12 Can't-Miss Events in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is so much more than the glamour of Hollywood award shows and lazy beach days. Check out the best events in LA all year long, from a Mexican-wrestling-themed Valentine’s Day celebration to retro Christmas fun!

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Sunset Strip

Sunset Strip

The mile-and-a-half stretch of Sunset Boulevard, better known as Sunset Strip, passes through West Hollywood, extending from Hollywood on Harper Avenue to Beverly Hills at Sierra Drive. 960 1280

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Capitol Records Building

Capitol Records Building

The Capitol Records Tower, located in the Hollywood Boulevard commercial and entertainment district on Vine Street, was built in 1956, and is considered one of the city's historic landmarks. 960 1280

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Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame, located near the Kodak Theatre, consists of more then 2,000 celebrity permanent public monuments (stars) on more than 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. 960 1280

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The Viper Room

The Viper Room

The always-popular Viper Room nightclub on Sunset Strip, which opened in 1993, was once partly owned by Johnny Depp, and is infamous for the drug-related death of actor River Phoenix. 960 1280

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Kodak Theatre

Kodak Theatre

Located in the Hollywood and Highland Center shopping mall and entertainment complex on Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue, the Kodak Theatre was built in 2001 and is the first permanent home of the Academy Awards. 960 1280

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Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign

The iconic Hollywood Sign, which is about 45 feet high and 350 feet wide, was created in 1923. 960 1280

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Chateau Marmont

Chateau Marmont

Modeled after a French chateau in France's Loire Valley, the Chateau Marmont was built in 1927. Chateau Marmont has been referenced in songs, seen on album covers and has been a high-end place to crash for some of the biggest celebrity party animals. 960 1280

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Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Located on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman's Chinese Theatre has played host to many of the biggest movie premieres. 960 1280

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Hand and Footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Hand and Footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Quite possibly the most revered "blonde" in history, Marilyn Monroe left her handprints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre after the release of her movie Gentleman Prefer Blondes in 1953. 960 1280

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Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl

Seating almost 18,000 people, the Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural amphitheater in the US, and is set against the backdrop of the Hollywood Hills. 960 1280

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Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive

If shopping is what you fancy, there is no better place in Hollywood than Rodeo Drive. The 3-block stretch is lined with boutiques and shops: Versace, Prada and Jimmy Choo, to name a few. 960 1280

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Paramount Studios

Paramount Studios

Founded in 1912, Paramount Studios on Melrose Avenue is America's oldest existing film studio and the only remaining major film studio in Hollywood.
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Hollywood Forever

Hollywood Forever

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery located on Santa Monica Boulevard is the final resting place for some of Hollywood's most talented. It was founded in 1899 and, on the verge of bankruptcy in 1998, was bought, restored and refurbished by Tyler Cassity of Forever Enterprises. It is still active today. 960 1280

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The Beverly Hills Hotel

The Beverly Hills Hotel

Referred to by some as just "The Hotel," the Beverly Hills Hotel opened in 1912 as the first building in the greater area, and is partly responsible for the creation of the surrounding city of Beverly Hills.
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Mammoth Tragedy at La Brea Tar Pits

Mammoth Tragedy at La Brea Tar Pits

While excavating in the La Brea Tar Pits in order to build an underground parking garage for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art next door, a nearly intact woolly mammoth skeleton was discovered. It is now on display at George C. Page Museum on Wilshire Boulevard. 960 1280

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This large sign commemorated the opening of Disneyland's new look in 1959. The park opened on July 18, 1955 to long lines of eager families and children. Although many of the rides have since changed, the long lines remain the same. 960 1280

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The Santa Monica Pier has been a mecca for people watching for more than 100 years. When you're done ogling the tanned and toned bodies on the pier, be sure to check out the midway games or the viewing deck. 960 1280

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This iconic Randy's Donuts shop features a giant donut 32.5 feet in diameter, enough to make even the diet conscious crave one of the tasty treats inside. 960 1280

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Featured as cover art on the Eagles' "Hotel California" record album, the Beverly Hills Hotel is the perfect spot to spy movie stars lounging by the pool or going incognito as they recover from plastic surgery. 960 1280

