What's On in Los Angeles

The city of Los Angeles is home to a blend of cultures and traditions, foregrounded by its proximity to Tinsel Town. There are a number of annual events throughout the year for expats to enjoy, ranging from star-spotting activities to the culturally eclectic.

Below are some of the annual events that have put Los Angeles on the map.

Japanese New Year (January)

Experience Japanese culture and cuisine in LA's Little Tokyo district. From colourful parades, delectable food stalls and activities for kids, this is a wonderful experience for the whole family. Celebrations usually take place on the first weekend in January.

Academy Awards (February)

There’s no bigger event in Tinsel Town than the annual Academy Awards, and new residents of LA should head down to the Dolby Theatre with the camera in hand to catch a glimpse of their favourite movie stars dressed to the nines.

The LA Marathon (March)

Each year thousands of runners from across the country and overseas come together to experience traffic-free streets in normally congested Los Angeles. The 42km (26.2 mile) route passes LA's most famous landmarks and through the city's diverse neighbourhoods. The marathon is a great way for fitness fanatics to explore the city while taking in some entertainment en route.

LA Pride (June)

A celebration of love and acceptance, LA Pride is held across West Hollywood every summer. The event consists of parades, parties and concerts and unites the community in cultures, identities and beliefs.

Los Angeles Film Festival (September)

Each year in September, LA movie theatres participate in screening some of the latest films from local and international filmmakers. The festival serves to attract film industry professionals, film producers, directors, writers and actors from across the globe.

Doo Dah Parade (November)

This parade began as a parody of the Rose Parade where rules and regulations bound the event, but the Doo Dah Parade boasts a free-for-all attitude with no themes, no judges and no commercials. Each year, thousands of marching groups and acts parade the streets doing anything they please in this humorous event.

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