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Los Angeles County Calendar of Annual Events

OCTOBER EVENTS

Please Note: We no longer offer specific dates for listed events.  For specifics regarding each event, please follow the link or call the information number.

Oktoberfest -- Torrance (Alpine Village)
Celebrating the great German Oktoberfest with a 3,000 seat Beergarten, oom pah bands from Germany and lots of competitions for best beerstein holding, woodsawing, cowmilking, yodeling, pretzel eating, etc. Information: (310) 327-4384

Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival -- Avalon, Catalina Island
Fridays. This festival, held in Avalon’s historic casino, features great contemporary jazz music. Information: (760) 323-5770

Fall Festival at Farmers Market -- Farmers Market, Los Angeles
Fall Festival features a petting zoo, pumpkin carving, a farm equipment exhibition, and candle-dipping. Information: (323) 933-9211

Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival -- San Pedro (Ports O' Call Village, Berth 77)
Enjoy a weekend of fun and fine food on the waterfront in historic San Pedro. The Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival features world famous discount lobster meals, rides, games, arts and crafts shopping, and non-stop entertainment. Come for the feast and stay for the fun. Information: (310) 366-6472

Queen Mary Shipwreck Halloween Terrorfest -- Long Beach (Queen Mary)
The oceanliner Queen Mary is transformed into the most gruesome collection of terrifying mazes for the annual Queen Mary Halloween Terrorfest. Information: (562) 435-3511

Sabor de Mexico Lindo - Downtown Street Festival -- Huntington Park (Pacific Avenue)
A three day family festival featuring concert stages, a petting zoo, more than 100 exhibitor booths, amusement rides and arts and crafts exhibitors. Information: (323) 585-1155

Calabasas Cultural Festival at Old Town -- Calabasas
Celebrating the city's historic past as the "Last of the Old West." Focused on the historic Leonis Adobe, the event features arts shows, exhibits, music, entertainment, Flamenco and Salsa dancing, children's arts and crafts workshops and great food. Information: (818) 878-4242

Los Angeles County-Wide Arts Open House -- In 36 communities in Los Angeles County
Arts organizations will present free cultural events to celebrate Arts and Humanities Month. Information: (213) 972-3099

Feria de Los Niños Celebration -- East Los Angeles (Hollenbeck Park, 415 S. St. Louis St.)
This event offers families a festive atmosphere with boat rides on the lake in vessels decorated with flowers, tortilla making contests, an inflatable obstacle course, plenty of ethnic food and entertainment highlighted by children, an erupting volcano, and a nighttime display of 2,000 candles floating on the lake. Information: (213) 261-0113, 888-LA PARKS (527-2757)

Los Angeles Lithuanian Fair -- Los Angeles (St. Casimir Church, 2716 St. George Street)
The Lithuanian Fair features jewelry making, wood carving, Easter egg waxing, and ornament painting, and Lithuanian cuisine. Information: (323) 664-2723

NoHo Children’s Art & Poetry Festival -- Los Angeles (In front of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood)
Oct. 4-5. A day-long opportunity for children and youth ages 2 – 16, together with their families, to experience hands-on visual and theatre arts workshops including: paper making, musical instruments, mask making, improvisation, and more. Information: (818) 779-2101

San Dimas Western Days Rodeo -- San Dimas (Horse Thief Canyon Park)
A community event with a parade, carnival, pageant contest, car show, arts and crafts, food, and, of course, a rodeo. Information: (909) 394-RODEO

Edge of the World Theater Festival -- Los Angeles (various venues)
A citywide celebration of the vibrant and diverse talents of the Los Angeles theater community. Information: (310) 281-7920

Eagle Rock Music Festival -- Eagle Rock (Eagle Rock Community Cultural Center, 2225 Colorado Blvd)
The Festival presents 29 musical groups at 24 local businesses and restaurants along Colorado Boulevard. Included will be
Taiko drumming, an Armenian band, karaoke music, classical music, Cajun, Jazz, Latin Jazz, Tex-Mex, Pre-Columbian style, Folk, Blues, Country Western, Afro-Cuban, Cabaret and contemporary originals. Information: (323) 226-1617

Pioneer Day -- Chatsworth (Homestead Acre, 10385 Shadow Oak Drive)
Music, storytelling, games,
Chili Cook-off, Old Timer’s Reunion, Chores of Yore for Children, bake sale, origami, quilting for children, butter churning, washing on a scrubboard, petting zoo, blacksmithing, sack races, panning for gold, spinning and weaving demonstrations. Information: (818) 882-5614

Art for Fun(d)s Sake -- Rancho Palos Verdes (5504 West Crestridge Road)
Rancho Palos Verdes outdoor arts and crafts festival with children’s activities and a variety of refreshments. Information: (310) 541-2479

Echo Park Arts Festival -- Echo Park (various sites and studios)
The eight annual Echo Park Arts Festival will feature the creative energy of more than 100 artists, musicians, poets, and performers whose work will be showcased in two dozen venues spread across one of Los Angeles’ historic and colorful communities. Information: (213) 250-4155

