Our Favorite Finds

Explore iconic area attractions, plan a big city adventure, or enjoy a tranquil day at the beach. Our Staff Picks blog highlights the best of LA so that you can plan ahead for your upcoming trip to The Golden State.

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    Get Spooked at Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights

    It’s officially October and that means it’s time to face your fears and get spooked at Universal Studios’ annual Halloween Horror Nights! With terrifying mazes and scary clowns around every corner, this is one outing you won’t want to do on your own, so group up your family or friends and make your way through mazes, scare zones, and more! The haunted mazes will guide you through a variety of different haunted house themes with all of the most iconic horror movie characters will be out on the prowl, waiting to jump out. This year’s themes include Stranger Things and The Purge—and don’t forget to take a ride on the infamous “Terror Tram!” Universal Studios at Halloween time is the perfect combination of your Universal favorites with a scary twist that will have you jumping the whole night. Boo!

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    Check Out This Exclusive Evening Picnic

    Foodies, this is one event you won’t want to miss out on. On September 29, Le Diner en Blanc will celebrate its fifth year with swoon-worthy views and bites of an evening picnic. First started in France 30 years ago, Le Diner en Blanc is a trendy pop-up style picnic where guests don their best all-white attire and enjoy a gourmet picnic at a secret location. Thousands of guests are expected to attend the outdoor event, where the location is revealed upon arrival throughout the city. Savor delicious food, great drinks and an unforgettable evening under the stars at this unique event, perfect for a special night out with your significant other. The best part? You’ll connect with other Angelenos from all different backgrounds over the magic of an exclusive outing reminiscent of old French high society.

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    The King Tut Exhibit: A Journey to the Past

    One of the greatest aspects of LA is the number of museums and exhibits right at your fingertips. No matter what part of the city you’re in, you’re usually no more than just a short drive away from discovering some of the best museums in the country. Throughout this summer, the California Science Center is bringing KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh to visitors. To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of discovering King Tut’s tomb, the exhibit features over 150 authentic items from the tomb, 60 of which are brand new to the states. To support the exhibit, the Science Center is showing an IMAX feature daily to allow visitors a deeper understanding of the original discovery of the tomb. Whether you’re an avid history lover or not, walking through the exhibit is a spellbinding, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to look into the past through a lens not many get to experience.

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    Celebrate the Fourth With Live Music, Food and Fireworks

    The best part of summertime in LA? There’s always an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the California sunshine. And this July, you can join the City of Angels in celebrating America’s birthday with the fun, affordable festivities at Grand Park. The event is dog-friendly, accessible via the Metro and free to enjoy the music and atmosphere! The park and Music Center will be kicking off their block party at 3 p.m. with food truck fare, incredible live music and more. Families traveling with kiddos, this event is alcohol-free so pack your favorite snacks, picnic blankets, and games, and take to the park for a quintessential American day outdoors. You can wrap the evening with a picture-perfect view of the spectacular Fourth of July fireworks that will light up over the Downtown LA skyline. Now, that’s what we call ‘America, the Beautiful!’”

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    LA Pride Parade and Festival 2018

    Join the city of West Hollywood in celebrating the LGBTQ+ community at the annual LA Pride Parade on June 9 – 10. With humble yet dedicated beginnings devoted to advocating for gay rights within the city and country, the pride parade has become a national headline, attracting thousands of allies every year. West Hollywood Park, along San Vicente Boulevard, transforms into the center of the festivities with one main parade, three main stages, tons of performers including headliners Kehlani and Tove Lo, and lots of fun activities. Guests can enjoy great food and music while also celebrating the acceptance, self-expression, and fight for equality that’s at the heart of the LA Pride Parade’s mission. Not only is this a fantastic opportunity to show your support for the community, but it’s also a great way to experience an authentic, inclusive LA.

    Single Day Tickets: $25
    Full Weekend Tickets: $35

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    Celebrate the Start of Cinespia, an L.A. Tradition

    Setting up chairs and blankets to watch a movie in a cemetery? Yeah, it’s an L.A. thing. This Los Angeles tradition is the unofficial—but might as well be official—kickoff of summer in the city. Every year, Cinespia takes to Hollywood Forever to screen classic cult favorites for friends and family from all over the city. Picnic spreads and folding chairs are set up among some of Hollywood’s greats including Rudolph Valentino and Bugsy Siegel. This year’s premiering lineup includes favorites like The Neverending Story, Almost Famous, and Spirited Away. If the cemetery is calling your name, you’ll want to purchase tickets ahead of time and be sure to get there early since it’s become such a popular event. Once you’re settled on the lawn, watching the sun go down before the movie begins, you’ll understand why this event has become an L.A. rite of passage.

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    Get Ready for a Traffic-Free Commute with Nike

    Let’s face it, LA morning commutes leave little to be desired. And instead of wasting away the day stuck on a freeway, why not leave the car at our place and give your long commute a much needed refresher! April 22, 2018, you can hop on the 90 and join Nike for the Go LA 10k. You heard us right, Nike is closing down the freeway so that you, and other running enthusiasts, will be able to run freely from Culver City to Marina Del Rey and back again. The course begins at the corner of Slauson and Hannum Avenues in Culver City, then merges onto the 90 for five kilometers of traffic-free freedom. The freeway take-back will start your day on the right foot and provide rejuvenating relief for a positive, motivated spring season. We’ll see you at the starting line! Entry fee is $50 and benefits local youth organizations.

