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Annual Events & Festivals

From Film Festivals to Weight Lifting Competitions and more!

Venice Beach is the place to appeal to all. Whether you're a movie fanatic, a fitness buff or you just enjoy a good party, our hotel by Venice Beach puts guests right next to all the fun! Browse the list below for Venice Beach's 2020 annual festivals and events.

Abbott Kinney First Fridays

Join the Kinney crowd on every first Friday of the month starting at 5 PM for L.A's Premier Food Truck Event! Enjoy a festive night out, dozens of A-list food trucks and special merchant events and exclusive late hours. Check back on the Abbot Kinney Blog for the list of each truck and where to find them.

17th Annual Venice Film Festival

January 26 | 7 PM - 10 PM
Beyond Baroque

Celebrate the history of films made in Venice, California! Experience the essence of art, music, poetry, and the freedom of Venice's creativity. Don't miss the screening of rare films of Venice icons. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

Venice Beach Sunset & Electric Light Parade

January 26 | 4 PM - 6 PM
1500 Ocean Front Walk
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 650-3255

Start off with the Venice Beach sunset and continue with the Venice Beach Electric Parade of lights! Led by professional photographer Brian Leary, participants will use LED technology to decorate and stylize their bikes or their outfits! Also pick up a couple of photography tips from Brian himself as he instructs the crowd on how to experiment with cameras to create unique images.

7th Annual Stouts N Staches - Brew Fest & Pig Roast

March 3 | 3 PM - 7 PM
CLUTCH Venice Roadhouse Bar and Restaurant

A beer fest fundraiser to raise awareness for the Movember Foundation (awareness foundation for men’s health to combat prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental health challenges. Enjoy beer and whiskey tastings, live music, free shaves, pig roasts and more! Check back on for tickets!

Rock Roll & Run x LAX Coastal Education Foundation

3rd Annual 5K - March 14 | 7 AM
LMU Campus
Register Here

LAX Coastal Education Foundation team up with Rock Roll & Run for Education 5K, benefiting education in four communities. To date, the Rock Roll & Run for Education has raised over $195,000 for schools in the mentioned communities.

18th Annual Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade

Starting with a pre-parade party, into the main parade event into the after parade party! Venice Beach Mardi Gras hosted by Miss Jessica is an all day on-going themed event in Celebration of the Mardi Gras season, traveling south on Boardwalk. Check back on for 2020 dates and theme!

8th Annual Latin Food Fest

March 27 - 28 | 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
LA State Historic Park

Explore the tastes of authentic Latin food at LA State Historic Park. Start the evening off with a kick-off party followed by grand tastings and a chef’s dinner. Guests will have plenty of opportunities to experience America’s Premiere Hispanic Culinary Celebration!

Venice Cinco de Mayo Parade & Festival

May 2 | 10 AM - 6 PM
Oakwood Recreation Park

Start the day of festivities with a kick-off parade featuring Aztec dancers, Mariachi, live entertainment, a pinata and more! Also enjoy face painting, jumpers, children's arts and crafts, prizes/raffles and delicious, authentic Mexican food.

Strict Curl World Championship

May 23 | 10 AM - 4 PM
Muscle Beach

Watch or compete in 2020’s CT Fletcher's Strict Curl Championship competition at Muscle Beach, presented by Weider Prime and hosted by EarthNutri. This event is a bicep curling competition. Seasoned, amateur and beginner fitness competitors from all walks of life are welcome! $30 to participate or free to the public to watch.

Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach

July 4
Muscle Beach

Join the competition at Muscle Beach on the fourth of July for 2020 Mr & Ms Muscle Beach event! Categories include bodybuilding, figure, men and women’s physique, bikini, classic physique, couples, vintage, and wheelchair.

Venice Flower Fest: A Taste of Venice

Get a taste of Venice and long-time local favorites at the Venice Flower Fest. Enjoy music, art and all the creativity Venice has to offer with a foodie's heaven! Check back on for dates and more information.

Venice Beach Neptune Parade

Celebrate the beginning of the summer season with the Venice Beach Neptune Parade. Get your costumes ready to dress up and get festive with King Neptune! This event is free and open to all ages. Don't miss the crowning of the King and Queen of the parade. Check back on for 2020 dates.

Candy Cane Lane Lights

Starting Mid-December

Get in the festive feeling and take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane! This is a light show in a residential area where the neighborhood takes part in a 'park n walk' holiday light show adventure.