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Find fun things to do with this calendar of events in Los Angeles & Orange County.

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Asian Pacific films

May 1 - 11, 2017

multiple locations

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival screens films “by and about Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and/or Asian Pacific diasporic culture, history and experiences.”
  • May 1 to 4 - Los Angeles theaters
  • May 5 to 11 - Orange County theaters

Comedy festival

May 4 - 13, 2017

West Hollywood (8.4 miles NW)

Los Angeles Comedy Festival showcases comedy in all its forms: live performance, films (features & shorts), TV, web, and screenwriting at 916 N. Formosa Avenue. Held in May and November.

Marathon in Orange County

May 5 - 7, 2017

Newport Beach (46.8 miles SE)

  • May 5 to 6 - The free OC Lifestyle & Fitness Expo is at OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa.
  • May 6 - The 5K and kids’ run begin at OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa.
  • May 7 - OC Marathon and half marathon begin at Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

Comic book day

May 6, 2017

multiple locations

Visit your local comic shop on Free Comic Book Day to pick up free comics and admire the fans wearing costumes. You can meet comic-book creators at Blastoff Comics in North Hollywood.

Music walk

May 6, 2017

South Pasadena (9.5 miles NE)

The family-friendly Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk features 60 acts on 16 stages, outdoor art installations, food trucks, and a beer and wine garden in downtown South Pasadena. Free.

Kentucky Derby Party

May 6, 2017 (noon)

Manhattan Beach (19.1 miles SW)

Wear a stylish hat and derby attire to the Kentucky Derby Party for complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres, contests with prizes, Mint Juleps and champagne for sale, and the horse race on TV at Shade Hotel. Free.

Paddleboard race

May 6, 2017

Newport Beach (47 miles SE)

Register for Standup for the Cure to get a T-shirt, lunch, live music, free lessons, and participation in kid or adult races at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.

International Festival

May 6, 2017

Aliso Viejo (55.5 miles SE)

The International Festival features 700 musicians and dancers on four stages, and hundreds of vendors of international food, ethnic clothing, and jewelry at Soka University of America. Free except $10 cash to park.

Beer and BBQ

May 6 - 7, 2017 (12 to 8 p.m.)

Downtown (1.2 miles NE)

BBQ & Craft Brews Festival is a new event selling beer from seven downtown breweries plus barbecue from restaurants, with live music on Pershing Square. Free.

Indian pow wow

May 6 - 7, 2017

Westwood (15.3 miles NW)

Bring a chair to watch a gathering of Native American dancers and drummers, including a dance competition, arts & crafts, and food vendors at UCLA Pow Wow on the North Athletic Field at UCLA. See schedule. Free.

Festival of Colors

May 6 & 13, 2017 (11 a.m.)

multiple locations

Festival of Colors sells brightly colored cornstarch for you to throw at each other and promises “interactive dance, live mantra bands, DJs, yoga teachers, cuisine, free hugs, and lotsa love.”
  • May 6 - Oceanside Pier Amphitheater
  • May 13 - Van Nuys at Woodley Park

Renaissance fair

May 6 - 21, 2017 (weekends)

Irwindale (24 miles west)

Watch knights joust on horseback, mingle with costumed minstrels and troubadours, shop for art and food, and enjoy kids’ games and activities at The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire at Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area. Children 12 and younger free.

Movies on the beach

May 6 - Oct. 21, 2017 (dusk)

Huntington Beach (40 miles SE)

Buy a ticket online to see popular films at BeachFront Cinema at Huntington State Beach. Read what to bring with you on the guidelines page.
  • May 6 - Jurassic Park
  • May 20 - E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Israel festival

May 7, 2017 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Rancho Park (10.4 miles west)

Billed as the largest Jewish event in Los Angeles, Celebrate Israel Festival has kosher food, art vendors, live entertainment, and a beer garden at Cheviot Hills Recreation Center. Bring no pets, food, or drink.

