Annual Events in Los Angeles 2017

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January Events in Los Angeles 2017

Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles
Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

A Calendar of Annual Events around Greater Los Angeles

The Greater Los Angeles Area has a wealth of annual festivals representing different ethnic and cultural groups, music and arts festivals, foodie feasts and major sporting events. Before you plan your visit, take a look at a few events that could add a little excitement to your trip. This listing only includes events that occur every year.

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January Events in Los Angeles

January in Los Angeles is art and photography month with numerous international art and photography expos that bring dealers from around the world.

Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl
Outdoor Ice Rinks remain open through January
Disneyland Christmas Fantasy through the first week in January
Queen Mary CHILL through the first week in January
Knott's Merry Farm through the first week in January
LA Zoo Lights through the first week in January 
Japanese New Year in Little Tokyo; 1st Weekend, 213-626-3067
Los Tres Reyes, El Pueblo Historical Monument (Olvera St.) Epiphany procession
Santa Monica Restaurant Week - Dining specials throughout Santa Monica
dineLA Restaurant Weeks all over LA
Baby & Kids Experience - Family Expo at the OC Fairgrounds
Kingdom Day Parade and other MLK Day Celebrations
Photo LA - an expo of 80 premier galleries under one roof the 3rd weekend in January
Los Angeles Art Show fine art showcase at the LA Convention Center
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Contemporary art show the last week in January
Night on Broadway, Downtown LA street fair and celebration of historic theatres
Chinese and Vietnamese New Year Events around LA, January into February
Carnaval and Mardi Gras Events in LA, January into February or March

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February Events in Los Angeles 2017

Chinese New Year in Beverly Hills
Araya Diaz/Getty Images

February in LA is the month of love with abundant Valentine's Day celebrations. It's also a multicultural month in Los Angeles with events celebrating Chinese and Vietnamese New Year, the Queen Mary's Scottish heritage, African American culture and Mardi Gras and Carnival celebrations from around the world. February in Los Angeles is also focused on the movie industry's biggest day of the year with Oscar events for everyone.

Valentine's Day Special Events in Los Angeles
More Things to Do for Valentines Day in LA
Chinese and Vietnamese New Year Events around LA January or February depending on the year
Queen Mary Scottish Festival and Games aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach
Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show at the LA Convention Center
Conscious Life Expo
Mardi Gras Events in LA, January to March depending on year
African American Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 562-590-3100
Docuday, annual day-long screening of Oscar-nominated documentary films, Saturday before the Oscars in February or March
Academy Awards Ceremony, end of February or beginning of March at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood; (310) 247-3000
Oscar Events for Everyone - a list of Oscar-related events open to the public
St David's Day Welsh Festival, end of February or beginning of March

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March Events in Los Angeles 2017

Irish Dancers at St. Patrick's Day in Los Angeles
Photo © 2005 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

March in Los Angeles is one of my favorite months for just watching the sunset, but it's also a good time for celebrating everything Irish with numerous St. Patrick's Day celebrations. LA closes down 26 miles of streets from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica Beach for the LA Marathon and for 2016, Easter is also on the calendar in March.

St David's Day Welsh Festival, end of February or beginning of March
Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge
Chinese Lantern Festival at El Pueblo de Los Angeles/Olvera Street
St. Patrick's Day Events Around Los Angeles
St. Joseph's Table at Casa Italiana, March 17-19 every year
LA Marathon from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica
Baby & Kids Experience - Family Expo in Pasadena
Holi Festival of Colors - Indian Festival at Whittier Narrows Park in South El Monte
PaleyFest - week-long TV fan experience with live panels at Paley Center in  Beverly Hills
Orange County Restaurant Week
Noorooz Festival and Persian New Year Parade in Westwood
Blessing of the Animals at El Pueblo State Historic Site (Olvera St.) Saturday before Easter in March or April 213-485-9769
Los Angeles County Air Show​ in Lancaster, CA
Latin Food Festival in Santa Monica 
Carnaval Primavera, a four block Mardi Gras festival in Huntington Park - March or April
Easter Events in LA March or April

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April Events in Los Angeles 2017

Thai New Year on Hollywood Boulevard
7-how-7 via Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

April in Los Angeles and vicinity is a busy month as the weather warms up and more events move outside. The Renaissance Pleasure Faire begins in April and runs 7 weekends into May. Thai and Cambodian New Year celebrations stretch from Hollywood to Long Beach. It's also a big month for baseball, soccer, horse racing and auto racing. Cinco de Mayo gets an early start in April with Fiesta Broadway, the biggest Cinco de Mayo event in the world.

