Fire-breathing dragons, Wonder Woman, anime, snakes and Jedi are part of the weekend entertainment along with salsa dance, art and fairy tales.
The Anime Expo at Los Angeles Convention Center, billed as the largest such North American convention focusing on Japanese pop culture, will include cosplay, tabletop- and e-gaming, fashion, art, concerts by Japanese pop bands and world premieres of Japanese anime. The pre-show will have screenings, previews, panels, concerts and, for adults 21 and older, a kick-off party at Lounge 21. July 8 is family day with programming for families with young children.
When: Pre-show 6 p.m. July 4, expo July 5-8
Cost, info: Pre-show $20. Expo adults from $70, military and veterans (with active-military or veteran ID) from $56, children 6-13 $35, children 5 and younger free. additional fees for concerts, etc. Only service dogs permitted.
When: 6 p.m. with film starting at dusk July 6
Cost, info: $10, children 4 and younger free. No dogs permitted. (877) 614-2137
It’s art-immersion time with the 85th anniversary of the Pageant of the Masters at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. The pageant is known for living pictures in which people pose as the people in paintings and sculptures. Visitors can also find fine art at the Festival Art Show.
When: Festival July 5-Sept. 1, pageant July 7-Sept. 1
Cost, info: From $10 for festival, from $15 for pageant. Children 3 and younger not permitted in theater. Only service animals permitted. (800) 487-3378
When: 9 a.m. July 7
Cost, info: Adults $5, children (12 and younger) free. Only service animals permitted. (323) 461-3673
When: 8 p.m. July 7
Cost, info: Free. Family-friendly. Dogs on leash OK. (844) 462-2327
When: 5 p.m. July 8
Cost, info: Free. Family-friendly. No dogs permitted. (310) 746-4000