When to Go to Los Angeles
Los Angeles Weather
You know that Californian stereotype? Blazing sun, bikinis, roller blading on the beachfront? Well LA is where this comes to life. The city and its environs benefit from year-round UV, beautiful blooms and abundant attractions. So when should you go? Check out our weather guide.
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Beat the crowds and visit LA in the springtime! The attractions will be quieter, hotels and flights will be cheaper and, although there’s the odd bit of rain, temperatures are generally warm by British standards – in excess of 20ᵒC most days.
Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival: this April festival is all about embracing your inner cowboy (or cowgirl). We’re talking Stetsons, hoedowns and cowboy-themed comedy. You’ll even get to explore a working ranch.
Cinco de Mayo: this may be a Mexican festival, but the Los Angeles’ celebration is actually the biggest of its kind on the planet, stretching across 36 square blocks and attracting hundreds of thousands of revellers. Dance, eat and smash up piñatas.
As peak tourist season, summer in Los Angeles is when the vast majority of tourists flock to America’s second city. Time it right, book well in advance, and you’ll experience the best weather without having to pay a premium. And that’s not all either: Santa Monica and Venice Beach are at their prettiest this season, and prime for people-watching.
LA Pride: featuring famous artists, a larger than life parade and a plethora of food, drink and parties, LA Pride is the biggest LGBT celebration in Southern California.
Independence Day: mark the biggest holiday in the USA with music, patriotism and a huge, thrilling fireworks display at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.
Autumn in LA isn’t too dissimilar to summer when you think about the weather; you can still wear your T-shirts, shorts and flip-flops. In fact, visit in autumn and you’ll get great weather, less crowds and that all-important sports fan extra: baseball. This is the season when everyone really becomes obsessed with what the Dodgers are up to.
LA County Fair: learn all about LA’s agricultural history while enjoying a plethora of traditional fair rides and foods: from Ferris wheels and candy floss to wacky carnival exhibits.
Day of the Dead: despite its name, the City of Angels does the dead pretty well. Of course we’re talking about the Mexican Day of the Dead festival at the beginning of November. Locals celebrate with their favourite Mexican snacks, tequila and turn their faces into flower-laden skulls.
Winter in Los Angeles definitely isn’t like winter in the UK. In fact, temperatures fluctuate between 9ᵒC on a cold day, all the way up to 20ᵒC on a warm one – perfect for making a snowman out of sand, or for having a Christmas on the beach. Everything is a lot calmer in winter though, with tourism slowing down and the attractions comparatively quiet; it’s the prime time to visit without the crowds.
The Academy Awards: with one in six LA citizens working in the creative industry, it’s no surprise that locals often get more excited about the Academy Awards than they do about Christmas! Spend the day outside the Dolby Theatre at the end of February to catch a glimpse of some of Hollywood’s best and brightest walking the red carpet.
Brazilian Carnival: if you can’t make it to Rio, the LA celebrations are as close as you can get to the dancers, musicians and rhythms of Carnival.