Here’s your guide to what’s happening in the San Fernando Valley during the next two weekends, July 12, 13, 14 and 19, 20, 21. 

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Fri July 12th

LOS ANGELES: Late Night Fridays at the Tar Pits – La Brea Tar Pits and Museum – From 5 to 8 pm. Friday evenings this summer, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum are open with FREE General Admission and special activities to enhance your visit. Witness excavators working at their active sites Project 23 and Pit 91.

TORRANCE: Summer Friday Drive-In at the Roadium: Grease – Roadium Open Air Market – Gate opens at 6:30 pm, movie starts at 8 pm. The Roadium is reviving its classic 1950’s drive-in for a one-of-a-kind movie-going experience this summer. Every Friday night, guests can enjoy a great film in this throwback retro setting, along with food trucks, movie concessions, and more! Only $20 per car (includes $5 admission, $15 parking and a charitable donation to a local non-profit). Tonight is also Classic Car Night.

SANTA MONICA: Summer Shows at the Santa Monica Library – Fairview Branch – Starts at 2:30 pm. The Santa Monica Public Library’s Fairview Branch presents fun summer shows on Fridays. Tickets are FREE and are available starting half an hour before showtime. Today’s show: Annie Banannie’s Wacky Alien Talent Show

LOS ANGELES: Outdoor Movies: The Devil Wears Prada – Skirball Cultural Center – Gate opens 6 pm, movie starts at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $12, members are FREE. Sit under the stars at the Skirball Cultural Center to watch this fashion-film favorite. Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep star in this comedy about an aspiring journalist who lands her first job as an assistant at a fashion magazine run by a stern but savvy editor. Arrive early to view the exhibitions! Museum doors open at 6 pm for viewing of the exhibitions Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich and Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite. Wine, beer, and light fare will be available for purchase throughout the night.

Sat July 13th

PASADENA: APOLLO 11 – An Immersive 360˚ Adventure – In 1969, man landed on the moon, and You. Are. There! APOLLO 11 is the story of the 400,000 individuals it took to land a man on the Moon as told through the eyes of Ben, a retired NASA Aerospace engineer. He recounts those heady days to his granddaughter Sydney, who finds her eyes turning away from her smartphone and up to the sky as she dreams about the endless possibilities of space. Staged in the groundbreaking, purpose-built Lunar Dome, Apollo 11 is a truly immersive live show performed by 20 actors under 40,000 square feet of stunning 360° video projection and brought to life by world-class theatre design, a full orchestral score and life-size rockets. Tickets start at $25 (plus fees).

HOLLYWOOD: Big World Fun – Ford Amphitheatre – Viver Brasil Dance Company introduces kids to the joyful dance and music of Brazil’s samba, Cuba’s rumba, and Puerto Rico’s bomba. The Ford Amphitheatre’s Big World Fun family series presents hour-long music, dance, and theater performances for children on select Saturday mornings in July and August. The shows have open seating and advance reservations are advised. Guests may arrive early for free pre-show craft projects on the entryway plaza at 9 am. Kids get in FREE; adult tickets are $5. 

REDONDO: 2019 Summer of Music FREE Concerts on the Pier – From 6 to 8 pm. Redondo Pier is hosting FREE concerts Thursdays and Saturdays through Aug. 31. Tonight’s band: CC Stugino Blues Rock.

LOS ANGELES: Griffith Observatory Tribute to Apollo’s 50th Anniversary – Starting today at 2 pm. Griffith Observatory is also celebrating the Apollo 11 anniversary starting July 13. Today’s events include the Golden Moon festival kickoff, public Star party (moonrise at 5:35 pm), and two screenings of the “Apollo 11” movie (admission charged for movie). Many events are FREE.

Sun July 14th 

LONG BEACH: Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe – From 12:30 – 4:30 pm. Make real adobe bricks, plaster the horno, construct a mini-adobe home, compete in mud relay races, and much more — all while learning about Southern California’s rich history! Adobe is one of the oldest building materials on earth. These sun-dried bricks are traditionally made of adobe soil (which is rich with clay content), water, sand, and straw. General admission is $7 adults, $5 children ages 3 – 12)

LOS ANGELES: The Adventures of Christopher Robin – Occidental Children’s Theater – Show begins at 10 am. Occidental Children’s Theater presents an original story, The Adventures of Christopher Robin Hood, plus three adaptations of traditional folktales for a seven-week outdoor run in the Remsen Bird Hillside Theater on the Occidental campus. Cost is $12 for adults, children (2 – 12) $9. See website for more show dates.

SAN FERNANDO: Kids Summer Fun Event – From 1 to 5 pm. The Children’s Dental Fun Zone is having a FREE summer fun event at our office for their community! Bring the family for a good fun time! There will be free games, prizes, dental screenings, food and more fun things for the kids!

PASADENA: FREE Day at USC Pacific Asia Museum – The University of Southern California’s Pacific Asia Museum has Free Second Sundays each month. It includes admission to the galleries all day.

