The Best Things to Do in Los Angeles in July

Ali Sullivan
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Explore the ultimate guide to the best activities in Los Angeles this July! From Hollywood attractions to beach days and cultural events, discover the top experiences for an unforgettable summer in LA.


los angeles in july

Looking for the best things to do in Los Angeles in July? You’re in for a treat! LA is bursting with fun activities and beautiful weather this time of year. From beach days to city adventures, there’s something for everyone.

LA in July 

Start your stay at ITH Los Angeles Beach Hostel in Hermosa Beach. This cozy spot is perfect for travelers looking to relax by the ocean and meet new friends. Plus, you’ll be just steps away from the sand!


While you’re in LA, don’t miss out on visiting iconic spots like the Santa Monica Pier, hiking the scenic trails of Runyon Canyon or Griffith Park, and exploring the neighborhoods of Venice Beach and downtown LA. Plus, check out rooftop movies, summer festivals, and local food markets for an authentic LA experience.


Keep scrolling to discover the best things to do in Los Angeles in July, and start planning your California summer getaway NOW!


Lotus Festival 

July 13-14 

Join in the celebration of Echo Park Lake’s cherished floating flowers at the annual Lotus Festival. Enjoy an array of food, music, dragon boat races, lantern launches, and—hopefully—the sight of blooming lotus flower beds. This historic event honors the contributions of Asian-Americans to Los Angeles, and this year, the 43rd festival will pay special tribute to the Filipino community.


Hit the Beaches 

Heading to the beach in Los Angeles in July is a must! With sunny weather and a beautiful coastline, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the sand and surf. Here are some top beaches and the best things to do at each:


Santa Monica Beach: Ideal for families, this beach has a famous pier, amusement park, aquarium, and lively atmosphere.


Venice Beach: Known for its vibrant boardwalk, you’ll find street performers, unique shops, and Muscle Beach, where you can watch bodybuilders in action.


Malibu’s Zuma Beach: Perfect for a more relaxed day, this beach offers long stretches of sand and is excellent for swimming and sunbathing.


Manhattan Beach: Great for beach volleyball and surfing, plus a downtown area with shops and restaurants.


El Matador Beach: Famous for its cliffs and rock formations, it’s a beautiful scenic picnic and photography spot. 


Go Hiking 

Hiking is one of the best things to do in Los Angeles in July due to the beautiful weather. The warm, sunny days provide perfect conditions for exploring! Here are some of the best trails to hike in LA:


Runyon Canyon: A favorite among locals and tourists, this trail offers panoramic views of the city and the Hollywood Sign. It’s also a great spot for dog lovers, as it’s pet-friendly.


Griffith Park Trails: With various routes to choose from, you can hike up to the Griffith Observatory for breathtaking views of downtown LA and the Hollywood Sign. Don’t miss the Mt. Hollywood Trail for a less crowded experience.


Escondido Falls: Located in Malibu, this trail leads to one of the tallest waterfalls in the Santa Monica Mountains. The hike is relatively easy and incredibly scenic.


Temescal Canyon: Offering ocean views and a lush canyon environment, this trail in Pacific Palisades is perfect for those looking to enjoy both the mountains and the coast.


Disney’s 80s-90s Celebration 

July 19-20 

Calling all Disney lovers! Experience a nostalgic evening with songs and scenes from Disney movies of the ’80s and ’90s, brought to life by guest vocalists and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at this summer event. Enjoy classics like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Hocus Pocus, Newsies, and A Goofy Movie.


4th of July Block Party 

July 4

Looking for a fun and affordable way to celebrate the Fourth of July? Head to Grand Park in Downtown L.A. for a lively block party with food trucks and live music. This year, instead of fireworks, there will be a spectacular drone show. The event starts early, so bring a picnic and enjoy the music all day. Easily accessible via the Civic Center/Grand Park Metro station, there’s also $10 parking at the Music Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Don’t miss the drone show at 9 p.m.


Friday Night Wine Tastings 

Every Friday 

One of the best things to do in LA in July is to attend the wine tastings at Barnsdall Park. Located on Olive Hill, these Friday evening events offer boutique wines curated by Silverlake Wine, all while enjoying breathtaking sunset views and a 360-degree panorama of the city from the historic Hollyhock House’s west lawn. You can also tour the Hollyhock House for an additional $25. 


Outlaw Music Festival 

July 31 

Attention all country music fans! Willie Nelson & Family, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, and Brittney Spencer are set to perform at this traveling country festival, which will make a stop at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in July. 


Movie Night at the Rooftop Cinema Club 

July 1-7 

The experts in outdoor rooftop movie experiences are back for another season at LEVEL in Downtown L.A. Rooftop Cinema Club offers comfortable lawn chairs and blankets for purchase. Instead of using loudspeakers, you’ll receive a pair of wireless headphones, ensuring you won’t miss a single word of the movie.

Los Angeles is a great destination to visit, but it’s hard to beat July! Be sure to book your stay at the newly renamed ITH Los Angeles Beach Hostel in LA at Hermosa Beach!  







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