Lotus Festival Blooms Again

Popular summer festival returns in person for 41st year.

Photos by JuanCarlos Chan, Rec and Parks

REC AND PARKS: The Lotus Festival returns after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, and will honor and showcase the people and culture of India. The 41st Lotus Festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10 at Echo Park Lake.

The annual festival coincides with the traditional blooming of the lotus flower, which symbolizes rebirth. This year the festival will honor and celebrate India’s 75th year of independence. A variety of entertainment, Asian food and drinks, booths, artwork, handmade crafts, an eco-friendly area, a children’s courtyard, and other activities. The event will also bring back the widely popular Dragon Boat Races with teams of people paddling across Echo Park Lake.

Admission to the festival is free, but there are fees for food, craft items, clothing and other merchandise. The opening ceremony commences at noon July 9 and will feature entertainment, including performers complete with their vibrant colors, beauty, and pageantry. Limited shuttle services and sign language interpreters are also provided at no charge.

Normally the festival attracts an estimated 100,000 people.

Echo Park Lake is located along Glendale Blvd., south of Sunset Blvd.

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