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LA Pride

For over 40 years, LA Pride has celebrated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender arts and culture. Events taking place over an early June weekend include the centrepiece Gay Pride parade with many other events including a festival of live music and comedy, visual arts, poetry, a fun run and get-togethers in the park, all taking place in the West Hollywood area.

Date: 11 June 2021 - 13 June 2021
Venue: West Hollywood (parade).
Website: http://www.lapride.org
Cost:

Various.


Fourth of July Fireworks

The Fourth of July in LA is celebrated with spectacular firework displays all over the city Among the best are the concerts with fireworks at the Pasadena Rose Bowl and the Hollywood Bowl. Book ahead as it’s always a sell-out and a great night out.

Date: 04 July 2021 - 04 July 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Pasadena Rose Bowl and Hollywood Bowl.
Website: https://www.rosebowlstadium.com/
Cost:

Various.


Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween is a big deal in the U.S. and LA has plenty of tricks and treats to scare the pants off you. Among the biggest is Universal Studios’ annual Halloween Horror Nights, known to be the most intense and scariest event in Southern California. It is screamingly good fun and runs throughout October. Buy your tickets early if you want to have a truly chilling Halloween in LA.

Date: 01 September 2021 - 30 November 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Universal Studios Hollywood.
Website: http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/hollywood
Cost:

Various.


Toyota Grand Prix

Formula One takes to the city streets of Long Beach in this three-day festival of speed. For over 35 years, the streets of the city have been turned into a race track and there’s a plethora of sideshows to please motor racing fans of all ages. The Family Fun Zone offers youngsters a chance to try out mini electric cars, racing simulators, rock climbing walls and more.

Date: 24 September 2021 - 26 September 2021
Venue: Long Beach
Website: http://www.gplb.com
Cost:

Various.


Hollywood Christmas Parade

This annual parade dates back to the 1920s and welcomes the start of the Christmas season in the US with a procession of floats, cars, marching bands and celebrities. There’s free kerbside standing or you can buy grandstand tickets for a bird's eye view. The parade makes a 5.6 km (3.5 miles) journey along Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard, past many of the legendary buildings of Old Hollywood. It takes place at night, so wrap up as it can be chilly. And, as always, Santa Claus makes an appearance at the conclusion of every Christmas parade.

Date: 01 December 2021 - 31 December 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Hollywood.
Website: http://www.thehollywoodchristmasparade.com
Cost:

Free to watch.


Los Angeles County Fair

This month-long cornucopia of fun is the biggest county fair in the US. It features neon-lit amusement rides, a carnival, concerts, crafts and farm animals, horse races, and a multitude of mouth-watering deep-fried foods.

Date: 01 August 2022 - 30 September 2022
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Pomona Fairgrounds.
Website: https://lacountyfair.com/
Cost:

Various.


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Howard Johnson Inn and Suites Reseda

A clean and affordable option in the San Fernando Valley, this hotel features free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and complimentary continental breakfast. Parking is free and access to the rest of California is made easy with Interstate 405 and Highway 101 running nearby.

Jerry's Motel

A low-key motel in Downtown, just minutes from major city attractions like Los Angeles Convention Center, Dodger Stadium, Broad Museum and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Unfussy double and twin rooms offer free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and coffeemakers, and the hotel provides free parking for patrons.

Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

Featuring denim duvets, distressed hardwood floors and wrought iron artwork, this funky boutique hotel in West Hollywood is heavy on the rural theme. Located opposite LA's historic Farmer's Market, it also has a smart pool and sundeck, high speed Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. Its onsite restaurant, TART, serves up deliciously healthy hipster treats.

Sheraton Universal

Bang next door to Universal Studios, the Sheraton Universal has something of a corporate air to it but is relaxed enough to offer a poolside bar. Rooms are reasonably sized, with plenty of creams and browns keeping things neutral. It also has a small pool and modern gym facilities. Ask for a room with views of the Hollywood Hills.

The Standard

Chic and affordable, The Standard is a glimpse into the mind of hotel designer André Balazs. Young sophisticates gather in the floor-to-ceiling shag-carpeted lobby for live DJs and performance art shows, while its poolside cafe and 24-hour restaurant serve up quality American comfort food. Rooms offer kitsch furniture, including beanbag chairs.

The Beverly Wilshire

Popularised by its appearance in Pretty Woman, this Four Seasons hotel is renowned for its classical grandeur and impeccable service. An ornately carved entrance leads to a magnificent lobby and a choice between the elegant Boulevard Restaurant, a wood-panelled piano lounge and Cut, the Wolfgang Puck steakhouse. Luxurious rooms have marble bathrooms and the spa is stunning.