Los Angeles Events, Taste of Soul

Taste of Soul, Los Angeles

Los Angeles Events

Events listed below are held in Los Angeles County

JANUARY

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Various events celebrating the life of the civil rights leader; Los Angeles; http://www.king-raleigh.org/natlevent/body.cfm

FEBRUARY

Black History Month Celebration
Celebration includes musical entertainment, animal talks, ethnic vendors and crafts; Los Angeles Zoo; http://www.lazoo.org

Pan African Film and Art Festival
Featuring over 150 films from U.S., Africa, Europe, Canada, South Pacific, Asia, Caribbean; Rave Theater in Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza; http://www.paff.org

Ragga Muffin Bob Marley Day
Featuring top entertainers, food and crafts fair; past performers include Marley family members; Long Beach Arena; http://www.raggamuffins.org

African Heritage Festival
Featuring African music, food, drum circles, storytelling and more; Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach; http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/african_american_festival

APRIL

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
America’s largest literary event includes over 300 booksellers, 400 book authors and 150,000 book lovers; Brentwood District; http://www.latimes.com/extras/festivalofbooks

SpringFest
Harambee’s Farmer Market presents this annual celebration of fresh fruit, vegetables, music, jewelry, African clothing and more; Crenshaw Blvd Los Angeles; http://www.culturela.org

Garifuna Day Street Festival
Traditional African festival showcasing Garifuna food, music and culture; South Los Angeles; http://www.culturela.org

MAY

International Capoeira Festival
Los Angeles; http://www.capoeirabrasil.com

JUNE

Juneteenth Celebration
Annual celebration of African American culture throughout the Los Angeles community; http://www.juneteenth.com

Real Men Cook
Family celebration and fundraising event; Los Angeles; http://www.realmencook.com

Leimert Park Village Book Fair
Los Angeles, CA; http://www.leimertparkbookfair.com

JULY

Bill Pickett Rodeo
Star studded event that features black cowboys and cowgirls from around the country; past celebrities have included Denzel Washington, Sinbad, and Angela Bassett; Los Angeles Equestrian Center; http://www.billpickettrodeo.com

Brazilian Summer Festival
Annual festival featuring music, dance, arts and crafts; Ford Amphitheatre; http://www.braziliannites.com

Central Avenue Jazz Festival
Two day festival along Central Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Street; http://www.centralavejazz.org

Los Angeles Black Pride Festival
Largest black gay and lesbian event in the city; https://www.facebook.com/LABP.ATBLA

Mid-Summer Nights Dream
Various events founded by Magic Johnson including Harlem Nights, Corporate Scholarship Awards Dinner, Celebrity Basketball game and more; Los Angeles; http://www.magicjohnson.org

AUGUST

Long Beach Jazz Festival
One of the premier California jazz festivals; past performers include Stanley Clarke, Randy Crawford, Phil Perry and Patti Austin; Long Beach; http://www.longbeachjazzfestival.com

Watts Summer Festival
Annual cultural festival featuring arts, music, food, fashion and more; South Central Avenue, Watts; http://www.wattsfestival.org

World Stage Jazz Festival
Leimert Park Village; http://www.theworldstage.org

SEPTEMBER

Brazilian Street Carnival and Independence Day Celebration
Downtown Long Beach; http://www.culturela.org

Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival
Watts Towers Arts Center Amphitheater, Watts; http://www.wattstowers.us

Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival
Watts Towers Arts Center Amphitheater, Watts; http://www.wattstowers.us

OCTOBER

Taste of Soul
Annual family festival in the features entertainment, arts, crafts and food sponsored by the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper; Crenshaw ; http://tasteofsoul.org

Hollywood Black Film Festival
Annual festival featuring film screenings, parties, panels and networking receptions; Hollywood; http://www.hbff.org

Catalina Island Jazztrax Festival
One of the nation’s best jazz festivals; Avalon, Catalina Island; http://www.jazztrax.com

African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase
Sponsored by Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center; four day film festival featuring over 50 films, seminars, and vendor fair; Los Angeles; http://www.bherc.org

Unity Fest
Event includes Pan African, Asian, European, Native American, Latin American and Middle Eastern villages selling traditional foods; Verdugo Park, Glendale; http://www.culturela.org

NOVEMBER

Harvest Food Festival
Harambee’s Farmer Market presents this annual celebration of fresh fruit, vegetables, music, jewelry, African clothing and more; Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles; http://www.culturela.org

DECEMBER

Kwanzaa
Begins 12/26; annual 7-day celebration of African American culture in various venues around Los Angeles; https://www.soulofamerica.com/events/kwanzaa-celebrations

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