4th of July Parties, ‘Pretty Woman’ Musical, and Other Best Things To Do in L.A. This Weekend

Plus, comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short will be performing at the Hollywood Bowl’s July 4th Fireworks Spectacular
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It’s Fourth of July weekend, so you’ll likely be able to see fireworks soaring above Los Angeles. This weekend’s guide features a block party at Grand Park, a three-day 4th of July spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl, the final shows for Pretty Woman: The Musical, and much more.

As always, be sure to double check event listings and websites for COVID protocols before attending any events.


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July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at Hollywood Bowl

Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4

Join Only Murders in the Building stars Steve Martin & Martin Short at the July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend. The three-day event will feature a performance from Thomas Wilkins and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and of course, stunning fireworks that will crown the Hollywood sky. Tickets start at $80, which are half off for kids 12 and under. [More info]

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4th of July Block Party

Monday, July 4

There’s a few key essentials that you’ll need for any Fourth of July function: fireworks, live music, BBQ, and to be surrounded by community. Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party will have all four. This year’s event will also feature two stages featuring DJs as well as musical performances, and a series of interactive multimedia art installations. The family-friendly event is free so the only thing you’ll have to worry about is parking, which will be available at The Music Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall at a flat rate of $9 per vehicle. But given the large number of guests expected to attend the event, organizers recommend you take public transportation. [More info]

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Pretty Woman: The Musical at Dolby Theatre

Last Chance: Through Sunday, July 3

This Sunday marks your last chance to experience Pretty Woman: The Musical live. Based on one of Hollywood’s all-time most beloved romantic comedies, the musical stars Tony Award-nominee Adam Pascal as Edward Lewis and rising star Olivia Valli as the charming and charismatic Vivian Ward. Showings will take place everyday, at varying times, through Sunday, July 3 at the Dolby Theatre. Tickets start at $39. [More info]

Force of Art Showcase

Friday, July 1 

Flames and Ashes, an L.A.-based creative arts collective, has teamed up with clothing brand Casual Hippies to host an art showcase on Friday, July 1. The Force of Art gallery, located at 1855 Industrial Street, Suite #111 in the Arts District, will feature more than 20 artists from around the globe who specialize in various disciplines including photography, graphic design, dance, music, and more. The event, which runs from 7:30-11 p.m., will also offer live performances, music provided by DJ JJ Slimz, as well as food and retail vendors. Tickets are $10. [More info]

Swimsuits & Cowboy Boots at Desert 5 Spot

Sunday, July 3

Just in time for the 4th, Desert 5 Spot has launched a weekly pool party called Swimsuits & Cowboy Boots. Taking place on Sunday, July 3, patrons are welcomed to dance to live music, ride a mechanical bull, participate in cowboy karaoke, eat BBQ and tacos, and shop a curated selection of vintage vendors from 2 p.m. until sunset. The party is free and open to the public. [More info]

Patriotic Block Party at Palisades Village

Monday, July 4

If you’re already going to be in the neighborhood for the Pacific Palisades Fireworks Spectacular—taking place at 9 p.m.—you should check out the Palisades Village’s block party first. The festivities, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will take place on Swarthmore Avenue and will feature live musical entertainment, fun photo moments, star-spangled crafts, face painting, balloon art, and more. There will also be a special menu with bites from many of the property’s favorite restaurants including Hank’s and Que Padre Tacos. [More info]

Firework Display and BBQ at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club & Spa

Monday, July 4

For those wanting to escape Los Angeles for the holiday weekend, the beachside, coastal city of Carlsbad makes for a great destination to watch fireworks light up the sky. The Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club & Spa will be hosting an exclusive firework event, which will offer live entertainment and food. Taking place from 5-9:30 p.m., guests will be given one complimentary drink ticket upon arrival. Tickets start at $145 for adults and $60 for kids. [More info]

(Photo courtesy of Hunker House)

