Best music festivals in Los Angeles

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TopFestivals brings you the best music festivals in Los Angeles, one of the most important cities in the United States.Do you want to enjoy good music and a little vacation? Then go to some of these important festivals in North America.


The 8 best music festivals in Los Angeles

We have made a selection of the 8 best music festivals in Los Angeles. All of them offer entertainment to the max with varied musical genres, from jazz to electronic music to reggae.

  • Primavera Sound Los Angeles
  • Central Avenue Jazz Festival
  • Annual Laureates iPalpiti Laureates International Music Festival
  • Jazz Reggae Festival @ UCLA
  • Mariachi Festival USA
  • Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival
  • Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival
  • Venice Summer Fest

Primavera Sound Los Angeles



Primavera Sound is a festival originally held in Barcelona, Spain and is one of the most important in that country. However, given its international popularity, the organizers have decided to cross the Atlantic to bring this great event to Los Angeles. The first edition was scheduled for 2020but, due to the global pandemic, it could not be held.

Undoubtedly, this is one of the best music festivals in Los Angeles that you should not miss if you are in the city. It will be held on September 16, 17 and 18, 2022 at Historic Park. Some of the artists that are part of the lineup are: Arctic Monkeys, James Blake, Bad Gyal and Dj Playero.

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Central Avenue Jazz Festival



If Jazz is your thing, this festival is the best option for you, as you will enjoy the most talented artists of international stature, as well as high school bands of musical genres such as: blues and Latin jazz. Also, you should know that this event takes place in the month of July and admission is free.


We also mention that this festival has been held for more than 25 editions and tributes have been paid to music legends such as Etta James, Dexter Gordon and Tito Puente..

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Laureates iPalpiti Annual International Laureates Music Festival


The classical music is the heart of this festival, which was founded in 1998. At that time it featured 6 artists, but with the passing of time the festival grew a lot, until it became an event of international stature. As a curious fact, we inform you that in 2008 it acquired its current name, since it was previously called "Young Artists International".

The event focuses on the "iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble of International Laureates".whose conductor is Maestro Eduard Schmieder. It is worth mentioning that the orchestra has been invited to other countries such as Japan, Italy, Israel, France and Belgium.

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Jazz Reggae Festival @ UCLA


The Jazz Reggae Festival @ UCLA had its first edition in 1986 and began as an event for music students to perform in front of the public. As time went by and given the receptivity of the festival, the organizers (UCLA students) decided to hire professional artists.

That is why several important exponents of jazz and hip hop have performed on its stages, reggae and hip hop, for example, Barrington Levy, De La Soul, Stephen Marley, Jack De Johnette and Everette Harp.

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Mariachi Festival USA


Another of the best music festivals in Los Angeles is the Mariachi USA Festival, which is one of the largest mariachi music festivals in the world. The founder of the event, Rodri Rodriguez, came up with this brilliant idea in 1990 and since then it has been held until today. The place where you can enjoy this event is the "Hollywood Bowl" amphitheater. Hollywood Bowl" amphitheater.

Likewise, the festival has a duration of 4 hours and a half, the closing of the event always takes place with the classics. "Viva Mexico", "Volver, volver" and "El rey". In addition, mariachis from the United States and Mexico have performed at this festival.

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Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival


From its beginnings in 1979 it was called "Playboy Jazz Festival and has gathered up to 17,000 people. It gathers both consolidated and promising Jazz exponents, that is to say, emerging talents. Attendees will be able to enjoy 2 days of music (Saturday and Sunday) in June.

In addition, the event is being organized by the "Los Angeles Philharmonic Association".In the month of November 2021 they announced that from the year 2022 it would change its name to "Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival".

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Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival


At this festival you will enjoy contemporary smooth jazz on Catalina Island, which belongs to the archipelago of the South Channel Islands. What a perfect combination, right? This festival takes place during 3 weekends in October and attendees will be able to purchase tickets for a single session.

Among the artists that have performed we can mention David Sanborn, Dave Koz, Damián Escobar, Marrón Normando, Ricardo Elliot and Pedro Blanco.PEDRO BLANCO

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Venice Summer Fest


Live a different experience with the Venice Summer Fest, since you will not only be able to enjoy electronic music artists such as The Solar Djs, Toon, Klean and Jeremy SoleYou will also enjoy good food, thanks to the fast food that you will find with a great variety of options. Also, at this event you will enjoy shelves with clothing and handcrafted objects for you to take home a souvenir.

Would you like to attend? Below we have left the link to the official website for you to know more details and be aware of the next edition of this great electronic music festival.

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As you can see, Los Angeles music festivals focus a lot on jazz, as this is one of the most popular genres among its inhabitants. However, there is some musical variety and, if you go to a festival in Los Angeles, you can take the opportunity to get to know this amazing American city.

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