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Events in Southern California | July 2019

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There is officially fun around every corner in Southern California this summer with some amazing July 2019 events to choose from. From art festivals to summer concerts and more, the options are endless. Here are the highlights for July 2019 including a few suggestions on where to catch 4th of July fireworks across Southern California.

4th of July Fireworks in Southern California
Orange County Fireworks:

  • Huntington Beach Pier – hb4thofjuly.org
  • Irvine High School Stadium – irvinepa.org/events/info.html
  • Newport Dunes – newportdunes.com/event/independence-day-on-the-bay
  • Anaheim Peralta Park – anaheimhillscommunitycouncil.org
  • Doheny Beach – dohenystatebeach.org/event-items/4th-of-july-fireworks-extravaganza

LA County Fireworks:

  • Exposition Park – expositionpark.ca.gov
  • Hollywood Bowl – hollywoodbowl.com/
  • Rose Bowl – rosebowlstadium.com/events/detail/america-fest
  • Queen Mary – queenmary.com/events/upcoming-events
  • Grand Park – grandparkla.org

Inland Empire Fireworks:

  • Corona Main Street – coronaca.gov
  • Big Bear Lake – bigbear.com
  • Redlands – redlandsfourthofjuly.com
  • San Manuel Stadium – milb.com
  • Temecula Ronald Reagan Sports Park – temeculaca.gov

San Diego County Fireworks:

  • SeaWorld – seaworld.com/san-diego/shows/fireworks
  • Big Bay Boom – bigbayboom.com
  • Coronado – oronadotimes.com/4th
  • San Diego County Fair – sdfair.com/events/fireworks

More Orange County Events:
OC Parks Summer Concert Series

Thursday Nights, June – August
5PM-8PM
Ocgov.com

Admission and parking is free for the OC parks Summer Concert Series! Here are the July shows and dates:

Mason Regional Park

  • Date: Thursday, July 11th | Artist: Sega Genecide
  • Date: Thursday, July 18th | Artist: The Fenians

Irvine Regional Park

  • Date: Thursday, July 25th| Artist: The English Beat
  • Date: Thursday, August 1st | Artist: The White Buffalo

Sawdust Festival

Friday, June 28th – Sunday, September 1st
10AM-10PM daily
sawdustartfestival.org

 

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The Sawdust will feature the fine art and craft of over 200 Laguna Beach artists. Come enjoy live entertainment, art demonstrations, classes, and outdoor cafes set in the cool eucalyptus grovel. A new program is the Sawdust Art Classes After Dark offered in the evenings. Check out the site for a full list of art classes offered and more event details for the summer.

New Swan Shakespeare Festival

Wednesday, July 3rd – Saturday, August 31st
Varies Dates; 8PM Showtimes
newswanshakespeare.com

The New Swan Shakespeare Festival is performed outdoors in an intimate, mini-Elizabethan theater in-the-round, at the UC Irvine campus. This season the New Swan will be putting on several performances of The Merchant of Venice and The Two Gentleman of Verona. Check out the website for event dates and tickets. Ticket prices range from $25 – $64.

Pageant of the Masters

Friday, July 7th – Thursday, August 31st
foapom.com

The Pageant of the Masters is an imaginative recreation of historic art scenes with live people painted to fit the part. The Festival Art show brings local and international works to be out on display in a social scene. Set in Laguna Beach just down the road from the Sawdust festival, this is a one of a kind show recently voted one of the top five art festivals in the nation by USA Today readers.

Segerstrom Center’s FREE Movie Mondays

Monday, July 8th – Monday, August 5th
scfta.org

Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa will be hosting their free summer movie series outdoors this month, Monday nights. Set-up begins at 5:30PM, with the movie starting at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). Guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs or other easily portable seating items, snacks and picnic suppers. There will be food trucks so you can get your grub on with great movies all month long. Here’s the line-up:

July 8th – The Greatest Showman
July 15th – Mean Girls
July 22nd – Anastasia
July 29th – Dreamgirls
August 5th – Hook

OC Fair

Friday, July 12th – Sunday, August 11th
Open Wednesday – Sunday
ocfair.com

 

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The OC Fair is always the perfect excuse to binge on fried food and have some fun. Whether you’re there for the rides, games, exhibits, farm animals or entertainment you can’t go wrong. Performances at the Pacific Amphitheatre include Melissa Etheridge, Smokey Robinson, Chicago, Chase Bryant, Brothers Osborne, and Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert.

