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Best time of year to visit Los Angeles

There is always something to do in the City of Angels. Breathable air, moderate room rates, and less rigorous tourist crowds turn March to May and September to November into the best time to visit Los Angeles. Spring is all about enjoying whale watching and poppy blooming, while fall is perfect for surfing, exploring the city and enjoying Disneyland with shorter queues (except Halloween and Thanksgiving). Pricey and misty peak season from June to August will guide you straight to overpacked beaches. However, summer can be entertaining as well, with its numerous events like LA Pride or 4th of July parties. Wintertime in the largest city of California is relatively warm, comfortable, and fully redresses frequent rainy days with dispersing crowds, deals on hotel rooms, and grand events like Grammy Awards and Academy Awards.

19 THINGS TO DO IN LOS ANGELES (AUGUST 11 - AUGUST 20)

Nisei Week Japanese Festival

Nisei Week Japanese Festival

August 10–18, 2019 • event

Check out this annual festival to honour Japanese culture and food

Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseid Meteor Shower

late July–late August (best in mid-August) • nature

Stars begin to fall in the middle of summer—get ready to make some wishes

Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach

Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach

July 05–August 31, 2019 • event

One of the most unique art events in the world with plenty of art treasures to observe

Scenic Road Trips

Scenic Road Trips

all year round • activity

Driving along a large number of picturesque roads with stops near the highlights and most unique spots can be a perfect vacation plan

Outdoor Movies

Outdoor Movies

early April–late October • event

On warm summer nights, this pastime under the stars is very popular in LA

Disneyland

Disneyland

mid-January–early March | August–mid-November • activity

Try avoiding busy weekends and school holidays to enjoy shorter queues in the day full of rides and fun

Heart Rock Falls

Heart Rock Falls

March–November  • nature

The power of water carved a heart in a solid stone. Such natural sites inspire and give hopes

Angeles Crest Highway

Angeles Crest Highway

March–November • activity

One of the most scenic drives mountain on the West Coast

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds

mid-February–early September (best in May–July) • nature

One has to try hard to take a picture of a hummingbird—it moves so fast that sometimes it's better just to sit back and enjoy

Cycling

Cycling

April–October • activity

Picturesque scenery, varied terrain, and gentle weather conditions attract cyclists to the Golden State

Matilija Falls

Matilija Falls

March–November • nature

A strenuous canyon hike to a few beautiful watefalls

Paddleboarding (SUP)

Paddleboarding (SUP)

May–September • activity

One of the most enjoyable and fun water activities is popular all along the California coastline

Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelicans

January–October • nature

Come and see unique brown pelicans in their natural habitat

Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding

April–August • activity

Just choose the right season and the right spot to enjoy your favourite water activity in the Sunny State

Diving around Santa Catalina Island

Diving around Santa Catalina Island

July–December • activity

Crystal clear waters near the island of Santa Catalina with its rich underwater world are perfect for diving

Beach Season

Beach Season

late May–September • activity

The Pacific Ocean is cold, with huge waves, but the beaches are excellent for sunbathing and entertainment

Mount Wilson Observatory

Mount Wilson Observatory

April–November • activity

For over a century this observatory has gathered the most eminent astronomers

Glendora Mountain Road

Glendora Mountain Road

all year round • activity

Alpine scenery in just an hour away from downtown Los Angeles

Long Beach Jazz Festival

Long Beach Jazz Festival

August 09–11, 2019 • event

The only South California's Jazz festival is held in a beautiful setting

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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

mid-March–mid-April • nature

After winter rains dry hills burst with new life striking with billions of technicolor orange poppies

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

May 31–June 02, 2019 • event

This three-day event can be the most romantic escape filled with the taste of good wine, spectacular flights, and pleasant time

LA Pride

LA Pride

June 01–09, 2019 • event

One of the largest gay pride parades in the USA

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire

April 06–19, 2019 • event

Stroll the village lanes brimming with people and handicrafts demonstrating Renaissance times

Fiesta Broadway (Cinco de Mayo)

Fiesta Broadway (Cinco de Mayo)

April 28, 2019 • event

The largest in the US, this colourful Mexican festival celebrates the awakening of nature

Hollywood Christmas Parade

Hollywood Christmas Parade

November 24, 2018 • event

The Christmas fun starts in Hollywood with the main parade

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

April 13–14, 2019 • event

Don't miss out on the largest book festival in the country!

