Prosit! Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in LA

Hoist your beer steins and hop to it! LA has some of the most gemütlich Oktoberfest celebrations outside of Munich! And with all the great craft beer this city has to offer, Oktoberfest gives you a great excuse to say prosit! Whether you’re looking for a traditional Bavarian-style experience, a curated beer extravaganza, or even a rock n’ roll Oom Pah Pah party, it’s all on tap when you celebrate Oktoberfest in LA!

CraftoberFest

Rose Bowl Stadium

1001 Rose Bowl Drive

Pasadena, CA 91103

CraftoberFest Los Angeles is the premier Oktoberfest celebration of the season! With over 20 carefully curated craft breweries from the Southern California area, this food and drink festival will provide each guest with a delicious experience influenced by the world’s largest “Volksfest” (beer festival) in Germany. First-class restaurants will serve traditional and fan favorite foods influenced by this internationally loved holiday. Don’t miss out on your chance to spend the day on The Greens at the Rose Bowl Stadium, while delighting in some of the best beer and food Los Angeles has to offer.

Wirtshaus

345 N La Brea Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Okterfest is in full swing at Wirtshaus, a traditional German restaurant and biergarten specializing in authentic German food, freshly tapped beer, over 35 imported German beers, and a schmecken selection of German and Austrian wines. Every Friday and Saturday night until the end of October, get your “gemütlich” on with music; Dirndl and Lederhosen, Steinholding contests; and free giveaways. The menu boasts various versions of Schnitzel, Sausages, and of course, Pretzels. The atmosphere at the Wirtshaus is fun and laid back. Hang out at the bar or enjoy yourself on one of the long wooden tables inside or the lush outdoors Biergarten.

Wurstküche DTLA

800 E. 3rd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Enjoy the Oktoberfest zeitgeist all year around at Wurstküche! Known as a purveyor of rare and exotic grilled sausages–from rabbit to rattlesnake – this popular joint also offers more mainstream meats such as Bratwurst, Bockwurst, Hot Italian sausage, Polish Kielbasa, and Louisiana Hot Links. Other indulgences include Belgian Fries (topped with White Truffle Glaze, if you dare to go there), Double Dipped Fries with your choice of sauce, and a very naughty Toasted Apple Pie Ice Cream Sandwich on oatmeal raisin cookies. Expect an extensive selection of draft and bottle beers from Belgium Germany, US and UK, along with a nice wine list. For s special treat, try a palate-cleansing, digestion-promoting Eaux de Vie, such as the German favorite Underberg, or some fruitier fixes such as Blume Marillen Apricot, Kirschwasser (dry cherry brandy) or Pear Williams Purkhart.

LA Oktoberfest

Millennium Biltmore Hotel

506 South Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Don your dirndls, lace your lederhosen, and hightail it to LA Oktoberfest. This fun festival features traditional food, an assortment of craft beers served by dirndl-donning beer maidens. lively tunes, and sing-alongs of old time drinking songs. LA Oktoberfest offers a variety of ticket choices, so you can participate however you want. You can choose a 2 or 4 hour pass that includes a Glass Stein and unlimited refills for the whole event. If you like to do it in style, then grab either a 2 or 4 hour pass, get your souvenir glass stein and unlimited refills!  Valet Parking is available and Overnight Accommodations are offered at a special rate. Overnight accommodations include 2 complimentary VIP tickets to the LA Oktoberfest

Uberfest! Oktoberfest at Brouwerij West

110 East 22nd Street

Los Angeles, CA 90731

The most entertaining Oktoberfest in America comes to San Pedro! Oompah meets rock n’ roll as you fill up on mouth-watering sausages, pretzels, desserts and of course, beer. Festmeister Hans & Die Sauerkrauts Oompah will take the stage with Heino & Gretel, along with amazing song and dance leaders. Brouwerij West is brewing up a special Überfest beer for the occasion – BOOM BRAU – which will only be available for this one time. Brouwerij West will also be pouring a limited selection of some of their favorite beers during the fest!

Octubrefest

Smorgasburg LA

777 South Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA, 90021

Move over Oktoberfest, Smorgasburg LA is bringing you Octubrefest on Sunday, October 14. Celebrate LA’s diverse craft beer scene, with a Mexican twist. Ditch the lederhosen and the brats because Octubrefest will feature a selection of Mexican inspired craft beer, Mexican food specials, a selection of different michelada flavors, live DJs, and popup shopping vendors. Popup food vendors will be serving chorizo, Oaxacan sausage and Mexican food specials from the weekly Smorgasburg LA vendors. DJs Metralleta De Oro and friends will be spinning cumbia, latin, funk, 90’s hip hop, r&b & more – perfect pairing for the craft beer selection.

Alpine Village

833 W Torrance Blvd.

Torrance, CA 90502

A little slice of Bavaria in sunny Southern California, Alpine Village was established in 1968 as a destination for shopping, dining and entertainment, and has been the home of the oldest and biggest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California for over 50 years. Traditional Bavarian fun is supplied by Oom Pah Pah party bands, your appetite will sated by traditional German fare, and your thirst quenched by frothy German beers brewed by Paulaner. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Alpine Village Imports Market, featuring a huge array of German foods and interesting alcoholic beverages like Goldschläger, a Swiss cinnamon schnapps with real gold flakes floating inside.

DTLA Breweries United Fest

101 Cider House

1700 Naud St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Now here’s a great deal for a good cause! On October 13th, DTLA Breweries United Fest brings together some of DTLA’s fave breweries including Mumford, Arts District, Boomtown, Indie, Dry River, Angel City, Karl Strauss, 101 Cider House, and Imperial Western. Your $45 ticket includes unlimited tastings and a commemorative glass. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Food is provided by A’s BBQ. For their safety, no pets or children are allowed.

 

Pet Story! Parks, Perks and Pet Adoptions in DTLA

At Watermarke Tower, we love pets!  Your little family member deserves the best, so we’ve come up with some great resources for you to exercise your options – and your furry friend. No pet, no problem! Why not adopt an animal companion of your own! LA Animal Services will match you with the perfect pet. Have you considered a cat? LA is currently experiencing a kitten boom – thousands of kitties are inundating LA shelters and officials are offering free cat adoptions through the rest of the year. You can even rent a rescue dog for a hike in Runyon Canyon! LA is packed with opportunities to keep those tails a waggin’ all year long! That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it!

