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10 Best Things To Do In LA, July 2022
As summer – and pool party season – get into full gear, so to speak, we start the month off with THE most ‘merican of celebrations, Independence Day. There are always a lot of things to do in Los Angeles this month, but 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 what are the best things to do in LA, July 2022?
1. VISIT A WINERY (THROUGHOUT JULY)
Most people don’t know this, but Los Angeles used to be the center of the California wine industry, selling 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 Union Station, where a Frenchman 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 operates nearby. They source their grapes only from Vineyards within LA County and their Chinatown-adjacent tasting room is open to the public every weekend (it can get quite lively, in the best way). Another option is the Malibu Wine & Beer Garden, which is also open on weekends.
2. WATCH THE SUN SET FROM A ROOFTOP BAR (ALL MONTH)
One of many nice things about Southern California is the amazing sunsets we often get here (it could be the pollution!). One of the best places to watch those sunsets is from a rooftop bar – something else we have a lot of here. 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 (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 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.
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. It runs every day at 4pm in July, and is a great way to experience and learn about the park.
4. CATCH A DODGERS GAME (DATES THROUGHOUT JULY)
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. Prices start at just $29.
5. CELEBRATE U.S. INDEPENDENCE DAY (JULY 4)
There are many places you can celebrate old Uncle Sam for July 4th, 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, July 2022.
Grand Park (downtown LA)
Dodger Stadium – you can also watch a baseball game!
Hollywood Bowl – you can also catch a performance with Steve Martin and Martin Short.
The Ross Bowl (Pasadena) – you can also enjoy a concert.
6. WATCH A MOVIE UNDER THE STARS (DATES THROUGHOUT JULY)
With the great weather that we get throughout the year LA is a great place to watch a movie in the open air. We have quite a few rooftop cinemas, as well as screenings in parks and other urban settings, so there’s lots to choose from. Here are three great options:
7. GO TO A THEME PARK (THROUGHOUT JULY)
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!
8. GO TO AN EXHIBITION (THROUGHOUT JULY)
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. The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is definitely well-worth visiting, as well as its sister Immersive Frida Kahlo. Both are in the old Amoeba records Building, near Sunset and Vine in Hollywood.
Another museum that’s a must-see is the California African American Museum, which has a couple of great exhibitions: Matthew Thomas Enlightenment and Body + Text: Selections from the Permanent Collection, which pairs representations of the Black body with linguistic and textual elements, such as words, musical notations and other symbols.
9. GO TO A COMEDY SHOW (DATES THROUGHOUT JULY)
Who couldn’t do with a good laugh at the moment? 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 is open almost nightly. 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 (THROUGHOUT JULY)
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 Industries, 826LA, 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.
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– By Damien Blackshaw (Twitter)