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Fourth of July Weekend

06/30/2017

Los Angeles’ Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry
Enjoy some of the most celebrated food in Los Angeles because Los Angeles’ Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry returns to Culver City. The annual tasting event will feature the city’s top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists. One hundred percent of proceeds from the event benefit No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America. Led by Chef-Chair Bruce Kalman (Union, Knead), Los Angeles’ culinary tastemakers will provide bite-size fare, craft cocktails and desserts. Additionally, Chef Nick Shipp (Upper West) and Chef Dakota Weiss (Sweetfin Poké, Estrella) will support as chef co-chairs. $110$25/children ages 6-13; Sunday, 1-4 pm; 9091 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Dry River Brewing opens Tasting Room in Boyle Heights
Dry River Brewing is excited to announce the Grand Opening of its tasting room in Boyle Heights. Dry River Brewing will offer a curated, intimate experience to showcase the space and its beers. This is a ticketed event, with very limited seating for each 90-minute session. Although Dry River Brewing bottles are available for purchase at local retailers, the brewery has not been open to the public until now. Featuring six rotating taps and limited edition bottles available for purchase, the tasting room will provide beer lovers a space to relax and thoughtfully contemplate the contents within their glasses. $15 (includes two beers); Saturday, 4 pm, 6 pm, & 8 pm; Sunday, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm, & 8 pm; 671 S Anderson St, Los Angeles, CA 90023

2017 Summer of Music
Through August 31, the Redondo Pier Association presents the 2017 Summer of Music, a concert series on the pier. All concerts are at the West end of The Pier except concerts on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays will take place on the Octagon, where The Pier meets The International Boardwalk (below Kincaid’s). Free; Thursdays & Saturdays, 6-8 pm; 121 W Torrance Blvd #103, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

It’s time to Dance and Sing at Tam O’Shanter
They are bringing back the tradition of fun-filled Saturday night concerts.  Enjoy food, entertainment, and a cool ambiance that’s perfect for date night, girls night out, or grabbing drinks with the guys. This Saturday, enjoy Ken O’Malley and Friends. He has a tenor voice and is an Ireland native. Other nights include Bracken Band (July 8), Waking Kate (July 15), Whiskey Sunday (July 22), and Levi Petree (July 29). You can also enjoy the Tam’s unique Ale & Sandwich Bar menu. Saturday, 8-11 pm; 2980 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039; 323.664.0228

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema
This month-long, free movie series featuring outdoor (and some indoor) film screenings offers movies screened in unique locations throughout the historic Old Pasadena district. With nearly 20 screenings, it is the largest free open-air film festival in California. You can watch Jurassic Park (this weekend), Hugo, Inside Out, Freedom Writers, Remember the Titans, The Martian and Doctor Strange. Silent DJ headphone rentals (One Colorado only) are available first-come first-served. Ensure your audio pleasure and purchase rentals on the individual films’ Eventbrite pages ($5; California DL required to pick up headphones. Bring your Eventbrite ticket for proof of purchase.) Saturday Through July 29, 8:30 pm; One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103

Dirty Dancing at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
This dance classic comes to the cemetery, followed by a fireworks on the holiday weekend. Jennifer Grey catches a glimpse of bad boy dancer Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) practicing his moves in a Catskills resort. When Johnny’s dance partner bows out of a forthcoming competition, Baby becomes Johnny’s partner in dance and love. Put on your dancing shoes for our Dj dance party before the movie. After the film sit back and enjoy the firework spectacle. $12-$35; Saturday, doors: 7:15 pm, movie: 9 pm; 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Jurassic Park at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Return to Jurassic Park for Fourth of July where you will find dinosaurs and fireworks! A visionary scientist creates a theme park utopia where genetically revived dinosaurs roam free. When a tropical storm causes a power meltdown, an expedition of experts must survive against evolution’s most dangerous predators. Starring Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and Sam Neill. Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster continues to thrill with its groundbreaking special effects. $12-$35; Tuesday, doors: 7: 15 pm, movie: 9 pm; 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Free Admission to the MOCA
Now through July 3rd, get free admission to the MOCA! Find one of the four locations closest to you here. Free; through July 3rd