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    Come Hungry At The Japanese Food Festival

    We hope you’re hungry! Come with an empty stomach and ready to immerse yourself in a vibrant, tasty culture at the Japanese Food Festival. March 2 and March 3, the popular festival returns to a new location in downtown Los Angeles for a bigger space, but with all the same incredible food tastings. Call up your favorite foodies and dig into mouthwatering dishes of ramen, yakisoba, sashimi, Japanese curry, and more, served up by over 50 chef vendors. And wash it down with delicious and refreshing sake, sochu, and beer tastings, all included in your ticket. It’s hard not to feel the exciting atmosphere coursing through the festival with fun entertainment including cultural performances, a tuna filleting demonstration, and a Japan travel exhibit. Not only will you be leaving with a full stomach, but with a deeper appreciation for the rich, authentic culture of Japan. Kanpai!

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    The Historic Santa Monica Pier

    Don’t let appearances fool you—this pier is so much more than a pretty face (or view)! Santa Monica Pier has a rich history that spans over 100 years; and with tons of shops, rides, and attractions, it’s easy to fill an afternoon exploring the hidden gems of this historic landmark. For history-lovers, there are hour-long tours available to give you the full rundown on the pier’s history and surrounding areas. And thrill-seekers can check out Pacific Park for games, the famous carousel and it's vintage soda fountain--and even a ride on the rollercoaster at sunset. Got an eye for shopping? The pier has a handful of unique stores to peruse: 66 to Cali is where the historic Route 66 ends and provides fun, commemorative American-made goods. But the true hidden gem? Heal the Bay’s public marine-education center located beneath the carousel building.

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    LA Auto Show 2013

    The LA Auto Show 2013 returns November 22nd – December 1st! From Morley’s Skating Rink in 1907 to occupying 870,000 square feet of exhibition space today, the LA Auto Show attracts over 900,000 guests annually. Following Press Days, the show kicks off on November 21st with its annual charity event- Sneak Preview Night. And from the 22nd to the 1st, it opens its doors to the public. With over 50 vehicle debuts- both domestic and world- this event is not one to be missed! Living in Los Angeles, most of our team here, at the Holiday Inn Express West LA, have grown up with a strong admiration for automobiles. And with our Santa Monica Blvd. 

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    A Day at the Getty Center

    As one of the most popular museums in the world, the J. Paul Getty Center creates an inviting, artistic atmosphere with incredible works and exhibits from all over the globe. In addition to popular exhibits on specific artists and works, the museum is home to a collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art from the Neolithic-Late Antiquity periods, European art dating back to the Middle Ages, and large collections of sculpture, photography, and more. Plus, it's hard not to be whisked away by the dreamlike surroundings of breathtaking gardens and architecture, and the panoramic views of Los Angeles. What really sets the Getty apart is the museum's sincere dedication to the collection and conservation of art, in all forms. The Getty Center offers a number of educational programs and tours to learn more about the noteworthy work they do. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, closed Mondays, and has free admission. Parking costs $15 per vehicle, and only $10 after 3 p.m.

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    Grand Park New Years Eve LA

    Grand Park (most well-known for its food truck gatherings, lunchtime yoga sessions and summertime concerts) promises to be one of the most family-friendly and affordable NYE destinations in the city for the fourth year in a row. Flanked by the Music Center and City Hall, every inch of this three-block green space will be covered in culture, including City Hall, which will be used as a 22-story canvas for projections of photo-booth pics taken onsite, 3-D projections and a countdown.

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    Singles NYE 2017 Yacht Party!

    Cruise aboard of this one-of-a-kind luxury yacht and enjoy bringing in the New Year.

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    LA County Holiday Celebration

    While Santa may still be working with his elves to load up his sleigh, you can relax and enjoy a pre-Christmas Eve celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Gather up your friends and family and go hear LA’s biggest holiday show, which includes more than 20 choirs, music ensembles and dance troupes from all over the city.

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    The Brain Art Event

    The Brain Art Event will be the official charity fundraiser hosted by The Chiari Project. Unique representations of the human brain will mesmerize an audience. Come and explore a showcase of finely crafted exhibits, which will consist of canvas, mold, fabric, installation, mixed media and more. This event will not only promote talented artists in the area, but also assist a worthwhile cause where proceeds will be directed towards Chiari Malformation research in 2017.

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    Mariachi Weekends in Downtown LA

    Join us every weekend to listen to our delectable mariachi shows with Mariachi Los Reyes, accompanied with special presentations with the one-and-only Juan Mendoza “El Tariacuri” Our showtimes are: Friday- 8pm & 10pm Saturday- 8:30pm & 10:30pm Sunday- 7pm Come celebrate our Mexican heritage with beautiful mariachi music at Don Chente’s!!

