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Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rosebowl

Floral processions, marching bands and American Football celebrate the New Year in a grand fashion. The world-famous Rose Parade, which began in 1890, takes place in the streets of old town Pasadena and beyond. Find a spot on the roadside or book grandstand seats (early) in advance for the best view.

Date: 01 January 2019 - 01 January 2019
Venue: Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena.

Entry fee for the Rose Bowl Game.

Annual Golden Dragon Parade

This celebration of the Chinese New Year has taken place in LA for over 100 years. Colourful floats, firecrackers and marching bands parade through Chinatown making for a popular family day out. The lion and dragon dancers are a highlight of this festival, which attracts celebrity grand marshals each year.

Date: 09 February 2019 - 09 February 2019
Venue: Chinatown

The Academy Awards

The Academy Awards are the biggest event of the entertainment year and they take place at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. If you’re not a celebrity, you can’t get inside, but thousands of people queue up to watch the movie stars walk the red carpet in stunning designer gowns.

Date: 24 February 2019 - 24 February 2019
Venue: Kodak Theatre


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. A kid’s zone offers youngsters a chance to try out mini electric cars and teens can ogle at some of the meanest machines on the racing circuit.

Date: 12 April 2019 - 14 April 2019
Venue: Long Beach


LA Times Book Festival

This two-day literary fest, one of the largest in the US, has decamped from UCLA to USC in Downtown LA. It hosts a raft of writers giving seminars and talks, as well as poetry readings, and promotes storytelling and reading for all ages as well as presenting a range of new work.

Date: 13 April 2019 - 14 April 2019
Venue: USC campus, Downtown LA.

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: 08 June 2019 - 09 June 2019
Venue: West Hollywood (parade).

Twilight Concert Series

This laid back series of 10 free summer concerts on Santa Monica Pier has become something of a tradition. It offers a wide variety of local artists playing everything from rock to reggae, tango to funk, blues to surf guitar. A dance floor where you can dance the night away as the sun goes down is also present. The pier-wide festival also offers local art, food, a beer and spirits garden, and interactive games along the Pier promenade.

Date: 01 July 2019 - 30 September 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Santa Monica Pier.


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 2019 - 04 July 2019
Venue: Pasadena Rose Bowl and Hollywood Bowl.

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: 30 August 2019 - 22 September 2019
Venue: Pomona Fairgrounds.

Entry fee.

Los Angeles Film Festival

Movie lovers who couldn’t make it to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival have a second chance at the annual Los Angeles Film Festival. The festival highlights independent and emerging storytellers and showcases international, feature, documentary and short films along with music videos and more. Popular films here will often garner attention around the world and chances for celebrity sightings are high.

Date: 01 September 2019 - 30 September 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Arclight Cinemas

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: 06 September 2019 - 02 November 2019
Venue: Universal Studios Hollywood.

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 November 2019 - 30 November 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Hollywood.

Free to watch.