Hunker House on Abbot Kinney

Through Saturday, July 23

Hunker, one of the largest digital home and décor pubs in the US, has launched its latest edition of the Hunker House known as Playdate. Open through Saturday, July 23, the shopping experience will feature seven rooms designed by Hunker’s editorial team and guest designers Jamie Chung and Becki Owens all styled with Gap Home’s new kids collection. Designed for kids and their parents, the house has been transformed top to bottom into a kid-friendly playland with activities, a scavenger hunt and interactive light sculptures sprawled throughout the home. Patrons will be able to experience these products in-person and styled in a real-life home setting. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at 1212 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Unit C in Venice. [More info]

(Photo courtesy of Hikari Shimoda)

Hikari Shimoda Exhibit at Corey Helford Gallery

Through Saturday, July 30

Japanese visual artist Hikari Shimoda is hosting her latest exhibition, “Fight to Live in the Void,” at Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery. Inspired by her own unique take on Japanese manga, the showcase features 25 pieces, including new works from her series “Children of This Planet.” Inspired by her own unique take on Japanese manga, Shimoda is widely known for her works that are at once enchanting and disarming, portraying a world where cuteness and horror coexist. Her portraits of children are full of countless possibilities, described by the artist as “where fantasy meets reality, past meets future, and life meets death, in a world that is yet to be reborn.” Shimoda’s “Fight to Live in the Void” will be available for viewing through Saturday, July 30. Patrons can visit from 12-6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. [More info]

Like Watermelon For Chocolate Exhibition at UNREPD

Through Wednesday, July 20

New York visual artist Kirk Henriques is debuting his latest solo exhibition, “Like Watermelon for Chocolate,” on Juneteenth at the UNREPD gallery. The presentation, which will be available for viewing through Wednesday, July 20, features a selection of abstract and figurative paintings on fiberglass mesh. In his exhibition, Henriques aims to reclaim the watermelon—a fruit that is ripe with socio-economic significance—as an uplifting symbol of Black independence across various contexts. At the opening ceremony on Sunday, June 19 from 2-4 p.m., Jonathan Singletary will perform a song titled “Before You Arrive,” which is inspired by his wife, host and journalist Elaine Welteroth, and the recent birth of their child, to close out Father’s Day weekend. RSVP is encouraged for the opening reception, but it’s free to view the exhibition until it wraps up in July. [More info]

Sunday Boat House at Marina del Rey Hotel

Through Sunday, September 4

Marina del Rey Hotel is hosting a new day party called Sunday Boat House this summer. The weekly party, which takes place every Sunday, features live DJs and an outdoor restaurant and bar. Tickets are $15 presale and $25 entry at the door. Marina del Rey Hotel guests receive free admission. Doors open at 1 p.m. and a swimsuit is recommended. [More info]

(Photo by Jojo Korsh / BFA.com, courtesy of The Broad)

Takashi Murakami and ‘This Is Not America’s Flag’ Exhibitions at The Broad

Through Sunday, September 25

The Broad museum is debuting two new exhibitions including the Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow and This Is Not America’s Flag. Murakami’s first monograph exhibition at the museum will feature 18 works, as well as immersive environments developed in tandem with the artist and his studio, Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., and will include the entirety of The Broad’s collection of the artist’s works. Featuring over 20 artists, This Is Not America’s Flag will spotlight the myriad ways artists explore the symbol of the flag of the United States of America, underscoring its vast, divergent, and complex meanings. Tickets to the exhibitions start at $18, but are free on select days, which are announced on The Broad’s website. [More info]

(Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel)

‘Nouvelles Saveurs’ Poolside Summer Residency at Four Seasons Hotel

Through Sunday, July 10

Chef T. Nicolas Peter is teaming up with Beverly Wilshire to host a pop-up series “Nouvelles Saveurs” (or ‘new flavors’ in English) at the Four Seasons Hotel. Taking place alongside the hotel’s relaxing pool deck, the dinner will consist of a seasonally-influenced five course menu ($150 per person), which includes starters such as Espelette seared scallops and Ossetra caviar. Entrées include grilled Loup de Mer with Dungeness crab, fava beans and Tomato-Pernod Beurre Blanc or a Wagyu Shank. The residency will be open for dinner from Wednesday-Sunday from 5-10 p.m. through Sunday, July 10. Reservations can be made via OpenTable. [More info]

