Purim Festivals and Carnivals around LA

Costume Parades, Hamentaschen, Purim Celebrations

Not too sure what Purim is? Imagine something between Hebrew Halloween and Middle Eastern Mardi Gras, and you'll more or less have it. Jewish families know Purim as a time of uncharacteristically raucous rabbinical revelry, marked by costumes, noisemakers, interactive storytelling, triangular pastries, and enough drink (for the grown-ups) to muddy the lines between good and evil. Gentile families generally don't know it at all. But Purim is worth knowing. Its story has all the best elements: a party-hearty king, a beautiful and courageous queen, a resourceful good guy, and a bad guy so hateful that everyone drowns out his name with noisemakers at carnivals all over town. Check out one of the events below for classic Purim carnival activities, costume parades, and boisterous retellings of the Purim story.

And if you know of a celebration we've missed, please let us know!

Hollywood / Mid-town

Purim Justice Carnival
March 11, 2017
Cafe Club Fais Do-Do
5257 W. Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90016
The annual Justice Carnival is a family costumed celebration that becomes more rockin' as the night wears on.

The Valleys

Purim Carnival
March 12, 2017
Temple Judea
5429 Lindley Avenue
Tarzana, CA 91356
Temple Judea hosts the biggest Purim Carnival in the Valley, with plenty of room for dancing in the street. The area becomes a mini-Disneyland with rides, games, crafts, a show, food, and shopping that raise thousands of dollars for scholarships.

Purim Carnival
March 12, 2017
Temple Beth Hillel
12326 Riverside Drive
Valley Village, CA 91607
The Valley Village celebration includes rides, games, live music, a petting zoo, and a dunk tank for Haman. The theme for this year's party is Shushan Wars: The Jews Awaken.

Burbank Purim Carnival
March 12, 2017
​Temple Beth Emet
600 North Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91505
The best costumes win prizes at this carnival that promises games, a petting zoo, face painting, and good eats.

Westside

Santa Monica Community Purim Carnival
March 12, 2017
18th Street between Santa Monica Bl. & Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Santa Monica's two reform synagogues join forces for a block party carnival with bouncers, a zipline, a rockwall, games, food, and plenty of costumed fun. All families are invited to join in the unifying, community-building celebration.

Wilshire Boulevard Purim Carnival
March 12, 2017
Wilshire Boulevard Temple
11661 W. Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90064
Rides, games, music, and magic help families to celebrate another historical round of good triumphs over evil.

Brentwood Purim Carnival
March 12, 2017
Chabad of Brentwood
644 S Bundy Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Spend the day entertaining kids with circus activities and a Megillah reading. By nightfall they will have bounced, played, jumped, pet animals, heard the story of Queen Esther, and filled their bellies with hot dogs.

Purim in China
March 12, 2017
Chabad of the Palisades
17315 W. Sunset Blvd.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90077
The folks in Pacific Palisades have been working their way around the globe every Purim for years, and they've finally dug their way down to China, for what may be the most traditional Jewish celebration yet. The hamantashen look like fortune cookies (or is the other way around?), and costumed kids can moonbounce until they can't tell the difference between Mordechai and Haman.

South Bay

Purim in Hawaii
March 12, 2017
Chabad Jewish Center of Palos Verdes
28041 Hawthorne Blvd Ste 202-203
Rancho Palos Verdes , CA 90275
The celebration at Chabad of Palos Verdes is more luau than carnival. The full dinner is island style, treats are Purim style, and rainstick gragger crafts give everyone something to shake when that name is said.

Originally published February 25, 2012

Photo credit: Santa Monica Synagogue

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​​Temple Beth Emet
600 North Buena Vista Street
91505 Burbank , CA
Phone: 310.476.2861
34° 10' 7.878" N, 118° 19' 58.3068" W
California
Temple Beth Am
1039 La Cienega Boulevard
90035 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 310.652.7353
34° 3' 28.998" N, 118° 22' 34.2768" W
California
Temple Judea
5429 Lindley Avenue
91356 Tarzana , CA
Phone: 818.758.3800
34° 10' 10.2072" N, 118° 31' 41.0016" W
California
Temple Ahavat Shalom
18200 Rinaldi Place
91326 Northridge , CA
Phone: 818.360.2258
34° 16' 34.788" N, 118° 31' 45.7464" W
California
Temple Emanuel
300 N. Clark Drive
90211 Beverly Hills , CA
Phone: 310.288.3737
34° 4' 16.6044" N, 118° 23' 4.0128" W
California
Wilshire Boulevard Temple
11661 W. Olympic Boulevard
90064 Los Angeles , CA
Phone: 310.825.4361
34° 2' 19.1976" N, 118° 25' 19.7472" W
California
Chabad of Brentwood
644 S Bundy Drive
90049 Los Angeles , CA 34° 3' 10.3032" N, 118° 28' 28.1748" W
California
Chabad Jewish Center of Palos Verdes
28041 Hawthorne Blvd Ste 202-203
90275 Rancho Palos Verdes , CA 33° 46' 46.416" N, 118° 23' 27.6432" W
California