Tasting event

May 7, 2017 (4 p.m., VIP 3)

Pasadena (11.8 miles NE)

Masters of Taste offers you “delicious, unlimited tastings from L.A.’s top master chefs and restaurants, craft cocktail bars, wineries, and local breweries” plus live entertainment on the field of Rose Bowl Stadium for age 21+.

Fancy car show

May 7, 2017 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Beverly Hills (12.7 miles NW)

A $135 ticket to Concours d’Elegance includes gourmet food, beverages, off-site parking, a shuttle, and 150 collectors’ automobiles and motorcycles outdoors, plus vendors indoors at Greystone Mansion. No pets.

Adult tasting event

May 7, 2017 (1 p.m., VIP noon)

Valencia (40.8 miles north)

Taste of the Town has 50 restaurants, caterers, beer and wine purveyors serving all the food you can eat, all the wine & beer you can drink, live entertainment, and live auctions outdoors at Mann Biomedical Park.

Giant fair near Oceanside

May 7, 2017 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Carlsbad (93 miles south)

The Village Faire features 800 booths of arts & crafts, antiques, and clothing, plus kids’ rides, a beer and wine garden, and an international food center on Grand Avenue (from Carlsbad Boulevard to Jefferson Street). Repeats in November. Free parking shuttle.

Taste of Anaheim

May 11, 2017 (5:30 to 9 p.m.)

Anaheim (29.4 miles south)

A ticket to Taste of Anaheim includes food, and you can listen to live music and buy drinks on two floors of the Anaheim GardenWalk. Children to age 5 are free.

Bicycle road race

May 11 - 20, 2017

statewide

Amgen Tour of California has multiple rides that cover scenic sections of California, from Lake Tahoe to Pasadena. Men and women compete separately.

Military memorabilia

May 12 - 13, 2017

Pomona (31.3 miles east)

Browse 500 tables of military antiques and collectibles at The West Coast Historical Militaria Collectors Show at the Fairplex. Free for active military families.

Mother’s Day Cruise

May 12 - 14, 2017

Marina del Rey & Newport Beach

Celebrate Mom on a Mother’s Day Cruise that includes brunch or dinner and two hours of coastal views.

BBQ tasting

May 13, 2017

Long Beach (26.2 miles south)

Enjoy great barbecue and live music at West Coast BBQ Classic [sound] in the waterfront park at the Queen Mary. Buy tickets online, and arrive a bit early.

BBQ

May 13, 2017

Anaheim (30.6 miles SE)

The Western BBQ has barbecued food, two stages of entertainment, a car show, a reptile show, a craft fair, pony rides, kids’ activities, and even pot-bellied pigs at Twila Reid Park.

Beer festival

May 13, 2017 (1 p.m., VIP noon)

Anaheim (33 miles SE)

OC Beer Fest promises samples of dozens of international and domestic beers, food trucks, and live entertainment at The Phoenix Club for age 21+.

Big street fair

May 13, 2017

Simi Valley (39.1 miles NW)

Simi Valley Street Fair has craft and food vendors, a beer garden, and a kids’ corner on Cochran Street (from Galena to Sequoia). Free.

Spirits Tasting

May 13, 2017 (1 to 5 p.m.)

Newport Beach (48 miles SE)

Taste and evaluate 30 spirits from all over the world with appetizers and the assistance of a professional at Spirits Tasting at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.

Art fair

May 13 - 14, 2017

Silver Lake (5 miles north)

Shop from 100 craftspeople for jewelry, clothing, ceramics, weavings, flowers, and fresh juice at friendly Echo Park Craft Fair at Mack Sennett Studios. Held in May and December.

Mother’s Day restaurants

May 14, 2017

multiple locations

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Brunch - garden

May 14, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

La Cañada Flintridge (14.3 miles north)

Make reservations for the Mother’s Day Brunch under the Rose Pavilion at Descanso Gardens.

Mother’s Day Brunch - aquarium

May 14, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

Long Beach (24.6 miles south)

Mother’s Day Brunch includes admission to see all of the exhibits at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Gospel Brunch - Anaheim

May 14, 2017

Anaheim (29.4 miles south)

Gospel Brunch includes a fine buffet and joyful singing at the House of Blues at Anaheim GardenWalk.

