It's no secret that Los Angeles, CA and the whole of Southern California is a festive place to visit. And thanks to a year-long calendar of warm weather, it is the perfect venue for hosting many annual outdoor festivals. Culinary events, family activities, and cultural exchanges enhance any trip to the SoCal region. The next time you plan to visit the greater Los Angeles, be on the lookout for some of the fun family festivals taking place around the state. Here are just a few events you can look forward to.
Thousands of people travel to L.A. during the month of February to celebrate the world popular Golden Dragon Parade which forms part of the Chinese New Year Celebrations. Organized by the local Chinese community, this event features a lot of entertainment including traditional and modern Chinese music, beautiful dragon decoration, a giant "dragon" show, fireworks and more.
Redondo Beach is probably the only place in America where you can tell somebody to "go fly a kite" and they won't be offended! For over three decades, kite enthusiasts have flocked to this southern California beach town to let the most colorful and beautiful kites float along with the spring breeze. You can see the spectacle for yourself on the Redondo Beach pier every March and enter the many kite and yo-yo competitions on hand. With Redondo Beach just a few minutes from Downtown Los Angeles, this spectacular kite flying festivals is one of the most loved family-friendly annual events in the city.
Once a popular festival in Pasadena, this celebration of cherry blossoms and Japanese culture now amazes enthusiasts in the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles. Sample authentic Oriental cuisine and take in the elegant and mysterious artwork of this ancient culture. Of course, the district is alive with beautiful, fragrant cherry blossoms that symbolize the grace and hope for understanding between our cultures.
When you think of California wine, you may be inclined to crave a glass from the Napa Valley or regions north. Yet the lower half of the state yields quite a number of good vintages as well. Come down to Los Angeles in May and sample the fruit of SoCal’s harvest as well as wines from around the globe.
Other popular events include L.A. Pride Festival, L.A. Film Festival, July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at Hollywood Bowl, Grammy Awards, and Los Angeles County Fair. From wine to seafood, kites in the fresh air to aromatic foliage, there is always something in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas to celebrate.