Comic-Con International: If you're a big-budget movie-director, an avid creator of cool costumes, a longtime fan of a particular comic book series, an actor on a hot genre TV series, or somebody else who digs reading, watching, and being in the pop culture mix, chances are you're at the San Diego Convention Center. That's where big panels, big signings, and big everything is going down, through July 24, at the world's biggest pop culture convention. (P.S. Your costume is srsly amazing.)
Dapper Day: San Diego won't be the only scene for sartorial strutting, as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art shall welcome Dapper Day, the popular Disneyland Resort tradition, on Friday, July 22. Visitors are invited to dress up in their vintage, or at least fancy-fun, best, and take in the "Reigning Men" fashion exhibit. That requires museum admission, but the jazz outside, and dancing, is free and fabulous. And, yes: Dapper Day returns to Disneyland this November.
Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival: You know this giant crustacean celebration, but you know it from September. It's now taking place in July — the 22nd through 24th, to be specific — and a new-to-this-year update is two lobsters a plate (a guest request). Want to know the band rundown, the yummy sides, and how to arrive/park/get to the USS Iowa-close location? Follow the scent of butter this way.
What to do, where to go and what to see
"Union Station 360°": A classic train station offers a wealth of visual and aural treats any day of the year, but our landmark LA station is going a bit further in that field through Sunday, July 24 via an "interactive, 4-D experience." The out-sized art piece, which involves projections and lights and local vistas aplenty, is sparkling nightly through the 24th, from 8 through midnight, at the Alameda Street destination.
OC Fair: The Costa Mesa party heads into weekend #2 with a host of midway-esque, piglet-cute happenings. The Saturday, July 23 schedule includes milking demos, a wine seminar on pinot noir, the Peking Acrobats, and a LEGO Tower Contest. Yep, it'll be a warm one, so find an ice cream treat and a cool bench and watch the lively scene, one that's only around through the middle of August.