Cinecon - Burbank, CA - Sep 3 to Sep 6, 2021
Virtual for 2021. A classic film festival in Hollywood over Labor Day weekend.
Rocktoberfest - Huntington Beach, CA - Sep 3 to Sep 18, 2021
Biergarten, bands, full bar and food, festival hall
Long Beach Greek Festival - Long Beach, CA - Sep 4 to Sep 6, 2021
Enjoy a taste of Greece, from authentic Greek food, cooking demonstrations, shopping and live dancing
Orange County Brew Ska Ska - Silverado, CA - Sep 11 to Sep 11, 2021
More than 90 craft breweries offer unlimited tastings of 200+ local and imported beers, along with ska and ska punk.
Arts & Crafts Show at the Biergarten at Old World - Huntington Beach, CA - Sep 12 to Sep 12, 2021
Come out to Old World Huntington Beach and shop over 50 unique, hand picked artisans and crafters. Enjoy a day of shopping and viewing the latest designs, collections, products, and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts! While you’re at Old World for the Arts & Crafts Show, don’t forget to stop by The Biergarten for live music and authentic German food and drinks.
Lady Filmmakers Film Festival - Beverly Hills, CA - Sep 17 to Oct 3, 2021
For 2021, both virtual and in person events available. A film, music, and art festival dedicated to celebrating women filmmakers, artists, and musicians and the men who collaborate with them. Voted one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “Coolest Film Festivals in the World”.
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest - Big Bear, CA - Sep 17 to Nov 7, 2021
Weekends. There will be three expanded bier gartens, live music, vendor booths and kids games. Other contests include the beer stein-carrying contest, stein holding, beer drinking contest and log sawing competition. Tickets are available on their website. Food and beer are purchased with Burgermeister Bucks. Complimentary Shuttle will give you a ride home anywhere in the Big Bear Valley.
Beaumont Oktoberfest - Beaumont, CA - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
Annual Oktoberfest with live entertainment, authentic food, contests, arts & crafts vendors, weiner dog races, horse show and kids zone. Held at Noble Creek Park.
LA Fall Beer Fest - Los Angeles, CA - Sep 18 to Sep 18, 2021
Sample over 200 beers from over 80 breweries, plus bites from food trucks. Held at LA Center Studios.
Old World Village Oktoberfest - Huntington Beach, CA - Sep 19 to Oct 31, 2021
Wednesday through Sunday. Enjoy Oktoberfest at Old World Village in September and October. Old World is a European themed shopping center that goes all out during Oktoberfest. They have parades, dachshund races, a Herbmeister, and Kidsfest. It is self described as the best Oktoberfest in Orange County. Kinderfest for kids every Sunday, with family friendly (and free) days on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday and Saturday are ticketed and 21+.
Palm Springs Oktoberfest - Palm Springs, CA - Sep 23 to Sep 23, 2021
Jazzville celebrates Oktoberfest in style and fun with the incomparable West Coast Prost! Much more than your average polka band, this group plays polkas, waltzes, dixieland, swing and country/western favorites. They bring an exciting sense of youth to and older tradition of music. This is going to be wúnderbar!
Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festivals - San Bernadino, CA - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2021
Find a variety of sewing, quilting, needle and craft supply exhibits, plus make n’ takes and door prizes.
Angel City Jazz Festival - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 5, 2021
Consistently features the most innovative and new original national and international jazz musicians. Lots of exciting venues throughout Los Angeles including at Zipper Hall, Blue Whale, Moss Theatre, LACMA, REDCAT, and more. Since 2008.
Oktoberfest at the Phoenix Club - Anaheim, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 24, 2021
Friday-Sunday starting mid-September, the Phoenix Club will host seven weekends of Oktoberfest fun. Live music, imported German beer on tap, beer drinking and sausage eating contests, costume contest, polka lessons and kids activities including a bounce house.
Cal Poly Pomona College of Agriculture Pumpkin Festival - Pomona, CA - Oct 2 to Oct 31, 2021
Celebrate California agriculture at this annual event, featuring pumpkin patch, demonstrations, hay rides, corn maze, food, insect fair, live entertainment, petting farm and more!
California Avocado Festival - Carpinteria, CA - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
One of the largest free festivals in Cali with a great lineup of music and fabulous food.
Santa Anita Oktoberfest - Arcadia, CA - Oct 2 to Oct 10, 2021
Raise your steins and strap on your lederhosen for the grand return of Oktoberfest at Santa Anita, with two weekends packed to the brim with more Bavarian beer, eats, live music & entertainment, and more fun than you can shake a bratwurst at.
Redlands Oktoberfest - Redlands, CA - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2021
Head to Sylvan Park for Oktoberfest beers and local craft brews, kids activities, contests for best costume, yodeling, stein holding, and Hammerschlagen; live polka music, food vendors and more! Benefits Redlands Optimists and their work in the community. $10 admission (under 21 is free).