Summer Wellness Series at the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills
Celebrity fitness professional Kit Rich is hosting the second of a four-part Summer Wellness Series at the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills! The morning will consist of a poolside Pilates fusion class at Viviane Restaurant, followed by a “Kit-approved” brunch with a specially crafted wellness menu to compliment the morning. Bring your yoga mat! Available for $23, the three-course, pre-fixe menu, curated by Viviane’s Executive Chef Jack Hotchkin, includes offerings such as an Açai Cup topped with assorted fruits, Beet Root Cured Salmon and a Cashew Date Mouse with pistachio crumbles and fig syrup. Bottomless mimosas or beelines are included with the menu and fresh juice will be available as an add on as well. Free/hotel guests, $25/general public; Saturday, 9-10 am; 9400 W Olympic Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; 310.277.5221

Chinatown Summer Nights
Part food event, part party, Chinatown Summer Nights takes over Central Plaza this weekend. Taste culinary offerings from food trucks, shop the neighborhood’s wares, watch Chinese chefs perform cooking demos, experience large-scale, outdoor video projections, take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural activities; sip on craft brews and dance in Central Plaza to tunes from KCRW DJs. Saturday, (also August 5 and September 20, 5 pm-midnight; 943-951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

626 Night Market
The gigantic, Asian-inspired street food festival kicks off this summer with its usual roster of unique food vendors. Enjoy Doritos elotes, churro ice cream sandwiches, rainbow Korean dumplings, and more. Friday-Sunday; 285 W. Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007

Culver City Centennial Westside Food & Wine Festival
Indulge in fare from local restaurants while you sip wines, beers and spirits from more than 25 purveyors. Participating restaurants include Hanjip, Mayura Indian, Public School and many others. Also enjoy live music, entertainment, a strolling magician and more. $60-$140; Sunday, 4-8 pm; Courtyard by Marriott, 6333 Bristol Pkwy, Culver City, CA

Imperfetta Dinner Series
Chef Jesse Barber has two pop-up dinners, all part of his Imperfetta dinner series. During his dinner series, he’ll present an Italian tasting menu inspired by local farmers markets. The menu includes live prawns cooked and crudo; uni with celery root, romesco and seared lemon; and Venetian black risotto with chanterelles and pork belly; among others. On July 1st find an intimate affair of 20 people in a downtown LA loft, while on July 2 the party doubles at a Culver City location. $200, July 1, 7-10 pm, 2121 E. 7th Pl, Los Angeles; $125, July 2, 4424 Lindblade Dr, Culver City, CA

SUSHI|BAR, a Sushi SpeakeasyOpens
Chef Phillip Frankland Lee’s omakase speakeasy serves up 16 courses during this free-form, interpretive take on the traditional sushi counter experience. Enjoy yellowtail brushed with sweet corn pudding; Roasted bone marrow atop vinegary sushi rice; mountain yam layered with salmon roe, mushroom dashi, and lobster tomalley; and a boozy tea service with a warm bowl of matcha tinged with fragrant yuzu. $110, $55/beverage tasting; 16101 Ventura Blvd, Suite 242, Encino, CA 91436

Fourth of July Events:

