5 Free & Fun Events Happening at Grand Park This Spring

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Looking for more free and fun activities in Downtown L.A. to fill up your spring calendar?

Coming this March through May Grand Park is bringing back some of their signature annual events, including the Downtown Bookfest and Earth Day Celebration, while adding new stuff to the mix like an upcoming weekly writer’s meet-up.


All-in-all, plenty of reasons (as always) to visit one of L.A.’s top urban green spaces.

Check out the complete list of events below!

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Grand Park. Credit: Daniel Orth via flickr cc

1. Grand Park’s The Bradbury Room

Saturday, March 12, 2016; noon-4:51pm

On this day Grand Park’s Olive Court will be transformed into an art installation of DIY typewriting inspired by the writing experience of Ray Bradbury, specifically his time producing his seminal work, Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury famously wrote the work in the typing room at UCLA’s Lawrence Clark Powell Library in 1952.

2. LAUSD Grand Arts Festival

Saturday, April 16, 2016; 10:00am – 9:00pm

The LAUSD Grand Arts Festival spotlights the importance of the arts as a powerful catalyst for learning and achieving. The Festival features work by more than 3,000 students from all over the LAUSD in such areas as music, dance, theatre, film, and visual art. Entertainment offered during this free event will include performances by professional artists, family art activities, food trucks and presentations by community arts partners.

3. Earth Day LA (Grand Park, The Music Center and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power)

Friday, April 22, 2016; 9:00am– 2:00pm

Looking for ways to get greener? Come to Grand Park on Earth Day to learn about energy efficiency and water conservation through a series displays; sustainable gardening tours; composting, electric and solar vehicle demonstrations. As part of the event there will also be tree giveaways, recycled art projects, E-waste drop-off, fitness and yoga classes, and the opportunity to eat lunch and enjoy a walk-through of Grand Park’s sustainable landscaping.

4. Ketchum-Downtown YMCA Healthy Kids Day

April 30, 2016; 11:00am – 2:00pm

Presented in partnership with the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA, this special festival is part of a national initiative to improve the health and wellbeing of kids. Healthy Kids Day features kid-friendly fun, prizes, healthy games and snacks, and more.

5. Grand Park’s Downtown Bookfest: “Literary LA: Places, Spaces and Faces”

Saturday, May 7, 2016; noon-5:00pm

Back for the fourth year in a row, Grand Park’s Downtown Bookfest returns to offer the largest coalition of Los Angeles-based authors and publishers on display to public in a massive outdoor pop-up bookstore. This year, the event will explore “Literary LA: Places, Spaces and Faces,” a celebration and reflection of where Angelenos love to read and write – past, present and future. Activities for the day will include storytelling, bookmaking, book-swapping, book-shopping (at a pop-up bookstore featuring more than 30 L.A.-based independent publishers), readings by authors of diverse backgrounds and languages, a family pavilion of performances and activities for all ages, and more.

Lunchtime Events

The Lunchtime Writer’s Group

This is a newly weekly programs inviting local writers (both published and aspiring( to join together at Grand Park’s Performance Lawn for a free writers’ meet-up. All are welcome, as an instructor will provide writing exercises, and writers are encouraged to bring their own projects to work on. The meet-ups will take place from noon to 1:30pm every Tuesday from March 15  until May 10.

Lunchtime Yoga

Grand Park’s longstanding free yoga sesssions continue every Wednesday and Friday from 12:15pm – 1:00pm until May 26.

Food Trucks

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00am to 2:00pm Grand Park hosts a range of food trucks for your lunchtime enjoying. The trucks set up shop in two locations, Olive Court, between Grand Avenue and Hill Street, and on the Marketplace near City Hall, between Broadway and Spring Street.

For more information on any of the above events, be sure to visit grandpark.org.


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