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 Carnival
March 20, 2016
Temple Beth Am
1039 La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Beth Am's Purim Carnival is grand, with highlights that include puppies, pony rides, giant slides, a dunk tank, a Ferris wheel, game booths, cotton candy, arts & crafts, hair feathers, and a DJ spinning tunes.

Purim Justice Carnival
March 23, 2016
Cafe Club Fais Do-Do
 5257 W. Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90016
The annual Justice Carnival offers its costume parade and carnival for the younger set in the afternoon, followed by the more rockin' celebration after nightfall.

The Valleys

Purim Carnival
March 20, 2016
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 20, 2016
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 20, 2016
​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

Wilshire Boulevard Purim Carnival
March 20, 2016
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.

Purim at the Circus
March 24, 2016
Chabad of Brentwood
644 S Bundy Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Spend Thursday afternoon 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.

South Bay

Megillah Wars: The Hamantash Awakens
March 24, 2016
JCC Redondo Beach
2108 Vail Ave.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
The interactive Megillah reading is accompanied by glow-in-the-dark laser tag, a creative art zone, and a dinner buffet. Star Wars costumes are encouraged. Can we say Darth Haman? Obi Wan Mordechai?

Originally published February 25, 2012

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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
JCC Redondo Beach
2108 Vail Ave.
90278 Redondo Beach , CA 33° 52' 27.8004" N, 118° 22' 10.2828" W
California