Sticks and Pinecone

600 W 9th St. Ste.135

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Sticks and Pinecone is a community-driven small business offering pet products and small dog daycare services. They carry only the highest quality dog and cat food and uniquely curated toys, treats, clothing, leashes, beds, bowls, accessories and more. Their goal is to promote healthy and happy lifestyles with pet owners and their pets by creating authentic relationships and providing a one-of-a-kind retail and small dog day care experience.

The Original Rescue Dog Hike

Did you know you can rent a rescue dog for a romp in Runyon Canyon? The Original Rescue Dog Hike was created by Free Animal Doctor cofounder Ryan Boyd to raise money for his animal welfare nonprofi. Angelenos have a great opportunity to meet some adorable, adoptable pets, and dogs get a chance to exercise and socialize. The hikes are done in a group of up to 12 hikers, plus the dogs. Upon arrival, everyone gets a few minutes to sniff each other out, then grab a leash for the three-mile trek. If you bring your own dog along, they’re allowed to join the pack as long as they’re friendly to the other dogs.

Pussy & Pooch Pethouse and Pawbar

564 S Main St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

You lead a stylish, progressive life and your pet companion should, too. That’s the thinking behind Pussy & Pooch, an adventurous destination where convenience meets community in a design-forward, social experience for pets and people. With a focus on nutrition and green living, the store is dedicated to providing a playful and edgy twist to the traditional pet store experience. Services include pet grooming, pet dental, and pet parties, along with an insane array of boutique pet toys, furniture and accessories. Pussy & Pooch offers convenient local delivery, and in-store and curbside pick-up for online orders.

Pet Project LA

548 S. Spring St. Ste. 107

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Pet Project LA wants to show your fur babies the love! And to keep your pet piqued, their vast inventory is constantly curated to support the DTLA community with creative products for dogs, cats and small animals. Offerings include seasonal pet apparel, pet party supplies, grooming products, bowls, carriers, e-collars, and food & treats from all your favorite brands. Pet Project LA offers same-day delivery with local courier PDQ. Find out more info about them here.

Petco

850 S Hope St.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Got a new puppy? Petco makes puppyhood easy with the PupBox toy, treat and training kit, customized for your pooch. Each month you’ll receive a box of all the products and training information you need to be the best puppy parent paw-sible. Toys, treats, chews, and accessories are all handpicked based on your pup’s age and physical characteristics. Your box will change based on your pup’s growth and development, introducing you to new products and themes along the way. From the potty training blues, to chewing on shoes and the terrible twos, Petco will be there for it all.

L.A. Live Dog Park

L.A. Live Way

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Located On L.A. Live Way, just west of the parking garage behind Regal Cinemas, L.A. Live Off-Leash Dog Park is a fenced-in landscaped park fitted with benches and water fountains. There are designated areas for both small and large dogs to exercise with similar sized friends, and both sections are stocked with waste bags. The park is patrolled by L.A. Live security officers, with surveillance cameras and an emergency call box for extra safety.

Arts District Dog Park

1004 E 4th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013

In 2009, Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association (LARABA) launched the Arts District Dog Park Park project. True to its creative surroundings, the park is punctuated with colorful murals from LA artist Septerhed. The park includes a dog water fountain, separate small dog area, shade trees, benches for humans, a community bulletin board, pooper-scoopers, and trash bins. Not run or supported by the City of Los Angeles, this volunteer-run park is a true example of community spirit. While the land is being generously loaned to the community, there are yearly operational costs to cover. You can help keep the Arts District Dog Park open to the public with a donation to cover operational costs.

Spring Street Park

428 S Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Spring Street Park brings a substantial and much-needed green space to DTLA’s Historic Core. A former parking lot has been transformed to a lawn, playground, and seating area nestled in the shadow of luxury lofts. This small park allows dogs to fun free, and humans a chance to relax and linger in this fascinating neighborhood. The park also has a children’s play area and concentric walkways circling the lawn. The park provides security and is cleaned every morning. Make sure you observe the poo poo rules-they can be quite strict!

LA Animal Services

Looking to adopt a furry friend? LA Animal Services is a wealth of information for prospective pet parents, including adopting a pet, finding a lost pet, licensing, animal vaccinations, spay/neuter information, microchipping, and what to do if you find a stray animal. Search for your perfect animal companion on the website’s Adoptable Pet Search. All cat, dogs and rabbits adopted from an L.A. Animal Services will have a microchip. The cost of microchipping is included in the adoption fee.

 

 

Let’s Get Cheesy! Where to Find the Best Pizza in DTLA

Let’s face it! Sometimes nothing does the trick quite like a scrumptious pizza, oozing with cheese and loaded with tantalizing toppings! Lucky for Watermarke residents, your choices abound. From pizza-by-the-slice to elegant Italian trattorias, and even a pizzeria within a music venue, DTLA has some of the best pizza around!

Pizzanista!

2019 E. 7th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Pizzanista! brings seditiously delicious pizza to Southern California, made from fresh, all-natural ingredients. Founded in 2011 by legendary professional skateboarder Salman Agah, art consultant Price Latimer and her brother—investor Roby Latimer—Pizzanista! blends the historic flavor and thin-crust style of New York pizza with California’s abundance of fresh produce and small-batch ingredients. Family-owned and operated, Pizzanista! features traditional hand-tossed pizza dough made fresh daily using 200-year old sourdough cultures from Naples, hand-milled marinara sauce made from California tomatoes, innovative pizza toppings and farm-fresh salads. Dine in, take out, delivery, catering and pizza by the slice are available.

Prufrock Pizzeria

446 S Main St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Only in LA! Prufrock is a pizzeria within a music venue, offering savory slices between sets with a historic ambiance. Located adjacent to the beautiful two-story historic Regent Theatre and The Love Song Bar, Prufrock Pizzeria is an absolute mainstay before, during and after the rock shows. Menu items include a vast array of  pizzas, along with salads and small bites such as Buffalo wings, truffle fries, and crispy brussels sprouts.

Joe’s Pizza

613 S Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Giuseppe (Joe) Vitale is the Sicilian-born owner of Joe’s Pizza. After moving to New York from Italy in 1978, Joe jumped straight into the kitchen and started working as a baker in a local Brooklyn bakery. His talent and love for Italian food soon led him into a pizzeria as a pizza maker in the early 80s, where he developed his skills in the kitchen until 2003. After conquering New York, Joe moved out to Los Angeles to bring “A Taste of New York” to the West Coast. At the end of 2007, Joe’s Pizza opened up the first Los Angeles outpost in Santa Monica, followed by locations in Hollywood and DTLA, where he has earned the reputation as a gem hiding in plain sight!

