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LA’s Annual Festivals Families Love

Families will never run out of things to do in Los Angeles. Our diverse city is home to a number of family-friendly festivals celebrating the cultures, traditions, holidays, and interests of Los Angeles families. To make it easy for you, we’ve compiled a month-by-month list highlighting the best annual family events happening in and around Los Angeles.

There are so many fun things to do in Los Angeles all year long! Check out our list of all the best family festivals in Los Angeles by month! #losangeles #familytravel #diadelosmuertos #booksfestivals #southerncalifornia #familyevents

Los Angeles Family Events – January

Festival of Human Abilities
Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

The Festival of Human Abilities happens at the Aquarium of the Pacific one weekend each January. This special event highlights the “creative talents and abilities of people with disabilities” and features wheelchair dance, live music, sign language choirs, art demonstrations, and much more. This event is included in general aquarium admission.

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
California African American Museum, Exposition Park, 600 State Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037

The California African American Museum hosts its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. This free, daylong event features a variety of programs and activities designed for visitors of all ages. Participate in drop-in art activities, visit the museum’s exhibitions, listen to marathon reading of some of Dr. King’s lesser-known speeches, and much more.

Related: Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Los Angeles

Oshogatsu Family Festival
Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Each January, the Japanese American National Museum hosts the Oshogatsu Family Festival. This free one day event celebrates the coming Lunar New Year with a large variety of activities. Families will enjoy arts and crafts, food, special kids’ activities (such as a raffle and scavenger hunt), performances and demonstrations, and more.

Related: Celebrate Lunar New Year in Los Angeles

Chinese New Year Festival and Parade
Central Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Downtown’s Chinatown is the place to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Each year, families spend the day to enjoy the Golden Dragon Parade as well as a variety of special activities including arts and crafts workshops, food trucks, music stages, a craft market, artisans, a special photo booth, and more.

Los Angeles Family Events – February

Whale Fiesta
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro, CA 90731

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium invites families to celebrate the annual migration of the gray whale at its annual Whale Fiesta. This free, one-day event features many activities including music, guest lectures, games, arts and crafts, puppet shows, and more.

African-American Festival
Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Each February, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts its weekend-long African-American Festival. The Festival celebrates the “rich diversity of African-American and African cultures.” Families will enjoy story tellers, musical and dance performers, interactive drum circles, special exhibitions, and more.

And click here to read our post “Where to Celebrate Black History Month In and Around Los Angeles.”

37th Annual Black History Parade and Festival
Robinson Park Recreation Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103 

The City of Pasadena hosts its annual Black History Parade and Festival each February. Enjoy musicians, dancers, equestrians, community leaders, and more. The parade always begins at 10:00 am and ends at the Robinson Park Recreation Center. The Park will be the site of the Festival which features live entertainment, food vendors, information booths, a special children’s zone, and more. 

Related: Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Annual African-American Art Festival
STAR Eco Station
10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

STAR Eco Station hosts its Annual African-American Art Festival one weekend each February. This free, outdoor festival features live entertainment, children’s art exhibits, African drumming and dancing, games, local vendors, and more. Tours of the STAR Eco Station are available for a fee. Check with the website to see if they’re holding the festival this year.

Los Angeles Family Events – March

International Children’s Festival
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Each March, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts the International Children’s Festival. See first-hand the “amazing talents of children of many cultures” at this special event. Enjoy martial arts demonstrations, children’s crafts and games, traditional dance performances, a children’s choir performance, an international percussion circle, and much more. The Festival is included in general Aquarium admission.

Related: Celebrate Mardi Gras at Home

Grunion “Fishtival”

The Grunion “Fishtival” is a special evening activity held at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Activities include an indoor presentation as well as a guided outdoor observation. Be sure to bring a flashlight and dress warmly for this special night.

Los Angeles Family Events – April

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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
University of Southern California

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has been a family-favorite since 1996. This two-day event features writers, poets, and artists all celebrating literary culture. It is described as the “largest festival of its kind in the United States.” The Festival features panel discussions, author signings, vendors, live performances, a special kids area, and much more. Certain events do require a ticket, though general admission is free.

Our L.A. Voices – L.A. Arts Festival
Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Our L.A. Voices – L.A. Arts Festival is a free “two-day performing and visual arts showcase” featuring dance, music, theatre performances as well as visual artwork. This year’s theme is “Origin Stories.”

Related: Celebrate Easter in Los Angeles

California Poppy Festival
Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park
43063 N. 10th St. W, Lancaster, CA 93534

The California Poppy Festival celebrates our state flower with a weekend full of fun. This colorful event is spread out over 55 acres and features live musical entertainment, art, food, fun, and more. Parking is free; ticket information is available online. 

Skirball Puppet Festival: Fantastic Creatures
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Each year, the Skirball Cultural Center hosts its annual Puppet Festival. This special event celebrates “the art of puppetry and the magic of storytelling.” Enjoy live music, art making opportunities, and a variety of puppets telling new and classic stories. Advance tickets are recommended. 

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival
William S. Hart Park, 24151 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall, CA 91321

The annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is a free event featuring two days of cowboy-related fun including musical performances, art, food, games, and lots of fun.

