Lotus Festival returning in 2012, sans Echo Park Lake

We’ve suffered through Lotus Festivals without dragon-boat races, and the past few years without the lotus blossoms themselves – but a Lotus Festival with no lake?

Planned for July 14-15, this will mark the 34th Lotus Festival in Echo Park – the past couple of years have been “scaled back” versions of the festival (it was canceled completely in 2009). We didn’t expect to have on in 2011, until plans to start the Echo Park Lake rehabilitation project were pushed back until later that year and the fest went on.

This year’s Lotus Festival will not be held at the lake, which is currently empty and completely gated up during construction. Instead, the parking lots between Echo Park Avenue and Lemoyne, south of Sunset Boulevard, will serve as the grounds. This will definitely be a “scaled back” version of the event.

The details aren’t finalized, but one thing’s for sure – there won’t be any Dragon Boat races!

  • HB

    I live a block away from the lake and pass it numerous times a day. It’s not only vacant of water but completely drained of workers as well. The last time I saw any real work happening was around the time they reopened Park Ave. What is going on behind those fences besides NOTHING??

  • Gary moullette

    Would like vendor info.

  • Sandy Jin

    Please send me vendor information for the Lotus Festival. I was at the festival last year. Thank you Sandy Jin

  • Jess

    I was fortunate to live in EP about 8 years ago during a time when there were dragon boat races, a spectacular fireworks display (like nothing I’ve seen since) and more importantly lotus flowers. I hope one day it will return to it’s splendor, it was truly something special.

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