Terroni

802 S Spring St

Los Angeles, CA 90014

From their home in Toronto where Terroni was founded, to yours in Los Angeles, you’ll find a variety of creative Italian dishes anchoring this trendy, dramatically appointed eatery and bar, located in a bank built in 1924 in DTLA’s Historic Core. The menu is filled with regional Italian dishes that have been prepared the same way for generations. So out of respect for Italian gastronomy—and their grandparents—Terroni does not modify the menu, which includes a superb selection of antipasti, salads, pasta, and pizza, Enjoy!

Firenza Pizza

300 South Grand Ave Ste LP 160

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Firenza Pizza was created by two pizza aficionados, Dave Wood and Dave Baer, with the goal to develop a restaurant where pizza lovers could get a high quality, artisanal pizza that baked in only three minutes – a product they would be proud to call their own. They realized to do that, they needed to start from the foundation and build from there. In pizza, that foundation is the crust. Their recipe uses the finest double zero flour imported from Italy, which enables the crust to get that perfect bake resulting in a crispy outside with the soft airy finish on the inside. The result – pizza perfection.

Superfine Pizza

1101 San Pedro St. Unit F

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Located in DTLA’s Fashion District inside City Market South, Superfine is an homage to the old world’s and new world’s finest pizza-making traditions. According to Chef Steve Samson, they picked their favorite elements from each, and bolstered them with the freshness of LA’s local produce to create a blended trifecta of deliciousness. The City Market South site was chosen because of its history as LA’s original produce market, which aligns with Superfine’s passion for using the highest quality ingredients. The dream was to make delicious pizza: starting with raw material, fine-tuning the process, sweating the details, perfecting the craft. When it all comes together in a simple pie, it’s obvious that Superfine was created for the love of pizza!

Fun Things To Do This Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day weekend is coming up! This three-day holiday is your well-deserved reward for all the hard work you do – and marks the transition from summer to the busy fall days ahead. Take a break and celebrate! From patriotic ceremonies to pulsating dance parties, immersive art exhibitions, music under the stars, and festive foodie events, LA offers a profusion of fun things to do this Labor Day Weekend!

The Music Center Plaza Grand Opening

135 N Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Music Center Plaza with free events, featuring art-making, musical performances, food and festivities throughout Labor Day weekend! All are welcome as The Music Center Plaza becomes a fun, casual hangout on a long holiday weekend. The newly renovated space will be transformed into a giant backyard party filled with games and activities, splashing in The Music Center fountain, great food and more. Watch the Los Angeles Dodgers live on giant LED screens and Abernethy’s first five emerging chefs will be on hand, preparing and selling their individual versions of backyard bites and treats.

Ice Cream Alley at Smorgasburg

ROW DTLA

777 S. Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Keep your cool this Labor Day weekend at Ice Cream Alley at Smorgasburg LA, hosted by ROW DTLA. This chill event features all of LA’s best ice cream and sweet treat purveyors, including a rotating crew of special popup vendors like Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Sweet Rose Creamery, McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, Blast Ice Cream, Afters Ice Cream, and Madame Shugah (all vegan).

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

The Broad

221 S. Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 shines a bright light on the vital contribution of Black artists made over two decades, beginning in 1963 at the height of the civil rights movement. Soul of a Nation explores how social justice movements, as well as stylistic evolutions in visual art (such as Minimalism and abstraction), were powerfully expressed in the work of artists. Featuring the work of more than 60 influential artists and including vibrant paintings, powerful sculptures, street photography, murals, and more, this landmark exhibition is a rare opportunity to see era-defining artworks that changed the face of art in America.

CALIFORNIA SOL Rooftop Party

Ace Hotel DTLA

929 South Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90015

The Motown On Mondays LA crew celebrates Labor Day in style with a special daytime rooftop soirée. Soak in the California sunshine, beautiful view of Los Angeles, and some feel good soulful vibes provided by the MOM LA Players (and special guests), to keep you dancing all day to sunset. The “Upstairs” bar will be serving up a fine selection of craft cocktails, draft beers, and gourmet bites to keep your thirst and hunger satisfied! For those looking to sunbathe and/or take a dip, the rooftop pool deck will be available for your pleasure as well.

LA Fleet Week

Los Angeles World Cruise Center

600 N. Harbor Blvd

San Pedro, CA 90731

LA Fleet Week® is an annual, multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services held on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles over the extended Labor Day Weekend. Free to the public, the event features active duty ship tours, military displays and equipment demonstrations, live entertainment, aircraft flyovers, STEM Expo for kids of all ages, and the annual Conquer the Bridge Labor Day 5.3-mile walk/run over the Vincent Thomas Bridge.

Labor Day Weekend @The Reserve

650 South Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

The Reserve is kicking off your Labor Day with a banger! Once filled with the riches of the wealthiest Angelenos of the 1920s, the modern day Reserve continues the tradition of excellence and sophistication by giving old school elegance a new school flair. From the unique location, to handcrafted cocktails, and alluring ambiance, The Reserve offers a wide range of luxuries in an intimate setting. Free before 11pm. For Bottle Service Reservations: Call/Text 213.716.9400 or Email at hospitality@thelareserve.com

Mimosa Mondays L.A. – Labor Day Edition

District 7 Bar & Lounge

555 West 7th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Mimosa Mondays may be the most effective cure for your chronic case of post-holiday Manic Mondays. Every three day holiday weekend, The Alumni Group presents Mimosa Mondays — a brunch day party and happy hour that is the perfect end to your 3-day weekend! Have one last hurrah before you head back to that grind on Tuesday. For just $25, you can add bottomless brunch cocktails, including an array of mimosas, to your brunch entree.

88/11 Labor Day Party

Exchange LA

618 S. Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Formerly the Los Angeles Stock Exchange, Exchange LA pays homage to its rich and opulent Art Deco past. After nearly two years of delicate renovations and retrofitting, Exchange LA opened as a vibrant venue that not only functions as a nightclub, but also as an event space for award shows, premiere parties, corporate events, fashion shows, film shoots and charity galas. Featuring multiple rooms, seven full service bars, state of the art lighting, sound, and a colossal LED screen display, this ornate venue sits in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ booming art and entertainment scene.

