Posts Tagged ‘Things to do’

Discover the Magic of Car-Free Streets at CicLAvia—Meet the Hollywoods!

Get ready, Angelenos! This summer, CicLAvia is back, transforming the bustling streets of Hollywood into a vibrant, car-free playground on Sunday, August 18th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us for CicLAvia—Meet the Hollywoods, and explore 6.6 miles of open streets connecting East Hollywood, Hollywood, and West Hollywood. Whether you’re walking, biking, skating, or strolling, this is your chance to be a tourist in your own city and experience the iconic areas in a whole new light.

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The Best 4th of July Events in Los Angeles: Fireworks, Concerts, Outdoor Movies, & More

The Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner, and Los Angeles is ready to light up the night sky with dazzling fireworks and unforgettable celebrations. As the Entertainment Capital of the World, LA excels at hosting spectacular Independence Day events. From Grand Park’s Block Party to fireworks, concerts, outdoor movies, and more, we’ve got the scoop on the best July 4th festivities in the city.

All events take place on Thursday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. Here are the top spots in the Los Angeles area hosting 2024 fireworks shows and celebrations! Stay safe, and stay cool with plenty of shade and water!

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The Best Special Events & Things to Do in Los Angeles This Weekend | June 28 – 30

This sunny and warm final weekend of June in Los Angeles is brimming with special events you won’t want to miss. After a five-year hiatus, Friday night wine tasting events are back at the Barnsdall Art Park West Lawn. A $45 ticket gets you a flight of wine curated by Silverlake Wine, plus access to a rotation of food trucks, all supported by tunes from local DJs and sweet sunset views of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park Observatory. The series continues every Friday through August 30. On Saturday, June 29, 2024, at 8:00 PM, head to the Hollywood Bowl for the Roots Picnic: ‘Hip-Hop Is the Love of My Life,’ a centerpiece of the BET Fan Fest. Questlove and The Roots will be hosting a “picnic” at L.A.’s favorite summer venue, bringing along talented friends like Queen Latifah, Common, Digable Planets, Arrested Development, The Pharcyde, and Black Sheep. Also on Saturday, from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM, check out the ‘Dear Long Beach’ Film Series at Long Beach Community Media Arts at Place LB. This event brings together four diverse emerging filmmakers who created a series of personal Super 8 diary/essay films focused on Long Beach, CA. Celebrate the completion of this project with a free public film screening in the Wrigley neighborhood of Long Beach. And that’s not all—there are plenty more events and something special for everyone inside the post!

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CicLAvia South LA: 5-Miles of Open Streets Along Western Ave Between Exposition & Century Blvds

Hey there, LA! Get ready to leave your cars behind and embrace the freedom of open streets at CicLAvia’s 53rd event! CicLAvia is taking over five glorious miles of Western Avenue on Sunday, June 23; between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. transforming it into a car-free paradise where you can jog, walk, skate, scooter, and bike to your heart’s content. This is your chance to explore neighborhoods like Vermont Square, Harvard Park, Chesterfield Square, Exposition Park, and King Estates in a whole new way. ‍♀️‍♀️

This isn’t just a street closure—it’s a pop-up park experience loaded with activities, food, street games, local businesses, and vibrant cultural happenings for all ages. And the best part? It’s absolutely free! Just show up anywhere along the route and cycle into the fun.

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Kick Off Summer in Los Angeles at These Great Special Events | June 7 – 9 2024

Looking for the best ways to soak up the summer vibes this weekend in Los Angeles? You’re in luck! From rosé-filled celebrations to vibrant parades and unique pop-up experiences, the city is buzzing with exciting events. National Rosé Day kicks off with two spectacular gatherings: the scenic King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas will feature a selection of French, Californian, Frozen, and non-alcoholic rosés, along with a DJ set by Anderson .Paak. Enjoy music, art installations, giant games, and food by Next Iron Chef champion Marc Forgione. Meanwhile, Venice’s Rosé on Rose event will transform Rose Ave into a hub of tastings, food deals, live music, and artisan vendors, all in support of the Venice Family Clinic. LA Pride 2024 promises a weekend of vibrant celebrations, with a highlight being the LA Pride Parade on June 9 in Hollywood, led by Grand Marshals George Takei, Cassandro El Exotico, and LAFD Chief Kristin Crowley. Don’t miss Ricky Martin headlining LA Pride in the Park on June 8 at LA State Historic Park. Additionally, Peacock’s cult hit “The Traitors” hosts an experiential pop-up at The Grove, featuring a recreation of the show’s castle garden and fan activities. These events are just a taste of what’s happening this weekend—check out our full blog post for more details!

