Ethnic and Cultural Festivals Around Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the most diverse county in the US and many cultures have large enough communities to hold one or more cultural festivals each year. Here are some of the highlights, listed alphabetically by culture.

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African and African-American Cultural Events

Kwanzaa celebration in Long Beach
Kayte Deioma
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
Phone +1 562-590-3100

There's also a strong African-American component to the Bayou Festival in Long Beach.

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Armenian Festivals

Armenian Independence Day
Kayte Deioma
Montebello, CA, USA

The Armenian community in Los Angeles is spread around Glendale, Hollywood and Montebello. There is an annual Armenian Independence Day Festival in Little Armenia in Hollywood each May, but they don't maintain a consistent website. The Glendale Armenian Festival doesn't have a consistent web presence either, but this one does: Armenian Festival of Orange County

There are also small annual festivals at St. John's Armenian Church in Hollywood and St. Mary Armenian Church in Costa Mesa.

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Asian Pacific Islander Lotus Festival

Echo Park Boathouse
Joe Utsler/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0
1632 Bellevue Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026-4201, USA
Phone +1 213-250-3578

The Lotus Festival at Echo Park celebrates the many cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands with music, dance, food and cultural exhibits. It's usually the second weekend in July.

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Belizian Culture

3883 W Century Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90303-1003, USA
Phone +1 310-330-2800

The Belize Caye Festival is a family-friendly festival celebrating Belizian culture and music at Leimert Park in Inglewood in July.

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Bengali Festivals

Bengali Picnic in Orange County
Kayte Deioma
Little Bangladesh, Los Angeles, CA, USA

The Bangladesh Day Parade and Festival take place down Vermont Avenue the last weekend of March. The Bengali New Year Celebration is in Little Bangladesh, a five-block area around 3rd and Alexandria in Los Angeles, in May, but websites are inconsistently maintained.

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Cambodian New Year

Cambodian New Year in Long Beach xl
Kayte Deioma
Long Beach, CA, USA

Long Beach has the largest Cambodian population outside of Cambodia, and the community celebrates Cambodian New Year in April with multiple Cambodian New Year events.

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Chinese and Vietnamese New Year Events

Disney California Adventure Lunar New Year
Jeremy Thompson/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

There are a variety of events around Los Angeles to celebrate the ​Chinese and Vietnamese Lunar New Year, which generally occurs in February, but occasionally as early as January.

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Cuban Music Festival

501 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2828, USA
Phone +1 213-542-6200

The Cuban-American Music Festival occurs in May or June at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown LA and features the music, food, arts and crafts of Cuba.

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Ecuadorean Festival

125 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
Phone +1 213-485-6855

The Ecuadorean Fiestas Patrias in Los Angeles celebrates Ecuadorean Independence Day, which is officially August 10. It usually takes place the closest Saturday to that date at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Site.

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German Oktoberfest Celebrations

German dancers
Jack Miller/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0
1340 S Sanderson Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806-5629, USA
Phone +1 714-563-4166

Oktoberfest celebrates Bavarian culture in multiple celebrations around Los Angeles and Orange County with events lasting anywhere from one day to two months.​​

The Phoenix Club in Anaheim also celebrates the German tradition of the annual Christkindl-Markt Christmas market.

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Greek Festivals

Valley Greek Festival
Kayte Deioma

Every Greek church in Southern California has an annual festival with music, dancing, and of course great Greek food.

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Hawaiian and Pacific Island Festivals

Tiki Festival in Long Beach
Kayte Deioma

Sometimes the culture of individual Pacific Islands are celebrated in their own festivals, and on other occasions, they celebrate common traditions together.

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Irish Festivals

Irish Dancers at St. Patrick's Day in Los Angeles
Kayte Deioma
Pomona, CA, USA

Los Angeles and Orange County each have a huge Irish Fair, plus special events in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Here are more details:

  • LA County Irish Fair in Pomona
  • The Big Irish Fair in Long Beach
  • St. Patrick's Day Events in LA
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Italian Feast of San Gennaro in Hollywood

Feast of San Gennaro
Kayte Deioma
Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA

The Feast of San Gennaro is an Italian street festival that takes place every September in the heart of Hollywood. The Italian community in LA also celebrates St. Joseph's Day in March. Try the Italian Festival the last weekend in October.

