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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.

22 THINGS TO DO IN LOS ANGELES (APRIL 08 - APRIL 17)

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

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

Outdoor Movies

Outdoor Movies

early April–late October • event

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

Cactus Blooming

Cactus Blooming

April–May • nature

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

Elephant Seal Watching

Elephant Seal Watching

December–May • nature

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cycling

Cycling

April–October • activity

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

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

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

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

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

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

September–May • nature

The official flower of LA may even surpass tropical orchids

Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding

April–August • activity

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

Brown Pelicans

Brown Pelicans

January–October • nature

Come and see unique brown pelicans in their natural habitat

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

April 13–14, 2019 • event

Don't miss the largest book festival in the country

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

Mount Wilson Observatory

Mount Wilson Observatory

April–November • activity

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

Loquat Season

Loquat Season

April–May • food

Fans of exotic fruits will be delighted with this unusual citrus

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Nisei Week Japanese Festival

Nisei Week Japanese Festival

August 11–19, 2018 • event

Check out this annual festival to honour Japanese culture and food

LA Pride

LA Pride

June 01–09, 2019 • event

One of the largest gay pride parades in the USA

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

Pasadena Doo Dah Parade

Pasadena Doo Dah Parade

November 18, 2018 • event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emmy Awards

Emmy Awards

September 22, 2019 • event

The biggest television event of the year

Fiesta Broadway

Fiesta Broadway

April 28, 2019 • event

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

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

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

Palm Springs International Film Festival

Palm Springs International Film Festival

January 03–14, 2019 • event

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

Los Angeles Marathon

Los Angeles Marathon

March 24, 2019 • event

Thousands dream to participate in this prestigious marathon in Los Angeles

Surfing Santa Competition

Surfing Santa Competition

November 17–18, 2018 • event

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

Hollywood Christmas Parade

Hollywood Christmas Parade

November 25, 2018 • event

The Christmas fun starts in Hollywood with the main parade

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

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

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

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

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

dineLA Restaurant Week

dineLA Restaurant Week

January 11–25, 2019 • event

The tastiest time of the year in Los Angeles

LA County Fair

LA County Fair

August 31–September 23, 2018 • event

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

Bald Eagles

Bald Eagles

November–March • nature

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

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

Paddleboarding (SUP)

Paddleboarding (SUP)

May–September • activity

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

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

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

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

Winter Fest OC

Winter Fest OC

December 20 2018–January 06 2019 • event

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

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

February 04–05, 2019 • event

Plenty of entertainment to celebrate the most important spring festival

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

Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade

Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade

December 01, 2018 • event

Signature holiday event of Palm Springs and Coachella Valley

Abbot Kinney Festival

Abbot Kinney Festival

September 29, 2019 • event

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

SantaCon

SantaCon

December 08, 2018 • event

An important part of Californian Christmas tradition

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

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

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

Bougainvillea Bloom

Bougainvillea Bloom

May–July | December • nature

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

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

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

Enchanted: Forest of Light

Enchanted: Forest of Light

November 18 2018–January 06 2019 • event

A magical light display in Los Angeles County

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

Grammy Awards

Grammy Awards

February 10, 2019 • event

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

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

Naples Boat Parade

Naples Boat Parade

December 08, 2018 • event

One of the most beautiful holiday traditions in California

Long Beach Christmas Lights

Long Beach Christmas Lights

December 07–28, 2018 • event

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

Venice Canals Christmas Lights

Venice Canals Christmas Lights

December 08–09, 2018 • event

Get inspired by the gorgeous lights on display in Venice