Thousands of events, openings and happenings.	One handy guide to make sense of it all.
Downtown LA Event Calendar

Thousands of events, openings and happenings.
One handy guide to make sense of it all.

If it's going on downtown, you'll find it here. Bookmark this page for whenever you want to find something to do – whether you're looking for one of downtown's many festivals, exhibitions, and performances, or a special event.

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Events for May. 2011

Apr. 30, 2011May. 1, 2011

Concert
MOLOTOV Y KINKY
5/1/2011
Nokia Theatre @ L.A. LIVE

Reading
Rosebud and Other Stories by Wakako Yamauchi, Edited by Lillian Howan
5/1/2011
Japanese American National Museum

Museum
Target Sundays at CAAM - 'EACH ONE, TEACH ONE.'
5/1/2011
California African American Museum (CAAM)

Performance
Puppet Karaoke
5/1/2011
Casey's Irish Pub and Grill

Special Event
Japan Fundraiser: Tomo Neko Maid & Butler Café
5/1/2011
Miyako Hotel

Museum
REEL TO REEL: BOUNCING CATS
5/2/2011
The GRAMMY Museum

Film
SPECKS OF EXISTENCE: HARTMUT BITOMSKY’S DUST
5/2/2011
REDCAT

Special Event
Special "Pretty in Pink" Movie Screening
5/3/2011
Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE

Concert
The Colburn Academy Spring Recital
5/3/2011
The Colburn School - Thayer Concert Hall

Museum
An Evening With Bootsy Collins
5/3/2011
The GRAMMY Museum

Special Event
French Decadence Wine Dinner at Swill
5/4/2011
Swill

none
The New Moon of Taurus with Yehuda Berg
5/4/2011
AT&T Center

Lecture/Debate
TOWN HALL Los Angeles hosts new San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President, Dr. John C. Williams
5/4/2011
Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Festival
Cinco De Mayo Fiesta
5/5/2011
Nokia Theatre @ L.A. LIVE

Holiday Event
Cinco de Mayo at LA Plaza!
5/5/2011
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Opera
LA Opera Free Lunchtime Recital
5/6/2011
Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Dance
Viewing: Laker Playoff Game #3
5/6/2011
Suede Bar & Lounge

Dance
Dance Downtown - Cumbia
5/6/2011
Music Center

Special Event
Nightfall with Sydney Blu & Rico Rox
5/6/2011
Exchange LA

Concert
The Songs of Patsy Cline with special guests The Living Sisters: Inara George, Eleni Mandell, Becky Stark
5/7/2011
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Reading
8+1: A Symposium Voices from The Asian American Literary Review
5/7/2011
Japanese American National Museum

Special Event
Wine Business 101
5/7/2011
Downtown LOFT 218

Reading
Ears are Burning, Children are Learning at the California African American Museum
5/7/2011
California African American Museum

Special Event
Hyphen Magazine LA issue teaser party
5/7/2011
Chop Suey in Little Tokyo

Exhibit
No Bitters Allowed
5/7/2011
Crewest Gallery

Exhibit
No Biters Allowed
5/7/2011
Crewest Gallery

Concert
IDYLLWILD ARTS ACADEMY ORCHESTRA: WHAT’S NEW?
5/8/2011
REDCAT

Concert
Organ Recital: Cameron Carpenter
5/8/2011
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Performance
GUTBUCKET CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
5/9/2011
REDCAT

Concert
Baroque Variations: The Route of New Mexico
5/10/2011
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Meeting
North Spring Street Bridge Community Meeting
5/10/2011
Lincoln Heights Senior Citizen Center

Art Walk
Thirteen by Thirteen Opening Reception
5/12/2011
DAC Gallery

Lecture/Debate
How Do We Solve Health Inequality?
5/12/2011
The California Endowment

Museum
An Evening with Booker T.
5/12/2011
The GRAMMY Museum

Concert
Camerata Pacifica
5/12/2011
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School

Reading
Gary Shteyngart, 'Super Sad True Love Story'
5/12/2011
ALOUD at the Central Library

Lecture/Debate
Town Hall Los Angeles hosts Rick J. Caruso, President and CEO, Caruso Affiliated
5/12/2011
Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Special Event
Nightfall with Second Sun & Mr. Becks
5/13/2011
Exchange La

Special Event
Conversations At CAAM - Shirlee Taylor Haizlip
5/14/2011
California African American Museum

none
Bobo House Session
5/14/2011
Dinner House M

Special Event
Target Free Family Saturday: Wild Things
5/14/2011
Japanese American National Museum

Museum
Expressions Of Culture – Adult Art Workshop
5/14/2011
California African American Museum

Museum
Behind The Shutter
5/15/2011
California African American Museum

Museum
Missions And Manumissions
5/15/2011
California African American Museum (CAAM)