Mother’s Day train ride

May 14, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

Fillmore (56.2 miles NW)

Throw Mama on the Train is a 2.5-hour ride on the Fillmore & Western Railway through scenic Heritage Valley with a nice lunch.

Mother’s day whale watching

May 14, 2017 (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

Dana Point (61 miles SE)

Cruise alongside sea lions and marine birds, possibly a dolphin and maybe even a whale on the Mother’s Day Whale Watching Cruise with snacks aboard the 65-foot R/V Sea Explorer departing from Dana Point Harbor.

Concert in the desert

May 18 - 21, 2017

Joshua Tree (139 miles east)

Smaller than the Coachella Valley festivals, Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival is an alternative “family-friendly global music experience” in the Mojave desert at Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground. Repeats in Oct.

Greek festival

May 19 - 21, 2017

Anaheim (26 miles SE)

Enjoy authentic Greek foods like lamb, calamari, gyros, baklava, and souvlaki, plus wine, beer, and ouzo at OC Greek Food Festival, which also has a kids’ zone, traditional Greek folk dancing, and an outdoor marketplace at St. John the Baptist Greek Church.

Wine tasting

May 20, 2017 (1 p.m. & 5 p.m., VIP noon)

Culver City (7.8 miles west)

Taste 150 wines, shop from gourmet food trucks, and hear live New Orleans jazz at Uncorked Wine Festivals: Derby Days at The Culver Studios for age 21+.

Exclusive wine auction

May 20, 2017 (6 p.m.)

Burbank (11.1 miles NW)

Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters is a pricey “wine tasting extraordinaire and spectacular hors d’oeuvres dinner” followed by a famous wine auction on the backlot at Warner Brothers Studio.

Food & music festival

May 20, 2017 (12 to 9 p.m.)

Santa Monica (12.5 miles west)

Eeeeeatscon has two musical performances, keynote talks and panel discussions about food, and 22 food vendors at Barker Hangar.

Beer tasting

May 20, 2017 (4 to 8 p.m.)

Anaheim (27.3 miles SE)

Try unlimited tastes of beer from 70 Orange County breweries at the OC Brewers Guild Invitational, with vendor booths, educational beer seminars, and live music at 200 West Center Street Promenade.

BBQ festival

May 20, 2017 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Pomona (31.3 miles east)

Eat great barbecue, drink beer, watch chefs compete, join workshops and cooking classes, and hear top recording artists at SoCal BBQ Bash and Expo, with craft-making and a petting zoo for kids at the Fairplex.

Lobster festival

May 20, 2017

Tustin (35.8 miles SE)

The all-you-can-eat Tustin Lobsterfest gets better reviews than some of the bigger lobster festivals, and it includes live music in sunny Peppertree Park.

Taste of Santa Ana

May 20, 2017 (4 to 7 p.m.)

Santa Ana (42 miles SE)

A ticket to Best Taste of Santa Ana includes samples from restaurants, cafes, and bakeries, plus continuous entertainment, and beer and wine for sale.

Beer tasting - Inland Empire

May 20, 2017 (1 p.m., VIP noon)

Riverside (56.3 miles east)

Taste of Brews Inland Empire promises unlimited tastes from three dozen craft breweries and cideries, with live music and food for sale in the green oasis of White Park for age 21+.

Art fair

May 20 - 21, 2017

Beverly Hills (10.9 miles NW)

Shop for fine art from hundreds of juried artists at The Beverly Hills Art Show, with live entertainment, a children’s area, food trucks, and a beer & wine garden at Beverly Gardens Park. Free.

Gay festival & parade

May 20 - 21, 2017

Long Beach (24.3 miles south)

Long Beach Pride Festival has entertainment and vendors both days at Marina Green Park & Rainbow Lagoon. The free parade of 200 marching groups and floats is Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on Ocean Boulevard.

