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BLOG: Get Involved in DTLA This Spring

One of the best parts about living in DTLA is having access to everything Los Angeles has to offer—and there’s a lot. Let’s dig into a few of the events happening this spring and early summer, in areas surrounding your neighborhood and new rental at 888 Hope at Grand Hope Park in DTLA.

Rose Bowl Flea Market | 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103

Find your next envy-invoking piece of vintage wear or that kitschy piece of furniture that will finally bring your apartment together at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, located within Pasadena’s historic Rose Bowl stadium. It’s a massive marketplace with something to satisfy even the most discerning of deal hunters, and it runs every second Sunday, starting back up again on April 14th and operating through early November.

“Dinosaurs and DJs” | 900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, 90007

On the first Friday of every month, the hallowed halls of the Natural History Museum turn into a nightclub, complete with DJs, live bands, and cocktails. On May 3, resident DJ Novena Carmel will take turns behind the turntables with international sensation DJ Michelle Pesce; later in the evening, rock band Broncho will play selections from their latest album, Bad Behavior, before singer/songwriter Lauren Ruth Ward brings her eclectic brand of Baltimore rock and roll to the stage. Meanwhile, guests are free to wander around many of the museums galleries and drop in on an exciting panel discussion between California climate scientists about the past and future of massive flooding titled “H2-UH-OH.”

Soul of a Nation at The Broad | 221 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Pancakes & Booze Art Show | 613 Imperial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Hands dirtied and community served (see above), you may next want to feed your creative side and take in some culture. The Broad, DTLA’s contemporary art juggernaut, has a rotating selection of exhibits, as well as some reliable fixtures (yes, including the Infinity Mirrors Rooms...), that will inspire anyone from the true art newbie to the seasoned aficionado. Right now, one of the most exciting exhibits is Soul of a Nation, which examines the work and influence of over 60 Black artists from the civil rights movement and through the decades that followed. Or, if you’re intrigued by the more whimsical side of the art scene, check out the Pancakes & Booze Art Show on May 3rd and May 4th. A packed-to-the-brim showcase of pop art, fine art, and photography, this event finally brings the art scene what it’s always been missing: craft beer and free pancakes.

LA Zoo Wine + Dinner Series | 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Whisky Extravaganza at the City Market Social House | 1145 San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Get wild while still keeping it classy by taking part in the LA Zoo’s Wine + Dinner series, a true one-of-a-kind experience. Guests will enjoy a farm-to-table dinner with wine pairings from local sustainable wineries. Best of all, each meal will take place in an exciting location right inside the zoo, such as “the terraces of Mahale Mountains,... or the Amazonian stilt house within Rainforest of the Americas, or the Cambodian viewing area of Elephants of Asia.” There are three evenings available for ticket purchase: April 11th, May 30th, and June 27th. So, get your tickets now and plan on taking an Uber in case you want to go for thirds on that bubbly. And, of course, wine is great, but sometimes you need something a little stronger. Enter the Whisky Extravaganza (TWE), a traveling tasting program and master class on all the things you’ve ever wondered about your favorite libation. TWE stops by LA’s City Market Social House on May 31, and tickets are available now.

These are just a few of the exciting events going down near your Downtown LA rental in the coming months, with plenty more going on every week: from food festivals to concerts, pop-up sales, and whatever is going to replace charcoal ice cream as this year’s edible ‘gram favorite. People from the rest of the world don’t think we have seasons, but, in DTLA, it certainly feels like spring.