Purim Festivals and Carnivals around LA

Costume Parades, Hamentaschen, Purim Celebrations
Temple Judea’s Purim Carnival. Photo by Steve Sherman Photo

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. Photo courtesy of IKAR

Purim Shpiel and Carnival
February 25, 2018
Temple Israel of Hollywood
7300 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

A family Purim Shpiel and Megilla reading are followed by a carnival. 

The Valleys

Purim Carnival
March 4, 2018
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 4, 2018
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. 

Westside

Santa Monica Community Purim Carnival. Photo courtesy of Santa Monica Synagogue

Grand Purim Palooza
March 1, 2018
Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90046 
The event promises a live DJ, dance-off, and masquerade -- plus a delicious dinner.

Santa Monica Community Purim Carnival
March 4, 2018
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 rock wall, games, food, and plenty of costumed fun. All families are invited to join in the unifying, community-building celebration.

Purim at the Circus
March 24, 2018
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, visited a petting zoo and a unicycling show, jumped, heard the story of Queen Esther, and filled their bellies with BBQ.

Purim in the Wild West
March 1, 2018
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 the latest is a visit to the Wild West. Costumed kids can moonbounce until they can't tell the difference between Mordechai and Haman.

South Bay

Purim in the Palace
March 1, 2018
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 decidedly regal, with dinner fit for a king plus a multimedia Megilla reading

Originally published February 25, 2012

 

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600 North Buena Vista Street
91505 Burbank , CA
Phone: 310.476.2861
34° 10' 7.878" N, 118° 19' 58.3068" W
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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
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Temple Judea
5429 Lindley Avenue
91356 Tarzana , CA
Phone: 818.758.3800
34° 10' 10.2072" N, 118° 31' 41.0016" W
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Temple Ahavat Shalom
18200 Rinaldi Place
91326 Northridge , CA
Phone: 818.360.2258
34° 16' 34.788" N, 118° 31' 45.7464" W
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Temple Emanuel
300 N. Clark Drive
90211 Beverly Hills , CA
Phone: 310.288.3737
34° 4' 16.6044" N, 118° 23' 4.0128" W
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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
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Chabad of Brentwood
644 S Bundy Drive
90049 Los Angeles , CA 34° 3' 10.3032" N, 118° 28' 28.1748" W
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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
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