Get out your calendar and pencil in the Playboy Jazz Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Fourth of July summer festival, an August Japanese summer festival, and the end of the summer Los Angeles Lobster Festival.
Pre-Summer Music Festival: Playboy Jazz Festival – June 13-14, 2009
The 31st Playboy Jazz Festival kicks off Los Angeles’ summer festival schedule; granted, it is a few days ahead of summer, but who minces words (or dates) when you have the chance to see the Neville Brothers and the Jack Sheldon Orchestra share a stage? Best of all, the Playboy Jazz Festival is hosted by Bill Cosby! This pre-summer music festival is held at the Hollywood Bowl.
Los Angeles Film Festival –June 18-28, 2009
The Los Angeles Film Festival is a summer festival institution in the City of Angels. Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2009, the Los Angeles Film Festival is a welcome change from the Hollywood movie machine. Nevertheless, the Los Angeles Film Festival commands some big names in 2009, most notably Johnny Depp and The Edge. Venues for this summer festival are all over town, including Westwood Village and Hollywood.
July 4th Music Festival at the Bowl – July 2-4, 2009
The Fourth of July summer festival at the Hollywood Bowl is a time honored tradition that incorporates spectacular fireworks and philharmonic music. The special guest for the 2009 Fourth of July summer festival is John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame. Starting at 7:30 PM, the Fourth of July summer festival held at 2301 North Highland Avenue in Hollywood is sure to work its patriotic magic.
Nisei Week Japanese Festival – August 15-23, 2009
Held in Little Tokyo, the Japanese summer festival is a colorful canvas of cultural events. There is a Tofu festival, car show activities, street art, street performance, a parade, and also an Anime festival. 2009 is the 69th anniversary of the Japanese summer festival. The nine day Japanese summer festival offers activities for everyone, even competitive eaters!
Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival – September 18-20, 2009
The Los Angeles Lobster Festival kicks off on Friday at 5:00 PM. Festivities last until 11:00 PM, and in addition to ample amounts of lobster, the Los Angeles Lobster Festival also features live music. Kids under 12 are admitted free, and the Lobster Dog Pet Parade is an event you don’t want to miss! Save $2 admission with a Los Angeles Lobster Festival printable coupon.
Canceled Los Angeles Summer Festival
In 2009 there will be no Lotus Festival. Past year attendees will mourn the fact that the economic turbulence – as well as a lack of lotus flowers — has preempted the display of gorgeous foliage in Echo Park.
http://www.lafilmfest.com/2009/; http://www.hollywoodbowl.com; http://www.niseiweek.org/; http://www.lobsterfest.com/