Long Beach Marathon -- Long Beach
Events include a marathon (26.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles), inline marathon, bike tour, and 5K run. Information: (562) 728-8829

Unity Fest -- Glendale (Verdugo Park, 1621 Canada Blvd)
This cultural festival includes Latin American, Middle Eastern, Asian, European, Native American, and Pan African Villages each selling traditional foods and goods with cultural performances and demonstrations of traditional arts and crafts. Main stage performances schedule available by calling the City of Glendale. Information: (818) 548-2000

Annual Long Beach Boat Show -- Long Beach (Convention Center)
Displays of new and concept models of recreational boats, accessories and services. Information: (714) 633-7581

Montebello Heritage Parade & Festival -- Montebello (Montebello City Park)
Arts and crafts, games, food, booths and fun! Information:
(323) 887-4540

Old Towne Street Faire -- Sunland-Tujunga
A family festival featuring arts and crafts vendors and demonstrations, children's rides, a classic car show, music, dancing and food. Information: (818) 353-8168

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival -- Calabasas (Paramount Ranch)
Four stages of live music & entertainment, historical demonstrators, karaoke contest with cash prizes, climbing wall, authentic western town, petting zoo, pony rides, reptile show, magic show, arts & crafts booths, pumpkin pie eating and seed spitting contest, great food, pumpkin bowling, wildlife waystation, pet adoptions, beer garden with pumpkin beer. Information: (818) 225-2227

AIDS Walk Los Angeles -- West Hollywood (San Vicente Blvd. between Melrose & Santa Monica Blvd.)
A ten-kilometer fundraising walkathon to fight AIDS and support people with HIV/AIDS. Information: (213) 201-WALK; Español (213) 201-1341

Harvest Festival of the Arts -- Los Angeles (Pico Union Alvarado Terrace Park, Pico & Alvarado Terrace)
This Festival is a family celebration to raise self-esteem in children and to celebrate their achievements in the arts, music and writing. Information: (310) 476-3949

Sherman Oaks Street Fair and Carnival -- Sherman Oaks
Crafts, International food court, carnival rides, games exposition and live entertainment. Information: (
818) 906-1951

City of Angels Film Festival -- Los Angeles (Directors Guild of America)
Screening works that not only celebrate film as art but also raise vital religious and social issues. Information: (626) 304-3775

Autry Museum Western Music & Cowboy Poetry Gathering -- Los Angeles (Gene Autry Western Museum)
Throughout this three-day gathering, visitors can tap their toes to western swing, traditional cowboy and contemporary western music, and hear some of the best-known cowboy poets. Information: (323) 667-2000, Ext. 354

Day of the Dead -- Hollywood (Hollywood Forever Cemetery)
An authentic Mexican Dia de los Muertos celebration featuring music, performance art, artisans, decorated altars and food. For the entire family. Information: (323)
785-4261

Día de los Muertos -- Pasadena (37 East Del Mar Blvd.)
This Dia de los Muertos Celebration will present storytelling, face painting, arts, crafts, food, and live entertainment. There will be personal altar displays and vendors selling traditional mementos. Information: (626) 792-3148

Kids Day LA -- Los Angeles  (Exposition Park)
Celebrating children of Los Angeles with arts, crafts and entertainment. Health and social service providers provide information at booths on the site. Information: (888) LAPARKS

Montrose ArtWalk -- Montrose (Honolulu Avenue)
Artists demonstrate their artistic skills and sell their fine art on the sidewalks of Honolulu Avenue in quaint Montrose. For the kids, checkout Kids’ Corner where children can paint the sidewalk with chalk. Information: (818) 249-7171

Plein Air Painters of America Festival -- Catalina Island
Artists come to Catalina for this festival to be inspired by the island’s beauty and show work in the Casino Ballroom. Information: (310) 510-1552

Descanso Gardens Pumpkin Parade -- Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge
Railroad Bill entertains and leads costumed youngsters in the pumpkin parade through the Gardens. Parents will want to walk along–or beat the group to the end of the parade–to take photos of their own children at a special photo-op spot.. Information: (818) 949-4200

Halloween Haunt Party -- Los Angeles (Grier Musser Museum)
Ghosts, goblins, and witches round out the spookiness of this museum which shall be decorated for the day. Information: (213) 413-1814

International Festival of Masks -- Los Angeles (Los Angeles Craft & Folk Arts Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd)
The International Festival of Masks celebrates the culturally diverse art form of masks with dance, theatre, storytelling and activities for children and adults. International foods and masks will be on display and for sale. Information: (323) 937-4230

Village Venture Street Faire -- Claremont (Claremont Village)
This event features crafts, international food, entertainment, a Halloween parade, and costume contests. Information: (909) 624-1681

Fall Fair -- Whittier Narrows Recreational Area
Fair features a large carnival, a big top circus, live entertainment, a food court, games, and family fun. Information: (562) 495-5959

West Hollywood Halloween & Costume Carnival -- West Hollywood (Santa Monica Boulevard)
This wild event boasts of being the largest Halloween party in the nation!  It draws more than 400,000 Halloween revelers for food, merriment, live music, and outrageous costume contests. Information: (323) 848-6503

 

 

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