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    Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

    Starting November 25, Descanso Gardens will be putting on an amazing display of lights. This experience is interactive, nighttime experience, including a one-mile walk featuring 10 lighting display unlike anything you have seen before. You do no want to miss this magical display of lights perfect to kick start the holiday season! Hurry though, advance tickets are highly recommended. For tickets click here,

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    The Great Walk Los Angeles

    The Great Walk across Los Angeles returns for an 11th year November 19th along Pico Ave. The Great Walk is a 16 mile walk designed to promote health. Some 400 people are expected to show, the whole walk is approximately 8 hrs long, and participants are able to opt out at any time. The event is free, take the opportunity of this event to see a great deal of Los Angeles from a city street view, with our fellow Angelenos!

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    Turkey Trot Los Angeles

    Get a in a good trot right before the big feast! The Turkey Trot returns to Downtown Los Angeles on Thanksgiving morning! Make sure to record the Thanksgiving day parade and head on down to get your fitness on and you can follow with all the turkey and stuffing you can handle! All participants receive and Turkey Trot Trucker hat! Act now, tickets are at $45! Click here for more details!

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    LA Auto Show

    The LA Auto Show is back for two weekends! November 18 thru November 27 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Two full weekends to preview all the best new models and the newest car technology coming in the new year. Nearly 100 new models to test drive, various events throughout the shows, and several celebrity appearances. Get tickets now and skip the line!

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    The Great Rock & Roll Flea Market

    Ain’t no flea market like a rock-and-roll flea market! That’s right ladies and gentleman, every first Sunday of the month, the Regent Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles hosts The Great Rock-and-Roll Flea Market! Head down and check out an amazing collection of records, musical instruments and memorabilia. Best of all, its free! This is a unique flea market you will definitely will want to see! Market begins at 10am and ends at 3pm, for more info, click here

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    4th Annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl

    Calling all Ghouls! Come and join the zombie craze for the 4th Annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl, Saturday, October 29. Zombies take over for food and drink specials up and down the streets all night long! Makeup artists will be available for that spooky zombie look, all you have to do is show up! After the crawl, all zombies all invited for the zombie after party! Tickets are only $12, so make sure to get your tickets for this monster of a night!

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    LA is proud of its people and is ready to celebrate them! CelebrateLA is gearing up to celebrate the people of LA, who are the future of LA, the bright young people who are full of ideas and creativity. Tuesday, October 18 it goes down at DTLA’s Grand Park. Join the fun with food trucks, treats, drinks, and free stuff, you do not want to miss this event to celebrate the people that make this grand city!

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    Dia De Los Muertos

    Hollywood Forever Cemetery invites you to come celebrate Dia de los Muertos on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Take part in the tradition of celebrating life and our loved ones who may rest in peace. Dress in your best Day of the Dead outfit, enjoy traditional mexican cuisine, live music, and watch the cemetery come to life in beautiful Dia de los Muertos decor. Admission is $20 person, for parking and scheduling info check out the event site.

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    Brunch at the Races

    Dust your finest and brightest hats, and its off to the races! What better way to spend a Sunday than a good ol’ brunch and a classic horse race event! On Sunday October 9, Santa Anita Park will be hosting brunch at the horse races featuring 30 of LA’s biggest restaurants and drink samples from various vendors. This event runs 11am-2pm, tickets start at $29.75 and a portion of the proceeds go to Food Forward. For tickets please visit their site.

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    Feria De Los Moles

    Placita Olvera will be honoring a traditional Mexican dish, Mole (acccent on letter e). Mole is a traditional Mexcian dish made of a spicy chocolate sauce, which is prepared differently according to each region of Mexico, each delicious in its own way. For that reason, a fair has been made in honor of it, so save the date, and come on down to Placito Olvera 10am-6pm for Mole, folklore, and mariachi

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    Budweiser Made in America Music Festival

    Nothing like one last major festival to close out the summer! Created by Jay-Z, the Made in America Festival will surely bring together the best of the best from music and food for one epic festival that you do not want to miss. For more information and ticket information, click here


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    Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

    Another day, another festival! This time is the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival coming August 21-24, and the best of Los Angeles’ talent will be in attendance! Local chefs will be preparing special themed dishes, and will be conducting live cooking demonstrations to spectators. Wine seminars will also be scheduled, to make the perfect food and wine pairing. So be sure to check out this event if you wish to create dishes like the professionals! 

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    Echo Park Rising

    Summer may soon be over but festival season is still going strong. Coming August 18-21 to Echo Park Los Angeles is Echo Park Rising. This FREE three-day music festival is lined up full of Los Angeles’ best local talent, that you’ll be sure to hear on the radio soon after thanks to this festival, and you can claim to have heard them first! For the foodie in you, several of Los Angeles’ best will bring their best dishes and food specials!

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    Avocado Festival 2016

    Angel City Brewery is back at it again for a fourth year in a row with their specially crafted Avocado Ale! In honor of the ale’s return, Angel City Brewery is celebrating with an all day event! The Avocado Festival will be held on August 8, with food parings, brewery tours, live music, and prizes! $1 from every Avocado Ale sold with benefit the Ron Finely project, so come drink and do some good! For more information on this event visit

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    Scare LA: The Los Angeles Halloween Convention

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    Tiki Night 2016

    Enjoy a tropical night as tiki makes its way back to Egyptian Theatre’s 12th Annual Tiki Night! A night of island food, drinks, music, fashion, and dance! Polynesian dancers to entertain and Hawaiian BBQ to taste! Admission includes a commemorative tropical drink to start off the night. Tickets start at $14, come a enjoy this little island getaway!