Wurstkuche Oktoberfest - Venice, CA - Oct 3 to Oct 16, 2021
Every Saturday in October, head on down to Wurstkuche Restaurant in Venice for an Oktoberfest celebration!
Joshua Tree Music Festival - Joshua Tree, CA - Oct 7 to Oct 10, 2021
An outdoor, family friendly global music experience.
The Fair on Richmond Street - El Segundo, CA - Oct 9 to Oct 9, 2021
An annual event with live music, vendors, rides, and five blocks of fun in the historic town of El Segundo.
Oktoberfest at Nature Friends - Sierra Madre, CA - Oct 10 to Oct 10, 2021
A German themed potluck (bring your favorite dish!), dance demonstrations and other fun. $5 suggested donation.
Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival - Catalina Island, CA - Oct 15 to Oct 24, 2021
Lots of jazz with big name entertainers. Headliners include Keiko Matsui, Nick Colionne, Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Ray Parker Jr., and many others.
Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival - Santa Barbara, CA - Oct 16 to Oct 16, 2021
Enjoy the freshest seafood, maritime exhibits, live entertainment, and more at the annual day-long festival in Santa Barbara’s historic working harbor. Presented by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Harbor Merchants. Free admission. Activities for all ages.
Vegan Oktoberfest - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 16 to Oct 16, 2021
LA’s annual unique Oktoberfest celebration. The beer hall at LA Center Studios is in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. It features traditional Bavarian food, live Oompah bands, beer maidens, and of course, refreshing and delicious beer poured to perfection by dozens of great breweries. Come enjoy a taste of Germany while you make new friends and indulge to your heart’s desire. Since all the food and beer is vegan, you can experience a traditional Oktoberfest celebration with a clear conscience. Win prizes for chicken dancing, stein holding, and wearing costumes. Tickets sell out so get yours early. 21+ event.
Calabasas Pumpkin Festival - Calabasas, CA - Oct 17 to Oct 17, 2021
Pumpkin patch, professional pumpkin carving, pumpkin pies and more!
Fallbrook Harvest Faire - Fallbrook, CA - Oct 17 to Oct 17, 2021
Come on down to Main Avenue in Fallbrook for craft and food vendors, pony rides and a petting zoo, pumpkin contests and a pumpkin patch, a pie baking contest and more!
Ride Santa Barbara 100 - Santa Barbara, CA - Oct 23 to Oct 23, 2021
The Ride Santa Barbara 100 takes place in one of the most beautiful and challenging locations in the United States. They offer four distinct courses to suit every cyclist’s ability , with each course offering a world class Santa Barbara cycling experience.
Village Venture Arts and Crafts Faire - Claremont, CA - Oct 23 to Oct 23, 2021
Get your holiday shopping done early as you walk the streets of the Claremont Village lined with over 400+ booths selling unique art, original crafts, and apparel. Get to know all the local businesses and non-profits in the business and organization block located on First Street. Be sure to also stop by the food court for an array of international foods and entertainment. Returning this year is the beer and wine garden on Bonita Ave which will be serving local craft ales, wine and cider from 11 am to 4 pm
Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art - Long Beach, CA - Nov 6 to Nov 6, 2021
Holiday Opening House and Pier Lighting - Manhattan Beach, CA - Nov 17 to Nov 17, 2021
Manhattan Beach Pier
Illumination – Arcadia - Arcadia, CA - Nov 17 to Jan 2, 2022
California’s largest drive-through light show – Reindeer Road is one mile with millions of lights on hundreds of displays, plus synchronized music. Whiz through mountainous terrain, traverse glacial peaks, explore the northern ice caves and make your way through the northern forests to the heart of it all – Santa’s Workshop – the world’s largest animated toy shop. Be dazzled by reindeer, snowmen, and toys galore
Fashion Island’s Annual Tree Lighting - Newport Beach, CA - Nov 19 to Jan 1, 2022
Celebrate the holiday season with Fashion Island’s iconic 90-foot white fir tree! Decorated with 10,000 lights and ornaments, the Christmas Tree sparkles during the day and twinkles to life every night through January 1.
LA Zoo Lights at the Los Angeles Zoo - Los Angeles, CA - Nov 19 to Jan 9, 2022
Glowing animals at an unforgettable nighttime journey that includes the world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook, a magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color. L.A. Zoo Lights is a not-to-be-missed holiday light experience and has glowed brighter each year since its debut in 2014.
Winterlit and Holiday Tree Lighting - Santa Monica, CA - Nov 19 to Dec 24, 2021
Tens of thousands of colorful lights, decor and garland will deck the Third Street Promenade, 2nd and 4th Streets, illuminating convenient shopping and cozy outdoor dining experiences. There will be a Christmas tree lighting and nightly menorrah lightings, musical performances, shopping events, and a visit from Santa.
