Happy Independence Day America!  Time to get out your best beach umbrellas, fire up the grill and get ready to watch some amazing fireworks.  July is the month that is the halfway point of our quickly moving year.  Take this time to reflect on what it means to be in our country and what our founding fathers worked so hard to create.  As we celebrate our independence, we also celebrate life, family and friends!

Fri Jul 1st

DWTNThe Grammy Museum is continuing the celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in the US with a special exhibit: Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles.  This traveling exhibit features photos and memorabilia marking the historic day of their arrival to our shores.

LA – The Grove/Farmers Market – Free Summer Music Series at Farmers Market is going strong this Friday night.  Enjoy a new band each Friday featuring Latin Jazz, World Beat Soul, Swing and more!
See the calendar for complete listing.

PasadenaThe Norton Simon Museum offers a free evening to the public the first Friday of every month.  Check out some amazing works and enjoy a fun night in Pasadena.

Pasadena –  Head out to the Levitt Pavilion for the  Pasadena Summer Music Festival.  This festival is running every weekend through September.  This weekend: Jai Uttal will be a featured performer. Get your groove on in Beautiful Pasadena!

Santa Monica – The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is getting into the spirit of Shark Week with fun displays and activities that help the public look past the misconceptions about sharks and teach what a vital role they play in the health of our ecosystem.  Enjoy interactive displays, games and lots of informative fun!

Sat Jul 2nd

Beverly Hills – Franklin Canyon Park –  Surround yourself in some outdoor movie history at Franklin Canyon Park. Saturday for Franklin’s Movie Magic. Meet at Sooky Goldman Nature Center for this 2 hour hike.

La Canada/Flintridge – Descanso Gardens – Join the Little Explorers program at the gardens.  Kids ages 2-5 years can learn to connect with nature and plants, enjoy crafts and hands-on activities. Meets at the Magnolia Lawn.

Pasadena Kidspace takes an amazing informative journey into the world of our animal friends.  From Mammals to insects, kids can get a closer look at some of the most interesting animals.  Kids can make animal crafts and enjoy some informative demonstrations.

Santa Monica – Head out to the coast for The Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip 2016 at Virginia Park in Santa Monica.  Activities include signings with authors and illustrators, fun games, giveaways, crafts and the chance to take a photo with Clifford the Big Red Dog along with other children’s books classic characters.  Ideal for 3-12 year olds, the event is sponsored by Children’s Book World and the Santa Monica Public Library.

Sherman OaksSherman Oaks Galleria Kids Club will be holding their weekly event.  Lasting an hour, the Kids Club features entertainers, sing-a-longs and other fun performances. This weekend: Singer Wendee.

Sherman Oaks – Williams Sonoma – Junior Chef Classes are being offered at Williams-Sonoma.  These baking classes help kids learn how to follow recipes and have some fun tasting them afterwards.  This weekend’s course is: Ice Cream Shop.

Simi Valley – Head out to Simi to beat the heat with Dive-In Movies.  Where else can you drift on the water while watching some of your favorite movies?  This weekend’s flick is: Inside Out – Head to the pool around 6pm and the movie starts at dusk.

Various LA LocationsHome Depot Kids Workshops presents their free monthly workshop for kids between the ages of 5-12.  Designed to teach basic DIY skills, Home Depot offers kids materials, a workshop apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.  This weekend is the Ice Age Bowling Game creation.  You can use the store finder to find the one nearest to you.

Sun Jul 3rd

Beverly Hills – Franklin Canyon –  Franklin Canyon Park offers a fun Nature Trek this Sunday.  This invigorating hike covers all types of terrain as well as being able to spot wildlife and native plants and foliage.  This is a moderate to difficult hike, so make sure you prep for the journey!

Hollywood Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Sunday July 3rd
Celebrate 4th of July with a showing of Grease.  Enjoy the flick and partake in their themed photobooth, live DJ and a fireworks show!
More Info: http://cinespia.org/event/grease/

Mon – 4th of July – Happy Independence Day!