Los Angeles Family Events – May 

There are so many fun things to do in Los Angeles all year long! Check out our list of all the best family festivals in Los Angeles by month! #losangeles #familytravel #diadelosmuertos #booksfestivals #southerncalifornia #familyevents

Fiesta Broadway
Downtown Los Angeles

Fiesta Broadway is described as the “largest Cinco de Mayo festival in the country.” Enjoy carnival-style games and rides, art, live musical performances, delicious food, and more at this popular event.

Cinco de Mayo Festival

There may be no better place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than on Olvera Street. This free weekend-long festival features both popular and traditional music, cultural dancing, exhibitor booths, food, and fun.

Fiesta Hermosa
Downtown Hermosa Beach

Fiesta Hermosa happens twice a year, on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. It is considered the “largest arts and crafts fair in Southern California.” Families can see the works of over 300 artists and crafters, enjoy live musical entertainment, partake of the Food Court, and spend some time at the Kiddie Carnival (featuring rides, a rock climbing wall, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painters, and more).

L.A. County Fair
1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768

There’s so much to do at the L.A. County Fair, and starting in 2022 it’ll take place in May! Each year, families visit the Fair and enjoy food, rides, animals, performances, and more.

There are so many fun things to do in Los Angeles all year long! Check out our list of all the best family festivals in Los Angeles by month! #losangeles #familytravel #diadelosmuertos #booksfestivals #southerncalifornia #familyevents

Photo by HRDWRKER courtesy of the CAAM

Los Angeles Family Events – June

Great Big Family Play Day
The Autry Museum
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Great Big Family Play Day is considered to be the “ultimate family festival and expo.” Enjoy live entertainment, interactive experiences for children of all ages, food, local businesses, vendors, raffles, and much more.

Pacific Islander Festival
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

The Aquarium of the Pacific invites families to its Pacific Islander Festival. Families will learn about the diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands and enjoy traditional island music, dance, and cultural crafts. There will be games, live entertainment, demonstrations, and more. The Festival is included in general Aquarium admission.

WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival
Locations throughout the City of West Hollywood

Each year throughout the month of June, the City of West Hollywood hosts the annual One City One Pride, now knows as the WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival. This special event focuses on community pride as told through the art and history of the community. A variety of activities and special events are planned throughout the month. 

Pasadena Chalk Festival
Paseo Colorado
300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA

For one weekend each June, the city of Pasadena hosts its annual Chalk Festival. This free, fun-filled event features live music and entertainment, a special Kids Chalkland, the “chalk of fame,” and much more.

Los Angeles Family Events – July

4th of July Community Festival and Fireworks Show
Exposition Park
Exposition Park Dr. and Bill Robertson Lane, Los Angeles, CA

Celebrate the 4th of July in Exposition Park at the annual Community Festival and Fireworks Show. Enjoy a day filled with games, music, food, and fun. And then enjoy a night sky bursting with color during the fireworks show. 

And if Exposition Park isn’t convenient for your family, click here to read our post “All The Best Fourth of July Celebrations In Los Angeles.”

Lotus Festival
Echo Park Lake
751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026

The annual Lotus Festival happens each July. This free event celebrates the arts and cultures of the Asian Pacific Regions. Families will enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, a food court, kid-friendly activities, and much more. 

Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival
Marine Stadium
5255 E. Paoli Way, Long Beach, CA 90803

The Annual Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival is super fun. Enjoy watching one of the largest dragon boat competitions in California! Additionally, there will be traditional art demonstrations, music, martial arts demonstrations, traditional dance, food, and more. 

Festival of Arts – Pageant of the Masters
650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

If you’re not familiar with Pageant of the Masters it is described as “one of the most unique productions in the world,” where audiences witness “living pictures” – real people posing to look exactly like the original art pieces. Coinciding with Pageant of the Masters is the Festival Art Show featuring a wide variety of media as well as workshops, live music, special events, and more.  

Los Angeles Family Events – August

Ecuador Independence Day Parade and Festival

The annual Ecuador Independence Day Parade and Festival celebrates the independence of Ecuador with traditional music, dancing, parade, food, and more. 

Fiesta La Ballona
Veterans Park
4117 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 

This three-day event (beginning on a Friday and ending on a Sunday) features live entertainment, food trucks, carnival rides and games, artisan vendors, and much more. Admission is free, though certain attractions do require tickets.

Los Angeles Family Events – September

Dino Fest
Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Each September, the Natural History Museum hosts its two-day Dino Fest, a celebration of all things dinosaur! Meet paleontologists, participate in hands-on activities, visit special exhibitors, view rare specimen’s from the Museum’s collections, and much more. Check the website for ticket information.

Fiesta Hermosa
Downtown Hermosa Beach

The 2nd Fiesta Hermosa of the year happens on Labor Day (the first is on Memorial Day). Scroll back up to May to learn more.

Moompetam: Native American Festival
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Moompetam: Native American Festival is the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual festival celebrating local Native American cultures. This two-day event features traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, live demonstrations, music, dance, and more. 

