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For Angelenos, one of the best ways to celebrate the sunny season is to attend summer street festivals. Whether you’re a gourmand, an art lover, or a cinephile, we’ve found the most popular street festivals to visit this summer.
L.A.’s Most Anticipated Summer Street Festivals for 2017
Depending on whether you’re searching for an indoor or outdoor venue, Los Angeles has a variety of summer festivals that showcase the iconic architecture and landscape of the city. Movie festivals are ideal for those looking to escape the summer heat, while beach festivals are better for those craving the outdoors. Read below for our favorite summer festivals of 2017.
Where: Various Venues
When: Summer 2017
Last Remaining Seats is a film festival that screens classic motion pictures throughout various theatres in Los Angeles. The festival encourages patrons to explore the city by foot while attending screenings of Hollywood’s most beloved films. This summer, Last Remaining Seats will showcase old favorites like “Laura,” “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” and “Jaws” in historic venues such as the Orpheum Theatre, Palace Theatre, Warner Grand Theatre, and more.
Where: L.A. Live
When: June 14th-22nd
This year’s Film Independent’s Los Angeles Film Festival will take place on June 14th-22nd in DTLA’s L.A. Live. In addition to studio titles, the festival also showcases riveting independent films and “TV and episodic work from emerging storytellers.” The organization strives to create relationships between independent artists and the film industry by hosting signature programs such as the Filmmaker Retreat, Coffee Talks, Master Classes, Diversity Speaks, and much more.
When: June 17th-18th
The Pasadena Chalk Street Painting Festival is one of the more unique art festivals in Los Angeles. During Father’s Day weekend, the festival showcases the city’s greatest chalk artists whose masterpieces span through almost all of Colorado Blvd. In addition to amazing chalk art, the festival also hosts the annual Pasadena Police Classic Car Show, an Artists Awards Ceremony, live music, face painting, and plenty of food and street vendors.
Where: Various Venues
Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest hosts a 10-day film festival every summer to showcase LGBTQ films from around the world. The festival takes place across several venues in Los Angeles (mostly in West Hollywood) throughout all of July. Tickets can be purchased online through the Outfest website.
Where: Various Locations
When: September 21st-30th
The Downtown Film Festival is a must for those interested in L.A.’s cinematic history. Establish in 2008, the festival has showcased thousands of films, and held more than 200 events. The festival also partners with over 75 other profit and nonprofit businesses in the Los Angeles area. The festival’s programming reflects the cultural diversity of L.A. while celebrating the city’s own burgeoning independent film scene.
When: July 7th-August 31st
Tableau Vivant lives, and it’s at the Pageant of The Masters Festival in Laguna Beach. Classic paintings, sculptures, and murals take on new life (pun intended) as real people dress and pose to recreate original masterpieces. A live orchestra and narrator guide the audience through a modern “Grand Tour” of Europe’s most iconic works of art. In addition to its tableau vivant show, the festival also features live music; Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate events, Family Art Day, and other amazing summer activities.
Where: Huntington Beach Pier
When: July 29th-August 6th
Sponsored by VANS, The U.S. Open of Surfing is the world’s largest surf competition. Over half a million people flock to this annual lifestyle festival to take part in the local beach and surf culture. Watch as world-class surfers compete for one of the largest surfing prizes while enjoying local fare and fun. The event also hosts skateboarding and BMX competitions, movie premieres, retail and art exhibitions, and product demos from the best sports industry brands.
Where: Various Locations
When: July 28th-August 6th
The International Pop Overthrow festival is a two-week festival of guitar pop that showcases up-and-coming pop bands throughout Los Angeles. This year, the festival will put on shows on West Adams, Fairfax Ave., Silver Lake, and Sunset Blvd. The festival will feature bands such as The Living Dolls, Patricia Bahia, Suite 100, and much more.
Where: Little Tokyo
When: August 19th-27th
The Nisei Week Japanese Festival is a Little Tokyo tradition dating back to the late 1940s. The festival is an eight-day celebration of Japanese culture with a variety of activities such as martial arts, tea ceremonies, flower arranging and more. The festival culminates with the crowning of the Nisei Week Queen.
Where: Hermosa Beach Pier
When: Labor Day Weekend
The Fiesta Hermosa Arts & Crafts Fair is considered the “largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California” since 1972. With over 300 talented artisans, the festival features painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, and sculptors. The festival also features amazing food, live music, and a charity beer and wine garden.
When: July 8th
The Long Beach Vegan Festival is a new food and music festival featuring the very best vegan food and products from L.A. and abroad. It’s annual vegan chili cook-off is one of the main attractions that L.A. vegans flock to. Other activities such as yoga, face painting, arts and crafts, and a petting zoo are perfect for all ages. The festival will also feature live musical performances from The Flusters, The Soft White Sixties, Rosie Flores, Grey, Bearcoon, and more.
Where: Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, 701 South Catalina St., Los Angeles, CA 90005
When: June 16th-17th
For all of the Korean BBQ lovers in town, The KTown Night Market is a must this summer. With more than 50 vendors and amazing live music, this night market is a favorite among locals. The Silk Show will also be at the festival hosting its own sample sale on the latest apparel and accessory trends.
Where: 1st and Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
When: August 5th-6th
The BBQ and Crafts Brew Festival will be making its debut this August in Downtown Los Angeles. The festivals will feature beer from across the seven breweries in DTLA. The festival will also serve food from the best BBQs from around Southern California. The event is open to all ages, and admission is free.
Where: The Santa Monica Pier
When: June 22nd-August 17th
The Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concerts is a local summer festival that dates back to 1909. With the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop, watch the sunset while snacking on local fare. The concert series will feature artists such as Khalid, LeMaitre, Marcia Griffiths, and many more.