Opera
The White Bird of Poston
5/15/2011
Japanese American National Museum

Special Event
Community Towers
5/16/2011
California African American Museum

Benefit
James Beard Benefit Dinner
5/17/2011
Patina Restaurant

Special Event
Blessing of the Bicycles
5/17/2011
Good Samaritan Hospital

Reading
Francisco Goldman, 'Say Her Name'
5/17/2011
ALOUD at the Central Library

Presentation
Neon Noir
5/18/2011
Los Angeles Central Library Meeting Room A

Museum
From Vision to Vinyl: A Step-by-Step Look at Vinyl Production
5/18/2011
The GRAMMY Museum

Lecture/Debate
Lessons from Entrepreneurs: Thriving When Surviving is an Achievement
5/18/2011
Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Reading
John Sayles, 'Some Time in the Sun'
5/19/2011
ALOUD at the Central Library

Meeting
Art Under Attack
5/19/2011
Crewest Gallery

Presentation
CALARTS WRITERS SHOWCASE
5/19/2011
REDCAT

Miscellaneous
Celebrate the Pulse of LA - 24/1 Weekend Party & Dance Downtown (FREE!)
5/20/2011
Music Center Plaza

Music
La La La L.A. LIVE
5/20/2011
Conga Room

Workshop
A Crafty Afternoon - Washi Tape Mini Books
5/21/2011
Central Library

Miscellaneous
Celebrate the Pulse of LA - 24/1 Weekend Party & DJ Garth Trinidad (FREE!)
5/21/2011
Music Center Plaza

Sports
Red Bull Soapbox Race
5/21/2011
Downtown LA on Grand Ave

none
American Diabetes Association EXPO
5/21/2011
EXPO

none
Cage Vs. Cons
5/21/2011
Los Angeles Sports Arena

Museum
Film Screening Bin Yah – There’s No Place Like Home (2006) by Justin Nathanson
5/22/2011
California African American Museum (CAAM)

Performance
Ellington - Best of the Sacred Concerts
5/22/2011
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Film
ONE Queer Film Fest
5/22/2011
Downtown Independent Theater

Lecture/Debate
Are Lies Ruining America? James Stewart
5/23/2011
MOCA Grand Avenue

Concert
Green Umbrella with John Adams
5/24/2011
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Film
Last Remaining Seats: 'Rear Window' at the Orpheum Theatre
5/25/2011
Orpheum Theater

Meeting
SoCal Cigar Club: Cigar Networking Event
5/25/2011
CANA Rum Bar

Special Event
Born this Way Release Party
5/25/2011
Belasco Theater

Reading
Gary Snyder, 'Song of the Turkey Buzzard: The Poetry of Lew Welch'
5/26/2011
ALOUD at the Central Library

Special Event
Marilyn Monroe 85th Birthday Celebration
5/27/2011
Los Angeles Athletic Club

Tour
M.A.N.D.Y World Tour & Droog @ Exchange LA
5/27/2011
Exchange La

Miscellaneous
Downtown Low-Cost Vaccine for Your Dog Day
5/28/2011
New City Gallery

Museum
Film Screening: Conversations With Roy Decarva (2006) & Uncommon Images: James Van Der Zee (1983)
5/28/2011
California African American Museum (CAAM)

Concert
Glee Live! In Concert!
5/28/2011
STAPLES Center

Workshop
Kidding Around the Kitchen Family Cooking Workshop: WOK and ROLL Family Cooking Adventure
5/28/2011
Japanese American National Museum

Film
Black & White
5/28/2011
Japanese American National Museum

Concert
University of Michigan Symphony Band
5/29/2011
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Fair
SUMMERTRAMP // MR BLACK // DTLA WATER PARK
5/29/2011
Tony's Saloon

Benefit
City of Angels Wine Fest
5/30/2011
Los Angeles Music Center Plaza

Concert
Chamber Music: Brahms Unbound
5/31/2011
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Reading
Melissa Faye Greene, 'No Biking in the House Without a Helmet'
5/31/2011
ALOUD at the Central Library

Ongoing Events

Exhibit
A SELECTION OF WORKS FROM MOCA'S PERMANENT COLLECTION
7/13/2010 - 5/17/2011
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Grand Avenue

Exhibit
Remembering Angel Island
7/16/2010 - 5/29/2011
Chinese American Museum

Exhibit
Dreams Deferred: Artists Respond to Immigration Reform
12/10/2010 - 5/22/2011
Chinese American Museum

Museum
Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey
2/5/2011 - 5/4/2011
The GRAMMY Museum

Exhibit
WILLIAM LEAVITT: THEATER OBJECTS
3/13/2011 - 7/3/2011
MOCA Grand Avenue

Special Event
Downtown Conversation Series with Co-Creators & Visionaries
3/19/2011 - 6/18/2011
The Roosevelt Rooftop (first event only)

Theater
Burn This
3/23/2011 - 5/1/2011
Mark Taper Forum

Theater
LA Views IV—Downtown Curren(t)cy
3/31/2011 - 5/1/2011
Company of Angels at The Alexandria

Exhibit
Above the Radar
4/2/2011 - 5/1/2011
Crewest Gallery

Special Event
LearnAboutWine classes and tastings in Downtown Loft
4/3/2011 - 6/5/2011
Downtown LOFT 218

