Best of Los Angeles Fun Events and Festivals Guide

Best of Los Angeles Fun Events and Festivals Guide – Spring 

Hollywood Califronia

Hollywood | Los Angeles – California


The annual festival season in Southern California begins in April.  And, the FunGodo Best Of Los Angeles Fun Events & Festivals Guide covers Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties.

The warm Southern California Sun is always welcomed by tourists from all across the United States and  around the world. And, typically, beginning in April; springtime temperatures in Los Angeles are the most pleasant time of year to enjoy outdoor festivities.  Southern California residents have organized numerous and awesome outdoor events to experience at Southern California Area Beaches, Mountains and in the heart of the downtown  Los Angeles. With Memorial Day Weekend in May , and several events to pick from you might have a hard time choosing which one to discover and experience. Here are some of  our staff picks of the best upcoming events in art festivals, music, food, kid friendly events, free festivals and more!

April – Best of Los Angeles Festivals



Flower Fields Carlsbad Ranch


The Flower Fields Carlsbad, California | March 1st –  May 13th

The Flower Fields For ten weeks each spring, on coastal farmland in Carlsbad, California, 50-acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers bloom and transform the landscape into a solid expanse of vibrant banded color. The Flower Fields cover a rolling hillside overlooking the Pacific Coast, and is located halfway between Orange County and San Diego. Presented at the Carlsbad Ranch from March 1st thru May 13th 

– Open Daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM



Santa Monica Pier Kids Concerts - Wake Up With the Waves


Santa Monica Pier Kids Concerts | March 26th – April 30th

Wake Up With the Waves – the interactive Santa Monica Pier Kids Concerts Series for children each Saturday morning  from 10:30AM to NOON at the Santa Monica Pier. It’s fresh-air fun with a rotating cast of musicians and entertainers who get kids engaged with singing, dancing, playing and more! It’s a perfect way to start the day. Then stick around for family fun at the Pier with amusements, rides, restaurants and more!





WonderCon Los Angeles | March 25th –- 27th

WonderCon is one of the country’s best comics and popular arts conventions, is held at the beautiful Anaheim Convention Center. WonderCon is literally the sister show to Comic-Con International, embracing all the main aspects of that show, including comics, movies, TV, animation, the Masquerade, and more. Presented at the Anaheim Convention Center all weekend long.



Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire

Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire | April 9th – May 22nd

The 12th Annual Renaissance Pleasure Faire is on 20 acres of pure fun! 13 stages offer variety entertainment all day long. In addition, we dazzle you with a fully armored joust, the Queen and her glittering Court, amazing arts and crafts, delicious food, fine spirits, music, dance, parades, rides and games.  Presented at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area




Los Angeles Times Festival of Books | April 22nd – 23rd

The 20th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC Campus in Los Angeles California is the largest book festivals in the united states. The festival will be held April 22 – 23, and will take place at the University of Southern California Campus beginning with the Festival After Dark

FESTIVAL AFTER DARK  — The  20th-year celebration of the Festival Of Books doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. The LA Times Festival of Books is proud to sponsor a series of evening events filled with drama, laughs and fun.



Americas Family Pet Expo at OC Fair

Americas Family Pet Expo | April 21st – 23rd

Americas Family Pet Expo is the world’s largest pet & pet product expo. Exhibitors include retailers, groomers, veterinarians, hobbyist groups, humane rescue organizations, humane societies, breeders, etc. Presented at the Orange County Fairgrounds all Weekend long.




Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival | April 19th – 23rd

Los Angeles is home to one of the world’s best Cowboy Festivals — the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival!   Since 1994, thousands of guests attend the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival to celebrate cowboy culture with a musical lineup of show-stopping talent and entertainment.  The Cowboy Festival is a fun experience for all ages and interests.  Come and watch history come alive with a Civil War skirmish and demonstrations of trick roping, hatchet throwing, archery, and much more.



Odd Nights at the Autry

Odd Nights at the Autry | Third Fridays, 

The Odd Market and Odd Nights at the Autry is truly spectacular for all ages. This exciting whole day event is presented monthly on two and a half acres in heart of Griffith Park. There’s a ton of Free Parking or you could even ride your horse in, seriously. Over 200 booths, great Food Trucks, A Beer Garden, Live Bands, Guest DJ’s and room for the kids to romp and play. Located directly across from the L.A. Zoo. And, it’s all FREE. No admission fees; Zip, And lots of Free Parking as in nada.