Poppy Bloom at Chino Hills State Park

Poppy Bloom at Chino Hills State Park

March • nature

Photographers spend here days trying to catch all this fragrant tenderness with their cameras

Pasadena Doo Dah Parade

Pasadena Doo Dah Parade

November 24, 2019 • event

The strangest and most absurd parade in LA (even the entire planet)!

Hollywood Carnival

Hollywood Carnival

June 28, 2019 • event

A street extravaganza full of dancers, musicians and performers

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

December 19–23, 2018 • event

Enjoy the sparkling lights of hundreds of beautifully decorated vessels. There's always the chance to participate in a parade with your own boat or as a passenger too

Free Museum Day

Free Museum Day

September 21, 2019 • event

From expressionism to pop art, antique collections to modern technology, props of famous television series to dried human heads—the Los Angeles museums amaze with their diversity

Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

December 08, 2018 • event

This spectacular boat show is a great Christmas time family event

Long Beach Christmas Lights

Long Beach Christmas Lights

December 07–28, 2018 • event

Houses around Naples Island are known to put on the best displays in Southern California

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

April 13–14, 2019 • event

Feel some Western charm at Santa Clarita valley recreating the atmosphere of its cowboy past

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

October 27, 2018 • event

A day for remembering the dead and celebrating life. This bright and joyful festival is the time to sing and dance and not to shed tears and grieve

Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove

Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove

mid–November–mid-February • nature

Monarch Butterflies have a unique ability to navigate and reach precisely a place located thousands of kilometres where they have never been before

Elephant Seal Watching

Elephant Seal Watching

December–May • nature

It is impossible to miss this beach: you can watch endlessly funny Elephant Seals

Cactus Blooming

Cactus Blooming

April–May • nature

Having visited Joshua Tree National Park, you will understand how beautiful and colourful the desert can be

dineLA Restaurant Week

dineLA Restaurant Week

January 10–24, 2019 • event

The tastiest time of the year in Los Angeles

Emmy Awards

Emmy Awards

September 22, 2019 • event

The biggest television event of the year

Academy Awards (Oscars)

Academy Awards (Oscars)

February 24, 2019 • event

One of the most awaited events in the whole world. It's always exciting to watch the ceremony online, but being a part of it and seeing all your favourite stars passing by right in front of you is a unique experience

Los Angeles Marathon

Los Angeles Marathon

March 24, 2019 • event

Thousands dream to participate in this prestigious marathon in Los Angeles

Palm Springs International Film Festival

Palm Springs International Film Festival

January 02–13, 2019 • event

Meet some A-list stars and attend exciting presentations and special events followed by glamourous night parties

Vans US Open of Surfing

Vans US Open of Surfing

July 27–August 04, 2019 • event

If you are looking for some amazing moves on waves, this event is definitely for you

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

mid-November–mid-January • activity

The absence of snow is not a reason to give up this Christmas fun—skating outdoors

Naples Boat Parade

Naples Boat Parade

December 08, 2018 • event

One of the most beautiful holiday traditions in California

Surfing Santa Competition

Surfing Santa Competition

November 16–17, 2019 • event

Dressed like Santa, surfers raise money for people living with autism

Playboy Jazz Festival

Playboy Jazz Festival

June 07–08, 2019 • event

An all-star jazz fest held in an iconic location

Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival

Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival

March 17, 2019 • nature

Every spring over a million purple blossoms drape from the tangled branches, and you can visit the place only during the annual Wistaria Festival

Bald Eagles

Bald Eagles

November–March • nature

It is believed that the Bald Eagle symbolizes strength, courage, freedom, and immortality

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival

June 30–September 02, 2018 • event

A picnic and a Shakespearean drama at Griffith Park is a perfect plan for a summer evening

LA Zoo Lights

LA Zoo Lights

November 16 2018–January 06 2019 • event

Christmas nightly entertainment in the Zoo is for the whole family: thousands of garlands and Santa Claus

Whale and Dolphin Watching

Whale and Dolphin Watching

December–May • nature

To see a giant mammal in the Pacific and hear its powerful voice is a memorable event

LA County Fair

LA County Fair

August 30–September 22, 2019 • event

Don't miss this eccentric festivity for the whole family under the unchanged California sun

4th of July Block Party Fireworks

4th of July Block Party Fireworks

July 04 • event

Celebrate Uncle Sam at the 4th of July Block Party with live music, greetings, and fireworks

