Summer is a great time to visit Los Angeles as there is good weather and many events in the arts and music to attend outdoors. One such event in downtown Los Angeles, just a Red Line Metro ride away from hotels in Hollywood is Grand Performances. The event presents FREE performing arts reflecting global culture to the diverse community of Los Angeles.
Grand Performances’ shows are located in California Plaza on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. Around 800 chairs are set up for Water Fountain Stage shows, and the Marina Pavilion seats about 300. Benches are also available on the upper level of Cal Plaza. Seating begins two hours prior to performance and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You are encouraged to bring blankets, pillows, cushions or jackets as it can get chilly. Picnic food and alcohol is welcome on-site.
There is an underground parking garage for California Plaza with an entrance at Olive St. between 1st and 4th streets. Parking is $7.50 after 5pm. Select shows have a bike valet. California Plaza is also a block and an Angel’s Flight away from the Pershing square station of Metro Red and Purple Lines.
The full schedule through August is below. For more information on each band, please visit www.grandperformances.org.
Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13, 8pm: Mexico Unexpected (MMM)
Saturday, July 14, 8pm: Nitin Sawhney
Friday, July 20, 8pm: Peace Go With You, Gil
Saturday, July 21 8pm: ¡Vamos al Mambo!
Friday, July 27, 8pm: Mastery & Legacy: The Music of Hawaii
Saturday, July 28, 8pm: Breakestra and Bibi Tanga and the Selenites
Thursday, August 2, 8pm: Fruit of the Trees, Salt of the Seas
Friday, August 3, 8pm: Symphony of Hope
Saturday, August 4, 8pm: Strunz Farah and Niyaz
Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11, 8pm: Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu
Thursday, August 16, 7pm: Charles Bukowski Self-Guided Walking Tour
Friday, August 17, 8pm: From Wharf Rats to Lord of the Docks (MMM)
Sunday, August 19, 8pm: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs
Friday, August 24, 8pm: El Gavachillo y Banda Sol de Santa Cruz and Brownout
Saturday, August 25, 8pm: Ana Tijoux and Nomadic Massive
Hope you can make it out to a performance in Downtown this summer!