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Shakespeare By The Sea Shakespeare by the Sea -- Point Fermin Park, 807 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, Redondo Beach (Veterans Park), Van Nuys (Sherman Oaks Park), Manhattan Beach (Polliwog Park), Los Angeles (Griffith Park - Symphony in the Glen area), Signal Hill (Signal Hill Park).
Outdoor summer performances of a selected play by Shakespeare. Free to the public. Bring a picnic basket.

Summer Nights at the Ford (Hollywood) -- John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Los Angeles
World and classical music, dance, jazz, film, and family events in the historic John Anson Ford Amphitheater. A picnic area, food & beverage concessions and a gift shop. Admission charge. Information: (323) 461-3673

Sawdust Art Festival -- Orange County
Although this festival is located in neighboring Orange County, it does warrant mention here. Several hundred artisans and crafts people showcase their works in an original environment of hand-built booths, strolling entertainment and free art and craft lessons for children. Information: (949) 494-3030

At The Beach, Los Angeles Black Pride Festival -- Malibu (Point Dune Beach)
Primarily celebrants are from the African American lesbian and gay community, coming together to celebrate Los Angeles Black Pride. The festival is the largest annual gathering of black lesbians and gay men in the world. Information: (323) 293-4282

First Independence Day Celebration in Los Angeles -- Los Angeles (Olvera Street)
July 4. Celebrating L.A.'s first Independence Day with a musket salute, reenactments and dances. Information: (213) 625-5045.

Fourth of July Celebration -- Long Beach (Queen Mary)
July 4. Featuring strolling entertainment and spectacular fireworks. Information: (562) 435-3511

Marina Del Rey Fireworks Show -- Marina Del Rey
July 4. Celebrating Independence Day at the Marina. Information: (310) 305-9545

Santa Clarita 4th of July Parade -- Santa Clarita
July 4. Celebrating Independence Day with marching bands and groups, floats and horses. Information: (661) 259-1234

Fourth of July Celebration - Lake View Terrace (Hansen Dam Recreation Area)
Jul. 4. A San Fernando Valley holiday celebration in the featuring music and other live entertainment, food, community information booths and fireworks. Celebrants can take a swim in the swim lake available for use during the day. Information: (818) 896-6215

Fourth of July Celebration - San Pedro (Angels Gate Park)
Jul. 4. Kicking off with a traditional bell ringing and flag folding ceremony at the Korean Friendship Bell, this holiday celebration brings together San Pedro and surrounding areas for entertainment, food, kite flying demonstrations, and more. The evening concludes with a fireworks display overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Information: (310) 548-7705

Castaic Lake Fireworks Show -- Castaic Lake (Outdoor Amphitheatre)
July 4. Celebrating Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks display accompanied by music and narration. Also features BBQ and live music. Admission charge. Information: (
661) 257-4050

Los Angeles Tofu Festival -- Los Angeles (Little Tokyo - San Pedro Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets)
In addition to over 100 imaginative and delicious tofu and soy dishes, enjoy the world class sounds of Taiko Drums and other cultural music and dance performances. Visit our Children's Pavilion and do some shopping in the Arts & Crafts Marketplace. New attractions will include Beer and Wine and Sake Tasting, "Taste of Japan" and evening concerts featuring well known artists. Information: (213) 473-3030

Shakespeare Festival/LA -- Los Angeles (Downtown L.A. - Pershing Square) & Palos Verdes (South Coast Botanical Gardens)
Downtown L.A. / Palos Verdes Jul. 31, Aug. 1-3, 6-10. Featuring Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor. Honor the Food For Thought admission policy and bring canned food for free admission. Information: (213) 481-2273

OUTFEST - The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival -- Hollywood (Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd)
Attended by nearly 40,000 people, OUTFEST is the largest film festival of any kind in Southern California and the region's largest gay and lesbian arts event. Information: (213) 480-7088

International Sea Festival Outrigger Races -- Long Beach (Marine Stadium)
Information: (562) 570-8920

Lotus Festival -- Los Angeles (Echo Park)
This festival features the largest lotus bed outside of China. Asian and Pacific Island cuisine, flower shows, dragon boat races, children’s activities, and arts and crafts. Information: (213) 485-1310

Betty Boop Festival -- Montebello (Heavenly Choice Plaza - 534 N. Montebello Blvd.)
Celebrating all things Betty Boop with a look-alike contest and collectibles swap meet. Information: (323) 728-2728

Ho`olaule`a -- Alondra Park (Adjacent to El Camino Community College)
Jul. 17-18. All-day entertainment by performing groups representing Hawaii’s multicultural heritage. Enjoy highly diverse food that represents Hawaii and its unique people. A two-day event filled with Polynesian arts, crafts, music, dance, and fun. Information: (949) 458-0933

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival -- Hollywood (Egyptian Theatre)
L.A.'s premier venue for the presentation of Latino filmmaking. More than 60 features, shorts and documentaries will be presented from the U.S., Latin America and Spain. The Awards Ceremony will take place on July 28.
Admission is charged. Information: (323) 469-1074

Austrian Festival -- Torrance (Alpine Village)
Celebrating Austrian culture! Information: (310) 327-4384

Big Time Blues Festival -- Long Beach (Gremmig Park)
Outdoor family fun with kids corner and live music, crafts and storytelling. Information: (562) 426-0761

Central Avenue Jazz Festival -- Los Angeles (Between 42nd & 43rd Streets across from the historic Dunbar Hotel)
The festival features LA’s finest jazz and blues in tribute to "the Avenue," as Central Avenue was known during its renaissance years from the 1920s through the 1950s. The event also features ethnic cuisine, arts and crafts, and educational booths. Information: (213) 485-2437

Chinese Dragon Boat Races -- Long Beach (Marine Stadium)
Information: (626) 288-2888

Shorefest -- Long Beach (Belmont Shore)
(562) 434-3066


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