Los Angeles events May 2019. Things to do in LA.

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Los Angeles events May 2019

Orange County film festival

May 1 - 2, 2019
(begins April 25)
Newport Beach (47.2 miles SE)
Watch 350 films and attend evening galas during the Newport Beach Film Festival at theaters in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach.

Home & garden tour

May 1 - 19, 2019
(begins April 21)
Rose Bowl (11.6 miles NE)
Tour a 1915 Mediterranean estate renovated for modern living at the Pasadena Showcase House of Design for age 12+. Restaurant and shops onsite, parking offsite with a shuttle. Closed Mondays. Details.

Marathon in Orange County

May 3 - 5, 2019
Newport Beach (46.8 miles SE)

Comic book day

May 4, 2019
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.

Kentucky Derby party

May 4, 2019
Pacific Palisades (18.3 miles west)
Dress up for DerbyDayLA [sound], which promises gourmet food trucks, craft cocktails for sale, polo matches, lawn games, and a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby at Will Rogers State Historic Park.

Kentucky Derby Party

May 4, 2019
Redondo Beach (22 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 the Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach. Free.

Paddleboard race

May 4, 2019
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 4, 2019
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.

Islander festival at the aquarium

May 4 - 5, 2019
Long Beach (24.6 miles south)
Pacific Islander Festival has traditional craft demonstrations, entertainment, music, hula dancing, Tahitian drumming, and ancient Hawaiian games at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Women’s Expo

May 4 - 5, 2019
Anaheim (30 miles SE)
Hear celebrity speakers, watch chef demos, and join workshops at Orange County Ultimate Women’s Expo [sound], which includes hundreds of beauty & health product vendors at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Renaissance fair

May 4 - 19, 2019
(begins April 6)
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 age 4 and younger are free.

Vegan event

May 5, 2019
Encino (19.8 miles NW)
Hear speakers, browse 100 exhibitors, shop at 50 food trucks and booths, and visit the beer and wine garden at VegFest Los Angeles at 6076 Woodley Avenue in Encino.

Giant fair near Oceanside

May 5, 2019
Carlsbad (93 miles south)
Carlsbad 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). Held in May & Nov. Free parking shuttle.

Barbecue & beer

May 10 - 11, 2019
Santa Clarita (40 miles north)
Enjoy barbecue from local restaurants, local craft beer, live music, and a kids’ zone at BBQ & Beer Festival [website has sound] at grassy Central Park in Santa Clarita. Children 12 and younger are free on Saturday.

Big street fair

May 11, 2019
Simi Valley (42 miles NW)
Simi Valley Street Fair has craft and food vendors, a beer garden, and kids’ activities on Simi Town Center Way. Free.

Mother’s Day restaurants

May 12, 2019
multiple locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner on Mother’s Day.

Gospel Brunch in Anaheim

May 12, 2019
Anaheim (29.4 miles south)
Gospel Brunch [sound] includes a fine buffet and joyful singing at the House of Blues at Anaheim GardenWalk.

Concert in the desert

May 16 - 19, 2019
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.

Beer & music festival

May 18, 2019
Downtown (1.2 miles NE)
Enjoy unlimited samples of dozens of craft beers at Downtown L.A. Beer and Music Festival, with food trucks, two bands, and a DJ at Pershing Square.

Exclusive wine event

May 18, 2019
Burbank (11.1 miles NW)
A Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters is an expensive “wine tasting extraordinaire and spectacular hors d’oeuvres dinner” plus an auction of wine and travel items to support charity, on the Midwest Street backlot at Warner Brothers Studio.

Taste of Santa Ana

May 18, 2019
(6 p.m., VIP 5 p.m.)
Santa Ana (33 miles SE)
A ticket to Taste of Santa Ana includes samples from restaurants, cafes, and bakeries, plus continuous entertainment and beer & wine for sale in the parking lot of Main Place Mall.

Lobster festival

May 18, 2019
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.

Gay festival & parade

May 18 - 19, 2019
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.

Inland Empire comic con

May 18 - 19, 2019
Ontario (41 miles east)
Comic Con Revolution has guest artists and writers, cosplay, and exhibitors at Ontario Convention Center.

Blues music

May 18 - 19, 2019
Dana Point (62 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 Sea Terrace Community Park.

History museum day

May 19, 2019
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.

Israel festival

May 19, 2019
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, carnival rides, and a beer garden at Cheviot Hills Recreation Center. Bring no pets, food, or drink.

Pig feast

May 19, 2019
Santa Monica (14.4 miles west)
Cochon is a stand-up tasting featuring dozens of chef-made dishes plus wine, cocktails, and beer at Viceroy Santa Monica for age 21+.

Beer & wine festival

May 19, 2019
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 19, 2019
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.

Mother’s Day Brunch - aquarium

May 22, 2019
Long Beach (24.6 miles south)
Mother’s Day Brunch includes admission to see all of the exhibits at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Louisiana festival

May 25 - 26, 2019
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 25 - 26, 2019
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.

Fiesta Hermosa art fair

May 25 - 27, 2019
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. Free.

Greek festival

May 25 - 27, 2019
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.

Small Renaissance fair

May 25 - June 30, 2019
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 plus Memorial Day.

Memorial Day Parade

May 27, 2019
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.

Asian Pacific films

May 2019
(undated)
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.”

