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In the 1800s, Downey was one of many towns to spring up due to the gold rush. The city derived its name from John Gately Downey, an Irish immigrant who had come to California during the Gold Rush, and succeeded to Governor of California.

Today, Downey offers many business resources and cultural activities, making it a wonderful place to settle. Plus, there are 750-plus retail stores, and approximately 100 are located in the central business district. Downey also has recreational and library programs providing activities for all ages. There are also 11 city parks in Downey.

Downey is located in Los Angeles County on the eastern city limits of Los Angeles between Pasadena and Anaheim along Interstate 5 near the Pacific Ocean.

Downey is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach, California metro area.

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12/04 Coming to The area
OC Greek Food Fest Anaheim CA May17-19 The OC Greek Food Festival celebrates the best of Greek food, music, dancing and culture. Experience authentic Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries; traditional Greek dancing and Greek music.
San Diego Greek Festival San Diego CA June7-9 Treat yourself to an enjoyable Friday evening with delicious Greek food, imported beer, live Greek music and dancing. Then come back the next day for more fun. On Sunday, repeat as needed!
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Antique And Garden Show Bakersfield CA August12-13 =The show features 200 dealer spaces, located on five tree covered acres, 30 historic buildings, a variety of great food, and live blues and jazz music.
Little Italy Festa San Diego CA October13 The largest Italian American festival on the West Coast. Hip and Historic Little Italy welcomes over 120,000 attendees with the tantalizing sights, sounds and aromas of Italian culture.