The Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles Festivals & Events

January 30, 2020

There’s an event for everything in LA. You name it, there’s a festival for it.

From pizza to parades, Los Angeles festivals and events celebrate it all.
See what LA events are happening during your trip.

Tournament of Roses - Rose Bowl Game / Facebook

January

Tournament of Roses
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Each January, Los Angeles kicks off the new year with the Tournament of Roses featuring the Rose Bowl and Rose Bowl Parade.

The Yoga Expo
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Center yourself and head over to the Yoga Expo at the Pasadena Convention Center for seminars, yoga sessions, food, and more.

Three Kings Day
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During Disney’s Festival of Holidays, guests can learn about the three Wise Men and how countries around the world honor them.

DTLA Breweries United Fest
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Sample specialty beers from downtown Los Angeles area breweries and other local spots.

Lunar New Year at Disneyland
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Celebrate the Year of the Mouse with Mickey, Minnie, and all their friends at Disneyland.

Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood
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You can also explore Universal Studios Hollywood’s Lunar New Year events including new shows, character meet and greets, and cultural traditions.

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The Academy / Facebook

February

Golden Dragon Parade
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2020 marks the 121st anniversary of the Golden Dragon Parade in Los Angeles’ Chinatown to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Academy Awards
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Yet another one of the Los Angeles festivals dedicated to its notable film industry, the Academy Awards are held in February each year.

Golden Globes
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Each year, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association® awards film, television and streaming professionals with a series of renowned awards.

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

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Come to the most magical place on earth with an appetite! This Disneyland festival features culinary seminars, samples, and marketplaces from around the world.

What food will you try at Disneyland’s Food & Wine Festival?

March

dineL.A.
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dineL.A. is a celebration of the greater Los Angeles area’s finest restaurants, chefs, and food brands. With hundreds of restaurants to choose from, your taste buds will be satisfied for weeks on end.

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Los Angeles Marathon
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Think you have what it takes to conquer the largest marathon on the West Coast?

Nacho Fest
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Sample nachos from around the world. There will be regular, vegetarian, and vegan options as well as entertainment like live music, comedians, DJs, and blow up castles for kids.

L.A. Nature Fest
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Celebrate the outdoor beauty of Los Angeles at the Natural History Museum. Guests can enjoy hands-on activities, presentations, and performances.

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Coachella / Facebook

April

Grand Prix of Long Beach
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Experience one of Southern California’s most popular racing events in April.

Coachella
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Coachella is arguably among the world’s largest music and cultural arts festivals.

Festival of Books
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Literary fans unite! The Festival of Books is hosted by the Los Angeles Times and features author talks, performances, and food.

Cowboy Festival
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Yeehaw! Saddle up for one of the most interesting Los Angeles festivals planned for 2022.

Outfest
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Organized and founded by UCLA students in 1982, this film festival encourages sharing and preserving LGTBQIA+ stories through film.

Fiesta Broadway
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Although the event celebrates Cinco de Mayo with endless food, activities, and entertainment, it is always held on the last Sunday of April.

strawberry

Taste endless strawberry desserts & drinks in Los Angeles in May.

May

Asian American Expo
May 1-31, 2021
The Asian American Expo is the largest Asian trade show and convention celebrating the Lunar New Year.

California Strawberry Festival
May 15-16, 2021
This festival is berry sweet with 50+ food vendors, 200+ arts & crafts vendors, concerts, food demonstrations, rides, and more celebrating the tasty fruit.

Donuts, donuts, and more donuts are at Donut Fest in June!

June

LA Pride Week
June 11-13, 2021
Pride Week is a festival honoring, promoting, and advocating for LGBTQIA+ rights. The week also includes a massive festival with concerts, activities, and more.

LA Culture Festival
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The LA Culture Festival promotes "one world, one people" through activities and fun designed to raise awareness and encourage diversity and unity.

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Pasadena Chalk Festival
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See vibrant and illustrious chalk drawings along the roads and sidewalks in Pasadena. The artwork is entered to a contest and judged at the end of the festival.

