Spring is in the air in and around Los Angeles. Make the most of the fresh fruits, vegetables, and budding life by heading to a festival. Throughout the next three months, you and your family can dance, play, sing, create, and eat your way through LA’s best and brightest spring festivals featuring everything from strawberries, to oranges, to birds and renaissance culture.
Swallow’s Day Parade and Mercado
Mission San Juan Capistrano
31806 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92693
On Saturday, March 22nd, celebrate the return of the swallows at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. The 56th annual celebration includes the Swallow’s Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire in celebration of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas, or Festival of the Swallows. The parade, with the 2014 theme of “New Trails West” is the largest non-motorized parade in the nation, and runs rain or shine. After the parade, be sure to head to the Mercado Street Faire where you can eat, dance, and shop at numerous vendors.
April 5th – May 18th
The Renaissance Pleasure Faire
Santa Fe Dam Recreational Center
15501 East Arrow Hwy
If you’ve ever wanted to step back in time to visit Renaissance era England, then you should definitely head to The Renaissance Pleasure Faire. Everything from jousting to performers, quaint food offerings, and period music, coupled with a cast of friendly folk dressed to the nines in their Ren garb, happens at this annual festival. So, immerse yourself in the theme, Grab a corset, hat, and a beer and get ready to have a fabulous time. Saturdays and Sundays,
April 11th – April 13th
La Habra Citrus Fair
Downtown La Habra
321 East La Habra Blvd
La Habra, 90631
Celebrating life in La Habra, the annual Citrus Fair is a fun festival to take the whole family to. Carnival style rides will add some excitement to the event while free entertainment, great food (who can resist funnel cakes and candied apples?), and a Farmer’s mini marketplace give you plenty of opportunities to shop and enjoy local produce. New to the 2014 lineup, the Citrus Fair will feature a beer and wine garden.
May 17th and 18th
California Strawberry Festival
Strawberry Meadows of College Park
3250 S Rose Ave
Oxnard, CA 93033
From pie eating contests to berry hat decorating showcases, musical entertainment, more than 250 arts and crafts vendors, and the Strawberry Promenade, an exhibition space with cooking demonstrations and a recipe contest, strawberry lovers can rejoice in the fun offered at this festival. Kids will love playing in Strawberryland where they can ride rides, climb a rock wall, and even meet and greet with Strawberry Shortcake herself. Save $10 on parking by taking advantage of the free shuttle service.
May 17th and 18th
The Festival at the National Orange Show
National Orange Show Events Center
689 S E St.
San Bernardino, CA 92408
For 98 years, the National Orange Show has been an Inland Empire tradition worth visiting. This spring, you can trace SoCal’s orange covered history as you head to the Orange Show for five days of family fun. Full music lineups, a sprawling carnival with both rides and midway games, shopping, a pettzing zoo, entertainment acts such hypnotists and clowns, and the annual pig races take place daily.
May 23rd – May 26th
Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
The Garden Village
Between Euclid and Main Street
Garden Grove, CA 98942
Start your weekend right at Garden Grove’s Strawberry Festival where all visitors can enjoy free strawberry shortcake on opening night, Friday, May 23. Stay around for the whole weekend full of contests (best red head, beautiful babies, Karaoke, and more), vendors, food exhibitions and showcases, and rides for the whole family. Don’t miss the Strawberry Festival Parade as well which is held Saturday morning. Floats, bands, horses, and even your favorite Snoopy characters will be there to add to the fun.
May 24th – May 26th
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Dubbed the “largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California,” the Fiesta Hermosa features over 300 artists and craters annually each Memorial Day weekend. In addition to painters, photographers, jewelers, sculptors, and crafters, you can come for the live music featured on two different stages that belt out both tribute band favorites and local sounds. Be sure to come hungry as over 18 varieties of ethnic food options are available in addition to a charity beer and wine garden offering a great selection of local brews.
May 30th – June 1st
Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival
37701 Warren Ave,
Winchester, CA 92596
This massive festival is worth your drive to the Temecula area. From perfectly paired wine tastings, to gourmet food, to live music, and the namesake hot air balloon rides, this is one of Temecula’s shining moments and you don’t want to miss it. A variety of festival passes are offered including food & wine pairing packages and reserved concert seats. Balloon flight reservations should be secured in advance as they often sell out on the day of the festival
June 14th – 15th, 21st – 22nd
Highland Springs Resort
10600 Highland Springs Ave
Cherry Valley, CA 92223
To bring a close to the spring season, head to Highland Springs Resort in Cherry Valley for the annual Lavender Festival. Family-friendly events and activities take place on the grounds which boast sprawling fields of blooming organic lavender. Horse drawn hay wagon tours share the inside scoop on the lavender plant, including how the essential oils are extracted for use. Live music, tasty recipes, an organic marketplace, plenty of food options, kid’s activities, and a petting zoo round out the experience.
Santa Monica Festival
2600 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Celebrate the city of Santa Monica at the 23rd annual Santa Monica Festival. Family friendly activities, live performances, and a unique showcase of sustainable living, the program this year will feature a wide variety of local food trucks, a culinary stage with chef cooking demos, an “active stage” featuring free workout classes and demonstrations, marketplace goods, and DIY art workshops for every member of the family.
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