Lotus Festival: Popular summer festival blooms for 42nd year.

Photos by JuanCarlos Chan and Stephanie Chitica, Rec and Parks

The completion between City departments really heated up during the Dragon Boat Races!


The Lotus Festival returned to Echo Park Lake July 15 and 16. This year’s festival honored the people and culture of Indonesia.

The Lotus Festival returned in person in 2022 after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

The Lotus Festival originated in 1972 and is one of the City’s largest festivals and a celebration to promote awareness and understanding of the contributions by the Asian and Pacific Islander people to our culture and to the local and surrounding communities.

A variety of entertainment, Asian food and drinks, booths, artwork, handmade crafts, an eco-friendly area, a children’s courtyard, and other activities were offered. The event also brought back the widely popular Dragon Boat Races with teams of people paddling across Echo Park Lake.

As happens every year, many City departments competed against one another in the Dragon Boat races. (We understand ITA’s LA 35 came in second in its heat to the Mayor’s Office!)