Your Guide To Fun in Downtown LA

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

FIGat7th DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL

The free weekly outdoor concerts feature performances by leading pop, rock, jazz, soul and alternative artists at FIGat7th, downtown LA’s premier shopping and dining destination.

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  • Free; Reservations Suggested
  • July 10 - August 28; Fridays at 7pm
  • FIGat7th (Plaza)
  • Park & Play: $5 rate after 4pm weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.
  • Go Metro: 1 block from the 7th and Metro Station
  • Dogs welcome
  • Three fun facts:
  • FIGat7th 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.
  • Three must do after:
  • Groove poolside at Hotel Figueroa.
  • Play old school arcade games at EightyTwo in the Arts District.
  • Invite your friends to the next FIGat7th Downtown Festival Concert.
  • Three items to pack
  • Your phone to take pics and share them #FIGat7thFest and #TurnUpDowntownLA
  • 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
  • June - August; 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
  • Three must do after:
  • 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 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Preston Smith, Martha Davis & the Motels, Shelby Lynne, Starship feat. Mickey Thomas and more.

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  • Free; No Reservations
  • July 8 - August 15; Saturdays 7-11pm
  • 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 must do after:
  • Head over to Perch a French inspired rooftop bistro that offers unobstructed views of Downtown LA that makes it feel as though you are floating at the skyline.
  • Walk down to Spring and 6th and check out The Falls and Spring Street Bar.
  • Enjoy gastro-pub 6th Street Tavern and the adjacent Library Bar.
  • Three items to pack:
  • Your cell phone to capture all the fun.
  • Cash for the food trucks and beer garden.
  • A jacket – it gets a little chilly at night.

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GRAND PERFORMANCES

LA’s favorite FREE summer tradition is back and better than ever for their 29th season. Pack a picnic, bring your loved ones, and enjoy incredible nights under the stars with fellow Angelinos.

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  • Free; No Reservations
  • June 19 – August 23; Fridays through Sundays; times vary
  • California Plaza
  • $8 flat rate begins 90 minutes 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
  • Three must do before:
  • Tell your friends to come with you.
  • Buy some pre-concert snaks at Grand Central Market.
  • Charge up your phone so you can take pics of the concert and share them at #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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GRAND PARK SUMMER

Whether you’re soaking up the sun, hanging with family or friends, celebrate, relax, and create a rollicking good time at Grand Park where programs are always FREE. Enjoy events such as Lunch a la Park, Sunday Sessions, The Tempest and the 4th of July Block Party. 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
  • Three must do before:
  • 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:
  • The 12-acre Grand Park stretches from The Music Center on the west to City Hall on the east, and is easily accessible by Metro via the Red/Purple line to the Civic Center/Grand Park station.
  • The park was named one of American Planning Association’s 10 “Great Public Spaces” in the U.S. for 2013.
  • 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.
  • Three must do after:
  • 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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DANCE DOWNTOWN AT THE MUSIC CENTER

Beginner dance lessons, live band or DJ, and open dance floor. Bring a picnic or grab a bite on site. Meet, greet, move, and groove.

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  • Free; No Reservations
  • June 5 - August 28; Every other Friday from 7pm – 11pm
  • Music Center Plaza
  • $9 parking flat rate
  • Go Metro: 2 blocks from the Civic Center / Grand Park Station
  • Dogs welcome
  • Family-friendly
  • Three must do before:
  • Invite your friends.
  • Enjoy dinner on the plaza.
  • Visit the info table and enter to win a slew of amazing prizes at each event.
  • Three fun facts:
  • The Music Center Plaza is beautiful 225,000 square-foot space and a great outdoor urban venue.
  • Each event has a different theme & style; from Salsa to Cumbia, to Disco to 90’s night!
  • At the center of The Plaza is one of the most iconic fountains in Los Angeles.
  • Three items to pack
  • Your favorite shoes to dance in.
  • A picnic.
  • Your best dance skills.

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STREET FOOD CINEMA

Bringing together the best in pop culture films, gourmet street food and progressive new music, Street Food Cinema reinvents the traditional movie going experience – al fresco style. Every element is carefully curated to develop the unique atmosphere that makes audiences want to come back again and again.

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  • $12 General Admission, $17 Reserved
  • May 30 - October 31; 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
  • Three must do before:
  • Buy tickets
  • Gather your friends.
  • Pack your SFC survival kit with blankets, chairs, a cooler, sunscreen, etc
  • Three fun facts:
  • It’s 2015 and Street Food Cinema is now the largest outdoor movie series in Los Angeles with over 50 events throughout 11 locations from Pasadena to the Pacific Palisades.
  • Interactive games at each event for guests to win prizes
  • Special guests at various events throughout the season.
  • Three must do after:
  • Instagram your pics from SFC
  • Yelp about your experience
  • Buy tickets for next weekend
  • 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 21 years, the Los Angeles Film Festival returns to L.A. LIVE June 10-18. 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-$25; Ticket Packages from $350
  • June 10-18; 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, Cash only
  • Three must do before:
  • The Los Angeles Film Festival is produced by Film Independent.
  • Check out nearly 200 screenings and events in the Festival Guide on LAFilmFest.com and buy your tickets.
  • Enjoy dinner at one of many restaurants at L.A. LIVE.
  • Three fun facts:
  • 1. Returning for its second year, the highly lauded LA Muse section showcases world premieres of films that capture the spirit of Los Angeles
  • The Festival offers mentorship for high school students with the Future Filmmakers program.
  • The Los Angeles Film Festival is produced by Film Independent.
  • 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.
  • A sweater for the air conditioned theaters.
  • Sunscreen for the Festival Event deck.

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LAST REMAINING SEATS

What’s better than watching your favorite classic film? Watching it as it was meant to be seen: on the big screen, in a beautiful theatre, and surrounded by fellow fans, of course! The L.A. Conservancy’s summer tradition, Last Remaining Seats, is back for its 29th season with favorites you won’t want to miss.

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  • Tickets $20 for the general public; $16 for Conservancy members, in advance. At the door (if any remain): $20 for everyone.
  • June 10-June 24, 8pm - 11pm* (*Depends on length of film)
  • Various locations
  • Various parking & Metro info See “Directions and Parking”.
  • Three fun facts:
  • More than 200,000 people have attended Last Remaining Seats since it started in 1987.
  • If you haven’t seen a film at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, don’t miss this chance. The sound is incredible, and the screen is enormous (30 by 55 feet).
  • In the early years of the series, some of the theatres were in such run-down condition that volunteers had to make them more presentable by scrubbing walls, covering arcade games with black fabric, even burning incense to mask unpleasant odors.
  • Three items to pack:
  • Your phone so you can post pics on social media.
  • You wallet so you can purchase a membership.
  • Your Metro Pass.

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