February 14th, 2015
Although the Western world has already celebrated the New Year, Chinese communities worldwide will be celebrating the Chinese lunar New Year
on Thursday, February 19th. Chinatown, in downtown Los Angeles, has been celebrating the Chinese New Year for years, in fact, since the early years when Los Angeles was first becoming a city. This year, try something new and explore this wonderful Chinese tradition. Join the community to celebrate the 116th Annual Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival! This event will take place on Saturday, February 21st from 12pm – 9pm. And the best part is that this event is FREE to attend!
When staying in the hotels close to Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles
, be sure to look for the Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival, you are sure to be entertained the entire time for there is so much to do and see during this all day event. In the central plaza of Chinatown you can catch a number of performances that will be occurring all day. Depending on when you stop by, you can see acrobats, flying fork, and even a Lion dance troupe! From 12pm – 9pm there will be a craft beer garden so be sure to stop by for some refreshing beer during your stay. From 4pm – 8pm there will be a culinary stage where you can see a number of cooking demos and learn how to cook authentic Chinese dishes. Throughout the day there will...
January 16th, 2015
Andy Warhol was a renowned artist who was particularly known for his style of pop art during the 1960s. His art usually explored themes such as celebrity culture and consumerism from the advance of the advertising industry that flourished during this time. For a limited time, you can explore Andy Warhol’s work at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Whether you have always been a fan of Andy Warhol or you are interested in learning more about his work, you should visit MOCA to see their latest installment entitled Andy Warhol: Shadows
. The gallery will be available for viewing from now until February 15th so for art fans staying in hotels near MOCA Los Angeles
, don’t miss your chance to see this incredible collection of over 100 paintings that Warhol worked on.
Andy Warhol: Shadows
focuses on the number of silk screened and hand painted canvases that he created during his time in The Factory – his studio in New York City. Based on a number of photographs of shadows that he captured while in The Factory, he recreated these photos in different medias and a wide range of colors. Continuing in his fashion of surrealism, many of the silkscreens and canvases are of the same image but cast in different colors from electric green to darker hues such as red or brown. The Senior Curator of MOCA, Bennett Simpson says that Shadows
is “one of Warhol’s most mysterious and beautiful works, full of mood...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...