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Japanese Festival - Nisei Week

Haneto Dancers
Moto "Club4AG" Miwa/Flickr/CC BY 2.0
100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3911, USA
Phone +1 213-625-0414

Nisei Week is actually several weeks of activities in August celebrating Japanese culture in Los Angeles. Highlights are two weekend festivals with Japanese food, crafts, music and street dancing.

The Japanese New Year celebration in Little Tokyo in January and the Tea Festival in August are some other celebrations in the Japanese community.

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Jewish Festivals

Celebrate Israel Festival, Los Angeles
Israeli-American Council/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0
6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91436, USA
Phone +1 818-756-8060

Most of the local synagogues and Jewish Community Centers have their own smaller celebrations for the major Jewish holidays, but there are public Hanukkah Festivals and Menorah Lightings at several prominent locations in Los Angeles. There is also an annual Israel Independence Day Festival that takes place each May. It has moved from Woodley Park to the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center.

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Los Angeles Korean Festival

38th Annual Los Angeles Korean Festival
Republic of Korea/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0
Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA, USA

The annual Los Angeles Korean Festival includes a parade through Korea Town, music, dancing, food and cultural exhibits at the end of September or beginning of October. There is also an annual Korean Music Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.

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Los Angeles Lithuanian Days

2718 St George St, Los Angeles, CA 90027-3321, USA
Phone +1 323-664-4660

Little Lithuania is in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles and so is the annual Los Angeles Lithuanian Fair at St. Casimir's Church each October.

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Lebanese Festival in Orange County

300 S Flower St, Orange, CA 92868-3417, USA
Phone +1 714-940-0009

The Orange County Lebanese Festival takes place in June at St. John Maron Church in the City of Orange.

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Mediterranean Festival

2300 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90057-1906, USA
Phone +1 213-382-6269

St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Downtown LA holds a Mediterranean Festival every October with Middle Eastern food and music.

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Mexican Festivals in Los Angeles

Cinco de Mayo Mexican Dancer
Kayte Deioma

The largest ethnic population in Los Angeles is Mexican, so it's no surprise that there are many celebrations of Mexican culture in LA. Here are some of the biggest.

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Native American Festivals

Moompetam at the Aquarium of the Pacific
10175 Slater Ave #150, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA
Phone +1 714-962-6673

LA has the largest Native American population in the nation. First Nations people who are transplants from other parts of the country hold pow wows at various venues around Southern California, often associated with colleges and universities. Local California Indians maintain their own cultural practices and gatherings.

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Puerto Rican Festivals

Puerto Rican Festival in Long Beach, CA
Kayte Deioma
Long Beach, CA, USA

There are multiple Puerto Rican Festivals in the Los Angeles area in June and August. One of the most popular is the ​Dia de San Juan Festival in Long Beach in June.

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Russian Arts Culture Week in West Hollywood

Russian Arts & Culture Festival in West Hollywood
Photo by Oleg Volovik, courtesy of Visit West Hollywood
West Hollywood, CA, USA

The Russian Arts and Culture Festival is just one component of this week-long celebration in May of all things Russian in West Hollywood.

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Scottish Festival on the Queen Mary

Scotsfest Scottish Festival at the Queen Mary
Kayte Deioma
88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
Phone +1 714-708-1500

Every year in February the Scottish Clans of Southern California gather for the Queen Mary ScotsFestival in Long Beach. Popular events include the parade of clans, bagpipe and drum competitions, Highland Games, dance exhibitions, musical performances, vendor booths and whisky tastings.

The Orange County Scottish Fest takes place Memorial Day Weekend at the Orange County Fairgrounds.

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Thai New Year

Songkran 2009. Thai Town, Hollywood, CA.
Veronica Jauriqui/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0
Thai Town, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA

The Thai community in Los Angeles is centered in an area of East Hollywood known as Thai Town. Thai New Year is the same date as Cambodian New Year in April and there are multiple festivals to celebrate including a street fair on Hollywood Boulevard and a festival at a local temple.

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Vietnamese New Year

Vietnamese Tet Parade Orange County 2010
Nhat Ton/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0
Orange County, CA, USA

Vietnamese New Year is celebrated at the same time as Chinese New Year, which is usually in February, with multiple events in Orange County.

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