Courtesy of Rosé Day USA.

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Step into the Rhythm of LA’s Vibrant Jazz Scene with Jazz at LACMA | May & June 2024

Step into the rhythm of Los Angeles’ vibrant jazz scene with Jazz at LACMA, a captivating live music series that sets the stage for unforgettable Friday evenings at the Smidt Welcome Plaza. Nestled within the cultural hub of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), this series invites music enthusiasts of all stripes to immerse themselves in the soulful melodies and electrifying performances of some of the city’s finest jazz musicians.

Held from May through October, Jazz at LACMA offers an enchanting escape into the world of jazz, where each performance promises to be a celebration of creativity, improvisation, and the rich musical heritage of L.A. Best of all, admission is free and open to all, welcoming both seasoned jazz aficionados and newcomers alike. As you settle into the intimate outdoor setting of LACMA’s Smidt Welcome Plaza, surrounded by the museum’s iconic art installations like Urban Light and Levitated Mass, prepare to be serenaded by a lineup of extraordinary artists whose talents transcend boundaries and captivate audiences around the globe. Plus? It’s BYOB. You can bring your own food, drinks, blankets, and folding chairs for a lovely picnic on the lawn or treat yourself and reserve a table at the Stark Bar and go in high style.  Also, admission to the museum is FREE on these Jazz nights from 3 to 6pm so you can really make a day of it.

Evening Light at LACMA by Jacqueline Tager

Among the standout performers gracing the stage of Jazz at LACMA are trailblazers like woodwind virtuoso and spoken word artist Katisse Buckingham. Hailing from the vibrant streets of Los Angeles, Buckingham’s musical journey has been shaped by a diverse array of influences, from the pioneering sounds of Miles Davis and Run DMC to the timeless compositions of Bach and Weather Report. With a resume that boasts collaborations with musical titans like Prince, Herbie Hancock, and Dr. Dre, Buckingham’s performances are a testament to the boundless creativity and innovation that define the L.A. jazz scene. Plus, there’s the incomparable Sweet Baby J’ai, an award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer whose genre-defying work has enraptured audiences across the globe. As the founder and executive director of the Sunset Music Festival, Sweet Baby J’ai has dedicated her career to expanding the boundaries of jazz, blending elements of soul, funk, and R&B into a mesmerizing tapestry of sound. With a roster of collaborators that includes jazz luminaries like Nate Morgan and Rosemary Clooney, Sweet Baby J’ai’s performances are a testament to the enduring power and versatility of jazz music. Rounding out the lineup is saxophonist, composer, and educator Dr. Teodross Avery, whose illustrious career spans the worlds of jazz, pop, and film. From recording sessions with Amy Winehouse and Joss Stone to composing for hit films like “Beauty Shop” and “Brown Sugar,” Avery’s diverse talents have made him a sought-after collaborator and a driving force in the contemporary jazz scene. As the head of Jazz Studies at Cal State University Dominguez Hills, Avery is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of jazz musicians, ensuring that the legacy of this iconic musical genre continues to thrive for years to come.

With each performance, Jazz at LACMA offers a unique opportunity to experience the magic of live jazz in one of the city’s most iconic cultural institutions. So grab a seat, soak in the sights and sounds of Jazz at LACMA. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to arrive early to secure your spot. Join us as we celebrate the vibrant tapestry of jazz music and the rich cultural heritage of Los Angeles.

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7 Fun & Free Things to Do This Mother’s Day in Los Angeles | 2024

As the warmth of Spring bathes the city, and with Mother’s Day fast approaching on Sunday, May 12, 2024, hearts are filled with appreciation for the women who make our lives extraordinary. Yet, in a year where pocketbooks and wallets feel a little tighter, finding ways to celebrate Mom without breaking the bank becomes a quest in itself.That’s why we’ve curated a list of FREE activities happening around town this Sunday, ensuring that Mom gets the special treatment she deserves without adding financial stress to the equation. Because what could be more precious than creating cherished memories together under the Californian sunshine?

Mother’s Day can be a mixed bag of emotions for many, including mothers themselves. It’s a day that prompts reflection on the complexities of motherhood and family dynamics. To truly make it a day to remember, why not start by asking your mom or mother figure what their perfect Sunday entails? After all, the key to a truly memorable experience lies in tailoring it to her preferences. To kickstart your planning, we’ve combed through our guides and compiled a selection of suggestions for fun and FREE things to do in the City of Angels. From leisurely strolls through scenic parks to exploring cultural gems, there’s something on this list to suit every taste and preference. So, let’s dive in and make this Mother’s Day one for the books!

Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Dutch, 1894
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The J. Paul Getty Museum. Los Angeles, CA.

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Hollywood Bowl’s Full Summer Schedule | Mitski, Les Miz, Marvel, ’90s Disney, & More | 2024

Get ready to groove under the star-studded Los Angeles sky because the Hollywood Bowl is gearing up for another epic summer of music! Brace yourselves, as the Los Angeles Philharmonic just dropped the bombshell of their Summer 2024 schedule, and it’s hotter than the sun itself! Despite a stormy spring, locals can now dive into daydreams of sunny days and sultry nights filled with the magic of live performances. Imagine romantic evenings as Gustavo Dudamel and his orchestra serenade you, not once, but nine times, including enchanting evenings with Natalia Lafourcade and opera sensations Diana Damrau and Jonas Kaufmann. But wait, there’s more! Zubin Mehta is making a legendary comeback after 30 years, Marvel Studios is premiering their mind-blowing Infinity Saga Concert Experience, and Hollywood Bowl is proudly introducing fresh faces like Laufey, Mitski, and the six-time Latin Grammy-winner Camilo. And if that’s not enough to make your heart sing, buckle up for a star-studded lineup featuring the likes of Beck, Chaka Khan, T-Pain, and the iconic Roots Picnic West Coast extravaganza! Jazz aficionados, rejoice, as the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival makes a triumphant return with Jodeci, Kamasi Washington, and Robert Glasper leading the charge. Plus, get ready to celebrate Henry Mancini‘s 100th birthday and bid adieu to the season with a bang at the July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular featuring Harry Connick Jr. and the sensational Boyz II Men. But perhaps the most anticipated event of the summer is the historic reunion of Herbie Hancock and the original players from the Head Hunters recording for a once-in-a-lifetime jazz spectacle! With tributes, sing-alongs, and fireworks galore, the Hollywood Bowl promises a summer you’ll never forget!

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The Best Events & Things to Do This April in Los Angeles | April 2024

Spring has sprung in Los Angeles and if you, like me, are not going to down to Coachella to see Lana del Rey and No Doubt this April, you may be wondering just what special events and things to do are going on in Los Angeles proper during this spectactular, sunny month. Well, lucky for us all, good times are on the forecast, and we’ve compiled the best events happening all over town. From literary enthusiasts to art aficionados and outdoor enthusiasts alike, there’s something for everyone to revel in. Kicking off the month is The Other Art Fair, a rebellious yet inclusive gathering of independent artists and art lovers at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from April 4th to 7th. Then, bookworms unite at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 20th and 21st at USC/Exposition Park, where literary giants grace the stages and bookshelves overflow with treasures. Later this month, on April 21st, CicLAvia transforms Venice Blvd into a car-free haven, inviting residents and visitors to explore 5.75 miles of open streets connecting Palms, Mar Vista, and Venice Beach. While these events shine brightly on April’s calendar, there’s a plethora of other happenings awaiting discovery in the City of Angels.

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The Best Events & Things to Do This Weekend in Los Angeles | Fri. March 29 – Sun. April 1

It’s Easter Weekend in Los Angeles, and although it may be rainy and chilly all weekend, there are still plenty of special events and things to do to get you hopping all over town. First up, kick off your weekend with a tantalizing Grilled Cheese and Wine Pairing at Andrew’s Cheese Shop in Santa Monica on Friday, March 29th at 7:30 PM. Indulge in a mouthwatering experience as Andrew’s Cheese Shop unveils their latest culinary masterpiece – open-faced grilled cheeses expertly paired with unique wines, culminating in a decadent float using Elio Perrone’s Bigaro, a sweet blend of Moscato and Brachetto. If you’re craving a cultural extravaganza, head over to The Broad Museum on Saturday, March 30th at 8:00 PM for LA Intersections. Immerse yourself in the vibrant music and spoken word scenes that have emerged in the City of Angels, featuring iconic performers who have shaped Los Angeles culture across various genres. From punk to jazz to rap, this two-part festival-style series celebrates the diverse tapestry of artistic expression in LA. And for those craving a dash of eccentricity, don’t miss John Waters Easter 2024 at the whimsically campy Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. Book a room, dine with the legendary John Waters and Ricki Lake, and join in the 35th Anniversary screening of the cult classic film HAIRSPRAY, complete with live commentary and a Q&A session. With these egg-citing events lined up, Easter weekend in Los Angeles promises to be an unforgettable extravaganza of flavor, culture, and camp!

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