Southern California offers such diversity that there is always something for everyone here. Whether you enjoy the beach, the dessert or the mountains, you can always find something to satisfy you.
The same holds true for the series of festivals and fairs that are held in Southern California throughout the year. Something to satisfy everyone!
Renaissance Pleasure Faire
6520 N Irwindale Ave #202,
Irwindale, California 91702
The Renaissance Pleasure Faire began in Agoura in 1963 and was created to provide school children and their families with a living history of Elizabethan England. Since its inception, the faire has grown into an interactive playground for over 200,000 guests and participants. Over the years, more than 5 million people from around the world have visited Southern California’s Renaissance Pleasure Faire!
Little Tokyo District
Los Angeles, CA.
With a sizeable Japanese population residing in Southern California, Los Angeles is the annual host of the Nisei Week festival.
Nisei (meaning second generation) week is a nine-day festival which was first held in 1934 and today is recognized as one of the longest running ethnic festivals in the U.S. The event takes place in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district during August.
During the nine-day event, one weekend is devoted to the traditional Tanabata Festival. This event celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi represented by the stars, Vega and Altair who according to legend are seperated by the Milky Way and allowed to meet only once a year.
In preparation of the celebration, people make colorful flower decorations out of “washi” paper that will be displayed throughout the event.
Bridge Summer Festival
Torrance Cultural Center
3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA
Each July Bridge USA, a Japanese language monthly magazine hosts its annual summer festival. Modeled after the traditional matsuri, the event is a celebration of Japanese culture featuring countless food and game booths as well as an entertainment stage showcasing performances by local and overseas Japanese acts.
The festival draws throngs of Japanese and non-Japanese alike with its thundering Taiko performances, martial arts demonstrations and talent show.