Mega concerts, neighborhood festivals, massive celebrations—we saw it all this year and picked out the best photos of 2013's many worthwhile events.
1/29Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanNever mind that animated land in Anaheim: With festival-goers sporting ear-to-ear perma-grins and engaging in ever-flowing group hugs, Norwalk, CA was the happiest place on earth during this March's Festival of Colors.
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2/29Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanFestival of Colors LA.
3/29Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanLeaping luchadores and dazzling dancers performed as part of just another night of Lucha VaVOOM at the Mayan. That the voice of Spongebob Squarepants, among other local comedians, served as ringmaster made the whole thing uniquely and wonderfully LA.
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4/29Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanLucy Fer at Lucha VaVOOM.
5/29Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanOnly Coachella can bring out sun-kissed club kids and diehard music lovers to the middle of the desert for a chance to see everyone from 2 Chainz to The Postal Service. Don't let the Indio address fool you—we're claiming this mammoth fest for LA.
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6/29Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanCoachella 2013, Weekend 2, Day 3.
7/29Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanYeah Yeah Yeahs at Coachella 2013, Weekend 2, Day 1.
8/29Photograph: Riley CarithersLA's favorite car-free fest pedaled its way to Venice, across Wilshire Boulevard and through the heart of Downtown over three separate events this year with plenty of bizarre bikes in tow.
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9/29Photograph: Riley CarithersOnly weeks before Prop 8 and DOMA were overturned, LA Pride turned WeHo into the most colorful and exuberant place to be.
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10/29Photograph: Riley CarithersVenice knows how to do grime and luxury, but we weren't so sure about tunes until the Venice Music Crawl proved that music isn't an Eastside-only scene.
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11/29Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanCinefamily's indefinable film fest returned this year and included a look at old-school pornographic and violent video games—we saw plenty of pixels that we'll never be able to erase from our minds.
More Photos: Most Outrageous Video Games (slightly NSFW) at Everything Is Festival
12/29Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanEverything is Festival.
13/29Photograph: Kate WertheimerFor a city of almost 4 million, LA can still feel pretty cozy thanks to top-notch community fests like Echo Park Rising.
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14/29Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanDon't dismiss FYF as a Coachella wannabe; the enthusiastically-named fest came into its own this year with a weekend of headline-worthy acts such as My Bloody Valentine and TV on the Radio, all without losing its positive vibes and DIY ethos.
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15/29Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanFYF 2013, Day 1.
16/29Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanSolange at FYF 2013, Day 1.
17/29Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanWhether it was the hours spent lining up in the sun or the visual overload once inside, nothing was quite as deliriously engaging this year as the inflatable art cathedrals of Exxopolis.
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18/29Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanArchitects of Air: Exxopolis.
19/29Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanSanrio broke the kawaii barrier when EVA Air's Hello Kitty-wrapped jet touched down at LAX, complete with a bento box of airline food too cute to eat.
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20/29Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanHello Kitty EVA Air Jet at LAX.
21/29Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanAmong all of LA's one-of-a-kind concerts, we couldn't help but have a soft spot for our time backstage before Local Natives' homecoming show at the Greek Theatre.
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22/29Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanLocal Natives at The Greek Theatre.
23/29Photograph: Kate WertheimerBeardos throw the best parties, or so we learned as the many mustachioed men took the stage at the LA Facial Hair Society's inaugural Beard and Mustache Competition.
More photos: Los Angeles Facial Hair Society's First Beard and Mustache Competition
24/29Photograph: Joshua ThaisenFlesh-eating zombies (thanks to some Hollywood makeup magic) invaded Downtown LA for the year's most repulsively lovely fashion show.
More photos: Zombie Fashion Show (NSFW)
25/29Photograph: Joshua ThaisenLocation aside—sorry, Santa Monica Pier—Festival Supreme's compelling comedic lineup (Zach Galifianakis, Eric Idle, Tenacious D and the Lonely Island only scratch the surface) left us wanting more.
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27/29Photograph: Michael JulianoAfter a day and night among the sugar skulls and marigolds, it was clear that there's nothing in LA quite like Hollywood Forever's celebration of Día de los Muertos.
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28/29Photograph: Michael JulianoDay of the Dead 2013 at Hollywood Forever.
29/29Photograph: Michael JulianoDay of the Dead 2013 at Hollywood Forever.
By Time Out contributors, edited by Michael Juliano|
There are tons of things to do in Los Angeles that are always within reach—and you can easliy spend several years here and still have a long LA bucket list. We can pack our cars at any time for trips to the best beaches or sweat it out on hilly hikes (you know, there are more places than just Runyon). But the memories that stand out as the best of 2013 are from LA's one-of-a-kind events and festivals that make each calendar year exciting. Click through the slide show for a trip down memory lane: our favorite things we saw in 2013.