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    Saturdays Off the 405

    The Getty Center is back with “Saturdays Off the 405.” Every Saturday at the Getty enjoy a night of art and free live music by up and coming artists. Tickets are not required and these events are free! Check the site for the schedule of artists. 

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    Summer at Grand Central Market

    Summer means longer days, which calls for later nights! That’s why Grand Central Market will once again be extending their hours to 10pm all summer, with various vendors creating late night menu specials, fun events almost every night, there will be plenty to do no matter what day you go! For more information and a calendar of events visit their website!

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    Lotus Festival in Echo Park

    Did you know that Echo park lake is home to the largest Lotus bed in the United States? For that reason, it is the site for the Lotus Festival taking place July 9-10. This festival includes food, ethnic dances, and special cultural performances dedicated to the Lotus Flower. Admission to this event is FREE, festival hours are noon to 9pm Saturday, and noon to 8pm Sunday. 

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    Fourth of July at Grand Park

    Celebrate with friends and family, at this all-ages Independence Day block party at Grand Park! Enjoy from various food vendors, multiple music stages, game area, dedicated for those ages 4-14, and the grand fireworks show with the iconic L.A. City Hall as a backdrop. Best of all this event is free! Check out the site for more details 

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    Free Museum Days

    In LA on a budget? There are many museums all through out LA that offer free admission either once a month or once a week. Our friends at Go Los Angeles have compiled a list of museums that are always free, museum free days. No matter what your taste in art, there is something for everyone.

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    Dinosaurs Unextinct at the LA Zoo

    Dinosaurs have become “unextinct” at the Los Angeles Zoo this summer. Come and meet 17 life-size dinosaurs, take pictures with the ferocious creatures, and learn how they are connected to the modern day zoo animals. This Mesozoic experience will run until October 31, 2016 at the LA Zoo for a separate ticketed price of only $5 per person. 

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    Skyspace LA Hosting a Free Public Party to Celebrate Grand Opening

    OUE Skyspace LA, B5:E5 tallest open-air observation deck located on top of the US Bank Tower is opening to the public and is throwing a free public block party in celebration! The observation deck officially opens on June 25th, and Skyspace LA is inviting everyone for this Free all-day event!  The block party is from 10 am to 11pm, around the US Bank Tower on S. Hope street between Hope Place and 3rd street.  This event will feature live performances, a variety of food trucks, a Community Tent area and  specialty beer garden for 21 and older guests, best of all, tickets will not be necessary to visit the observation deck. Click Here

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    Street Food Cinema 2016

    Be sure to check out the Street Food Cinema schedule this summer for a movie in the park! Street Food Cinema has several locations all around LA, so no matter where you are at there is location near you! There are various food trucks for your tastebuds to try, and a musical act before the movie for your entertainment! So bring a friend, a blanket and Fido(allowed most dates), and enjoy a movie al-fresco style! Tickets start at $13 for adults. 

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    LA PRIDE Music Festival and Parade 2016

    The largest LGBTQ ticketed festival in the United States is back this weekend!  The 46th annual PRIDE Music Festival and Parade returns to West Hollywood Park June 10 thru June 12.  Join this three day celebration of the LGBTQ Community and supporters!  Headliners include Carly Rae Jepsen, Charli XCX, and sister power duo Krewella! Come for the music, stay for the art-exhibits, foodtrucks, and pop-up bars! Single day tickets are $15 and three day passes are just $45.

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    Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

    A park full of books on a beautiful, Southern California weekend. What could be more perfect? Spend this Saturday and Sunday digging through piles of books, new and old, talking with local book vendors and avid readers alike. The event will include signings by guest authors, readings and giveaways. This event is fun for the whole family! Date: April 9-10 Location: USC, Exposition Park Time: 10:00am Price of Event: $1.00 For more information, check out the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books website.

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    Rooftop Film Club

    Switch up your moving viewing experience and spend a night under the stars watching a great film. Simultaneously take advantage of breezy California “Winter” and Los Angeles’ rich film history with the Rooftop Film Club. Recent showings have included classics such as Casablanca and the Big Short and current hits like The Big Short and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Tickets sell out fast, so jump on it before it’s too late! Date: Through the end of May Time: See Website Location: Ricardo Montalbon Theatre, 1615 Vine St, Los Angeles Event Fee: $19 per screening For more information, including movie listings, dates and times, check out the Rooftop Film Club site!

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    Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    Calling all witches and wizards! The Southern California theme park world is about to be magically transformed with the Grand Opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter happening at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7, 2016. The popular books and movies will instantly come to life through rides, shopping and interactive experiences. The park is here to stay, but don’t miss out on the historic grand opening. All muggles are welcome! Date: April 7, 2016 Location: Universal Studios Hollywood Time: Times Vary, see website Price: $129+ per day More Info: Click Here

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    Enter the wondrous world of comic boos at this year’s WonderCon at the LA Convention Center. Take in all that popular media has to offer in one place. Tickets go fast, but you won’t want to miss out on a chance to discover old classics and new favorites with communities of other super-fans. Date: March 25- March 27, 2016 Location: Los Angeles Convention Center Time:Friday 12:00–7:00, Saturday 10:00–7:00, Sunday 10:00–5:00 Price:$30/day More Info: Click here!

