What’s Up Woodland Hills?
Can you feel it in the air? No, we’re not referring to the classic Phil Collins song, but rather the change of temperature that’s occurring throughout the country. The pants have been traded for chic, flirty sundresses and tall wedged sandals, while the snow goggles on the ski trails are being replaced with big, trendy sunglasses as folks gravitate to picnic grounds and parks like ants to a melting ice cream cone. Yes, spring has arrived, and for most Southern Californians, that means more outdoor activities – to include local festivals and open-air events.
As temperatures warm up in response to the arrival of spring, the opportunities to get out and experience the San Fernando Valley heat up, too. Indeed, extended daylight hours and outdoor openings give rise to a plethora of al fresco local festivals in Woodland Hills, complementing the myriad of energizing indoor activities that keep Los Angeles abuzz.
Check out our top picks below in our overview of some of the best local festivals in Woodland Hills!
2016 Chumash Day, scheduled for April 9 to 10 at Malibu Bluffs Park at 24250 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, is the 18th annual powwow celebration that recognizes Native Americans from all over the U.S. representing hundreds of tribes that will gather at Malibu Bluffs Park. Native American food, craft vendors, tribal ceremonies, dancing and storytelling will all be part of the event on both days; on Saturday, April 9 the festival will run from 11 am to 5 pm and on Sunday, April 10 it will run from 10 am to 5 pm.
The Arts and Crafts Faire, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Woodland Hills and the West Valley Warner Center Chamber of Commerce and taking place in the parking lot of the Promenade Shopping Mall at 6100 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, is set for Saturday and Sunday April 23 and 24 and will include ceramics, glass, mixed media, photography, water color, jewelry, paintings, sculpture and more. Admission is free, and the faire is set to run from 10 am to 5 pm on both days.
The 43rd annual Valley Greek Festival , set to be held at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at 9501 Balboa Boulevard in Northridge on Saturday, Sunday and Monday May 28, 29 and 30, evokes the sights, sounds and tastes that define the traditional Greek way of life. Enjoy the hospitality of the Greek community while experiencing the simple pleasures of life in a Greek village, and don’t miss the cornucopia of delicious Greek cuisine in the form of legendary gyros, moussaka, baklava and much more. From the distinctive sounds of the exotic instruments played by authentic Greek musicians to the dances performed as they were in the traditional villages of Greece, the Valley Greek Festival is something truly special to behold.
The 27th annual Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by the Canoga Park/West Hills Chamber of Commerce and set to take place on May 30 starting at 11 am on Sherman Way at Owensmouth, salutes the price of freedom with floats, music, people and “pure fun.” The parade welcomes businesses, chambers of commerce, neighborhood councils and community organizations to enter a float, while bands and choral groups march and/or ride along the route. People young and old march or ride in the parade, and all are a fitting tribute to the families who have sacrificed their loss for our freedom. Groups will have an opportunity to do a short performance during pre-planned parade stops along the route, as well.
Supercar Sunday, held at the Westfield Promenade Mall at 6100 Topanga Canyon Boulevard every Sunday from 7 am to 10 am, is a weekly event that brings auto enthusiasts together to share amazing vehicles and camaraderie. Sponsored by the Auto Gallery, Supercar Sunday was founded and organized by Dustin Troyan, recognized from the Motor4toys Charitable Foundation and Drivenworld.com and its monthly magazine. Here, you will find the world’s rarest and most expensive cars parked right next to a classic old ’68 Camaro…a place where celebrities and fabricators walk around and “bench race” with “normal guys,” kicking tires and taking pictures with fellow enthusiasts. If you’re a “gearhead” living in L.A., you don’t want to miss Supercar Sunday this spring.
VegFest Los Angeles 2016, scheduled to be held on May 1 at Woodley Park in Lake Balboa from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm, invites attendees to a magnificent day filled with food, fun and inspiration, offering a dynamic combination of a delicious vegan international food court, great live music, empowering speakers on health/environmental/humanitarian/animal topics, kids’ activities, animal adoptions, an eco-marketplace with over 150 vendors and more.
The Granada Hills Grubfest , held every Friday night from six to 10 pm at 17801 Chatsworth Street between Zetzah Avenue and White Oak Avenue, is the largest ongoing gourmet food truck event in the world. Grab your loved ones and your canine companion, along with friends, and experience the vibe that guarantees you won’t go home hungry. You can eat any way you’d like at the Grubfest!
Looking for the best spring festival Woodland Hills has to offer? Make the most of the fresh fruits, vegetables and budding life by heading to any of the festivals we’ve showcased here.