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

December–March • activity

It is possible to go skiing and surfing in Los Angeles on the same day

Hiking

Hiking

October–June • activity

The stunning nature of national parks, canyons, lakes, and mountains in the vicinity of the City of Angels attracts with its beauty and unpredictability

Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF)

Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF)

January 30–February 09, 2019 • event

The red carpet is rolled out, and movie stars are ready to pose in front of the cameras

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

September–May • nature

The official flower of LA may even surpass tropical orchids

Camellias at Descanso Gardens

Camellias at Descanso Gardens

October–May • nature

A cool oasis in the middle of a hot city makes Descanso an excellent place for plant breeding—from camellias to less known plants

Pioneertown

Pioneertown

October–June • activity

An elaborate film set​ built in the 1940s in the desert as a Wild West facade for several Western films

Huntington Harbour Boat Parade

Huntington Harbour Boat Parade

December 08–09, 2018 • event

A maritime extravaganza by the beach is one of the best in California

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

February 04–05, 2019 • event

Plenty of entertainment to celebrate the most important spring festival

Thousand Steps Beach Pools

Thousand Steps Beach Pools

March–early June | September–December • activity

One of the best hidden treasures of the Orange County

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

March–late April • nature

Delicate sakura opens the tree blooming season in the Golden State

Touring the Movie Studios without Crowds

Touring the Movie Studios without Crowds

November–March (except holidays) • activity

Visit Hollywood and find yourself behind the scenes during real filming and see how TV shows are made or just see Universal Studios

Bougainvillea Bloom

Bougainvillea Bloom

May–July | December • nature

Luxurious vines abundant with flowers are truly a fabulous decoration for Los Angeles

SantaCon

SantaCon

December 08, 2018 • event

An important part of Californian Christmas tradition

Abbot Kinney Festival

Abbot Kinney Festival

September 28, 2019 • event

Rejoice, eat, and have fun in the "cool block" of America!

Birdwatching in Ernest E. Debs Park

Birdwatching in Ernest E. Debs Park

late April | September–February • nature

This kingdom of birds is a delight to any nature fan

Big Horn Sheep

Big Horn Sheep

December–February • nature

Large animals, dense, and stocky with low and strong limbs, live in the mountains in the vicinity of Los Angeles

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing

mid-October–early May • activity

This favourite place for rock climber training offers over 8,000 routes

Venice Canals Christmas Lights

Venice Canals Christmas Lights

December 08–09, 2018 • event

Get inspired by the gorgeous lights on display in Venice

Enchanted: Forest of Light

Enchanted: Forest of Light

November 18 2018–January 06 2019 • event

A magical light display in Los Angeles County

LA Film Festival

LA Film Festival

September 20–28, 2018 • event

This event is a a great platform for newcomers to the cinema and entertainment industry

Grammy Awards

Grammy Awards

February 09, 2019 • event

Everyone who loves music is waiting for this glamorous event to see the best shows and performances, best singers, and great bands

Rose Parade (Tournament of Roses)

Rose Parade (Tournament of Roses)

January 01 • event

The main flower parade of the planet opens the season of New Year holidays in the USA

Jacarandas in Bloom

Jacarandas in Bloom

late April–early June • nature

For several months some streets and residential quarters of the city become purple from the blossom of the jacaranda

Surfing

Surfing

September–February • activity

Whether you are a professional surfer, an advanced rider, or a complete beginner, surfing in Los Angeles will be an unforgettable life experience

Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade

Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade

December 01, 2018 • event

A signature holiday event of Palm Springs and Coachella Valley

Winter Fest OC

Winter Fest OC

December 19 2018–January 05 2019 • event

Winter wonderland does exist in Southern California, you'll find it in Orange County

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2019 • event

Grab a pint and celebrate everything Irish in LA

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

October 31, 2019 • event

The most massive Halloween parade and celebration in the Los Angeles area

Tough Mudder Los Angeles

Tough Mudder Los Angeles

April 06–07, 2019 • event

A famous obstacle race is created to test your endurance and ambition

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

May 25–27, 2019 • event

Memorial services and festivals all over the greater LA

Sherman Oaks Street Fair

Sherman Oaks Street Fair

October 20, 2019 • event

The largest one-day street festival of the San Fernando Valley

Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival

Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival

October 05–06, 2019 • event

Tens of thousands of pumpkins in one place

Loquat Season

Loquat Season

April–May • food

Fans of exotic fruits will be delighted with this unusual citrus