Chinese New Year takes place in early February over two days in LA’s Chinatown to celebrate lunar calendar New Year.
Springtime is Academy Award February frenzy when the whole world tunes into share Oscar glory with a few tearful hopefuls. If you’re not lucky enough to be part of the event at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood then there’s plenty of bar screenings and after parties to attend.
The Los Angeles Marathon takes place in March with more than 25,000 runners. Many major streets get blocked for this event so be sure to know your detour route if you must travel around the area. http://www.lamarathon.com
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival is held in March in Hermosa Beach with marching bands and dancing. http://www.stpatricksday.org
Cinco de Mayo – May 5th is a day to celebrate the culture, history and achievements of Mexican people. Due to its large Mexican population, the celebration takes place all over Los Angeles with lots of music, food and Margaritas.
Independence day on the 4th July is celebrated each year at the Hollywood Bowl for LA’s most famous firework display, synchronized to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011, it showcases Hollywood Bowl Orchestra with special guest, Daryl Hall and John Oats.
Nisei Week in August is a street festivity that takes place in the streets of Little Tokyo in celebration of Japanese American history as well as the culture of Japan and its people. “Nisei” means Second Generation, referring to the generation that became the new ‘American’.
Sunset Junction Street Fair occupies three miles of Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake in late August. Music, food, arts, and carnival rides attract more than 200,000 revelers.
The LA County Fair is an agricultural affair that started in 1921 and is usually held for the whole month of September. All manner of farm stuff is on display including livestock beauty contestants, lots of food, a Ferris wheel, and an enchanted garden.
The West Hollywood Halloween Carnival on 31st October attracts more than 500,000 to enjoy the craziest costumes annually, making it one of the biggest Halloween celebrations in the country.
The Hollywood Christmas Parade, held at the end of November, is a glitzy celebrity affair that dates from 1928. Floats, pop stars, and marching bands ring out this annual parade. Many major and minor streets in Hollywood get blocked for this event so be sure to know your detour route if you must travel around the area.