LA Times The Taste

Paramount Pictures Studios Backlot

783 N. Van Ness St.

Los Angeles, CA 90038

Aug 30 – Sept 1 This Labor Day weekend, join the Los Angeles Times for 3 evenings of amazing food, wine, spirits and chef experiences, plus unique culinary pop-ups and collaborations. Dozens of hand-picked local restaurants each evening will showcase our city’s rich and diverse culinary scene by serving you their best. Sip, savor, and celebrate Southern California’s most inspired food and drink. 21 and over only. Your ticket is all-inclusive and is good for unlimited food, beer, wine & spirits tastings, plus all stage activities.

Maestro of the Movies: The Music of John Williams

Hollywood Bowl

2301 N Highland Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90068

Aug 30 – Sept 1 John Williams’ history with the Hollywood Bowl is legendary. This year, our beloved master of cinematic scores introduces a memorable evening of his movie music to be conducted by his colleague and friend, maestro David Newman, including some selections performed with film clips. An unforgettable concert you won’t want to miss!

 

 

 

 

Beat the Heat! DTLA’s Best Ice Cream, Soft Serve, and Matcha

What’s better than cooling down on a hot summer day with a refreshing ice cream cone or an indulgent bowl of soft serve? Meet your match with matcha!

Matcha is a high-grade green tea ground into powdered form which originated in China before there were teapots to steep tea leaves. While “beaten tea” was later abandoned by the Chinese in favor of steeped tea leaves, the Japanese went on to popularize the method, and incorporated matcha in their ceremonial tea service, whisking the green tea powder into hot water to form a frothy drink. Today, matcha is widely popular around the world in beverages like tea lattes or boba tea, and as a cooking ingredient in everything from ice cream to salad dressing!

According to WebMD, matcha’s health benefits include lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, better dental health, help with inflammation, and may even defend against cancer.

Midori Matcha Cafe

123 Astronaut Ellison S Onizuka St #101-C,

Los Angeles, CA 90012

This sleek modern Little Tokyo cafe specializes in drinks and desserts made with organic matcha green tea. Midori Matcha uses the highest grade premium Matcha available, grown in specific regions of Japan and only harvested in the month of May. This freshly harvested Matcha is also called “Ceremonial Grade,” which comes from its original use in Japanese tea ceremonies. For over 900 years in Japan, Matcha Green tea was enjoyed in its traditional hot form by monks and warriors to promote concentration and stable energy. Today, Midori Matcha cold brews the Matcha and transforms it into a modern and convenient bottle form to fuel an active lifestyle, along with delicious desserts that nourish the mind and body.

Cafe Dulce

134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Cafe Dulce opened its first location in 2011 in DTLA’s Little Tokyo, with the understanding that the best moments of any day are the positive interactions with friends, community and sometimes even strangers. Their Matcha Bar features an array of refreshing beverages made with organic premium matcha green tea, including iced cha cha matcha, blueberry matcha latte, and even a matcha lemonade. Cafe Dulce offers an extensive bakery and food menu to accompany your drinks.

Tea Master Matcha Cafe & Green Tea Shop

Honda Plaza

450 E 2nd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tea Master is a Japanese matcha cafe and green tea shop located in Little Tokyo, serving Japanese-style soft-serve matcha ice cream, green teas and smoothies. After selling Japanese tea out of the store for over a decade, the cafe portion opened in 2014. In 2016, Daigoro-san, a Tokyo native and student of the Japanese tea ceremony’s Edosenke school, took over the shop, rebranding it as Tea Master. Tea Master aims to have an integral role in global tea culture, where traditional and modern views meet. The name Tea Master is meant to be open ended – while the company seeks mastery in preparing tea for maximum enjoyment, they also invites their customers to be the Tea Master.

Uji Time Dessert

333 Alameda St. Ste 103

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Uji Time is comprised of a team of four young professionals who are passionate about Japanese fusion style desserts. They love to combine and meld elements from multiple traditional desserts to create affordable treats for everyone. Their goal is simple – think of Uji Time when you crave Japanese fusion style desserts and enjoy the moment eating Matcha soft cream and other treats from the past through the present to the future! ​​

McConnell’s

Grand Central Market

317 S. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013

For 70 years, McConnell’s has been making dense and pure-flavored ice creams, with smooth, consistent texture and a rich, velvety mouth feel – all made from scratch with a few, simple ingredients. McConnell’s mission is to produce the finest ice creams in the world, in the most responsible and sustainable way possible. In the process, they aim to enrich and enliven the communities in which they operate, and leave the world just a little bit “sweeter” than they found it.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

300 S. Santa Fe Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream started in the Spring of 2008 out of a buttery yellow truck on the streets of NYC. The founders set out to revive the classic American ice cream truck and the art of traditional ice cream making, using ingredients perfected by nature, not science. Van Leeuwen Classic and Vegan ice creams are made with just a handful of fresh ingredients. Each flavor is a celebration of some of the world’s best artisan producers and farmers, both local and from around the world. In case you want to try this at home, you can pick up a copy of the “The Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Cookbook,” sharing over 100 vegan and classic recipes along with stories from the past decade.

Little Damage

700 S Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Billing itself “LA’s finest soft serve ice cream,” Little Damage is a small family owned business that draws its inspiration from the rich cultural fabric that makes Los Angeles special. Rather than offering a conventional selection, Little Damage offers a rotating menu of unique recipes that allow you step outside of your comfort zone and get a little adventurous, such as their famous charcoal cone. At least one vegan option is always be included in the rotation to accommodate those who are dairy free. Guests are invited to capture their best moments in the free photo booth.

Salt & Straw

829 E. 3rd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

The bright, spacious Arts District Salt & Straw scoop shop is an outpost of the popular ice cream concept from Oregon, known for inventive flavors and farm-sourced ingredients. The founders chose the name Salt & Straw because the ice cream is handmade, in small batches, the way ice cream was made traditionally. Back in the day, ice cream makers used rock salt to make it freeze, then it was packed in straw to keep it cold. Dairy-free options are available.

Divine Dips Ice Crème

601 S. Los Angeles Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Say goodbye to icy, bland, dairy-free ice cream concoctions and say hello to Divine Dips Vegan Ice Crème! After years of hands-on research, Divine Dips Vegan Ice Crème embodies the creamy richness, flavor and texture of traditional ice cream, without the drawbacks of dairy. Divine Dips is skillfully crafted from a blend of organic coconut milk, cashews, nut milks, and other all-natural ingredients, containing no dairy and gluten-free. The product is sweetened with agave nectar, a low glycemic sweetener, providing just the right amount of sweetness without spiking blood sugar. Not just for vegans — anyone who enjoys richly indulgent frozen desserts will crave “a Dip of the Divine.”

