27 Festivals and Fairs: Must-Do Fun for Summer in LA and Orange County

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles County Fair
Photo courtesy of Los Angeles County Fair

What's summer without a good festival? And what's LA without at least 25 of them? We've pulled together more than 25 of the best summer festivals in Los Angeles and Orange County, from June through September. Whether it's celebrating community or something more specific—like salsa or lobster!—fairs and festivals are an essential part of a Southern California summer. Here's our guide to help your family make summer plans to bond over fried food, carnival rides, art, boats, and lots of outdoor music

Places featured in this article:


Crossroads Riverview Park

Orange County Fair & Event Center

Various Beach locations
Tide Pool Walk
Cabrillo Marine Museum - various times
Exhibition: Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds
Skirball Cultural Center - various times
Exhibition: Hayao Miyazaki
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures - various times
Immersive Van Gogh - Los Angeles
The Former Location of Amoeba Hollywood - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides