Get past the city lights and the promises of celebrity sightings in the City of Angels. Some of the best times that you will have here will come when you are indulging in the local culture. LA has some of the best street fairs in the world, with representation from just about every subculture you can think of. Take a look at some of the best local street fairs in LA and make it a point to stop by these enlightening and fun sampler platters of world culture.
This two-day event is a showcase of local barbeque and beer. You can pay extra for the craft beer “experience,” which gives you access to even more libations. Just as importantly, parents can take advantage of the Kid Zone in case they feel like imbibing a bit more thoroughly. Santa Clarita’s Central Park is the location, and prices start at an affordable $10.
Santa Monica plays host to EEEEEASTCON, which is arguably the best food experience in California. This street fair is one day only, and it features booths from a selection of vetted local restaurants and the best imports across the country who make the cut. If you are a vegan, vegetarian or you only eat gluten free foods, you will have plenty of choices here. Attendees also get live music, all for $30 (plus around $10 for parking).
With hundreds of vendors, neighbourhood business, gourmet food, live music and a car show, you will find tons of activities for the family in this Beverlywood street fair. This fair has a Kids Zone with its own age-appropriate attractions. Your children will have a blast climbing the rock wall, playing arcade games, learning arts and crafts or rolling around on the ferris wheel. The best part of the festival – admission is completely free!
This LGBTQ+ themed event is an annual affair that is more than politics – it is a festival that is chock full of entertainment. Organizers have gotten some of the biggest names in pop culture to headline over the past few years, including Tove Lo and Kehlani. Some of LA’s most established and esteemed vendors come out and do giveaways, so be sure to come early to get the gest swag bag. You can also indulge in full access passes for around $250 per day.
The Madonnari (the Italian word for “painter of the street”) are out in full force in this street fair. Over the lifetime of the event, some street artists have become masters of their craft for the sole purpose of showing out here. You will see some truly incredible work. The proceeds all go to a great cause as well – the Light Bringer Project is an arts and learning non profit organization that introduces underprivileged children to the arts.
Santa Monica is again home to one of the best street fairs in California during the summer, this time for music. Summer SOULstice brings some of the best upcoming bands on multiple stages, so you can enjoy the best of your preferred genres while imbibing on the featured selections from two separate wine and beer gardens. You can get your entire family in for free as well.
Boyle Heights used to host this festival, but it became so popular that it had to move to a larger location. It now takes place at DTLA. The fair has become so popular that it now sponsors a non profit – Jovenes, Inc. – an organization that keeps youth from homelessness. You get in free, and any purchases you make go to the cause.
The fairs above are just a taste of the street fairs that you can find in LA. Regardless of the time of year, somebody is making a public scene. Indulge in the incredible culture of the city and enjoy some of the best food, drink and music in the world. The movie world is great, but this is where LA truly shines!