Thrifty Ice Cream at RiteAid

Various locations around DTLA

If you’re looking for a quick pick me up on a hot afternoon, slip into the closest RiteAid and grab a tub of their legendary Thrifty Ice Cream. Since 1940, Californians have cherished Thrifty Ice Cream’s quality ingredients, award-winning recipes, and incredible value. Now for the first time ever, eight signature flavors are offered at a location near you.

 

 

Discover DTLA’s Coolest Hotel Bars

Hotels are more than just a place to hit the pillow! Some of the best bars are located in downtown’s top hotels, where you’ll find great entertainment, VIP parties & events, chef-driven menus, and creative craft cocktails. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, want to enjoy an incredible view, or check out a trendy new hotspot, DTLA’s hotel bars are some of the coolest in town!

Veranda

Hotel Figueroa

939 S Figueroa St #500

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Chef Adrian Garcia is serving an authentic Mexican popup menu, befitting the tropical vibe at Veranda, DTLA’s urban oasis at Hotel Figueroa. Cocktelier Dushan Zaric has created an agave program that spotlights some of Mexico’s finest tequila and mezcal distillers and their unique takes on the craft. Mixed with house-made ingredients, such as grapefruit and hibiscus cordials, and mango sangrita, the cocktails complement Chef Garcia’s cuisine. Kick back poolside and toast this season with a fresh fruit margarita or snifter of Tequila. Salud y buen provecho!

Broken Shaker

Freehand Hotel

416 W. 8th St

Los Angeles, CA 90014

An oasis in the heart of Downtown LA, Broken Shaker, located on the Freehand Hotel rooftop pool deck, offers an eclectic menu of handcrafted cocktails and small bites. A James Beard Award finalist and winner of Tales of the Cocktail’s Best American Hotel Bar award, Broken Shaker serves up delicious cocktails, infused with homemade elixirs and exotic ingredients, bringing the flavors of the beach to the center of the city.

Giannini Bar

NoMad Hotel LA

649 S Olive St

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Located on the corner of 7th and Olive Street, The NoMad Hotel resides in the historic building, Giannini Place. Originally built in the 1920s as the headquarters for The Bank of Italy, the building’s gold and blue Italianate lobby ceiling has been fully restored and serves as inspiration throughout. Situated just off the main lobby, The Giannini Bar is named for Amadeo Giannini, founder of The Bank of Italy, who originally commissioned the building for his corporate headquarters. Handsome and well-appointed, the bar features a wide selection of classic and proprietary cocktails crafted by the NoMad’s award-winning Bar Director, Leo Robitschek, who along with his team, won “America’s Best Bar Team” at the 2017 Spirited Awards.

Arts District Firehouse Hotel

710 S. Santa Fe Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90021

One of DTLA’s newest additions, Arts District Firehouse Hotel is an independent boutique hotel, restaurant, event space, and coffee bar housed in a historic 1927 firehouse. An extensive covered patio running the length of the building contains the bulk of the bar and restaurant seating. A destination to drink, dine and dwell, The Firehouse Hotel promises a fresh take on the urban adventure.

Rudolph’s Bar & Tea

The Freehand

416 W. 8th St

Los Angeles, CA 90014

Try a new take on tea!  Located in the Freehand Hotel lobby, Rudolph’s Bar & Tea offers an intriguing bar menu built around tea-infused cocktails, alongside full tea service and light bites. The bar is a nod to Rudolph Rosenberg, once the owner and operator of the Commercial Exchange Building that now houses Freehand LA. Stop by for Happy Hour every day from 4-6pm, offering tasty tidbits such as hummus & tahini, marinated olives, crab croquettes, and their signature Exchange Burger.

Upstairs at Ace Hotel

929 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Upstairs is perfect for reclining by the rooftop pool, or perching on a stool after sunset, with the city’s bright lights stretched out in all directions. The eclectic drink menu is carefully cultivated to complement the vibrant atmosphere, including frozen drink specials and small plates served poolside. Open to the public every day from 11am–2am. If you can’t bear to detach from your device, there’s free WiFi.

The Rooftop at The Standard

550 S Flower St

Los Angeles, CA 90071

The Rooftop at The Standard DTLA offers stunning, panoramic views of downtown and the mountains beyond, a heated swimming pool, red AstroTurf deck, bar, outdoor fireplace, waterbed pods, and sculptured topiary. Celebrate summer with a rooftop series! Join Ramona and The Standard for a pool party at the new rooftop Garden Bar, featuring Ramona drink specials and games. Saturdays 12PM – 5PM. No RSVP required.

BonaVista Lounge

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

404 S Figueroa St

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Treat yourself to a dazzling new perspective in the “City of Angels.” Located on the 34th floor, BonaVista Lounge boasts soaring views of downtown Los Angeles. Indulge in classic cocktails made with an innovative twist and nibble on light restaurant entrees and small plates. It’s the perfect location for a romantic date or high-powered business meeting.

Spire 73

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown

900 Wilshire Blvd Fl 73

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Elevate your evening high atop the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown‘s 73rd floor!  Spire 73 is the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy creative craft cocktails accompanied by an interesting array of bar bites and sweets. Reservations are recommended.

Glance Lobby Bar

JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

900 West Olympic Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Located on the lobby level of JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, Glance Lobby Bar offers an international selection of wine, innovative cocktails and domestic and international beers, among other refreshments. Seasonal small plates meant for sharing makes Glance and ideal place to meet friends or colleagues or relax before a show or game.

Gallery Bar and Cognac Room

Millennium Biltmore Hotel

506 S Grand Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Take a trip back in time and discover Gallery Bar and Cognac Room, one of DTLA’s favorite historic watering holes, where carved angels elegantly grace the granite bar. Enjoy wine, beer and unforgettable specialty mixes, such as French Kiss and Cucumber Mango Cosmopolitan. Sample light fare, like the classic prawn cocktail in the nostalgic Gallery Bar, or retire to the Cognac Room, with its comfortable couches and memorabilia-filled cabinets, where you can enjoy tapas, fresh and baked oysters, salads, or appetizers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LA’s Best Bets for Music Under the Stars

It wouldn’t be summer without spending a sizzling night chillin’ at an outdoor concert. LA is pulsating with sound sensations – from eclectic world music to funky grooves, cool jazz, and classical music favorites! When you live at Watermarke Tower, you’re just a heartbeat away from LA’s best summer music under the stars!

