Not only does early April bring Easter and Passover, but it heralds a wealth of spring celebrations, including the always-popular Thai New Year Festival in Hollywood, the Cambodian New Year Parade in Long Beach and a Sizdeh Bedar (celebrating the end of the Persian New Year) in Lake Balboa. All three outdoor festivals will showcase, of course, great food. Unfortunately, all three take place on the same day, Sunday, April 4 â€” which is also Easter Sunday â€” so you’ll have to pick and choose, Â or do a lot of driving ‘n’ eating to fit it all in.
The Cambodian celebration continues on the following Saturday, April 10, with a huge outdoor festival expected to attract 20,000. Expect a lot of good food at that shindig.
Thai New Year Street Fair
Sunday, April 4, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Parade, food, music, dance
Hollywood Blvd. between Western & Normandie, Hollywood
Red Line Metro stop Hollywood & Western
Admission free;Â thainewyear.com
Sizdeh Bedar Persian Festival
Sunday, April 4,Â 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dance, performance, music and food, including kosher Passover food
6300 Balboa Blvd., Lake Balboa
Cambodian New Year Parade
Sunday, April 4,Â 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Interfaith blessing, parade, performances, food; larger celebration happens the following weekend
Anaheim St. from Junipero to MacArthur Park, Long Beach
Cambodian New Year Festival
Saturday, April 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Carnival, festival, plays, music, food
El Dorado Regional Park, Long Beach
Tickets $30 in advance, $40 at the door; cam-cc.org