The city of Los Angeles is mostly known for its Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard. Beverly Hills and its famous houses and luxury stores. Not to mention the famous Hollywood Sign on top of Mt Lee. Can you imagine discovering the American West without stopping by the City of Angels? The answer is certainly not.
Here are some of the annual events taking place in Los Angeles so that you know the best time to go.
Chinese New Year in February
At the beginning of February, the city of Los Angeles celebrates the Chinese New Year. The event takes place in Chinatown located on Broadway Avenue. The program of this celebration includes a parade of dragons. It’s called the Golden Dragon Parade. You can also enjoy:
- Traditional music
- Folk dancing
- Float parades
- Martial arts performances
Stalls sell Asian food and restaurants serve dim-sum. The festival is organized by the Asian community but is open to everyone.
Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in June
The famous magazine Playboy organizes a jazz festival every year in June. This musical event takes place at the Hollywood Bowl. At each new edition, the charm magazine invites the greatest jazzmen in the world, such as:
- Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis
- Boney James
- Chick Corea
- George Benson
This jazz event welcomes thousands of spectators each year. It’s one of the most important events in Los Angeles.
Fiesta Broadway in April
Fiesta Broadway is a celebration of the Mexican-American community. It takes place every year for one day at the end of April, usually around the 28th. The festival runs from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. It features a wide range of entertainment including:
- Latin dance performances
- Hispanic music
- Children’s activities
Food stands are set up all along Broadway Avenue. They’re offering traditional Mexican food and drinks. Each year thousands of people attend this event.
AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival in November
The AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in Los Angeles. It’s one of the most prestigious in the world. It’s held every year for 11 days in November. It features American and foreign films in all categories and genres. From feature films to documentaries. The festival welcomes the world’s greatest filmmakers and many internationally renowned actors. Screenings take place at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
Abbot Kinney Festival in October
Abbot Kinney Festival is an event held on a Sunday in October in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles. During the event, Abbot Kinney Boulevard is closed to cars to give more space to pedestrians. Participants can enjoy a variety of activities along the boulevard:
- Music concerts
- Dance performances
- Food stalls
- Children’s activities
- Amusement rides
This event welcomes thousands of participants each year.
Taste of Newport in September
Every year, a food festival called Taste of Newport takes place in Newport Beach. Thousands of people gather at Newport Centre Drive to attend this event. It features live music. Visitors gather to sample drinks from the wineries. They can taste the best specialties from the 30 restaurants in the area.