KCRW World Festival at The Bowl

2301 N Highland Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90068

Now celebrating its 20th season at the Bowl, KCRW’s World Festival presents cutting-edge artists making music on a global scale. The popular collaboration between KCRW and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association features your favorite hosts, including Jason Bentley, Ann Litt, Garth Trinidad, with the LA Phil conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

KUSC Summer Series at the Hollywood Bowl

2301 N Highland Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90068

Classical KUSC is proud to partner with the LA Phil to present a series of summer concerts at the Hollywood Bowl all summer long, as Gustavo Dudamel, the Phil, and superstar soloists bring you incredible music under the stars. Season’s highlights include Dudamel Conducts Mahler’s 2nd, the beloved Mozart Requiem, British favorites with Britain at the Bowl, the rousing Beethoven’s Ninth, and more.

50 Free Concerts

Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park

2230 W 6th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90057

This summer, Angelenos can escape the routine bustle of the city and retreat to Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles for a jam-packed season of 50 free concerts! Entering its 13th year, Levitt LA transforms MacArthur Park into a sonically-charged urban oasis presenting free, live music under the stars with award-winning and emerging artists. The electrifying 2019 lineup features more internationally touring performers than ever before and spotlights LA’s own superstar talent across a wide range of music genres including Latin, indie, rock, R&B, soul, ska, Afrobeat and many more.

Concerts On The Bloc

The Bloc

700 S Flower St.

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Live music under the stars never gets old and in L.A. it’s a favorite summer activity! Concerts On The Bloc is back, in the heart of DTLA. Grab a blanket, come hungry, and get ready to jam out to local L.A. musicians who are making waves under the urban city lights. There will be featured sips + bites as well as interactive pop-ups for the evening! This is the perfect way to spend your summer nights, good vibes, tasty bites, great community and live music.

Pershing Square Outdoor Concert Series

Pershing Square

532 S.Olive Street.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Owned and operated by the CIty of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Pershing Square was created for community members and visitors to sit, talk, meet up, enjoy events, live music and relax in the middle of downtown. Surrounded by hotels, restaurants, cafes, and other local businesses, with easy Metro access, Pershing Square offers fountains, monuments, a lrage seating area, and an open elevated amphitheater, perfect for music under the stars! FREE tickets here.

Sunset Concerts at the Skirball

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N Sepulveda Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90049

The twenty-third season of Sunset Concerts invites Angelenos to experience the Skirball’s stunning courtyard filled with music and stories from near and far. Come together with family and friends to hear an eclectic lineup of acts that pay tribute to cultural traditions while creating new, vibrant sounds all their own. Beginning at 5:30 pm, enjoy grab-and-go light fare and full bar service from Zeidler’s Cart. Stop by Audrey’s Museum Store, open until 8:00 pm. And be sure to check out the exhibitions Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich.

Jazz at LACMA

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Off the 405 Summer Concert Series

The Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90049

OFF THE 405 is the Getty Center’s annual outdoor summer concert series, bringing some of today’s most exciting bands to the stage for a memorable experience amid stunning architecture and breathtaking sunset views.

Twilight on the Pier

The Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Twilight on the Pier is the free weekly music festival as iconic as the Santa Monica Pier itself. Now in it’s 35th consecutive year, Twilight continues the long-standing tradition of celebrating emerging and established artists and sounds from around the world. Featuring art, an all new comedy stage, eats, wine and beer garden, games and interactive activations. Whether you’re casual concert-goer or a culture-seeker, Twilight on the Pier has something for everyone.

 

LA’s Best Fourth of July Celebrations

Get ready to show your patriotic colors for the long Fourth of July weekend ahead!. DTLA is bursting with festive events to commemorate the Red, White & Blue – from splashy rooftop pool parties, to skyscraper galas, outdoor festivals, music under the stars, and fireworks galore! Make Uncle Sam proud and have yourself a blast – with LA’s best Fourth of July Celebrations!

Universal Studios Hollywood

100 Universal City Plaza

Universal City, CA 91608

Celebrate Independence Day like never before at Universal Studios Hollywood’s first ever salute to the stars and stripes, featuring a spectacular firework show. Fill your day with thrills, heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions. Enjoy holiday-themed décor, food, and special character interactions. And keep the fun going into the evening with a dazzling display of fireworks synchronized to Universal-themed music and patriotic favorites. Festivities included in General Admission.

See the City Sparkle: Fourth of July Celebration

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown

900 Wilshire Boulevard

73rd Floor: Spire 73

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Elevate your evening this Fourth of July! Celebrate with spectacular views of the city and watch fireworks from Spire 73, the tallest open-air rooftop bar in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy a live resident DJ, chic fire pits, delectectable appetizers, signature cocktails & bottle service. This high-energy rooftop bar and lounge is located on the 73rd floor of InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.

Grand Park + The Music Center 4th of July Block Party

Grand Park

200 N. Grand Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Celebrate Uncle Sam at the Grand Park + The Music Center 4th of July Block Party, where Angelenos gather to make wishes and celebrate our dreams. Enjoy the beautiful day at this free event. Chill, munch, dance, splash, play and top it off with fireworks under the DTLA skyline. Picnics and outside food are welcome in backpacks or totes. Coolers are not permitted in the event space. No outside beverages including juice and soda (sealed juice boxes are the only exception). Only empty, non glass water bottles are allowed. Park water fountains and water for purchase booths will be available in the event space. Food vendor booths will be available throughout. No alcohol is permitted in the event space.

Sky-High July 4th BBQ & Fireworks View

WP24 by Wolfgang Puck

The Ritz Carlton Los Angeles

900 W Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

WP24 by Wolfgang Puck at The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles is hosting a 4th of July barbecue on the 26th floor rooftop. Perched high above Downtown Los Angeles, guests will have panoramic views of fireworks scattered across Los Angeles. Chef de Cuisine John Lechleidner will prepare an Asian-inspired menu alongside barbecue classics such as Mesquite-Smoked Prime Beef Brisket, Jidori Chicken Wings, Pineapple, Watermelon, Jicama Salad, and Honey-Glazed Cornbread. Reservations can be made online. $59 per person.

4th of July at Angel City Brewery

216 S Alameda St

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Come out and help Angel City celebrate the 4th of July with an all day party from noon to 6pm. The Arts District brewery and public house will be featuring good beer, live music by The Vignes Rooftop Revival, and food from Downtown Taco Co. and Burnt To A Crisp Texas Smokehouse. RSVP at Eventbrite.

