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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.

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Featured Hotels


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.