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10 Best Things to Do in LA in May (2024)

LA County Fair with ferris wheel, games, rides and food in Los Angeles, California

Experience incredible events in LA this May, from amazing music festivals to exciting shows and local hidden gems.

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(Things to Do in LA in May)


📍 Location: 1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768

🗓️ Dates: May 3rd to 27th

💰 Price: $11 Child & $16 Adult "any day" tickets with password: FAIRLATODAY

The biggest event in Los Angeles this May is the LA County Fair at the Fairplex. Ride thrilling carnival rides, see classic car shows, experience incredible music, and pet cute cuddly animals. But, don't forget to taste all the traditional fair foods (or gourmet foods if you are boujee!).

🪄 Insider Tip: Use this special link to gain access to special, discounted tickets. Make sure to enter the password: FAIRLATODAY

📍 Location: 2640 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

🗓️ Dates: May 19th, 1PM-5PM

💰 Price: Starting at $30

Eat your way through MAINopoly: a Monopoly-themed food crawl in Santa Monica, California. Various restaurants along the 10 blocks of Main Street in Santa Monica will be offering food tastings in exchange for the event's special "MAINopoly Dollars." Feel free to immerse yourself into the MAINopoly environment by dressing up as your favorite Monopoly board game character.

🪄 Insider Tip: Stop at every location for a chance to win a Taste of Main Street Prize Package.

📍 Location: 5870 W. Olympic Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90036

🗓️ Dates: Open Year-Round

💰 Price: Starting at $100 per month

Step into the world of water with the Parent-Tot swim classes at SwimRight Academy, where toddlers and their parents come together to conquer the early challenges of swimming. Created by Olympic champion Lenny Krayzelburg and his skilled team, these swim classes are specifically tailored to ease the common fears toddlers face in the water. Each session is a blend of support and fun, meticulously designed to enhance water safety and provide delightful learning moments for families.

🪄 Insider Tip: Take advantage of a FREE trial lesson and witness the transformative power of our swim classes firsthand.

📍 Location: 499 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

🗓️ Dates: May 18-19, 10AM-6PM

💰 Price: FREE

If you're looking for something artistically inspired then look no further than the Beverly Hills Art Show, which will take place this year at the beautiful Beverly Gardens Park. Four blocks will be packed with over 230 artists from all around the world showcasing their talented pieces of art: ranging from paintings, photographs, mixed media, sculptures, ceramics, and more.

🪄 Insider Tip: See live art performances such as Emily Wallerstein, who will be painting a new oil painting on-site.

📍 Location: 400 E. Shoreline Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802

🗓️ Dates: May 25, 2PM-9PM

💰 Price: Starting at $35 (Adults), $15 (Child)

The Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach, California will be hosting the Mai Tai Festival this year. This event will be a day full of mai tai's as well as unique art, delicious food, dancers, and live entertainment such as island reggae music.

🪄 Insider Tip: The Mai Tai drink actually has Californian roots, as Trader Vic's original restaurant in Oakland, California claims itself to be the home of the original Mai Tai.

6. Just Like Heaven (2000's Indie Band Fest)

📍 Location: 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, CA 91103

🗓️ Dates: May 18

💰 Price: Starting at $199

Brookside at the Rose Bowl will be presenting a 2000's Indie Band Festival: Just Like Heaven this May in Los Angeles There will be 22 different groups performing, such as the iconic Two Door Cinema Club.

🪄 Insider Tip: Atwater Village's store Record Safari will have a little shop set up at the venue for people to enjoy shopping for their favorite vinyl's while they need to take a break from the non-stop music.

📍 Location: 300 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91101

🗓️ Dates: May 31-June 2

💰 Price: Starting at $40

The Pasadena Convention Center in Los Angeles will be hosting Monsterpalooza at the end of May, where movie fanatics can celebrate monsters in art and films throughout the years. There will be over 450 exhibitors, a monster museum, makeup demonstrations, celebrity guests, and more.

🪄 Insider Tip: There will be special guests such as Michael Rooker, Giancarlo Espocito, and Skeet Ulrich.

📍 Location: 5110 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91204

🗓️ Dates: May 17, 8PM-11PM

💰 Price: $20

Moonlight Rollerway in Los Angeles is a family-oriented roller-skating rink that has been in action since 1956. With different themed skate nights happening all of the time, this May they will be hosting a special K-Pop Skate Night that is open for all ages to enjoy and skate around to iconic K-Pop songs.

🪄 Insider Tip: Moonlight Rollerway is the most filmed roller-skating rink in the world, with iconic films and TV shows being shot there such as Lovelace and The Office.

📍 Location: 4067 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

🗓️ Dates: May 4, 8PM-2AM

💰 Price: Starting at $10

Catch One LA is a music venue in LA which hosts a variety of events for people to enjoy, such as their upcoming Star Wars themed rave - May The 4th Be With You. This May Los Angeles event is conveniently set for March 4th, and guests will be able to enjoy decorated stages, a lineup of multiple DJs, and drink specials all night. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Wars characters.

🪄 Insider Tip: There are 3 different events set for May 4th, so if you aren't enjoying your event, try another (entry fees may apply).

📍 Location: 239 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

🗓️ Dates: May 3-5

💰 Price: Starting at $179

BeachLife Festival is a 3-day music festival hosted on Redondo Beach, Los Angeles in May which features some iconic performers such as Sting, Incubus, and My Morning Jacket as headliners. There are multiple different ticket options and packages available for purchase on their website.

🪄 Insider Tip: There is a SpeakEasy Stage where rock legends will perform in a more intimate setting.


General Info for May 2024 in Los Angeles

Weather: Los Angeles in May features comfortable weather with average highs around 75 degrees Fahrenheit and cooler lows at 57 degrees, making it ideal for summer attire with some warmer layers for chilly mornings and evenings. Despite the rare rain, having an umbrella is advisable when visiting. Always check the forecast before your trip to ensure you pack appropriately for the increasingly sunny and warm days transitioning into summer.

Crowds & Tourism: May is an ideal time to visit Los Angeles, offering milder tourist crowds compared to the busy summer months and pleasant, warming weather that attracts visitors.

Local Lifestyle: Los Angeles in May will have a lot of different activities to take part in, from big holiday celebrations such as Cinco De May and "May the 4th Be With You" to big annual events like BeachLife Festival and The LA County Fair.


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