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with Nile Rodgers & CHIC

Hollywood Bowl

2301 N Highland Ave,

Los Angeles, CA 90068

July 2, 3 & 4 Legendary hitmakers Nile Rodgers and CHIC team up with the LA Phil for a three-night celebration. The concert begins with star-spangled American favorites by the orchestra. Then, Nile Rodgers & CHIC set things off with “Le Freak” and “Good Times,” plus some of Nile’s hits as a producer – including “I’m Coming Out,” “Let’s Dance,” and “Get Lucky.” Special guests DRUMLine Live – who recently appeared in Beyoncé’s Homecoming.

Daft Brunch: 4th of July

Resident DTLA

428 S Hewitt St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Hey LA…Daft Brunch is back! Join in the fun at Resident on the 4th of July  as special guests DJ’s play French Touch, Disco House and plenty of Daft Punk. Food is available throughout the event. Resident is a hybrid bar, beer garden and music venue that pays homage the vibrant Arts District community, creating a destination for the best in craft cocktails, beer and live music. The brainchild of Jacek Ostoya, Larry Little, Paul Oberman and Tim Krehbiel, Resident, evokes the spirit of the East Austin, Texas beer garden culture, accented with a high-end cocktail and beer program and thoughtfully curated music experience.

The Independence Jam/ Pre 4th of July Bash

The Reserve

650 S Spring St

Los Angeles, CA 90014

July 3 Get ready for a crazy night at LA’s biggest Pre 4th of July 2019 Weekend Bash, inside the luxurious The Reserve! Join the fun for a fantastic night celebrating our nation’s holiday and enjoy the summer nights. The Reserve has established itself as a real hotspot in DTLA, with its luxurious amenities, large capacity, state-of-the-art sound and light and overall refined taste! Its going to be an incredible evening! Admission is free until 11pm.

WAVEY July 4th

Hotel Figueroa

939 South Figueroa Street

Los Angeles, CA 90015

The original Downtown Los Angeles pool party returns for a July 4th Celebration at it’s original home, Hotel Figueroa. Seems like it’s been a while since the last WAVEY pool party hit the city, but because of all the love in the community to bring it back, this will be a festive a one-off celebration. Relive the fun this Independence Day. Special Guest DJ’s will be popping in an out of the booth! Free with RSVP.

 

Explore DTLA’s Little Tokyo

Founded in the late 1800s, Little Tokyo has grown into a bustling hub of delectable food options, great nightlife, world-class museums, and eclectic shopping. A major attraction is the restaurant and bar scene, but Little Tokyo offers so much more than just great sushi, saki and Japanese whiskey.

Venture off the beaten track and you’ll find everything from historic cultural centers, to live theatre, a Buddhist temple, a cook-your-own-dinner restaurant, and even a glitzy bowling alley! Immerse yourself in authentic Japanese culture during Nisei Week, or soak up the local vibe at the Little Tokyo Night Market.

You’ll never run out of fun things to do when you explore DTLA’s Little Tokyo!

Kaliju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey Through the World of Japanese Toys

Japanese American National Museum

100 N Central Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

With mighty fangs, menacing horns, and iridescent gold scales, the lizard monster Drazoran crushes an imaginary city while Captain Maxx, wearing a bright red suit, flies in to save the day. Drazoran and Captain Maxx are two of the monsters and heroes that emerged from the creative mind of Mark Nagata, a toy designer and fervent toy collector. In this new exhibition, Drazoran and Captain Maxx join hundreds of dazzling vintage and contemporary Japanese vinyl toys on display. The Japanese American National Museum is the largest museum in the US dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry.

Union Center for the Arts

120 Judge John Aiso St A

Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Union Center for the Arts anchors the northwestern end of the Little Tokyo Historic District. Completed in 1923, The building was the former Union Church, the combined home of three Japanese American congregations. After suffering severe damage during the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation completed a multi-million dollar renovation of the building in 1998 to house three arts organizations: East West Players, America’s premier Asian American Theatre; Visual Communications, nonprofit with the mission to develop and support the voices of Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers and media artists; and LA Artcore, artspace dedicated to recognizing diverse artistic accomplishments and bringing innovative exhibits and events to the public.

Shabu-Shabu House

127 Japanese Village Plaza Mall

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Locals line up at this no-nonsense spot for cook-it-yourself Japanese shabu-shabu, a Japanese hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water and served with dipping sauces, such as ponzo. Choose from 10 pieces or 15 pieces of meat  – your meal comes with raw veggies to cook, noodles to boil, and a bowl of steamed rice. Once the soup is ready, simply toss your veggies into the pot and dip your beef into the boiling soup. Dip in the ponzu sauce and eat with rice.

X Lanes LA

333 Alameda St. #300

Los Angeles, CA 90013

X Lanes is a splashy 50,000 square-foot venue equipped with state-of-the-art LED lanes, competition quality felt billiards tables, private karaoke rooms, and retro to modern video games. You can expect to compete with players from all over the world with the high-performance virtual dart machines. XLanes serves a great selection of American-style grub including appetizers, fresh pizzas, burgers, pastas and even steaks. Planning a party? They can handle special events up to 500 people!

Japanese Village Plaza

335 E 2nd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

No trip to Little Tokyo would be complete without a stop at this iconic destination. Japanese Village Plaza offers a unique shopping and dining experience in a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere. More than just a historic shopping center, it is a place where customers can come early and stay late for a variety of services, specialty markets, and gift boutiques. Abundant parking is available on Central Avenue, between 1st and 2nd Street.

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

152 N Central Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

A former police car warehouse in L.A.’s Little Tokyo Historic District, renovated by the noted California architect Frank Gehry, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (formerly The Temporary Contemporary) opened in 1983. The location offers 40,000 square feet of exhibition space. WAREHOUSE Programming is open with an expanded bookstore, a reading nook, rest, meet, and workspaces with free WiFi, a coffee cart featuring drinks and food by Cafe Dulce, and several video installations. The current video works on view are by artists Fischli & Weiss and Mark Leckey. Over the course of the coming months, MOCA will be actively transitioning this space into a vibrant, multi-use anchor under the umbrella of WAREHOUSE Programs.

Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple

505 E 3rd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Throughout its 2,500 years history, Buddhism has evolved over the years to meet the spiritual needs of the people. The Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple offers a spiritual environment that cultivates individual exploration based on the Buddhadharma.  hrough self-reflection, we are encouraged to strive for harmony with respect for the differences in our diverse community. The Little Tokyo Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple is an affiliate of one of the oldest and largest denominations in Japan, the Shinshu Otani-ha, with approximately 10,000 temples and 10,000,000 members. It espouses the teachings of Jodo Shinshu, also known as Shin Buddhism, a form of Pure Land Buddhism.