Farm Sanctuary’s Honoring of the Turkeys - Acton, CA - Nov 20 to Nov 20, 2021
For nearly 35 years, Farm Sanctuary has been giving turkeys a seat at the table, not on it—and they continue that tradition this year with the Honoring of the Turkeys event. All are ambassadors for the 68 million turkeys who are raised and killed for food just for the November and December holiday season. Here, they’re guests of honor and cherished members of the Sanctuary family.
Miracle on Main Street - Huntington Beach, CA - Nov 21 to Nov 21, 2021
Join the Huntington Beach community for the most wonderful time of the year when the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District fills the second block of Main Street with entertainment, holiday craft vendors, and free refreshments.
Metro LA Turkey Trot & Gobble Wobble Fun Run - Lancaster, CA - Nov 24 to Nov 25, 2021
This Thanksgiving, support the Y and get in a great workout so you don’t feel guilty about eating that second helping of turkey and pie! 5K and 10K run as well as a 1K run for the kids.
Thanksgiving Day Run & Food Drive - La Cañada Flintridge, CA - Nov 25 to Nov 25, 2021
The Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge’s Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Mile Run has been a local tradition and a community favorite for over two decades. It is also their biggest fundraiser of the year. Held at La Cañada’s Memorial Park
Burbank Community YMCA Turkey Trot - Burbank, CA - Nov 25 to Nov 25, 2021
Virtual for 2021 – run wherever you are!
Turkey Trot Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA - Nov 25 to Nov 25, 2021
Don’t miss LA’s best Thanksgiving tradition! Run/walk a 5k or 10k before you feast and help fundraise for The Midnight Mission. There’s also an adorable Widdle Wobble for the little trotters (ages 12 and under). Everyone is welcome!
Rancho Park Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck Picnic - Los Angeles, CA - Nov 25 to Nov 25, 2021
Los Angeles’ biggest vegan potluck event of the year, a tradition for more than 25 years. Hundreds of people attend annually. Come share some delicious food, connect with beautiful people, and enjoy the outdoor environment. There will be music, live performances and an open mic. Feel free to bring drums, other musical instruments, a frisbee or a ball to toss. It’s a great place for children. Well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome.
Simi Valley Thanksgiving Day 5K - Simi Valley, CA - Nov 25 to Nov 25, 2021
Dana Point Turkey Trot - Dana Point, CA - Nov 25 to Nov 25, 2021
Burn off those pre-Thanksgiving meal calories by running or walking a 5K, 10K, Combo 15K, or Kids 1-Mile Gobble Wobble in the beautiful Dana Point Harbor.
Long Beach Turkey Trot - Long Beach, CA - Nov 25 to Nov 25, 2021
Before you stuff your face at a family feast, run or walk for the Team — the Community Action Team (CAT). The exercise will do your body good and entry fees go to help others right here in the community.
Harry Sutter Memorial Turkey Trot Fun Run - Torrance, CA - Nov 25 to Nov 25, 2021
This three-mile fun run will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning
Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn - Riverside, CA - Nov 26 to Jan 6, 2022
Holiday light collection at The Misison Inn Hotel
Turkey Night Grand Prix - Ventura, CA - Nov 27 to Nov 27, 2021
The 80th running of the ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix will pay a winner’s share of $10,000
Santa Barbara Holiday Parade - Santa Barbara, CA - Nov 27 to Dec 23, 2021
For 2021 – In lieu of a single event this year, and with community health and safety in mind, staff has planned a plethora of smaller holiday offerings! Festivities kickoff with Small Business Saturday in November, and include a holiday tree lighting event, outdoor market, concerts, and even community performances throughout the month of December.
Winter Festival - Sierra Madre, CA - Nov 27 to Nov 27, 2021
Hollywood Christmas Parade - Hollywood, CA - Nov 28 to Nov 28, 2021
Parade down Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd
Tamale Festival - La Habra, CA - Dec 4 to Dec 4, 2021
Vendors and tamale contest, plus more
Ventura Winter Wine Walk & Holiday Street Fair - Ventura, CA - Dec 11 to Dec 11, 2021
Holiday street fair with vendors, live entertainment, arts & crafters, and a wine walk.
Original Lobster Festival - Long Beach, CA - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2022
Fresh live Maine lobsters at the Rainbow Lagoon. Dance, enjoy the food court, check out the arts & crafts booths, watch live sports on the big screen, sing some karoake, and more. Formerly called the Murrieta Lobster Festival.
LA Korean Festival - Los Angeles, CA - Sep 22 to Sep 25, 2022
Experience the Korean culture with live performances, shopping and food.
California Lemon Festival - Goleta, CA - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2022
A weekend of family fun, food, and entertainment.
Pine Cone Festival - Running Springs, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2022
A free family event with pine cone games / contests, live entertainment and kids’ activities. Free parking and shuttle from Snow Valley Mountain Resort.
Thousand Oaks Turkey Dash - Thousand Oaks, CA - Nov 24 to Nov 24, 2022