Winter Events in Los Angeles

Whether you are visiting Los Angeles to escape the cold or as a holiday vacation with your family, the city has plenty of fun events and activities during the winter. From extravagant holiday light exhibits to holiday markets, here are some of the top winter events in Los Angeles.

LA Zoo Lights

During the winter months, the Los Angeles Zoo turns into an illuminated wonderland. Visit the city’s zoo for an unforgettable night featuring giant illuminated snowflakes, a twinkling tunnel, a herd of animated elephants, projections, festive music, animal-themed displays, and lights hanging from all the trees. You can also see and learn about real reindeer and on certain nights Santa will make an appearance. The zoo lights are on display from November 16 – January 6 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Adult ticket prices range from $12 – $21.95 and children tickets range from $12 – $16.95. Children 2 years and younger are free.

Smorgasburg LA

Smorgasburg LA is a Sunday market in the fashion district of Los Angeles. While the market is open year-round, it turns into a holiday market from October 14 – December 23. Located on a 5-acre site in the heart of downtown, the market features everything from food to fashion with more than 90 food and shopping vendors and a beer garden. Smorgasburg LA is a great way to explore Los Angeles unique food and arts scene. It is also a great spot to pick up some presents for your holiday shopping. Smorgasburg LA is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Other Winter Events in Los Angeles

Snow Day LA is a snowpark located just five minutes outside of downtown Los Angeles. The nine-acre synthetic snow park features tube runs, an ice-skating rink, a life-sized gingerbread house, a snowglobe you can stand inside, and plenty of light displays. They also serve hot cocoa if you are feeling cold.

Snow Day LA is located at the Old Lodge in Elysian Park next to Dodger Stadium. Tickets start at $12 per person. You can also purchase VIP tickets which include access to the bar, a glittery blizzard beer, and a penguin- or narwhal-themed onesie that you get to take home with you. The park is open during the months of November and December and tickets can be purchased online.

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The Best Upcoming Events in Los Angeles

No matter what time of year you choose to visit Los Angeles, the city is always full of fun entertainment and events. From art battles to museums and unique film festivals, here are some of the most interesting upcoming events in Los Angeles in the city.


Questival is a 24-hour adventure race held in Los Angeles. Participants start at the LA State Historic Park where they get a lightweight Luzon daypack to hold everything they’ll need for the race. Each team must be made up of 2 – 6 people and they will have 24 hours to complete more than 200 tasks that will take participants all around the city from the Malibu Pier to Bronson Cave. At the end of the race, all the teams will meet up at the finish line where they will announce the winners. This year’s event will be held on September 7 – 8 and the cost is $45 per person.

Art Battle Los Angeles

If you are looking for a truly unique upcoming events in Los Angeles, check out a live competitive art battle. Art Battle Los Angeles is hosting a live event at Exchange LA on September 12 from 7: 30 p.m. – 11 p.m. This evening of creativity gives artists 20 minutes to transform a blank canvas into a masterpiece. The audience helps pick the winner, and at the end of the night, all the art is auctioned off. Early bird tickets cost $15, general admission tickets cost $20, and the event is 21+.

Free Museum Day

September 22 is the Smithsonian’s Free Museum Day, meaning the California African American Museum and the Japanese American National Museum will be free all day. JANM is the largest museum in the country dedicated to the heritage and culture of Japanese Americans. You can get tickets for JANM on the Smithsonian’s website. The CAAM explores the art, history, and culture of African Americans with an emphasis on California. CAAM is free year-round but is also a part of the free museum day event.

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Things to Do in Los Angeles When the Rainy Days Come

Los Angeles is known for its sunny weather, but every so often they get a day of rain as well. Luckily the city has no shortage of rainy day activities. Here are some of the best things to do in Los Angeles when water pours down from the sky.

Visit an Art Museum

Los Angeles has no shortage of world-class art museums, and these large cultural institutions are the perfect place to spend a rainy day. The Broad is Los Angeles’s newest contemporary art museum, located on Grand Avenue in the heart of downtown. The museum has more than 2,000 pieces of work from international and American artists and the building itself is a piece of art. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a design firm in New York, the $140 million building looks like nothing you’ve ever seen before. The best part about this museum is that admission is free. Some of the city’s other popular art museums include the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Grammy Museum, and the Japanese American National Museum.