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    Grove Christmas Tree Lighting

    LA’s favorite Shopping Mall is ready for the holidays! The West Coast version of the famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting of NYC, The Grove’s Tree Lighting Event promises a Hollywood touch to an already starry event. With appearances and performances by both Meghan Trainor and Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) accompanied by a 55-piece orchestra, you’re going to want to be at the Grove on November 14th from 7-9pm. Spend the day shopping at the mall and then hunker down to get the best seats in the house no later than 5:00. Spots fill up quick, so bundle up and bring snacks to steak out while you wait for the event to start. 

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    Rain Room at LACMA

    Take advantage of one of the most notorious art installation in recent history, Random International’s “Rain Room” (2012) now showing at the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA). Using sensor touch technology, the Rain Room is easier experienced than explained. First finding a home at New York’s MoMa, the piece has made it’s way to the West Coast and is currently setting up shop in LA from November 1, 2015 to March 6, 2016. While at the piece, take advantage of the trip and visit LACMA for the countless other beautiful and sublime offerings.   Be careful to wait this one out– Public Tickets may sell out sooner rather than later. 

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    Festival Supreme

    Where do we even begin? Clear your schedule October 25th and make your way to the Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds! Festival Supreme has the quintessential combination of music and comedy. It’ll be eight hours of a serious ab workout. With 39 comedians, live music, a Circus of Death, and a steady flow of food and drinks– you’ll have more than a memorable night. So don’t end the evening with a long drive home! The Holiday Inn Express West LA is just a quick ride from the venue, with great rates, a complimentary breakfast and free WiFi to make your stay easy and seamless.

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    2014 ESPYs

    The ESPYs are back! July 19th. 6 pm. L.A. Live’s Nokia Theatre. ESPN’s ESPYs, launched in 1993, recognizes team and individual athletic achievements and performances during the past year. Raising over $1 million a year for cancer research and with Drake as this year’s host, it is bound to be an exciting evening cialis 20mg filmtabletten preisvergleich. There are still a handful of tickets left! And we couldn’t think of a better time to come to L.A. A quick hop on the 10 freeway, and you’ll be there in no time. With our complimentary breakfast, free WiFi, Santa Monica Blvd. location and friendly staff, the Holiday Inn Express West LA will make sure you’re settled in for the weekend. 

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    Twilight Concerts on the Pier

    Santa Monica Pier’s 30th Annual Twilight Concerts Series returns July 10th! We could go on and on about how wonderful this summer concert series is, but we thought–why not share what some other people think? “AMAZING….. Sitting on the beach listening to great music watching the sunset, all FREE, nothing beats this.” -Jacqueline Y. (Yelp Review, 2009) “From Reggae to local eclectic beats there is a week for everyone’s taste. But to me it doesn’t matter who is playing because you are on the sand with 10,000 other people who are having a good time picnicking with friends.” – Jackie B (Yelp Review, 2013) The concerts begin every Thursday evening at 7:30 pm on the Pier.

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    July 4th Weekend in LA

    Looking for something to do this July 4th weekend?! Well, we’re having trouble selecting just one! There are so many events that are going on, that we thought we’d mention just a “few”. We may have been over-zealous, but we’ve put them in chronological order, just in case you can see them all! CAAM: CAAM’s doors open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. for exhibition viewing and an art workshop. From 6pm onwards, stay for CAAM’s special program, Gleaming at Twilight,  featuring live performances. Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza: Roughly 15,000 people attend Fireworks Extravaganza at LA’s Exposition Park. From 12 pm onwards enjoy entertainment, with a 60-minute firework show beginning at dusk. AmericaFest: Stop by the Rose Bowl for AmericaFest– the festival

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    Congratulations, UCLA Graduates!

    We want to take a moment and congratulate all UCLA graduates on this huge accomplishment! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors, and tons of fun at your upcoming commencement ceremonies this June! Like every year, the Holiday Inn Express West Los Angeles will welcome many of your friends and families who came from out of town to celebrate this milestone with you, and we couldn’t be any more excited to offer a home away from home during this special time. We still have a few rooms available around the ceremony days, but they are going fast and we are expecting to sell out. 

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    LA Wine Fest

    To the Wine Connoisseurs of Southern California, Mark your calendars! LA Wine Fest is from May 31st-June 1st at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood! The LA Wine Fest brings over 500 wines, brews and spirits from around the world to your doorstep. And features local celebrity chef demos, live entertainment, tasty seminars, popular food trucks, boutiques, festival merchandise and more! With a packed weekend like this, things can be unpredictable. So let us help you plan ahead! Avoid the long drive on Saturday, fill up on our hot breakfast and head out for another sunny day in L.A. 

