Los Angeles May 2025

Los Angeles May 2025 Events

Los Angeles May 2025 Events

Hit the Beach in LA for Memorial Day Weekend

Average temperature low and high: 58° - 74°
May is a great time to visit Los Angeles. The late spring weather is dry, sunny, and warm--the perfect weather for enjoying the outdoors with activities like hiking and hitting the beach. May is also a great time to explore LA's top tourist attractions, as the city is less crowded than during the summer months. In May, LA also hosts a parade of fun festivals like the Cruel World Festival, Tustin Lobsterfest, and Scottish Fest, to name a few. And don't forget about Memorial Day: plenty of sunshine, exciting attractions, and scenic outdoor activities make Los Angeles one of the best places to spend a long holiday weekend.

May Event Calendar

BeachLife Festival

BeachLife Festival

Surf, sand, sun, ocean waves: get ready to soak up the Southern California lifestyle and culture this May at the BeachLife Festival. The Redondo Beach event celebrates and promotes all things SoCal with three days of music and laidback vibes to match. This year's festival features Sting, Incubus, My Morning Jacket, Devo, Fleet Foxes, and many more. Tickets are available now.

BeachLife Festival

BeachLife Festival

The annual BeachLife Festival is a 3-day celebration of LA beach culture, the ocean along with the wildlife that inhabits it, and coastal resources. Live music performances from over 50 bands will be across four stages, with Redondo Beach as a scenic backdrop. Headliners at this year's festival include Sting, Incubus, My Morning Jacket, and more. Single-day tickets start at $179, and 3-day passes start at $399. Admission is free for children five and under. No cash will be accepted at the festival by vendors. Purchase passes and see the full performance lineup online. 

Los Angeles Taste of the Nation

Los Angeles Taste of the Nation

Taste the best of LA this May at the Taste of the Nation annual culinary event. Sip and sample your way through the afternoon with some of the city's top restaurants, chefs, mixologists, and more with proceeds benefitting No Kid Hungry. The event also features cooking demos, raffles, live music, and a children's activity corner. Tickets are available now.

Thousand Oaks Chili Cook Off, Car Show, and Craft Brew Festival

Thousand Oaks Chili Cook Off, Car Show, and Craft Brew Festival

The 47th Annual Chili Cook-Off, Car Show, and Craft Brew Festival is back this May with an incredible line-up of chili tastings, local craft beer vendors, and two stages of live music. The popular event will also feature a classic car show, children's activities, local food trucks, a craft beer garden, and more. All proceeds benefit local Conejo Valley charities. Tickets are available now. 

Cruel World Festival

The Cruel World Festival returns to Brookside at the Rose Bowl for another day of unforgettable performances. This year, the fest features legendary acts like Duran Duran, Blondie, Simple Minds, and more. If you're into music from the '80s, '90s, and beyond, grab your leather jacket and come on down for a cruel day of fun! Tickets are available now.

Mother's Day Picnic at the Aquarium

Mother\'s Day Picnic at the Aquarium

Show Mom how much you love and appreciate her by treating her to a unique picnic experience at the Aquarium of the Pacific on Mother's Day. You guys will be able to enjoy a delicious meal and have admission to see all of the exhibits at the aquarium as well.

Something Rotten

Head down to California Theatre Of The Performing Arts to see the musical comedy, Something Rotten. During May, you have plenty of opportunities to experience this entertaining production filled with Broadway tunes, extravagant dance numbers, and bright, bold costumes. Audio description and sign language interpretation will be available at each show. Ticket prices vary by seating and can be purchased online.

Tustin Lobsterfest

Tustin Lobsterfest

This May, get ready to feel lobs-terrific at Lobsterfest in Tustin. Soak up the sunny spring weather as you tie on a bib and enjoy delicious lobster swimming in pools of melty butter. There'll also be dishes like pulled pork, salads, and desserts. Get tickets now for this popular outdoor jubilee celebrating all things lobster and get ready to leave feeling fulfilled (and full).

Just Like Heaven Festival

Just Like Heaven Festival

On May 18th, the Rose Bowl will host the Just Like Heaven Festival. Enjoy performances from some of the best musicians around. Musicians such as The Postal Service, Miike Snow, and Passion Pit are just some of the bands that will be playing. Tantalize your taste buds with a variety of food and drinks. This event is open to all ages, and passes are on sale now.

Scottish Fest

Scottish Fest

"Everyone is Scottish at Scottish Fest!" This Memorial Day Weekend, enjoy the history and culture of Scotland with world-class Celtic music, piping, and drumming competitions. The festival weekend also features Highland dancing competitions, Scottish athletics, authentic food and gifts, a children's glen, and more. Tickets are available now.

Subaru Newport Beach Jazz Festival

Subaru Newport Beach Jazz Festival

The Subaru Newport Beach Jazz Festival is scheduled to run from May 31st through June 2nd in beautiful Newport Beach. Music enthusiasts will delight in the impressive showcase of talented artists from both jazz and contemporary music genres. Some of this year’s performers include names like Babyface, Brian Culbertson, and Lindsey Webster. Attendees can also spend the day checking out art, apparel, merchandise and food vendors. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $165 for standard tickets or $285 for VIP private seating experiences.

Los Angeles Events in May

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Nightclubs

Things to do in Los Angeles

Things to Do in Los Angeles in May

Visit L.A.'s alternative side in Venice Beach

Visit L.A.'s alternative side in Venice Beach
Venice Beach is one of Los Angeles’ most artistic, quirky seaside neighborhoods with colorful characters and edgy entertainment to match. Modeled after its Italian namesake, Venice Beach’s homes and businesses flank manmade piazzas and canals. From the pier to the boardwalk to its renowned Albert Kinney Boulevard, the community has no shortage of boutique fashion shops,  and celebrated, one-of-a-kind bars and ice cream parlors.

Watch L.A. Galaxy play at Dignity Health Sports Park

Watch L.A. Galaxy play at Dignity Health Sports Park
With soccer season in full swing, it’s also a great time for sports fans to watch L.A. Galaxy play at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. As Major League Soccer’s most valuable franchise, the Galaxy are known for signing international soccer superstars and most importantly, for winning.