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Enjoy Winter Fun with Ice Skating in Downtown Los Angeles!

December 4th, 2014

With the holiday season right around the corner, the city of Los Angeles is offering fun ways to help get the community into the holiday spirit! Just because Los Angeles has warm weather, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a winter wonderland. This year, come down to the historic Pershing Square in Downtown LA where you and your family can spend time on an outdoor ice skating rink! For those interested in ice skating in Downtown LA, enjoy the festive decorations as you skate your way to some holiday cheer! General admission for the ice skating rink is $9 and it costs $3 to rent skates. Both figure skates and hockey skates are available to rent. Each ticket grants you access to one session, which lasts for 60 minutes, though you are free to buy tickets to as many sessions as you would like. The times that the sessions begin are at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm and 10pm. The hours that the skating rink is open from November 13 through December 18 are as follows: Monday through Thursday the rink is open from 11:30am – 9:30pm; on Friday, the rink is open from 11:30am – 11pm; on Saturday the rink is open from 10am – 11pm and on Sunday the rink is open from 10am – 9:30pm. From December 19  – 30, the skating rink is open daily from 10am – 11pm. The exceptions are on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve, the rink is open... 

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Cool Venues to Visit at the Los Angeles Music Center!

November 7th, 2014

While you are in Los Angeles there are a number of fantastic venues that you can go to listen to music. In fact, there is even a Music Center that offers four theaters to the public. Prestigious architects, engineers, and other experts in the field designed each theater. From the exterior design to the interior decorations, each item was considered with the result of giving attendees an incredible experience that they cannot get anywhere else. For those staying in hotels near Music Center LA, drop by and visit each of their unique venues for an amazing experience. Visit the website of each theatre to see what events are playing during your stay! The Ahmanson Theatre was created to be a diverse space offering guests a range of performances from the spectacular to the very intimate. The theatre was built in 1967 though it has recently been renovated and now has state-of-the-art sound and staging equipment. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was the first theatre built in The Music Center in 1964 and was designed by Welton Becket. Inside, the theatre is extremely elegant with three beautiful chandeliers that each has 24,000 individual crystal pieces. There are 78 crystal light fixtures and the theatre is five stories. Come here if you would like to see an opera, as it is the home of the LA Opera. The Walt Disney Concert hall was completed in 2003 and is known as a modern architectural masterpiece. Even if you don’t watch a concert inside, make a point... 

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Fight On and Cheer for the Trojans During the USC Trojan Football Season!

September 30th, 2014

If you love football, college sports or simply love watching sports, consider rooting on the USC Trojans for one of their home games! The University of Southern California has been known for having a great football team for years. For those that already know where to stay near LA Coliseum, come see the Trojans take on their opponents through the month of November. Check out their schedule and the tickets available now!

USC home games take place at the Los Angeles Coliseum, so it is also a great way to see this historic site! On October 4, USC will play against Arizona State; on October 18, they take on Colorado University and on November 13, they’ll play California State University Berkeley. Times of games are still to be determined. If you want to watch what will surely be a great game, be sure to get tickets to the USC vs. Notre Dame game on November 29, as this is sure to be an exciting game!

The University of Southern California Trojans football program was established all the way back in 1888. USC is a Division I football team and is a member of the Pacific-12 Conference. The USC Trojans are a team to be reckoned with and have won an incredible 11 national championships. They have also won 36 conference titles and have had 7 Heisman winners. In fact, more Trojan football players have been drafted to play in the National Football League than any other... 

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Sensational September Events to Attend at Grand Park LA!

September 4th, 2014

Even though summer is over, the fun hasn’t stopped at Grand Park LA. Here are just a few fun things to do at Grand Park LA in the month of September!

Grand Park was made just for you, so why not enjoy all that it has to offer? You can always come here to relax, read a book, enjoy the cool water from the fountain or just hang out with friends. However, there are also fun scheduled events taking place as well. Drum Downtown: West Africa is taking place on September 6, from 10am–11:30am. Come down and start your day off right with a big bang and drum beat! Beat on drums and be part of an exhilarating outdoor music experience. The event is FREE!

Still want some more music? Then, Sunday Sessions is just for you. On September 14, from 2pm–8pm, come down to the park and enjoy some great electronic music from some of LA’s best DJs. Support the local talent and groove out to the beats. Bring blankets and make a picnic out of it! You’re allowed to bring a cooler, but please no tents or large umbrellas. Handheld umbrellas are fine and it might be a good idea to bring along some sunblock! This awesome music concert is completely FREE!

Want something for lunch but sick of all the usual places? Then, come down Grand Park for Lunch à La Park. Every Wednesday and Thursday, local food trucks will be parked along the... 

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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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