Abbot Kinney Festival
Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA

The annual Abbot Kinney Festival happens on the last Sunday of each September. This free, day-long event features hundreds of vendors, food trucks, music stages, kids’ rides and games, and more. 

Baja Splash Cultural Festival
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Celebrate Latino Heritage Month at the Aquarium of the Pacific at their yearly Baja Splash Cultural Festival. The Festival features educational programs, arts and crafts, live entertainment and performances, and more. 

Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival and Annual Simon Rodia Watts Tower Jazz Festival
Watts Towers Arts Center Campus
1727 E. 107th St., Los Angeles, CA 

Each September, the Watts Towers is the site of an annual Day of the Drum Festival and annual Simon Rodia Watts Tower Jazz Festival. These special events happen during the course of one weekend and feature multiple dance and musical performances as well as other special activities. Tours of the Watts Towers will also be available.

Los Angeles Family Events – October

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Calabasas Pumpkin Festival
Lost Hills Rd. And Juan Bautista de Anza Park, Calabasas, CA 

The annual Calabasas Pumpkin Festival happens one weekend each October. The fun-filled Festival features live musical performances, vendors, pumpkin painting, professional pumpkin carving, food, pumpkin treats, and more.

Related: Harvest Festivals in SoCal

Annual Fall Harvest Festival
Underwood Family Farms
3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark, CA 93021

Underwood Family Farms hosts its Annual Fall Harvest Festival each October. The Festival includes lots of fun activities such as tractor-drawn wagon rides, live musical entertainment, a hay pyramid, access to Pick-Your-Own fields, a pumpkin playhouse, animal show, corn maze, and much more.

Harvest Festival
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Skirball’s annual Harvest Festival is a celebration of the fall harvest season as well as the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The daylong festival in October features musical and dance performances, interactive activities, and much more. 

Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
West Plaza
900 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival “celebrates a full harvest moon and is a time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest, and to celebrate with our Los Angeles family in Chinatown style!” Families will enjoy live musical performances, traditional Chinese cultural demonstrations, the chance to view the moon through telescopes, Mooncake samples from Chinatown’s bakeries, food, and more.

Fall Festival
The Original Farmers Market
6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Original Farmers Market hosts its annual Fall Festival during one weekend in October. This free event is like a “favorite country fair in the heart of the big city!” Enjoy a petting zoo, pie-eating contests, live musical performances, old-time artisans, giant inflatables, and more. 

And click here for more fall ideas in our post, “The Best Fall Events In Los Angeles Angeles and Southern California.” 

Los Angeles Family Events – November

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Día de los Muertos


Olvera Street, Los Angeles, CA

Each year, Olvera Street hosts a Día de Los Muertos event. Participate in this “colorful, ancient Mexican ceremony in remembrance of departed loved ones.” View beautifully decorated altars and art exhibits, and enjoy live entertainment. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, November 1st and Saturday, November 2nd. 

And be sure to click here to read our post, “Where To Celebrate Día de los Muertos In and Around Los Angeles.”

Autumn Festival
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Each November, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts its Autumn Festival, a celebration of Asian culture. This weekend-long event gives families the opportunity to learn about the “arts, cuisines, cultures, and marine environments of Asia.” Enjoy arts and crafts, musical and dance performances, special exhibitions, and more.

American Indian Arts Marketplace
The Autry Museum
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Each November, the Autry invites families to its American Indian Arts Marketplace, described as the “largest Native American arts fair in Southern California.” View (and purchase) art created by more than 200 Native American artists from more than 40 nations. Additionally, the weekend includes special performances, food, children’s activities, artist demonstrations, and more.

Los Angeles Family Events – December

There are so many fun things to do in Los Angeles all year long! Check out our list of all the best family festivals in Los Angeles by month! #losangeles #familytravel #diadelosmuertos #booksfestivals #southerncalifornia #familyevents

Hanukkah Festival
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

This special event, celebrating the Jewish Festival of Light, includes musical performances, hands-on workshops, storytelling, and more.

Related: See all the Hanukkah Events all over SoCal

Christmas on the Farm
Underwood Family Farms
3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark, CA 93021

Celebrate the holiday season at Underwood Family Farms. This year you can purchase (or simply enjoy) fresh-cut northwest trees, mistletoe, and wreaths. In addition, Santa will be visiting the farm so check for details!

Related: Christmas and Holiday Events in Los Angeles

Winter Fantasy Sawdust Arts and Craft Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Laguna Beach invites families to its annual Winter Fantasy. The Sawdust Festival grounds will resemble a winter wonderland featuring 175 artists creating a variety of different art media including ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, woodwork, painting, and more. In addition, you’ll find live holiday entertainment, outdoor cafes, art and craft classes, Santa Claus, and more.

Annual Festival of Lights
The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa
3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501

The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa is known for many things, including its annual Festival of Lights. The six-week long “holiday extravaganza” features “one of the nation’s largest holiday light collections of its kind.” The Hotel will be illuminated with 5 million holiday lights! In addition, the Festival of Lights features more than 200 animated figures, the world’s largest man-made mistletoe, horse-drawn carriages, and more. 

And for more holiday festivals and celebrations click here to read our post “The Best Christmas and Holiday Events In and Around Los Angeles.”

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