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    LA Asian Pacific Film Festival

    There are always so many events happening in and around L.A. at any given time that its almost impossible to choose. But we’ll relieve some of that stress for you.  Block off your schedule from May 1 to May 11. That’s right– the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is back! On it’s 30th year, the LA Asian Pacific Film Fest has become the premier showcase for the best and brightest of Asian American and Asian international cinema. With screenings, industry panels, in-person guest appearances, filmmaker awards and galas– its no wonder it draws a crowd. So now that you’ve blocked off your schedule, you’ll want to make sure you’re ready for the busy week ahead. Don’t worry, the Holiday Inn

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    UCLA Bruin Day!

    The Holiday Inn Express West L.A. would like to welcome UCLA’s accepted students to Bruin Day on April 19, 2014!  We can’t imagine how excited you are to learn more about UCLA’s amazing faculty, beautiful campus, and dynamic student life next month. There’s a fully packed schedule, from open houses and presentations to faculty lectures and fairs. You’ll get a taste of how amazing life as a UCLA student can be. From our family to yours: congratulations on your acceptance into UCLA! Our Holiday Inn Express West L.A. is home to many UCLA students and families during their stay here in L.A.

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    Beverly Hills Film Festival 2014

    Los Angeles is not only all about Hollywood blockbuster movies, we also appreciate the independent and rising filmmakers of the world! Once a year, we honor them at the prestigious Beverly Hills Film Festival, held from April 23-27. To learn more about the 14th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival, visit their website here. If you are attending the 2014 Beverly Hills Film Festival, and looking for close proximity and great rates, consider staying at the Holiday Inn Express West L.A.! From our complimentary breakfast and free WiFi, to our location just 7 minutes from Beverly Hills and 15 minutes from LAX, we’ll make sure you enjoy L.A.– without that famous L.A. traffic.

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    2014 LA Marathon

    One of our favorite events is back! The 2014 Los Angeles marathon will be held on March 9 and we couldn’t be any more thrilled to cheer the runners along the way. Starting out at Dodger Stadium, athletes will make their way west through Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and West Los Angeles to the finish line in Santa Monica. In true Los Angeles fashion, you’ll find plenty of entertainment alongside the course – live bands, DJs, and even dancers. So be sure to stop by! The Holiday Inn Express West Los Angeles is located nearby the course, and only about 5 miles away from the finish line, making it a perfect place to spend the night.

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    Temporary Closure on I-405

    Los Angeles transportation officials are alerting motorists of an intermittent 80-hour northbound I-405 freeway closure operation in the Sepulveda Pass this Presidents’ Day weekend, February 14 to 18, 2014, and asking motorists to help prevent multi-hour freeway delays. The closure consists of a partial daytime lane reduction and a full nighttime closure of the freeway’s northbound lanes between Getty Center Dr and Ventura Bl. While during daytime hours, two northbound lanes will remain open, we strongly encourage our guests to get to the hotel avoiding the 405 altogether because we expect the traffic to be extremely slow (and/or at a standstill). 

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    Temporary Road Closure – Beloit

    As part of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass improvement project, the City of Los Angeles will be closing Beloit Ave from Santa Monica Blvd to Nebraska Ave from 9am Monday, Jan 20, to 9am Saturday, Feb 8. Guests will not be able to access our hotel from Beloit Ave during this time. Please use the entrance on Santa Monica Blvd if you want to take advantage of our on-site parking garage. We apologize for the inconvenience. Call us at (310) 478-1400 if you have further questions regarding this temporary road closure.

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    dineLA Restaurant Week

    A twelve day dining event, dineLA begins January 20th and ends January 31st! With prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at a plethora of LA’s finest restaurants–this is truly a treat. There’s something for every budget and mood, from food trucks and oceanfront dining to organic cuisine and global foods. For the food aficionados, you can also experience dishes from award-winning chefs, such as Wolfgang Puck, Thomas Keller, Michael Voltaggio and Ricardo Zarate (to name a few). Whether you’re in Pasadena, West Hollywood or Venice Beach– there are restaurants participating from all over LA. This is a perfect opportunity to dine at exotic and award-winning restaurants at an affordable price. 

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    LA Photographic Art Expo

    The 23rd Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition will be held January 16th-19th this year! photo l.a. will be holding the event at L.A. Mart- a 60,000 square foot Exhibition Hall in downtown L.A.. A massive event, January 16th will be the start of a truly remarkable weekend that celebrates and recognizes L.A.’s resurgence as an artistic hub. photo l.a. is joining forces with the LA Art Show, setting up a shuttle that will allow attendees to visit both venues. From viewing access to 19th century works of art and cutting edge contemporary art to docent tours, passionate roundtable discussions and lectures– photo l.a. truly offers attendees a 360 degree experience.

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    Happy New Year!

    Our team at the Holiday Inn Express West LA would like to take the time out to wish you all a very happy New Year! 2013 has been a truly spectacular year for our team here at the Holiday Inn Express–and our guests, partners, team members, families and friends are the reason for that. We hope that 2014 brings you and your loved ones continuous joy and laughter. Happy New Year!

