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.

Photo expo

May 1 - 5, 2019
(begins April 26)
Century City (9.1 miles west)
View photographs in a village of shipping containers, hear talks by photographers and editors, watch projections at night, and visit a beer garden and food vendors at Photoville LA at The Annenberg Space for Photography. Closed Mon., Tues., Wed. Free.

Home & garden tour

May 1 - 19, 2019
(begins April 21)
Rose Bowl (11.6 miles NE)
Tour the Boddy House on the grounds of Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge during Pasadena Showcase House of Design for age 12+. Restaurant and shops are onsite, and parking is offsite with a shuttle. Closed Mondays. Details.

Food festival

May 1 - May 31, 2019
(kick off April 30)
multiple locations
Los Angeles Times Food Bowl offers nearly 200 “dining events, forums, panel discussions, pop-ups, cooking demos, culinary collaborations, and cocktail parties,” beginning with a big kick-off event April 30 featuring the best chefs of Mexico City at Million Dollar Theater.

Asian Pacific films

May 2 - 10, 2019
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.”

Classical concert & cocktails

May 3, 2019
(8 p.m.)
Downtown (1.5 miles NE)
Your ticket includes complimentary Drinks in the Garden [sound] with a skyline view at 6:30 p.m., an optional pre-concert talk at 7 p.m., and the main performance at 8 p.m. featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic playing Beethoven plus a piano concerto by Mozart at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Ticket deal $67 to $82

Underground art show

May 3 - 4, 2019
(8 p.m.)
Downtown (2.5 miles west)
The Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition of 150 artists, with pancakes, live music, body painting, and multimedia displays for age 21+ located at 613 Imperial Street in L.A. Pay cash at the door or buy a line-jumper ticket online.

Marathon in Orange County

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

Family theater

May 3 - 19, 2019
Cerritos (21.7 miles SE)
The Secret Garden is a musical based on an English children’s book about an orphaned girl and a sickly boy who discover a secret garden and uncover family secrets at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.

Ticket deal $25 to $43

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.

Luxury wristwatch expo

May 4, 2019
(party May 3)
Downtown (0.6 miles SE)
WatchTime Los Angeles has manufacturers of 30 brands, an optional cocktail party, and “a schedule of specially curated presentations and industry panels for every caliber of watch geek” at Hudson Loft.

Taste of the Nation

May 4, 2019
(1 p.m., VIP 12:30 p.m.)
Culver City (8.2 miles west)
Enjoy gourmet food from 40 restaurants, fine wine, beer, cocktails, and a silent auction at Los Angeles Taste of the Nation at Media Park. [For Laguna Beach event, see May 5.]

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.

Seafood festival

May 4, 2019
Long Beach (23.9 miles south)
The new event Long Beach Seafood Festival promises vendors selling $5 samples and full meals, a beer garden for adults, life-size games, and both live and DJ music at Shoreline Aquatic Park.

Ticket deal $16

Big street fair

May 4, 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.

Spirits Tasting

May 4, 2019
(1 to 5 p.m.)
Irvine (44.2 miles SE)
Taste and evaluate 35 spirits from all over the world with appetizers and the assistance of a professional at Spirits Tasting at Hotel Irvine.

Ticket deal $38 to $55

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.

Indian pow wow

May 4 - 5, 2019
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.

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.

Outdoor movies

May 4 - Sept. 14, 2019
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. Bring a blanket or low chair.

Ticket deal $12 (May 25+)

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.

Tasting event

May 5, 2019
(1 p.m., VIP noon)
Valencia (40 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 Southern California Innovation Park for age 21+.

Taste of the Nation

May 5, 2019
(3 p.m., VIP 2:30 p.m.)
Laguna Beach (58 miles SE)
Enjoy chef-prepared gourmet food, wine, beer, and cocktails at the $250 Laguna Beach’s Taste of the Nation at Montage Laguna Beach to support charity. [For Culver City event, see May 4.]

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.

Magic Bar

May 6 - 28, 2019
(7 & 9 p.m.)
Encino (19.3 miles NW)
Magic Bar is a “sleight-of-hand saloon” that serves you close-up magic in an intimate bar located inside Woodly Proper restaurant for age 21+. Reviews.

Ticket deal $13

Travel show

May 11, 2019
Pasadena (11.4 miles NE)
The Travel Expo is a new event that promises “panel discussions, breakout sessions, interactive roundtables” and lots of exibitors from the travel industry at Pasadena Convention Center.

Art fair

May 11 - 12, 2019
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.

Movies at the cemetery

May 11 - 26, 2019
(weekends)
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.

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.

Mother’s Day dining cruise

May 12, 2019
Marina del Rey & Newport Beach
Celebrate Mom on a Mother’s Day Cruise that includes brunch or dinner and two hours of coastal views.

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.

Mother’s Day train ride

May 12, 2019
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 12, 2019
(10 a.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.

Bicycle road race

May 12 - 18, 2019
statewide
Amgen Tour of California has multiple rides that cover scenic sections of California, from Lake Tahoe to Pasadena. Men and women compete separately.

Taste of Anaheim

May 16, 2019
(5:30 to 10:30 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.

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.

Greek festival

May 17 - 19, 2019
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.

Asian night market (O.C.)

May 17 - 19, 2019
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.

Exclusive wine event

May 18, 2019
(6 p.m.)
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.

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.

Art fair

May 18 - 19, 2019
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.

Food & music festival

May 18 - 19, 2019
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.

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
(noon to 4 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. Free.

Fake wedding

May 19, 2019
(5 p.m.)
Downtown (2.2 miles east)
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 Unique Space.

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.

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.

Art on the island

May 19, 2019
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.

Drag convention

May 24 - 26, 2019
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+.

Salsa festival

May 24 - 26, 2019
Burbank (15.6 miles north)
Los Angeles Salsa Festival promises “the best Latin bands, dancers, and instructors of our generation,” with more than 80 performances at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport.

Chili & car show

May 25, 2019
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.

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 23, 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.

Zine festival

May 26, 2019
Mid-City (8.1 miles west)
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 Helms Bakery. Free.

Tasting in Santa Monica

May 26, 2019
(1 to 6 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).

Reggae festival

May 27, 2019
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 festival

May 27, 2019
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.

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.

Wine dinner at the zoo

May 30, 2019
(6 to 9 p.m.)
Griffith Park (10 miles north)
The monthly $150 Sustainable Wine Dinner Series features wine from a local winery, a gourmet dinner, a talk by a zoo professional, and an up-close animal encounter at the Los Angeles Zoo for age 21+.

Whisky tasting

May 31, 2019
Downtown (1 mile SE)
The Whisky Extravaganza includes unlimited tastes of more than 100 whiskies, culinary pairings, and master classes at City Market Social House for age 21+.

Arts festival

May 31 - June 2, 2019
Northeast Los Angeles (6 miles NW)
Lummis Day celebrates the founder of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian with art, a film, poetry, and live music. Most events are Sunday. Free.

Jazz festival

May 31 - June 2, 2019
Newport Beach (46. 4 miles SE)
Newport Beach Jazz Festival promises “a stylish weekend complete with world-class jazz acts, tasty food and drinks, shopping, and dancing on the lawn at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.”

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.

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