(Photo courtesy of Ryan Lautenbacher)

STREET ART ALIVE at The LUME 

Last Chance: Through Friday, July 3

Grande Experiences has partnered with Magic Box LA to co-produce a new digital art gallery known as STREET ART ALIVE. The multi-sensory exhibit, which runs through Friday, July 3, will feature artwork from more than 200 street artists from around the globe. The experience will also offer interactive installations, a themed café and bar, along with eight original full-sized sections of the Berlin Wall, which global artists used as a canvas for their political statements and powerful social commentary. Throughout the exhibit’s run at The LUME Los Angeles, organizers will invite street artists to add their voices to the symbolic concrete walls. STREET ART ALIVE is open Wednesday through Sunday and tickets start at $39 for adults. [More info]

Mario Moore, I Continue to Dream, 2020. Oil on linen, 42 x 62 in. Private Collection. (Photo courtesy of CAAM)

Mario Moore Exhibit at California African American Museum

Through Sunday, October 2

The California African American Museum (CAAM) is hosting the first solo exhibition in California for Detroit figurative painter, Mario Moore. Enshrined: Presence + Preservation brings together early works in Moore’s career as well as his most recent series, “The Work of Several Lifetimes (2019),” which showcases his desire to bring visibility to the dedicated work of marginalized groups in this country. The exhibit debuts two new portraits made especially for the exhibition at CAAM that feature women who have worked as custodians at the museum. [More info]

(Edgar Degas, Woman at a Dressing Table, ca)

Monet to Matisse at San Diego Museum of Art

Through Sunday, August 7

The San Diego Museum of Art is hosting a special exhibition called Monet to Matisse, which features more than 60 works of art produced between the 1870s to 1930s. Guests will get the chance to view masterpieces from some of the most significant names in European painting such as Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Pablo Picasso, Alfred Sisley and Pierre Bonnard, all from the Bemberg Foundation. The exhibition marks the first time the collection, which rarely leaves its permanent home in France, has traveled to California and is one of only two showcases in the United States. Tickets start at $25 for adults. [More info]

RuPaul’s Drag Race Watch Party

Fridays

West Hollywood’s Abbey Food & Bar is hosting a weekly happy hour watch party for season 14 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. This season’s viewing parties will be hosted by The Abbey’s own drag superstar Kornbread “the snack” Jete, who is also a contestant on this season’s lineup. The party starts at 5 p.m. every Friday. No reservations are needed to attend—just proof of COVID vaccination to enter and an appetite for delicious bar bites and cocktails. [More info]

Smorgasburg L.A.

Sundays

Like most other things that are good, Smorgasburg L.A. had to pack it in and endure a long hiatus thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Sunday, July 4, the Brooklyn-transplanted outdoor food market returned to ROW DTLA with a bunch of new vendors, including some you’ve probably seen on Instagram and have been dying to try, like fried fish sandwich pop-up Little Fish and Caribbean street food pop-up Bridgetown Roti. According to organizers 75 percent of the markets former vendors will be returning too. The market runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and entry is free. [More info]

Chocolate Sundaes Comedy at The Laugh Factory Hollywood

Ongoing

This one of a kind comedy show, which features a mix of seasoned veterans and up-and-coming comics, takes place every Sunday at the infamous Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip. Recent performers include the likes of Kevin Hart, Katt Williams and Tracy Morgan. It’s also not uncommon to catch a celebrity in the crowd as folks like Beyonce and husband Jay Z, Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner have showed up. [More info and tickets]

Chocolate Sundaes
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