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February 2018

Coffee Con

3 February / Magic Box at the Reef

The world’s first roving 100% consumer coffee festival and coffee university returns this February, with visitors invited to taste the best coffees, try out the best brewing gear and participate in onsite classes designed to improve your prowess as an at-home barista.

Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival

7-27 February / Venues across LA

This fun-packed showcase of independent films is a world away from the blockbusters of Hollywood. Instead, the festival presents lesser known movies that demonstrate that the pool of talent in the film industry extends far beyond the narrow confines of the multiplex.

Pan African Film & Arts Festival

8-19 February / Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15

The largest event of its kind, the Pan African Film & Arts Festival spotlights the diversity of black creative works with over 150 film screenings and almost as many artists from around the globe, all designed to counter negative stereotypes and encourage communication and understanding between cultures.

Los Angeles A Cappella Festival

9-11 February / El Segundo High School

For three days in February, the stage at El Segundo High School will serve as a platform for the world’s finest a cappella acts. As well as a varied programme of official performances, there’ll also be numerous workshops in singing, performing and plenty more.

LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show

10 February / Anaheim Convention Center

A festival dedicated to cookies? Yep, you read correctly. This well-attended annual event boasts hundreds of samples of cookies, candy, chocolate, coffee and ice cream. There are also pastry workshops, previews of new cooking tools and dessert-making competitions.

One Love Cali Reggae Fest

10-11 February / The Queen Mary

The soothing, melodic sounds of the Caribbean envelope visitors to this celebration of all things reggae, with some of the genre’s biggest and brightest names gracing the two-day event with their presence.

Los Angeles Bachata Festival

15-19 February / The Westin Los Angeles Airport

This festival welcomes those looking to show off their bailando skills while learning a thing or two from seasoned dance instructors. While bachata is the focal point, workshops in salsa, hip-hop and jazz dance are also offered, as well as intense dance bootcamps and four nights of themed dance parties.

Los Angeles Golden Dragon Parade

17 February / Chinatown

A traditional celebration of the Lunar New Year, this popular day of festivities sees Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures come together in fun-filled harmony. The procession features decorative floats, bands, entertainers, cultural groups and local business and government leaders.

March 2018

PPLA Food Fare

1 March / Barker Hangar, Santa Monica

The oldest culinary event in Los Angeles, PPLA Food Fare brings together some of the city’s most prestigious foodie names under one roof for a full day of pure indulgence. Over 100 restaurants, wineries and caterers will be in attendance, with funds raised going towards Planned Parenthood.

Air + Style

3-4 March / Expo Park

The brainchild of legendary snowboarder Shaun White, this global event series blends live music, action sports, art and culture, including music from renowned artists and free-style performances by high profile snowboarders.

All-Star Chef Classic at L.A. Live

7-10 March / 800 W Olympic Blvd

The All-Star Chef Classic returns for four mouth-watering evenings. Famous, award-winning chefs are the name of the game here, with an array of culinary artists helping to create some exceptional dining experiences. For the little ones, there are also kids cooking class.

FirstGlance Film Festival

8-11 March / Laemmle NoHo 7

This indie film festival presents a variety of indie films with limited releases in an effort to bring them to a wider audience. Each year, the festival screens over 30 films and offers festivalgoers the chance to meet with filmmakers, cast and crew at its nightly after parties. There’s also a “Best of the Fest” award, voted on by attendees.

Holi Festival of Colors

10-11 March / Martha McLean Park

Inspired by traditional Indian festivals, this travelling celebration invites guests to celebrate the simple, joyful aspects of life. Activities include live music, yoga, dance and a wide range of vegetarian dishes provided by local restaurants.

The Other Art Fair

15-18 March / Majestic Downtown

The inaugural edition of this arts fair will feature work by 110 emerging artists. Aficionados will have the chance to immerse themselves in the art world and perhaps even return home with something for the wall or mantelpiece.

St. Patrick’s Day

16 March / Venues across LA

From parades and family-friendly activities to parties and concerts, St Patrick’s Day Los Angeles style is an event to remember Thousands come out to mark the occasion each March, with the city’s assortment of Irish bars inevitably at the heart of the action.

Los Angeles Spring Fair

23 March-8 April / La Prada Event Plaza

Held across some 15 acres, the region’s largest Spring Festival features amusement rides, live music, games, arts & crafts and an international food court, ensuring there’s something for all the family.

April 2018

XLIVE

3-4 April / The Paley Center for Media

Previously known as the International Music Festival Conference, XLIVE is held each year to discuss and plan the future of music festivals. This networking and social event brings together industry professionals and committees, where they can hold webinars and focus groups and brainstorm innovative ways to make festivals even better.

HollyWeb Festival

4-8 April / AMC Universal CityWalk

This celebration of online films and web series features screenings, gatherings and award presentations. The festival allows online filmmakers, artists and actors to showcase their works while giving audiences a chance to enjoy a premium selection of internet films and shows.

May 2018

Los Angeles Beer Festival

7 April / Los Angeles Center Studio

You can sample over 200 beers – though we don’t recommend it – at this hugely popular festival, which displays the talents of several local beer brewers along with live music performances and plenty of delicious food as well.

LA Times Festival of Books

21-22 April / University of Southern California

Don’t be fooled by the name, this festival has tons more going on beyond the world of books, with a packed programme of live music, live readings, celebrity panels, workshops and cooking shows.

SEEfest

26 April-3 May / Venues across LA

The South East European Film Festival, or SEEFest, is a cinematic showcase of the region between Western Europe and the Middle East. The festival illustrates the area’s cultural diversity through screenings of features, shorts and documentaries sharing a wide range of perspectives and experiences.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network PurpleStride

5 May

The Los Angeles leg of this country-wide walking event sees thousands take to the streets to play their part in ending the scourge of pancreatic cancer. Money raised goes towards research and helping existing patients and their families.

