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Los Angeles County Calendar of Annual Events

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Ramona Pageant -- Hemet
The official State Outdoor Play. An outdoor pageant portraying the lives of Southern California’s Mission Indians. Adapted from the 1884 novel Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson. Information: (800) 645-4465

Dog Faire -- Encino (Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park)
Pooches of all shapes, sizes, colors, hair lengths and breeds will come together for a day of fun in the sun, along with their human friends. Activities and available services will include an agility aptitude test, a microchip identification clinic, vaccinations, product demonstrations, as well as doggie psychics, pet portraits and more. Information: (818) 756-8189 or (888) 527-2757

Downey Street Faire -- Downey
This faire features crafts, antiques, food, blues and rock bands, dance, karate demonstrations, street entertainers, children’s activities and a car show. Information: (562) 923-2191

Santa Monica Festival -- Santa Monica (Clover Park)
This festival showcases Santa Monica’s diversity with performing artists, children’s arts and crafts workshops, and vendors. Information: (310) 458-8350

Feria de los Niños, Festival of the Children -- Los Angeles (Hollenbeck Park)
A celebration of children featuring a fun run, children’s performances, food and community booths. Information: (213) 485-8743 or (888) 527-2757

Amnesty International Film Festival -- Los Angeles & West Hollywood (Directors Guild of America, the Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theater and the Egyptian Theater)
This event screens human rights, documentary, short, and feature films from numerous countries, bringing stories of dignity, pain, passion and hope. Information: (310) 815-0450

Spring Picnic and Fun Festival -- Glendale (Lower Scholl Canyon Park)
This picnic for friends and caregivers of children and adults with autism attracts more than 150 families from the Foothill communities of La Crescenta, Burbank, Glendale and La Canada Flintridge.  The stress-free park environment – featuring children’s games, music, food – gives much-appreciated social opportunities for these special needs families. Information: (818) 662-8847

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film and Video Festival -- Los Angeles (Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd
The Film Festival is Southern California’s premier showcase for film and video works by Asian Pacific American and Asian Pacific international cinema artists. The festival encompasses screenings, panels, workshops, and artists’ awards. Information: 213-680-4462 ext 68.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration -- Los Angeles (Olvera St.)
Olvera St. celebrates Cinco de Mayo with ballet folkloricos, mariachis, food, games, and arts and crafts. Information: (213) 625-5045

Calabasas Arts & Crafts Festival -- Calabasas (Calabasas Commons Shopping Center)
A festive gathering of artists and artisans from around the Southwest. Features paintings, ceramics, sculpture, glass, jewelry, photography and textiles. Also features food and music. Information: (818) 878-4242 x270.

Claremont Spring Folk Festival -- Claremont (Larkin Park)
Celebrating folk and ethnic music. Includes workshops, food, dancing, and stories. Information (909) 624-2928

Montrose Art Walk -- Montrose (2300 & 2400 blocks of Honolulu Avenue)
Artist demonstrations and a fine art sale take place on the sidewalks of Honolulu Avenue in quaint Montrose. Sidewalk chalk painting for children. Information: 818-249-7171

Carnevale! -- Venice Beach (Windward Circle)
A tribute to the famed carnevale in Venice, Italy, the colorful, costumed celebration returns for the third year, featuring performances, a costume contest, and vendors. Information: no phone number given

Pacific Islander Festival -- Wilmington
Communities from the Pacific Islands celebrate their indigenous culture, arts, and music at this festival. Information: (714) 968-1785

Renaissance Pleasure Faire -- San Bernardino County (Glen Helen Regional Park)
A Renaissance-Period market and festival with foods of Olde England, jousting knights on horseback, handmade crafts, games of skill, theatre and country dance. Information: (909) 880-0122

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives Cultures Series -- Los Angeles (909 West Adams Boulevard)
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, the oldest LGBT organization in the United States and the largest archive of its kind in the world, hosts guest lectures every third Sunday of the month at 2pm. Light refreshments are served. Information: (213) 741-0094

Cinco de Mayo Celebration -- Long Beach (Recreation Park, 4900 7th Street)
This celebration features non-stop Latin music, entertainment, and activities, including performances of ballet folklorico, Aztec dances, and cumbia bands. A special Children’s area with games, art workshops, and carnival rides is available. Food and arts and crafts items are for sale. Information: 562-570-4514