Watch a Live TV Show Taping

Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world and TV shows are taped in the city nearly every day. There are various websites where you can get free tickets to the see the taping of shows, including 2 Broke Girls, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and The Big Bang Theory. Some of the top websites for tickets are and

Go to a Basketball Game

The NBA season starts each fall, and both the LA Clippers and the LA Lakers play at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. The Lakers are known as one of the most successful teams in basketball and the Clippers have recently taken the crown as the best basketball team in Los Angeles.


Los Angeles is known for its international food scene, and there is no shortage of restaurants for you to sit inside and warm up on a cold rainy day. Los Angeles has a large Asian American population and there are countless pho, ramen, and hot pot restaurants in the city. Seoul Garden Restaurant has been serving hot pot in Los Angeles for more than 30 years. Located on Olympic Boulevard in Westlake, they serve family-style meals and you pay per person.

Shopping and Other Things to Do in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is also known for its world-class shopping. Since the weather is on average 72 degrees and sunny year-round, many of the shopping centers are outdoors, but the city has indoor shopping centers as well. The Beverly Center is an eight-story shopping center in West Hollywood. With ten fine-dining restaurants and dozens of stores, you can easily spend all day here.

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Upcoming Food Festivals in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of the most cultured places in the world. As such, you can find people who are interested in every pursuit imaginable. Of course, one of the most beloved pursuits in the city is creating and eating amazing food. This is on full display through some of the most unique and diverse restaurants that you will find in any city. It is also showcased by the countless food-centric festivals that take place throughout the city all year long. The following are just a few of those food festivals in Los Angeles that are coming up.

Foodie Con

This could be the premiere celebration of food in Los Angeles throughout the entire year. Taking place on April 7th and 8th, you will find the most interesting way of enjoying food. The format is modeled after Comic-Con, where there are endless booths and vendors that you can visit as you please. Many of the endless samples that you will encounter are focused on new trends in cuisine, so this is a particularly awesome event for those with an adventurous palate. You will also find culinary demonstrations from some of the most renowned chefs in the area and so much more. This one of a kind event is taking place at the Magic Box at the Reef.

Horse Town Brew ‘n Que Festival

In this festival you will find the original festival celebrating beer and barbecue in all of California. At the center of the festivities are demonstrations and delicious samples from some of the most renowned pit masters in the entire country. Barbecue styles and tastes from all over the world come together here with some of the most celebrated local craft beers. This is a pairing made in heaven. This is a must-attend event for the barbecue enthusiasts out there. But there is also great music, activities, and so much more to enjoy here. Find it in the town of Norco at the George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center on June 2nd.

Street Food Cinema

This event provides for one of the most blissful experiences you will find in the entire city. Take the beautiful setting of the Los Angeles State Historic Park, throw in some live bands, and a screening of an awesome movie, and you have a day very well spent with friends and family. When you add in some of the city’s most popular and delicious food trucks. You have an amazing food festival that will provide fun for everyone. These happen periodically with the next one slated for May 5th beginning at 8:30 pm.

There are few places in the world, where you will find a community more committed to quality cuisine. These food festivals in Los Angeles and countless more are celebrations of that love for good food. If you are a person who is passionate about good food bringing good people together, then you simply need to make it out to at least one Los Angeles food festival.

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Ways to Spend Your4th of July in Los Angeles

Celebrating 4th of July in Los Angeles? Check out the best celebrations happening in the city for this special holiday.

Pacific Palisades

The Pacific Palisades celebrates Independence Day with a bang! Shortly before 2pm, a band of patriotic skydivers will descend from the sky kicking off the Palisade’s annual parade. Following the skydivers, baton twirlers and marching trombonists will begin their march down Sunset Boulevard. The night will top off with a concert and, of course, a fireworks show. Kids are free, but parents have to pay a fee of $10. The whole day is well worth it though! Make sure you don’t miss it.

Hollywood Bowl

At this year’s Hollywood Bowl, catch the incredible Pentatonix; they’re a five-piece contemporary a capella group that will provide the rockin’ tunes prior to this year’s dazzling fireworks show. This is an annual Fourth of July party that only gets better with each year. If music is your escape than the Hollywood Bowls is how you’ll want to spend it!

Marina del Rey

Every year in Marina del Rey, fireworks explode over the marina channel. Spectators can watch the fireworks burst over the ocean from a number of locations: Burton Chace Park, Fisherman’s Village, Mother’s Beach, on boats, or from waterfronts and restaurants. The show begins at 9pm and lasts about 20 mins. Make sure you show up early to find a quality parking spot!

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

For a family friendly Fourth of July, pack a picnic and enjoy an outdoor screening of Jurassic Park. Afterwards, stay on the lawn to watch a fireworks show. Along with the fireworks show, there will be a photo booth and a DJ to keep the festivities going!

