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The L.A. Metro Area offers events that happen only at special times. These events fall into 3 categories all of which appear below:
1. On-going Special Events. These are events that happen, typically, one day, every week of the year.
2. Short-Term Special Events. These are events that happen, typically, a few days per year or a week or two per year.
3. One-Time Special Events. These are events that happen once (and, often, upon short notice).
NOTE: The websites listed for each of these events are the ones available as of the time these FAQs were published (July 2010). These sites may reflect the dates of prior events so be sure you are looking at THE MOST CURRENT websites for these events in order to find the dates of the current year’s events.
In the South Bay...
In Santa Monica...
Every Wednesday and Saturday
Farmers market on Thrusday nights.
Hollywood Bowl May through October; special July 4th Fireworks programs during the first week of July
Greek Theater. April through October. Also, special July 4th (U,S. Independence Day) concerts with fireworks during the first week of July
At LACMA (L.A. County Art Museum in central L.A.):
Friday night jazz at LACMA - free Jazz concerts held every Friday, April-November:
Twilight Dance Series on The Pier in Santa Monica. July-Sept.
Outdoor Movies at night at the Hollywood Forever cemetery (May to August/September). Bring a picnic and your flashlight/torch. Lots of Hollywood classics and some scary movies too
Downtown L.A. Art Walk, on the second thursday of every month.
Very popular and a lot of fun
Flight Path Museum on Imperial Bl
Close to LAX for airport layovers.
L.A. Marathon March
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Renaissance Pleasure Faire (April/May)http://www.renfair.com/socal/
Venice Art Walk/Auctions:
The Doo-Dah Parade
May: Hometown Fair
In the city of El Segundo -- a few minutes south of LAX
LA Conservancy "Last Remaining Seats".
Movies at downtown LA's old movie palaces
L.A. Gay Pride Parade June
Shakespeare by the Sea. Free Shakespeare performances in the summer. Many in the South Bay, and several in other areas like Glendale and Newport Beach. Just have to bring a blanket and a picnic and have fun with the local community. Also, the productions are first rate.
Concerts/Movies in outdoor venues in various south bay cities and El Segundo (these are communities to the south of LAX):
Manhattan Beach Summer Series Concerts in the Park from June to Sept.
Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks showing it over the pier.
Twilight Dance Series on the Pier
Pageant of the Masters -- in Laguna Beach
Point Mugu Naval Air Show
August: Car Show
In the city of El Segundo, just south of LAX
Long Beach Jazz Festival
Beverly Hills International Jazz Festival
Sunset Junction Street Faire
Abbot Kinney Street Festival in Venice
US Bank Tower charity climb in downtown LA
Climb the stairs of the tallest building in Los Angeles (as well as west of the Mississippi River); the tower is 1000 feet (300 meters) / 72 stories tall.
September:Richmond St Fair in El Segundo
L.A. County Fair: "Big City" meets "country". In Pomona (east of L.A.)
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
Manhattan Beach hometown fair & run:
Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos)
The Great Los Angeles Walk
A non-competitive, not for a cause walk from the Downtown Los Angeles area to the Pacific Ocean.
Griffith Park Light Festival: Christmas season evening ‘light show’
Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks over the Pier, 2nd Sunday in Dec. Bring your blankets, chairs, food, etc. It starts at dusk with Christmas music at the pier, Santa on a float giving Candy Canes to Kids.
First Friday on Abbot Kinney
Featured Events on Abbot Kinney Bl in Venice
www.la.com thesunsetstrip.com, thescene.com or citysearch.com that have updated club listings, and metromix.com lists the more "alternative" options.
Goldstar.com: Discount Tickets to all kinds of events: concerts, sporting events, food tasting, harbor cruises, scavenger hunts, comedy clubs, etc, etc. You must register (at no charge) to purchase tickets through this service.