Carnaval Primavera, a four block Mardi Gras festival in Huntington Park - March or April
Blessing of the Animals at El Pueblo State Historic Site (Olvera St.) Saturday before Easter in March or April 213-485-9769
Easter Events in LA March or April
Fantasea Magic Festival abourd the Queen Mary in Long Beach
Santa Anita Derby 1st weekend of April
Opening Day at Dodgers Stadium
Opening Day at Angels Stadium
Los Angeles Galaxy - Major League Soccer
Night Nation Run - Nighttime running and music event in Costa Mesa & Anaheim
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach - 2nd weekend
Topanga Earth Day Celebration - Closest Saturday to Earth Day
Earth Day Celebration at the Aquarium of the Pacific 562-590-3100
California Poppy Festival in Lancaster City Park, Lancaster, 661-723-6077
Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival, 626-307-2533
Thai New Year "Songkran" Festivals around LA
Cambodian New Year - multiple weekends
San Dimas Festival of the Arts last weekend in April
LA Times Festival of Books at USC 1-800-LATIMES ext. 7BOOK
Pasadena Showcase House of Design Home and Garden Tour, mid-April to mid-May
Fiesta Broadway, LA's biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration, Last weekend in April, Downtown LA on Broadway from 1st to Olympic, 310-914-0015
Cowboy Festival in Santa Clarita, 661-286-4021
The Renaissance Pleasure Faire at Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, weekends from late April through mid-May

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May Events in Los Angeles 2017

Folklorico Dancers at Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles
Photo © 2005 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

May in Los Angeles is another big month for Renaissance Fair fans with activities every weekend of the month. LA also goes Mexican in a big way for Cinco de Mayo, with numerous events that actually start in April. Mother's Day dominates the middle of the month with lots of ways to celebrate Mom. The biggest weekend of the month is of course Memorial Day Weekend, with memorials and summer kick-off celebrations far and wide.

Renaissance Pleasure Faire and Kroneburg Old World Festival, two renaissance festivals, weekends from early April through mid-June
UCLA American Indian Pow Wow, gathering of Native American dancers and drummers
Orange County Marathon in Huntington Beach, end of April or beginning of May
Pasadena Showcase House of Design Home and Garden Tour, mid-April to mid-May
Cinco de Mayo Mexican Festival, usually the end of April to the first weekend in May
Celebrate Israel Festival, Rancho Park, end of April or May
Mother's Day Events in Los Angeles
Holi Festival of Colors - Indian Festival in the San Fernando Valley
Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Arts Festival, The Paramount Ranch in Agoura hosts a festival of live Bluegrass music and country dancing, during the third week of May. (818) 382-4819
Amgen Tour of California Bike tour through California mid-May
Long Beach Pride Celebration, 562-987-9191
Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, Memorial Day Weekend
More Memorial Day Weekend Events
British Polo Day Benefit at Will Rogers State Park, May of odd years.

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June Events in Los Angeles 2017

Long Beach Bayou Festival
Photo © 2011 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

June in Los Angeles is full of summer events from outdoor concerts and theatre to family festivals. Summer Solstice is probably celebrated by more people in LA than most places. Renaissance festivities continue. The 3rd Sunday is all about Dad for Father's Day, and there are lots of festivals that weekend that he may enjoy.