Museum
John Lennon, Songwriter
4/4/2011 - 9/4/2011
The GRAMMY Museum

Theater
God of Carnage
4/5/2011 - 5/29/2011
Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center

Exhibit
EQUAL = SECRET IDENTITIES a solo exhibition by JOSUE CASTRO
4/8/2011 - 5/9/2011
ADC Contemporary Art Gallery

Exhibit
ART IN THE STREETS
4/17/2011 - 8/8/2011
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Exhibit
KIM BEOM: ANIMALIA
4/22/2011 - 6/19/2011
REDCAT

Performance
PAT GRANEY COMPANY: FAITH
4/28/2011 - 5/1/2011
REDCAT

Exhibit
Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock & Roll
4/29/2011 - 11/28/2011
The GRAMMY Museum

Concert
Van Zweden Conducts Prokofiev and Beethoven
4/29/2011 - 5/1/2011
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Fair
Lae-LA Spanish Book Fair
4/29/2011 - 5/1/2011
Concourse Hall, LA Convention Center

Festival
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
4/30/2011 - 5/1/2011
University of Southern California

Film
The 27th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
5/3/2011 - 5/4/2011
Japanese American National Museum

Performance
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
5/5/2011 - 5/8/2011
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Concert
Dudamel conducts Brahms and Golijov
5/5/2011 - 5/8/2011
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Special Event
Cinco de Mayo at Pacific Dining Car
5/5/2011 - 5/6/2011
Pacific Dining Car

Theater
RENT: Downtown LA
5/5/2011 - 5/28/2011
Big Art Labs

Concert
RICKY MARTIN - MUSICA+ALMA+SEXO TOUR
5/6/2011 - 5/7/2011
Nokia Theatre @ L.A. LIVE

Dance
Dance Downtown
5/6/2011 - 9/9/2011
Music Center Plaza

Shopping
The 3rd Annual Unique LA Spring Show
5/7/2011 - 5/8/2011
California Market Center's Penthouse

Expo/Conference
Los Angeles Motorexpo
5/9/2011 - 5/13/2011
Bank of America Plaza

Exhibit
Bob Marley, Messenger
5/11/2011 - 9/15/2011
The GRAMMY Museum

Theater
KRUNK FU BATTLE BATTLE
5/12/2011 - 6/26/2011
East West Players

Concert
Dudamel conducts Mackey and Brahms
5/12/2011 - 5/15/2011
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Performance
THE NEXT DANCE COMPANY
5/13/2011 - 5/14/2011
REDCAT

Special Event
Crazy Cornell Cash Weekend: Grand Opening at Santee Village Lofts
5/14/2011 - 5/15/2011
Santee Village Lofts

Film
Sofia Gubaidulina at REDCAT
5/15/2011 - 5/17/2011
REDCAT

Shopping
Macy's Men's Private Sale
5/19/2011 - 5/22/2011
Macys Plaza

Concert
Dudamel conducts Brahms' Second
5/19/2011 - 5/22/2011
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Music
Les Nubians
5/21/2011 - 5/22/2011
The Conga Room at L.A. Live!

Concert
STUDIO: SPRING 2011
5/22/2011 - 5/23/2011
REDCAT

Sports
LA Sparks
5/25/2011 - 9/10/2011
Staples Center

Concert
Dudamel conducts Brahms' Third
5/26/2011 - 5/29/2011
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Film
Arabia 3D
5/27/2011 - 6/30/2011
California Science Center

Exhibit
1001 Inventions
5/27/2011 - 12/31/2011
California Science Center

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Regular Weekly Events

Certified Farmers Market @ Pershing Square | Every Wednesday
Farmers Market (Pershing Square on Wednesdays)
Every Wednesday, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Certified Farmers Market @ FIGat7th
FIGat7th
Every Thursday, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Historic Downtown Farmers Market

Every Sunday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Awakening
Exchange L.A.
Every Friday, 10:00 PM - 3:00 AM

Inception
Exchange L.A.
Every Saturday, 10:00 PM

Grand Park's Marketplace
Grand Park
Every Tuesday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Certified Farmers Market @ Bank of America Plaza
Bank of America Plaza
Every Friday, 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

OG Tasting Dinner @ Mo-chica
Mo-chica
Every Tuesday, 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Tuesday Wine Tasting Social
Urban Radish
Every Tuesday, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Jazz Wednesdays @ The Radish
Urban Radish
Every Wednesday, 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

An Urban Food Experience: Unplugged Sunday Brunch
Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites
Every Sunday, 10:30 AM - 02:30 PM

Arts District Farmers Market

Every Thursday, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Trivia Night
SPiN LA at The Standard Downtown LA
Every Wednesday, 09:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Arts District Flea Market

Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Friday Night Flicks
Pershing Square
Every Friday, 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Regular Monthly Events

Downtown Neighborhood Council Meeting
Los Angeles Theatre
Every second Tuesday, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Art Walk

Every, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Tuesday Night Cafe

Every first Tuesday, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM



 
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