Fireworks in Marina del Rey
Bring your chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy the Fourth of July fireworks show in Marina Del Rey. The fireworks will be shot up from a barge across the Marina’s main channel. Best viewing spots include Fisherman’s Village (13755 Fiji Way), Burton Chace Park (13650 Mindanao Way), and Marina (Mother’s) Beach at 4101 Admiralty Way. The show will be synchronized to music at Burton Chace Park and Fisherman’s Village. Early arrival is strongly suggested – ample paid parking is available. The free Summer Beach Shuttle starts in Playa Vista and makes multiple stops throughout the Marina and to the Venice Pier. Tuesday, 9 pm; 4701 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Cars & Stripes Forever!
Kick off the Independence Day weekend at the LA Waterfront, featuring a classic car show, an exotic car display, live music, food trucks and fireworks. Taking place at Gateway Plaza and Fanfare Fountains, Cars & Stripes features more than 100 classic cars built before 1971 lined up along the Harbor Blvd. Parkway Promenade and World Cruise Center, with views of the Vincent Thomas Bridge, Battleship IOWA and container ships and cranes. The finale is a fireworks show over the Los Angeles Main Channel. Free; Friday, 5-10 pm; 425 S. Palos Verdes St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Studio City’s Firework Festival
CBS opens up its Studio Center for a day of bites from local restaurants, beer, wine, cocktails, and photo ops with Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam. Rooftop fireworks viewing and valet parking also available. $50+; Tuesday, 6-9:30 pm; CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

AmericaFest
The Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena hosts the 91st-annual Fourth of July celebration, AmericaFest. The festivities start in Area H outside the Rose Bowl, where the kids can enjoy food, entertainment and games. Gates open at 5:30 pm for all seating. Activities include a full day of food and entertainment, concluding with a spectacular fireworks show. Tuesday, 2 pm; 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103

July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Warner Park
The 17th-annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza entertains more than 60,000 people with a free concert by the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. There are more than 20 local restaurants on hand, as well as arts and crafts vendors. Tuesday, 6-9:30 pm; 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Red, White & BBQ
Kick off your 4th of July weekend with our Red, White & BBQ bash. Enjoy classic cook-out fare from some of the city’s top spots, including Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, the Carving Board, Cheezus and Lucille’s BBQ. Enjoy great food, such as pulled pork sliders, hot links and BBQ chicken as well as games, DJ music and a Social booth presented by Francis Coppola Diamond Collection wines and a beer garden presented by Golden Road Brewing. $20+; Saturday; START Los Angeles, 2272 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles

Pentatonix at The Hollywood Bowl
Celebrate Independence Day at the Hollywood Bowl with three-time Grammy®-winning a cappella group Pentatonix, whose hits include “Hallelujah,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Daft Punk.” The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra joins the multi-platinum-selling recording artists for three evenings of patriotic music, fireworks and fun. Sunday-Tuesday; 2301 N. Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

4th of July Block Party
This annual celebration includes music, food trucks, games for children, and a fireworks display at 9 pm. Performers include Miles Tackett, Monalisa, C-Minus, and the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles. Tuesday, 2-9:30 pm; Grand Park and The Music Center, 200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

U.S.O. Show at Clifton’s Canteen
Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend by honoring the men and women of service as CAC Studios joins Clifton’s Canteen for a full-scale U.S.O. tribute star-studded bash. Enjoy dancing, food and drinks while you enjoy the show. Free admission for active military and veterans. Sunday; 648 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Fourth of July at Ronald Reagan Library
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is hosting a day full of family-fun activities  from to celebrate the Fourth of July. Activities include patriotic concerts, family entertainment, games, crafts and more. All outdoor activities are free. Admission rates apply to view the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum and the Air Force One Pavilion. Tuesday, 10 am-3 pm; 40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley, CA 93065

The Castaway‘s Red, White & Boom Party
The Castaway in Burbank is hosting a Red, White & Boom Party with panoramic views of Los Angeles, so you can enjoy delicious food and watch fireworks across the city. Take the stress out of BBQing at home and gather with friends and family at The Castaway instead! Enjoy a BBQ buffet featuring burgers, hot dogs, ribs, tri tip and more. $65, $30/kids; Tuesday, 5:30 pm; 1250 E. Harvard Rd, Burbank, CA 91501; 818.848.6691

4th of July 5K and Firecracker Dash
UCLA Health presents the 24th annual Village Runner 4th of July 5K and Firecracker Dash which includes a scenic run along the Pacific Ocean. To register here. $35, $25/students 18 and under, $25/Firecracker Dash for kids ages 4-12; Tuesday, 8 am; 1811 S. Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

