7 Festivals You Can’t Miss This May!

Posted Tuesday, May 16th, 2017


It’s festival season and we’ve put together 7 electrifying events that you do not want to miss this May!

With so many to choose from, there’s no way you can’t pick one.


1. A Motor Car Festival!  carfest

You don’t have to be Marty Mcfly to enjoy these rare beauties. Head over to the Muckanthaler in Fullerton and travel back in time as you feast your eyes on classics of the automotive industry of unparalleled perfection.

The Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival is North Orange County’s premier car event and a day out in the park unlike any other. Enjoy the sights and sounds of times past on Saturday, May 20, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Adults, Saturday, $5; and Sunday, $10. Kids (under 12), free.



2. A Lilac Festival!lilac2

Car show not for you? We’ve got you covered.

Load the kiddos up and take a trip out of the city into beautiful Pine Mountain for this floral fest. The Lilac Festival started as little more than a bake sale and a Maypole Dance, and has grown into a full-fledged mountain tradition. Festivities include entertainment, games, parades, vendors, food and more.

Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wanna know the great part?

It’s free! 🙂


3. A Military Appreciation Festival!Military

Have a special someone who is, or was, in the armed forces? Celebrate them this May, which happens to be Military Appreciation Month, by taking them to the USS Battleship IOWA’s Military Appreciation Fest.

There will be free live music, a DJ, food trucks, vendors, military vehicles, a Sailor’s bar and lots more. Fly over post haste Saturday, May 27 at 10:30 a.m. Regular admission: adults, $18; kids (6-17), $10, with discounts available online. San Pedro.

Free admission for active military and veterans. Plus, discounted admission for their guests. Hooah!


4. A Rose Festival!rose

Did you know that there are over 4,000 songs dedicated to roses? Neither did we!

This Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21, take your little ones out to Descanso Gardens and challenge each other to a rose rap off, or sing off if that isn’t your style.

Cat got your tongue? You can always just enjoy America’s favorite flower at this two-day festival with discovery stations and floral art. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Activities are free with admission. La Cañada Flintridge.


5. An Armenian Food Fair and Festival!arme

Here’s your chance to get that authentic Baklava you’ve been craving and immerse yourself in some culture while you’re at it.

This Armenian Festival in Montebello includes Armenian food, pastries, dancing, live music and dance performances, a kids’ zone, shopping, tournaments, cooking demos and much more. Saturday, May 20, noon-10 p.m.

Admission, $2; parking, free. Don’t forget to bring us back some Piroshki! Mmm…????


6. A 34th Annual Strawberry Festival!straw

Strawberries are in season, yay! And that means festivals all around, not to mention shortcakes. Like the little one on the right. 😉

During this annual festival, you can indulge in delicious strawberries in every way imaginable. Live music, exhibits from artisans, food vendors, strawberry delicacies and gooey contests, and arts and crafts are just some of the fun you’ll experience. Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Adults, $12; kids (5-12), $5. Oxnard.



7. A Banjo Fiddle and Folk Festival!

It might not be Banjoveh.. 😉 but this musical extravaganza is one you don’t want to miss!

See more than 100 instrumentalists and singers perform on three stages, and don’t miss the dance barn, bring-your-own instrument jam sessions, folk art booths and Eucalyptus Grove with kids’ crafts, family-friendly performers and clogging workshops. Bring picnic blankets and low-back chairs; food will be available for sale. Sunday, May 21, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Adults, $17; kids (10-17), $13; kids under 10, free. Topanga.


And if festivals aren’t your scene, why not try out another one of our kid-tastic events? You can find them here. Happy May Kidsguiders! 🙂 


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