5 MUST SEE, DO
» Santa Monica Pier
Long a favorite place to people watch, play and eat. Savor a Will Rogers Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae, ride a vintage-style carousel, view the area from the Ferris wheel (a movie celebrity in its own right) and explore the theme park on the 107-year-old pier. Snap a selfie by the End of the Trail sign on the pier for the legendary Route 66, which ends its 2,450-mile journey here. Dig your toes into the soft sand and join the surfers or stroll along Ocean Front Walk alongside bikers, skateboarders and rollerbladers. Need more? Walk a few blocks to the pedestrian-only Third Street Promenade, a mix of retailers and restaurants.
» Street Food Cinema
Pack a blanket, beach chair and pillows and join other Angelenos for this curated outdoor movie series at one of the 12 locations from Pasadena to the Pacific Palisades. Choose from more than 50 events. Enjoy the confluence of pop culture films, celebrity guests, gourmet food trucks and live music under the sun and stars.
» Olvera Street
Browse lucha libre (Mexican wrestling) masks, Day of the Dead figurines, piñatas and other souvenirs in this block-long Mexican marketplace located in Los Angeles Plaza Historic District. This section of LA was the town center during the colonial era under Spanish and Mexican rule through most of the 19th century. Some vendors are the descendants of the original merchants in this marketplace that was established in 1930 to preserve and bring back “old Los Angeles” and its customs. Try a churro from Mr. Churro’s or a taco amidst the street stalls and old structures.
» See Improv, Sketch or Stand-up Comedy
Plan to laugh a lot when you visit one of the many comedy clubs in Los Angeles. You may see up-andcoming comedic geniuses honing their craft or a legendary veteran headlining or dropping by. Notable clubs include The Groundlings, Hollywood Improv Comedy Club, Laugh Factory, Upright Citizens Brigade and Comedy Store.
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» TCL Chinese Theatre
Located along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the landmark TCL Chinese Theatre remains a prized venue for movie premieres. Compare your handprints and footprints to those of more than 200 stars memorialized in cement, including Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Sidney Poitier, Jackie Chan, Emma Watson, and Star Wars characters including C-3PO, R2-D2 and Darth Vader.