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Experience the Hottest Music Event Combo of the Year: FYF Fest and Made in America Fest!

August 8th, 2014

Do you love music? If so, then Los Angeles is the place to be! On August 23rd and 24th, the FYF Fest comes to the LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park. Then, just a few days later on August 30th and 31st, the Budweiser’s Made in America Fest hits LA at Grand Park! That’s right, two amazing music festivals in the span of just a few days. Get your tickets now for those that are planning to stay in hotels near Grand Park Los Angeles!

Get ready for a whole day of music fun at FYF. The gates open at 2pm and don’t close until midnight! Headliners for the festival are The Strokes, Phoenix, Interpol, and Haim. There will be many other artists, such as Julian Casablancas and The Voidz, The Blood Brothers, Grimes, Slowdrive, Blood Orange, Little Dragon, Caribou, Tycho, Four Tet and many more! Along with great music comes great food, as there will be many food vendors to keep you going all day. There will also be water fill up stations, so feel free to bring an empty reusable water bottle along to the festival.

For the first time ever, Budweiser’s Made In America Fest is coming to Los Angeles! The concert series that was founded by Jay-Z has been around for a few years, but has only been in Philadelphia. Now, the concert has traveled across the country to play on the West Coast for the first time. On August... 

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Jam it Out and Dance the Night Away at the Downtown Summertime Series!

July 3rd, 2014

Now that it’s summer, that can only mean one thing – festival season is here! Downtown LA will make sure that you won’t miss out on any of the fun with their own summertime series of events from concerts, outdoor films, dancing, and more. And that’s not even the best part – all of these events are completely FREE!  For those staying closeby Downtown Los Angeles hotels, come and enjoy the summer nights filled with exciting performances, concerts, and films!

If dancing gets you grooving, then check out Dance Downtown at the Music Center Plaza. Every other Friday from now until September 19th, you can come out and dance with other members of the community! From 6:30pm – 10pm come down and try out all kinds of different dance styles. On July 11th there’s Bollywood, July 25th is K-Pop, August 8th features Samba, August 22nd is 90s Night, September 5th is Disco, and September 19th celebrates Salsa night!

If you prefer music or films instead, head out to the Downtown Stage at Pershing Square. From July 9th – August 17th, there will be different events from Wednesday through Sundays. Wednesdays from 12 – 1:30pm is the Lunchtime concert series. Enjoy a farmers market and live music! Thursday means Tribute Thursdays! From 8pm – 11pm, listen to tribute bands such as Aeromyth, Red Not Chili Peppers, and Born Jovi. Friday Night Flicks begins at 8pm. Come out and watch movies such as The Whole Nine Yards, The... 

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Join the Crowd to See the Biggest Stars in Film at the 20th Annual LA Film Fest!

June 5th, 2014

The beginning of summer comes with summer blockbusters and trips to the movies. So why not start off the summer by attending the mother of all movie showcases – the 20th Annual Los Angeles Film Festival. At the LA Film Fest, held at LA Live, you can get the chance to see more than 200 feature length films, shorts, documentaries, narratives, music videos, and even pre-releases of films. The event takes place from June 11 – 19 at various times with most days starting at 12pm and ending in the evening. Passes, packages, and individual tickets are available now. If you’re planning to stay in hotels near downtown Los Angeles, then it is highly encouraged to attend the hottest annual film festival in the city!

Join over 90,000 attendees that all come down to LA to see the best in American and international films. The countries include Australia, Hong Kong, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, France, Iceland, Greece and many more! This is a great opportunity to take a glimpse into the life of other cultures and see how they view the world. There will even be a few events that are free to the LA community. Aside from watching movies, there are also opportunities to talk to people in the industry and even see stand-up performances from hilarious entertainers.

Funny or Die will be hosting the showcase entitled, “Make ‘Em Laff”, which is a collaboration of great comedians as they bring you a live comedy show... 

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Satisfy All Your Food Cravings At The Grand Central Market!

May 30th, 2014

Feeling hungry? Does everyone want something different to eat? If so, the Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles is the place for you! This market has been around since 1917 and has always brought satisfaction to the thousands of customers that they’ve had over the many years – not to mention the satisfaction of their stomachs. Recently, there has been some reconstruction done at the site and it is finally completed. This means great new food stalls, vendors, and excellent eateries for you to enjoy! If you already know of places to stay in downtown Los Angeles, then be sure to drop by the Grand Central Market and experience all types of ethnic foods and fun!

There are now over 30 vendors all selling delicious foods in various styles. At Ana Maria’s, you can stop and get some authentic tacos that Los Angeles is known for. If Mexican food isn’t your thing, consider trying Bento Ya Japanese Cuisine, Kabab & More for Persian dishes, or Horse Thief BBQ for traditional Texan BBQ. If all of the walking around has made you tired, stop at G&B Coffee for all your caffeine needs. They offer coffee, espresso drinks, and teas. Try their coffee milkshake, a classic at the Grand Central Market! If tea is more your thing, then stop by Better Booch – a Kombucha Tea company.

