DTLA Art Walk

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The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is a nonprofit that organizes monthly art walks in LA. They are scheduled for the 2nd Thursday of each month, year-round, rain or shine.

If you decide to join in the event, start at the Art Walk Lounge (634 S. Spring St.), the visitor center for the Art Walk. Visitors can pick up maps, view and purchase art from local and international artists, support artisans through the Art Mart, and sample promo items from our sponsors. The Art Walk Lounge is open from 6-10 PM.

Be sure to check out their website, as this nonprofit also hosts other events such as building tours throughout the city.

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Grand Performances Holiday Concerts

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Grand Performances, at Two California Plaza, is hosting a series of free holiday concerts throughout the upcoming weekend.

  • Friday, December 16: A Charlie Brown Christmas, Noon
  • Sunday, December 18: A Charlie Brown Christmas, 2 PM
  • Monday, December 19, A French Horn Holiday, Noon

Come for great holiday music, and other festive surprises like a complimentary cookie decorating party hosted by Omni Los Angeles Hotel and Grand Performances, on Sunday at 1 PM.

Please, if you can, bring a toy donation for the holidays. Visit the main website for more details.

Union Station Cocoa Concerts

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Fridays in December head over to Union Station’s South Patio for free musical performances and free hot cocoa. There will also be photo booth, holiday crafts, and prizes for “Ugliest Christmas Sweater”.

Musical performances include:

  • Friday, December 16th – A Swinging Holiday Performance from the California Feetwarmers
  • Friday, December 23rd – A Very Salsa Christmas with La Picante

Both shows are from 6 PM to 8 PM. Admission is free, but if you can please consider bringing a new unwrapped toy for the Southern California Fire Fighters Toy Drive.

See the website for more information.

Holiday Sing-Along

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On Friday, December 16, 2016, The Music Center in Downtown LA will come alive with holiday music and cheer! All in the community are welcome to come sing holiday songs, regardless of vocal talent or experience. It’s all in good fun, for the holidays.

The event is free, but a ticket is required. They will start being handed out starting at 5:30 PM. One ticket per person. Singing goes from 6 PM to 7:30 PM.

See their event page for more details.

Music Center Remembers Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen was a well-known singer and songwriter. He passed away last month. In his memory, The Music Center in Los Angeles will be playing recordings of his work in a free community event. This is a great way to meet other music lovers in your community.

The event is Thursday, December 8, 2016, from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. Food and drink will be available for purchase. The event itself is free to attend.

See their website for more information.

Gourmet Ghosts at The Last Bookstore

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Gourmet Ghosts 2 is a book by James T. Bartlett, a Los Angeles resident who has researched the most haunted restaurants, hotels, and bars in our area. He will be giving a live discussion of his book at The Last Bookstore on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM with a book signing after.

Check out the Facebook event page for more information. Also, the The Last Bookstore’s website lists more future free events.

The Big Draw LA

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The Big Draw LA is a live community art event. There will be a variety of all twelve drawing projects, ranging from animation to printmaking to drawing costumed models. Anyone can come and participate, no matter their skill level.

The event is at Grand Park in Downtown LA, which is behind City Hall and easily accessible from the Metrolink. It goes from 11 AM to 4 PM, on Sunday, October 2, 2016

The event is free and open to the public, with Ryman Arts students providing the supplies. This is a unique and fun community event for our area. See their website for more information.

Fiestas Patrias at Olvera Street

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Olvera Street is one of the most iconic places in Los Angeles. It’s full of Latin American and Mexican culture. There are shops, art galleries, and great restaurants. So it’s no surprise that they would be hosting one of the biggest Mexican Independence Day celebrations in the city. This two day event, will go from 10 AM to 10 PM each day. They will offer up performance art, tribal dances, music, and lots of delicious food for purchase!

Location: Olvera Street, 125 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles
Sept 17-18, 2016 10 AM to 10 PM

MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY: Celebration of Mexican Independence from Spain with popular and traditional entertainment, cultural activities, historic displays, food, artisan exhibits and more. Viva Mexico!

– from El Pueblo Events page