The L.A. Metro Area offers events that happen only at special times. These events fall into 3 categories all of which appear below:

1. On-going Special Events. These are events that happen, typically, one day, every week of the year.

2. Short-Term Special Events. These are events that happen, typically, a few days per year or a week or two per year.

3. One-Time Special Events. These are events that happen once (and, often, upon short notice).

NOTE: The websites listed for each of these events are the ones available as of the time these FAQs were published (July 2010). These sites may reflect the dates of prior events so be sure you are looking at THE MOST CURRENT websites for these events in order to find the dates of the current year’s events.

 

ON-GOING ‘SPECIAL EVENTS:

FARMERS MARKETS

In the South Bay...

In Santa Monica (Every Wednesday Saturday and Sunday): Santa Monica Farmer's Market

In the city of El Segundo (Thursday nights): El Segundo Farmer's Market

OUTDOOR CONCERTS:

In Hollywood...

Hollywood Bowl May to Oct; Special July 4th Fireworks programs during the first week of July: Hollywood Bowl schedule

Greek Theater. Apr to Oct; Special July 4th Concerts with fireworks during the first week of July: www.greektheatrela.com/events/

At LACMA (L.A. County Art Museum in central L.A.):

free Jazz concerts held every Friday, April-November: Friday night jazz at LACMA

On The Pier in Santa Monica. July-Sept: Twilight Dance Series 

 

OTHER ‘ON-GOING EVENTS’:

Outdoor Movies at night at the Hollywood Forever cemetery (May to August/September). Bring a picnic and your flashlight/torch. Lots of Hollywood classics and some scary movies too

Downtown L.A. Art Walk, on the second thursday of every month. Very popular and a lot of fun

Flight Path Museum on Imperial Bl. Close to LAX for airport layovers.

SHORT-TERM SPECIAL EVENTS:

March:

L.A. Marathon March

www.lamarathon.com/

April:

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

http://www.gplb.com/

April/May:

Renaissance Pleasure Faire

http://www.renfair.com/socal/

May:

Venice Art Walk/Auctions:

http://tinyurl.com/yc7n5po

The Doo-Dah Parade

http://www.pasadenadoodahparade.info/

May: Hometown Fair

In the city of El Segundo -- a few minutes south of LAX

http://tinyurl.com/4j9zkrf

May/June:

LA Conservancy "Last Remaining Seats".

Movies at downtown LA's old movie palaces

L.A. Gay Pride Parade June

www.lapride.org/

Summer:

Shakespeare by the Sea. Free Shakespeare performances in the summer. Many in the South Bay, and several in other areas like Glendale and Newport Beach. Just have to bring a blanket and a picnic and have fun with the local community. Also, the productions are first rate. shakespearebythesea.org

Concerts/Movies in outdoor venues in various south bay cities and El Segundo (these are communities to the south of LAX): http://www.tbrnews.com/calendar/

Manhattan Beach Summer Series Concerts in the Park from June to Sept.

July:

Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks showing it over the pier.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_wqR2...

Lotus Festival at Echo Park

July-September:

Twilight Dance Series on the Pier

July/August:

In Laguna Beach: Pageant of the Masters

August:

Car Show in the city of El Segundo, just south of LAX

Long Beach Jazz Festiva

Beverly Hills International Jazz Festival

Sunset Junction Street Faire

 

September:

The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival: 9/13 - 9/15 2013Ports O’Call Village on the waterfront! 

Abbot Kinney Street Festival in Venice 

Watts Tower Day of the Drum

Richmond St Fair in El Segundo 

 

September/October:

L.A. County Fair: "Big City" meets "country".  In Pomona (east of L.A.)

 

October:

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

Manhattan Beach hometown fair & run


October/November:

Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos)

 

November:

The Great Los Angeles Walk: A non-competitive, not for a cause walk from the Downtown Los Angeles area to the Pacific Ocean.


December:

Griffith Park Light Festival: Christmas season evening ‘light show’

Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks over the Pier, 2nd Sunday in Dec. Bring your blankets, chairs, food, etc. It starts at dusk with Christmas music at the pier, Santa on a float giving Candy Canes to Kids.

 Holiday Brass Los Angeles: A concert of traditional holiday music featuring brass ensemble, choir and organ. 


Nightlife info:

www.la.com thesunsetstrip.com, thescene.com or citysearch.com that have updated club listings, and metromix.com lists the more "alternative" options.

Goldstar.com: Discount Tickets to all kinds of events: concerts, sporting events, food tasting, harbor cruises, scavenger hunts, comedy clubs, etc, etc. You must register (at no charge) to purchase tickets through this service.