Nisei Week Japanese Festival

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

244 S. San Pedro Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Aug 10–11 & Aug 17–18 The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center celebrates the Nisei Week Japanese Festival with cultural exhibitions, entertainment, and activities throughout the two weekends. View Japanese prefectural displays as well as artisans skilled in ikebana, bonsai, Japanese dolls, calligraphy, tea ceremony and more. The mission of the Nisei Week Festival is to promote Japanese and Japanese American Heritage and traditions, while bringing together the diverse communities of Southern California through arts and cultural education.

Little Tokyo Night Market

Aratani Theater Plaza

320 E. 2nd Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Little Tokyo Night Market is held every Thursday night in the heart of Little Tokyo. The event features music, cultural performances, artists, crafters, antiques, collectibles and of course FOOD! Lots and lots of food. The perfect place to spend a balmy summer evening in the city!

Little Tokyo Koban and Visitor’s Center

307 E 1st St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Need a map or have some questions? You can find brochures, maps, newsletters, and flyers about Little Tokyo and the Japanese community at the Little Tokyo Koban and Visitor’s Center.

 

Museum Mania: LA’s Top Exhibitions to See Now

There’s nothing like a thought provoking, immersive art exhibition to get your creative juices going! This season, you can drink your fill of inspiration, from major retrospectives, to experiential pop-up spaces, and even new interpretations of nature. Fuel your museum mania with a kaleidoscope of LA’s top exhibitions to see now!

Did you know Los Angeles has free museum days? Here’s a cheat sheet, courtesy of DoLA.

World of Light Pop Up Museum

233 S Beaudry Ave 11th Fl.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

World of Light is a collective of forward-thinking global artists, commissioned to create boundless installations inspired by individuality and background diversity. The exhibition offers an engaging experience – fusing art with technology through a collection of sophisticated installations and visual compositions. A truly unique experience that promises to deliver a highly personalized immersive experience.

CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop

The Annenberg Space for Photography

2000 Avenue of the Stars

Los Angeles, CA 90067

Celebrating the photographers who have played a critical role in bringing hip-hop’s visual culture to the global stage, CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop is an inside look at the work of hip-hop photographers, as told through their most intimate diaries: their unedited contact sheets. Curated by Vikki Tobak, based on the bestselling book of the same name, and with creative direction by Fab 5 Freddy, the photographic exhibition includes nearly 140 works from 60 photographers. Rare videos, memorabilia, and music are included to complement the photographs, demonstrating how the documentation of a cultural phenomenon impacts politics, culture, and social movements around the world. And in a first for the Photo Space, visitors can enjoy Contact High Records, a pop-up record shop featuring rare vinyl spanning the history of hip-hop.

Frank Stella

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5905 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Frank Stella has been a pivotal figure in the development of modern art since the 1950s. Working in multiple mediums, he has created an extensive body of work that has consistently challenged the conventions of art making and expanded its definitions. Over the past 60 years Stella has pushed the boundaries of Abstract Expressionism, helped usher in Minimalism, and blurred distinctions between painting and sculpture, continuously experimenting with new materials, abstract forms, and innovative techniques. LACMA’s Frank Stella exhibition features a selection of works from the museum’s permanent collection—many of which have not been on public view in over 30 years—that represent significant developments in the artist’s oeuvre.

MOCA: 40 for LA

The Museum of Contemporary Art

250 S Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thanks to a $10 million donation, which is reported to last for the next five years, MOCA Admission is now totally free. 40 for LA celebrates the forty-year history of MOCA. Offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse into MOCA’s past, this multimedia exhibition features archival materials from the museum’s vault, including rare photographs and lithographs, limited-edition objects, a detailed exhibition and programming timeline, excerpts from the museum’s YouTube video project MOCAtv, and a special homage to all of the artists to whom the museum is indebted. Visitors get an in-depth look at some of the key elements that define the institution: the Grand Avenue location designed by famed Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, a celebrated permanent collection, a history of temporary exhibitions, and the museum’s dedicated board members and patrons.

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms: The Broad

 221 S Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Two of legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms are currently on view at The Broad. Viewers are physically immersed in Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, entering inside the mirror-lined chamber. In contrast, viewers remain physically outside of Longing for Eternity, observing the reflections on its interior and exterior and peering through windows into the mirror room. These works complement each other, creating two distinct phenomenological experiences of boundlessness and interior and exterior in dialogue with one another.

Alert: This installation is a mirror-lined chamber with flashing LED lights that viewers look into. If you are uncomfortable with flashing lights and/or enclosed, dark spaces, please bypass this experience.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

1717 E 7th St

Los Angeles, CA 90021

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) is an epicenter of artistic experimentation and incubator of new ideas. Founded in 1984 as the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) and reestablished in 2017 with a new identity and home in Downtown Los Angeles, ICA LA builds upon a distinguished history of bold curatorial vision and innovative programming to illuminate the important untold stories and emerging voices in contemporary art and culture. The museum’s 12,700 square-foot renovated industrial building—designed by wHY Architecture under the leadership of Kulapat Yantrasast—features ample space for exhibitions, public programs, retail pop-ups, integrated offices, and special projects. List of current exhibitions here. Admission is always free.

Unusual Views: Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr.

La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Descanso Gardens is an urban retreat of year-round natural beauty, internationally renowned botanical collections and spectacular seasonal horticultural displays, with a long history of presenting art in the gardens. Unusual Views showcases the artwork of local artists, providing a different way of looking at nature. Unlike garden landscapes, which tend to invoke images that reflect reality, such as trees, flowers and butterflies, Unusual Views offers an opportunity for risk-taking, for trying something never attempted. Artists were asked to uniquely interpret the garden. through innovative use of media, a personal point of view, and avant-garde representations.

GRAMMY Museum L.A. LIVE

800 W Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

The GRAMMY Museum is an interactive, educational museum devoted to the history and winners of the Grammy Awards. The Museum has interactive touch-screens, videos, recording booths, and a collection of historical music artifacts including costumes and instruments from the Grammy Awards, hand-written lyrics, records, and audio/video recordings. Their mission is to educate individuals about the history and cultural significance of American music, and to inspire the next generation to explore and create new forms of music using the roots that have existed in this country for centuries. Current exhibitions here.