Orange County Marathon in Huntington Beach, end of April or beginning of May
Kroneburg Old World Festival, weekends from early May through mid-June
Santa Monica Festival, Santa Monica
LA Gay Pride: Christopher Street West in West Hollywood
Dia de San Juan Festival, a celebration of Puerto Rican culture  in Long Beach
Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl; weekend varies
LA Modernism, furniture and design show
The BIG Irish Fair and Music Festival at El Dorado Park in Long Beach
Long Beach Bayou Festival at Rainbow Lagoon, Long Beach
Summer Solstice Events in LA
Mariachi USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, 1-800-MARIACHI
Concours D'Elegance on Rodeo, vintage car show on a carpeted Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Father's Day
More Father's Day Events in LA
Long Beach International Sea Festival
, A full calendar of events June through September
Summer Concert Series in LA - summer concert series at venues across LA, some beginning in June
Summer Family Festivals in LA - summer series for kids beginning in June
Summer Theatre Festivals in LA - summer theatre series, mostly Shakespeare

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July Events in Los Angeles 2017

Pageant of the Masters
Photo courtesy of Festival of Arts Pageant of the Masters

July in Los Angeles kicks off the same way it does in the rest of the country, with abundant fireworks, parades and picnics for Independence Day. Summer fun continues with outdoor concerts, theatre and family fun. It's a great time to visit Orange County for the Orange County Fair, the Laguna Beach art festivals and Pageant of the Masters and the US Open of Surfing.

July 4th Independence Day Events around Los Angeles and Orange County
Old Fort MacArthur Days and Artillery Show at Fort MacArthur Military Museum at Angels Gate Park in San Pedro, 1-888-LAPARKS (527-2757)
Lotus Festival of Asian and Pacific Island cultures at Echo Park Lake, 2nd weekend, 1-888-LAPARKS (527-2757)
Malibu Art Festival, 310-456-9025
Pacific Islander Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific
dineLA Restaurant Weeks all over LA (January & July)
Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, mid-July through early August
Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival in San Pedro
D23 Expo - Disney Fan Expo takes place in odd-numbered years in Anaheim
Laguna Beach Art Festivals, Three summer-long art festivals July and August
Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, July and August
US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, end of July or beginning of August
Surf Festival, Redondo, Manhattan and Hermosa Beaches,
end of July or beginning of August
Long Beach International Sea Festival, A full calendar of events June through September
Summer Concert Series in LA - summer concert series at venues across LA, some beginning in June
Summer Family Festivals in LA - summer series for kids beginning in June
Summer Theatre Festivals in LA - summer theatre series, mostly Shakespeare

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August Events in Los Angeles 2017

Nissei Week in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

August in Los Angeles is filled with Summer Concerts, Family Festival Series and Summer Theatre Festivals. The art fairs and County Fair continue in Orange County, and Long Beach hosts festivals every weekend as part of the Long Beach International Sea Festival.

Laguna Beach Art Festivals, Three summer-long art festivals July and August
Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, July and August
US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, end of July, beginning of August
Surf Festival, Redondo, Manhattan and Hermosa Beaches, end of July, beginning of August
Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, mid-July through early August
Watts Summer Festival, 323-789-7304, 2nd weekend, 103rd Street, between Compton Blvd. and Success Ave.
Nisei Week, Little Tokyo, 213-687-7193
Long Beach Jazz Festival at Rainbow Lagoon Park
Great Sand Sculpture Contest in Long Beach
Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, Food & Wine Magazine's multi-event food festival in Beverly Hills, Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and Santa Monica.
Fiesta La Ballona in Culver City
Long Beach International Sea Festival, A full calendar of events June through September
Summer Concert Series in LA - summer concert series at venues across LA, some beginning in June
Summer Family Festivals in LA - summer series for kids beginning in June
Summer Theatre Festivals in LA - summer theatre series, mostly Shakespeare

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September Events in Los Angeles 2017

Los Angeles County Fair
Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

September in Los Angeles starts with a whole array of events over the long Labor Day Weekend heralding the end of summer - at least for kids in school. Our summer continues all the way through the month with Lobster Festivals, numerous Greek Festivals and abundant events to celebrate Mexican Independence Day and Latino Heritage Month, as well as the kick-off of Oktoberfest season in LA. Some Halloween festivities also begin as early as the beginning of September.