The Rose Bowl

Americafest at the Rose Bowl is an incredible jam-packed event that includes classic American food, a motorcycle stunt show, and ends with a world-famous fireworks show. Though the fireworks won’t begin until 9 pm, plenty of rides, crafts, and games will be available for the whole family. The parking costs $20, but you can make it worth your while and spend the day tailgating outside the stadium until the events start.

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Top Los Angeles Summer Events

Los Angeles, California is one of the most epic centers of culture, art, and of course, fun in the entire world. This, paired with the incredible beauty of the city and surrounding area, has made Los Angeles one of the most visited cities. With all of these people and all of this energy comes a wide range of things to do and see. Throughout the summer months, LA becomes home to and incredibly wide range of events. There truly is something for everyone in the City of Angels. Here are some of the most popular Los Angeles summer events.

Lightning in a Bottle Music Festival is One of the Best Los Angeles Summer Events

Admittedly, this incredible music festival does not happen within LA’s city limits, but it is in the city’s backyard in Bradley, California. It is one of the most incredible music festivals of the year, so it is worth mentioning. Not only does the festival feature some of the hottest bands and artists, but it is equal parts a celebration of art, food, yoga, and wellness. You simply cannot understand the amazing energy that fills this event until you experience it. This year’s Lightning in a Bottle celebration takes place from May 24th to May 29th and you are not going to want to miss it!

LA Food Fest

This is the type of celebration that everyone can get behind! Joining the thousands of people that come to this event in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the best way to get a taste for one of the most culinarily diverse and incredible places you will find anywhere. For this one day on June 10, 2017, you can enjoy cuisines from over 100 local vendors. The best part of the festival is unlike years past, there is only one door fee necessary to enjoy all the food inside. That is one price of admission for all of the tastes that you can handle.

Fourth of July Americafest at the Rose Bowl

Odds are you have never experienced a Fourth of July celebration of this magnitude. Every year, thousands upon thousands of people pile into the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena in order to celebrate everything red, white, and blue. After the gates open at 2 pm, visitors can enjoy endless excitements with motorcycle stunt shows, classic Fourth of July foods, games, inflatable rides, and so much more. At 9 pm, the celebration gets really interesting with one of the most renowned fireworks displays in the country.

It would take forever to explain all of the Los Angeles summer events that are happening these upcoming months. The three mentioned above do not even begin to scratch the surface of all the city has to offer. Check the city’s events page to find the perfect event for you, and get yourself out to Los Angeles, California!

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Some of the Best LA Events in Spring

As spring emerges in L.A., the mild weather brings a fantastic energy to the city, inspiring many entertaining and exciting events that visitors and locals alike continue to enjoy year-after-year. Come revel in the LA events in Spring firsthand!

Awesome Springtime L.A. Events

Los Angeles kicks off spring with its four-day culinary showcase, the All-Star Chef Classic, held each March. This year, the event will take place on March 8th through March 11th and will feature celebrity chefs like Antonia Lofaso, Jet Tila, and Francois Payard. Attendees can meet the most revered chefs in the world and even taste their creations for themselves!

In April, L.A. indulges in craft beer during its L.A. Beer Festival, as well as up-and-coming musical and comedy artists at Broke LA (formerly known as Brokechella). Both of these events will take place on April 8th, with the L.A. Beer Festival at LA Center Studios being held from 12:00pm until 3:00pm and 5:00pm until 8:00pm and Broke LA lasting from 3:00pm until 12:00am. Los Angeles caps off its April with Fiesta Broadway, an annual Hispanic heritage event that commences Cinco de Mayo celebrations with a dancing, music, and carnival celebration on Broadway in Downtown L.A. during April 30th.

May in L.A. begins with the L.A. Comedy Fest, which lasts this year from May 4th until May 13th. The largest comedy festival in the United States, this event displays comedic gold in screenplay, film, and live-act form. On May 30th through June 1st, the annual Hero Complex Film Festival will be held in the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood and Highland, showing classic cult sci-fi, fantasy, and horror films with special actor and director guests.

Further into June, the LA Winefest is held at The Row in Downtown Los Angeles on June 17th from 2:00pm to 6:00pm and on June 18th from 1:00pm until 5:00pm. Coinciding with the LA Winefest, LA Beer Week begins at Los Angeles Center Studios on June 17th and ends on June 25th. Both events feature local and national craft beer and wine from the best breweries around, as well as delectable food and live entertainment to pair with your delicious beverages.

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