Many events and festivals take place throughout the year in Los Angeles. With such a mild climate, why miss out? Take a look at the must-do activities that will make you see Los Angeles like you never imagined it!
From January to March: Red carpet fashion shows
- Golden Globes: 2nd Sunday in January. Sometimes considered the warm-up for the Oscars. The ceremony is held at the Beverly Hilton and completely blocks the Beverly Hills area.
- Grammy Awards: 2nd Sunday in February. The Grammy Awards take place at the Staples Center. Give awards to the best musical artists and technicians.
- Oscars: last week of February. Watched by a billion viewers, there's no need to introduce the Academy Awards ceremony. Register in September to hope to win one of the 700 Red Carpet fan bleacher seats. These allow you to stand in front of the Dolby Theatre.
From April to June: Time for music
- Coachella: mid-April. Considered the avant-garde of music and fashion. Coachella is the event that opens the festival season. Takes place in Indio, east of Los Angeles. Welcomes more than 125,000 festival-goers. Including celebrities to watch in the VIP areas.
- Cinco de Mayo: May 5. Mexico's biggest holiday. In L.A.'s Latino neighborhoods, such as Olvera Street, past victories are commemorated. Music and margaritas in the streets until the wee hours.
- Doheny Blues Festival: mid-May. South of L.A., a blues festival known throughout the country. Famous musicians like B.B. King played there.
- LA Pride Week: early June. A whole week of parties and concerts. Extravagant parade on Sunday to defend the rights of LGBTQ+ communities.
- LA Film Festival: 2nd half of June. More than a hundred feature films are presented during this film festival. To everyone's surprise, it doesn't take place in Hollywood but in Downtown LA.
From July to September: Surfing and art
- Independence Day: July 4th. The U.S. Independence Day Fireworks Show is held each year at the Hollywood Bowl. A concert and incredible fireworks display take place in a beautiful outdoor setting.
- International Surf Festival: early August. A large gathering of sportsmen from 8 to 80 years old who compete in surfing, paddle, or volleyball.
- Los Angeles County Fair : 3 weeks in September. Huge popular fair, the largest in North America. Brings together exhibitors of art, textiles, technology, and products of all kinds. Highlighting L.A.'s counterculture. Concerts and a funfair are also part of the event.
- Abbot Kinney Festival: last Sunday in September. Art fair, sale of products from independent stores. Concerts and activities for children on the street considered the coolest in the USA.
From October to December: End of year celebrations
- Halloween: October 31. More than 500,000 people in costume take part in the West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnival. They parade down Santa Monica Boulevard on the West Hollywood side.
- Hollywood Christmas Parade: Thursday after Thanksgiving. On Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard. Visitors and showbiz stars rub shoulders for the media parade of the year in the run-up to Christmas.