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    Rose Bowl 2014

    The Rose Bowl 2014 kicks off January 1st! A perfect way to start the New Year, the Rose Bowl will have you “oohing” and “awing” from the beginning– starting with the Rose Parade! At 8 am, beautiful, “Dreams Come True” themed floats will be parading down Colorado Boulevard internetapotheke viagra. And afterwards, there will be the 100th Rose Bowl Game featuring a matchup between the Michigan State Spartans and the Stanford Cardinals. The excitement and intensity doesn’t end there. On January 6th, the entire event will commence with the 16th annual BCS National Championship hosted by the Tournament of Roses. A truly invigorating and spirited event, the Rose Bowl attracts people from all across the nation.

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    The Great Russian Nutcracker

    “Sheer splendor and elegant dancing.” – Baltimore Sun Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker comes to the Los Angeles based, Wiltern Theater December 15th for two shows! Great for all ages, the artists bring laughs, charm, strength, and Russian panache to this timeless tale. A company of 40 award-winning principal ad corps de ballet will be performing Sunday at 3 pm and 7 pm viagra singapore. The Moscow Ballet has been touring North America for the past twenty years, performing true to the original choreography. And whether you’ve yet to attend a ballet performance or you’re a seasoned audience member, you can’t go wrong with such a beautiful and classical piece.

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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    There is no time more fitting to say thank you. Thank you to you, our guests, partners, vendors and friends for supporting our team here at the Holiday Inn Express West LA. This Thanksgiving holiday, we wish you and your family health and happiness. From our home to yours: Happy Thanksgiving!

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    American Film Market 2013

    The American Film Market 2013, held from November 6th-13th, is the ultimate marketplace for films. Eight days of deal making, screenings, seminars, networking, and parties- this is a must-attend event for filmmakers and business people alike. Our Holiday inn Express West LA team loves this annual event, as it breathes a different life into our local community. Considered a pivotal industry affair, over 800 million dollars in deals are closed, 400 different films are screened, and the Santa Monica Promenade is transformed into 21 screening rooms. If you’re flying in to Santa Monica, our Holiday Inn Express West LA hotel is located directly on Santa Monica Blvd suche viagra. For eight days, it’s important that you feel at home.

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    UCLA Parents’ Weekend 2013

    UCLA Parents’ Weekend 2013 is approaching fast! If you’re from out of town, we can only imagine how exciting this weekend will be for you. This three-day event, from November 1st-3rd, gives you a glimpse into your child’s life as a UCLA undergrad. We know it’ll be hectic, between the millions of events and getting that quality time in with your child. Only two miles from campus, with close proximity to the freeway and ample parking, we’re here to make your life a little easier. And don’t worry about breakfast or getting that workout in, we’ve got you covered. When calling to book or inquire about reservations, be sure to ask us about our UCLA rates!

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    West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

    West Hollywood’s Halloween Carnaval 2013 is coming up on October 31st! It’s one of the largest Halloween events, with over 500,000 people in attendance. The ultimate street party- you’ll see eccentric costumes you could’ve never imagined, eat from popular food trucks, and have access to 6 stages and 50 performers. It is one of our favorite Halloween events, so if you teeter on the side of adventurous, this is right up your alley. As much as it is one of those “must go” events, the parking situation can be daunting cialis preiswert. Don’t worry, our Santa Monica Blvd.

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    Front Porch Cinema Santa Monica

    “Unwind on the front porch of California.” An event like Front Porch Cinema is just one of the perks to being a Southern California native. Fortunately, with this nifty update, you won’t have to miss out! Stay with us one weekend from September 27th-October 18th and leave your Friday evening open. From our West L.A. hotel, drive a quick ten-minutes to the Santa Monica Pier, enjoy good food, drinks and live music at 6:00 pm and then rent a lawn chair and watch a free film screening at 7:30 pm. Open-air screening, an old fashion lawn chair and the ocean breeze-it’s the perfect antidote to a long week. 

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    TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

    We are excited to announce that the Holiday Inn Express West Los Angeles has received the prestigious 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! This little badge of honor is awarded only to those establishments who consistently achieve outstanding guest reviews on TripAdvisor, among other criteria. So, from everyone here at our hotel, a heartfelt THANK YOU to all the guests and travelers who took the time to post a review about their stay at the Holiday Inn Express West Los Angeles, we truly appreciate your comments! Nothing like honest feedback to help us learn and improve the great service our guests have come to expect.

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    2013 Anime Expo L.A.

    The largest Anime and Manga Expo in North America is about to hit town again on July 4-7! Join thousands of fellow Japanese street culture fans for four days of Japanese music, masquerades, fashion shows, karaoke, gaming, and much more! The Anime Expo Los Angeles is a 24-hour event that offers late-night dances, all-night video programming, and late-night karaoke. To stay fit for the convention, we recommend you get a comfortable hotel room at the Holiday Inn Express West L.A., but be sure to make your reservation soon, we are expecting to sell out fast.  

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    Congratulations, UCLA Graduates!