4th of July Fireworks at Seaside Lagoon
The event includes all day supervised swimming and arts & crafts, inflatable slides, patriotic music and a special menu from Ruby’s Diner. Seating at the Seaside Lagoon is first come first served, so arrive early with your beach blankets, chairs and small umbrellas. You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages, but no alcohol, glass containers or cooking. Parking is available at the Marina Parking Lot and Pier Garage for $30.00. $25, $15/children; Tuesday, 2 pm, fireworks: 9 pm; 137 North Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Baldoria’s Fourth of July
Grab $4 shots of Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Chinaco Tequila or Loft & Bear Vodka to celebrate out nation’s independence. Tuesday, 4:30-11 pm; 243 S. San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA; 213.947.3329

The Independence’s Third of July
Celebrate early with bottomless mimosas during brunch hours, alongside The Independence favorites (if you don’t have to work…or you want to play hooky). Monday;205 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310.458.2500

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and Pink’s Hot Dogs Celebrate the 4th of July
They are combining forces to commemorate Independence Day in classic Angeleno fashion. The luxury hotel will host a Pink’s Hot Dogs pop-up transforming Windows Lounge and the front driveway while the hotel will celebrates the legendary Hollywood restaurant, which has served hot dogs and hamburgers to the Los Angeles for over 78 years. Pink’s Hot Dogs will have a van and festive tables offering made-to-order all-beef hot dogs, veggie dogs, and turkey dogs, accompanied by toppings, such as Pink’s Famous Chili, cheese, mustard, onions, relish, ketchup and sauerkraut. In addition to the selection of hot dogs, the hotel will provide an ice cream station offering double scoops of ice cream with toppings and a house-baked apple pie station. Refreshments from the hotel include Peroni Beer on draft and soft drinks.One complimentary hot dog will be available to each hotel guest with a voucher. $6; Saturday & Sunday, 4 – 7 pm; Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Windows Lounge, 300 S. Doheny Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90048; 310.278.2060

Le Petit Paris’ BBQ Brunch
The authentic brasserie in DTLA, will be offering a special All-American BBQ brunch buffet. Enjoy all the fixin’s of a grilled feast, including a signature burger bar, grilled meats (ribs, pulled pork, chicken skewers, and sausages), a fresh salad and sandwich bar with coleslaw, fresh corn, macaroni salad, Croque Monsieur and club sandwiches, and a traditional egg station with truffle scrambled eggs and make-your-own eggs Benedict. $49; Tuesday, 10:30 am – 3 pm; 418 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013; 213.217.4445

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken‘s July 4th Picnic Basket
Nothing says Fourth of July like a great, all-American picnic. This year, take your picnic to the next level with a basket of juicy fried chicken and fluffy doughnuts from DTLA’s Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken. Grab eight pieces of fried chicken; four biscuits, one large cole slaw; two birthday cake doughnuts; two cherry pie doughnuts; and two USA doughnuts to celebrate the fourth. Looking for dessert only?  The USA Doughnut will also be available on July 4th for only $3.10. The basket is available by pre-order (call 213.622.7876 or email info@astrodoughnuts.com to order). Limited quantities will be available for walk-ins. $55; Tuesday; 516 W. 6th S, Los Angeles, CA

Bottlefish’s Fourth of July
Brentwood’s hottest seafood spot is celebrating America’s birthday with the following specials: Lobster boil – Maine lobster, clams, andouille, grilled corn & potatoes ($54); Baby back ribs served with French fries & coleslaw ($32); white wine sangria made with fresh seasonal fruit ($12); and bourbon iced tea. Sunday-Tuesday; 11677 San Vicente Blvd #200, Los Angeles, CA 90049; 310.954.9495

