Los Angeles events May 2020. Things to do in LA.

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Los Angeles events May 2020

Drag convention

May 1 - 3, 2020
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+.

Marathon in Orange County

May 1 - 3, 2020
Newport Beach (46.8 miles SE)

Asian Pacific films

May 1 - 8, 2020
(begins April 30)
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.”

Home & garden tour

May 1 - 17, 2020
(begins April 26)
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.

Disney musical

May 1 - 17, 2020
Cerritos (21.7 miles SE)
Newsboys take on a ruthless newspaper tycoon to fight for what’s right in the high-energy Broadway hit Newsies at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.

Discount tickets $10+

Food festival

May 1 - 31, 2020
(party 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 featuring the best chefs of Mexico City at Million Dollar Theater.

Comic book day

May 2, 2020
multiple locations
Visit your local comic shop on Free Comic Book Day to pick up free comics and admire the fans wearing costumes.

Kentucky Derby party

May 2, 2020
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.

Big street fair

May 2, 2020
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.

Paddleboard race

May 2, 2020
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 2, 2020
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.

Renaissance fair

May 2 - 17, 2020
(Sat. & Sun.)
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.

Taste of the Nation

May 3, 2020
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.

Vegan event

May 3, 2020
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 3, 2020
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.

Skateboard competition

May 7 - 10, 2020
Long Beach (24.2 miles south)
Watch the best skateboarders compete during the Dew Tour at Long Beach Convention Center. Free.

Monster festival

May 8 - 10, 2020
Pasadena (11.4 miles NE)
Celebrate the art of monsters and movie magic at Monsterpalooza, featuring a monster museum with life-sized creatures, horror films, celebrity guests, and 250 exhibitors at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Asian night market (O.C.)

May 8 - 10 & 15 - 17, 2020
(also June)
Costa Mesa (42.8 miles SE)
Shop from 150 vendors selling food, merchandise, and crafts at the 626 Night Market - OC at OC Fair & Event Center in May and June. No pets.

Mother’s Day restaurants

May 10, 2020
multiple locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day dining cruise

May 10, 2020
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 Brunch - aquarium

May 10, 2020
(10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Long Beach (24.6 miles south)
Mother’s Day Brunch includes admission to see all of the exhibits at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Taste of Long Beach

May 13 - 14, 2020
(5:30 to 9 p.m.)
Long Beach (30 miles south)
Buy a ticket book and then exchange tickets for food and drink in 40 Belmont Shores restaurants during Stroll & Savor, which repeats monthly in summer.

Wine dinner at the zoo

May 14, 2020
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+.

Concert in the desert

May 14 - 17, 2020
Joshua Tree (139 miles east)
Smaller than the Coachella Valley festivals, Joshua Tree Music Festival is an alternative “family-friendly global music experience” in the Mojave desert at Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground. Held in May and October.

Greek festival

May 15 - 17, 2020
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.

Exclusive wine event

May 16, 2020
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 16, 2020
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 16 - 17, 2020
(10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
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.

Burbank art & animation fair

May 16 - 17, 2020
Burbank (14.1 miles north)
Shop from 100 artists at the Downtown Burbank Arts Festival on San Fernando Boulevard (from Burbank Town Center to the Holiday Inn). In addition, a special animation area features “100 visual effects, videogaming, character designers, illustrators, and storyboard artists.” Free.

Gay festival & parade

May 16 - 17, 2020
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.

History museum day

May 17, 2020
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.

Israel festival

May 17, 2020
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.

Tasting event

May 17, 2020
Studio City (12.7 miles NW)
A $75 ticket to Flavor of L.A. includes “gourmet food samplings from some of L.A.’s best restaurants, craft beers, wine and cocktails” plus free parking at CBS Studio Center.

Beer & wine festival

May 17, 2020
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 17, 2020
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 17, 2020
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.

Crawfish festival

May 22 - 24, 2020
Long Beach (24.7 miles south)
Long Beach Crawfish Festival sells “Louisiana-style crawfish along with Cajun potatoes, corn on the cob, and tangy remoulade dipping sauce” and plays cajun, zydeco, and New Orleans-style music at Rainbow Lagoon. Mixed reviews on Yelp. Kids age 1 to 12 free.