 Toyota Grand Prix - Long Beach

 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach | April 7th – 9th

The 43rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach combined with the Long Beach Lifestyle Expo and the IndyCar Series Fan Experience will make this years event is a fungodo experience for all ages.  From virtually anywhere in Southern California, surface transportation will whisk you right to the downtown gates of the Grand Prix circuit with no gridlock worries.  Click Here to download the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Fan Guide



Childrens Day USA

Children’s Day USA | April 29th

22nd Annual Children’s Day USA started in 1993 as a heart based project of Summer Hansen to promote people of all ages and celebrating life. The Children’s Day Festival was created to inspire everyone to do something wonderful to make our world a better place.  The Children’s Day Festival will take place at the Band-shell at Recreation Park in Long Beach. CA.


May – Best of Los Angeles Festivals


Marathon at the Orange County Fairground

OC Marathon | May 1 – 3

11th Annual OC Marathon and Finish Line Festival presents a wonderful race day experience for all the  participants, as well as a celebration of the 11th Annual OC Marathon Running Festival.  This year the festival features some line up of 80’s rock bands on main stage. Flashback Heart Attack and our 80’s guest stars will provide awesome music for our finishers and their guests.  Presented at the OC Fairgrounds during the weekend of May 1st – May 3rd, 2017



Culver City Car Show

Culver City Car Show | May 6 

12th annual Cruisin’ Back to Culver City Car Show featuring over 400 Classic Cars, Hot Rods, Low Riders and Trucks along with Gourmet Food and, Live Music Entertainment & More!   And, the folks from Hollywood showcase custom automobiles featured in movies from George Barris –  Automobile customizer extraordinaire, creator of the Batmobile, the Munsters’ Koach, the Beverly Hillbillies’ jalopy and so many more great vehicles from the Movies & TV, is coming back to to his roots in Culver City on Saturday May 6th – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Koroneburg Renaissance Festival

Koroneburg Renaissance Festival | May 7 – June 19

19th Annual Koroneburg Renaissance Festival – Now in its 19th year, the Festival again will bring history to colorful life when part of Crossroads Riverview Park in Corona, California is transformed into a hustling, bustling and a bit bawdy old world in California only permanent Renaissance village.


Beveryly Hills ArtShow

The Beverly Hills artSHOW | May 21 – 22

The Beverly Hills artSHOW is presented for FREE twice a year, in spring and fall and features art by over 240 exhibitors from around the nation.  The artSHOW exhibitors showcase their work in painting, sculpture, watercolor, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawings and printmaking. The Beverly Hills artSHOW takes places across four linear blocks of historic Beverly Gardens Park in the heart of Beverly Hills.


California Strawberry Festival



California Strawberry Festival | May 21 – 22

This year’s  Annual California Strawberry Festival May 21 & 22 in Oxnard, hits all the right notes with the Grammy award-winning “Mariachi Divas” headlining an array of talented artists offering non-stop entertainment on two Festival stages.  Musical styles range from classic rock, top 40 favorites, and R & B, to pop, jazz, Latin, and country, with tributes from the Beatles. When the California Strawberry Festival attendees need a break from dancing, they can visit a variety of 50 food booths serving up a sweet palate of berry treats like strawberry funnel cake, strawberry pizza, deep fried strawberries, strawberry shortcake, chocolate dipped strawberries and even strawberry beer.

Memorial Day Weekend

Topanga Days Music Festival

Topanga Days | May 27 – 29

Topanga Days is an iconic LA County bohemian rock music festival. The weekend festivities are a mainstay event that embody any music lover’s. There’s a belly dancing show by a local teacher, pie eating contests, kids games and so much more. The unique Memorial Day Parade is a highlight for many. This parade is one of the last of its kind, where costumed neighbors toss candy from their homemade floats, kids decorate and ride their bikes or horses, or participants simply walk down the boulevard with the Boy Scouts or the local Tae Kwon Do class – see you at the Topanga Days & County Fair!