Fourth of July at TART Restaurant
Chef Joshua Pebbles is throwing a BBQ feast with specials like a 14-hour peach smoked beef brisket, roast suckling pig with chili dry rub, an “All American Burger”, American street corn with Vermont cheddar & BBQ sauce, and more. Tuesday; 115 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323.556.2608

Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s Fourth of July
The craft burger & beer joint is kicking off summer/ Fourth of July weekend with its Boardwalk Burger special, featuring an Angus patty topped with house-made chili con carne, a seared all-natural hot dog & Tillamook cheddar – finished off with pickled relish, diced white onions & yellow mustard sandwiched between a house-made, baked-from-scratch bun. Thrugh July 11; El Segundo: 830 S Sepulveda Blvd, #116, El Segundo, CA 90245, 310.414.2337; Play Vista: 12746 Jefferson Blvd, #1120, Playa Vista, CA 90094, 310.410.2337

WP24 by Wolfgang Puck Rooftop Fourth of July Celebration
Atop the 26th floor of the DTLA luxury hotel, WP24 by Wolfgang Puck will host an Independence Day rooftop barbeque with panoramic viewings of the surrounding fireworks including those at Grand Park. You have access to several stations featuring classics from the mesquite smoker, including Spicy & Sweet Baby Back Ribs, Pulled Kurobuta Pork Shoulder,  BBQ Glazed Grilled Jidori Chicken, and a selection of gourmet sausages; sides include summer salads and brioche rolls with smoked sea salt. The evening ends with picnic-style desserts and s’mores macarons. Cocktails include frosé, beer, wine, and more. $49; 900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213.743.8824

The FIFTH’s Fourth of July
Stop by for some Fourth of July fun at The FIFTH, Anaheim’s only rooftop restaurant and bar! Celebrate the evening with BBQ, a fully stocked bar, live music and of course a view of Disney’s fireworks! Tuesday; 1650 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802; 714.772.0899

The Queen Mary’s Fourth of July
It’s an “All-American” summer aboard the Queen Mary with live entertainment, family games, arts & crafts, special historic tours, a patriotic theatrical movie and so much more. To top off the night the Queen Mary will present its signature fireworks spectacular filled with patriotic music! Tuesday; 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802; 877.342.0742

OC Fair & Event Center’s Fourth of July
This Fourth of July celebration has a pyrotechnic show as the highlight of the evening. Spend the afternoon exploring Heroes Hall Museum, enjoying a variety of family-oriented attractions, listening to live music and shopping some of the popular OC Marketplace vendors. Tuesday; 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626; 714.708.1500

Aquarium of the Pacific’s Fourth of July
Celebrate Independence Day with the red, white, and blue fish at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Witness the ambiance of the Aquarium at night and get a fish-eye view of the Queen Mary fireworks display. Wave the flag, watch the fireworks, and enjoy some freshly grilled BBQ with the Aquarium of the Pacific. Tuesday; 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; 562.590.3100

Independence Day in Ojai
Celebrate the Fourth of July in Ojai with the Ojai Independence Day Parade (on Ojai Avenue), this year’s theme honors Ojai’s Centennial – celebrating the Libbey Legacy. In the evening, head over to Nordhoff High for live music, tasty food and fireworks. $10; $5/children, family passes started at $20; Tuesday, parade begins at 10 am; doors to concert and fireworks show begin: 5:30 pm; 210 S Signal St, Ojai, CA 93023

Celebrate red, white and brews of America at Angel City Brewery’s ‘Merica Fest
That’s right, this year Angel City Brewery presents two full days of music, games, Beer Bazaar shopping, food truck eats (Si Paletas; Peaches’ Smokehouse & Southern Kitchen; BrewWings; and Dogtown Dogs), live art and red, white and blue beer cocktails for double the fun. Don’t forget to come dressed in your most ‘Merica-rific outfit to enter the daily ‘Merica Fest costume contest where two lucky winners will receive epic Angel City Brewery swag. Sunday & Monday, 12-8 pm; 216 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

By Whitney

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