Downtown – Grand Park 4th of July Block Party
Grand Park is having a party like no other.  This free and affordable event is in the heart of downtown and sure to please.  Featuring delicious food truck fare, live music and a ton of activities, this even will be the place to be.  You are free to bring a picnic if you like, but no alcohol will be allowed.  You can even bring your dogs!I If you plan on braving the crowds via public transit, be advised that the Metro station in the park will be closed so Pershing Square will be your closest stop.
More info: http://grandparkla.org/event/4th-of-july-block-party/?instance_id=93292Hollywood – Hollywood Bowl’s 4th of July Extravaganza
The Bowl is serving up the 4th with a great concert by ‘70s legends, Chicago.  The band will be playing their biggest hits into the evening.  Following the show, the orchestra will play all the patriotic bests against the backdrop of an amazing fireworks spectacular.
Check their website for ticket information
Or you can head out to the Hollywood Bowl overlook to see the entire night sky, lit up!

Lakeview Terrace –  Annual San Fernando Valley Independence Day Celebration
A free holiday celebration featuring music and other live entertainment, food and fireworks. Take a swim in the 1.5-acre swim lake available for use during the day.
When: July 4, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Hansen Dam Recreation Area, 11770 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace
More info: 1-888-LA PARKS (527-2757), laparks.org

La Crescenta –  4th of July Fireworks show
Music, rides and a lineup of food trucks. The evening ends with about a 15-minute fireworks show.
When: July 4; gates open at 4 p.m. and close at 8:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m.
Where: La Crescenta Elementary School playground, 2800 Prospect Ave., La Crescenta
Cost: General admission, $5; children age 2 and under, free. Rides extra.
More info: cvfireworks.com

Pacific Palisades – Pacific Palisades Presents their 4th of July Parade and Celebration
Take the gorgeous ride up to the Palisades for a real California Independence Day experience.  Just prior to the event’s 2pm kick-off, a band of patriotic skydivers will descend from the sky, kicking off the star of the parade.  Watch as the marching band plays and dances fill the streets.  The parade runs on Sunset Blvd. between Via de la Paz and Drummond.  The parade is free, and they encourage getting there early to snag a good vantage point.  VIP grandstand seats are available starting at $50.
Cost: Free parade, $10 for the concert and firework event.
More Info: http://palisadesparade.org

Pasadena – Rose Bowl
Head out to the iconic Rose Bowl to celebrate 4th of July at Americafest!  With loads of classic American food, a motorcycle stunt show and their world-renowned fireworks display, Pasadena is a great place to enjoy some family fun.  Gates open at 2pm on Monday and the fireworks show starts at 9pm.  Parking is $20.  Tailgate picnics are highly encouraged to get more bang for your parking buck.
When: 2pm-end of fireworks show
Cost: $13 general admission; $25 reserved seating; free under-5s
More Info: http://www.rosebowlstadium.com/events/detail/america-fest

Porter Ranch/Northridge – 4th of July Spectacular
A free festival and fireworks show at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch. It includes moon bounces and face painting for the children, an outdoor stage show and food purchases from more than a dozen local food vendors. The festival culminates in a 21-minute fireworks display.
When: July 4, 4:30-10 p.m.; gates open at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch
Distance from Encino: 16 miles
More info: theshepherd.org/events/4th-of-july-spectacular

Studio City – CBS Studio Center – Studio City 4th of July Celebration
Every year, CBS Studio Center puts on the best event.  This annual celebration takes over the entire lot and features live music, a car show, local business expo and tons of kid friendly activities.  You can pack your own picnic or partake in the food and libations at the event.  You can purchase Kids Fun Zone wristbands or VIP tickets for food and alcohol tastings, roof access and more. The night will culminate with a dazzling fireworks show, after which you can return to your car (parked for free on Radford Ave), feeling satisfied that you did Independence Day right.
Cost: General Admission $25; Ages 6-12 $10; Ages 5 and under free
More info: http://www.studiocitychamber.com/