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Angelenos stuck in LA's notoriously snarled traffic are sure to be familiar with this sign. Route 101 winds from downtown LA through Hollywood and west to the California coast. 960 1280

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Practice your stage voice at the Orpheum theatre, which was originally a venue for vaudeville acts. You never know who might be in the audience: American Idol and America's Got Talent have broadcasted shows from Orpheum. 960 1280

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The LA Dodgers Stadium is one of the oldest - and biggest - stadiums in Major League Baseball. If your wallet can take it, a Baseline Box will give you a great view of the field and your own private restaurant. 960 1280

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Hollywood Boulevard is one of the biggest tourist stops in LA. If you're on the lookout for celebrities, be careful: in order to prevent cruising, it is illegal to drive the boulevard more than twice in four hours. 960 1280

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Westwood Village is one of the most interesting architectural hotspots of LA, with styles ranging from Art Deco to Mediterranean. Celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Frank Zappa and others are buried nearby. 960 1280

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The Chateau Marmont is steeped in Hollywood legend: John Belushi died in one of its rooms, and Lindsay Lohan, Howard Hughes, Keanu Reeves and many others were former long-term residents. 960 1280

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A paradise for surfers and those who love them, Malibu beaches were also the filming location of the first surfing movie, Gidget. 960 1280

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Feeling nostalgic? Mel's Drive-In vaulted into diner legend when it was used in the 1973 George Lucas film American Graffiti. In order to best recreate scenes from the movie, don't forget the poodle skirt or plenty of pomade. 960 1280

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Running from Chicago to LA, Route 66 may no longer be part of the official interstate highway system, but is most definitely still a stylish place to get your kicks. 960 1280

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The Santa Monica Freeway runs east to west, allowing drivers to escape the city to Santa Monica to the west or Palm Springs to the east. Prepare yourself for serious traffic if you visit this 14-lane highway, even on weekends. 960 1280

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LA's many tour companies will take you on a star safari in hopes of spying celebrities in their natural habitat. 960 1280

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Only famous handprints will do in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located along 1.3 miles of Hollywood Boulevard and Pine Street in downtown LA. 960 1280

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Located in the Hollywood Hills, this sign is one of the most recognizable in LA. Those who would like to see the sign up close may be disappointed: there is a security system installed to prevent vandalism. 960 1280

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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery featured a rocket disguised as a Bob's Big Boy sign, but diners should not fear: they will only find burgers and other treats inside. 960 1280

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Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Mikey Roe tries the super spicy wings at Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown. 960 1280

  

25 Degrees

25 Degrees

The grilled cheese and onion rings at 25 Degrees, a 5-star burger joint that calls the Roosevelt Hotel its home. 960 1280

  

25 Degrees

25 Degrees

The #1 burger at 25 Degrees, with its toasted brioche bun, caramelized onions, 2-cheese blend, Thousand Island dressing, arugula and bacon, is a knockout. 960 1280

  

Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Mikey at Dan Sung Sa, K-town’s greatest pojanmacha — a term that loosely translates to “gastropub”. 960 1280

  

Berri's Pizza Café

Berri's Pizza Café

Mikey and the Feed the Beast crew look over footage at Berri's Pizza Café, which is a quiet little Italian joint by day, but a veritable club by night – complete with mood lighting and techno music. 960 1280

  

Berri's Pizza Café

Berri's Pizza Café

The avocado pizza at Berri's Pizza Café, with its thin, crispy-yet-foldable crust and gooey, drippy cheese, is as close to New York pizza as it gets in Hollywood. 960 1280

  

Cole's

Cole's

A turkey, cheese and pastrami sandwich with a pickle at Cole's, a downtown landmark that turns out its classic sandwiches (with pork, lamb or beef) late into the night. 960 1280

  

Cole's

Cole's

The oldest pub in the city, Cole’s is also the only place serving up a French dip until 2 a.m. 960 1280

  

Cole's

Cole's

You can’t go wrong with a grilled cheese late at night -- especially this grilled cheese with barbecue sauce at Cole's. 960 1280

  

San Gennaro Italian Festival

San Gennaro Italian Festival

Mikey happens upon the San Gennaro Italian Festival on the corner of Hollywood and Highland, where he finds some authentic meatballs and ravioli. 960 1280

  

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