Southern California's Top 100 Events 2012

By Alesandra Dubin August 20, 2012, 4:33 AM EDT

The splashy, televised events that earn Los Angeles the reputation as the entertainment capital—like the Oscars, Grammys, and Golden Globes—are just a fraction of the huge-scale, high-profile events around Southern California each year. From sporting events and parades like the Tournament of Roses to conferences and trade shows like TED, here are our picks for the events that annually draw the biggest buzz, crowds, media and donor attention, and important players in their respective fields.

To choose and rank the annual events on this list, we look at several factors, including economic impact, buzz, innovation, and an event's prominence within the communities it intends to serve.

Entertainment & Media Events


Fashion & Retail Events

Festivals & Fairs

Food, Wine & Hospitality Industry Events

Parades, Walks & Holiday Events

Sports Events

Trade Shows & Conventions

Art & Design Events

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