Purim Carnivals and Celebrations Are All Over Los Angeles this Week

Photo courtesy of Alpert JCC
Photo courtesy of Alpert JCC

Not too sure what Purim is? Let's just say it's something between Hebrew Halloween and Middle Eastern Mardi Gras. 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 community carnivals all over town. Check out one of the events below for classic Purim activities, costume parades,  carnival games, and boisterous retellings of the Purim story.

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

Annual Lighting of the Bay
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort - 4:00 PM Pick
Free First Fridays at Kidspace
Kidspace Children's Museum - various times Pick
Pomona Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show
LA County Fairgrounds - Fairplex Building 4 - 10:00 AM
Lakewood Holiday Tree Lighting
Centre At Sycamore Plaza - 4:30 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides