21 Ways To Live It Up In L.A. This July

Congratulations: We've officially entered the dog days of summer. The weather is hot, the days are long, and luckily, the local goings-on are ridiculously fun. The 4th of July may be this month's main event — and we've got you covered with hotdog- and fireworks-fueled happenings — but the other, less-hyped 30 days are shaping up to be just as exciting in the City of Angels.
So what can you expect to fill your iCal with this time around? There's the largest event L.A. has hosted since the 1984 Olympics, for starters. (No big deal.) A craft fair and a duo of DIY workshops are beckoning for the artistically inclined, while free outdoor concerts, hot surfers and soccer players rolling into town, and a Sarah Silverman standup show sweeten the deal. Click through for all 21 of our must-see events to pencil in now.
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Sarah Silverman & Friends At The Largo
Be prepared for gut-busting laughs as the funny lady takes the stage at the intimate Largo at the Coronet. Get your tickets now before they sell out.

When: Wednesday, July 15, 9 p.m.
Where: Largo at the Coronet, 366 North La Cienega Boulevard (at Oakwood Avenue); 310-855-0350.
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Renegade Craft Fair
Taking place at DTLA's Grand Park, the Renegade Craft Fair will feature tons of handmade goodies, DIY workshops, art installations, and more. We dare you not to come away with a unique find (or 12).

When: Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12
Where: Grand Park, 200 North Grand Avenue (near West 1st Street); 213-972-8080.
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Twilight Summer Concert Series
What's better than summer concerts at the Santa Monica Pier? Free ones. The 31st Annual Twilight Concert Series will feature live bands every Thursday evening this month (and through September). On the docket in the next four weeks: Morris Day, Real Estate, Cubanismo, and JD McPherson.

When: Click here for full lineup
Where: Santa Monica Pier, Ocean Avenue (at Colorado Avenue); 310-458-8901.
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The Royal Tenenbaums Street Food Cinema Screening
Watch Gwyneth Paltrow in all her eyeliner- and fur-coat-bedecked glory at this outdoor screening of Wes Anderson's classic 2001 flick. The dog-friendly event will also feature a live band and food trucks galore, so you won't be bored (or hungry) for a second. Click here to score your tickets in advance.

When: Saturday, July 25, 8 p.m.
Where: Will Rogers State Historic Park, 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road (near Sunset Boulevard); 323-254-5068.
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dineL.A.'s Restaurant Week
Thanks to dineL.A.'s Restaurant Week, you have 14 days to hit up all the local restaurants you thought were out of your budget. More than 300 participating restaurants — including The Larchmont, Lucques, and Sugarfish — will be offering specially priced, prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. Bon appétit!

When: Monday, July 13, through Sunday, July 26
Where: Click here for list of participating restaurants
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Special Olympics World Games
Touted as "the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games," the Special Olympics World Games is expected to draw 7,000 athletes representing 177 countries. There will be 25 sports played at venues across L.A., including USC and UCLA. Plus, none other than Michelle Obama will be in attendance at the opening ceremony on July 25. Did we mention every competition is free and open to the public?

Saturday, July 25, through Sunday, August 2
Where: Various venues
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Photo: Courtesy of Produzioni De Sica.
Gia Coppola x Peroni Grazie Cinema Series
The Mondrian is throwing it back to 1948 with this screening of the Italian flick Bicycle Thieves at the Skybar. Filmmaker and musician Tracy Antonopoulos will be co-hosting the event, which will also feature a screening of her short film, The Magic Word. No promises, but The Grazie Cinema Series curator (and Tracy's BFF), Gia Coppola, may also pay a visit to support her pal. RSVP here.

When: Tuesday, July 28, 7 p.m.
Where: The Mondrian Hotel, 8440 Sunset Boulevard (near North Olive Drive); 323-848-6025.
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Discussion: Can Urban Riots Cause Change?
Join a trio of whip-smart folks — California State Senator Holly Mitchell, urban sociologist Max Herman, and UCLA historian Robin D.G. Kelley — for this sure-to-be-enlightening discussion on urban riots. Timely topics will include whether the cost of riots outweighs the benefits, whether they can inspire real progress, and more.

When: Friday, July 10, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Grand Avenue, 250 South Grand Avenue (at West 2nd Street); 213-621-1710.
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Vans U.S. Open Of Surfing
Expect nine jam-packed days of fun at this Huntington Beach event, which will feature surfing, skating, and BMX competitions, plus movie nights, art exhibitions, beach activities, pop-up shops, and lots more.

When: Saturday, July 25, through Sunday, August 2
Where: Huntington Beach Pier, Main Street (at Pacific Coast Highway); 714-536-5281.
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Out On The Lanai: A Golden Girls Podcast Live!
Calling all Sophia, Blanche, Rose, and Dorothy fans: This glorious podcast — which dissects episodes of The Golden Girls — will be recording live at the NerdMelt Showroom. Broad City and Younger writer Eliot Glazer will be on hand to aid in the nostalgic revelry. Don't forget to reserve your spot here.

