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10 Best Things To Do In LA In July

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Enjoy the sunset from a rooftop bar on our Hollywood Speakeasy Bar Tour

As summer – more commonly known as pool party season in Los Angeles – gets into full gear we start the month off with THE most ‘merican of celebrations, Independence Day. It’s a special day here, probably partly because LA has a such a significant immigrant population (they’re often the ones who are most enthusiastic about being American). Nevertheless, there’s a ton of different events and activities to do here this month. What I’ve tried to do here is suggest a bunch of them that you may not have thought of, but may really want to do. So, here are my ideas for the best things to do in LA in July.

Events & Activities in Los Angeles This Month

1. VISIT A WINERY (ALL MONTH)

Most people don’t know this, but Los Angeles used to be the center of the California wine industry, selling its produce to the rest of the state and the East Coast. In fact, in the nineteenth century, if you bought a bottle of wine and it said ‘California’ on the label, you knew it was from LA. The first winery in California occupied the site of today’s Union Station, where a French immigrant by the name of Jean Louis Vignes planted a huge vineyard that was watered by the Los Angeles River (hence Vignes Street, which runs behind the station).

Vignes’s vineyards are long gone, but The Angeleno Wine Company continues this tradition today. They source their grapes only from Vineyards within Los Angeles County and their Chinatown-adjacent tasting room is open to the public every weekend, and is a great spot to enjoy one of their fine wines (more information here).

Another option is the Malibu Wine & Beer Garden, which is also open on weekends (more information here).

2. WATCH THE SUN SET FROM A ROOFTOP BAR (ALL MONTH)

One of the best things to do in LA in July is to witness one of the amazing sunsets we often get here (it could be something to do with the pollution!). One of the best places to have on of those those magical moments is at a rooftop bar – something else we have a lot of here. If you’re in the right spot you can see the sun set over the city, the Pacific and the mountains.

Our recommendations are:

Perch (Pershing Square, downtown)

Grandmaster Recorders (Cahuenga Boulevard, Hollywood)

Highlight Room, Dream Hotel (Selma Street, Hollywood)

Yamashiro (N Sycamore Avenue, Hollywood)

Shangri-La Hotel (Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica)

3. GO FOR A HIKE AND SEE THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN FROM UP CLOSE (ALL MONTH)

There are so many hiking options around LA that you’re really spoilt for choice. Arguably the San Gabriel Mountains have better hiking than the Hollywood Hills, simply because they’re higher and part of a HUGE state park, but Griffith Park sure ain’t bad! If you’re looking for drama (and a good workout) you can’t go far wrong with the Burbank Peak Trail (formerly known as the Wonder View Trail), which will take you up to the top of Mount Cahuenga, where sits the Wisdom Tree. From there you can hike over the top of Mount Lee to the back of the Hollywood Sign (the closest you can get to it). 

We offer a much easier option though, the Mount Hollywood Hike, which still affords amazing views of the city and Hollywood Sign, and which finishes at the Griffith Observatory (yet another LA jewel). It runs every day at 4pm in July, and is a great way to experience and learn about this amazing park.

More information here.

Mount Hollywood Hike

4. CATCH A DODGERS GAME (ALL MONTH)

What could possibly be a better thing to do in Los Angeles during summer than to spend an evening at Dodgers Stadium watching the American national sport. The Dodgers are one of the most successful and storied sides in MLB, as recently as 2020 they won the actual World Series and they came within a whisker of making the play-offs last year, so it’s well worth it.

More information here.

5. CELEBRATE U.S. INDEPENDENCE DAY (JULY 4)

There are many places you can celebrate old Uncle Sam’s birthday on July 4, but the main celebration organized by the City of Los Angeles is in Grand Park, in front of City Hall, and the biggest firework display is at Marina Del Rey. Definitely one of the best things to do in LA in July.

Grand Park (downtown LA)

Dodger Stadium – there’s an extra special firework display for July 4.

Hollywood Bowl – July 4 fireworks spectacular with the Beach Boys.

The Ross Bowl (Pasadena) – enjoy fireworks and an LA Galaxy vs LA FC soccer game.

Marina Del Rey – enjoy fireworks on the waterfront.

6. WATCH A MOVIE UNDER THE STARS (ALL MONTH)

With the great weather that we get throughout the year LA is a great place to watch a movie in the great outdoors. We have quite a few rooftop cinemas, as well as screenings in parks and other urban settings, so there’s a lot to choose from. Here are three great options:

Streetfood Cinema

Rooftop Cinema Club

Melrose Rooftop Theatre

7. GO TO A THEME PARK (ALL MONTH)

Something else we sure have a lot of in Southern California is theme parks or adventure parks. Obviously everyone knows Disneyland (which was the original theme park), but we also have Knotts Berry Farm, Legoland California, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Universal Studios Hollywood. Take your pick, they’re all awesome and always one of the best things to do in LA in July.

8. GO TO AN EXHIBITION (ALL MONTH)

LA has a ton of world-class museums, but there are several exhibitions this month that you may not be aware of and which are super interesting. Keith Haring: Art is for Everybody (the Broad) is definitely well-worth visiting, as is Thomas J Price Beyond Measure (Hauser & Wirth).

For another idea how about a live interactive show at a historic hotel? What am I talking about? The Hotel Who? A Love Story, at the Biltmore Hotel on Pershing Square.

Step into the captivating world of 1950s Los Angeles at the stunning Biltmore Hotel, where you’ll meet the eccentric cast of characters who need your help to solve riddles and gather ingredients for a spell-breaking elixir. But that’s not all! Dress up in your best 1950s attire for an immersive experience like no other.

The Hotel Who?

More information here.

9. GO TO A COMEDY SHOW (VARIOUS DATES)

Who couldn’t do with a good laugh at the moment, or any moment for that matter? Most of LA’s comedy clubs have reopened with shows featuring lineups of both household names and up-and-coming stand-ups. Hollywood Improv has a full slate of shows and The Comedy Store and the Laugh Factory have a nightly program. Don’t Tell Comedy is an underground series of “secret” standup shows offering pop-up shows at outdoor venues, including parking lots and rooftops.

10. VOLUNTEER FOR A GOOD CAUSE (ALL MONTH)

Volunteering is something that, let’s face it, if you’re reading this you probably could be doing too :-). Nonprofits are always looking for volunteers, some local ones I know are Homeboy Industries826LA, Friends of the Ballona Wetlands and Breathe Southern California. Also consider the LA Mutual Aid Network, a collection of people doing direct, street-level service for others. The City of LA also has a portal, VolunteerLA, to connect people with opportunities to get involved. A lot of activities are fun – like tree planting on urban farms, where you’re paid with a t-shirt and community meal.

Legoland
Legoland California

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– By Damien Blackshaw (Twitter)

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