Discount tickets $2.50

Chili & car show

May 23, 2020
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 23 - 24, 2020
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 23 - 24, 2020
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 23 - 25, 2020
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 23 - 25, 2020
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 23 - June 21, 2020
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.

Tasting in Santa Monica

May 24, 2020
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 25, 2020
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, and military ID gets you free museum admission.

Memorial Day Parade

May 25, 2020
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.

Taste of Long Beach

May 27 - 28, 2020
Long Beach (24 miles south)
Buy $1 tasting tickets to eat sample-sized portions from Long Beach restaurants, and listen to live music at family-friendly Taste of Downtown. Held in May, June, and August. Free.

The story of Ann Richards

May 27 - June 28, 2020
Pasadena (11.9 miles NE)
Ann features the legendary Texas Governor played by Holland Taylor (The Practice, Legally Blonde, Two and a Half Men) at Pasadena Playhouse.

Discount tickets $23+

Fake wedding

May 28, 2020
(7 p.m.)
Burbank (15.2 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 Forme Los Angeles.

Discount tickets $13.50

Luxury wristwatch expo

May 29 - 30, 2020
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.

Arty films

May 29 - 30, 2020
Venice & San Pedro (multiple locations)
Watch 50 films about artists and other interesting people during The Fine Arts Film Festival at Beyond Baroque (Friday & Saturday) and Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (Sunday).

Jazz festival

May 29 - 31, 2020
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.”

Inland BBQ festival

May 30, 2020
Norco (53.3 miles east)
Horse Town Brew n’ Que Festival offers award winning BBQ, craft beer, and live music (country, blues, pop, and R & B) at George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center.

Tequila & Taco Music Festival

May 30 - 31, 2020
Santa Clarita (40 miles north)
Tequila & Taco Music Festival has live music, gourmet tacos, beer, margaritas, and tequila sampling at grassy Central Park in Santa Clarita. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Pig feast

May 31, 2020
(5 p.m., VIP 4 p.m.)
location uncertain
Cochon is a stand-up tasting featuring dozens of chef-made dishes plus wine, cocktails, and beer for age 21+.

Zine festival

May 31, 2020
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.

Family festival

May 31, 2020
Griffith Park (10.1 miles north)
SoCalMoms Great Big Family Play Day has plenty of live entertainment, interactive experiences for kids, food trucks, and vendors outside Autry Museum of the American West.

Greek film fest

May 31 - June 7, 2020
Hollywood (8.7 miles NW)
Watch 40 films by Greek filmmakers or about Greek culture at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre.

Outdoor movies

May 2020
Los Angeles area
Eat See Hear screens crowd-pleasing films with food trucks, local bands, and high-definition audio visual projection. Bring a blanket or low chair.

Rooftop theater

May 2020
Downtown & Hollywood
Watch classic and contemporary films under the open sky on a deck chair at Rooftop Cinema Club either downtown at Level (age 18+) or in Hollywood at NeueHouse (age 21+ because it has a bar).

Whisky tasting

May 2020
Downtown (1 mile SE)
Taste “some of the most prestigious single malt, premium Scotch whiskies and other unique whiskies from around the world” with culinary pairings at The Whisky Extravaganza at City Market Social House for age 21+. Dress code.

Movies at the cemetery

May 2020
Hollywood (6.7 miles NW)
The FAQ says you’re welcome to bring beer, wine, pillows, low chairs, or a blanket and tarp to Cinespia’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery Movie Screenings on the lawn, with pre-show DJ music.

Photo expo

May 2020
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.

Travel show

May 2020
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.

Food & music festival

May 2020
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.

Kentucky Derby Party

May 2020
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.

Islander festival at the aquarium

May 2020
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.

Taste of Anaheim

May 2020
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.

Tasting event

May 2020
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+.

Spirits Tasting

May 2020
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.

Blues music

May 2020
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.

Air show + beer festival

May 2020
Redlands (64 miles east)
Watch “extreme pilots perform acts of aviation daring overhead” as you drink beer and hear live surf rock and reggae at the Hangar 24 AirFest at Redlands Municipal Airport. Free parking.

Art fair

May 2020
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 train ride

May 2020
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 2020
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.

Reggae festival

May 2020
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.

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