Thousand Oaks – All day-All American Festivities
A day of activities (pancake breakfasts, open swims, concerts and a home run derby) is capped off with a fireworks show free to the public.
Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
More Info: http://redtri.com/los-angeles/4th-of-july-in-thousand-oaks/

Woodland Hills – Annual Dennis P. Zine July 4th Extravaganza
A celebration that includes a play zone for kids, a free concert, food vendors and a fireworks show.
When: July 4. Concert at 6-8 p.m. Fireworks to live music at 9:05 p.m.
Where: Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills
Cost: Free
Parking: $15 in any of the Warner Center structures between Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Canoga Avenue or Califa and Oxnard streets.
More info: 818-704-1358, valleycultural.org

Fri Jul 8th

DWTN – You don’t want to miss the LA Food Fest 2016!  This event is LA’s largest and most affordable tasting event.  Returning for its 7th year, the festival features vendors and foodies from all over the city.  If you hurry, you can enter a drawing with Yelp to win 2 free tickets to the kick-off event this Friday!  Click here for details!

Old Pasadena – Come out for the Old Pasadena Summer Cinema; a month-long, free movie series.  This annual summer film program is a tribute to motion pictures in all forms.  Grab a blanket or some lawn chairs and get comfy!

Sherman Oaks – Fashion Square – Summertime Cinema at Fashion Square is a summer Friday night event on the Rooftop Parking Deck at the Dining Terrace.  Walk their red carpet and snag a photo at the step-and-repeat.  You can also win a chance to hang in the Pottery Barn VIP lounge for a free dinner and other goodies.  This Friday’s flick: Clueless.  As if!

West LA – Getty CenterFriday Flights is a series sponsored by the Getty that brings together a wide range of LA based creative thinkers who use various artistic mediums combined with lights and music to represent our current culture and society.  This multi-faceted art installation spans the across the lush Getty Center gardens and is a great event to attend.

Sat Jul 9th

Burbank –  You are invited to the Southern California Genealogical Society’s open house this Saturday.  Meet members of their board who are there to offer tips and help in learning more about your family history.  Refreshments will be served as well as door prizes….but the best part is getting to learn more about yourself!

Echo Park –  Head out to the opening day of the The Lotus Festival.  The Lotus is a significant flower to many Asian cultures.  It is a symbol of rebirth, purity and life.  Enjoy food, music and so much more!

Hollywood – The Griffith Observatory presents the Public Star Party.  You and your family can look at the sun, moon, planets and other areas of space with members from the LA Astronomical Society and Sidewalk Astronomers to guide you.  These professional and amateur astronomers will be offering demonstrations and will have telescopes on hand to view our universe.

Various LA Locations – Michaels Craft Stores offers their Kids Club events throughout their SoCal stores.  This 30 minute creative crafting fun time includes supplies and requires no reservations.  This weekend: Castles and Court Banners!  Get your castle summer ready!

Sun Jul 10th

DWTN – Head out to Pershing Square for the LA Salsa Festival. Admission is free.  This weekend festival features some of the most delicious salsas in LA.  Tasting kits can be purchased so you can dip your chip to your heart’s content.

DWTN – Exposition Park – The Natural History Museum has a special interactive exhibit featuring the life of Pterosaurs.  Soar through the skies over prehistoric landscapes as you pilot your own Pterosaur in the virtual flight lab!

Pasadena – The Pasadena Playhouse present Ham: A Musical Memoir. “Adapted from Harris’ New York Times best-selling book, HAM: Slices of a Life , this musical comedy takes us from a conflicted childhood in Bible-Belt Oklahoma to the dizzying roller coaster ride of a life in show business and the precarious balancing act of fatherhood.”

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