Labor Day Weekend Events Around Los Angeles - a full list
The Taste Food & wine event in Hollywood
Orange International Street Fair, City of Orange, Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend
Fiesta Hermosa arts festival Labor Day weekend in Hermosa Beach
Mexican Independence Celebration and Latino Heritage Month Events
We Are LA Music Festival
at the StubHub Center in Carson
Lobster Festivals, in Long Beach and Redondo Beach
Greek Festivals in Long Beach, LA, Arcadia, Covina and more.
Los Angeles County Fair, Pomona
Watts Towers Day of the Drum & Jazz Fest, South Los Angeles
Abbot Kinney Festival, Music, arts and crafts festival on Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice
Oktoberfest Events in LA and OC begin in early September and run through October
Brazilian Day LA at La Brea Tar Pits, September or October
Feast of San Gennaro Italian Festival in Hollywood
TarFest, film, theatre, visual and performing arts festival on Museum Row
Ponte Winery Annual Grape Stomp in Temecula
Halloween Events Around LA start in September

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October Events in Los Angeles 2017

Disneyland HalloweenTime
Photo © 2010 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

In Los Angeles, Oktoberfest continues all the way through October, unlike in Munich. However, the city is really overtaken for the entire month by everything Halloween, from theme park events to haunted houses and pumpkin patches. October is also the month for celebrating Soul and Seoul in Los Angeles.

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November Events in Los Angeles 2017

Ice Skating at CHILL at the Queen Mary
Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

November in Los Angeles arrives with some impressive Day of the Dead celebrations, and gives way quickly to the city's many Christmas traditions, with just a quick blip on the calendar to acknowledge Thanksgiving. November is also a great month for exploring Native American culture in Los Angeles with two of the largest events of the year.

Day of the Dead Activities Around Los Angeles
Night Nation Run
 - Nighttime running and music event at Irwindale Event Center
Doo Dah Parade, the Parade Unorganizers present this irreverent un-Rose Bowl parade, as a Doo Dah-style parody of the Tournament of Roses Parade in Old Town at Raymond Avenue and Holly Street. (626) 440-7379
Outdoor Ice Skating rinks open all over LA.
American Indian Arts Marketplace at the Autry National Center; 323-667-2000
Mariachi Plaza Festival at Mariachi Plaza in East Los Angeles, (323) 466-1156
Southern California Indian Center Pow Wow in Costa Mesa
Thanksgiving in LA
Hollywood Christmas Parade, Sunday after Thanksgiving.
Los Angeles Christmas Traditions begin early in November.
Christmas Plays and Performances also begin in November
Holiday Shopping Events and Tree Lighting Ceremonies
The Nutcracker Ballet Performances in LA 
Disneyland Christmas Fantasy 
CHILL at the Queen Mary winter attraction  
Knott's Merry Farm holiday celebration
Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park holiday celebration
LA Zoo Lights holiday celebration

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December Events in Los Angeles 2017

Winter Fest OC
Photo © 2016 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

December is a great time to visit Los Angeles. The city and theme parks are decked out for the holidays, carolers fill the malls and there are shows and spectacles galore to keep locals and visitors entertained.

Christmas Events in Los Angeles 
Disneyland Christmas Fantasy
Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Knott's Merry Farm holiday event at Knott's Berry Farm
LA Zoo Lights holiday event at the LA Zoo  
CHILL at the Queen Mary winter holiday event
Outdoor Ice Skating at rinks around LA
Holiday Shopping Events and Tree Lighting Ceremonies
Christmas Concerts and Caroling Events

Pasadena Holiday Look In Home Tour first weekend in December
Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood
Festival Navideño de la Calle Ocho staged on 8th Street at Normandie Avenue in Los Angeles, more than 50,000 Latinos and other celebrants gather at this free festival with arts and crafts, live music, carnival rides, food samples and more. (323) 962-4735.
Christmas Boat Parades in LA and Orange Counties
Victorian Christmas Celebration at Banning House in Wilmington; 1-888-LA PARKS (527-2757)
Hanukkah Events at various locations around LA
Las Posadas at El Pueblo Historic Site; 213-485-9769
The Nutcracker Ballet at LA and OC theatres
Holiday Plays in LA and OC
L.A. County Holiday Celebration, annual all-day Christmas Eve performance by 35 cultural performance groups
LA's Most Unusual Holiday Traditions
New Year's Eve Events 

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