Best Bets for Fun Things to Do In and Around La Jolla, July 1-7

Insect Festival

Explore the world (if you dare) of live bugs, lizards, snakes and the infamous Madagascar hissing cockroaches (pictured), then make a craft based on the theme, and taste cooked mealworm larva. Entomologists will staff more than 20 information booths, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9-10 at San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Admission $12. (760) 436-3036.

Final Week at the Fair

Today: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Extreme Sports Spectacular, Belly Up Rock Festival, The Music of ABBA. Friday: Big Time Rush, Monster Trucks Dope Mc’s, The Mike Reilly Band. Saturday: Grand Fund Railroad, Antique Car Races, Monster Trucks, Absinthe, The Lost Boys. Sunday: Jenni Rivera, Demolition Derby, Candy-O (Cars Tribute Band), The Stone Family. Monday, July 4: REO Speedwagon with Navy Band Southwest and fireworks, Demolition Derby, Cash’d Out (Johnny Cash Tribute Band). Gates open 11 a.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday-Monday. Admission $13 adults, $7 ages 6-12, 62 and older.

Star Spangled Pops!

The San Diego Symphony will present a 4th of July Celebration, 7:30 p.m. July 1, 2 and 3 at the Embarcadero Marina Park South. Hear Broadway tunes, Sousa Marches and more, topped off with fireworks over the bay. American Idol stars David Hernandez (Season 7) and Lakisha Jones (Season 6) will also perform. Tickets from $17. (619) 235-0804.

Home on the Range

See a free screening of the award-wining documentary “Sweetgrass,” a “riveting and poetic portrait of the American West,” just as one of its traditions dies out … The film follows the last “modern” cowboys leading their flocks of sheep up into the breathtaking (and often dangerous) mountains for summer pasture, 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657. The documentary is part of PBS’ “POV” Series.

Film Noir Series

The Friends of the Riford Library will host a screening of “Phenix City Story,” 3 p.m. Friday, July 8 in the community room, 7555 Draper Ave. Free popcorn. The 1955 drama stars Richard Kiley, Kathryn Grant and Helen Martin in the story about the 1954 assassination of Alabama attorney general candidate Albert Patterson in Phenix, Alabama, a city controlled by organized crime, and the subsequent imposition of martial law. (858) 552-1657.

European Summer

Stuck stateside this year? You can still view the countrysides of Spain, Tuscany and Provence through July 31 via a special show at Cosmopolitan Fine Arts Gallery, 7932 Girard Ave. (858) 456-9506. See the landscape paintings of artists Gantner, Bueno, Colomer, Madjid, Magre, Van Burg and Pedro Fraile, whose Sierra de Madrid, oil on canvas, is pictured here.

The Bard’s Barbs

The Old Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Festival continues through September with “Much Ado About Nothing,” “The Tempest,” and “Amadeus,” onstage through September at 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Tickets: $29-$85. (619) 23-GLOBE.

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