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Happenings, Things To Do

A Handy Month-By-Month List of L.A.’s Best Annual Events & Festivals

July 7, 2015 by Brian Champlin

Every month Christina and I are always figuring what’s happening next in Los Angeles.

What should we be writing about? What events are coming up? What should we include in our weekly email newsletter and monthly previews?

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To keep track of it all I’ve been cataloguing ideas in an excel style document for our own internal use. But as the list has grown over time, it occurred to me that a similar listing suitable for public distribution might prove equally useful for our readers.

That is to say, you guys ALSO probably want to be kept apprised of all the annual tent-pole events, festivals and series happening in L.A. on a month-by-month basis.

So here it is!

A couple quick caveats:

First, some well-known events, such as CicLAvia, that have indeterminate event dates are omitted from the list (you can’t always predict when an event like this will pop-up).

Secondly, I’m well aware events like Coachella or the Newport Beach Boat Parade aren’t technically in L.A. County, but I’d still identify them as signature regional events, and thus, they make the cut.

If you have additions, recommendations, edits or feedback, please comment below so we can continue to update the list and make it more valuable to all readers. Some months are a bit leaner than others (ahem, December), so suggestions are super helpful.

Enjoy!

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Credit: Anokarina via flickr

January Events in L.A.

Kingdom Day Parade

LA Art Show

Museum ‘Free-for-All’ Day

Photo LA

Tournament of Roses

February Events in L.A.

Golden Dragon Parade in Chinatown

LA Bacon Festival

LA Marathon

Pan African Film & Arts Festival

Queen Mary Scots Festival

March Events in L.A.

Cherry Blossom Festivals

Festival of the Kites

Lantern Festival

LA Weekly: The Essentials

Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week

Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival

April Events in L.A.

Blessing of the Animals

Brokechella

Coachella

Covina Chalk Festival

The Cowboy Festival

Festival of Colors Los Angeles

Fiesta Broadway

Jazz & Reggae Festival

LA Time Festival of Books

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire (begins)

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

May Events in L.A.

The Big Parade

Free Comic Book Day

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Movie Screenings  (begins)

LA Vegan Beer Fest

Museums of the Arroyo Day

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire  (concludes)

Santa Monica Festival

June Events in L.A.

Free Summer Shakespeare (begins)

Grand Performances (begins)

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Movie Screenings  (continues)

KCRW Summer Nights (begins)

LA Beer Week

LACMA Summer Concerts (begins)

LA Film Festival

LA Pride Festival

Last Remaining Seats

Levitt Pavilion Summer Concerts (begins)

Make Music Pasadena

Mariachi USA Festival

Moonlight Movies on the Beach (begins)

Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo (begins)

Playboy Jazz Festival

Silver Lake Picture Show (begins)

July Events in L.A.

626 Night Market (begins)

Anime Expo

Colorado Street Bridge Celebration

Free Summer Shakespeare (continues)

Grand Park Block Party

Grand Performances (continues)

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Movie Screenings  (continues)

KCRW Summer Nights (continues)

LACMA Summer Concerts (continues)

LA River Ride

Levitt Pavilion Summer Concerts (continues)

Long Beach Dragonboat Festival

Moonlight Movies on the Beach (continues)

Polliwog Park Free Concerts (begins)

Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo (continues)

Silver Lake Picture Show (continues)

Taste of Farmers Market

Twilight Concerts at The Pier (begins)

US Open of Surfing

August Events in L.A.

626 Night Market  (continues)

Echo Park Rising

Free Summer Shakespeare (continues)

FYF Fest

Grand Performances (concludes)

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Movie Screenings  (concludes)

KCRW Summer Nights (concludes)

LACMA Summer Concerts (continues)

Levitt Pavilion Summer Concerts (continues)

Long Beach Crawfish Festival

Moonlight Movies on the Beach (concludes)

Nike 3-on-3 Tournament

Polliwog Park Free Concerts (continues)

Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo (concludes)

Silver Lake Picture Show (concludes)

Twilight Concerts at The Pier (continues)

Watts Summer Festival

September Events in L.A.

626 Night Market (concludes)

Day of the Drum Festival

Fiesta Hermosa

Free Summer Shakespeare (concludes)

LACMA Summer Concerts (concludes)

LA County Fair

LA Short Film Festival

Levitt Pavilion Summer Concerts (concludes)

Moon Festival in Chinatown

Oktoberfest at Alpine Village (begins)

Original Lobster Festival in Long Beach

Polliwog Park Free Concerts (concludes)

Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

Redondo Beach Lobster Festival

The Taste

Twilight Concerts at The Pier (concludes)

October Events in L.A.

Eagle Rock Music Festival

LA Day of The Dead

LA Korean Festival

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

Oktoberfest at Alpine Village (concludes)

Queen Mary Dark Harbor

West Hollywood Carnaval

November Events in L.A.

AFI Fest

Hollywood Christmas Parade

LA Auto Show

LA Tamale Festival

Pershing Square Ice Skating (begins)

Tree Lightning Ceremony at The Grove

December Events in L.A.

Newport Beach Boat Parade

Pershing Square Ice Skating (concludes)

Venice Christmas Boat Parade

Want to suggest an addition to the above list? Let us know in the comments below!

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