    We want to take a moment and congratulate all UCLA graduates and wish you all the best for your future, and tons of fun at your upcoming commencement ceremonies this June! Like every year, the Holiday Inn Express West Los Angeles will welcome many of your friends and families who came from out of town to celebrate this milestone with you, and we couldn’t be any more excited to offer a home away from home during this special time. We still have a few rooms available around the ceremony days, but they are going fast and we are expecting to sell out. So check availability for your desired dates and don’t hesitate to make your reservation! Again, UCLA graduates: CONGRATULATIONS

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    Temporary I-405 N Freeway Closure

    On May 10 and May 17, 2013, from 11pm to 9am on each night, the northbound 405 freeway will be closed from the Santa Monica Blvd off-ramp to the Santa Monica Blvd on-ramp. This is part of the greater I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvement Project, and may temporarily affect your route to the Holiday Inn Express West Los Angeles. Here’s what you can expect: Northbound Santa Monica Boulevard off and on-ramps will remain open. Detour: Exit at the Santa Monica Boulevard off-ramp, go straight through traffic light and enter the Santa Monica Boulevard on-ramp. Traffic control officers will be deployed. CHP will be monitoring the area surrounding the closure. 

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    The 2013 Beverly Hills Film Festival

    Los Angeles is not only all about Hollywood blockbuster movies, we also appreciate the independent and up-and-coming filmmakers of the world! Once a year, we honor them at the prestigious Beverly Hills Film Festival, held from April 24-28. To learn more about the event, visit their website here. If you are attending the 2013 Beverly Hills Film Festival, be sure to consider staying at the Holiday Inn Express West L.A viagra 20mg. – we’re just a quick and easy drive from Beverly Hills and offer reasonable rates along with complimentary breakfast, free WiFi, and friendly service.  

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    The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival

    Do you love a good laugh? Well, of course you do. Be sure to not miss this year’s Los Angeles Comedy Shorts Film Festival then, held in Downtown L.A. from April 4-7. You don’t have to be an industry insider to celebrate the comedic short films screened throughout the three days of the festival. Tickets are available to everyone, and you can select to just attend certain screenings, or to go all out and get a pass for the whole length of the festival. We just heard that two of our favorites, Key & Peele, are going to be there, which just adds the icing to the cake. 

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    The 2013 Los Angeles Marathon

    One of our favorite annual events is back! The 2013 Los Angeles marathon will be held on Sunday, March 17, and we couldn’t be any more excited to cheer the runners along the way. Starting out at Dodger Stadium, athletes will make their way west through Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and West Los Angeles to the finish line in Santa Monica. In true Los Angeles fashion, you’ll find plenty of entertainment alongside the course – live bands, DJs, and even dancers. So be sure to stop by! The Holiday Inn Express West Los Angeles is located nearby the course, and only about 5 miles away from the finish line, making it a perfect place to spend the night.

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    Los Angeles New Year’s Eve Events

    No plans for New Year’s Eve yet? Worry not, Los Angeles has many (and we mean MANY) events for you to choose from. Scrumptious dinner events, laid-back live music shows, or energetic and fun dance parties, we have it all. And since the Holiday Inn Express West Los Angeles is so centrally located in L.A.’s happening Westwood neighborhood, you have plenty of options available within a short drive. The L.A. Weekly offers a great overview of some of the options – click here:  L.A. Weekly’s Event Calendar. Whatever option you decide on, the staff of the Holiday Inn Express West Los Angeles wishes you a fun and safe New Year’s Eve!

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    Staff Tip: 800 Degrees Restaurant

    While us Angelenos are not exactly well-known for making great pizza pies like our friends in New York or Chicago, we do have some really, REALLY fantastic places to get your pizza fix. A more recent addition is 800 Degrees right here in the Westwood Village. Serving Neapolitan-style pizza with the traditional, thin, chewy crust and only fresh, high-quality ingredients, this place became an immediate favorite of our Marketing Manager Sandra G. “The concept is really fun – you stand in line at a counter, and watch the staff prepare the pizza according to your specifications.

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    L.A. Auto Show

    It’s that time of the year again – the L.A. Auto Show is coming to town! A thousand cars on display, more than 40 new vehicle debuts, celebrity appearances, games, and giveaways… the L.A. Auto Show has it all! The show is hosted at the Los Angeles Convention Center, easily accessible from the hotel via the I-405 and I-10. If you’re a car aficionado or work in the industry, this is the event you don’t want to miss. Personally, I enjoy looking at the concept cars most. The BMW i8 Spyder plug-in hybrid pictured above is only one of the stunning concept vehicles on display, be sure to see them all! 

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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    No better time to thank you, our guests, business partners, vendors, friends, and family for your support and loyalty. We are deeply thankful for the time we get to spend with you, and extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day. May the good things in life be yours in abundance, today, and in the future. Your friends from the Holiday Inn Express West Los Angeles.

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    Robert Mapplethorpe at the Getty

    We love the Getty Museum. First of all, it is only a short drive away from our hotel (just hop on the 405 North for 3 miles until the Moraga Dr exit, and you’re just about there), and more importantly, it constantly offers new and exciting exhibitions and events. Right now, we are thrilled about In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe, an exhibition about the provocative and cutting-edge photography of Robert Mapplethorpe. The vast majority of the artwork was a generous gift from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and the remainder was purchased with funds provided by the David Geffen Foundation and the Getty Trust. This exhibition celebrates this landmark acquisition – be sure to check it out.