AIDS Walk -- Long Beach
This 5K Walk-a-Thon is the only community-wide fundraiser to raise funds for AIDS programs serving the greater Long Beach area. Information: (562) 987-5200

NOHO Theater and Arts Festival -- North Hollywood (Lankershim Blvd & Magnolia)
North Hollywood presents one of the largest theater and arts festivals in Southern California. Highlights include two outdoor stages featuring international and American music and dance, Kids Kourt – a visual and performing arts playground for all ages, art galleries and exhibits, an eclectic arts and crafts marketplace, and comedies, improvisations, dramas and musicals performed in more than a dozen professional theaters within walking distance. Information: (818) 886-0440

FunFest & Children's Day Celebration  -- L.A. (Japanese American Cultural & Community Center)
Traditional and contemporary Japanese expressions of the Japanese American community. A family celebration featuring tournaments, exhibitions, crafts, children's activities, performing arts and food. Also see the following listed event. Information: (213) 628-2725

Revlon Run/Walk For Women -- Los Angeles
A huge 5K/1OK run/walk to raise funds and awareness to combat female cancer. Information: (310) 393-6344

Israeli Festival -- Van Nuys (Woodley Park)
A celebration of the anniversary of Israeli Independence with carnival rides, face painting, a petting zoo, entertainment, Israeli and Judaica vendor booths, food, dance and art. Information: (818) 757-0123

Country Garden Faire -- Encino (Sepulveda Garden Center)
For all those who enjoy spending time reaping, sowing, weeding and otherwise giving tender loving care to plants, this event features representatives of garden clubs, plant societies and nurseries offering plants and gardening supplies, as well as advice for anyone who has or is interested in creating a home garden. Information: (818) 784-5180 or (888) 527-2757

Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade and Festival -- Long Beach
Parade with decorated floats, pop and country music, dancing, food and international booths. Information: (562) 987-9191

Museums of the Arroyo Day -- Highland Park, Los Angeles
Stroll back in time when five museums open their doors to visitors free of charge as part of the Twelfth Annual Museums of the Arroyo Day. Discover what life was like in L.A. before freeways, condos and talk radio. The featured museums will be the Gamble House, Heritage Square Museum, the Lummis Home & Garden, the Pasadena Historical Museum and the Southwest Museum. Each features a distinctive slice of local architectural and cultural history. Information: (213) 222-0546

Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival -- Paramount Ranch, Santa Monica Mountains
This event celebrates blue-grass and old-time music. More than 100 banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar players and bands.  There are contestants, participative dancing, jamming musicians, folk song workshops and children's crafts and songs. Also features food and crafts vendors. Information: (818) 382-4819

Sylmar Valley Fair -- Sylmar (El Cariso Park on Hubbard Street)
This Memorial Day weekend event includes fun for the whole family, a giant carnival, a big top circus, a food court, live entertainment, and arts and craft booths. Information: (562) 495-5959

Mosaic Multicultural Dance Festival -- Long Beach (Bixby Park)
This event celebrates multiculturalism, diversity, and unity through the art form of dance. Performances feature tribal and Andy Witherspoon Egyptian belly dancing, Polynesian, hip hop, Mediterranean-African fusion, traditional Korean, traditional African, classical Indian dancing, and many more performances. Salsa and ballet folklorico dance groups also participate. The festival includes the sale of arts and crafts, clothing, and ethnic food. Information: (562) 570-1601

Jazz and Reggae Festival -- Los Angeles (UCLA)
Enjoy top-rated performers and artists who love playing outdoors in front of thousands of screaming fans. The UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival promises a great vibe and a fun atmosphere. As always, festival-goers will be able to enjoy international foods and crafts marketplace. Information: (310) 281-1150

Old Pasadena Summerfest -- Pasadena (Central Park on Fair Oaks Avenue)
Activities include A Taste of Pasadena, tasty treats from area restaurants. Summer Art Fest, 100 fine arts and crafts displays; Children's Fun Fest, petting zoo, mimes & games; Jazz in Central Park. Free. Information: (626) 797-6803

Salute to Recreation Family Festival -- Van Nuys (Northridge Park)
This event features activities for the whole family, including a Children’s area, a petting zoo, carnival rides, games, food booths, an International Village, a Hawaiian Village, an arts and crafts boutique, Teen Night, and entertainment on four stages. Catch the fireworks extravaganza on Saturday night. Information: (818) 349-7341 or 888-LA PARKS (527-2757)

 

 

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