Fri July 19th 

TORRANCE: Summer Friday Drive-In at the Roadium: Selena – Roadium Open Air Market – Gate opens at 6:30 pm, movie starts at 8 pm. The Roadium is reviving its classic 1950’s drive-in for a one-of-a-kind movie-going experience this summer. Every Friday night, guests can enjoy a great film in this throwback retro setting, along with food trucks, movie concessions, and more! Only $20 per car (includes $5 admission, $15 parking and a charitable donation to a local non-profit). Tonight the In-N-Out truck will be there.

SANTA MONICA: Summer Shows at the Santa Monica Library – Fairview Branch – Starts at 2:30 pm. The Santa Monica Public Library’s Fairview Branch presents fun summer shows on Fridays. Tickets are FREE and are available starting half an hour before showtime. Today’s show: Georgette Baker’s Silly Songs and Goofy Stories

LOS ANGELES: Griffith Observatory Tribute to Apollo’s 50th Anniversary – Today’s events include Stations of Apollo, “Apollo 11” film screening, and after-hours Moon party with Friends of the Observatory. Many events are FREE.

Tiger sticking out tongue. Los Angeles Zoo.

LOS ANGELES: Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo – Griffith Park – Starts at 6 pm. See the zoo in a whole new light at this special after-hours exploration series. Those 18 and up can roam the zoo on their own or learn from pop-up zookeeper talks and live animal encounters. Unleash your own inner animal at live shows from local bands plus a dance party at the carousel. Local food truck faves will be on hand, along with a full bar. Cost is $21 per person. Ages 21+.

Sat July 20th

PASADENA: The 3rd American Fertility Expo & Conference – Pasadena Conference Center – From 9 am to 5 pm. Come to a full day of cutting-edge seminars by top fertility professionals, interactive workshops, networking opportunities with leading medical professionals, and the space to learn, reflect, recharge, and renew in a safe and discreet venue. There will also be a chance to have one-on-one consultations with fertility experts, fertility screenings, visit the rejuvenation room, and terrific raffles. The first 500 attendees will receive a VIP event bag filled with promotional items. Tickets in advance $15 and $20 at the door.

LOS ANGELES: Griffith Observatory Tribute to Apollo’s 50th Anniversary – Today’s events include Stations of Apollo; A Step on the Moon: Past, Present, Future; A Look Back at Apollo, The Mysteries of the Moon; Man on the Moon: Hoax or No Hoax?; Artemis and the Return to the Moon; and Our Future on the Moon. Many events are FREE.

CANOGA PARK: Canoga Park Art Walk – downtown – From 6 to 9 pm. Over 200 artists and vendors fill booth spaces to show off and sell their artwork and wares, a live music stage hosts local DJs, bands and musicians, street artists, mural artists, and graffiti artists paint live for the public and food vendors and food trucks provide the eats for the evening. The businesses of Downtown Canoga Park host various events, art shows, specials and sales within their stores and live art installations fill the streets.

LOS ANGELES: 24th Annual LA Curaco Kids Fair – From 12 to 5 pm. FREE event! This is the 24th Annual LA Curaco Kids Fair. Over 30,000 have attend this exciting event most years. The event is free to all and offers more than 15 childrens rides, a reading tent where Univision personalities read to the children and over 40 exhibitors that sell, sample and display various items appropriate for kids of all ages.

Sun July 21st

SAN CLEMENTE: San Clemente Ocean Festival – San Clemente Pier – Starts at 8 am (also on Saturday). This annual festival, which has its roots in the lifeguard community, features athletic competitions such as dory boat races and SUP surfing championships, kids’ eventssuch as a surfing contest, a “dolphin dash,” and a fishing derby, as well as a youth pavilion, and more. New this year are the Tandem Boogie Board contest and the Pier Bowl Surf Classic. A free beach concert and sand-sculpting contest are offered as well. Kids also enjoy the woody car exhibits, and Ocean Art.  

MISSION HILLS: Vintage Clothing Sale – From 1 to 4 pm. Hosted by the San Fernando Valley Historical Society & Adobe Museum. The vintage clothing collection at the Adobe is bursting at the seams! Over the years, generous people have donated so many items that they can’t keep them all. Check out a selection of hats, purses, clothes, and textiles from the 1930s to 1970s.

VISTA DEL MAR: Elevation Society Bonfire – Dockweiler Beach – From 7:30 to 9 pm. There is something about a bonfire that allows people to feel comfortable with vulnerability and allows people to connect and come together. Come share stories that may help complete strangers, come release issues that may be holding you back from your full potential. Come talk about how we can make this world a better place. Come get some delicious s‘mores and other amazing treats. Additional information will be released upon registration. *BYOB – Bring Your Own Blanket. It tends to get a tad chilly by the water.

LOS ANGELES: Griffith Observatory Tribute to Apollo’s 50th Anniversary – Today’s events include Stations of Apollo; Moon Rush: The New Space Race (book signing and lecture by author Leonard David). Many events are FREE.


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