 Memorial Day Weekend

Fiesta Hermosa_Beach Festival

Fiesta Hermosa Beach | May 27th – 29th

45th Annual Free Firesta Hermosa at Hermosa Beach is the ”largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California”. Over 300 artists and crafters are featured, including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handcrafters. The festival takes place every Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) in downtown Hermosa Beach, California. With the ocean as a backdrop, Hermosa Beach is an ideal place for a summer festival with temperatures of 80 degrees and balmy sea breezes.
Memorial Day Weekend
Santa Monica Symphony

 Santa Monica Symphony| May 28th

Now in its 71st Season, the Santa Monica Symphony presents a full calendar of concerts in the Spring, Fall and Winter each year. Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra – Since 1945, the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra has provided free classical music concerts to audiences of all ages that span the ethnic, economic and social spectrum.  The mission of the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra is to provide FREE quality classical music concerts to the residents of Santa Monica and the Southern California community.


Jazz Reggae Festival presented at UCLA Los Angeles

Jazz Reggae Festival – UCLA Campus May 30th

The UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival celebrates Los Angeles Jazz Music and its evolving Culture through conscious music, world food, art, and sustainability education. The Jazz Festival crafts an experience that is innovative, relevant, and invigorating. The Jazz Reggae featuresLive Music on Two Stages, Craft Village, Live Art, Picnic Area, Photobooths and Gourmet World Food & Cuisine — presented at Los Angeles Tennis Center – UCLA Campus on May 30th, 2016 from 12:00 Noonto 11:00 PM



June – Best of Los Angeles Festivals


Free Summer Concerts at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles

50 Free Concerts at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles | Starts June  6th

Levitt Pavilion LA is proud to present the summer concert season, featuring a diverse lineup of artists from acclaimed, emerging talent to seasoned, award winning performers.  Every summer Levitt LA presents 50 concerts. Admission is always free, making live music and the arts available to all. To make the most of your evening at the Levitt Pavilion, bring a fun attitude, a lawn chair or blanket for relaxing, snacks or a picnic dinner, and a cooler with beverages – Don’t forget the most important thing – your family and friends for sharing the fun, the music, and most of all, the magic!


San Diego County Fair

San Diego County Fair California | June 3 – July 4

The Summer starts here at the San Diego County Fair – presenting A Fair to Remember: a Celebration of World’s Fairs and Balboa Park Exhibition – San Diego County Fair (Del Mar Fairgrounds). This year the Fair San Diego County Fair commemorates the centennial anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition held in Balboa Park, and the great traditions and inventions arising from fairs. (Did you know the bicycle, telephone, ice cream cone, Ferris Wheel, and air conditioning were all introduced at a World’s Fair?) The San Diego County Fair will be held Friday, June 5 through Sunday, July 5.  The Fair will be closed Mondays and the first two Tuesdays. It will be a 25 day Fair with a special “sneak peek” day on Friday, June 5 (gates will open that day at 4:00PM for the 2015 Toyota Summer Concert Series).


Paddleboard Race & Santa Monica Pier Ocean Festival

Paddleboard Race & Santa Monica Pier Ocean Festival | June 11 

80th Annual Paddleboard Race & Santa Monica Pier Ocean Festival he Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival at the Santa Monica Pier – Tracing it’s roots back to the 1930’s Santa Monica Pier paddleboard races – some of the first in the world – this year’s Southern California event will be an epic competition. The Paddleboard Race Courses start and finish on the sand immediately south of the Santa Monica Pier and there are 5 ways to compete – Fun Paddle, Long Course, Elite Race, Tommy Bahama SUP / Paddleboard Knockout.  All of the races involve a “beach start” meaning that racers will have to navigate in and out of the surf zone.


Casa Pacifica Wine Festival - Wine Food and Brew Festival

Wine Food and Brew Festival | June 6, 

The Casa Pacifica Angels Wine Food and Brew Festival voted the Best Cultural Event in Ventura County in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The gourmet food and wine tasting event has grown to become one of Ventura County’s premier events with last year’s attendance topping 4,800 attendees.  The Festival features live music entertainment and showcases the delectable creations of the finest restaurants and caterers from Santa Barbara to the Conejo Valley and award-winning wineries and vineyards from throughout California’s rich wine-producing regions, as well as many marvelous microbreweries.



Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *