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While many city tourists and locals visit places to admire the big city or the beautiful parks, the festivals in America are a big part of what makes the country grand and the event worth attending. Each city brings its own cultural and historical heritage that are celebrated through various festivals and events. Some cities have similar types of festivals or events, and others have unique annual celebrations.

See how many festivals you can fit on your itinerary! These celebrations are going to give you memories of a lifetime as they reflect the art, culture, heritage and the music of each city in the most exciting way. Show up and have fun with your friends, make memories and celebrate the love of food, wine, music, art, history, culture, traditions, and more at these gatherings.
Central Avenue Jazz Festival
Central Avenue Jazz Festival

(310) 574-7100

4225 S Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90011   Directions Website

Enjoy some free jazz at the Central Avenue Jazz Festival held annually on Central Avenue, the home of LA jazz in the 1930s and 40s. Enjoy food, art, community outreach programs and, of course, some of the best music from favorite local and national jazz artists, as well as high school bands.

Downtown LA Art Walk
Downtown LA Art Walk

(213) 617-4929

634 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014   Directions Website

Los Angeles has an overabundance of talented artists who participate in the multiple art walks scattered throughout the city. The Downtown LA Art Walk is the largest (120 square blocks!) and most popular, showcasing the best galleries, artists, vendors, restaurants and shops in downtown. Stop by every second Thursday of the month from noon until 9PM for an unforgettable experience.

Long Beach Bayou and Blues Festival
Long Beach Bayou and Blues Festival

(562) 912-4451

3505 Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90807   Directions


Enjoy authentic Louisiana and Creole music, food and art at the Long Beach Bayou and Blues Festival. This June celebration is fun for all ages. Festivities include a Mardi Gras-themed celebration and parade, as well as two stages featuring Cajun, Blues and Zydeco music.

Long Beach Carnevale
Long Beach Carnevale

(213) 473-3231

100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802   Directions Website

The Long Beach Carnevale is a masquerade in the true fashion of the carnival of Venice Italy. The Masquerade Party promises an evening of "mischief, madness & mayhem" at this adults-only celebration. Dress up in exotic costumes for this colorful festival. This tribute to the famed carnevale in Venice, Italy, has undergone several moves these past years, including a move indoors in 2010.

Los Angeles County Fair
Los Angeles County Fair

(909) 623-3111

1101 W McKinley Ave
Pomona, CA 91768   Directions Website

Join in the month-long festivities at the Los Angeles County Fair. This festival became an annual tradition since the first one in 1922. The largest county fair in America, the Los Angeles County Fair links California's agricultural industry and the public. Indulge in traditional fair food, cheer as the horses race around the track, get up close and personal with animals at the petting zoo, check out the circus entertainment and much, much more.

Los Angeles Film Festival
Los Angeles Film Festival

(310) 432-1200

9911 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035   Directions Website

LA is known for filmmaking; so you shouldn't be surprised to learn dozens of film festivals occur in the LA area every year. The Los Angeles Film Festival is one of the largest, screening over 100 films during its 10-day festivities. The festival showcases independent, international, feature, documentary and short films and draws in a crowd of more than 90,000 to its special events and premieres.

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

(949) 729-4400

Newport Blvd at Pacific Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663   Directions Website

If you're in a Christmas-SEA mood, come by the Newport Harbor for the annual Christmas Boat Parade. This century-long tradition spans five days and features brightly decorated boats taking to the sea in parade formation. The final night features the last parade and a magnificent fireworks display.

Sunset Strip Music Festival
Sunset Strip Music Festival

(310) 854-0272

9000 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069   Directions Website

Catch all of your favorite bands-the nationally/internationally known and the local rising stars-at the Sunset Strip Music Festival. This three-day, multi-venue event takes place on outdoor stages and in participating clubs along the famous Sunset Strip. Be ready to party the night away for a weekend in August.

Tournament of Roses Parade
Tournament of Roses Parade

(626) 449-4100

391 S Orange Grove Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91184   Directions Website

Ring in the New Year with the world famous Tournament of Roses Parade. Pasadena has hosted the annual Rose Parade since 1890. Today, millions of Americans watch this celebration before the Rose Bowl college football game. The parade and festival fills the streets with flower-decorated floats, equestrian displays, marching bands and other performers.

West Hollywood Halloween & Costume Carnaval
West Hollywood Halloween & Costume Carnaval

(310) 289-2525

Los Angeles, CA

For the largest Halloween street party in the world, go to the West Hollywood Halloween & Costume Carnaval on October 31st. Show off your own costume as you mingle with the ghosts and ghouls having the time of their afterlives along Santa Monica Boulevard. Enjoy live music, delicious food, a pumpkin-carving contest and one of the most elaborate costume contests ever.

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