Free in July: Summer Festivals & Concerts, and More Free Things To Do in Los Angeles with Kids

Celebrate the sea with a fun Dolphin Dash. Photo by Steve Taylor courtesy of the San Clemente Ocean Festival
Celebrate the sea with a fun Dolphin Dash. Photo by Steve Taylor courtesy of the San Clemente Ocean Festival

Summer break can be a brutal reminder of how many hours there are in a day; thank goodness there are so many free things to do in Los Angeles with kids!

When you're between camps, the novelty of "no school" has worn off, and the kids have run out of shows to binge-watch, it can be tricky to come up with activities that don't cost as much as a tank of Southern California gas. If only we could keep these little people entertained for free ... Luckily, Los Angeles has tons of frugal fun this month from Santa Monica to Simi Valley and from Malibu to Manhattan Beach. There are 4th of July fireworks spectaculars, outdoor movies, outdoor concerts, a shark week celebration, seven free summer festivals, and more.

Read on for a surplus of free summer activities that are sure to make for sweet (and cheap!) July memories. Discover all the free activities and events near you in our Free Things To Do in Los Angeles with Kids Guide, which includes a roundup of all the Free Museum Days in Los Angeles plus a list of 60+ Birthday Freebies for Kids.

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Places featured in this article:


Harbor Boulevard & the Vincent Thomas Bridge

El Rancho High School - Don Memorial Stadium

First Avenue Middle School

Cemetery Memorial Park

Marty Russo Youth Athletic Park

Central Coast Electric Boats

Numerous LA County Parks

Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center

Poppy at the Brentwood Country Mart

The Original Farmers Market

Various OC Parks, such as Craig Park

Brea Civic & Cultural Center Plaza

Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Various Parks in Santa Ana

Various Parks in San Fernando, including Las Palmas Park

Griffith Park - Dell Performance Area
Annual Lighting of the Bay
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort - 4:00 PM Pick
Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting 2022
Rockefeller Center - 7:00 PM Pick
Mart Littles Music
Brentwood Country Mart - 10:30 AM
Hikari - A Festival of Lights
Tanaka Farms - 4:30 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides