hollywood Bowl — 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
The rockin' ladies of the 1980s bring the beat — and the rest of their hits — to a three-night stand at the Bowl. They'l share the stage with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Thomas Wilkins, and the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West.
COST: Tickets start at $7; MORE INFO

MONDAY, JULY 2; 8 p.m.
Popshop: Transviolet
The Echo — 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park
The L.A.-based alt-pop quartet headlines an all-ages show curated by Neon Gold Records. Magic Bronson and Madge open the night.
COST: $12.50 - $16; MORE INFO

Versa-Style Dance Company leads a JAM Session at the Ford Theatre. (Photo courtesy of Versa-Dance/George Simian via Facebook)

MONDAY, JULY 2; 7 p.m.
Jam Session: Hip-Hop Dance
Ford Theatres — 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood
Members of the Versa-Style Dance Company teach people a mix of hip-hop and Afro-Latin dances. The free, all-ages, all-levels workshop is perfect for those who want to learn some show-off moves for da club or anyone who just wants to get moving.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

MONDAY, JULY 2; 8 p.m.
Hot Tub with Kurt & Kristen
The Virgil — 4519 Santa Monica Blvd., Virgil Village
Each week, Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal welcome indie comics, sketch groups and new music artists to their long-running Monfay night comedy show.
COST: $5; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JULY 3 - WEDNESDAY, JULY 4
Merica Fest 2018
Angel City Brewery — 216 Alameda St., downtown L.A.
Celebrate our crazy country's anniversary a day early, with tacos and beer starting at 4 p.m. DJ Daddy Pants spins the tunes from 7 to 10 p.m. On the 4th, the live music begins at 1:30 p.m. with Abby and the Myth, followed by Jenna Kalista & Liv Slingerland, Sarah and the Starlights and The Rhythm Shakers.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JULY 3
Henri Dauman: Summer Selections
KP Projects Gallery — 170 S. La Brea Ave., Hancock Park

Throughout his storied career, French-born photographer captured 20th century America through images of celebs, musicians, politicians, pop culture icons and regular folk (many for "Life" magazine). This exhibition is a comprehensive look at Dauman's life and career. The works remain on view through July 28. (KP Projects is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, but closed on July 4).
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JULY 3; 5 p.m.
Zedd in the Park
Los Angeles State Historic Park — 1245 N. Spring St., downtown L.A.
The Grammy Award-winning recording artist, DJ and producer headlines an 18+ mini-festival featuring Whethan, Medasin and Oliver Tree. Attendees can dance under the stars and explore the 32-acre park or participate in cornhole, croquet and a water balloon contest. Food trucks onsite include Zedd's Tacos, Pizzanista, Downtown Dogs and Afters Ice Cream.
COST: $65; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4; p.m.
Marina del Rey's 4th of July
Burton Chace Park — 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey
The marina's popular fireworks display begins at 9 p.m. Landlubbers gather before then for a synchronized music show at either the park or Fisherman's Village on Fiji Way. Because parking is at a premium, visitors who are driving should arrive by 1 p.m. and stay for the day. Many of the marina's restaurants and bars will host events, including the Marina del Rey Hotel'sRed, White and Blue Block Party. The California Yacht Club's annual Sunset Series Regatta starts at 6 p.m.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4; 8:30 - 11:30 p.m.
Melrose Rooftop Theatre: "L.A. Confidential"
E.P. & L.P — 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood
Watch Curtis Hanson's 1997 noir film under the stars and watch fireworks displays from all directions for an added bonus. This movie night is strictly 21+.
COST: $26.50 - $65 for the dinner and a movie option; MORE INFO

The Rose Bowl hosts the 92nd Americafest Celebration on July 4th. (Photo courtesy of the Rose Bowl via Facebook)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4; 2 - 9:30 p.m.
Americafest
Rose Bowl Stadium — 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena
Before the fireworks begin at 9 p.m., you can play in the Family Fun Zone or watch performances by Michael Jackson tribute artist Michael Knight, live music from Ocean Park Standoff and motorcycle stunts by TNT Freestyle Motocross.
COST: $15 - $100, children 5 and younger are admitted for free; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4; 3 - 9:30 p.m.
Grand Park + The Music Center's 4th of July Block Party
From Spring St. to Grand Ave. and from Temple St. to 2nd St., downtown L.A.
L.A.'s largest free July 4th party covers five city blocks, with DJs and live bands featured on two stages. The family-friendly celebration also includes art installations and food vendors before the big show. Fireworks will be shot from the roof of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at 9:15 p.m. Alcohol is not allowed or sold onsite
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4; 1:30 p.m.
Daft Brunch
Resident — 428 S Hewitt St., downtown L.A.
This special 4th of July brunch features guest DJs spinning disco house, French touch house and plenty of Daft Punk, while guests eat, drink and dance the afternoon away. This is a 21+ event.
COST: FREE - $10; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4; 5 p.m.
Future Ladies of Wrestling at Moonlight Rollerway
Moonlight Rollerway — 5110 San Fernando Rd., Glendale
The month-long Dirty Looks queer festival continues with these competitors vying for the title of Ultimate Multiversal Warrior. The rink has been hosting a Rainbow Skate Night for LGBTQ+ folks for more than 20 years, offering the community an alternative to the bar scene.
COST: $15; MORE INFO

The 2018 Anime Expo, happening at the L.A. Convention Center, celebrates Japanese entertainment and culture. (Photo courtesy of Anime Expo)

THURSDAY, JULY 5 - SUNDAY, JULY 8
Anime Expo
Los Angeles Convention Center — 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown L.A.
The annual celebration of Japanese entertainment — anime, manga, music, fashion, gaming — is expected to draw more than 350,000 visitors. Panels, the artist alley and film/TV screenings are included in admission. Other events are ticketed separately. One of the highlights is a Thursday concert with m-flo, PKCZ®, YASUTAKA NAKATA, Crystal Kay, Hachioji P, TeddyLoid, Masayoshi Iimori and YUC'e.
COST: Adult admission starts at $70; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 5; 8 p.m.
"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" - in Concert
Hollywood Bowl — 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
J.K. Rowling's fourth novel, which continued the adventures of the boy wizard and his friends at Hogwarts, took on a second life as a 2005 movie. It plays on the big screen while conductor Justin Freer leads the L.A. Phil through a live score
COST: Tickets start at $14; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 5; 5:30 - 9 p.m.
Sizzling Summer Nights
The Autry Museum — 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
Get out your dancing shoes because the museum's popular summer series returns with the L.A.'s best salsa and Latin fusion bands playing live. This week, it's Opa Opa, free salsa lessons and late-night access to the galleries. Tacos, margaritas and other refreshments are available for purchase. The series runs weekly through Aug. 16.
COST: $6 - $14; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 5; 7 - 9 p.m.
July Curated Cocktails
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara — 653 Paseo Nuevo, Upper Arts Terrace, Santa Barbara
If you have a long weekend, head up the coast for Summer Nights with KCRW, which coincides with downtown Santa Barbara's 1st Thursdays art walk. Cocktails are inspired by the museum's current exhibition, "Barry McGee: SB Mid Summer Intensive." Galleries will be open late and KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd spins the tunes.
COST: FREE (cocktails extra); MORE INFO

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