San Clemente Ocean Festival

Saturday, July 20th – Sunday, July 21st
6:30AM – 8PM
oceanfestival.org

Check out ironman water and land events including dory boat races, 5K beach run, and one-mile ocean swim at the San Clemente Ocean Festival. The day also includes a Kid’s Dolphin Dash beach run, ‘Groms Rule’ surf contest, Stand-Up paddleboard championships and a fishing derby. There’s really fun for the whole family at this event that includes a free beach concert, sand sculpting contest, great rubber duck race, car exhibits, art show and more!

Brew Hee Haw

Friday, July 12th – Saturday, July 13th
Session 1: Friday, 7PM-11PM
Session 2: Saturday, 1:30PM-4:30PM
Session 3:Saturday, 7:30PM-10:30PM
ocbrewheehaw.com

Brew Ha Ha Productions and the OC Fair are bringing back the 4th Annual Brew Hee Haw tasting event on opening weekend of the OC Fair. This year will feature more than 80+ craft beer selections from some of the best breweries in the Country. Attendees will enjoy unlimited 2 oz. tastes from a wide selection of styles of beers such as Pale Ales, IPA’s, Stouts, Saisons, Hefeweizens and more! With your ticket to Brew Hee Haw you’ll also get free OC Fair admission.

More Los Angeles Events:
Eat|See|Hear Outdoor Movies

June – September
5:30PM – 11PM
eatseehear.com

 

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Eat|See|Hear is another summer long celebration of movies, music and good food going on in LA. Each event includes food trucks, a live band, and a movie. The events are dog friendly and your furry friend will even get a free treat at the door! Bring your own pillows, cushions, blankets and low chairs; seating is first come, first served. Here’s the schedule of July movies:

July 6th – Beetlejuice
July 13th – Casablanca
July 20th – Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
July 27th – Home Alone
August 3rd – North by Northwest

Lotus Festival

Saturday, July 13th – Sunday, July 14th
12PM
facebook.com/lalotusfestival

Celebrate the bloom of Echo Park Lake’s beloved floating flowers with the annual Lotus Festival. Expect plenty of food, music, dragon boat races and—fingers crossed—the lotus flower beds in full bloom. The historic event celebrates the contributions of Asian-Americans to L.A., and this year, the 39th, will honor the Thai community.

Westside Food & Wine Festival

Sunday, July 21st
3PM-7PM
facebook.com/events

The 4th Annual Westside Food & Wine Festival will showcase some of LA’s best culinary talent and finest winemakers in Southern California. With over 25 food, wine, beer, spirits, sake, drink purveyors and vendors providing scrumptious samples you won’t leave hungry or thirsty from this event! Live Music, DJ, Stolling Magic and multiple Entertainers including family friendly kid’s stuff during the festival (arts & crafts, games, photo booth)

Chinatown Summer Nights

Saturday, July 13th
5PM-Midnight
chinatownsummernights.com

 

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Happening on the second Saturdays of the month, the Chinatown Summer Nights is part food event, part all around party. Taste some of Chinatown and LA’s bet food trucks, shop local finds, watch cooking demos, take part in hands-on cultural activities and enjoy the show as you sip on a beer. For more details on how to get there, parking, and a more detailed list of vendors just check out the site.

Love Long Beach Festival

Saturday, July 27th – Sunday, July 28th
11AM-10PM at ShoreLine Aquatic Park
lovelongbeachfestival.com

FREE 2 day celebration of all things we love about Long Beach… Music (DJs and Bands), Art Show, Arts and Crafts Village, Food Court, Vendors, Farmers Market, Stand Up Paddle, Beach Volleyball, Sand Soccer, Beach Football, Corn Hole, Yoga, and Dog Events.