When: Tuesday, July 21, 9 p.m.
Where: NerdMelt Showroom, 7522 Sunset Boulevard (at North Sierra Bonita Avenue); 323-851-7223.
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Ben Jones Exhibit At Ace Gallery
Full of color, creativity, and optical illusions, Ben Jones' vivid art will be on display at Ace Gallery Beverly Hills this month. Don't expect garden-variety pieces here — Jones is a multimedia master who combines traditional art with video.

When: Opening Saturday, July 11
Where: Ace Gallery Beverly Hills, 9430 Wilshire Boulevard (near South Reeves Drive); 310-858-9090.

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Plant Hangers Workshop
Inject your apartment with some DIY flair by attending this workshop at Otherwild. You'll learn leather cutting, pattern tracing, how to use basic leather tools, and more. And you'll leave with a pretty hanging plant to spruce up your pad instantly. Reserve your spot here.

Thursday, July 9, 6:30 p.m.
Otherwild, 1932 Echo Park Avenue (near Avalon Street); 323-546-8437.
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Photo: Courtesy of Hammer Museum.
Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth Exhibit At Hammer Museum
Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford's work is continually inspired by our city. From the 1992 L.A. riots to the AIDs epidemic, important, conversation-generating themes infuse his stunning art — a must-see for any true Angeleno.

When: Now through Sunday, September 27
Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard (near Westwood Boulevard); 310-443-7000.
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4th Of July On The Queen Mary
Why celebrate the 4th of July on a packed beach when you can party on a historic boat instead? The Queen Mary will be hosting a fête complete with live music, a traveling circus, and a prime fireworks view. Tickets are available here.

When: Saturday, July 4, beginning at 2 p.m.
Where: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway (near Harbor Plaza); 877-342-0738.

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Americafest At The Rose Bowl
Get ready to have your mind blown: This year will be the 89th Annual Fourth of July Celebration at The Rose Bowl. Get in on the tradition this weekend, when you can enjoy food, games, motorcycle stunts, live music, a screening of Despicable Me 2, and "the biggest fireworks show in Southern California." Snag your tickets here.

When: Saturday, July 4, 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: The Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive (near North Arroyo Boulevard); 626-577-3100.

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International Champions Cup
Watch the L.A. Galaxy (David Beckham's former team) take on FC Barcelona as they vie for the International Champions Cup. Keep your eye on FC Barcelona's star player, Lionel Messi, who led Argentina to the World Cup final last year. Click here to purchase tickets.

Tuesday, July 21, 8 p.m.
Where: The Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive (near North Arroyo Boulevard); 626-577-3100.
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A Hard Day's Night Cinespia Screening
Relive Beatlemania at Cinespia's screening of A Hard Day's Night at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The Fab Four are at their funniest in this 1964 flick — you're guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face and Beatles songs stuck in your head. Nab your ticket here.

When: Saturday, July 11, 9 p.m.
Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Van Ness Avenue); 323-469-1181.
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Photo: Courtesy of Farmers Market at The Grove.
Taste Of Farmers Market
Your ticket for the 7th Annual Taste of Farmers Market includes food samples from the market's best eateries, beer and wine samples, live music, and free parking. Come with an empty stomach — you'll get to nosh on Nutella crepes, tuna tartare, handmade ice cream, fruit smoothies, and more.

When: Tuesday, July 14, 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: Farmers Market at The Grove, 6333 West 3rd Street (at South Fairfax Avenue); 323-933-9211.

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Photo: Courtesy of The Getty Center.
Andrea Del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop In Action
You're probably already familiar with da Vinci and Raphael, but how much do you know about Andrea del Sarto? The Florentine artist is the subject of The Getty Center's latest exhibition, which will feature del Sarto's rare red-chalk drawings and paintings from the 16th century.

When: Now through Sunday, September 13
Where: The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive (near Beverly Park Drive); 310-440-7300.

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Calligraphy Workshop At Poketo
Learn the delicate art form of calligraphy at this event hosted by one of our favorite boutiques, Poketo. Your reservation gets you a three-hour lesson plus a starter kit that includes ink, a pen holder, a practice book and sheets, and more. Giving your calligraphy a personal twist is encouraged!

When: Click here for dates and times
Where: The Line Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Boulevard (near South Normandie Avenue); 213-381-7411.

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Photo: Courtesy of LACMA.
Japanese Paintings And Prints Exhibit At LACMA
Part of the museum's 50th-anniversary celebration, this exhibit will feature a first-rate collection of Japanese art, ceramics, netsuke, and more. It's the perfect excuse to revisit LACMA and soak in some culture this summer.

When: Sunday, July 5, through Sunday, September 20
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Fairfax Avenue); 323-857-6000.