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
    ••• Kwanzaa celebration in Long Beach. Kayte Deioma

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

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    Armenian Festivals

    Armenian Independence Day
    ••• Armenian Independence Day Festival in Hollywood, CA. Kayte Deioma

    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 these two do:

    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

    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

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

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    Bengali Festivals

    Bengali Picnic in Orange County
    ••• Bengali Picnic in Orange County. Kayte Deioma

    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
    ••• Apsara Dancers at Cambodian New Year in Long Beach. Kayte Deioma

    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

    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

    The Ecuadorean Fiestas Patrias in Los Angeles celebrate 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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    Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture

    Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture in Los Angeles
    ••• Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture in Los Angeles. Kayte Deioma

    The Festival of Philippine Art and Culture (FPAC) is an annual festival celebrating Filipino arts, crafts, music and dance at Echo Park in October.

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    German Oktoberfest Celebrations

    German dancers
    ••• Jack Miller/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

    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
    ••• Valley Greek Festival in Northridge. 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
    ••• 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
    ••• Irish Dancers at St. Patrick's Day in Los Angeles. Kayte Deioma

    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:

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    Italian Feast of San Gennaro in Hollywood

    Feast of San Gennaro
    ••• Feast of San Gennaro Italian Festival, Los Angeles. Kayte Deioma

    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, and there's a Venetian Carnevale in Long Beach around February or March. The latest addition is Victorio's Italian Festival the last weekend in October in the San Fernando Valley.

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    Japanese Festival - Nisei Week

    Haneto Dancers
    ••• Moto "Club4AG" Miwa/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    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 at the Japanese American National Museum 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

    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

    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

    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

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

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    Mediterranean Festival

    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
    ••• 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
    ••• Jacque Nuñez conducts a Native American flute-making workshop at Moompetam at the Aquarium of the Pacific. KayteDeioma

    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
    ••• Puerto Rican Festival in Long Beach, CA. Kayte Deioma

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

    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
    ••• Scotsfest at the Queen Mary. Kayte Deioma

    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

    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

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