More Inland Empire Events:
Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival

June – August
Shows begin 8PM at the Redlands Bowl
redlandsbowl.org

The Summer Music Festival is totally free and a cultural touchstone in the Inland area. Tuesday and Fridays throughout the summer you can catch free concerts at the Bowl.
Tuesday, July 2nd – The Grand Finals
Tuesday, July 9th – A Salute to Glen Campbell
Friday, July 12th – Mariachi Divas
Saturday, July 13th – Those Were The Days
Tuesday, July 16th – The Kalama Brothers
Friday, July 19th – Mozart By Moonlight Redlands Symphony Orchestra
Thurs. July 25th – Sunday, July 8th – Singin’ in the Rain
Tuesday, July 30th – ABBA Revisited

Temecula Summer Sunset Concert Series

Thursday nights, June – August
Begins 5PM
temeculaca.gov

Join us on Thursday’s for FREE concerts all summer long at the Temecula Amphitheater located at the Community Recreation Center. Gates open at 5pm and concerts begin at 7pm. Remember no smoking, alcohol or pets allowed in the amphitheater.

July 11th – Brent Payne (Country)
July 18th – The Answer to Classic Rock
July 25th – 80z Allstarts

Moonlight Movies in the Park

Friday nights in June, July, August
Begins 6PM, Movie at dusk
temeculaca.gov

Free family movies will be shown on Friday nights in July at various park sites around Temecula. The fun begins at 6PM with music, arts and crafts, and games and the films are shown at dusk. Bring your blankets, low back chairs, and a picnic dinner.

July 12th: The Grinch @ Temeku Hills Park
July 19th: [email protected] Harveston Community Park
July 26th: Ralph Breaks the Internet @ Harveston Community Park

Big Bear Old Miners Chili Cook Off

Saturday, July 13th
11AM-5PM
bigbear.com

Admission to the cook off is free and there’s just a $5 fee for a tasting kit. Going down at the Bartlett Street Parking Lot in the heart of Big Bear Lake Village. The day will include tons of vendors, live entertainment, more food, beer and of course contestants preparing red chili, chili verde and homemade salsa for judging. The afternoon ends with the big announcement of chili contest winners.

UC Riverside Botanic Gardens Twilight Tour

Saturday, July 13th
6:30PM-8:30PM
gardens.ucr.edu

 

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Tickets are just $10 for non members for the Twilight Tour of the UC Riverside Botanical Gardens. Experience the magic – with a side of light refreshments – as the perfect summer evening. The gardens cover 40 hilly acres in total and consists of native plant communities including coastal sage scrub and annual grassland. The grounds currently include a butterfly garden, herb garden, iris garden, lilac lane, rose gardens, and subtropical fruit orchard.

More San Diego Events:
San Diego Pride Parade

Saturday, July 13th
10AM-1PM
sdpride.org

The weekend of fun actually kicks off on Friday, July 12th with the Spirit of Stonewall Ralley. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, so this years’ full theme is Stonewall 50: A Legacy of Liberation. There are dozens of events going on and some of the highlights are the Pride Parade, Festival, and Pride Brunch on Sunday, July 14th.

Del Mar Racing Opening Day

Wednesday, July 17th
11:30AM-6:30PM
dmtc.com

Grab your big hat and let’s go! Opening Day is all about the famous Hat Contest where contestants can enter to win cash prizes. Come celebrate the season in style. Hat Contest entries close at 3PM so make sure to get there in time to participate in all of the fun!

Comic-Con International

Thursday, July 18th – Sunday, July 21st
Daily & Weekend Passes Available
comic-con.org

 

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This year HBO is sending Game of Thrones to San Diego Comic Con! The complete list of panels is still slowly being released but its always an exciting event at the San Diego Convention Center. Even if you can’t get a ticket to the fun, join the crowds for some fun on 5th Avenue from Market to Harbor Drive. Traditionally, local businesses have started holding free events at various places downtown after the Con shuts down for the evening. 

C​abrillo Sunset 5K

Saturday, July 20th
6:30AM-8:30PM
cnmf.org 

Raising money to support Cabrillo National Monument’s programs, the 5K is a great way to enjoy the historic landmarks whether you walk or run. First place winners in both Women’s and Men’s divisions will be guaranteed registration into America’s Finest City Half Marathon taking place in August 2019. The race itself starts at 7PM so you can enjoy the gorgeous sunset with categories for children as well.

Supergirl Surf Pro

Friday, July 26th – Sunday, July 28th
8AM-6PM
supergirlpro.com

The world’s top professional female surfers are back in Oceanside for the 12th annual Super Girl Surf Pro. And all of the fun is going on in the Festival Village. There will be 20 live concerts, an all-female DJ content, skateboarding completion, dance classes, yoga instruction, food court, games, giveaways, beer and wine garden, and so much more.

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