Your Guide To Fun in Downtown LA

Love music, movies, and dancing? Don’t miss Downtown LA’s events this summer!

FIGat7th DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL

Enjoy free outdoor concerts featuring performances by leading Pop, Rock, Jazz, R&B, and Alternative artists at Downtown LA's premier shopping and dining destination.

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  • Free; No Reservations
  • Fridays, July 18-August 22, Doors 7pm
  • Park & Play: $5 rate after 4pm weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday
  • Go Metro: 1 block from the 7th and Metro Station
  • Family Friendly
  • Three fun facts
  • The festival is one of the best places to experience free live music in Downtown LA.
  • It’s the only concert experience in LA where you can dine, drink, and shop in one location.
  • It’s conveniently located across the street from a major Metro stop.
  • After Party
  • Hang out at the FIG Fest After Party at City Tavern and invite your friends to the next Figat7th Downtown Festival Concert.
  • Go to the Upstairs Bar at the ACE Hotel.
  • Play old school arcade games at EightyTwo in the Arts District.
  • Three items to pack
  • Your phone to take pics and share them #FIGat7thFest.
  • Your ID to gain access to the beer garden.
  • A blanket to sit on the grass if you arrive early.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FLICKS

See classic pop films on a 20-foot outdoor inflatable screen while you relax on Pershing Square’s lush lawn with a view of the skyline.

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  • Free; No Reservations
  • May 2 to September 26; Fridays at 8:00pm
  • Pershing Square
  • $7 flat rate 5pm - midnight
  • Go Metro: 1 block from the Pershing Square Station
  • Dogs welcome
  • Family-friendly
  • Three fun facts
  • Before each screening, enjoy team trivia
  • State-of-the-art sound system
  • Check out the Art Squared Gallery in the park before
  • After Party
  • Grab dessert or a drink at Perch.
  • Have a cocktail at the Golden Gopher.
  • Head to Mas Malo for a late night snack.
  • Three items to pack
  • Picnic
  • Blankets
  • Lawn chairs

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DOWNTOWN STAGE

Six weeks of rock concerts on Saturday nights including The Orchestra with former members of ELO and ELO 2, When In Rome, Dread Zepplin, and Missing Person.

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  • Free; No Reservations
  • July 9 to August 17; Saturdays 7:30-11pm
  • Pershing Square
  • $7 flat rate 5pm - midnight
  • Go Metro: 1 block from the Pershing Square Station
  • Family-friendly
  • Three fun facts
  • There is a large beer garden at the concert.
  • Sponsor the series for some super perks! Individual sponsors ($300) get seats in the first 10 rows every show; VIP sponsors ($800) get a table for 4 complete with free snacks and a private no-host bar.
  • Check out Pershing Square’s website for more music – from Salsa Sundays to lunchtime Concerts Wednesdays.
  • Three items to pack
  • Travel light! Check out the info and etiquette page for what you can bring.
  • Cash for the food trucks and beer garden.
  • A jacket – it gets a little chilly at night.

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GRAND PARK SUMMER

Whether with family or friends, soak up the sun, celebrate, relax, and create a rollicking good time at Grand Park where programs are always FREE. The park stretches across four city blocks between The Music Center and City Hall.

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  • Free; No Reservations
  • July to September; Dates & times vary
  • Grand Park
  • $10 flat rate for events and weekends in Lot 10 on N. Broadway between 1st and Temple. Daytime parking rates here.
  • Go Metro: Civic Center/Grand Park Station (on-site)
  • Dogs welcome
  • Family-friendly
  • Pre-Game
  • Walk or Go Metro to Grand Central Market for some sandwiches and snacks to go.
  • Pump air in your bike to take one of Downtown LA’s many bike lanes to Grand Park.
  • Go Metro to FIGat7th to pick up picnic/park essentials.
  • Three fun facts
  • Look for Grand Park’s Little Libraries, a system of small pink movable cabinets to pick up or drop off literary favorites.
  • A bird’s eye view of the park will reveal that the funny curved concrete lines going West/East from the parks tip to tip are representations of the meridians of the earth.
  • Before Grand Park was built, the site featured a civic mall (not the kind you shop in). You can see the former site in movies like 500 Days of Summer and Pretty Woman.
  • After Party
  • Take a free tour of The Music Center.
  • Go to the 27th floor observation deck of City Hall to see Downtown LA from a whole new view.
  • Relax in the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s Blue Ribbon Garden and walk up the spiral.
  • Three items to pack
  • Sun block
  • Board games
  • Towels for romping around in the fountain Splash Pad.

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GRAND PERFORMANCES

Hailed "Best Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series" by Los Angeles Magazine, Grand Performances presents high-quality music, spoken word, and dance in one of our city's most breathtaking outdoor venues - California Plaza in the heart of Downtown L.A. From brass horns to Latin alternative, discover your next favorite artist or see your favorites.