Blues music

May 20 - 21, 2017

Dana Point (61 miles SE)

Hear outstanding blues, rock, and soul on three alternating stages at Doheny Blues Festival, which has an eclectic food court, microbrew tasting, and craft fair on the coast at Doheny State Beach.

History museum day

May 21, 2017 (12 to 5 p.m.)

Los Angeles & Pasadena

Explore six historical museums in in Los Angeles and Pasadena connected by a free shuttle during Museums of the Arroyo Day. Last entry at 4 p.m. Free.

Opera

May 21, 2017 (2 p.m.)

14.6 miles west

Carmen is a fully staged production of Bizet’s fiery tale of revenge filled with stirring music at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center.

Beer & wine festival

May 21, 2017 (1 p.m., VIP noon)

Rolling Hills Estates (22.7 miles south)

South Bay Beer and Wine Festival promises “wine, beer and food tasting from top shelf wineries, breweries and restaurants” at Ernie Howlett Park.

Bluegrass festival

May 21, 2017

Agoura Hills (38 miles NW)

Hear 100 instrumental and singing contestants perform at the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival, which has three stages, a dance barn, a children’s area, and food vendors at Paramount Ranch in the mountains near Agoura Hills. Free parking.

Art on the island

May 21, 2017

Balboa Island (47 miles SE)

Shop from 100 artists exhibiting paintings, jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography at Balboa Island Artwalk along quaint South Bay Front. Free.

Taste of the Nation

May 21, 2017 (2 to 7 p.m.)

Laguna Beach (58 miles SE)

Enjoy chef-prepared gourmet food, wine, beer, and cocktails at the $300 Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation at Montage Laguna Beach to support charity. [See June 11 for Los Angeles Taste of the Nation.]

Award-winning “Jersey Boys”

May 24 - June 24, 2017

Downtown (1.7 miles north)

Hit musical Jersey Boys tells the rags-to-riches story of New Jersey boy Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at Ahmanson Theatre. Discount tickets $49 to $99.

Attractions

May 24 - Aug. 31, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Cabaret-style entertainment

May 26, 2017 (8 p.m.)

Downtown (1.1 miles east)

Tease, If You Please is a sexy and seductive burlesque show at the historic Globe Theater for age 21+ with a two-drink minimum. Discount tickets $13 to $18.

“La La Land” in Concert

May 26 - 27, 2017 (8 p.m.)

Hollywood (8.5 miles north)

“La La Land” in Concert features the film’s composer conducting his own Oscar-winning score as it’s performed live with a 100-piece symphony orchestra, choir, and jazz ensemble accompanying the original vocal recordings at the Hollywood Bowl. Discount tickets $35 to $150 (only Friday).

Magic show

May 26 - Aug. 26, 2017

Beverly Hills (10.3 miles NW)

Ivan Amodei involves the audience in his entertaining 90-minute magic show Intimate Illusions, with live cello accompaniment at the beautiful Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Discount tickets $29.

Blind wine tasting

May 27, 2017 (3 and 7 p.m.)

Downtown (2.5 miles NE)

Taste Pinot Noir wine from five West Coast regions with a cheese plate at Pinot Noir Taste Off, and choose your favorites before the labels are revealed and a wine educator discusses them at Eat.Drink.Americano.

Vegan festival

May 27, 2017 (2 p.m., VIP noon)

Pasadena (11.8 miles NE)

All-ages Eat Drink Vegan offers unlimited pours of local beer, wine, cider, kombucha, craft soda, and tea, with food for sale, craft vendors, and live music outdoors at the Rose Bowl plus Brookside Golf & Country Club. [Vegans don’t eat eggs or milk.]

Memorial Day festival

May 27, 2017 (10:30 a.m.)

San Pedro (22.4 miles south)

Memorial Day Music Festival has live bands, food trucks, vintage vehicles, and reenactments at the Battleship USS Iowa near Long Beach. Free to all, plus free tours all weekend if you have military ID.