Bicycle road race

May 2019
(undated)
statewide
Amgen Tour of California has multiple rides that cover scenic sections of California, from Lake Tahoe to Pasadena. Men and women compete separately.

Outdoor movies

May 2019
(undated)
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.

Drag convention

May 2019
(undated)
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
RuPaul’s DragCon features celebrity drag queens, lip sync contests, panel discussions, Q & A sessions, and 200 vendors at the Los Angeles Convention Center for all ages. The Friday evening party is for age 21+.

Virtual reality expo

May 2019
(undated)
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
Try hundreds of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) demonstrations at the Virtual Reality Los Angeles Exposition (VRLA Expo), with panel discussions, presentations, and workshops at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Beer and BBQ

May 2019
(undated)
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 admission.

Free family festival

May 2019
(undated)
Downtown (2.3 miles NE)
JANM Free Family Days offers craft-making, workshops, performances, and free admission to the Japanese American National Museum. Held in May & August.

Fake wedding

May 2019
(undated)
Koreatown (4 miles NW)
Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, have a drink and appetizers (included), and dance at a reception while you check out wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding Los Angeles at The Line LA.

Movies at the cemetery

May 2019
(undated)
Hollywood (6.7 miles NW)
The FAQ says you’re welcome to bring dinner, wine, beer, blankets, pillows, a small tarp, or low chairs to Cinespia’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery Movie Screenings on the lawn, with pre-show DJ music.

Comedy festival

May 2019
(undated)
West Hollywood (8.4 miles NW)
Los Angeles Comedy Festival includes live stand-up performances, short films, and a web series, at 916 N. Formosa Avenue. Held in May and November.

Rare beer tasting

May 2019
(undated)
Hollywood (8.5 miles NW)
The Rarest Experience offers 30 rare beers with sliders and outdoor games at Stout Burgers & Beers.

Salsa festival

May 2019
(undated)
Hollywood (8.9 miles NW)
Los Angeles Salsa Festival [website has sound] promises “the best Latin bands, dancers, and instructors of our generation,” with more than 80 performances at Loews Hollywood Hotel.

Dog festival

May 2019
(undated)
West Hollywood (10.1 miles NW)
Pawsapalooza offers “pet products and services, live music, delicious food and drink (for humans), and a festive family-friendly celebration of the human-animal bond” at West Hollywood Park. Free.

Art fair

May 2019
(undated)
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. Held in May & October. Free.

Mermaid brunch

May 2019
(undated)
Playa Vista (12.1 miles SW)
The Brayv Ball is a $75 family-friendly brunch with mermaids, live dance performances, a silent auction, and a special guest DJ, all to raise money for water safety at The Beat Box LA.

Food & music festival

May 2019
(undated)
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.

Indian pow wow

May 2019
(undated)
Westwood (13.6 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 at James West Alumni Center at UCLA. Free.

Greek festival

May 2019
(undated)
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.

Giant concert: Freestyle Festival

May 2019
(undated)
Long Beach (26.2 miles south)
Freestyle Festival offers an impressive lineup of artists (MC Hammer, Lisa Lisa, Jody Watley, The Jets, Johnny O, etc.) near The Queen Mary. Challenging parking.

Taste of Anaheim

May 2019
(undated)
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.

Movies on the beach

May 2019
(undated)
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.

Adult tasting event

May 2019
(undated)
Valencia (40.8 miles north)
Taste of the Town has 40 restaurants, caterers, and beer & wine purveyors serving all the food you can eat, unlimited wine and beer, live entertainment, and an auction outdoors at Mann Biomedical Park.

Art on the island

May 2019
(undated)
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.

Spirits Tasting

May 2019
(undated)
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.

Taste of the Nation

May 2019
(undated)
Laguna Beach (58 miles SE)
Enjoy chef-prepared gourmet food, wine, beer, and cocktails at the $250 Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation at Montage Laguna Beach to support charity.

Weird night cruise

May 2019
(undated)
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.

Art fair

May 2019
(undated)
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 dining cruise

May 2019
(undated)
Marina del Rey & Newport Beach
Celebrate Mom on a Mother’s Day Cruise that includes brunch or dinner and two hours of coastal views.

Mother’s Day train ride

May 2019
(undated)
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 2019
(undated)
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.

Zine festival

May 2019
(undated)
Pasadena (11.4 miles NE)
A zine is a cheap, self-published, underground publication. L.A. Zine Fest has 200 vendors, guest speakers, and workshops in the Conference Center at the Pasadena Convention Center. Free.

Vegan festival

May 2019
(undated)
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.]

Reggae festival

May 2019
(undated)
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.

Tasting in Santa Monica

May 2019
(undated)
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).

Memorial Day festival

May 2019
(undated)
San Pedro (22.4 miles south)
Memorial Day Celebration 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 2019
(undated)
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+.

Chili & car show

May 2019
(undated)
Riverside (58.2 miles east)
Taste chili, see classic cars and motorcycles, and hear live music at Chili Cook-Off & Car/Cycle Show in the Arlington area of Riverside. Free admission & parking.

Asian night market (O.C.)

May 2019
(undated)
Costa Mesa (42.8 miles SE)
Shop from 150 vendors selling food, merchandise, and crafts at the OC Night Market at OC Fair & Event Center in May, June, and August. No pets.

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