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Our picks of places to go + things to do to make the most out of your July.

TRAVEL TO The Napa Valley Festival Del Sole, California’s ninth annual event where grapes aren’t the only reason to visit. Guests can take part in world-class jazz, opera, classical music and ballet, as well as culinary, wine and wellness events, all spread out over a 10-day period from July 11-20.

DINE OUT WITH dineL.A.’s Restaurant Week where some of the city’s best restaurants offer specially priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus for two full weeks (July 14-27) or DINE IN WITH Manhattan Beach Post. The small plates-centric “social house” will begin offering takeout starting July 1st—that means bacon-cheddar biscuits slathered with whipped maple butter whenever the mood strikes!

GO GAGA FOR Gaga, who else!? The mega star will be performing at The Staples Center for her new album, ARTPOP, on July 21 & 22.

STAY OCEANSIDE HERE The Catalina Ski Race on July 19. Entering its 66th year, the 62-mile race to Avalon and back will attract some of the most elite water skiers from around the world or HERE The U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, America’s largest pro surfing competition peppered with live bands, a sports expo and after-parties with modern beach boys and gals.

SNAP A PHOTO AT The Grand Opening of the Los Angeles Center of Photography on Saturday, July 12th. As the city’s first ever non-profit photo center, LACP will celebrate it’s new Hollywood location with a star-studded event full of photographers, industry luminaries as well as past and present students and faculty.

DO THIS A Marmol Radziner Reception & Jewelry Trunk Show at Heath Ceramics in Los Angeles Thursday, July 10th. The evening will include a slideshow and talk lead by the acclaimed California architecture firm in the company of handcrafted jewelry and furniture straight from the company’s latest collection (rsvp here) AND THIS The Powwow Of Native Iron presented by Southern California’s motorcycle authority, Deus Ex Machina, in Venice. Full of music, food, refreshments and “U.S. made combustion”, the afternoon will praise choppers from the days of yore.