Beer tasting in Newport Beach

May 27, 2017 (7 p.m., VIP 6)

Newport Beach (47 miles SE)

Sample more than 100 craft beers, wines, and spirits at Newport Beach Beerfest, with live bands, DJs, and food trucks at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort for age 21+. Discount VIP tickets $35.

Chili & car show

May 27, 2017 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Riverside (58.2 miles east)

Taste chili and see classic cars and motorcycles at the Chili Cook-Off & Car/Cycle Show in the Arlington area of Riverside. Free admission and parking.

Weird night cruise

May 27, 2017 (8 to 10 p.m.)

Dana Point (61 miles SE)

See glowing plankton and sea creatures on the Bioluminescence Night Cruise aboard the 65-foot R/V Sea Explorer departing from Dana Point Harbor.

Louisiana festival

May 27 - 28, 2017 (10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Simi Valley (37.6 miles NW)

Cajun & Blues Music Festival delivers music (Cajun, Creole, blues, zydeco), Cajun/Creole food (jambalaya, crawfish, BBQ), Cajun/Zydeco dance, arts & crafts, and a daily Mardi Gras parade outdoors at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center.

Scottish festival

May 27 - 28, 2017

Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)

Billed as the oldest and largest Scottish and Celtic festival in Southern California, Scottish Fest has a noon opening ceremony, competitions, music, dance, athletics, vendors, kids’ activities, Scottish food, and whisky at 150-acre OC Fair & Event Center. No pets.

Big arts & crafts fair

May 27 - 29, 2017

Hermosa Beach (21 miles SW)

Billed as the largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California, Fiesta Hermosa features 300 artists and crafters, high-quality food vendors, two music stages, a beer and wine garden, and a “Kiddie Carnival” near the ocean. Repeats in September. Fair map.

Greek festival

May 27 - 29, 2017

Northridge (25.1 miles NW)

Valley Greek Festival promises authentic Greek food (gyros, moussaka, and baklava), music, dance and a marketplace at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

Movies at the cemetery

May 27 - June 24, 2017

Hollywood (6.7 miles NW)

You’re welcome to bring dinner, wine, beer, blankets, pillows, a small tarp, or low chairs to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery Movie Screenings on the lawn at Hollywood Forever Cemetery with pre-show DJ music.
  • May 20 - Boogie Nights
  • May 27 - North by Northwest
  • May 28 - Clueless

Small Renaissance fair

May 27 - June 25, 2017

Corona (49 miles SE)

Koroneburg Renaissance Festival has costumed street performers, family games, battles in the field, food vendors, and craft shops in a German Renaissance village among shade trees at Crossroads Riverview Park on weekends and Memorial Day. Discount tickets $16 (child $9).

Outdoor movies

May 27 - Sept. 16, 2017

Los Angeles area

Eat See Hear screens crowd-pleasing films with food trucks, local bands, and high-definition audio visual projection on a 52-foot screen.
  • May 27 - Pulp Fiction (Griffith Park)

Tasting in Santa Monica

May 28, 2017 (3 to 8 p.m.)

Santa Monica (15.2 miles west)

A ticket to family-friendly Mainopoly includes 20 tastes at participating restaurants, food and drink specials, and live music on Main Street (from Pier Avenue to Strand Street). Discount tickets $13.

Memorial Day cruise

May 28, 2017 (boarding 3:30 p.m.)

Long Beach (24.7 miles)

Long Beach Pier Pressure Memorial Sunday Yacht Party offers coastal views, four DJs, two dance floors, and a pricey bar, departing from 1046 Queens Highway for age 21+. Discount tickets $13 to $23.

Reggae festival

May 29, 2017 (12 to 6 p.m.)

Westwood (14.7 miles NW)

Bring a blanket to the Jazz Reggae Festival for great reggae and jazz acts, live art, food booths, and craft vendors at UCLA Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.

Memorial Day Parade

May 29, 2017 (11 a.m.)

Canoga Park (28 miles NW)

The Memorial Day Parade ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and the parade begins at 11 a.m. at Sherman Way & Owensmouth Avenue. Free.
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