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July

4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl
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For three nights, the Hollywood Bowl celebrates Independence Day with The Beach Boys, along with the biggest fireworks display you’ve ever seen!

Pageant of the Masters
July 7 - September 3, 2021
Of the Los Angeles festivals scheduled each year, Pageant of the Masters is by far the most intriguing. This living artwork performance recreates notable works of art set to a live orchestra, narration, and state-of-the-art stage design technology.

California Pizza Festival
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Come hungry! The California Pizza Festival highlights the area’s best pizza spots and chefs.

asian performer for nisei week

Nisei Week Foundation / Facebook

August

Nisei Week Japanese Festival
August 14-22, 2021 
Nisei Week Japanese Festival brings the traditions of Japanese culture to the public through performances, parades, food, and fun.

Disneyland / Facebook

September

Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland
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Experience the happy hauntings of Halloween with all your favorite Disney characters at Mickey’s Halloween Party!

Alpine Village Oktoberfest
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As the largest and oldest Oktoberfest celebration in Los Angeles, the Alpine Village Oktoberfest is an immersive event complete with German traditions, plenty of beer, and delicious food.

LA County Fair
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The LA County Fair is one of the most anticipated Los Angeles festivals each year, due to its massive size and selection of entertainment.

Abbot Kinney Festival
September 26-27, 2021
This free street festival has been a local tradition for 36 years. With numerous food trucks, entertainment stages, and kids activities, everyone will find something to enjoy at the festival.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood
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Among the scariest Halloween events in Los Angeles, Halloween Horror Nights brings your greatest nightmares and fears to life each fall.

What October events will you attend? Perhaps the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival!

October

LA Greek Fest
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Each October, this Greek food and wine festival brings the community together for traditional dances, celebrations, and traditions.

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Calabasas Pumpkin Festival
October 16-17, 2021
This family-friendly fall festival provides entertainment, vendors, and activities centered around pumpkins.

CalJam
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Organized by the Foo Fighters, this music festival has an outstanding lineup featuring the biggest bands and artists in rock today.

LA Korean Festival
September 30-October 3, 2021
Offering free admission, this cultural festival celebrates Korean cultures, arts, traditions, foods, and more.

Halloween Carnaval
October 31, 2021
Spend Halloween on Santa Monica Boulevard with other ghouls and goblins partying the night away.

different cups of coffee and lattes

Learn all about the coffee industry at the LA Coffee Festival.

November

Dia De Los Muertos
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On Dia De Los Muertos, head to Frontierland in Disneyland for food, fun, and performances all dedicated to the celebration

Donut Fest
November 14-15, 2020
Complete with offerings from the best pastry and dessert bakers in the area, Donut Fest celebrates all-things donut related! Yum.

Hollywood Christmas Parade
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After Thanksgiving, Hollywood rings in the holiday season with the annual Christmas Parade!

Enchanted Forest of Light
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See Descanso Gardens lit up as the sun goes down from November through January each year.

LA Zoo Lights
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LA Zoo Lights has quickly become a holiday tradition for many! Each night during the holiday season, the zoo lights up with whimsical displays.

Disney Festival of Holidays
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Discover how cultures and countries from around the globe celebrate the holiday season at Disneyland.

Ring in the New Year in LA.

December

Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
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Each holiday season, Los Angeles festivals and events also include boat parades such as the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. See boats lit up in a festive fashion as they sail around the harbor.

Grand Park’s Winter Glow
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As the sun goes down, Grand Park lights up! The 12-acre outdoor art installation uses light projections and displays to put guests into the holiday mood.

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
December 15-21, 2021
Yachts, boats, kayaks, and canoes glow against the calm waves of the harbor as millions of guests watch.

Holiday Sing-Along with the LA Phil
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See the LA Phil perform classic holiday songs and Christmas carols at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

NYELA
December 31, 2021
Located in Grant Park, NYELA is one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in the city.

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