After your great meal, consider getting dessert to top off the experience! Casa del Duces is an excellent example of a... 

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Experience Peace & Love With Ringo Star at the Grammy Museum!

April 7th, 2014

Currently on display at the GRAMMY Museum is one very special exhibition – ‘RINGO: Peace and Love’. Since it opened last year on June 12th, the exhibition has been loved by fans of Ringo Starr and The Beatles alike. This is a must-see for Beatles fans staying in hotels near Grammy Museum. As it now draws towards its close, due to finish on April 27th, this is the last chance for the public to experience this unique look back through his personal biography and public career. Covering all areas of his life, from musical work to acting and artistry, this one-off event has had unprecedented access to artifacts and items owned by the man himself in order to tell his special story.

 As the first exhibition at the museum to celebrate the life and career of a drummer, ‘RINGO: Peace and Love’ is also the first time the public has had a chance to explore the background to Ringo Starr as an individual and performer. Having won 7 GRAMMY awards in his time, Ringo’s talent is undeniable. The exhibition then looks to his early life and childhood in Liverpool, England, through his earliest forays into music, his massive success with The Beatles, and his solo work later in life, right up to the modern day. Photographs, personal letters, documents and video footage are on display to illustrate his unique tale, some of which has never been seen by the public before. As part of the exhibition, Ringo’s... 

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Satisfy your Crab Cravings at the Los Angeles Seafood Festival

March 5th, 2014

You simply cannot live in a city like Los Angeles and not have a taste for seafood. Living by the coast tends to mean that there is a lot of it around, however, it is not just in Los Angeles that people enjoy this culinary delight. Seafood is eaten all over the world due to the fact that it is jam packed full of different proteins. These proteins are essential for maintaining a healthy diet and keeping your heart, bones, skin and teeth healthy. In fact, it is recommended that seafood be eaten at least 2 or 3 times a week.

Seafood is eaten differently by a varied range of cultures, and the Los Angeles Seafood Festival serves to bring them all together for one great culinary event in which visitors will get a culinary experience like they’ve never had before. It is expected that around 15,000 people will attend the event which is being held on March 23 from 10am to 6pm. The festival provides something for everyone, regardless of who you are or where you come from.

Residents and visitors who are staying in downtown Los Angeles are all invited to come and taste an overflowing menu of different seafood cuisines from different cultures and backgrounds that will be provided by different local food vendors and restaurants. There will also be different exhibits and crafts which will keep the kids entertained such as music, literature (cooking related of course), carnival games and much more.... 

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Grand Park’s “Gotta Funky Sole: Lover’s Edition”

February 12th, 2014

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner —a day to celebrate everything about love and to show your partner just how much they mean to you. Most couples choose to go out and celebrate in some way, and this year, Grand Park has got a Funky Sole event especially for the lovers in town. The party will feature live music from Breakestr and Orgone, as well as DJ sets from Music Man Miles and Clifton. You and your lover will be able to dance the night away on the dance floor, which will be set up for the evening. In addition to all of this, there will be food and snacks available to purchase from 3 food trucks (serving crepes, lobster, and grilled cheese), a full stocked bar, and sweets and flower vendors too. There will even be a free photo booth for couples to take a memento of their night away. Held in the most romantic place in LA, this event is perfect for couples or singles who are looking to mingle.

The Park sits in the center of downtown Los Angeles and runs from the LA Music Center to City Hall, so it will be easy to find if you are at one of the places to stay near Grand Park LA. It provides a place for residents and visitors from all types of backgrounds to take time off from their busy lives, relax, and enjoy the stunning views and activities available. There are four different... 

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Best Dining Experiences in Downtown Los Angeles

January 11th, 2014

When looking for somewhere to eat in the downtown neighborhood, five places immediately stand out above the competition. Firstly, Ebanos Crossing is a unique environment to enjoy something not commonly found elsewhere: the atmosphere, secrecy and ‘sexiness’ of a 1920s and 1930s speakeasy. Born in era when prohibition led people to look for their spirits in hidden venues, Ebanos Crossing recreates that glamour and mystery with a variety of artisanal cocktails in its comfortable lounge environment. A menu of vibrant high class cuisine complements this perfectly, creating a very special place to eat.

The Cherry Pick Café, on Hill Street, is totally different. A bright, light and above all else fresh menu of local produce is a staple of lunch orders around the area, where the team will even make your sandwich in advance and have it ready to collect when you arrive. Sandwiches, salads, pastries and soups in hundreds of variations are made to order using fresh produce at incredible prices. This cafe is an excellent choice when looking for dining in downtown Los Angeles!

For those who favor the Indian cuisine and its warm, fresh spices, the place to be is Badmaash. Epitomizing the best of Indian flavors within the downtown LA atmosphere, Badmaash has built itself a reputation for excellence which is hard to beat. Local organic ingredients are combined by their expert chef, whose 40 years of experience stand him in good stead for creating his unique... 

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