Best time to visit Los Angeles

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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.


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

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire

April 06–19, 2019 • event

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

Outdoor Movies

early April–late October • event

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

Elephant Seal Watching

December–May • nature

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

Cactus Blooming

April–May • nature

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

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

March–November  • nature

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


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

mid-October–early May • activity

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


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

Mount Wilson Observatory

April–November • activity

For over a century this observatory gathered the most eminent astronomers


April–August • activity

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

Birdwatching in Ernest E. Debs Park

late April | September–February • nature

This kingdom of birds is a delight to any nature fan

Brown Pelicans

January–October • nature

Come and see unique brown pelicans in their natural habitat

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

April 13–14, 2019 • event

Don't miss the largest book festival in the country

Bird of Paradise

September–May • nature

The official flower of LA may even surpass tropical orchids


April–October • activity

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

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

Whale and Dolphin Watching

December–May • nature

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

Loquat Season

April–May • food

Fans of exotic fruits will be delighted with this unusual citrus


Nisei Week Japanese Festival

August 11–19, 2018 • event

Check out this annual festival to honour Japanese culture and food

LA Pride

June 09–10, 2018 • event

One of the largest gay pride parades in the USA

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

November 18, 2018 • event

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

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

July 05–September 01, 2018 • event

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

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

Emmy Awards

September 17, 2018 • event

The biggest television event of the year


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

Poppy Bloom at Chino Hills State Park

March • nature

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

Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

December 08, 2018 • event

This spectacular boat show is a great Christmas time family event

Surfing Santa Competition

November 17–18, 2018 • event

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

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

April 19–22, 2018 • event

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

Fiesta Broadway

April 28, 2019 • event

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

Ice Skating

mid-November–mid-January • activity

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

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

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

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

Los Angeles Marathon

March 24, 2019 • event

Thousands dream to participate in this prestigious marathon in Los Angeles

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

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

Hollywood Christmas Parade

November 25, 2018 • event

The Christmas fun starts in Hollywood with the main parade

Bald Eagles

November–March • nature

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

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

LA County Fair

August 31–September 23, 2018 • event

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

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

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

Skiing and Snowboarding

December–March • activity

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

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

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


December 2019 (TBA) • event

An important part of Californian Christmas tradition

Abbot Kinney Festival

September 30, 2018 • event

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

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

Naples Boat Parade

December 08, 2018 • event

One of the most beautiful holiday traditions in California

dineLA Restaurant Week

January 11–25, 2019 • event

The tastiest time of the year in Los Angeles

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

Vans US Open of Surfing

July 28–August 05, 2018 • event

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

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

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

January 28, 2018 • event

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

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

Beach Season

late May–September • activity

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


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

Bougainvillea Bloom

May–July | December • nature

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

Paddleboarding (SUP)

May–September • activity

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

Free Museum Days

September 22, 2018 | (once in a while all year round) • 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