Vegfest

6 May / Woodley Park

Designed to raises awareness of how to better care for the planet, this one-day event features celebrity speakers, humanitarians, yoga demos, cooking displays and musical acts. Other attractions include pet adoptions, a kids’ kingdom, earth-friendly product demos and an art area with works focused on showing compassion for Mother Earth.

RuPaul’s DragCon

11-12 May / Los Angeles Convention Center

Sashay your way to this annual showcase of the best talent in the international drag queen community. The event welcomes fans from all walks of life to enjoy two days of the art of drag and its surrounding culture, featuring vendors and exhibitors, autograph sessions, panel discussions, Q&As and extravagant performances.

June 2018

Lummis Day Festival

1-3 June / Venues across LA

Celebrate the history and ethnic diversity of northeast LA at this music, dance and art festival. The event honours the late Charles Lummis, a journalist who founded the Southwest Museum, hand-built his own home and defended Native American rights and culture.

LAWineFest

2-3 June / ROW DTLA, Downtown

Now in its 13th year, this festival brings wines, brews and spirits from all over the world to thirsty Angelenos. Sip on wine samples from dozens of wineries, and enjoy seminars, live entertainment, boutiques and food trucks galore.

Last Remaining Seats

2-23 June / State Theatre, Downtown

There’s live entertainment and classic films screened across Downtown’s grand old movie palaces throughout June. This year’s lineup includes vintage crowd-pleasers like The Birds alongside modern classics like Who Framed Roger Rabbit. There’s also post-film Q&As.

Taste of the Nation

3 June / Media Park, Culver City

Join 60 of LA’s best chefs, mixologists, breweries and wineries for the food event of the season with a major altruistic focus. Guests can enjoy unlimited sips and bites while helping to end childhood hunger in America.

LA Pride

9-10 June / West Hollywood Parkr, West Hollywood

One of the biggest pride events in the US, LA Pride attracts as many as a half of a million people during its two-day festival, including its signature Sunday parade. The atmosphere is good-natured and raucous, with colour provided by divas, drag queens and DJs.

E3

12-14 June / Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown

Originally an industry-only event, the E3 video game mecca now offers a limited number of consumer passes. Even if you don’t manage to procure a badge, there are enough party tents, promo trucks and swag bags to make a visit worthwhile.

Bloom Los Angeles

22-24 June / Griffith Park

This interactive, pop-up art show brings a dozen large-scale installations to Griffith Park for an event loved by green-fingered types in LA. Expect giant dandelions, a field of pinwheel poppies and more along with food trucks and live music.

July 2018

iPalpiti Festival

1-18 July / Venues across Los Angeles

This well-established music festival features a youthful and critically acclaimed orchestra plus soloists from around the world performing in Los Angeles and Orange County, including Walt Disney Concert Hall.

AmericaFest

4 July / Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena

This is an explosive celebration of all things red, white and blue—from classic American food, to a motorcycle stunt show, to a magnificent fireworks display that serves as the event’s finale. There’s also inflatable rides, games and crafts.

Fourth of July Block Party

4 July / Grand Park, Downtown

If you’re on the hunt for a cheap, lively way to celebrate Uncle Sam, head to Grand Park, and watch Downtown L.A. light up for free. This Fourth of July, the park hosts a unique block party, featuring scrumptious food truck fare, live music and more.

Anime Expo

5-8 July / Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown

The Anime Expo takes over the Los Angeles Convention Center for four days of panels, special events and plenty of cosplay. Thousands of fans come to celebrate the quirky art and culture of anime as figureheads and stars of the industry visit to speak and sign autographs.

Salsa Festival

7-8 July / Pershing Square, Downtown

Celebrating the edible sauce, not the dance genre, Salsa Festival features a huge variety of mouth-watering salsas served up by local food vendors and all available to sample. There’s also live music, dancing, and a beer & margarita bar.

August 2018

Nisei Week

11-19 August / Downtown

Free to enter, this annual festival draws tens of thousands of participants from both the Japanese community and Southern California area who come to celebrate Japanese American culture and history. Highlights include a colourful parade and a car show.

Taco festival

18 August / Downtown

Sashay your way to this annual showcase of the best talent in the international drag queen community. The event welcomes fans from all walks of life to enjoy two days of the art of drag and its surrounding culture, featuring vendors and exhibitors, autograph sessions, panel discussions, Q&As and extravagant performances.

September 2018

Shakespeare in the Park

1-2 September / Griffith Park

Griffith Park plays host to summer performances from the Independent Shakespeare Company featuring talented actors, creative plays, and everyone’s favourite Bard characters in the open air. Seating is limited so be sure to bring your own blankets or folding chairs.

Questival

7-8 September / Chinatown

This 24-hour race begins with a check-in party at Los Angeles State Historic Park and ends with a whole host of prizes being dished out to teams competing for challenges assigned by a special smartphone app. Each team can comprise of between 2 and 6 people.

Fiestas Patrias

15-16 September / Downtownn

Join the crowds at Fiestas Patrias – aka Mexican Independence Day – for two action-packed days of live music, dancers, authentic food, a carnival, and historical displays, all in the name of celebrating the historic occasion of Mexican independence.

LA Film Festival

20-28 September / ArcLight Hollywood

This event showcases compelling independent films, TV and episodic work from emerging storytellers, alongside filmmaker-driven studio titles. Highlights include the Spirit of Independence Award and a two-day summit committed to advancing inclusion within the entertainment industry.