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  • Free; No Reservations
  • June 13 – September 13; Thursdays through Sundays; noon or evenings
  • California Plaza
  • $7.50 flat rate begins 2 hours before each show in the California Plaza parking garage ( 351 S. Olive Ave, access between 1st and 4th) Cash only.
  • Go Metro: 1 block away from Pershing Square Station. Exit towards 4th and Hill.
  • Family-friendly
  • Pre-Game
  • Gather your friends to come.
  • Visit Grand Central Market and buy some snacks for the concert.
  • Charge your phone so you have plenty of juice to take pictures and videos and share it #grandperformances.
  • Three fun facts
  • The shooting fountains were designed by the same company that did the Bellagio fountains.
  • There have been star sightings from Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, Al Gore, Bon Jovi, Carol Channing, Keith Carradine and more on our stage.
  • If you had seen their artists perform in their home country, you would have traveled to over 75 countries.
  • Three items to pack
  • Picnic
  • Bottle of wine
  • Blanket

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DANCE DOWNTOWN AT THE MUSIC CENTER

Jump in and join a joyous mass of dancing Angelenos on the outdoor Music Center Plaza for free dance lessons, live bands, and DJs spinning tunes. Meet, greet, move, and groove.

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  • Free; No Reservations
  • May 16 – September 19; Every other Friday from 6:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Music Center Plaza
  • $9 parking flat rate
  • Go Metro: 2 blocks from the Civic Center / Grand Park Station
  • Dogs welcome
  • Family-friendly
  • Pre-Game
  • Take your photo on at the photo booth.
  • Enjoy dinner on the plaza.
  • Visit the info table and enter to win a slew of amazing prizes at each event.
  • Three fun facts
  • May 16 was our 100th Dance Downtown.
  • Each event has a different theme & style; from Cumbia to Bollywood, to Line Dancing to 90’s night!
  • All skill levels are welcome.
  • Three items to pack
  • Your favorite shoes to dance in
  • A picnic
  • A camera

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STREET FOOD CINEMA

Movies, bands, and food trucks.

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  • $12 General Admission, $17 Reserved
  • May 24 to September 27; 5:30pm – 11:00pm* (*depends on length of film)
  • $10 flat rate parking
  • Go Metro: Just a few blocks from
  • Exposition Park
  • Dogs welcome
  • Family-friendly
  • Pre-Game
  • Buy tickets
  • Arrange a carpool
  • Pack your SFC survival kit with blankets, chairs, a cooler, sunscreen, etc
  • Three fun facts
  • 2014 marks the 3rd season for Street Food Cinema
  • Fun competitions at each event for guests to win prizes
  • Special guests at various events throughout the season. Skye will be at the 25th Anniversary of “Say Anything” on Opening Night May 24th
  • Three items to pack
  • Blankets – one waterproof (for ground) and one to cover up with
  • Hoodie – for when it gets chilly in the evening
  • Cash for food trucks (some accept credit cards)

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LA Film Festival

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Los Angeles Film Festival returns to L.A. LIVE June 11 -19. Don’t miss out on red carpet premieres, conversations, live music, free outdoor screenings and films from around the world. Signature programs include Music in Film at the Grammy Museum®, Master Classes and LA Muse.

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  • Tickets $11-$20; Ticket Packages from $80
  • June 11-19; times vary
  • L.A. LIVE
  • Go Metro: Just a few blocks from the Pico Station
  • $10 flat rate parking at L.A. LIVE West Parking Garage – Lot W, Gate B
  • Family-friendly (June 14 only)
  • Three must do before:
  • Buy tickets to the pre-Festival screenings of 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2.
  • Post a photo of something in LA that inspires you and hashtag using #LAMuse and #LAFilmFest for a chance to win a Cinema Pass.
  • Check out nearly 200 screenings and events in the Festival Guide on LAFilmFest.com or in the June 8 Los Angeles Times and buy your tickets.
  • Three fun facts
  • Iconic pop artist Ed Ruscha created the 20th Anniversary Festival poster and key art.
  • Billy Bob Thornton is the voice of the Festival Trailer.
  • The year, a new section called LA Muse was introduced to celebrate the City of LA as an inspiration for filmmakers and artists.
  • Three must do after:
  • Vote for your favorite films in competition.
  • Post photos from the Festival on your social networks using #LAFilmFest.
  • Become a Film Independent Member to receive discounts and pre-sale opportunities at next year’s Festival and to see screenings all year long.
  • Three items to pack
  • A festival guide, printed with the June 8 Los Angeles Times.
  • A sweater for the air conditioned theaters.
  • Sunscreen for the Festival Event deck.

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See more summer events in Downtown LA on our events calendar, including Last Remaining Seats, classic films in historic theaters presented by the LA Conservancy June 11-28, and the LA Film Festival June 11-19. View calendar

 
 
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